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Where to Spoil Mom for Mother's Day in Boston

May 9, 2014 at 4:13 PM | by | ()

From a spa day to a brunch date, here's where to take mom.

Newsflash: Sunday is Mother’s Day. Hopefully, you already knew that. Otherwise, prepare for an hour spent scouring the detritus of the greeting card aisle for the one card left that still has a matching envelope. (Solution: Make your own with construction paper and glitter, “because a mom’s love always makes you feel like a kid again!” Good, right?)

If you’re still on the hunt for hotel-related stays, events and suggestions, we’ve rounded up a trio of ideas in Boston that might help. (We will have some other ideas for moms not in Boston shortly.) Whether you’re splurging on an overnight or just brunch, here are a few ways to make mom feel like a million bucks. Plus tax. And bring some money for the maid.

For the Rich Mom: Mandarin Oriental, Boston We’re assuming the apple doesn't fall too far from the Brahmin-bred tree for this one. If you can swing it, the Mandarin Oriental is a perfect pick for a mom who likes pampering; the property put together a series of “Mother’s Day Indulgence” packages that include the 5.5-hour “Ultimate Mother’s Day” with body scrub, massage, facial and more. (Price tag: $786) Meanwhile the Mandarin’s restaurant, Asana (pictured), is offering a $98 prix fixe menu from 12-9 PM. The Mother’s Day feast includes English pea risotto, lemon sole, and red berry rhubarb sabayon. And it includes some take-home flowers, ‘cause they’re all about the freebies, obviously.

For the “Cool Mom”: The Liberty Hotel Your mom’s not, like, a regular mom. She’s a cool mom. Her Instagram skills are on par with Madonna’s. She flirts with your boyfriends. After a few glasses of Chardonnay, she even flirts with your girlfriends. Every cougar needs a prowling ground, and The Liberty Hotel is purr-fect. The former Charles Street Jail is now a swanky property with a lobby atrium that doubles as a multi-floor party where handsome young suits deflect (at first) the advances of Stifler’s Mom and her pack of ravenous Real Housewives of Suburbia. We say all this with love, believe it or not, because let’s face it: What’s good for the winks-at-the-waitress goose is good for the gander. Get it, mom. And while you’re at it, get to the Liberty’s Italian restaurant Scampo, where grand dame of Boston dining chef Lydia Shire is plating special brunch and dinner specials that include tomahawk grilled veal cheap and crispy soft shell crab with fried green tomatoes.

For the Fashion-Forward Mom: The Intercontinental Boston Does your mom have a really outlandish hat that used to embarrass you in elementary school, but now results in snaps for her courageous fashion efforts? Tell her to take the fascinator out of retirement and head to the Intercontinental for brunch; the Boston property is participating in a brand-wide content to find the mom with the best headgear. While you’re brunching, take a photo of mom, share it with the Intercontinental Boston’s Twitter or Facebook page (using hashtag #HatsOfftoMomsICBOS), and cross your fingers that she scores a $100 American Express gift card and $100 gift certificate to the Intercontinental. (Also, JP haberdashery Salmagundi will be there selling hats if you need a quick gift.)

[Photo: Mandarin Oriental, Boston]

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