Celebrate Mother’s Day in Asheville

A family enjoys delicious ice cream at The Hop Ice Cream Cafe in Asheville, NC

Show Mom how much you love and appreciate her by treating her to a day in Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains!

In 2021, Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9.

From pure relaxation to mountain adventure, here are ideas and helpful tips to help you plan the perfect day. 

Things to do on Mother's Day in Asheville

Pamper Mom

Shoji SpaBeing a mom is a 24-hour responsibility. Give her a break with a spa day or wellness adventure.

Asheville has a wealth of day spas to choose from that range from salt caves to foot spas, therapeutic flotation to outdoor hot tubs.

Namaste in Nature is offering a wide range of special experiences on Mother's Day including Vortex Yoga Hikes, Yoga in the Park, Sunrise Yoga at Chimney Rock State Park and Yoga Waterfall Hikes.

Mom walks free on a Forest Bathing Tour with Asheville Wellness Tours (with the code MOMISGREAT21). In forest bathing, there's no water involved. Instead, you are invited to experience nature with all of your senses on a relaxing forest walk. The company also offers a special Mother's Day Tea and Tarot experience (both in-person and virtual are available).

Bring Mom to Mother Nature

A family enjoys a picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NCExplore lush forests, thundering waterfalls and sweeping mountain vistas on the trails in and around Asheville. Choose just the right hiking experience for your mom by utilizing the Asheville Hike Finder tool, which allows you to filter hikes by length, difficulty, distance from Asheville and popularity. 

Just five minutes from downtown Asheville, adventurous moms can let their hair down for free on the Asheville Treetops Adventure course or KidsZip at the Adventure Center of Asheville (use code "Mom" when booking).

Or, show mom the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains on a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Thanks to numerous paved overlooks, it's easy to access dramatic vistas. Before you go, pick up a picnic basket or picnic lunch from The Rhu, Asheville Picnic CompanyParkway Picnics or Gather Round 'Charcuterie to enjoy a scenic picnic in the mountains.

Does your mom love flowers? She'll be in heaven in Asheville, a garden lover's paradise. Stunning spring flowers await at Biltmore with the Biltmore Blooms celebration in full swing. Or, stroll the beautifully-manicured grounds of the North Carolina Arboretum.  

Shop 'Till You Drop

Biltmore Village in Asheville, NC is known as a shopping destination.

Indulge in an afternoon of retail therapy as you stroll through one of Asheville's shopping districts or the local shops in neighboring communities such as Black Mountain and Weaverville. Each local shop is packed with treasures just waiting to be discovered. From handmade jewelry to stunning clothing to cute house accessories, something is sure to catch her eye.

The Black Wall Street Marketplace at Grind AVL in the River Arts District on Saturday (May 8) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is a great chance to find a gift for mom while also supporting Black-owned businesses in Asheville. The Marketplace will feature beauty products, couture chocolates, African-style clothing, books, essential oils, self-care items, paintings, jewelry, candles and more. While you're there, enjoy a coffee or beverage! 

You can also shop Asheville gifts for mom from home. Asheville Tea Company is offering a special Mother's Day Gift Box complete with the new Lavender Tea Scone Mix and a tea box of Elderflower Mint. The gift box also comes with a personalized Mother's Day card. Asheville Detours has a special Mother's Day Gift Box of its own that is packed with 100 percent local products such as herbal soaking salts from C&Co Naturals, Chocolates from Asheville Chocolate and scented candles from Elder & Co.

Dine on Delicious Cuisine

Two Social Diastanced couples having a meal outside
Asheville is lovingly known as Foodtopia is for its incredible array of dining options. Skip the cooking (and having to do the dishes!) at home and instead opt for savoring a meal out on the town. Many local restaurants offer special menus for Mother's Day.

Also known as Paris of the South for its outdoor dining, Asheville is the perfect place to simply snag a table at a sidewalk café and people watch while you share a meal and dessert.

Speaking of dessert, treat mom to a sweet treat such as handmade ice cream.

Among those offering special meals for Mother's Day is La Bodega by Cùrate, which has a Spanish-inspired takeaway brunch feast for the occasion. The meal for four requires very minimal warming at home, and includes instructions and a printed menu.

Forage and feast with mother nature on a foraging tour with No Taste Like Home. After discovering wild edible plants thanks to the help of your expert guide, you can also choose to take your foraged goods to a partnering restaurant for a chef-made meal from your items. Take 20 percent off with the code "MOM21."  

Updated May 5, 2021
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