This week is about celebrating that irreplaceably special person in life… Mother.
My Mama is the most amazing woman: Intelligent, kind, principled, gentle, immensely strong, wise, loving, creative…there are many more words I could list.
She is the earth that kept my seedling roots safe and warm, the tree that shaded me when the sun was hot.
She is the woman whose intense love for Beauty (whether in words, painting, sculpture, music, architecture, Nature, cultures) gave birth to, and nurtured my lifelong passion for reading, interest in art and music, joy in Nature and in people,
and my journey towards my aesthetic as an artist.
She is the person I call to celebrate, to commiserate, for guidance, for advice, and just because…
My best friend.
For so many people, ‘Mother’ is such a huge concept it seems hard to think of something wonderful enough to do to thank her, and to celebrate her appropriately.
Sometimes, the simplest is the best:
Spend time with her.
Whether somewhere simple or fancy, I most enjoy choosing places to go where I get a chance to actually visit with my Mother, see her, hear her, share something we enjoy together.
In honour of Mother’s Day, see below for 10 favourite places in the Philadelphia and New York region you can take your Mother this week, (or any time). (These are also perfect places to celebrate sisters, friends, and the women who have become like mothers!)
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10 Places to celebrate in the Philadelphia and New York Areas.
Gardens are a choice option for celebrating. Bask in beauty, soak in the colours, scents, and textures as you celebrate new growth and escape the hectic demands of life… it is a bonus if the gardens have interesting history or architectural treasures attached.
AFTERNOON or HIGH TEA Venues:
‘There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.’ – Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
Tea is a perennially enjoyable celebration option (High tea if possible). Due to its calm pace, teatime is an intimate and prolonged time to visit, catch up, and enjoy each other’s company. Bring sisters!
As an extra inducement, at tea you can wear glorious hats or fascinators with impunity.
NYC: MUSEUMS and Tea or Brunch near each:
If you are near NYC, a day trip is a wonderful time to spend with a loved one, to bask in beauty and design at one of the myriad museums in the City.
Kennett Square, PA
Come be a part of ‘…the world of Longwood Gardens, where garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts interplay to inspire and enlighten our guests.’
This coming weekend, Longwood has musical concerts, (and all through the season, in addition to their ever-changing displays of lush blooms and exotic foliage).
This lovely estate with its stunning gardens and collections of decorative arts is a joy to visit all year round.
Abounding with the history of a bygone era, this peaceful place still retains the atmosphere of the family who lived there. As Mr. DuPont wrote after he opened the house to visitors:
I sincerely hope that the Museum will be a continuing source of inspiration and education for all time, and that the gardens and grounds will of themselves be a country place museum where visitors may enjoy as I have, not only the flowers, trees and shrubs, but also the sunlit meadows, shady wood paths, and the peace and great calm of a country place which has been loved and taken care of for three generations.’
…visit and explore this exceptional place of beauty, history, and learning. ” (from site)
Built by Adolph Rosengarten, Sr., and his wife Christine in the 19-teens.
” Rosengarten’s humor is evident in naming his home after the estate “Chanticlere” in Thackeray’s 1855 novel The Newcomes. The fictional Chanticlere was “mortgaged up to the very castle windows” but “still the show of the county.” Playing on the word, which is synonymous with “rooster,” the Rosengartens used rooster motifs throughout the estate.”
Come wander and view the charming gardens and architectural details.
Special Teas Tearoom,
Chadds Ford, PA
All pastries and scones are handmade by one of the owners, and it offers a lovely selection of teas.
*Located near many Brandywine attractions including Longwood Gardens.
A Taste of Britain
Located in the heart of the Main Line area outside of Philadelphia, a Taste of Britain offers a full Afternoon tea as well as English Favourites dishes on their menu.
*Located near Chanticleer Gardens for the perfect complement to your day of Garden delight.
Mary Cassatt Tearoom,
Rittenhouse Hotel, Philadelphia
This tea parlour is named after the Pennsylvania born, French-dwelling artist Mary Cassatt who considered Philadelphia her true home after studying at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Mary Cassatt is known for her tender portraits of motherhood and innocence…a perfect place to celebrate the women who have nurtured our early years.
This tearoom offers a sumptuous High Tea with a gorgeous menu and perfect selection of teas.
* Note: books quickly!
High Tea at the Bellevue
XIX The Nineteen restaurant at the Hyatt Bellevue in Philadelphia
Housed in the domed dining room on the 19th floor, this elegant High tea complete with glass teapots to showcase your loose leaf tea choice, and a complement of classic and inventive tea foods, this teatime is sure to delight.
Whether sitting in the circular booths or by one of the huge windows looking out on the cityscape, you will enjoy this experience.
The Plaza Palm Court Afternoon Tea,
Plaza Hotel, NYC
Timeless elegance and refined luxury are on offer at the Palm Court, at the Plaza Hotel. A sumptuous High Tea that has been offered for over 100 years will delight you as you explore New York’s inspiring sights.
*Visit the intimate and historic Frick Museum You can easily stroll along the edge of Central Park or 5th Avenue from the Plaza hotel.
*Also near the vibrant MOMA
The Tea Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
A Serene retreat in the Columbus circle area of the New York, they serve a classic English Afternoon tea.
*Booking is required for tea.
* Also near the MOMA.
204 E 85th St, New York, NY 10028
Have a classic French meal of moules-frites or soupe a l’oignon in a quaint setting reminiscent of Paris, then walk 5 blocks to
visit the Metropolitan Museum, for an afternoon filled with Beauty.