This year, instead of trotting your mom out to a disappointing brunch, why not take her somewhere that shows you really care? Miami has plenty of spots that will impress even the most demanding mommy dearests. Here are seven of our faves:
Many a mom has oohed and aahed over James Deering's spectacular villa. From the picturesque, European-inspired gardens to the priceless art, this is the kind of place you'd buy her if you had Bill Gates' bucks.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
This 83-acre tropical wonderland offers one Kodak moment after another. Stroll with your mom through the butterfly garden, buy her a coconut soda at the café, and learn about the baobab tree on the tram tour. She'll be so relaxed at the end of the day she'll forget to berate you about your terrible posture and go-nowhere gig.
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
PAMM's majestic collection is the perfect place to prove to Mom that she instilled a little culture in you. Impress her with your knowledge of 20th-century contemporary art, and maybe shed a tear over a particularly poignant piece. She'll be so proud.
Though swimming probably isn't the best option, there are plenty of boat rides that'll showcase the aquatic side of our fair city. Island Queen Cruises even offers a special Mother's Day brunch sail, all while showing off the city skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach, and Millionaires' Row.
Not all moms are into shopping, but for those who are, Aventura Mall is a paradisiacal pleasure dome. If you've got cash to spare, take her on a shopping spree. Scoop up a Fendi bag, a Tiffany & Co. necklace, and some Lululemon gym gear. You can't buy love, but you might be able to rent it for awhile.
Schnebly Redland's Winery
You may not have the cash for the Napa Valley trip she's always dreamed about, but Schnebly is the next best thing. Tropical fruit wine is even better than the standard grape variety, and the lush setting makes for a charming afternoon. Set up shop in the tasting room and watch your mom get happily sauced on avocado vino.
The Biltmore is a landmark, an elegant throwback to a glamorous era gone by — guaranteed to make any mom swoon. Take her for a day at the hotel spa. Treat her to a Thai massage, a Chardonnay sugar scrub, or an age-defying facial. She deals with you — Lord knows she's earned it.