Things to Do for Mother’s Day in Detroit

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.

Dime Store

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 Detroit, there’s no better place for brunch than Dime Store, located right downtown near Campus Martius. This hip spot offers creative twists on brunch classics along with craft beer, wine, and cocktails. Some highlights from their menu include peach cobbler French toast, Korean BBQ duck leg hash, and house-made sausages. Park in the Financial District Garage, and they’ll validate the first two hours of parking for you! And if you and your mom are late sleepers or can’t get a reservation for an ideal time, don’t worry – they serve breakfast and brunch all day!  

Belle Isle

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 Belle Isle. This 984-acre island park in the Detroit River is a lovely spot to relax. After you eat, you can take a stroll around the coast to view the Detroit and Windsor skylines, or along the interior nature trails to do some birdwatching.

Afternoon Tea

If you want something unique to do with your mom, how about taking her for an elegant, English-style tea? The Whitney is a perfect place for this because after your tea you can enjoy the colorful oasis of their onsite gardens or pop across the street to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The Afternoon Tea service is offered on weekends at 11:00 am or 1:00 pm and requires an advance reservation. The menu includes champagne or mimosa upon arrival, followed by scones, soup and salad, an assortment of tea sandwiches, finished with hot canapes and dessert. And it’s more than a meal – the full experience includes live piano music and encourages elegant clothing and hats.

Selden Standard

If your mom is more of the traditional type, you might want to treat her to a classy night out. Consider Selden Standard, one of the most accoladed restaurants in Detroit. This New American restaurant serves seasonal and local craft cocktails and small plates, so it’s perfect to sample lots of treats tapas-style with mom. Selden Standard was named restaurant of the year in 2015 by the Detroit Free Press and in 2016 by Hour Detroit, and this past year, one of their chefs was nominated for the Rising Star Chef of the Year James Beard Award.

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