2011 Mother's Day Guide

Where to Take the Finest Lady in Your Life

the walters art museum baltimore!

She spent years juggling your extracurricular activities. Time to return the favor: Here are three possible itineraries for a leisurely Sunday afternoon.

Get Historical
Mom’s appreciation for art has moved beyond macaroni necklaces. Take her to The Walters Art Museum, in Baltimore, to stroll through the collection of ancient and medieval artifacts. Then attend one of the museum’s Mother’s Day events: a performance by singer-songwriter Ellen Cherry from her women’s history-inspired album, Years; a guided tour of women in painting and sculpture; or a talk on motherhood and pilgrimages in medieval Europe.

Take your cultured conversation over to Donna’s, the mother of all Baltimore restaurants, for a brunch of comfort faves like corn pancakes and salmon with poached eggs.

bittersweet bakery macaroons!Get Some Fresh Air
She always goes on about healthy minds and bodies. Rent a tandem bike in Old Town at Bike and Roll. Follow one of the guides around Alexandria’s charming streets, or cycle along the tree-lined Mount Vernon Parkway to George Washington’s home.

Fortify with a lunch of BLTs, macaroons, and mini pineapple upside-down cakes from Bittersweet Cafe.

mussels!Get Home Soon
She knows how to make a house a home. Help her stay inspired with the Capitol Hill Restoration Society Mother’s Day House and Garden Tour, which provides access to nearly a dozen gorgeous, quirky abodes. Bonus: a sneak peek at the renovated Old Naval Hospital.

Head to cozy French bistro Montmartre and kick back for a long lunch of buckwheat crepes with tomatoes and asparagus, homemade country paté, and mussels with pastis, basil, and white wine.

Photos: The Walters Art Museum / Flickr; Courtesy of Bittersweet Bakery; Justin Bernhaut / Getty Images

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Bike and Roll
1 Wales Alley
Alexandria, VA 22314
3101 Saint Paul St
Baltimore, MD 21218
The Walters Art Museum
600 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Bittersweet Cafe
823 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
327 7th St SE
bt C St & Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20003