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Not Our Typical Mother Daughter Trip

Updated: Feb 21, 2022

There are several different types of trips you can take; Summer Family Vacation, a Girlfriends Getaway, and a Romantic Couple’s Retreat, but a Mother Daughter Bonding trip is something I recommend you put on the bucket list.

I have been fortunate to travel with my mom quite a bit through Europe, as well as here in the US. Shopping and eating great food in Paris is the quintessential trip for the Scully girls, but one trip that stands out to me is when we decided to change up the pace and unwind.

Health, wellness and relaxation are what come to mind when you think of Canyon Ranch. This tranquil spa has four locations; whether it is a retreat in the desert or a cool mountain oasis, they all offer nourishment for the mind, body, and soul.

Serenity and adventure is what we were seeking when we booked our trip to Tucson, AZ. When thinking about planning a vacation at a spa pampering is usually first on the list. Which includes facials, pedicures, and massages.

Spa appointments

The spa menu offers many unique options, but the Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, Ashiatsu, and the Chakra Balancing Ritual are all exceptional. You can also keep it classic like the name suggests and try the Classic Canyon Stone Massage, whatever you choose I promise you will come away feeling rejuvenated!

You can continue to unwind and chat by the beautiful flagstone pool and take in some vitamin D, while grabbing a quick bite. However, it isn’t just the weather that is dry, they do not serve alcohol at Canyon Ranch, so no margaritas with those fish tacos.


There are many classes offered in the daily schedule like cycling, water workouts and zumba, but if you are interested in private instruction that can be arranged as well. Pilates training and aerial yoga are two that I would recommend.

For my thrill seekers not afraid of heights-

Challenge yourself on the rock wall or climb the Catalina Mountains and learn how to navigate natural rock. The adventure can continue by flying on a zip line or navigating the ropes course.

For those who like to keep their feet on the ground-

An archeological hike around the Tucson valley while exploring ancient sites of Hohokam people might be more your speed. My favorite is the photography hike through the desert while learning how to capture nature’s beauty. And for those night owls, you can explore the Sabino Canyon with a hike after dark.

Something different that Canyon Ranch offers is Metaphysical specialties like- hand writing analysis, aura readings, or an astrology session. These experiences can give you insight on your personality, or help you plan a better path forward.


When it comes to their cuisine you will experience farm to table at its best with organic fresh ingredients filled with flavor that satisfies your palate at every meal. They even offer hands on cooking classes so you can practice these healthy techniques when you return home.

Canyon Ranch is more than the typical spa experience. We left feeling refreshed and reenergized- what you would assume to feel after a spa retreat, but their holistic approach left us with a deeper connection not only to each other but also to ourselves. While we chose to have a self-guided stay, there are many pathways you can choose and have curated to fit your needs. Whether that is getting back to nature and wanting an outdoor escape, or needing a lifestyle reset, all can be created for you. If you need motivation plan your next trip around one of the special events and hear from guest speakers on topics like how to live a more positive life. It is easy to leave here feeling changed and inspired!

Insider Tip-

Book your treatments and plan your daily schedule in advance, even if you are planning a self-guided stay.

How long to stay- The pathway packages offer a 3, 5, or 7 night stay, which includes 5, 8, or 10 curated services and activities.

BYO- While they do not serve wine on the premise you can always enjoy a glass before or after dinner in your suite from your favorite bottle.

Guests need to be 16 years or older, keep this in mind when planning your Mother Daughter Trip!

Wellness Worriers let's rebalance your qi and plan your next vacation.


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