With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we know what’s going through your mind: breakfast in bed? That book she mentioned she’d like to read? A trip to her favorite nail salon? Family gathering over brunch? Flowers again? While all these gestures are lovely and universally mom-approved, maybe it’s time to switch it up and give the moms in your life something new, like a weekend getaway!
Flowers wilt, but experiences create memories that last a lifetime. Hop in a Zipcar or grab a train ticket via Amtrak or Metro-North Railroad and take a special lady to do something unique this year! Fresh out of ideas? You’ve come to the right place! Check out some Mother’s Day inspiration below…
Visit Ithaca on Saturday, May 13th for the Honey Bee Jubilee at Varick Winery & Vineyard. Taste wines and enjoy honey-inspired foods! Or head up on Sunday, May 14th for a Mother’s Day Supper Club with Northland Sheep Dairy. $55 per ticket include cheese and cider pairing in the pasture and a 4-course supper with Good Life Cider pairings.
If there’s one thing most moms can agree on, it’s CHOCOLATE! Visit Dutchess County this Mother’s Day weekend and enjoy wine and chocolate tastings at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. The tastings take place on Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th with two tasting reservations at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Prepare to be dazzled by Oliver Kita Chocolate from Rhinebeck, NY and a handful of Millbrook wines.
Is your mom an outdoor adventurer? Hop on the train to Westchester where you can hike, bike and walk through trails offering picturesque scenery, parks, picnic spots, restaurants, historic sites and nature preserves along their routes. Pack a special picnic to celebrate Mother’s Day and enjoy the spring season!
Or maybe she’s up for a fishing adventure!? Getaway to Delaware County in the Catskills, whose waters have gained fame as the birthplace of American fly fishing. From the area’s vast lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, there is no better fly fishing hot spot than the Great Western Catskills!
Maybe she’d prefer a quaint, relaxing and extra bubbly weekend? Visit Sullivan County in the Catskills and cozy up at the Lazy Pond Bed & Breakfast. On Mother’s Day, celebrate with live music and flowing mimosas at their Champagne Brunch. Call for reservations before it’s sold out!
Or maybe she’s more of a craft beer drinker? Make plans for the ultimate brew tour in Central New York, America’s craft brew destination! With over 65 breweries, hard cideries, distilleries, craft-focsed pubs and wineries, you’ll have days’ worth of tastings and tours to experience! Need help mapping your route? You can make your own trail!
You could plan a visit to Northeast Pennsylvania for the inaugural Spring Festival at Montage Mountain Resort. Treat Mom to samples of local wines and delicious food, enjoy live entertainment and shop from local retail vendors. It’s a perfect way to celebrate all the moms in your life and kick off the spring season!
But hey, if you can’t get away for Mother’s Day weekend, you can still treat all those special moms to the treasures of New York State right at home! Head to your local GrowNYC Greenmarket, pick up a bunch of juicy NY apples, grab a few of the amazing recipes from the New York Apple Association, and whip up a spread as elegant and delicious as she deserves!