Our Five Best Mother's Day Ideas


Another Mother’s Day is upon us and for all that mom does, she deserves a special day. Most mothers we know just want to spend some time with their kids. So if you’re planning just that, here are five great ideas to keep you busy in the Borough.



Built in 1840, Stonington’s Old Lighthouse Museum served as a beacon over Stonington Harbor for nearly 50 years. It is filled with fascinating exhibits and local artifacts that reflect the maritime heritage of Stonington ship captains as well as the Borough's long history of commerce and steamship transportation. Visitors can climb the tower for a stunning vista of three states that stretches to the Atlantic Ocean. 

Hours: 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, active military, and students; $6 for children 6-12; members and children under the age of 6 are free. Admission price includes a visit to the Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House.

The Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House, once home to the man who discovered Antarctica, is open to visitors who are welcome to explore the Captains’ mansion and surrounding gardens. You'll see exhibits, model ships, dollhouses and period textiles. Read our recent blog post here. Tours run Friday through Sunday in May, Friday through Monday - June through October, on the hour beginning at 1 pm. The last tour is at 4 pm.

Scenic Stonington Harbor

Scenic Stonington Harbor



There’s nothing like a little fresh air and some sunshine to help mom relax. Take her on the walking tour of Stonington Borough, along scenic Stonington Harbor or through Dodge Paddock and Beal Preserve. If she’s up to something a little more challenging, perhaps another one of Avalonia Land Conservancy’s nature trails and hikes in the surrounding area.


After all that walking, mom’s going to be hungry! The restaurants in the Borough will be very busy, so be sure to make a reservation. Most are doing special Mother’s Day-themed menus, and some give out flowers to every mom!

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Help mom get in touch with her artistic side. The Stonington Community Center (COMO) offers pottery socials and workshops. Host a private session with a pottery instructor for four to eight people. Summer group pottery workshop sessions start in June. You could also put together an Art Party at Spirit Wind Center for Creativity & Healing. They’ll cater it and teach you new techniques and help you explore creative possibilities.

Inspire mom to stay strong and healthy with a barre or yoga class at Studio 1 Fitness. There are also pilates, yoga and dance classes available at Body By Bliss.


What mom doesn’t deserve a little pampering now and then? Treat her to a relaxing massage at Sacred Lotus Massage in the Velvet Mill. The Tranquil Owl also offers massage and reiki, but what really sounds interesting is their cabin-style Salt Lodge. For 45 minutes, she’ll relax in a cozy cabin, breathing in microscopic salt particles. It’s known as dry salt therapy, intended to promote better breathing, healthier skin, sounder sleep and overall wellness.

You could also treat mom to a blowout or an updo at Elizabeth’s Hair Studio. Owner and stylist Elizabeth Beyer has been at it for 24 years and her salon is a cozy, relaxing retreat.