She’s been there for you through thick and thin. In case you haven’t said it enough, Mother’s Day is a fine time to tell the special lady in your life just how much she means to you. Tell her thank you as you treat her to one of these Mother’s Day events in the DC area.

Spirit of Washington
600 Water St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(866) 404-8439

Date: May 12, 2013

Treat your mom to a relaxing day aboard the Spirit of Washington, a luxury cruise liner that combines dining and dancing with magnificent waterfront views. The Mother’s Day Cruise package includes a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet, a DJ and plenty of space to dance plus spectacular views of many of DC’s most well-known attractions. Moms will receive a rose plus a complimentary drink. Choose from the Mother’s Day lunch, afternoon lunch or dinner cruise. The Spirit of Washington features three levels of climate-controlled interior decks plus the largest outdoor patio deck in the city. Add an enhancement package for the ultimate Mother’s Day treat.

Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-4565

If your mom loves the fine arts, then take her out on a date to the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria. Located right on the waterfront, the Torpedo Factory features more than 80 art studios, six galleries, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, a gift shop and a cafe. The art center will host a free open house on Mother’s Day. Come see beautiful paintings, sculptures and other fine works of art plus special treats and springtime activities. The Torpedo Factory is also located within walking distance of many restaurants and shops, making it the perfect destination for a mini getaway.

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Nationals Park
1500 S. Capitol St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 675-6287

Date: May 12, 2013

For something a little different, why not take mom out to a ball game? The Washington Nationals will play the Chicago Cubs on Mother’s Day. Come to the stadium early and participate in Signature Sundays where you may score an autograph from one of two Nationals or surprise mom with a welcome message on the Nationals Park scoreboard. Even the kids can get in on the fun and run the bases after the end of the game, weather permitting. Nationals Park offers a variety of promotions to help make catching a game easier on the wallet. Purchase the Family Fun Pack and receive a free hot dog, bag of chips and beverage.

Taste of Arlington
901 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 664-1194

Date: May 19, 2013

If your mom is a major foodie, then take her to the “largest food, beer, wine and arts festival showcasing the diversity of Arlington’s food scene.” Taste delicious treats from more than 40 local restaurants, like the Lebanese Taverna, Rock Bottom Brewery or the Melting Pot. The event also boasts an expanded beer and wine garden, plenty of seating, a kids play area and a dog park. Check out original artwork from local artisans or swing by the concert stage and jam to the sounds of great local bands, including the Reflex and JunkFood. A taste ticket is required for food samples. Proceeds for the event will help benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

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The Still Point
1 Columbia Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 920-0801

What better way to say “I love you” than with a day at the spa? At The Still Point, treat your mom to a relaxing hot stone massage or a rejuvenating facial. The spa provides a wide variety of holistic treatments as well, including reiki, a therapy that aims to balance energy and encourage renewed vitality, as well as shamanic healing and spiritual mentoring. The Still Point also offers eco-friendly makeup, mini makeup lessons, waxing and even gardening coaching. The spa also offers one- and three-day juice cleanses from Puree Artisan Juice Bar. Reservations are encouraged and may be made online or over the phone.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at