Where to Treat Mom this Mother’s Day

by Catherine Douglas Moran

Enjoy a delightful brunch and spa treatment with mom at one of these local spots on May 13.

Mother’s Day Pastry (Photo Courtesy of Laduree.)

Ladurée Georgetown

Head to the Georgetown location of the French luxury bakery and sweets maker for premier double-decker macaron delights. To celebrate Mother’s Day, Claire Heitzler, head of pastry creations at Laduree, will have innovative new floral and sweet combinations such as a poppy flower pastry ($45, serves six), gift box of six macarons ($24), poppy ice cream topped with a macaron shell ($8.50) and two limited edition macaron flavors – strawberry poppy and Carla lavender ($2.80 per piece). The seasonally-inspired macarons, pastries and ice cream will be available for a limited time, with four special offerings for Mother’s Day. A special brunch on May 13 will offer a sweet and savory brunch fare with champagne, wine or cocktails from Laduree’s recently launched libations menu.

When: May 13

Where: 3060 M St. NW

SOULEX Float Spa

Looking for a luxurious spa treatment? Gift mom with a Soulex’s Mother’s Day Float Package. The package includes one blissful hour of floating and a jar of take home infused Dead Sea Salt, Stress Ease Tea and succulent. The floating takes place in a shallow, sensory-free pool of water heated to body temperature and saturated with 1,000 pounds of pharmaceutical grade Epsom salt.

When: May 13

Where: 1010 Massachusetts Ave. NW

The Ritz-Carlton

Enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch at the Ritz in Georgetown hosted in the Fahrenheit Ballroom. The menu will feature seasonally inspired dishes. Food highlights include cherry blossom pancakes with brandied cherry compote ($28), chicken and waffles with bourbon maple syrup ($29) and a complimentary pastry display filled with housemade desserts. Adults can relax and sip on bottomless mimosas or bloody marys ($30) while the kids enjoy a hospitality table with crayons, toys and full buffet ($25).

When:  May 13

Where: 3100 South St. NW

Photo Courtesy of Pennsylvania 6

Pennsylvania 6

Indulge in a champagne bar, tea themed cocktails and an a la carte lavender French toast topped with white chocolate ganache and elderflower strawberries at Pennsylvania 6. The brunch comes with complimentary sweet treats. Best of all: mothers get a special surprise gift from the Pennsylvania 6 staff.

When: May 13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: 1350 I St. NW

RARE Steakhouse and Tavern

Executive Chef Marc Hennessy will serve up a three-course prix fixe menu ($50 per person) at RARE Steakhouse and Tavern. The meal begins with a choice of chocolate brioche, local pork country pate, RARE’s crowd-favorite ham & cheese curds or other sweet and savory options. For the main course, choose from petite filet mignon with confit tomato and crispy potato dauphine, lemon soufflé pancakes, a slow-cooked stuffed leg of lamb with sweet potato hash and fried egg or house made spaghetti with wild mushrooms and Goot Essa Felsa Yehr. Additional a la carte sides include carrots and pistachios, asparagus and mushrooms and spinach with cream. For dessert: try Pastry Chef Jacqueline Suter’s bittersweet chocolate pot de crème, Almond Joy sundae or key lime pie.

When: May 13, 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: 1595 I St. NW


Head to Rosewood, D.C. ahead of Mother’s day for their Flower-Arranging Workshop hosted in partnership with Multiflor.  Ideal for both gift-making and celebrating, the workshop will be led by a local floral expert and will provide tips and techniques for creating a sophisticated, one-of-a-kind arrangement ($75 per one parent-child group, add additional members for $20 each). In addition to the custom arrangement, the hour-long event will also include two bespoke beverages, a cocktail for parents and mocktail for children. Guests are invited to craft extra arrangements for $45 each.

When: May 12,11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where: Rooftop Bar & Lounge, 1050 31st St. NW

Roofers Union

Head to the Adams Morgan gathering place for added special dishes to its brunch menu for Mother’s Day. The entrée specials for the day will include bacon, leek and Comte cheese quiche; ramp and mushroom quiche or chicken and asparagus crepes. Complete the brunch with cocktails like the Pelo del Perro made with tequila, aguardiente, grapefruit and lime. Or stick with the classic bottomless mimosa option ($15).

When: May 13, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: 2446 18th St. NW

The St. Regis

Treat mom to a Mother’s Day brunch at The St. Regis’ new Mediterranean restaurant, Alhambra. Enjoy the buffet and a special a la carte menu inspired by seasonal Mediterranean ingredients ($79 per person or $99 per person with beverage package.) Top off the brunch with decadent desserts by the hotel’s esteemed pastry team and a special parting gift for mom.

When: May 13, 11: 30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: 923 16th St. NW

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