A Spa Day at the Shore
Water’s Edge Resort & Spa
1525 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT 06498
Water’s Edge Resort & Spa has a full-service spa where mom can relax, refresh and revive. There are also packages available that include a stay in one of the nearly 170 guest rooms, suites and villas – many of which have a view of the shore. Water’s Edge has a fine restaurant and lounge (which often has live entertainment), and many opportunities for mom to get up and move about on the tennis courts, at the fitness center or by walking the beach. The surrounding town has many charming antique stores and other shops, and makes for a fine getaway for Mother’s Day.
See the Seashore from the Sound
Argia Mystic Cruises
15 Holmes St.
Mystic, CT 06355
Taking mom out for a day at the shore is an old Connecticut tradition, but for a truly unique change of pace, why not see the shore from the Sound? Tours out of Mystic are available for individuals, families and groups aboard the Schooner Argia. A replica of a 19th century two-masted sailing ship but with all of the modern amenities, the Agria sails up the MysticRiver, around Fishers Island and into Long Island Sound. The crew will point out the homes of famous sea captains and other man-made and natural sights of note, and nervous moms need not worry – there are lifejackets aplenty and the Argia has a diesel engine should the wind be too calm to fill the sails. Snacks and soft drinks are included, but passengers are encouraged to pack a picnic – and the crew will even provide complimentary napkins, paper plates, cups, ice and coolers. There are half-day and sunset cruises, and the sailing season starts May 3 – just in time for Mother’s Day.
A Cozy Brunch at an Elegant Manor House
218 Kent Road
New Milford, CT 06776
Mother’s Day brunch need not be some stuffy, noisy, formal affair in a crowded ballroom. At Adrienne’s in New Milford, Sunday brunch is as charming and welcoming as the host, Adrienne Sussman – a veteran chef who’s elegant manor house home doubles as a restaurant. The setting is intimate and comfortable, and the cuisine is true New England cooking. The baked goods are made on the premises from all-natural ingredients, and Chef Sussman has built upon years of experience at the Waldorf-Astoria’s Peacock Alley and other famous restaurants around the country to present a fine American menu. The dress is comfortable and if the weather permits, as it might in May, outdoor seating is often available in the garden.
A Musical Mother’s Day
Long Wharf Theatre
222 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT 06511
Mother’s Day weekend is opening weekend for the Long Wharf Theatre’s presentation of the award-winning musical, “The Last Five Years.” Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown and directed by Gordon Edelstein, the romantic, intimate and at times humorous musical drama tells the story of a couple’s love from both points of view: his and hers. The Long Wharf is one of the best and also one of the most affordable theaters not just in New Haven but also in all of Connecticut, and it is within easy walking distance of many fine restaurants.
Put a “Spring” in Mom’s Step at the Arboretum
The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens
151 Brookdale Road
Stamford, CT 06903
Mother’s Day comes just after spring hits its half-time stride, and what better way to put a smile on mom’s face than by letting her share it with another mother – Mother Nature. The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens in Stamford is a wonderful enclave of trees, bushes, flowers and other beautiful bounties where moms and their families can walk in this great botanical park. Come a day before Mother’s Day and hit the annual spring plant sale, all of whose offerings are grown by certified master gardeners from the University of Connecticut. The UCONN gardeners will be available to talk about their trade and offer advice on how best to care for home gardens. The arboretum is open Mother’s Day, as it is every Sunday (and every other day of the year) from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. There are many trails to wander, and mom can even bring her dog along (if the puppy is leashed).
Mark G. McLaughlin is a professional and prolific writer with a proven publishing record in a wide variety of fields. An historian, novelist, freelance journalist, ghost-writer, book reviewer, magazine editor, web and magazine columnist, Mark has more than 30 years of experience. His work can be found at Examiner.com.