Mother’s Day is a good time to restore and renew our energies- with yoga, art and by just being outside with your loved ones and observing the nature rebirth.
Here are some of my Mother’s Day ideas in Boston- for any day in May.
Last weekend I went away to the Berkshires with my girlfriends for a day of yoga and meditation at Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA. We opted for a day pass which gave us access to healthy meals and onsite classes and spent the night at a nearby Yankee Inn motel (taking advantage of great pricing in May). We also took advantage of the Berkshires inspiring surroundings and took a walk around the Mount Estate (For other Berkshires itineraries, check out my post).
(if you have never been to Kripalu, read this post about my day at Kripalu from a couple of years ago).
For a more luxurious retreat in Lenox – again, made more affordable with a Day Pass– you could visit Miraval Spa. It costs roughly two times more than a day at Kripalu but includes a massage and use of swimming pools (in addition to a selection of varied wellness classes).
If you could spend a couple of days away and driving a bit further north does not scare you – water spas in Magog and Montreal in Canada offer a great relaxation (add site seeing if you so choose). Note that covid testing is no longer required for vaccinated travelers when entering Canada (be sure to check all the entry requirements, including ArriveCan forms on this site).
BALLET FOR MOM
Celebrate Mom by sending her to one (or more) of the three Boston Ballet’s performances in May. Use code MOTHERSDAY by May 9 for $20 discount. There is Next Generation one night showcase of young Boston Ballet artists on May 11; MINDScape on May 5-15 (featuring the world premieres by two of the most significant living choreographers: William Forsythe’s Blake Works III and Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo’s Ruth’s Dance, plus the return of Forsythe’s Blake Works I) and traditional Swan Lake on May 26-June 5.
I plan to attend Next Generation showcasing not just the up and coming dancers (of Boston Ballet II and Boston Ballet School Post Graduate program in collaboration with New England Conservatory Preparatory School) but new choreographers. I especially look forward to seeing Boston Ballet principal dancer’s Lia Cirio’s Lenore pas de deux set to Dvorak’s score.
One of my favorite local gardens is at the Bristol (RI) turn of the century Blithewold Estate with views over Narragansett Bay. They are hosting Tea and Scones on the Porch May 19-October 16 which includes estate and garden admission.
Lilac Sunday is traditionally celebrated on Mother’s Day at Boston’s Arboretum but gorgeous lilacs are in bloom there for a couple of more weeks in May.
Other pretty Boston’s blooms could be found on the Greenway, in Boston Public Garden (swan boats are in season!) and on Beacon Hill neighborhood.
TAKE HER TO MUSEUM
Visiting an art museum could be both therapeutic and connecting experience- both are perfect for this Mother’s day agenda. Boston’s MFA offers free Admission for Mother’s Day while at Harvard Art Museums– there is always free admission on Sundays!
One of my favorite pastime is planning trips and touring. Even if you can’t go on a trip this May, there are plenty of local tour companies in Boston to take you on a journey. One of my favorites is Free Tours by Foot Boston (with Brian). Be sure to check and out their May Calendar and get transported without leaving town.
Newport, RI is also a perfect day trip destination in May and we have spent several Mother’s Days there with family, touring one of the mansions, walking the Cliff walk and enjoying water views from the boat tours (or waterfront restaurants). Note that several mansions in the care of Newport Preservation Society are closed until May 27 (rumor has it, for filming of the second season of Gilded Age series) but the Breakers and Chepstow are open. We plan to visit Rough Point Mansion soon.