Treat Mom Like a Queen, In the Queen City

This year, make mom feel like a Queen and treat her to a Royal Experience in Downtown! There are PLENTY of places open in Downtown, Manchester this Sunday, May 12th!

What is great about this city, is that there is always something new and exciting for outsiders…and something great to re-discover for those who live here! This year, forget about the “One Free Car Wash,” and “I’ll do Laundry for a week,” coupons and give mom a day she will remember!

I have many ideas for Mother’s Day Activities …but first…I will give you a run down of what I plan to do with my Mom this Sunday, May 12th.  We might start the day at Jeca Yoga, a yoga studio in the Langer Mill on S. Commercial Street, for a $15 Detox Yoga Class at 11am. There is free parking here, so we will then take a walk to the entrance to “The Hands Across The Merrimack Bridge.” It starts at the baseball stadium where the Fisher Cats play on the river’s east side, a paved walkway runs parallel to the Merrimack and shortly comes to a fork. Going left will bring you around a  curve to the approach of the Hands Across the Merrimack bridge! At the entrance to the bridge is a large bull statue, which is a perfect photo opportunity! This bull statue was built in honor of the meat packing industry, which was once not far away from that very spot.LaurenandMom

When we return to our car, we will then drive up to Elm Street for lunch at Cafe La Reine, AKA “The Queen’s Cafe,” for the city’s best cappuccino and some sandwiches (all named after famous Royals!)

We then plan to spend some time at  “Art Fest,”  at the Currier Museum of Art. The event is free, with the standard museum admission (Adult $10, Senior $9, Student $8, Children under 18 free). The schedule of events is exciting, and you also get to check out the museum if you have never been. Activities include an Artisan Food Market, Library Book Sale, Artist Demonstrations, Art Making for the whole family, Outdoor Activities, Artisan Craft Market and Face Painting (Art Fest Starts Saturday, May 11th and goes through the 12th).

Around, 5pm, we are going to scoot over to 900 Degrees on Dow Street for some personal pizzas! On Sundays, there is always a live blues jam from 5-9.  Then we will venture back up to Elm Street and choose a place for dessert. Some great options are Baked, Ben & Jerry’s, Toot Berry Frozen Yogurt…and Finesse Pastries! All of these locations are friendly for all of the ages in your family 🙂

Below are some other fantastic places to take mom for Mother’s Day! Keep checking back, as I will add options to the list as I find out about them!

  • Spend some time at Lake Massabesic, or Livingston park! Ride bikes, play Frisbee, play & relax!

  • Mothers Day Brunch (10am-3pm)  and/or Dinner (3pm-10pm) at Firefly American Bistro & Bar! Click here to see Mother’s Day Specials!

  • Check out the sessions on both Saturday and Sunday at Muse Paint Bar, on Hanover Street. Sip wine, have snacks, and learn to paint! Saturday afternoons session is KID/Family friendly 🙂

  • Mother’s Day Brunch and/or Dinner at Fratello’s Manchester, still taking reservations!

  • Free Yoga Class at Jeca Yoga, Saturday the 11th (Donations accepted for Manchester Animal Shelter)

And here are some gift ideas!

  • Mommy Makeover at 26th on Hanover: Package includes Treatment Haircut, Blowout, Makeup Application and Signature Manicure and Pedicure for $145! Appointments and Gift Certificates are available online.

  • Send an Edible Arrangements Bouquet!!! Free Delivery is being offered on May 8th and 9th…OR pick up the bouquet at your local Edible Arrangements at 1000 Elm Street in Manchester!

  • Nothing says “I Appreciate You” more than an hour (or two) of relaxation. Give the gift of massage to that special mother in your life with a gift certificate! ♥ Call 289-7272 for a Gift Certificate and Appointment at La Belle Vie at 1001 Elm Street! Become their Facebook Fan, and get a $15 off coupon!

  • Bottle of Wine from Vino Aromas. Goodies from Dancing Lion Chocolate, Granite State Candy, or Van Otis. Jewelry from Statement: A Shop Estella Boutique and/or Isabelle and Me. The options are really limitless!


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