Best Cape Cod Spots for Mother's Day
Whatever the mom in your life prefers when it comes to brunch - whether breakfast favorites or classic meals with an oceanfront view - you'll find plenty of options across Cape Cod. Here's where to go to pamper mom while enjoying a memorable Mother's Day meal. Remember that many of these places require reservations in advance, so don't wait until the last minute to make your plans!
You're in for a treat if you experience brunch at the newly renovated Coonamessett Inn, a historic residence turned restaurant/inn overlooking Jones Pond in Falmouth. Feast on an extensive brunch buffet featuring everything from an omelette bar and freshly made bagels to smoked fish selections, chicken & seafood entrees and a mouth-watering dessert table (complete with chocolate fountain). An equally impressive buffet display can be found nearby at The Flying Bridge, overlooking Falmouth Harbor.
The Belfry Inn & Bistro in Sandwich offers a truly unique setting for brunch and features local, seasonal favorites. The dining room is located in the converted church on the grounds, and morning sun streams through the massive stained glass windows. The brunch menu features such items as Eggs Benedict and a lobster omelet, while dinner entrees include wild mushroom ravioli, crab crusted cod and pancetta roasted scallops. Leave room for the flourless chocolate cake; you won't be sorry.
For a more casual environment in Sandwich, where locals chat across tables, the Marshland Restaurant & Bakery serves up homemade favorites, including fresh baked pastries and muffins, lobster rolls and clam chowder alongside endless coffee refills. For a savory brunch treat, try their famous stuffed quahog.
At the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, pair your Mother's Day brunch with some breathtaking panoramic views of Old Silver Beach. Brunch selections include classics like Belgian waffles, along with herb-marinated chicken and chef-carved prime rib of beef. The Sea Crest's artisanal mac & cheese with pumpernickel crumbs is a favorite.
Mother's Day at the Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa in Sandwich is a tried and true tradition for many families, who return year after year for the special occasion. Dine in the stately colonial inn that dates back more than 300 years, and choose from either fireside dining or garden view in a sun-drenched conservatory. The inn specializes in traditional favorites and contemporary choices, and diners can select from a long list of wines from an impressive cellar (awarded the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence).
The Black Cat in Hyannis offers casual dining in a cozy setting overlooking the bustling docks of Hyannis Harbor. The menu is packed with brunch favorites, from French toast and pancakes to lobster omelettes and Crab Cake Benedict.
Mother's Day Brunch under the tent at Popponesset Inn in New Seabury gives moms the choice of everything from a chilled seafood bar and tiramisu waffle station to bananas foster and made to order omelettes. Just as impressive as the bountiful brunch is the stunning backdrop; the inn overlooks Nantucket Sound.
If mom insists on keeping elbows off the table and prefers white tablecloth dining, take her and the family to Chatham Bars Inn on the Lower Cape. The turn-of-the-century inn sits atop a hill overlooking Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic. The restaurant prepares classic New England favorites, sourcing most of the menu - including freshly caught fish - just miles from the Inn. In fact, they run an 8-acre farm that supplies diners with fresh produce and greens throughout the growing season; it doesn't get fresher than that.
Over at Brewster's Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, enjoy an a la carte Mother’s Day Brunch on the gorgeous Ocean Terrace, affording sweeping view of Cape Cod Bay. Added bonus: You can pick Mom up a gift certificate to Ocean Edge's Beach House Spa while you're there.
A menu that boasts such delectable items as clams casino, grilled swordfish, lobster grilled cheese and steak tips makes The Pilot House in Sandwich a great choice for a Mother's Day meal. Watch the boats in Sandwich Marina as you dine, and raise a toast to mom with the Pilot House's signature Georgia Peach Lemonade (a yummy concotion of Grey Goose Vodka, Peachtree Schnapps, lemonade and a splash of cranberry).
On the Outer Cape, The Wicked Oyster in Wellfleet focuses on fresh-caught seafood and seasonal New England flavors in a historic residence that dates back to the 1750s. Relish a sweet or savory brunch menu that ranges from briny Wellfleet oysters and clam chowder to omelettes, waffles and housemade cocktails, including an indulgent Bloody Mary.
It's not uncommon to dine on food freshly harvested on a local farm or caught that morning by local fisherman at The Naked Oyster, a French bistro in Hyannis that prides itself on classically prepared dishes utilizing local products (they even have their own oyster beds in Barnstable Harbor).
And for a truly unique experience that's sure to wow her, folow up your Mother's Day brunch or dinner with a leisurely stroll through Heirtgae Museums & Gardens, where the gardens are in full bloom and moms are admitted free all day.