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Flowers are finally starting to bloom, and yes, that means Mother’s Day is around the corner! But just because flowers are in bloom, that doesn’t mean flowers are the only gift mom wants.

BHI_Cover_2011_print-1The sun is out, and the Boston harbor islands are shining! Beat the tourists by hopping on the ferry and taking Mom out for a nice day on the water. Flip through the pages of Discovering The Boston Harbor Islands by Christopher Klein to check out the beautiful sights worth finding during your visit. If you’re an active family, trails for hiking and bike riding are always an option. Or, if you’ve got younger members in the family, download a junior ranger booklet and complete activities that will earn your child a Boston Harbor Island Junior Ranger badge.

Historic Homes & GardensAnother book we know Mom will love: New England’s Historic Homes and Gardens. If she is a fan of history and architecture, she will certainly appreciate author Kim Knox Beckius’ stories from New England’s rich historic past and William H. Johnson’s beautiful photography. You can easily transform this present into an outing. On Mother’s Day, pick an estate closer to home and on a nice day this summer, pick one farther away for a day trip!

The Coastal Table_Cover_2x3Third on our list for Mom is a recipe book that every New Englander should own: The Coastal Table. Author Karen Covey captures New England’s farm flavors in 120 traditional recipes, made fresh and new. From casual dishes to dinner party wow-zers, this book will make her smile for sure. Wineries, farms, and unique shops and restaurants are profiled in the book. It’s the perfect way to commence your foodie tour of New England’s South Coast.

If you don’t want to break your brunch tradition and stay close to home this Mother’s Day, simply grab her a copy of Discovering The Boston Harbor Islands, New England’s Historic Homes and Gardens, or The Coastal Table on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, our website, or at your local bookstore. You can always wait and plan a trip together for this summer!

One last thing, her favorite flowers, they’re called hydrangeas. Don’t forget the flowers.

Happy Mother’s Day!