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With Mother’s Day weekend upon us, we are tasked with the job of laying out the perfect day for Mom. We want her to feel loved, we want her to feel relaxed and, for one day, we want her to feel like the world’s fate is not resting on her shoulders. This day is about recognizing all she does and giving her some time to sit back and take in the madness around her — albeit from a comfortable chair, perhaps with a cup of tea?

We think tea should be declared the official Mother’s Day beverage. If coffee is for putting pep in your step, tea is for slowing down and enjoying the moment. It’s for sharing a moment and chatting about life. It has an almost Zen-like calm about it that is unmatched by other beverage. It works in a variety of “mom friendly” settings, whether it’s being sipped in iced form on a porch rocking chair or poured into the daintiest of tea cups by a white gloved waiter. Heck, even the Long Island variety at your favorite bar will do in a pinch.

So this year we present you a list of spots to have a spot of tea with the one person who always has your back.

Flanders Hotel

For Mother’s Day, the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City is offering a three-course version of high tea complete with all the fancy trimmings. We’re talking scones, quiches, a variety of finger sandwiches as well as dessert and of course a freshly infused pot of tea. Cost is $39.95 per person. Call 609-399-1000 for reservations. The Flanders Hotel is located at 719 E. 11th St. in Ocean City. Go to TheFlandersHotel.com.

Sadia’s Tea and Coffee

High tea is a regular occurrence at Sadia’s. This beverage-focused shop located in Egg Harbor Township specializes in healthy, organic and vegan options as well as a lovely afternoon tea service. For $21.99 per person, guests can opt for the Ultimate Tea Party which includes a selection of sandwiches, a pot of organic tea or coffee and various desserts. Reservations must be made in advance. Go to Facebook.com for more info. Sadia’s is located at 6106 Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township. Go to Facebook.com

Hayday

Hayday is a casual coffee shop that also has some truly great tea options. If mom’s idea of the perfect Mother’s Day is simply sharing a nice cup of tea and some conversation, then Hayday has you covered. A huge variety of fresh-brewed and specialty teas awaits, but our personal favorite is the Iced Wonder Mint ($3). Hayday is located at 131 S. Tenneessee Ave. in Atlantic City. Go to HaydayCoffee.com.

Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall

Some moms want a fancy afternoon tea with fine china and others want to throw back a nice spiked version between pints of craft beer. At Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall mom can do just that. While they are best known for their wall of craft beer taps, those in the know have made their AC Tea the go-to cocktail at this gastropub. Bring mom down and grab a few of these as you and the fam sit outside in their lovely courtyard. Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall is located at 133 S. Tennessee Ave. in Atlantic City. Go to TennesseeAvenueBeerHall.com.

Bambu

It’s sad but true — not every Mom has time, even on Mother’s Day, to stop rushing around. So for those of you who might only have a few minutes to sneak in with mom while getting a million other things done, you can still carve out 5 minutes to head to Bambu for one of their refreshing teas. Options include Strawberry Fruit tea, oolong sea salt and coffee milk tea. Bambu is located at 510 Hamilton Commons Drive in Mays Landing. Go to DrinkBambu.com.

Casciano Coffee Bar

If your plans include taking Mom out for a day of shopping and strolling downtown Hammonton, Casciano Coffee Bar can serve as the perfect spot to stop and catch your breath for a moment. Offering an assortment of tea options including chai and iced versions, mom will love this cozy hideaway. Casciano Coffee Bar is located at 212 Bellevue Ave. in Hammonton. Go to CascianoCoffee.com.

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