1. RUN TOGETHER
2. TAKE A COOKING CLASS
Sur la Table (Pentagon Row in Arlington)
You and your mom can learn how to make gourmet cupcakes or throw a spring tapas-and-paella party. Take a class on Southeast Asian Street food or dishes made with beer—think a Guinness-soaked burger. Prices range $59 to $79. Make a reservation Sur la Table’s Web site.
There are classes for novices and experienced cooks on topics from specific ethnic cuisines to knife skills to party-throwing to artisanal bread-making. Complimentary wine and beverages are served at most classes. On Mother’s Day, class options are Vegetarian Indian and Greek Eats, both from 2 to 5. Visit the Web site for a complete list of classes and to make a reservation. Most classes are $85.
Washington Wine Academy
Find a new favorite wine together during the “Wines of the World” series through June 15. Each installment focuses on wine from New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, and more.
The academy is also home to the DC School of Beer. Classes range from the “1 Hour Beer” school for those who can’t tell a Corona from a Guinness to an in-depth tasting of Belgium’s lesser-known brews.
3. STROLL TOGETHER
The Capitol Hill Restoration Society is hosting its annual Mother’s Day House & Garden Tour. Most of the properties are on Southeast Capitol Hill, including the recently renovated Old Naval Hospital plus more than a dozen other properties and gardens, ranging in style from traditional to modern. Tours are offered Saturday, May 7, from 4 to 7, and Sunday, May 8, from noon to 5. Purchase tickets ($25) from PayPal or $30 that day.
4. GO ON A CULTURE DATE
5. GET PAMPERED
Treat Mom to a relaxing spa treatment—or make a day of it. Do some mother-daughter bonding over facials, mani-pedis, and cucumber water at any of our favorite area day spas.
One example is the luxurious Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, which is offering two specials now through June 30. Get either a Body Revival treatment (60-minute body wrap followed by a 20-minute back-neck-and-shoulder massage) or a Skin Renewal treatment (30-minute body exfoliation and 50-minute Time Reversal facial) for $200 Monday through Thursday and $215 Friday through Sunday. Book at the spa’s Web site.
6. GRAB DESSERT
Treat Mom to cupcakes. Georgetown Cupcake is serving up classic vanilla, chocolate, and combinations topped with Mother’s Day fondant decorations.
Sprinkles has a “Mom Box” with dark-chocolate, red-velvet, vanilla, and lemon cupcakes. Order from the shop’s Web site or visit the new location in Georgetown (3015 M St., NW).
Can't stand the idea of waiting in line? You and mom could also make dessert on your own. Lucky for you, our Recipe sleuth has sniffed out the instructions to some of the best desserts in Washington restaurants. We think these sound especially tasty: Zaytina's Greek Yogurt and Apricot Parfait, Bred & Brew's Olive-Oil Cake, Ba Bay's Coffee Milkshake, Bar Pilar's Buttermilk Pie, Northside Social's Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies, and General Store's Coconut Cream Pie. For the rest of the Recipe Sleuths, click here.
7. GO SHOPPING
Zachary’s Jewelers (100 Main St., Annapolis; 410-269-5080) is hosting a jewelry fair and trunk show on May 8. Moms can browse beautiful pieces and pick up something special for herself, while the kids are entertained by dancers and a special visit from Snow White.
Shop for the perfect Mother’s Day gift at Union Temple Baptist Church’s (1225 W St., SE) Shopping Bazaar on April 30. Browse jewelry, art, and more gifts. There will also be a DJ, pizza, and door prizes. 10 to 2.
Or why not spend a lazy Sunday popping in and out of stores together? Washington's neighborhoods are filled with dozens of great places to shop. Our favorite neighborhoods to hit are Georgetown, Friendship Heights, and Old Town Alexandria, but every neighborhood has its gems. Check out our complete list of neighborhood shopping guides to determine your destination, grab a credit card, and you and Mom are good to go.
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