Mother's Day: More Important Than Ever Last Updated: April 2021

After the year we’ve had, everyone deserves to celebrate what we’re thankful for – especially Mom! Mother's Day festivities may still be a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give Mom a truly fantastic day. Here are some great ideas for 2021.

Dine With Mom
Get Grill Fixings To Go
Sip Wine and Beer
Enjoy the Day
Unique Experiences
Mother's Day Events
Gifts Made in Connecticut

Dine with Mom

Let someone else do the cooking this Mother's Day and take Mom out for a fabulous meal. Get out in the open air at these outdoor dining spots with a view or try these delicious brunch destinations. If you're staying in this Mother's Day, pick up fine dining feasts to-go from Water's Edge Resort & Spa, Kensington's Restaurant, AMG Catering, or S&P Oyster Co. – it'll be just as if you took Mom out!

Looking for something extra special? Below is a selection of spectacular restaurants offering Mother's Day specials from brunch favorites to mouthwatering lunch menus.

Get Grill Fixings To Go

Want to cook your own feast at home? Pick up sustainably raised meat from one of Connecticut's craft butchers or fish markets and grill Mom a meal to remember! Below are a few spots to consider.

Sip Wine and Beer

Treat Mom to her favorite drink for a relaxing Mother’s Day – either at home or on the inviting grounds of a vineyard or brewery.

Whether she prefers sipping wine or hops, spots like Maugle Sierra Wines in Ledyard and Brignole Vineyards in Granby are offering grab-and-go wine pickup, while breweries such as Urban Lodge Brewing Company in Manchester and Brewery Legitimus in New Hartford are doing the same with beer orders. Problem Solved Brewery in East Windsor even has a drive-up beer-to-go window.

For a one-stop Mother’s Day pickup, Chamard Vineyards in Clinton is offering takeout or curbside pickup for drinks and food from their French-inspired bistro.

If Mom enjoys bartending or you want to let him kick back while you mix him a drink, Bridgeport's Fifth State Distillery is making your next golden hour easier with cocktail kits. Whether it's a Bloody Mary or a Mule, their kits will make your next cocktail an easy task. Meanwhile, Conspiracy Bar in Middletown is offering special to-go cocktail list featuring unique make-your-own kits that come with all the ingredients to make 1-2 specialty drinks at home.

More ideas for take-home offerings from Connecticut breweries, wineries, and distilleries can be found here.

Visiting in person? Many of the spots mentioned above are currently welcoming guests or try the vineyards and breweries below.

Enjoy the Day

Mother’s Day is an opportune day for memory-making, so why not get out in the spring air as a family?

Admire nature’s beauty by hiking or taking a walk with Mom! Luckily, Connecticut has some stunning locations to make it special. Check out these top hiking trails or these social distance-friendly hikes in every county. If you’re looking for some incredible views, these hiking (and biking) destinations will take you to new heights.

Give the day some extra thrill and take Mom ziplining! Swing through the trees at Nomads Outdoor AdventureThe Adventure Park, or HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods. Want to really amp up the day? Take her skydiving at Skydive Danielson – the memory will be unforgettable.

Or, take the day slower – but make it stunning. Explore Connecticut’s historic homes and gardens, stroll a photo-worthy flower towns, or perhaps visit outdoor murals.

Below are a few outdoor spots to find beauty around every corner.

Unique Experiences

Want to make Mother's Day truly unforgettable? Take Mom to enjoy a unique experience like those below. And if she's still staying in on Mother's Day, give a gift card she can redeem whenever she's ready. Get ready for some serious memory-making!

Axe Throwing

Pine & Iron Axe Throwing, Hartford and New Haven

Montana Nights Axe Throwing, Newington

Brass City Raceway & Axe Throwing, Waterbury

Odin’s Keep Axe House, Enfield
 

Zip Lining

Foxwoods HighFlyer Zipline, Mashantucket

The Adventure Park, Bridgeport

The Adventure Park at Storrs, Storrs
 

Arts & Crafts

Painted by the Shore
 

Indoor Go Karting

Supercharged, Montville

On Track Karting, Wallingford
 

Cooking

The Fig Cooking School, Milford

Foodology Cooking School, Plantsville
 

Sailing

Argia, Mystic
 

In a League of its own…

Smash Avenue, West Hartford

And Don't Miss these Mother's Day Events

Mother’s Day Cruise, Haddam

Board RiverQuest and spend some quality time with Mom. On this special day, Mom is half price. Enjoy the 90-minute boat ride on the Connecticut River, then check out some nearby local restaurants!

 

Mother’s Day Vendor Pop-up, Connecticut River Valley Inn

Support local business and plan a day trip to visit the Mother’s Day pop-up shops at the Connecticut River Valley Inn. You may even find a special gift to treat Mom!

 

Gifts Made in Connecticut

When shopping for a thoughtful gift for Mom, why not look right in your own state? Plenty of Connecticut businesses have online stores as well as in-store shopping!

Support small businesses and make a gift basket for Mom filled with Connecticut-made goodies or choose her favorites from food to clothing accessories. Plus, you can support local Black-owned businesses with this online directory. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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