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Marvelous Mother’s Day Specials

Kathi Caldwell-Hopper - May 5, 2014

Canterbury Shaker Village

Canterbury Shaker Village. (Photo: Kathi Caldwell-Hopper)

Mother’s Day is a special time to honor mothers and grandmothers and, over the years, 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 10 and 11 Moms are admitted free with any other paid admission. Wear comfortable clothing, good footwear, and plan to explore the fascinating and ages-old caves. Then visit the animal exhibits and have a family 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 603-536-1888 or visit

While in the Rumney-Plymouth area, plan to bring Mom to the Museum of the White Mountains located at 34 Highland Street, at Plymouth State University. The museum features many fascinating old photos, paintings, and artifacts tracing the history of New Hampshire’s North Country. Admission is free and the museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Visit

Take Mom out on the waters of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee and treat her to a delicious and memorable Mother’s Day Brunch and Cruise on the M/S Mount Washington on Sunday, May 11. 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. 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 early to reserve your Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise tickets at 603-366-5531 or get tickets online at

Moms love flowers, whether they are receiving a beautiful bouquet from their children or admiring a flower garden. 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 English garden open to the public. Explore the extensive gardens, then sit awhile and relax. Bring a picnic lunch to eat at 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 (open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) is located at 321 Salisbury Road (Route 127 South), Franklin. For information and directions, call 603-934-3518 or visit

Does Mom love the romance and allure of a train ride? If so, head to the Conway Scenic Railroad for its Mothers’Day Special on May 11 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 or call 1-800-232-5251.

Women have long served their country during times of war and peace. The Wright Museum at 77 Center Street in Wolfeboro is offering all mothers free admission to the museum on May 11 (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 603-569-1212.

What better place to spend Mother’s Day than at a castle? Beautiful Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough will offer a Special Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. Treat Mom to a delicious brunch in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom with gorgeous views of the Lakes Region. Diners need reservations; call 603-476-5414.

Live theatre is a favorite of many Moms and the Interlakes Summer Theatre at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith will be presenting “Our Corner of the Sky, A Tribute to the Music of Stephen Schwartz” (composer of Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, and more) on Saturday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 11, at 3 p.m., just in time for Mother’s Day weekend. There will be a silent auction during each performance. Call 1-888-245-6374 for ticket information.

If your mother loves history, bring her to Heaven on Earth, also known as Canterbury Shaker Village, on Shaker Road in Canterbury. On May 11, tour the village buildings which are full of history, then visit the museum shop and let Mom pick out a gift from among the variety of items, including Shaker books, ornaments, and pottery. Call 603-783-9511 to reserve.

Start the day off right with a wonderful brunch in Wolfeboro. Wolfe’s Tavern at the Wolfeboro Inn on Main Street will be offering a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 11, starting at 11 a.m. The buffet brunch is a great way to fuel up for a leisurely day of shopping in Wolfeboro. Call 603-569-3016 for information. 

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