Step away from the potpourri sachet. Think twice about the blender (you’ve seen Father of the Bride, right?). And while Mom may genuinely treasure that hand print turkey collage, we’re pretty sure she’d also treasure some quiet time to exhale or a local adventure with her fan club. Here are our top local picks for celebrating the special women in your life this Mother’s Day (May 14)!

Photo: David D via Flickr

Because she puts the “om” in “Mom”
Mama yogis and tiny yogis are both welcome at lil omm, a community yoga center in the Tenleytown neighborhood of D.C. that offers child care. While their popular Mom and Daughter Retreat is already sold out, give Mom the gift of self-care with one of their other upcoming events!

Mom’s Up Retreat
Unplug at Meadowkirk in Middleburg, Virginia for a three-day weekend of “holistically healthy meals, nature, yoga and meditation, rest and respite, and girl time” co-hosted by mothers and coaches Pleasance Silicki and Alexandra Hughes. This retreat is “designed for moms of all ages and in all stages to step UP! into self-love, balance, trust, strength, and creativity.”

When: Oct. 27-29
Where: lil omm, 4515 44th St., NW (Tenleytown)
Cost: TBD—registration opens later this spring

Because she rocks the vote
Introduce girls ages 8-15 to the power of politics at the Daughter and Mother Camp Congress for Girls!Camp begins with a lesson on the structure of our political system; each girl will then choose to run for a seat in the House of Representatives, the Senate or for the presidency. Each mom (or dad!) will serve as her daughter’s campaign manager. Together, daughter and mother will create a political campaign with a platform, campaign slogan, campaign finance plan, campaign marketing materials and a political ad for television. Campers then vote, are elected and sworn in, and practice introduction and passage of a bill.


When: June 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 525 New Jersey Ave., NW
Cost: $110-$260

Because she’s just as cool as the Mother of Our Country
Learn more about Martha Washington (portrayed by veteran character interpreter Mary Wiseman) on the piazza at Mount Vernon throughout Mother’s Day weekend. All mothers will receive a free lavender sachet (while supplies last)! Be sure to make time to stroll through the estate’s beautiful blooming gardens, and stop for brunch or lunch at the charming Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant.

When: May 13 & 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Mount Vernon Estate, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA
Cost: Included with the price of admission ticket (see their website for online purchase discounts)

Because she makes pancakes shaped like animals
On Mother’s Day, treat your favorite culinary goddess to a delicious meal—we’re always partial to brunch! Here are three of our top picks, where Mom can treat herself to a white asparagus veloute (we don’t know what that is but we want one now!) and buttermilk gelato, and “the kids” can stuff themselves silly with biscuits and caramelized French toast.

Ardeo + Bardeo, 3311 Connecticut Ave., NW

2941 Restaurant, 2941 Fairview Park Dr. (Falls Church, Va)

Redwood Restaurant and Bar, 7121 Bethesda Ln. (Bethesda, Md)

Because she’s the master of the two-minute shower
She’s so used to resorting to dry shampoo that an hour at one of these spas will feel like a TV makeover.

Where: Tea Spa Silver Spring – Silver Spring, Md
The Deal: Mother and daughter time! Enjoy two 60-minute Swedish massages and two 60-minute facials for $250. Aaaaaahhhh.

Where: Red Door Spa – multiple locations
The Deal: With locations all over the DMV, Red Door Spa is always a sure bet. Choose from three special packages, including The Signature Escape ($232), The Iconic Red Door ($434), or The Ultimate Indulgence ($559). Did someone say olive oil salt body scrub?

Where: Ladan Holistic Spa – Vienna, Va
The Deal: Ladan covers all price points, with a 30-minute facial OR massage ($50), a 60-minute facial ORcmassage ($90), and four difference spa packages ranging from $105 to $295, including such goodies as a hibiscus-infused massage, a green tea eye treatment, microdermabrasion, or an oil-infused scalp massage.

Because she can shop for her own gift, thank you very much
Give Mom carte blanche to shop without (or with minimal) whining or potty breaks at Poppir’s Mother’s Day Pop-Up Market. Think: great beats, drinks, food, and tons of clothing, jewelry, fun accessories, art, and home décor from over 20 local vendors!

When: May 13, 1-6 p.m.
Where: WeWork Wonder Bread Factory, 641 S St., NW,
Cost: Free

What are your plans for Mother’s Day? Tell us in the comments below.

–Katie Brown