While Mom may genuinely treasure that painted macaroni necklace or handwritten haiku, we’re pretty sure she’d also treasure some solo TLC or a surprise adventure with her #1 fans. Here are our top local picks for celebrating the special women in your life (maybe it’s you!) this Mother’s Day.

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. Give Mom a reason to practice her downward dog or mountain pose with any of the following specials.

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photo: Daku Resort via flickr

Mother’s Day Mini-Retreat
You’ve spent all the days of the year loving your family, now it’s time to share that love with yourself. Make it a well deserved day about you through yoga, journaling, meditation, and a luxurious night of relaxation at this mini retreat. Get stretched-out from limb to limb and finish the session feeling empowered. This retreat is also an introduction to lil omm’s MOM’S UP workshops.

Date: May 10, 7-9:30pm
Cost: $25/person
Online: lilomm.com/workshops

Rhythm of the Seasons Mini-Retreat
Discover how seasons may affect you and learn to incorporate yoga and meditation into your lifestyle. Get inspired by other amazing ladies and blossom in creativity and harmony together. As moms who’ve supported her fam through thick and thin, this pow-wow session is for moms of all ages and stages in motherhood.

Date: May 29, 7:30-9:30pm
Cost: $40/person
Online: lilomm.com/workshops

Moms Up! Series
This series combines yoga with life coaching to help moms manage some common challenges– balance, self-doubt, energy, and stagnation. The sessions will be led by studio owner Pleasance Silicki and Alexandra Hughes of In Essence Coaching, LLC.

Date: June 14-October 11
Cost: $50/per workshop, or $160 for all four with advance registration.
Online: lilomm.com/workshops

Because she’s just as cool as the Mother of Our Country

There’s a reason history labels all the beautiful characters of life as mother figures. This Mother’s Day take a leisurely, floral walk and remember Mother Nature along with the first First Lady, Martha Washington at this lovely estate.


photo: Sue Waters via flickr

Mother’s Day Weekend at Mount Vernon
Learn more about Martha Washington (portrayed by veteran character interpreter Mary Wiseman) on the piazza at Mount Vernon. All mothers will receive a free lavender sachet!  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.

Date: May 9 and 10, 8 am-5 pm
Cost: $17/adults ages 12-61; $16/seniors; $9/children ages 6-11; free for children under 5

Mount Vernon Estate
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, Va 22121
Online: mountvernon.org

Because she can update her operating system herself, thank you very much

Bye, bye to that (only mildly true) stereotype that moms aren’t techy. Below is an ideal day out for moms and their mini-mes to get their computers on – literally.

Woman with laptop.

Mother Daughter Hack-Day
Moms (and other maternal figures) can take 5th-8th grade girls to Mother-Daughter Hack Day at Thomas Jefferson High School in northwest D.C. Student organization “Inspiring Femgineers” is hosting free computer science workshops for mothers and daughters to learn how to program apps, games, and websites. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Date: May 9, 11 am-5 pm
Cost: Free

Thomas Jefferson High School
6560 Braddock Rd
Alexandria, Va 22312
Online: eventbrite.com/e/mother-daughter-hack-day-tickets

Because she always cuts off the crusts

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 get an adult libation (did someone say Mango Bellini?) or mussels drowning in garlic, and the kids can gorge on buttermilk masa pancakes.

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photo: Ryan Dickey via flickr

El Chucho – Cochina Superior
Be it brunch or a dinner to impress, El Chucho is – dare we say it – possibly just as good as mom’s home cooking. If you’re heading there with the little ones, order up their new dish: chorizo enchiladas con huevo. It’s the delicious way to start off Mother’s Day right.

3313 11th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010
Online: facebook.com/pages/El-Chucho-Cocina-Superior

Morrison House
This Old Town Alexandria Restaurant is for the family that loves to make this special day a classical affair. Enjoy an afternoon tea fit for moms and daughters, or an exception tasting menu dinner with live piano music accompaniment. It’s also a chance to get a little dressy for the fun of it.

Morrison House Hotel
116 South Alfred Street
Alexandria, Va 22314
Online: morrisonhouse.com

Love to instagram your fam (and food)? The Republic’s offbeat atmosphere and refined menu of raw seafood, instagram-worthy plates and creatively named drinks is any photo-taking mom’s dream come true. Each dish might sound a tad fancy for baby foodies, but there’s traditional sides like potato latkes and monkey bread to keep little tummies happy.

6939 Laurel Ave.
Takoma Park, Md 20912
Online: republictakoma.com

Because she’s lucky to get a two-minute shower

She’s so used to resorting to dry shampoo that an hour at one of these spas will leave her feeling like the ten million bucks she is. It’s time for her to feel pampered for a change.

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photo: Thomas Pompernigg via flickr

Hela Spa DC
Moms can indulge in the Mother’s and Other Package for a pure natural facial, a 50 minute hot stone massage and an eye contour treatment.

Cost: $220/package

Hela Medical Spa
3209 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
Online: helaspadc.com

Mommy and Me Spa Escape
Get super luxurious, even down to pampering your mini-me with the Mommy and Me Spa Escape. With overnight accommodations, one Spa Minerale Manicure and Pedicure for Mom, one Happy Hands and Feet Manicure and Pedicure for Child, you won’t even have to shower at home. Or if you happen to be able to book a sitter, the Supermom Spa Retreat offers the all-out treatment that every mom deserves.

Cost: Varies per package.

Lansdowne Resort
44050 Woodridge Parkway
Leesburg, Va 20176
Online: lansdowneresort.com

Ohana Wellness
Take the weight off your shoulders (along with this $10 off any massage gift card for Mother’s Day) with a stress reducing session. Swedish to Thai massage, easing pregnancy to postnatal discomforts, or even bringing your infant for joint massages, Ohana Wellness knows exactly how to reset your body to refresh mode.

Ohana Wellness
4815 St. Elmo Avenue
Bethesda, Md 20814
Online: ohanawellnessbethesda.com

Because she’s patiently attended countless teddy bear tea parties

A tea party for mom and their pals, from tiny to tall, who aren’t furry and made of porcelain. Everything is less imaginary (although just as magical) at our selection below.


photo: DC Gardens via flickr

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Overlooking Georgetown and the Potomac, Tudor Place is the perfect spot for moms and kids (ages 5 and up) to sip a cuppa and nibble on dainty sandwiches and desserts. During tea, have your silhouettes cut by a skilled local artisan—they’ll be matted and ready for an 8×10 frame upon departure. After tea, a guided tour of the mansion includes a look at 200-year-old silhouettes of the first children to grow up at Tudor Place.

Date: May 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $40/non-member adult; $35/member adult $20/child

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
1644 31st St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Online: tudorplace.org

How do you plan on spending Mother’s Day in D.C.? Tell us in the comments section below. 

— Katie Brown


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