When a reader’s plan for Mother’s Day tea fell through, she asked the Going Out Gurus to help. (Photo courtesy Tarcher/Penguin).

The Going Out Guide mailbox frequently receives direct requests from readers for advice on where to go in Washington. Here’s how we tackled one question we received this week, from a reader searching for new place to take her 89-year-old mother when plans for a Mother’s Day tea fell through:

I recently purchased a LivingSocial deal for high tea at the Willard Hotel on Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, I just got an e-mail saying that it has been canceled. Do you have any suggestions for a similar outing that would be appropriate to take my 89-year-old mother to? She is a native Washingtonian and loves spending time in the city.

Lavanya Ramanathan: I did manage to dig up a few more options that I think will suit your needs. However, I do recommend calling to make reservations. Many hotels are forgoing high tea on Mother’s Day in favor of a mother’s day brunch (Cafe Promenade at the Mayflower is among them; the tea at the Empress Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental can only add you to their waitlist at this point because reservations are full.)

I think the most wonderful option has to be the tea at Hillwood Estate -- a beautiful garden. I called, and they do have reservations for the May 13th tea; call 202-686-5807. Find the menu here.

Another idea is the Jefferson Hotel -- the tea is held in their gorgeous greenhouse. I called to confirm they are doing a Mother’s Day tea, and you can make reservations; call 202-347-2200. Find the menu and pricing here.

If you’re ever interested in exploring any others, including those outside Washington proper, check out our list of area’s best afternoon teas.

Do you need plans for the weekend, ideas for visitors, or date-night ideas? Write us at goingoutguide@washpost.com, or join us every Thursday at 1 p.m. for Got Plans?, a weekly chat in which the Gurus tackle dozens of going-out dilemmas.