By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper
Mother’s Day is a day set aside to honor mothers and grandmothers and it has become a beloved national holiday. It comes at a beautiful time of year in the Lakes Region, when the flowers are blooming and spring is upon us. In the area there are many places to visit and things to do on Mother’s Day, whatever interests your mother or grandmother may have.
Come to the caves for Mother’s Day — Polar Caves, to be exact! On May 11 and 12, moms are admitted free with any other paid admission. Wear comfortable clothing and good footwear and plan to explore the fascinating and ages-old caves. Then visit the animal exhibits and plan to have lunch in the snack bar. The gift shop is full of beautiful items for Mom and the entire family. Polar Caves is located on Route 25 in Rumney. Call 536-1888 or visit www.polarcaves.com.
While in the Rumney/Plymouth area, plan to bring Mom to the Museum of the White Mountains, located at 34 Highland St. at Plymouth State University. The museum is open with many fascinating old photos, paintings, and artifacts tracing the history of New Hampshire’s North Country. Visit www.plymouth.edu/museum-of-the-white-mountains.
Most families love nature and animals. Mother’s Day is a great time to take Mom (and the whole family) to the area’s best nature spot, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness. On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, bring Mom for a special free visit; moms enjoy free trail admission with another paid admission. The center features wonderful animals in large, natural enclosures. It’s a great chance to see foxes, bears, deer, mountain lions, and bobcats and many other wild animals in a glorious outdoor setting. Visit www.nhnature.org or call 968-7194.
For families who love hiking, the Highland Center at Crawford Notch in Bretton Woods will be offering a fun family weekend, including Mother’s Day Brunch on May 12. This weekend will feature guided indoor and outdoor programs for families with children of all ages. The weekend will include guided nature walks, a family-friendly hike to a waterfall, and a GPS treasure hunt. Additionally, on Sunday, there will be children’s crafts and a gift for Mom, a delicious Mother’s Day Buffet. Call 278-4453.
Take Mom out on the waters of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee and treat her to a delicious and memorable Mother’s Day Brunch & Cruise on the M/S Mount Washington on Sunday, May 12. This will be the first public cruise of the 2013 season. The cruise has two departure times: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from the Weirs Beach dock. Brunch is a delectable buffet with lots of goodies from which to choose, including salads, soups, egg dishes, French Toast, meats, lobster, carving stations of turkey and prime rib, desserts, and a children’s buffet, Musical entertainment will take place during the cruise. After your meal, accompany Mom as she browses around the huge Mount Washington. If the weather is fine, enjoy the passing scenery from on deck in one of the many seats set throughout the ship for your relaxation. The cruises sell out, so call now to reserve your Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise tickets at 366-5531 or get tickets online at www.cruiseNH.com.
Moms and flowers seem to go together naturally. For a unique and unforgettable Mother’s Day adventure, take your Mom to the Mother’s Day Special at Tarbin Gardens in Franklin. Moms receive free admission when accompanied by a ticket-payer. Tarbin Gardens is a unique and beautiful landscaped garden open to the public. Explore the extensive gardens, then sit a while and relax. Bring a picnic lunch to eat in the Rose Garden Patio. Visitors can choose to take an educational guided tour starting at 11 a.m. and lasting approximately one hour. Tarbin Gardens is located at 321 Salisbury Road (Route 127 South), Franklin. For information and directions, call 934-3518 or visit www.tarbingardens.com.
Does Mom love a train ride? If so, head to the Conway Scenic Railroad for their Mothers’ Day Special on May 12 when moms ride free in Coach when accompanied by one or more of her children. Moms may choose to ride First Class for free when accompanied by another paying adult. Complimentary appetizers will be served in the First Class Parlor Car. (Those who are late in getting a gift for Mom can visit the train station’s gift shop with lots of unusual gifts.) Visit www.conwayscenic.com or call 1-800-232-5251.
Women have long served their country during times of war and peace. The Wright Museum at 77 Center St. in Wolfeboro is offering all mothers free admission to the museum on May 12 (when accompanied by family members). The museum offers a fascinating look back at the days of World War II when both men and women on the home front, as well as abroad, did their part in the fight for freedom. Call the Wright Museum at 569-1212.
If your Mom loves unique music, plan to attend Feel the Spirit on May 11 at 7:30 p.m. or May 12 at 2 p.m. at St. Katherine Drexel Church on Route 28 in Alton. The Clearlakes Chorale will present John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit, a collection of seven African-American spirituals arranged by the composer. Additional works will be drawn from American choral music, folk music, and art music. For tickets, visit www.clearlakeschorale.org.
What better place to spend Mother’s Day than at a castle? The beautiful Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough will offer a Special Mother’s Day Brunch on May 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Treat Mom to a delicious brunch atop the Ossipee Mountains with views of the Lakes Region. Delicious selections include French Toast, Creamy Scrambled Eggs, Chicken Picata, Haddock Marblehead, various salads, and assorted desserts. After brunch, Moms tour the fabled castle Lucknow for free on Mother’s Day. Diners need reservations; call 476-5900.
If your mother loves history, bring her to Heaven on Earth, also known as Canterbury Shaker Village on Shaker Road in Canterbury. On May 12, the village will offer a tour, shop, and dine package which includes a special tour of the Shaker buildings, a visit to the Museum Shop, and a delicious Shaker-inspired meal in Greenwood’s Restaurant on the grounds of the village. Call 783-9511 to reserve.