Whether you identify with Abraham Lincoln, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother,” or George Carlin, “I remember when I was a kid I used to come home from Sunday School and my mother would get drunk and try to make pancakes,” use oM’s guide to celebrate a truly memorable Mother’s Day around New York City and beyond.
Save: Bring the family to Prospect Park for a fun DIY feast at Smorgasborg. [PP]
Save/Splurge: Take Mom on a joy ride on the new Citi Bike NY bikes, then stop for lunch at one of these bike-friendly spots. [CitiBike]
Save: Harness your chi together at a free fitness class amidst art. [SocratesSculpturePark]
Splurge: Whisk Mom away for a Maycation at Hidden Pond (May 2-May 16) and enjoy 15% off the nightly rate (from $331), accommodations in a luxurious two bedroom cottage, and a $100 resort credit to be used towards spa treatments in the Tree Spa, a meal at restaurant Earth, three-hour bicycle tours, cooking classes, or stand-up paddle boarding lessons. Breakfast, afternoon tea, and a s’mores bonfire are also included. [HiddenPond]
Save: Enjoy locally-sourced fare and special Mother’s Day bites in a Brooklyn garden. [iCi]
Splurge: Escape to the countryside for a lavish Sunday brunch at a beautiful restaurant overlooking the Hudson River. ($45/adults, $28/child [HarvestonHudson]
Gifts (for Mom and Mother Earth)
Save: Find a one-of-a-kind item for Mom at the Spring Handmade Collective, featuring 35 local artisans, designers, and crafters. [SpringHandmadeCollective]
Splurge: Plant a Prospect Park tree in your mother’s name. [ProspectPark]
Save: Sponsor a wild place like Yellowstone National Park or Yosemite for as little as $20. [SierraClub]
Save: Take Mom to a Hatha Yoga class ($23) at Wave Hill, then treat her to lunch in the cafe. [WaveHill]
Splurge: Tour a gorgeous, historic mansion on the Hudson River, attend a food and wine tasting ($35) of the best restaurants and wineries in the Hudson Valley, and enjoy the view. [Boscobel]
The co-founder and editor-at-large at offMetro, Lauren is a sustainable travel specialist and freelance journalist with frequent bylines in National Geographic, Bicycling Magazine and Shape. Follow Lauren’s adventures at @laurenmati.