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Moms’ Getaway: Make Any Day Mothers’ Day with a Relaxing Stay in Waterbury

However she’d define her ideal day, from delicious dinners and prestigious classical music performances to boutique browsing for Mothers Day gifts, afternoon hikes by the river, spa sessions, and distillery tastings – surprise your favorite Mom(s) with a getaway or a gift certificate to our Waterbury bed and breakfast.

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Strolling and Eating in Charming Waterbury, Followed by World-Class Music in Stowe

Kick off your visit by walking through Waterbury’s downtown district, where you’ll find blocks of locally-owned shops, historic storefronts, and buzz-worthy restaurants. At Sunflower Salon and Boutique, Moms can get a fresh cut while you shop for gifts in their boutique, including hip purses, jewelry, scarves, and cosmetics the latest fashions. Then head one block down Main St for dinner at Prohibition Pig, one of Waterbury’s most popular eateries. Start with the Farmer’s Salad, packed with locally sourced veggies and topped with maple vinaigrette, or share some dry-rub chicken wings, marinated mushrooms, and sliced brisket prepared to perfection right off the grill. Their patio is the place to be during the warmer months, where you can enjoy the afternoon sun while sipping on one of their specialty cocktails or craft beers, brewed in-house.

After dinner, enjoy a scenic 10-mile drive north to Stowe, a picturesque high alpine ski town, for an evening of top-notch classical music at the Spruce Peak Arts performance center. On the evening of Friday, May 10th, 2024, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center brings their classical trio from New York City to perform a suite of cello, piano, and violin sonatas from the Romantic period, sure to be inspiring, uplifting, and dazzling in execution. Acclaimed by the BBC and the New Yorker for their mastery, it’s a rare opportunity to see musicians of this caliber in the intimate 420-seat Stowe theater space.

Mothers Day Gifts in Montpelier – Morning at the Market, Shopping Downtown, Picnic on the Winooski, and Distillery Tasting at Barr Hill

After a restful night’s sleep – our rooms all have plush mattresses and deluxe linens – join us downstairs for breakfast in the dining room, where you’ll find a buffet of pastries, yogurt, fruit, and award-winning Vermont Artisan coffee, accompanied by a decadent sit-down menu. Then, take a 15-minute drive to Montpelier, our capital city, where the Capital City Farmers Market takes place downtown on State St from May through October from 9 am – 1 pm. The market is a fun way to see Vermonter spirit at its best, with local farms and vendors selling their wares while musicians play throughout the morning and early afternoon. You’ll have plenty of options for unique Mothers Day gifts and souvenirs, whether handmade silver jewelry from Jesse French Metalworks, hand-crafted organic lotions and salves from Le’Fusion Botanicals, or small-batch maple syrup from Sticky’s Maple Works. Check out other stores downtown, like the chic dresses, denim, and home decor at Bailey Road or the bohemian clothing and impressive consignment jewelry selection at Althea’s Attic, one of several proudly woman-owned boutiques in Montpelier.

Pick up some veggies, fruit, and other goodies from 1,000 Stone Farm at the market and then head a half-mile north of downtown Montpelier for a picnic at the North Branch Nature Center. The nature preserve includes an orchard, a community garden, and a meadow ideal for relaxing and having a picnic. After eating, stroll along their 1-mile trail loop, which winds along the gorgeous Winooski River, sure to be flowing high with fresh snowmelt by early spring. This is a must-do for bird watchers, as over 160 species of birds have been spotted here, including Savannah sparrows, with their yellow-tinted eyelid coloring, and the hard-to-miss blue-gray coating of belted kingfishers.

Make it a full Montpelier day by attending an evening tour and tasting at Barr Hill, one of our favorite nearby distilleries. Local raw honey is the not-so-secret ingredient of their vodka and honey, inspired by one of the owner’s lifelong passions as a beekeeper. This distinctive touch of honey (and locally-grown juniper in the gin) gives their spirits a subtle sweetness and complexity, winning them several top awards over their decade-plus of distilling. Enjoy a Bee’s Knees, their signature cocktail made with gin, lemon, and honey while relaxing on the outdoor patio right on the banks of the Winooski. Pick up a bottle of their vodka and gin and plan to make your own cocktails at home.

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Spa Day Luxury and Farm-to-Table Delights in Downtown Waterbury

No Moms’ escape is complete without being pampered at BHAV Spa, Waterbury’s classy day spa whose mission is to “embrace your inner beauty.” Their Best of Both Worlds treatment combines a facial and massage, getting the best of all modalities in one session and available in 80- or 120-minute options. Their facials all focus on exfoliation and skin rejuvenation, incorporating Vitamin B3 and C infusion, aloe vera, and peptides. Work with the masseuse to tailor the massage portion to your liking, whether Swedish, deep tissue, soothing hot stones, reiki energy healing, or a combination. Feel renewed and refreshed, and it will be a spa day any Mom will cherish.

Cap off your Mothers Day Gifts and Getaway with a celebratory dinner at Hen of the Wood, just a block down Main St. from our location. For nearly 20 years, their expert chef and crew have showcased the finest farm-to-table plates anywhere in Vermont, working closely with local farms and evolving their menu with the changing seasons. Start with their eponymous Hen of the Wood Mushroom Toast, house-smoked coppa, or Parker House rolls, followed by entrees such as pappardelle with shishito peppers and aged goat cheese or duck breast with kale and pickled blueberries. And don’t skip their rotating dessert menu! The food is exquisite, as is the service and handcrafted cocktails, making for a memorable Mothers Day Gifts and Getaway dinner and the perfect way to close out your visit together.

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