Hudson Valley, NY (May 2013) – Mother Nature really goes all out for her own, painting the landscape with splashy shows of vibrant flowers just in time to celebrate Mothers Day. It’s worth a car trip through the Hudson Valley just to see exploding blossoms and catch their fragrance in the warm air. Share the day with Mom and give her special surprises at interesting places and events all over the region and throughout the colorful spring season.

Start early with “Pedal into Spring,” a two day festival in Cold Spring on May 4th and 5th. This historic village on the Hudson River celebrates the season with a dynamic flower festival, local vendors, entertainers, and live music. Best yet, it’s free! The petals become a pedal with the Ridge Hill Classic International Bicycle Race on Sunday, and more festivities throughout the village. Mother’s Day is a week later on Sunday, May 12th and Mount Gulian Historic Site in Beacon honors mothers by offering free admission to all moms. Stroll through the restored garden and Dutch barn, then tour the stone house and hear how the wealthy Verplancks spent their summers here in the 1700’s. Refreshments are served, compliments of the house.

Tea with your queen mother is served on her day at Clermont State Historic Site in Germantown where abundant gardens surround the beautiful 1700’s mansion of the Livingston’s. Built after the British burned the original during the Revolutionary War, the house is one of the Great Estates with expansive views of the Hudson River. If Mom would rather be on the river, treat her to the Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise with Dutch Apple Cruises out of Albany. Give her a blissful day with a two hour scenic ride along the Hudson River. Drink in the views of the historic Albany skyline, then head just up the road to the 65th Annual Tulip Festival filled with crafts, music, and a wide variety of food (incase you want to eat some more).

Muscoot Farm in Somers offers Mom a full day of events at the 777-acre interpretive farm. Kids will love this, too. The day starts at the Farmers Market where families can stock up on produce, prepared foods (pick some up so Mom won’t have to cook dinner!), and so much more from over 25 vendors. The Main House Gallery has a display of American Folk Art hooked rugs, and don’t miss the haircut the sheep get from a professional sheep shearer! If Mom is more the adventurous type, take her skyward with a hot air balloon ride. Soar over the scenic countryside while sipping champagne with Fantasy Balloon Flights out of Middletown. It’s a trip Mom will never forget! With all that excitement, add some serenity to your gift. Buttermilk Spa in Milton will whisk Mom’s cares away in the warmth of their sauna or during a relaxing massage. Their signature treatments use organic products within their eco-friendly building, just steps away from the calming waters of Buttermilk Falls. Further south, Blissful Spa in Nyack soothes Mom with hot stone massages and cleansing facials. Give her a spa package for a selection of treatments, and treat to her to dinner at one of the many village restaurants.

Celebrate an early Mother’s Day the day before at the Rip Van Winkle Wine and Cheese Festivalin Catskill. Wineries from throughout the region bring their tasty vintages to pair with ripe local cheeses. Gaze out at the Hudson when you’re not listening to the music or shopping with the craft vendors. Just across the river, the Knickerbocker Mansion throws their annual Mother’s Day celebration with both breakfast and lunch. Start the morning with pancakes, tour the 1780’s historic home, and have a chicken barbecue lunch to top it off. It’s a great way to give Mom a break from the kitchen.

Sunday, May 12th is Mother’s Day, but celebrate with her any day of the year at Hudson Valley’s historic spots, farms, restaurants, spas, and all of our stellar destinations. Experiences make memories for everyone in the family, so forgo the flowers and candy this year to spend time with Mom. That’s what she really wants, and what could be more perfect than a day in the country?

Find more fun things to do at Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Regional information can be obtained from the county tourism offices, or call 845-615-3860.