Mother’s Day is around the corner and for those of you lucky to have moms in town (or visiting for the weekend) you may be thinking about Mother’s Day brunch and a fun activity she’ll love. Here are four distinct ways you can celebrate Mother’s Day, based on your own mom’s interests.
Kick off your Sunday on Barracks Row with a Bloody Mary (oooh, celery foam) or a violet champagne (sparkling wine made with a dollop of lavender simple syrup) in the al fresco sunshine at Belga Cafe,. Belga Cafe offers a fresh twist on Belgian food and one of our favorite brunches in DC. The menu is weighted equally between sweet (waffles with caramelized apples and cinnamon), savory (warm goat cheese waffle with roasted tomato), eggy, and lunch options for those non-breakfast eaters out there. True to its Belgian roots, Belga Cafe takes its strong Belgian beer selction a step further by offering a beer cocktail menu. We love Belga for the variety, good service and unique offerings. Itty Bitty Bitter Betty loves it because it’s one of the few places in town she can order beer before noon and no one gives her a second glance for it. To each her own. After brunch, take mom to some of the eclectic independent shops on Barracks Row like Hill’s Kitchen, Chateau Animaux and then across Pennsylvania Avenue to check out the goods at Eastern Market.
Art-loving mothers in DC are in for a never-ending stream of opportunities. Take her off the beaten Smithsonian path to DuPont Circle, where out-of-town moms will have a chance to marvel at world-class pieces, small galleries and gorgeous turn-of-the-century architecture. Kick things off at Teaism with a light breakfast and your choice of teas in an environment unique to DC. If your mom is also a history buff, take her on a walking tour of DuPont, featuring stories from DC’s Gilded Age and a peek at DuPont’s hidden Spanish steps. Cap off your walk with a trip to Kramerbooks – one of the few independent bookstores left in DC – then head over to The Phillips Collection to take in a few masterpieces. While you’re there, be sure to check out This Is Not That Cafe, a living, inhabitable art installation in the museum that doubles as a cafe.
Two more Mother’s Day recommendations after the jump!
If mom is into gardens, there are few better neighborhoods for her than Georgetown. The traditional brunch spots will be packed, so you can fight the crowds or you can start off your day with a casual meal at Snap Crepes. This casual cafe carved out of a tiny townhouse serves sweet and savory crepes, pannini and bubble tea in nearly every fruit flavor you can imagine. Tables on their expansive back patio are plentiful and mom will have a great time discussing all the beautifying potential the minimalist outdoor space promises. After brunch, do a little shopping at gardening mecca Smith & Hawken and then head up to Dumbarton Oaks, where you can stroll the elegant garden for an $8 admission fee. If your schedule is flexible, check out the Georgetown Garden tour on Saturday, a self-guided walking tour of some of Georgetown’s most illustrious gardens.
For some, nothing says proper like a high tea. And few hotels in DC will do it more properly than the Mayflower. Perfect for a ladies’ afternoon, mothers and daughters alike can don their favorite sundresses, sip tea and feast on crustless sandwiches in a ladylike enviornment. The Mayflower hosts high tea daily from 3-5pm, with a special Mother-Daughter tea the third Sunday of each month. Sunday afternoon teas begin at 3:30. After tea, keep the elegant atmosphere alive with window shopping at The Tiny Jewel Box, a DC institution featuring new and vintage jewelry. The atmosphere is half the fun of shopping in this plush, six-floor boutique but if your budget accommodates their prices, you’re in for a real treat.* If not, you can still do some real shopping back down the street at Filene’s Basement, where the atmosphere may not be as refined but the bargains are plentiful.
*The Tiny Jewel Box is closed on Sundays but open for business on Saturday, so schedule flexibility is required.