Spoil your mother this Mother’s Day with High tea at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. In a modern, ocean-view setting with a fresh, nautical vibe, enjoy a selection of sandwiches, cakes and pastries inspired by British royalty, made fresh daily in the hotel’s pastry shop. It’s an impressive experience with servers bring out tiered, three-foot-high silver trays alongside steaming pots of English tea in their signature china. A Rose Congou – Princess Diana’s favourite – is layered with rose petals, while their Prince Harry and Meghan Royal Wedding Blend fuses teas from South Africa, Kenya, China and France. And Bring the kids – there’s a special children’s menu with peanut butter, tuna salad and cheese sandwiches.
Treat mom to a delicious meal on the history North Conway Scenic Railroad, “Dining on the Rails”. Enjoy an old-fashioned railroading experience as you journey on historic rail routes in vintage passenger cars (most from the 1920s) from our 1874 train station in North Conway Village to Bartlett and back again.
Or if you prefer water over land, brunch on the M/S Mount Washington. During this annual event, enjoy a two-and-a-half-hour scenic cruise around Lake Winnipesaukee complete with a champagne brunch and entertainment for all ages. ($49 for adults, $23 for children 5-12 and children 4 and under are free.)
New York City
For the traditional mom
Whether you’re introducing Mom to the City for the first time or simply want to treat her to some well-deserved five-star service, a luxury hotel is your go-to. Take afternoon tea at the illustrious Plaza Hotel Palm Court or the Crosby Street Hotel, or spring for a buffet brunch at the Hôtel Plaza Athéneé, for Truffled Oeufs Brouillade, a 24 Karat Parfait, and favorites such as Eggs Benedict and Nutella Waffles. Once you’ve had your fill, travel uptown to the New York Botanical Garden for an idyllic Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party. Enjoy live music, crafts and croquet, or let Mom savor a little peace and quiet in the blooming gardens.
For the adventurous mom
For a nontraditional celebration, start with a low-key bite at the ironically titled Mother’s Ruin. This Nolita lounge specializes in craft cocktails, but its brunch menu is certainly worth a taste. Check out the Frenchie (challah French toast with poached pears and chai whipped cream) or the french onion soup-grilled cheese sandwich. Follow this by signing on for the Mother’s Day Scavenger Hunt. You and Mom can put your heads together to solve clues and navigate the City with mental and physical challenges. A NYC-themed prize package awaits the winners; teaming up with your mom should be prize enough for you.
For the mom with little kids
Technically, kids are an essential part of Mother’s Day, and NYC offers many ways to celebrate the day with little ones in tow. For a twist on the traditional, visit the SeaGlass Carousel a magical, aquarium–themed carousel, which recalls The Battery’s history as the original home of the New York Aquarium, opened in 1896. Now that the kidlets have worked up an appetite, take the family for a bite at Marta. This Danny Meyer outpost in the Redbury New York hotel is polished but also spacious and lively, perfect for wiggly kiddos still developing their inside voices. The pizza-centric menu has something for palates of all ages.
Tucson 5000 Run/Walk & Mother’s Day Mile
TUCSON 5000 is One of the fastest 5Ks in the West! This pancake-flat, fast USATF certified course provides the perfect opportunity for a 5K PR. This race has been a Tucson staple for over 20 years with 20+ of the current Arizona age records for the 5k being set at the Tucson 5000! In honor of Mother’s Day, “The Mother’s Day Mile” is a one-mile race open for all moms/dads where the idea is for parents and children to run and cross the finish line together. All women will receive a special finisher’s prize that their children can give them. Children 10 and under are free.
Mother’s Day comes but once a year, so why not make it really special and extend the celebration into a three-day Sonoma County excursion? Of course, this slow-paced California wine country itinerary is great for any time of the year (not just on Mother’s Day). And here’s a tip: Treating Mom to a Sonoma County getaway is as much a gift to yourself as it is to her.
Present mom with a rose, or several thousand, at the Mother’s Day Open Garden at Russian River Rose Company, Sunday, May 12, 2019 where the collection includes more than 650 varieties, ranging from ancient strains to modern hybrids. Treat your mom to bubbles, brunch, and live music in the grapevine covered arbor at Gloria Ferrer. The brunch buffet of quiches, carved ham, fruit salad, green salad, and delicious pastries and muffins will pair wonderfully with their award-winning sparkling wines. ($75).