Things to Do for Mother’s Day in Washington, DC

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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.

Le Diplomate

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 Washington, DC, there’s no better place for an upscale brunch than Le Diplomate. This elegant French brasserie serves up classy brunch fare like cheeses, oysters, croissants, lobster omelets, eggs benedict, and more. They also offer outdoor seating if you’d prefer limiting time spent indoors without a mask on near other people!

Georgetown Waterfront Park

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 Georgetown Waterfront Park. This national park site is a lovely spot to relax or stroll beside the Potomac River. After you’re done eating, go check out the labyrinth in the park, or the Georgetown Historic District right beside it.

Afternoon Tea

If you want something unique to do with your mom, take her out for a refined afternoon tea experience! At the Four Seasons, they’re serving elegant English-style high tea with a modern twist. Set to a live soundtrack by Violetta, you’ll sip tea, champagne, and tea-infused martinis while enjoying a selection of sweet and savory treats. The food options include cucumber sandwiches, scones, macarons, tartlets, opera cake, smoked salmon sandwiches, and more.

United States Botanical Garden

A lot of people get their mom flowers for Mother’s Day – but how about taking her to see thousands of blooming flowers? The United States Botanical Garden is a lovely place to spend Mother’s Day with your special someone. And while the gated sections of the park are currently closed due to COVID, Bartholdi Park and the Terrace Gardens remain open. Bartholdi Park is considered a well-kept secret among locals and contains 2 acres of trees, plants, and flowers surrounding a lovely fountain.


If your mom is more of the traditional type, you might want to treat her to a classy night out. Consider Masseria, which is the proud holder of a Michelin star. Be prepared to splurge when dining at this high-end Italian restaurant, but we can assure you, it’s worth it. They offer full meals on their prix-fixe menu as well as the Courtyard Experience – which includes a collection of savory bites followed by sweet bites with drinks in the courtyard. Should you choose to stay home due to the pandemic, they offer to-go meals from Wednesday through Sunday for curbside pickup.

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