Mother’s Day Guide: 4 gift ideas for DC moms

Instead of the traditional flowers and candy, we have some others ideas for how to make your mom feel extra special this Mother’s Day:

Give mom a royal experience at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC – Spend quality time with mom in the newly redesigned Empress restaurant, overlooking the lush Empress Garden. Executive Pastry Chef Claus Olsen and team are offering a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea that includes scones, tea sandwiches, and pastries paired with exotic tea and a glass of Cava. It is priced at $74 per person and there are two seatings: 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling (202) 787-6148.

In addition, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC is offering a special Mother’s Day-inspired “Love Her with Lavender” full body massage experience that includes an herbal infused heat pack, scalp massage, lavender infused cocktail and a lavender filled sachet gift, perfect for enhancing one’s bedtime ritual. The one hour and 20-minute treatment is priced at $245 (Monday – Thursday) and $265 (Friday – Sunday). Appointments can be made online or by calling (202) 787-6100.

Take mom to a boozy Balkan brunch – On Capitol Hill, Ambar, the nation’s capital’s first Balkan restaurant, is offering its fixed price brunch of unlimited small plates and free-flowing cocktails on Mother’s Day. Mom can enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection of delicious dishes. Highlights from the menu include Potato Hash with caramelized onions and house-made spices; Almond & Walnut Crusted Fried Chicken Sandwich with pickled fresno and apple-wasabi slaw; Prosciutto benedict on a house-made English muffin with ajvar and kajmak sauce; and cheese pie with tzatziki sauce. The unlimited brunch is priced at $39 ($30 without cocktails) and is available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Reservations can be made online or by calling (202) 813-3039.

Have dinner in historic Georgetown – Led by celebrated Executive Chef Kyoo Eom, 1789 Restaurant & Bar in historic Georgetown is ready to celebrate all of the beautiful matriarchs in the DC area and beyond by offering a decadent Mother’s Day dinner menu. Guests can indulge in a stunning 3-course prix fixe menu featuring a fresh and seasonal assortment of dishes, including Glazed Eggplant, Brioche-Crusted Halibut, Pan Seared Scottish Salmon, Surf & Turf , Roasted Filet Mignon, and Roasted Rack of Lamb for the entrées. To complete the decadent dining experience at 1789 with something sweet, Pastry Chef Shari Maciejewski invites guests to select from one of her four dessert options: Lemon Meringue Tart, Strawberry Paris-Brest, Chocolate Cheesecake or a Rhubarb “Crumble”. In addition, all tables will receive a complimentary warm ricotta dip and an assortment of fresh baked bread and butter as well as a selection of petit fours served alongside dessert. The dinner is priced at $89 and is available from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m, Reservations can be made online or by calling or call (202) 965-1789.

Before or after dinner be sure to take mom on a tour of the 7th annual Georgetown GLOW, the region’s only curated exhibition of public light art installations. This year’s exhibition is on display thru June 27.

Give mom some DC made goodies: Founded by Stacey Price of People Make Place and Michael Babin of Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Shop Made in DC is a retail initiative with a mission to grow DC’s makers and artists. It currently works with more than more than 200 makers and offers nearly 5000 products to choose from, including including apothecary, apparel, art, furniture, jewelry, home decor and stationery You can support this important effort and find somethings special for mom by heading to one of the many Shop Made in DC retail outlets across the city or shop online (be sure to check out the Mother’s Day and She DC selections).

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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