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Mother’s Day From New York, With Love

by Angelique Platas

May 6, 2020

Photo: Ammentorp – Dreamstime.com

Travel Tips

For everyone missing New York’s upstate treasures, like sipping wines in the Finger Lakes, spoiling mom with an epic homemade brunch in the Adirondacks or enjoying the great outdoors, there’s a way to enjoy all, and more, at home.


With small businesses and local companies adapting where they can, Mother’s Day is not only still on, but even more thoughtful and creative than ever with these New York-based options.


Foodie Boxes

Pay mom back for all those hand-packed lunches with a homemade breakfast, courtesy of  The Adirondack’s Wild Center. Shop foodie boxes and maple goods that will transport her from the kitchen to a New York (up)state of mind.


Pancake Breakfast Box. Photo: The Wild Center


Phoenicia Diner Cookbook

Sure, no one cooks like mom, but a cookbook loaded with road trip nostalgia, classic diner vibes and elevated American cuisine can bring back the flavors of family vacations — and is a great way to celebrate mom. Reminisce and kick dinner up a notch with Phoenicia Diner Cookbook.


Sweets and Flavors of the Finger Lakes

For moms with a sweet tooth, the Finger Lakes region puts its grapes to good use beyond its wineries. Known as the Grape Pie Capital of the World, Naples, New York, boasts grape pie and fruity concoctions, including taffy and gummies. Order a Grape Pie Kit from Arbor Hill and make your own or load up on sweets for mom.


Speaking of Wineries …

While most of us are discovering wine o’clock strikes earlier in the day, it can be made much more special with a Finger Lakes wine straight from the vineyard. Check out online options you can send to mom for her special day with ice wine from Casa Larga Vineyards, one of the oldest wineries in the Finger Lake; an at-home tasting kit from Schulze Wines; and local flavors and extra virgin olive oil from Millbrook Vineyards & Winery.

Millbrook Winery. Photo: Sylvain Cote.


If mom is more of a cider and spirits gal … 

Albany Distilling Company might have a cocktail creation more up her alley. Choose from canned cocktails and more or opt for a gift set from Nine Pine Cider, including everything from hard ciders and candles to apparel and non-alcoholic beverages — all shipped directly to mom, from New York with love.


For a Breath of Fresh Air …

Bring the great outdoors of upstate New York home to mom with a Lavender Luxe Box. Fresh from the farm, organically grown lavender goods range from candles and putty to lotions and more. Use the WELCOMELOVE code for a free gift.


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The island of Lanzarote, in Spain’s Canary Islands, endured a series of devastating volcanic eruptions in the mid-1700s. More than half the island was covered in several feet of molten lava and ash before hardening into impenetrable stone. Vast areas of this stone still cover Lanzarote in an otherworldly landscape of solidified lava. But all Lanzarote’s volcanoes are not dead, and the most active of them is a good place to begin your family travel on Lanzarote.