What Mom Really Wants
Roses and chocolate. A day at the spa. A weekend away with girlfriends. While many mothers would certainly enjoy such elaborate recognitions of Mother’s Day, most moms really want one thing: to feel loved and appreciated by their children and husband. This Mother’s Day, show Mom how much you appreciate her with creative expressions of your love.
Give Her the Day "Off"
No matter what age their kids are and whether they work fulltime or are stay-at-home moms, a mother’s job is never done. After weeks filled with carpools, soccer games and homework, every mom deserves a little solitude in her own home. Give Mom the day off with no chores, no cooking and no responsibilities. Let the rest of the family take over so that she can take a nap, go for a walk, whatever she wants. Bring her the paper (The Park Record, of course) and maybe the remote, then vacate the house and let her linger for as long as she likes. Take the kids hiking or biking along the McCleod Creek Trail or Farm Trail and pick up a latte for Mom from Wasatch Bagels or Alpine Internet Coffee House on the way.
If a day at a spa isn’t in the budget, find creative and thoughtful ways to indulge Mom at home. Visit some local merchants to put together a basket of her favorite things such as a book from the Spotted Frog or Dolly’s Book Store. A great, light read is "Shopaholic and Baby" by Sophie Kinsella filled with laugh out loud moments that any mom will appreciate. Select a soothing CD from Orion’s Music and some yummy chocolate from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to go along with the book. Add some bath salts from Splendor Beauty or Mountain Body Spa and then draw a bath and let Mom soak until her fingers wrinkle.
Arrange a Play Date
Think of all of the social activities that Mom has scheduled for kids and dads alike and surprise her with a play date of her very own. Call her closest friends and arrange a time and trailhead to meet at for a "Mom’s only" hike or bike ride. Round Valley and Glenwild are dry and the full Glenwild Loop (backside included) is now open. Carol Potter, Director of Mountain Trails Foundation also suggests trying "the new Flying Dog trail which is off the Cobblestone Loop at Glenwild and has dried out even faster than expected. While there is still some finish work to be done the trail is in really good shape," says Potter. Pack Mom’s camelback with icy cold water, a protein bar and some sunscreen and even put her bike on the car for her.
Mother’s Day Brunch
While moms would appreciate Lucky Charms and apple juice for breakfast, they may prefer something a little more, shall we say, refined. Consider Sundance or Inn at the Creek in Midway for a Mother’s Day brunch buffet with a pretty drive. Closer to home, try Hotel Park City or Stein Eriksen Lodge for elaborate spreads that mean you’ll only need a sandwich for dinner. A good last-minute bet is Cisero’s, which offers brunch every Sunday. And since they don’t take reservations, you can stroll along Main Street while waiting for your table.
One of the simplest ways to show Mom how much you appreciate all she does (think ballet recitals, endless laundry and grocery shopping) is to express yourself in words. Pick up a card at Cahoots by Park City Market or even better have the kids make their own cards with supplies from Gone Scrappin, the scrapbook shop on Rasmussen Road. Be sure to include some words from the heart. It will be something she’ll treasure for years to come.
Sign Her Up
One thing that most moms never have enough of is time for themselves. This Mother’s Day, why not sign Mom up for a class that she would enjoy. Opportunities abound in Park City from pottery or jewelry making at the Kimball Art Center, to tennis lessons at the Racquet Club or refining her skills through a bike clinic at White Pine Touring. Park City Nursery is even offering a spring potting class on May 19th, but space is limited, so register soon. Be sure to keep Mom’s interests in mind and pick something that she’ll really enjoy. The thought you put into selecting a class will mean as much to her as the experience itself.
Bullet Box: Resources for Creative Mother’s Day Ideas
Give Her the Day Off
Wasatch Bagels: 1300 Snow Creek Dr. 435-645-7778
Alpine Internet Coffee House: 738 Main St. 435-649-0051
Spotted Frog Book Store: 1635 W. Redstone Center Dr. 435-575-2665
Dolly’s Book Store: 510 Main St. 435-649-8062
Orion’s Music Shop: 1400 Snow Creek Dr. 435-649-1850
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: 510 Main Street. 435-649-0997
Splendor Beauty: 1635 W. Redstone Center Dr. 435-575-1800
Mountain Body Spa: 825 Main St. 435-655-9342
Arrange a Play Date
Go to http://www.mountraintrails.org and click on Mountain Trails Blog for trail conditions
2007 spring trail maps available within a few weeks or pick up last year’s trail maps at the Chamber of Commerce, Visitor’s Center, Museum on Main Street, White Pine Touring, JANS, Cole Sport, and Pearl Izumi
Mother’s Day Brunch
The Foundry Grill at Sundance Resort: 801-223-4220
Inn on the Creek in Midway: 375 Rainbow Lane. 435-654-0892
The Sleigh Restaurant at Hotel Park City: 2001 Park Ave. 435-940-5070
The Glitretind at Stein Erickson Lodge: 7700 Stein Way. 435-645-6455
Cisero’s: 306 Main Street. 435-649-5044
Cahoots. 1400 Snow Creek Drive. 435-658-0567
Gone Scrappin. 2734 W. Rasmussen Road. 435-647-0404
Sign Her Up
Kimball Art Center: 638 Park Ave. 435-649-8882
Park City Racquet Club: 1200 Little Kate Rd. 435-615-5400 http://www.parkcityrecreation.org
White Pine Touring: 1685 Bonanza Dr. 435-649-8710
Park City Nursery: Bear Hollow Dr. @ Hwy 224. 435-649-1363
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