Our picks for the best Mother’s Day around Washington
written by Kevin Max
For guys (like me) who have waited ’til the last minute and still want to pull off a Mother’s Day that looks like you’ve planned this for weeks (because, she’s worth it) don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Here are some themes and ideas for every budget. But don’t dither. Click these links and get this one in the books.
Romantic Brunch – Mother’s Day – Seattle
Spas and brunches, no matter how cliché this may be on Mother’s Day, these are two time-tested ways to slow down and relax. Billed as Seattle’s only waterfront hotel, follow the pink E to The Edgewater Hotel in Belltown. The Edgewater’s Six Seven Restaurant has amazing views, fresh fruit, local seafood and omelets to order (11 a.m.-3 p.m., $80/$40 adults/kids).
One of our favorite institutions—Pike Place Market—meets another: Mother’s Day brunch. Envision the best of the market, now served to you at the Goodwin Library overlooking the historic Pike Place Market clock. Fresh jams and pastries, crab cakes with poached duck eggs, chipotle hollandaise smoked salmon … need I go on? (11-1, $75). Bonus points: Book a night at the Inn at the Market ($255-$485) and a massage package that comes with fresh fruit from the market.
Zen and a Bite
An opulent way to say, “Thanks for all you do, honey,” is to go all in at the Four Seasons. Get your wife the Luminous Opulence Oxygen Facial—she’ll know what that means—or the Emerald City Spa Escape and join her after at the Goldfinch Tavern, a stylish collaboration from Ethan Stowell. The Goldfinch Mule keeps it local with Rachel’s Ginger Beer.
Tea and Beauty
A good way to match two classic beauties is by skipping downtown to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel to Penelope Beauty Bar’s Renew package of full-body exfoliation ($289) followed by Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea in the elegant Georgian restaurant. (Sat-Sun, 12:15 p.m-3:15 p.m., $85/$35 adults/kids)
Mini Getaways- Mother’s Day – Seattle
Getting Love to spa is one thing—whisking her into the woods for a destination spa day is another. Here are two ways to escape for the Mother’s Day weekend. Surprise her with a drive out to Alderbrook Resort & Spa on the southern tip of the Hood Canal. Go overboard with the Queen’s Picnic, with caviar and mimosas aboard a private yacht ($95).
Naturally, nature is the best muscle relaxant. Find lots of it at Salish Lodge & Spa overlooking the mesmerizing cascade of water spilling over Snoqualmie Falls. Just 30 miles outside of town, Salish Lodge is a different world and one with a spa and romance concierge. Dr. Pepper Schwartz, a world-renowned love expert, can help you craft something out of the ordinary for an amorous weekend. (Rooms $280-$479).
Cultural Clatch- Mother’s Day – Seattle
On the cultural side with kids, get out to the Woodland Park Zoo and see other mammalian, reptilian and avian moms. Your human mom gets a 50 percent discount. The new Rhino Reserve got its first resident, Taj, a young, one-horned rhinoceros. Or awww her by taking her to see sloth bear Tasha play with her new cubs. ($10.50 mom, &12.95 kids).
Just in—Seattle Art Museum has a Basquiat exhibit that began at the end of March and runs through August 13. Catch mom on this special day, when she’ll get free admission to SAM, and inspire her with the work of an amazing artist.
Shopping – Mother’s Day – Seattle
Therapy comes in many forms, and retail therapy is one of its strongest iterations. The pastime of mother-daughter shopping can reach the deep tissue like no massage. For this, we can provide some support. Don’t wander without a mission. Get your focus on and point to Pacific Place shopping for a makeover: jewelry, shoes, makeup and purses. Finish at Din Tai Fung for dumplings.
Boutiquing on Capitol Hill may fit her style better. Think Trendy Wendy, Drizzle & Shine, and Pretty Parlor to capture the arc from naughty to nostalgia.
Or kick back the other way with Filson’s new lineup of women’s apparel—classic, outdoorsy and quality that will endure, just like mom. While there, remember that Father’s Day is only a month away.