No pressure, but Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Once again, you rack your brain for the perfect gift to give the woman who would do anything for you (and then some!) to show how much you care.
A beautiful scarf, a bottle of expensive perfume and tasty brunch are great, but one thing Moms usually can never get enough of is a little R&R and quality time with you. Skip the predictable and step up your gift giving game with a present that will cause Mom’s face to light up with glee. Nothing like starting a new tradition by whisking away on a fun adventure to Victoria, to spoil her like a queen!
1. Shower Her with Flowers at The Butchart Gardens
If Mom has a green thumb, a day spent tip-toeing through 55-acres of floral splendor inside the world-famous Butchart Gardens is way better than the standard bouquet. Wander the stone paths looping around The Butchart Gardens’ crown jewel, the Sunken Gardens, to explore vibrant beds of annuals in a rainbow of colors, flowering trees and unique shrubs. Be sure to also check out the popular Japanese Garden. Dotted with exotic Himalayan blue poppies, azaleas and trickling streams, the moss-covered grounds are their own little slice of Zen.
Not only will Mom dig the chance to get her garden fix, but the array of colorful and sweetly-scented blooms will also give her plenty of inspiration for decking out her own backyard. If you’re feeling extra thoughtful, treat her to a packet of seeds of her favorite flower from The Gardens’ gift shop to grow at home. After a couple of hours of exploring The Gardens, take a break and swing by Gelateria Bevenuto in the Italian Garden to indulge in a scoop or two of refreshing gelato.
2. Treat Her to Delicious Eats at the Fairmont Empress
With an elegant dining room, a selection of 21 exquisite loose leaf teas and a sleek three-tiered platter of delicious sandwiches and treats, Tea at the Fairmont Empress is quintessentially Victoria. Needless to say, it is a prime spot to take Mom if you want her to be treated like royalty for the day.
Cozy up in the Lobby Lounge, sip a comforting cup of tea from china literally fit for a king and queen (it was originally created for the royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939) and dine on a lineup of scrumptious goodies each more delicious than the last. Indulge in a little mother-daughter time to gossip, swap secrets and get caught up on the latest happenings. If you want to get really fancy, you can even add flutes of sparkling wine to your meal and toast to Mom.
3. Pamper Her at Oak Bay Beach Hotel & Spa
She juggles the family social calendar, keeps Fido and Fluffy fed, works 9-5 and all the while manages to ensure the house is in sparkling condition. Let’s face it, there’s not much Mom doesn’t do. While you might not always be able to tell Mom you appreciate everything she does on a daily basis, now is the perfect time to show Mom her efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by rewarding her with a day of ultimate relaxation.
Charm the socks off Mom by treating her to a fabulous brunch (believe us, Victoria knows how to do brunch) at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and feast on a smorgasbord of tantalizing eats while you gaze out at the Salish Sea. Later, pop down to the hotel’s luxurious Boathouse Spa & Bath for a day of lavish pampering. If a full slate of rejuvenating massages, facials, manicures, pedicures paired with a soothing soak in the steaming hot seaside mineral pool doesn’t leave Mom blissed out, we don’t know what will!
4. Wine and Dine Her on a Cowichan Wine Country Tour
Give Mom a different take on rosés and bouquets (after all, there’s nothing like the pink blush of a fine rosé or the fragrant bouquet of a white wine). Explore Vancouver Island’s flourishing wine scene on a Cowichan Valley Wine Country Tour. The perfect mini-adventure is right in your own backyard. Mom can sit back, relax and enjoy a wonderful day of sampling liquid perfection while someone else does all the planning AND the driving.
Soak in the stunning Vancouver Island countryside as you cruise up the forested Malahat Drive. Look down on the glistening Saanich Inlet below and then descend into the lush, open Cowichan Valley. Spend a glorious afternoon with local wine expert Colleen Barrow visiting three boutique wineries.
Here, you’ll have the opportunity to pick up insider knowledge from the winemakers themselves. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch and bask in the afternoon glow of the sun as you sip on fine vintages. As an added bonus, at one of the stops, Mom will get to sample the other sweet and tasty concoctions the region’s known for, outstanding balsamics.
5. Spoil Her at Victoria’s Unique Boutiques
Sure, there is nothing your Mom loves more than spending some much-need quality time with you, but every now and then it’s also nice to spoil her with a special gift. So, give her a twofer. Show her all those hours spent with your friends at the mall were a pre-requisite for becoming a savvy shopper. Expand her horizons with a shopping spree to Victoria and explore the city’s growing collection of stylish shops that brim with quality local products.
Swing by Lore General Store for lavender infused honey, natural apothecary items and an impressive array of handmade and vintage pots. Or, duck inside the airy Fan Tan Home and Style, which has become a staple for superb home décor and furniture, stocking everything from exotic fair trade baskets to cozy throws.
Meanwhile, the world-renowned Munro’s Books is the de facto spot for bibliophiles and is guaranteed to feed Mom’s inner bookworm. If you need to refuel after all of your shopping, take a breather at the popular Bon Macaron Patisserie and nosh on melt-in-your-mouth macarons in a variety of flavors.
Bonus: Give Her Whatever Her Heart Desires
Still struggling to figure out what Mom really wants for Mother’s Day? Take the pressure off yourself and purchase a Clipper gift card and give your Mom carte blanche to choose whatever makes her happy. Whether it is a romantic getaway for some alone time with Dad or fun trip with her girls, the gift of travel opens up a world of exploration and relaxation.
Whatever you choose to pamper Mom with this year, rest easy knowing Clipper’s Northwest travel experts are always at the ready to help guide you to the best possible options to create an escape you’ll never forget. Now, sit back and enjoy the satisfaction of finding a gift that is sure to make Mom proud – you can thank us later!