VinnieVanGOs Guide to a Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is no longer only celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May, but has now transformed into a weekend affair. With the additional days to celebrate your mom, look for traditional and non-traditional activities to get the most out of the entire weekend. VinnieVanGo has found amazing experiences outside of largest US cities for you to explore activities like wine tasting, museums, outdoor actives, and of course pampering opportunities at a spa. Following this list will ensure that your Mother has a special weekend.

Hartford, CT

The Spa at Nortwich Inn is offering a tremendous Mother’s Day Spa package that is described as the ultimate tension-melting massage, anti-aging facial and a multiple mood-boosting treatment that will have a lasting impact on your body as well as your overall wellness. Starting at $225.25 the Spa package comes with your choice of a Wellness course, Choice of a private label body product or a full use of the Spa facility which features a Sauna, Steam Room, Whirlpool, Indoor Pool, Fitness center and Relaxation Room.

Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville may not be the first place you think about when it comes to culinary delights but this mother’s day a number of hotels and restaurants are offering amazing brunches at all price points. The Azurea at One Ocean Restaurant is offering an amazing brunch overlooking the quaint Atlantic Beach. The Museum of Contemporary Art will give your mom a view of amazing gallery works while dinning on fresh salads, pastries and small delicious entrees. The Ritz-Carlton is hosting an extravagant Mother’s Day brunch in the AAA Five-Diamond Salt Restaurant on Sunday May 13th. There will be a Champagne toast, fresh seafood stations, omelets, pasta, wood grilled beef and a array of house-made pastries.

Long Island, NY

The Harbes Family Farm is offering free admission for Mother’s Harbes Barnyard Adventure lasting all weekend long. The Barnyard Adventure is an 8-acre, family-friendly experience that the entire family can enjoy. Those acres are filled with baby animals, Jumbo Jumpers, a Sports Zone with baseball, football, basketball and tossing games. Moms will enjoy Live Music and a ton of free food and award-winning Harbes Vineyard wine tasting.

Portland, OR

The Rose City Chocolate Festival is a weekend of pure indulgence and chocolate bliss made for Mom’s who enjoy chocolate. Conveniently located in the Lloyd district at the Double tree by Hilton expo hall, your senses are in for a delight with milk, dark and specialty bars of chocolate fill the room. Your mom will love the hand-crafted work of local Portland companies alongside West Coast and national chocolate makers. The entire family can help mom celebrate as children under 12 are free.

Raleigh, NC

Treat your mom to an afternoon of flowers at the 10 year anniversary of the Breathe & Boom celebration in Raleigh. Owner and Creator of Hop Rabbit Flowers, Holly Ann Brunes will guide viewers on an educational and instructional floral discussion. Didn’t buy a gift ahead of time? No worries there will be opportunities to create your own take-home arrangement in a beautiful vase while enjoying champagne, Kombucha and sweet pastries.

Paris, France

Mother’s day is a little later in Paris, kicking off on May 26. There are a number of beautiful sights to see and events your mom will love. The Luxemourg Gardens located in the 6th Arrondissement is a garden lover’s dream- with traditional French and English style designs featuring pools, fountains, lots of statues and of course green lawns. If your mom isn’t a fan of gardens try renting an electric, self-driving boat from Marin d’eau Douce and explore the Canal de l’Ourcq. During the boat tour you’ll see the great Pantin Flour Mills, Dance National Center, and National memorials of Paris.

Cancun, Mexico

The Cancun JW Marriott Cancun Resorts & Spa will offer a Mother’s Day escape package that guarantees to ease her mind, body, and soul. The package includes welcome mimosas with a mani-pedi, and an 80-minute massage in their 35,000-square foot Mayan-inspired spa.


For the active mom- Fairmont Vancouver is hosting 3K, 5K and 10K run and walk events. The races take place on Sunday May 12th in the Stanley Park on the eastern side of the Westin Bayshore. The event will benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation.

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