Spoil your mother with an all-day springtime excursion.
Pastries at Le Rêve Bakery & Cafe
What: The genteel Queen Anne cafe has a warm yellow interior, no-laptop policy, and fantastic selection of fruit tarts, pain au chocolat, and Kouign-Amann (a buttery, sugar-sprinkled cake with puffy, crisped layers).
Why: Satisfy Mama’s sweet tooth and love of cozy ambiance with breakfast on the garden patio.
When: Wed.-Mon., 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 1805 Queen Anne Ave. N., ste. 100 (206-623-7383).
The Kubota Garden
What: A manicured, twenty-acre Japanese garden full of exotic blossoms and local shrubbery originally cultivated by Fujitaro Kubota, who bought the land in 1927.
Why: Get outside, stretch your legs, and tour weeping Norway spruce, threadleaf cypress, and flowering pink magnolias.
When: Self-guided tours, daily, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. (maps available); guided tours (thru Oct.) on the fourth Sat. of every month at 10 a.m.
Where: 9817 55th Ave. S. (206-725-5060). Admission and tours are free.
Holly Park Greenhouse and Nursery
What: More than 50 years old, the South End family-run institution has a lush, overgrown charm.
Why: Rows upon rows of familiar and exotic plant species, great prices on herbs, a wide range of collard greens, and Asian-inspired culinary finds such as shiso starts and bok choy seeds.
When: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: 4031 S. Willow St. (206-722-2000).
Tea or Cocktails at The Hunt Club and Fireside Room
What: Rest your legs, put down the shopping bags, and pick up a celebratory libation.
Why: Whether Mom’s style is afternoon tea with scones or a well-mixed Dark and Stormy by the fire, the drink den has something to suit the lady. The food’s great, too.
When: Tea, Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Hours, Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. & 4-10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. & 4-10 p.m.
Where: Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St. Tea reservations (recommended) to 206-622-6400.
Photo: Courtesy of Le Rêve Bakery & Cafe
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