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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    It’s that time of year when green finally returns the treetops, flowers bloom into vibrant pinks and beautiful oranges, and thoughts like “is it May already?” begin to make rounds in your mind. There’s that one thought that always seems to surface, however. At first you can’t remember if its something important or not but it finally hits—Mother’s Day is right around the corner!

    That’s always been my experience, anyways.

    There’s no better place to be on Mother’s Day than somewhere in Westchester, Putnam or Dutchess, so don’t worry—there are many ways to work through what may be a last minute conundrum. Here a few things to consider as you navigate through the basics of a day that celebrates the wonderfulness of one of the most important women in your life—Mom.

    Flowers: One of my favorite places to shop flowers is the Carmel Flower Shop in the Putnam Plaza on Route 6. The shop’s florists create beautiful flower arrangements and baskets and you can buy greeting cards, scarves and other unique gifts on location. If you’re in Westchester, check out NatureScapes in Armonk—its small outdoor nursery coupled with the shop’s handcrafted vases, planters and garden accessories will have you covered from top to bottom.

    Restaurants: The first restaurant that comes to mind for an ideal date night is Muscoot North Restaurant in Hopewell Junction. An easy ride up the Taconic State Parkway, Muscoot’s menu offers a little something for everyone, whether you prefer Buffalo Chicken pizza, Cheese Ravioli Parmagiana, or New York Sirloin Steak. If you want to stick around Westchester, head to Crabtree Kittle House in Chappaqua—the award-winning restaurant is offering a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet and/or four-course dinner on Sunday.

    Desserts/Chocolates: If you know a thing or two about chocolate, you’ll want to head over to Chocolations in Mamaroneck. They specialize chocolates for any holiday occasion, rice “Krispie” cakes, flavored bark, and more. For exquisite pastries, cakes, and pies, try Brewster Pastry on Route 22. The first time I ate one of their fluffy, mouthwatering creations, I knew I wasn’t visiting another pastry shop any time soon. Visit Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck as there dining room will open at 1 p.m. on Sunday for a 2-course Mother’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner Menu, featuring "an extensive selection of our most loved dishes."