Make it a Special Mother’s Day in Washington

Photo credit: PLAIN GOODS @plaingoodsshop

Despite the current challenges we are facing, you can still find great ways to make sure mom feels the love on her special day! Here are some ideas for experiences and wonderful locally-sourced gifts that will make it a memorable occasion. Washington has plenty of unique and thoughtful options to make the day as special as the mom in your life.

Enjoy a day outside together

Spending time exploring the great outdoors is a special way to focus on the positive together. If mom enjoys a challenge, take her hiking at one of the Steep Rock Preserves. Make sure to take a picture together when you reach some of the unique landmarks along the way! If she prefers a slower pace, enjoy the stunning garden design and beautiful spring flowers blooming at Hollister House Garden. All the secret nooks in this classic garden always make for a magical experience for all its visitors. And if Mom loves art and culture, stop by the Judy Black Memorial Park & Gardens to see the latest artwork on display.

The Thoreau Bridge at Hidden Valley Preserve. Photo credit: @mrsnuggles
Hollister House Garden. Photo credit: @sandradesautels

A picnic with a view

Surprise mom with an outdoor picnic and fresh flowers! Stop by at the “General Store” in front of Valley Spirit Wellness Center (Fridays and Saturdays) for fresh bread from Farmers & Cooks and a spring-fresh bouquet from Loam Floral Design. Then grab a pick-up order from The Pantry or Marty’s Cafe and enjoy lunch alfresco at the picnic tables along the Shepaug River in the Depot. Or enjoy a complete “Brunch-to-go” from 9 Main Cafe and enjoy it with a breathtaking view beside New Preston Falls.

The "General Store" in front of Valley Spirit Wellness Center. Photo credit: @farmersandcooks
New Preston Falls. Photo credit: @pergolahome

Window shopping

And don’t forget to do some window shopping along the way! The shops of New Preston and Washington Depot are celebrating spring with decorated windows and even a town-wide treasure hunt for the kiddos.

Surprise mom with a gift

Most shops in town are taking phone and online orders and offering delivery and pick-up options. Now is the perfect time to find that one of a kind gift, and support our amazing local businesses at the same time.


For the mom who deserves to be pampered

At times when we can’t go to salons and spas as usual, there are still ways to refresh and relax! Pick up a custom hair or nail kit from Byrde + the b, or purchase a gift card towards a future visit. Turn it into a self-care day for two complete with facials and pedicures – when things are back to normal. Or consider a gift certificate at one of our local spas, salons, or wellness studios, surely something for mom to look forward to in the near future.

To truly pamper all the senses, Privet House carries a wide array of exquisite soaps, lotions and potions sure to delight. Place an order to pick up Lucia Lotions and Potions, Cire Trudon, or C.O. Bigelow (the oldest apothecary in America, nestled in Greenwich Village). Or try Vegan Essential Oil candles and sustainable body products from J. Seitz & Co. Does she love to read? Hickory Stick Bookshop is offering a Mother’s Day Bundle for $50 or $100, all you need to do is answer a couple of easy questions about her preferences and they will do the rest. To go along with her new novels, contact D.K. Schulman Design to pick up a Mother’s Day card and Gift Jar filled with chocolates, teas, or whatever suits her taste!

Photo credit: @byrdeandtheb
Photo credit: @privethouse

For the green thumb

Is she the happiest puttering in the gardening? We suggest a look at (127-year old) Washington Supply Co.’s plants, garden décor, birdfeeders, and other outdoor accessories. Bonus points: Spend the day helping mom complete her outdoor projects and help turn her backyard into a garden sanctuary! For plants of the exotic variety and garden-inspired gifts, don’t miss the offerings at Pergola Home, all available for curbside pickup.


Photo credit: @washingtonsupplyco
Photo credit: @pergolahome

For the fashionista

For upscale fashion of the utmost quality, look no further than Plain Goods. Think beautiful kimonos, dresses, and straw hats perfect for the warmer months ahead! Nearby J. Seitz & Co. is filled with new spring offerings in beautiful colors, patterns and textures that you won’t find elsewhere. Privet House is the perfect spot for exquisite accessories. Their Lambertson Truex purses, with lovely classic woven styling, are the epitome of summer chic.

Five Janes is a charming boutique for jewelry, bags, and all sorts of one of a kind accessories. Run by a mom herself (and named as a tribute to 5 family members named Jane!) Liz can point you in the right direction to find the perfect gift.

Photo credit: @privethouse
Photo credit: @plaingoodsshop

For the interior designista

The shops of New Preston and Washington are an interior decor mecca – and a must-see source for helping mom feather her nest. From the curated finds and stunning tableware at Privet House, to the Asian-inspired décor of Pergola, the eclectic finds at J. Seitz & Co., the polished minimalism at Plain Goods, and the globally inspired décor at George Home – surround mom in décor fit for a queen!

Photo credit: @georgehomect

For the epicure

To finish the day off with the attention she deserves, plan a special take-out dinner from one of Washington’s amazing restaurants, all of whom are working hard to serve the community. Grab a complete dinner meal from Community Table, the White Horse, Hopkins Inn, or G.W. Tavern.

Dessert? Try Arcadia Kitchen’s famous “Piccolo Cioccolato” Chocolate Cake with Sangiovese Wine and EVOO available at The Smithy. Stop by County Wine & Spirits or Hopkins Vineyard to pickup the perfect nightcap. And let’s make a toast to a happy and healthy Mother’s Day celebration for all!

Photo credit: @whitehorsecountrypub
Photo credit: @arcadiaskitchen

There’s more:

Explore all the shops of Washington and New Preston.
But be sure to call ahead to find out the best way to order and arrange pickup in time for Mother’s Day!