Mother’s Day is coming up next month! The moms in our lives work so hard and give so much, so it’s important to take a day to make them feel special. Whether you’re celebrating your own mother, a step-mother, the mother of your children, or a friend who is a mom, here are some ideas of wonderful things to do with her.
Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen
Since Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday, it’s traditional for many people to take their mom out for brunch. This is always a winning idea, and in Baltimore, there’s no better place for brunch than Gertrude’s, a farm-to-table that celebrates the Chesapeake region’s culinary traditions. Gertrude’s has a phenomenal brunch menu that includes favorites like crab quiche, buttermilk waffles, and a country breakfast platter. Better yet, the restaurant is located in the Baltimore Museum of Art, so you can follow up your meal with a visit to the museum’s renowned art collection.
The National Aquarium
Is that mom in your life fun-loving and young at heart? If so, the National Aquarium is a wonderful way for you to pass the day in awe of the beauty and mysteries of our Earth’s oceans. The aquarium houses 20,000 animals representing 800 different species and is involved in rescue, conservation, and community outreach. It’s a great place to support and you and your mom are sure to learn a lot about all your favorite aquatic creatures.
May is the beginning of picnic season! The weather is warming up, trees and flowers are blooming, and outdoor celebrations are a safe option during COVID-19. A great place to take your mom for a picnic locally is Federal Hill Park due to the lovely views of the harbor and Baltimore skyline. This historical spot is just a short walk from downtown, too, so you could easily pair it with something like the National Aquarium!
Rawlings Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
A lot of people get their moms flowers for Mother’s Day – but how about taking her to see thousands of blooming flowers? The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory is a lovely place to spend Mother’s Day with your special someone. You’ll need to pre-register online ahead of time to secure your timed-entry ticket. Make sure you pay a visit to the Orchid Room, which boasts over 30,000 species!
If your mom appreciates fine foods, you might want to treat her to a classy meal. Consider Woodberry Kitchen, owned by Baltimore’s only James Beard award-winning chef, Spike Gjerde. Located in a renovated 1870s mill, and keeping up that rustic chic vibe, the restaurant serves up plant-based farm-to-table fare. Due to COVID-19, you can’t currently eat at the restaurant, but you can order a meal to go and then turn your own dining room into a fine dining establishment for the day – all you’ll need is a white tablecloth, a candle, and a vase of flowers!
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