I do Mother’s Day like I do my birthday: I organize it all by myself! No need to pity me, I truly don’t mind. I’d way rather do what I want and get what I like than be disappointed by Safeway flowers and an early breakfast filled with things I don’t eat. (Sorry, kid.) I realize this sounds harsh, but whatever. The huz is thrilled he doesn’t have to make reservations for brunch and my daughter understands her mom needs mommy time. Here are my two scenarios for my Mother’s Day this year.
Mother’s Day Itinerary #1
- Sleep in.
- Go to one of the those awesome workout classes you have to book into in advance.
- Replenish calories lost with a decadent brunch. I’m thinking River Cafe or somewhere with lots of house-baked carbs. I’ll be dining with a girlfriend on Saturday, not Sunday to avoid the crowds.
- Chill out at FloatLife. I’m so stoked to do this. You go into this pod filled with water and 1,200 lbs. of epsom salts. Then they close the pod lid and you just float in the dark. It’s total sensory deprivation, which I’m curious about.
- Shop. Wherever I want for as long as I want. Only wish I could spend as much as I want…
That’s all I have planned for now. I still have hot yoga and meeting another girlfriend for dinner in the back of my mind. I haven’t set these up yet, as I don’t want to be too planned, you know?
Mother’s Day Itinerary #2
While I have one day planned, I like to think of Mother’s Day as an entire weekend devoted to moi. Another option I’m toying with is getting out of the city. It’s always such a treat to go to Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Even if I’m not staying overnight, wandering it’s cavernous halls and sussing out the spa and restaurants never disappoints.
Of course, you could tuck into the very decadent Mother’s Day brunch (they’ve got two restos offering it), but you’ll definitely want to make reservations for that. Personally, I’m more inclined to head to the Ivor Petrak Room (located on the Mezzanine Level 2). There, some of my favourite brands are setting up a pop up shop. Poppy Barley (local, ethically made leather footwear) will be showcasing their latest collection and Cory Christopher will be in the house sharing his floral design skills. Cory is amazing, BTW. I met him at Christmas in November, and you can ask him anything design related and he’ll give you brilliant tips.
Best (for me) is, Veuve Clicquot is celebrating Yellow Week at this iconic hotel. It doesn’t get much better than sipping champers while shopping, unless of course, you head into The Rundle Lounge, where you’ll receive a complimentary appetizer with every two glasses of bubbly purchased.
And what’s a visit to Banff Springs without a Willow Stream Spa treatment? Wasted, that’s what:) Normally manicures and pedicures don’t grant you access to the full spa experience, but they do this Mother’s Day weekend! Just make sure you hit those tranquil mineral pools before your polish goes on.
Do you do anything special for Mother’s Day? I’d be curious to know who plans it in your family.