By Joel Furches

Mother’s Day is a time to make Mom feel special, and the relationship between a mother and daughter is unique. Instead of flowers or breakfast in bed, consider taking your mother out for a little one-on-one time participating in an activity which you both enjoy. But where in a city full of entertainment do you take your Mom? While Baltimore may be a bustling city, there are a few special places Mom is sure to love, and which you, yourself might enjoy. Consider these locations for a Mother-Daughter date on Mom’s special day.

The Red Door Salon & Spa
42 Village Square
Baltimore, MD 21210
(410) 323-3636
www.thereddoor.com

On Mother’s Day, Mom deserves to be pandered to and she deserves to feel beautiful. And it doesn’t hurt if you get the same treatment. There are few places in Baltimore more qualified to dish out the full-body treatment than The Red Door. The Red Door has won Baltimore Magazine’s award for ‘Best Body Wax,’ and if it does that well, you can expect similar quality from its manicures, pedicures, makeup and full facial service. The Red Door has a full service hair salon which, of course, is essential for making Mom feel beautiful.

Once you’ve taken care of your looks, take some time to be relaxed and pampered at The Red Door’s relaxation room, upscale cafe and, of course, the full body massages it offers. It’s hard to think of a better date with Mom than that.

Towson Town Center
825 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD 21204
(410) 494-8800
www.towsontowncenter.com

This indoor shopping center has a very modern look and feel, despite the fact that it was first opened in 1959. Fortunately it’s continued to modernize with the time, and that includes the high-end stores found within. Spend a day shopping with Mom at the Towson Town Center, and stop in at stores like Pottery Barn, Nordstrom, Sephora, Macy’s, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, Swarovski, Coach and Burberry.

If you and Mom want to enjoy the shopping experience, but burn a little less cash in doing so, check out more affordable stores such as XXI and H&M. When lunchtime rolls around, treat Mom to the expanded selection of dining establishments in the food court. The food court works like most mall food courts: order your food at the restaurant of your choice, then bring it out to the table you choose and eat. The food court at the Town Center is on a balcony which overlooks a beautiful lobby and skylight – so it is far from pedestrian.

The Avenue At White Marsh
8125 Honeygo Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21236
(443) 219-1820
www.theavenueatwhitemarsh.com

The Avenue is a beautiful street of connected venues that include stores, restaurants and theaters. For a day of shopping with Mom, the Avenue is both aesthetically pleasing and diverse enough to ensure that you never run out of things to do and see. Burn some cash shopping at fashion stores, bookstores, home and craft stores; then take Mom to dinner and a movie – at one of the many fine restaurants on the Avenue, then to the extraordinarily expansive movie theater on-site.

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Tea On The Tiber
8081 Main St.
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 480-8000
www.teaonthetiber.com

Many mothers begin having tea parties with their daughters from childhood, so stepping this up to the adult level seems only natural to enjoy a moment of relaxation and remenicience. One of the finest tea parlors in the Baltimore area is Tea On The Tiber in Ellicott City. Tiber brings the style with its Victorian-era feel and the associated gift shop, and recreates the feel of a grand English tea party from days of yore. Select seating on the balcony overlooking the Tiber river, or sit in the sunroom, the library, the squires office or the grand parlor. This is a unique date that your mother is sure to love.

Ladew Topiary Gardens
3535 Jarrettsville Park
Monkton, MD 21111
(410) 557-9466
www.ladewgardens.com

A Topiary Garden is a garden with hedges trimmed into creative shapes. Ladew has giraffes, a Japanese junk ship and even a fox hunt – complete with fox, hounds, horses and riders – all carved out of hedges. Because it is a garden you can also expect ponds, fountains and flowers.

Strolling through the garden is an enjoyable way for mom and daughter to spend an afternoon, but the garden has a Victorian-era mansion on site wherein is served tea, food, and one may purchase flowers and gifts. A blissful way to spend a day, and a good date for Mother’s day.

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