As jewelers and holiday cards holler at us to pack Mom’s day full of pink ribbons, glimmering gifts, and perfumed bouquets, we find ourselves wondering what the lady of the day really wants.
Flash back to younger years, and most find themselves stumbling into memories full of family road trips and cheesy photos in front of National Monuments. She's forever the most enthusiastic spectator cheering from the stands during Sunday sports games, and she's ever encouraging when little legs get too tired on short hikes. The unifying strain throughout them all: her unabashed grin when everyone is together.
So on a day when kitschy advertising encourages you to express your appreciation with a diamond, why not say it yourself during a weekend away full of togetherness on the wild side of Washington.
Read on for our top four suggestions for making the most of you + Mom time in Hood Canal.
1. Treat her to Wine Tasting in Grapeview
Start a new tradition. Because face it, the days of station wagon ramblings across dusty highways are so out. Leisurely tasting your way through a flight of highly drinkable reds is so in. Mosquito Fleet Winery is a small boutique operation situated on the far edge of Hood Canal, surrounded by quiet woods and replete with woodwork that looks like it came straight from a Spanish merchant ship.
Owners Scott, Jacy, Jacquie, and Brian launched the quaint winery in 2009 and have been honing and perfecting their craft ever since. The standouts: the 2010 Meritage and the cabernet sauvignon of the same year. Good luck resisting the urge to take a case home with you.
Pro tip: don't forget to cap your experience with a port that's served to you in a tiny dark chocolate cup.
2. Surprise Mom with a Spa Day
Most of the Mother’s Day hype at Alderbrook Resort and Spa is centered on the annual and always-delicious Hood Canal-inspired brunch (for which you should nab your reservations ASAP). That said, we are hard pressed to think up a better way to start your weekend than a spa treatment (and we have a hunch Mom will agree).
There are myriad spa packages and specials that offer exclusive luxurious treatments and discounts on rooms. Some even offer goodies like sparkling water or dining credit. After a lifetime of motherly TLC, return the favor with a sojourn in a world-class full-service spa.
3. Start a New Tradition: Take a Hike
Is Mom a serious go-getter? Or does she prefer a leisurely, stop-and-smell-the-flowers ramble through the woods? Regardless, there's a perfect hike waiting on the wild side of Washington.
Think relatively strenuous switchbacks leading to one of the best, most accessible views on the Olympic Peninsula. Hood Canal, Mt. Olympus, Mt. Baker, and even Mt. Adams are visible from the summit on a clear day. That's not to mention that the wildflowers seem to always bloom especially for Mother's Day.
Poke through old-growth forests and earthly oddities on your way to one of the most breathtaking shoreline views of Hood Canal. Underneath the towering Olympics—across the largest fjord in the continental United States—take a moment to drink in the oyster-strewn beach, high-perched bald eagles, and the salt-infused air. Keep an eye out for the occasional penguin-looking bird, the guillemot, for which this park is named.
4. Race her to the finish line at The Ridge
Who says high-speed fun isn't a Mother's Day activity? The Ridge Motorsports Complex has a serious, challenging full-size course for motorcyclists and car racers…and a miniature version just for go karts! It's 1/5 of the scale of the big course and less than a mile long. It's the perfect (safe) way to inject a bit of adrenaline into your weekend of leisure and fun.