Sundays are made for spending time with family, and that definitely holds true for Mother’s Day coming up on May 12th (let’s repeat that: Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 12th – you’re welcome). Although we should be appreciating the superwomen known as our beautiful mothers everyday, this particular holiday is a time to show your mom how grateful you are for devoting her life to raising you into the remarkable human being you are today.
To show your appreciation, you could surprise your mom with her favorite bouquet of flowers and a heartfelt letter, or you could even go the extra mile by taking her on a trip to make memories that will last a lifetime. Whether it’s shopping, getting a massage, enjoying conversations over brunch, or sipping on some wine, every mom has her guilty pleasure. We’ve rounded up three U.S. cities you can travel to for a memorable Mother’s Day, based on traits that best define your mom.
Portland, Oregon for “The Shopaholic”
Portland is the place to go if you want to shop ’til you drop at a reasonable price, and as an added advantage, they don’t charge sales tax! To start, you can venture over to the Northwest and Nob Hill District of Portland. Along NW 23rd Street, you’ll find plenty of cute boutique shops to spoil your mom with all her favorite things.
When you’re ready for a break from the window shopping, be sure to stop at Salt & Straw, Portland’s pride and joy, for unique ice cream flavors like ‘Rhubarb Crumble with Toasted Anise’ and ‘Wildflower Honey with Ricotta Walnut Lace Cookies.’ You’ll find it on the corner of NW 23rd Street and NW Overton Street. Although this establishment started in Portland and has now expanded all over the country, they change up their ice cream flavors based on the city they’re located in, and the seasons of the year.
Ready for more shopping? Head over to the Woodburn Premium Outlets, just a 40 minute drive down the I-5 from the Northwest District. They have stores such as Adidas, Banana Republic, Coach, Michael Kors, Nike and more — all at discounted rates! Pro tip: if you’re a student, be sure to bring your student ID and always ask for student discounts. Did we mention the fact that there’s no sales tax?
In light of Mother’s Day, it’s only fitting to take your mom on a brunch date to Mother’s Bistro, in the heart of downtown Portland. Their extensive menu has a variety of delicious dishes that taste like home-cooked meals, except you’re surrounded by a beautifully decorated space that your mom will adore. Some of our favorites include the wild salmon hash, the crunchy challah french toast and the stuffed frittata. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the menu, we’ve got some good news for you: you can ask for half orders on dishes, so you can try a little bit of everything!
Mother’s Bistro is the kind of place that appreciates and empowers moms all over the world with their Mother of the Month program, also known as M.O.M. This program recognizes real moms on the front page of their menu, by including each Mother of the Month’s story, and special dishes based on the current M.O.M.’s personal recipes. Want to make your mom feel extra special? Nominate her as a M.O.M. here.
San Francisco, California for “The Laid-Back Mom”
There’s so much to do in the city of San Francisco, but for a Mother’s Day date, the best thing to do is sit back and relax. On Sundays between 2:00pm to 4:00pm, you can savor some afternoon tea at The Rotunda of Neiman Marcus in Union Square. Afternoon tea may seem like a mundane experience for some, but once you see how incredible your surroundings are at The Rotunda, think again. To ensure there will be a table available on Mother’s Day itself, we would advise making a reservation ahead of time. After your tea time, take a moment and explore Union Square to and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of San Francisco.
Another Mother’s Day bonding idea would be to pack a picnic of all your mom’s favorite snacks and refreshments, then take her to one of two places:
Option #1: The Painted Ladies at Alamo Square – This world famous skyline view is most commonly known for being featured in the opening credits of the 90’s sitcom Full House. You can post up in the exact same spot that the Full House cast sits together, or find any open space in Alamo Square Park, facing the Painted Ladies for your personal picnic with your beloved mother.
Option #2: The Conservatory of Flowers – Inside the Golden Gate Park is the charming Conservatory of Flowers, home to precious blooms and colorful butterflies. Enjoy the sunshine, a mimosa or two, and homemade treats right outside the conservatory. If you and your mom are feeling up to it, you can even go inside and check out a diverse collection of endangered plants.
Your mom will love either location you choose, but when it comes to San Francisco, it’s important to always check the weather! If the weather doesn’t permit, don’t panic — we’ve got one last indoor option for you. Drive over to Treasure Island and admire a view of the city skyline at Mersea. This restaurant has both outdoor and indoor seating, looking towards the magnificent city of San Francisco. Whether you come during the day or night, this view is certainly one you wouldn’t want to miss.
Las Vegas, Nevada for “The Music Fanatic”
Las Vegas has a reputation for being the #1 city to party and go all out, but if your mom is an open-minded, free-spirited music lover, this city would be a great place to explore. If you’ve never been to Cirque de Soleil before, Vegas has plenty of different Cirque shows that you and your mom will get a kick out of. One show that comes highly recommended is LOVE, a Cirque de Soleil performance based on songs by The Beatles. This particular show is currently celebrating its anniversary, and in honor of that, they have special discounted rates as low as $55.
Another Cirque show that will make your mom smile is ONE, featuring a soundtrack of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits. These two shows include electrifying acrobatic stunts, timeless music, and it’s truly a feast for the senses.
Once you’ve had your fair share of mind blowing musical experiences, you can treat yourselves to full day of pampering at one of the many spas throughout Las Vegas. Get a relaxing warm stone massage, a 24 karat gold facial, or even find pleasure in a simple manicure and pedicure. Both you and your mom deserve to spoil yourselves once in a while.
Lastly, you need to try an all you can eat buffet Vegas! It may be a splurge, but for the high quality food and absurd amount of options, we promise it’s worth it. For lunch, check out Wicked Spoon inside the Cosmopolitan. Indulge in a whole island of decadent desserts like Godiva cake pops, molten chocolate lava cakes and a gelato bar. For dinner, you can visit Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. Some highlights in their buffet spread are unlimited prime rib, crab, and bone marrow. If you order the crab, you can even ask the chef to steam it for you, or request for it to be tossed in garlic. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it. You can thank us later.
We hope you and your mom enjoy Mother’s Day together because she deserves to be treated like the queen she is!