Yes, you can make Mom breakfast in bed, bring her flowers, cook dinner for her, or shower her with homemade cards. All of these are foolproof ways to say thanks on Mother’s Day.
However if you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate Mom on her special day, then our region offers up plenty of ideas.
Get a jumpstart on the weekend if your mom loves gardening, and head out to the Woodinville Garden Club’s annual plant sale on May 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. There you can pick up plenty of plants to improve the garden or pick up a hanging basket ready to give as a gift. Then, on Mother’s Day, help your mom transfer those plants to her garden.
If the weather looks to be great on May 11, stock up on picnic food and head out for a picnic at any of the local parks in the area from Wilmot Park in downtown Woodinville to Blyth Park in Bothell or Log Boom Park in Kenmore. All of these are within walking or biking distance to the Lake Sammamish and Burke-Gilman trails.
Another park to consider that is nearby is Juanita Bay Park, located at 2201 Market Street in Kirkland. Its 110 acres, filled with wildlife observation opportunities, was once voted one of the best urban nature walks for toddlers in Seattle Magazine.
Or, take a stroll on the grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, where children can watch the waterfowl around the pond, and Mom can enjoy a picnic lunch accompanied by one of the many wines offered at the winery.
If Mom likes to hike or mountain bike, visit the 793-acre Paradise Valley conservation area on Paradise Lake Road east of Woodinville. The area has 13 miles of trails that are rated moderate. Because the area is densely wooded, it can still be quite wet along the trails this time of year, so be prepared with sturdy hiking boots or a clean set of clothes after a day of biking through puddles.
Many local establishments have a special Mother’s Day brunch planned. Two examples are in the heart of the Hollywood Wine District.
Columbia Winery is offering a two-hour “Wine Country Brunch” with live music, wines and sparkling cocktails, with a choice of being seated at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children 5-12, not including tax and gratuity, and must be purchased in advance online at www.columbiawinery.com/events/mothers-day-brunch.
Willows Lodge offers a choice of four seatings for their Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., or 1:30 p.m. Held in the Sammamish Ballroom, the buffet will include a variety of sweet and savory dishes along with a crepe station, carving station and dessert buffet. Reservations are required in advance through www.willowslodge.com. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children 5-12, plus tax and gratuity. Children under 5 are free.
If shopping is your mom’s favorite hobby, take the family to Country Village Shops in Bothell where many of the shops have special offers planned and children can collect beads, starting at Garden of Beadin’, to make Mom a special necklace. Mother Goose will be roaming near the main stage from noon-3 p.m. May 10 and 11 for photo opportunities with Mom.
Restaurants are also offering specials, too, including a Mother’s Day Tea at Village Eatery & Tea Co. Or visit The Village Bean’s kid-friendly play area filled with mind stimulating activities for the tots while Mom gets to enjoy a coffee. For more information, visit www.countryvillagebothell.com.
Another option is to take Mom to Molbak’s for a stroll through the store where you can buy her a new houseplant or something for the garden or home, and then treat her to something from the Garden Café.
If you really plan on spoiling Mom at Redmond Town Center and spend $200 at any of their shops, restaurants or theater, bring all your receipts to the Guest Services desk to receive a gift certificate to be used at a later date for Studio Seven Photographers, a new business located next to Gymboree in the center. The gift certificate is good for one free professional portrait sitting and one free digital image that will be emailed to participants.
Go for a Drive
The Northshore area is a great starting point to go exploring on a day drive with Mom. If you head east on Woodinville-Duvall Road, you find Duvall with its terrific used bookstore, antique stores, and shops that line the main street.
From Duvall, head north up Highway 203 to Monroe and the Evergreen State Fairgrounds where the Key Classic Benefit Horse Show will be finishing up its three-day event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Equestrian Park. Admission is free all three days.
About 150 horses are expected for the event, and visitors to the show will have opportunities to meet and pet horses and take photos with them – something Moms with horse-crazy children will enjoy.
The Morgan Horse Club of Washington State and the Northwest Saddlebred Association sponsor the event, which benefits Equest Special Riders of Puyallup, a nonprofit offering special instruction for mentally and physically challenged riders.
Finally, head north up U.S. Highway 2 to Snohomish for another great spot to stroll along First Street for antique shopping, treat Mom to a piece of pie at the Snohomish Pie Company, or shop at Everything Tea, a shop offering over 250 loose leaf green, black, and herbal teas from all over the world along with a great assortment of tea accessories.
And, when your fun-filled day with Mom is done, have her put her feet up, bring her a cup of freshly brewed tea, and then go do the dishes or fold the laundry. That’ll be the cherry on top of a perfect day spent with the family.