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The Perfect Mother’s Day Weekend in Lakeland

By: Christopher Follenus

There are so many things to treat your Mom to over Mother’s Day Weekend in Lakeland, whether its a fancy brunch, a stroll through the gardens or going to that Lakeland Mother’s Day tradition Mayfaire-by-the-Lake.

Have the Perfect Mother’s Day Weekend in Lakeland

Lakeland, Florida is simply the perfect place to spend Mother’s Day, with its warm weather, charming events, wonderful restaurants & cafes, pleasant strolls and great places to stay. Find our list of things to do and places to stay in Lakeland for a day, or weekend, celebrating that Mom in your life.

Start with a Brunch

Let Mom sleep in a little, and combine breakfast and lunch in one of Lakeland’s many great venues for brunch. Enjoy the elegant surroundings of the Terrace Grille, and order their popular Eggs Benedict and House Smoked Salmon on a bagel. Nineteen61, a fabulous Cuban-Florida fusion restaurant offers an unbeatable Huevos Rancheros, as well as a special take on Eggs Benedict. Their Nashville Hotel Chicken is also worth trying. Or keep it southern at Fresco’s Sothern Kitchen & Bar for some spicy Chicken & Waffles, or a Southern Benedict.

 

Have the Ultimate Treat at Born & Bread Bakehouse

It’s hard to find an experience quite like a cruffin, cheesecake or biscuit from the amazing Born & Bread Bakehouse. Open only on Saturday’s from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.), what started as a booth at the Lakeland Farmer’s Curb Market has turned into an early morning rite of passage for Lakelanders. Check it out. Mom will not be disappointed!

 

Experience Mayfaire-by-the-Lake, a Mother’s Day Tradition

Mayfaire-by-the-Lake is a special Central Florida tradition, and is held on Mother’s Day each year. Hosted by Polk Museum of Art this special free 2-day art event is held every year around the shores of Lake Morton in heart of Downtown Lakeland. This year more than 150 artists will showcase their work.

 

Coffee at the Bookstore

Lakeland has a wonderful community of independent bookstores, and Pressed Coffee and Books is one of our new favorites. Pressed is a great place to relax with Mom with a specially roasted Ethos coffee along with one of their many baked goods, and a good book from their specially curated selection. Combine with the Downtown Farmer’s Curb Market!

 

Stroll around the Downtown Farmer’s Curb Market

Soak up the atmosphere with a walk around the Downtown Farmer’s Curb Market. This showcase for talents and work of local artisans is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

People and vendor tents along Kentucky Ave. in downtown Lakeland during Downtown Farmers Curb Market on Saturday morning.

Visit the Gardens

For the perfect picture on Mother’s Day, there is simply no-where better than Hollis Garden. Set in front of Lake Morton on Frances Langford Promenade, this botanical display garden set in a neo-classical architectural environment is home to more than 10,000 flowers and ornamental shrubs, shade trees and a grand staircase. Or if you’d like to go a bit further afield, the beautiful Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales is always a special treat anytime of year.

Book a Balloon Ride

This Mother’s Day Weekend in Lakeland coincides with the Up, Up, and Away Hot Air Balloon Festival. Held at the SUN ‘n FUN campus, this festival is a real spectacle. Have a truly unique experience and get that special photo as you float peacefully above Lakeland. To book a Balloon ride visit Upupandawayflorida.com.

Balloons at the Hot Air Balloon Festival

Dinner in Downtown

Nineteen61, The Terrace Grille or Fresco’s are not only great options for brunch, but also the perfect place for a special Mother’s Day dinner. After you have tried the Vaca Frita or Ropa Vieja at Nineteen61 along with a specially selected glass of wine, you’ll be in heaven. Over at Red Door, another local staple for high-end culinary delights, with locally sourced ingredients, you must consider the Duck Confit, Pan Seared Halibut or the Roasted Bone Marrow.

3 women eating dessert at Terrace Grille in Lakeland, FL

 

A Day at the Spa

But maybe Mom would just like to relax. At Streamsong Resort and Spa she will have a treat like no other. The AquaPietra Spa is a European-style grotto sanctuary, along with nine treatment rooms, six unique therapy pool experiences and a selection of personalized services. After the spa indulge in one of the resort’s fine restaurants, recently acclaimed in a Forbes Magazine article as four of the best restaurants in Florida.

Where to Stay

The Terrace Hotel

The historic Terrace Hotel in the heart of Downton Lakeland, is a beautifully decorated member of the Hilton Tapestry Collection. The hotel is also home to the Terrace Grille mentioned above.

 

Springhill Suites

A brand new all-suites hotel, and member of Marriott Bonvoy, only minutes from Downtown Lakeland. Relax in the spacious suites, or down by the pool, and have a cocktail in the evening at the full-service bar.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Lakeland

Streamsong Resort

Cap your spa day off with an overnight stay at the lodge at Streamsong Resort.

Westgate River Ranch Resort

If you’re willing to take a little drive from Lakeland you can stay at Westgate River Ranch Resort. This is the perfect place for an active weekend. Go horseback riding, take an airboat tour and stay in a luxury teepee or wagon!

Mother and daughter on horses at River Ranch

Hopefully that gives you some nice ideas to treat Mom with this Mother’s Day. If you have any questions or would like to brainstorm with our staff at the Welcome Center, just open the chat on this page during office hours. Happy Mother’s Day!

You may also be interested in 20 Multigenerational Things to Do in Central Florida

 

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