How to Make Mom Feel Special – Mother’s Day Weekend Retreat in Canandaigua, NY

A weekend of pampering, fun, adventure - what do you think your mom would enjoy most? Here are some options to get away for the weekend and really make Mom feel special. Located at the northwest end of Canandaigua Lake, Canandaigua, NY is the number one spot to take Mom this Mother’s Day. You two will be captivated by dazzling views, a thriving downtown, and ample historical charm. There is no shortage of activities in this whimsical town, but we’ve narrowed it down to include the top must-do’s for an unforgettable Mother’s Day.

Sonnenberg Gardens Sonnenberg Gardens Mother’s Day Special

This year on May 9th, all moms are admitted to Sonnenberg Gardens for just $1. With nine different gardens to stroll through, this is sure to be the ideal Mother’s Day activity. Spring flowers like tulips and lilacs are in full bloom. In fact, you can take a look at their blooming schedule to see which flowers will be flourishing during your visit. Take a break from walking the gardens by enjoying an assortment of sandwiches, salads, and desserts from High Noon Cafe. For an extra fee, you can also enjoy wine tasting of 10-15 different wines located at Finger Lakes Wine Center. Whether you want to spend an hour, or the whole day at Sonnenberg Gardens, you and Mom are sure to have a wonderful day!

Mother’s Day Brunch

Appeal to your mom’s foodie heart by treating her to a Mother’s Day brunch at Kindred Fare in Geneva. This farmhouse-inspired restaurant has a special menu just for Mom. Enjoy delicious morning cocktails and fabulous meal options, like mimosas, crab cake benedict, and smoked salmon salad. Brunch is served from 9 am to 2 pm, and is a meal you and Mom won’t want to miss.

Shop Downtown Canandaigua

Take Mom for a day out in Downtown Canandaigua. There is an abundance of antique shops to choose from and local boutiques you can’t find anywhere else. Be sure to stop in Cindy’s Glass, Crafts, and Collectables for an assortment of antiques, artisans, and collectables. Renaissance The Goodie II Shoppe also has a collection of unusual gifts and decorative items - a must if you want something one of a kind! Be prepared to shop ‘til you and Mom drop when you explore Downtown Canandaigua.

Grapes grow in a vineyard, located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, for the purpose of producing white wine.

Canandaigua Wine Trail

Treat Mom to a weekend full of wine tasting in New York’s original wine country. From Heron Hill Tasting Room to Arbor Hill Grapery and Winery, you and Mom will find yourselves completely relaxed after your visit. Make sure to purchase the Canandaigua Wine Trail Passport to save on wine tastings at every stop. Please check with each winery you plan to visit as reservations are required.

Take Mom For a Hike

Enjoy a Mother’s Day hike in the beautiful Finger Lakes. Finger Lakes Gorge Trail is an easy, 2.3-mile out-and-back trail offering beautiful scenic views. If you’re up for a little more of a challenge, check out Backbone Trail. This moderate, 6.1-mile loop features plenty of wildflowers - excellent for spring! In the Finger Lakes, there’s a scenic trail for every hiker, so you and Mom can happily enjoy a bit of nature.

While your mom deserves the world and more, a trip to Canandaigua is a very close second. With an abundance of activities and beautiful sights to see, Mom is sure to feel loved. After touring Canandaigua Wine Trail or a day at Sonnenberg Gardens, Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place to end your day. Sutherland House, located in the heart of Canandaigua, boasts an abundance of charm and tranquility. Relax by the outdoor firepit, or enjoy a freshly baked cookie in the Victorian era parlor. Each room is thoughtfully decorated and adorned with amenities to surpass all of your expectations - just what Mom needs this Mother’s Day.

Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast

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