Whatever the mom in your life prefers when it comes to brunch - whether it be classic breakfast favorites or a table with a 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 most of these places require advance reservations, so don't wait until the last minute to make your plans!
At the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, pair your Mother's Day brunch with some spectacular panoramic views of Old Silver Beach. Selections from the decadent brunch buffet include carved-to-order slow-roasted prime rib, thick cut French toast classics, panko crusted cod, mushroom ravioli and a mouth-watering display of cakes and desserts.
For the mom who's always on the move, brunch aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad is a special treat. Savor a three-course menu as you journey past crimson cranberry bogs, salt marshes and ocean vistas; the menu includes such items as almond crusted baguette french toast and seared salmon, along with a children’s menu.
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).
Classic elegance meets oceanfront dining at Chatham Bars Inn's STARS Restaurant; the turn-of-the-century inn sits atop a hill with eye candy views of Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic. Their lavish Mother's Day brunch buffet features seafood and smoked fish displays, imported and domestic cheeses, omelet and waffle stations, prime rib with lobster and spring pea risotto and a tantalizing array of desserts.
Bond with your mom over brunch at a Mother's Day Flower-Arranging Workshop at the oceanfront Pelham House in Dennis Port. Florals and tools will be provided, and she’ll leave with a keepsake of her special day. Pre-order freshly made pastries or cheese platters to enjoy as you arrange your bouquet!
You're in for a treat if you experience brunch at the Coonamessett Inn, a historic residence turned restaurant/inn overlooking Jones Pond in Falmouth. Feast on brunch items like Eggs Benedict, croissant bread pudding and avocado toast while sipping on their signature Bloody Mary.
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 vistas of Cape Cod Bay. Choose form appetizers like Prosciutto Crepes and Brewster oysters, and entrees that include Lobster Benedict, Lemon Dutch Pancakes and Salmon Nicoise. Added bonus: You can pick Mom up a gift certificate to Ocean Edge's Beach House Spa while you're there.
The elaborate brunch at Wequassett Resort's posh Twenty Eight Atlantic includes a chilled seafood display, sushi rolled-to-order, crepe & carving stations and a gourmet cookie bar. Toast to motherhood with a glass from the Veuve Clicquot flower and champagne bar, then savor the jaw-dropping restaurant views of Pleasant Bay.
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 tuna poke station to bananas foster, beef sirloin and made-to-order omelettes. Just as impressive as the bountiful brunch is the stunning backdrop of Nantucket Sound.
A more casual option is The Black Cat in Hyannis, which offers dining in an intimate waterfront setting, where you can watch the boats sail in and out of Hyannis Harbor. Treat mom to one of their lobster rolls, or fresh day-boat cod with lump crab and lemon-dill butter, followed by a scenic harbor stroll.
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 concoction 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, follow up your Mother's Day brunch or dinner with a leisurely stroll through Heritage Museums & Gardens, where the gardens are in full bloom and moms are admitted free all day!