Friday, May 10, 2013

Top Five on Friday: Things to Do with Mom

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Clermont State Historic Site in Germantown hosts a Mothers Day Garden Party and Tea this Sunday.
  • Clermont State Historic Site in Germantown hosts a Mother's Day Garden Party and Tea this Sunday.

Are you still trying to figure out what to do with mom for Mother's Day? Want to do something that shows how much you care about her passions and general well-being? You don't have to go far to find a special way to spend the day with mom this year, no matter her interests. Here are our top five picks for things to do in the Hudson Valley this Mother's Day.

1. Go to a Show
What better way to bond with mom than to see how other families are more messed up than your own? Combine this with a night out at the theater, and you've got yourself a recipe for Mother's Day fun. "True Love Lies" by Brad Fraser, presented by Kaliyuga Arts at Stageworks Hudson, is a sharp, witty drama centered around the rekindled flame between Kane and David—Kane now straight, married, and with two children. "Sight Unseen", a play by Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Donald Margulies's staged by Tangent Theatre Company in Tivoli, offers an equally complicated portrait of family life when the happily married protagonist (whose wife is expecting) makes an impulsive decision to visit a former lover. Grab a cocktail with mom after the show, and bask in a comparative sense of normalcy.

2. Spend the Day in a Garden
Mom's bound to feel good if she's surrounded by flowers. On Saturday, May 11, the Garden Conservancy presents Columbia County Open Day. The day-long event features tours of the private garden of prominent blogger Margaret Roach in Copake Falls, a morning lecture about organic fruit growing and an afternoon hands-on grafting workshop at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness, and a plant sale by Broken Arrow Nursery. On Sunday, Clermont State Historic Site in Germantown hosts a Mother’s Day Garden Party and Tea, with an afternoon tea party, finger foods, and leisurely strolls through historic gardens, including the blooming heirloom peony garden.

3. Mother's Day Brunch
The classic Sunday activity is a triple-threat for pampering mom: sleeping in, no cooking or cleaning, and mimosas. The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls is serving a classy Mother's Day brunch buffet, complete with a souped-up omelet station offering ingredients like chorizo, caramelized onions, and pickled peppers and a carving station with marinated Flank steak with smoked aioli and herb roasted turkey breast. For something a bit more casual (but equally delicious), sit outside at the Village Tea Room in New Paltz, or check out the special Mother's Day brunch menu at Duo in Kingston. For a brunch experience outside of a restaurant, the Pride of the Hudson is offering a Mother's Day brunch cruise. Worried about getting sea sick? Have a family outing to a local farmers' market, and make breakfast together at home.

4. Hike and Shop
Get outdoors early Sunday with a hike at any of the Hudson Valley's beautiful trails. The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is organizing a special guided hike for moms at 10am, but if that's out of the way, there are plenty of other options available. (Check out our top five parks in the Hudson Valley here.) After your morning hike, focus that feel-good adrenaline into something a bit more indulgent: shopping. Visit some of the region's great antique stores, like the Cold Spring Antiques Center, the Antiques Barn in New Paltz, or the Millbrook Antiques Mall. Spend the day treasure hunting, and treat mom to a one-of-a-kind gift.

5. A Day at the Spa
Going to the spa is a decadent experience, and Mother's Day is the perfect kind of special occasion to indulge. The lavish Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in Milton is offering a special mother-daughter spa getaway package for any Sunday throughout May (except for May 26), which includes 10 percent off lodging, two $25 spa credits, and champagne upon arrival. For a more casual spa experience, enjoy the affordable à la carte massage menu at Birch Body Care in Kingston. Birch offers walk-in massage services (if you're feeling spontaneous on Mother's Day), as well as private sessions that include Swedish and deep tissue massage; a "Good Bits" massage for hands, feet, and head; or a "Heavenly Hot Stones" massage with heated basalt stones. If you don't have the chance to spend the day with mom this year, give her a gift certificate for a chance to de-stress on her own. Haven Spa in Rhinebeck and Marlene Weber Day Spa in Poughkeepsie offer easy-ordering options on their websites.

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