#NJMOM Mother’s Day Guide: Unique Experiences Every Mama Deserves

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Mamas, our special day is almost here. While we know our families appreciate us all year long, for Mother’s Day, we certainly don’t mind a little pampering. And, we all want to wow our own #NJMOMs with a special treat to show us how much they mean to us. From springtime sips at one of the state’s Mother’s Day wine trails, to saying ahhhh at Island Spa & Sauna, to a high tea that will have you feeling like one of the royals, we’re looking beyond brunch to bring you some unique experiences to spend a special day with your littles, your mama, or both.

featured image via Pamela Brockman and Liz Unruh

Relax and rejuvenate at Island Spa & Sauna

We can’t think of a better way to spend Mother’s Day (or any day!) than to relax and find some serious zen at Island Spa and Sauna, especially with all of the special touches they have planned for this holiday – it will be an immersive Mother’s Day experience. First, take advantage of their 10% off gift card sale for a special treat for mama. From May 6th to May 9th, check out the photo station and hand-written letters for mom. Then, on Mother’s Day, enjoy a flower bouquet bar and kombucha giveaway. And, of course, sample everything that this 30,000 square foot day spa offers to revitalize and rejuvenate. From foot and body massages to Korean body scrubs, facials, and unique dry saunas made from clay, rock salt, and charcoal – it’s a perfect recipe for relaxation.  After you unwind, you can enjoy delicious Korean food at the cafe or make a stop at the juice bar. Children 10 and under are welcome with an adult, so this is a great mommy & me day with an older child, or with your own mom. You can check out our experience at the spa here. Use code NJMOM27 to score a day pass for $27.
Island Spa & Sauna
Edison, NJ
(732) 253-7379

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Sip and savor at the Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend at Hawk Haven Winery

Cheers to you, mamas! Treat yourself or your mom to complimentary wine tastings as you celebrate the weekend at Hawk Haven Winery on the Mother’s Day Wine Trail. Order a gourmet cheese plate to pair with your favorite wines, relax on the patio, and take in gorgeous views of the vineyard from 11AM to 6PM all weekend. There are timed tours of the winery all weekend too, and on Sunday, the winery’s hosting a Vineyard Mother’s Day brunch with live music. If you can’t make it to Rio Grande, there are wine trail weekends happening in several locations around the Garden State for Mother’s Day, including White Horse Winery and Laurita Winery. You can check out other wine events with the Garden State Wine Growers Association.
Hawk Haven Winery
Rio Grande, NJ
(609) 846-7347

Have a proper tea at one of our favorite places to sip and scone

Fancy a cup of delicious tea or a scrumptious scone? Maybe you like an excuse to get dressed up and put on a fabulous fascinator (watch out, Kate Middleton). Mother’s Day feels like the perfect day for a proper high tea and several spots are hosting special events just for moms. We recommend High SocieTea House in Wayne, where they’ve created special meals for each seating (10AM, 12:30PM, 3PM) and are giving little gifts for all the moms to take home. This is an event crafted for a Queen, and on this day, that’s you mama.
High SocieTea
Wayne, NJ
(973) 696-8327

Enjoy ruby chocolate and rose at Four JG’s Orchards & Vineyards

Nothing says #treatyoself like a little wine and chocolate. And have you seen ruby chocolate? Not only is it delicious, but it’s made from the ruby cocoa bean, which makes it a pretty pink. At Four JG’s Orchards & Vineyards Ruby Chocolate and Rose pairing, they’re giving you a chance to pair the two perfect pink treats – and that’s just one of dozens of chocolate and wine pairings they’re offering for Mother’s Day weekend. You can enjoy and relax at the vineyards Saturday and Sunday, May 11th and 12th, from 12PM to 5PM.
Four JG’s Orchards & Vineyards
Colts Neck, NJ
(908) 930-8066

Cost: $15 admission

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Break out the big hats and sundresses for a day at Monmouth Park Racetrack

Make your way to Monmouth Park Racetrack with the whole family for a day filled with Mother’s Day perks and fun. In addition to free admission, the first 1,000 moms will receive a free flower courtesy of In the Garden of Highlands. Enjoy the Pre-Fixe Brunch or Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet and enter into a giveaway to win some great prizes. Family activities include face painting, pony rides, clown visits, and a bounce house. Mama, don’t forget to stop by the champagne bar for a mid-day drink.
Monmouth Park Racetrack
Oceanport, NJ
(732) 222-5100

Cost: $5, Kids under 12 free, Parking $5

Rejuvenate at Nature’s Salt Cave & Float Pods in Cranford

Savor some unique Mother’s Day tranquility at Nature’s Salt & Therapy Spa with its salt cave and float pods. Step into the salt cave to experience the Himalayan salt’s detoxing, holistic properties. And for that peace and quiet you’ve been craving? You can experience complete sensory deprivation in one of the float pods. The spa also offers hydra facials, and essential oil expertise. Check their website and Facebook page for class times and special events.
Nature’s Salt & Therapy Spa 
Cranford, NJ
(908) 272-7158
Cost: per service, reservations required

Mother’s Day Weekend in Cape May

Make your way down to Exit 0 this Mother’s Day, for a weekend jam-packed with cool ways to celebrate. Answer your chocolate cravings Saturday at the Chocolate Lover’s Feast at the Washington Inn – we’re talking a seven-course dessert dream. At Saturday’s Sip Into Spring Festival, your entire family can enjoy live music, great food, a crafts and collectibles show, and kids activities. Enjoy a lunch or afternoon tea overlooking estate gardens at the Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom. And on Sunday, enjoy the Jazz Brunch at The Physick Estate or for some gorgeous views- moms can climb free at the Cape May Lighthouse or World War II Lookout Tower.
Cape May, NJ
(609) 884-5404

Discover Saturdays: Mama Birds at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Get in tune with Mother Nature this Mother’s Day weekend at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. For this week’s Discover Saturday, the theme is Mama Birds – how sweet? You and your littles can do a Mother’s Day craft together and enjoy exploring and interacting with nature. You can borrow an Arboretum backpack loaded with binoculars, field guides and a magnifying glass and be on your way to a family adventure learning about our environment. This is a weekly themed event from 9AM to 1PM, so if you can’t make it for Mother’s Day weekend, stop back another time to discover a new plant, animal or nature lesson.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
Summit, NJ
(908) 273-8787

Cost: free for members, $5 non-members

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

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Erika is a yogi, writer, coffee enthusiast, and world traveler. If she's not at the beach or chasing the sunset, she's looking for the best iced coffee she can find and planning her next adventure. Her favorite NJ spots include The Saint, Island Heights, and Lava Java House.

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