by Lauren Sloat - 260 Reviews - 86 List
As a kid, you were no angel. Remember the furniture you ruined, your rebellious teenage years and that awful boyfriend you dated just to spite mom? Yeah, it was bad. Luckily, you get a second chance--otherwise known as Mother's Day--to show her how much you care. We've rounded up the best places in the district to wine, dine and pamper the moms in your life on May 9, 2010, in Washington, D.C. From brunch to tea, gardens and pedicures, there's a Mother's Day plan for you and yours. (Photo by Flickr user Cori Kindred)
Updated: May 06, 2010
Get classy and take mom to a jazz brunch that won't break the bank. Live music and a selection of "Sunday libations" set the festive mood. Entrees such as chicken and waffles, French toast, bagel sandwiches and omelets come with fresh fruit and brunch breads.
Like the idea of a picnic but not the sun burn, bug bites and unpredictable weather? Try brunch at Dupont's Firefly, where a floor-to-ceiling lantern-bedecked tree brings the outdoors in. Brunch is served from 9am to 2pm, and there's a gluten-free menu. Diners clad in PJs are rewarded with free coffee.
Brunch is served until 8pm at this Logan Circle hot spot, so mom can sleep off a crazy night and still get her brunch punch and blood orange mimosas. Sticky buns, whiskey-vanilla French toast and freshly fried cinnamon-sugar donuts are just some of the glorious offerings at this day-long feast.
Treat mom to a classic D.C. brunch experience and make reservations at this restaurant that's just east of the White House and a favorite of many former presidents. The space is richly decorated with plush carpeting, cherry wood and large, velvety booths. Brunch is served from 8:30am to 4pm.
Citysearch Dictator Elyse Moody loves the gardens and Russian art collection at this estate: "For a mom who likes gardening, you couldn't pick anything better!" she says. Hillwood opens from 1pm to 5pm on May 9; take a tour, have tea and stop in the gift shop. Call (202) 686-5807 for reservations.
Citysearch fan Cathryn M. has made a tradition of heading to this Virginia winery on Mother's Day. She says: "Pack a picnic, fly a kite, sip some wine. It's not exactly in D.C., but close enough. This will be our third annual trip with neighbors and friends."
Citysearch fan Carrie B. suggests brunch followed by a massage at this W Hotel spa, and Caroline P. also recommends spa pampering. Treat mom to a ?blissage? or try side-by-side pedicures--the double chocolate treatment is great for moms with a sweet tooth, while the pedi-colada (cocktail included) is great for moms who drink.
Two things moms like? Knickknacks and tea. Get them both at this eccentric, tchotchke-filled mansion. The $35 afternoon tea, from 2:30pm to 5pm, includes a buffet and freshly-baked scones, while the $85 high tea from 5pm to 8pm is served tableside by butlers and includes a "gourmet feast."