Celebrate Mother’s Day in Asheville

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

Your mom deserves to know how much you love her, so why not treat her to a special day in Asheville!

Mother’s Day in 2024 falls on Sunday, May 12, and there is a plethora of options – from spa days to mountain adventures – for a perfect day with your No. 1 fan.

Here are some ideas and helpful tips as you plan for Mother’s Day in Asheville.

This story will be updated as more Mother's Day events are posted. 

Things to do on Mother's Day in Asheville

Pamper Mom

Shoji Spa

Being 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: from salt caves to foot spas, therapeutic flotation to outdoor hot tubs.

Namaste in Nature has offered 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. The Asheville Yoga Center offers regular Sunday classes each week.

Moms can check out a Forest Bathing Tour with Asheville Wellness Tours. 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 Omni Grove Park Inn is also offering a Mother's Day Tea Party on Saturday, May 11 that will feature local live music, delectable hors d'oeuvres and artisanal activities as well as a Mother's Day Sunday Brunch.

Make Her Laugh + Music

Mom's often have the best sense of humor. Celebrate their laughter and put that sense of humor to the test with Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company's Your Mama Mother's Day Jokes event on May 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy professional comics with catered sets for and about being and not being a mother. For a little music for your mother, check out Foundation Studios in the River Arts District and enjoy lively, amusing, heart-filled performance from Amy Steinberg & her friends S.J. Tucker and Ginger Doss on Mother’s Day!

Bring Mom to Mother Nature

A family enjoys a picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC

Explore lush forests, thundering waterfalls and sweeping mountain vistas on the trails in and around Asheville. Choose 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 experience the Asheville Treetops Adventure course or KidsZip at the Adventure Center of Asheville.

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 one of these local restaurants. A perfect complement to those scenic mountain views.

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: from handmade jewelry to stunning clothing to cute house accessories, something is sure to catch her eye.

Check out WNC's Yarn Crawl, a family-friendly exploration of various yarn shops in Asheville that shows off 11 different yarn shops in the Asheville area. Each shop has its own special personality, and you're sure to spot a Mother's Day treasure at some places like Friends and Fiberworks, Yiayia Black Sheep or Earth Guild. The Yarn Crawl kicks off May 9 and continues through May 13. 

You can also shop Asheville gifts for mom from home. Asheville Tea Company is offering a special spring seasonal box set complete with the Lavender Tea Scone Mix and two limited edition spring tea blends, Tulsi Rose and Lavender Limoncello. Use promo code "MOMDAY" for 10% your entire order. Asheville Detours has curated boxes 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.

French Broad Chocolate debuted a new collection of six distinct and delicious bonbons in 2023 celebrating the collaborative spirit of Asheville just in time for Mother’s Day; each inspired by a mom-founded Asheville business. The Mountain Mamas Collection features the B Corp’s bean-to-bar confections crafted in their Asheville Chocolate Factory; each flavor inspired by food and drinks from Asheville mom-founded businesses Poppy Popcorn, Curate, Burial Beer, Ginger’s Revenge, Chemist Gin and French Broad Chocolates. 

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. Here's a guide for brunching in Asheville!

If you're looking for some Southern-inspired cuisine, visit Rendezvous for a delicious meal of Louisiana Gumbo or try out their tasty desserts like coffee custard. Delight in a special four-course prix fixe menu and children’s al la carte menu at Posana with delicious menu items like cheddar biscuits, doughnut holes, parfait, deviled eggs, omelettes, french toast, bavette steak and mouth-watering desserts. The Radical Hotel's restaurant Golden Hour will be hosting a Mother's Day Brunch with a menu that includes steak and eggs, pain perdu -- croissant french toast with apples and cream -- and the Radical breakfast sandwich. 

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. 

Updated May 13, 2024