Whether you were raised by a casual brunch mom, a picnic lunch mom, or a fine dining-enthusiast mom, here’s your excuse to celebrate Mother’s Day in style. Below, you’ll find a list packed full of options for a full day of family festivities.
Mother’s Day Brunch at Bold Rock: Head down to Bold Rock’s downtown Asheville taproom for a special holiday brunch, featuring “mom”-mosas and the cidery’s featured brunch menu. Carnations will also be available for all mothers partaking in the fun. Begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 8 at Bold Rock Hard Cider, 39 N. Lexington Ave., downtown Asheville.
Mother’s Day Brunch at Writers Bistro: Make Mother’s Day classy with brunch at the Writers Bistro, in the Renaissance Asheville Downtown Hotel. Offering a special holiday brunch menu with a variety of small and large plate options — everything from charcuterie to roasted prime rib to a dessert of lemon shortcake. Reservations are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8 at the Renaissance Asheville Downtown Hotel, 31 Woodfin St., Asheville. Call 828-252-8211 ext. 205 or visit Resy.com for reservations.
Mother’s Day Brunch at Posana: Celebrate the mother or mother figure in your life with Posana’s magnificent Mother’s Day brunch: a four-course, family-style prix fixe menu that begins with banana doughnut holes, and continues with the main course spread of strawberry-lemon french toast, pork belly huevos rancheros and a fried chicken biscuit with sausage gravy, and ends with pink lemonade cake for dessert. $55 per adult and $35 per child. Reservations are recommended and are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8 at 1 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. For parties of 5 or more, call 828-505-3969 to reserve a table — or book a reservation online at OpenTable.com.
Outdoor Craft Fair at Historic Johnson Farm: This Saturday Mother’s Day Market in Hendersonville gives you a head-start on celebrating the weekend with mom, featuring more than 20 crafters selling pottery, plants, jewelry, home decor, art and more. The Historic Johnson Farm and farmhouse will be open for self-guided tours during the craft fair, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at 3346 Haywood Road in Hendersonville.
Build a Bouquet at The West End: The West End is celebrating Mother’s Day with a one-of-a-kind event, inviting you and your mom to create your own growing bouquets. Mix and match cuttings from a selection of common and not-so-common houseplants — from philodendrons to pothos, tradescantia to begonias — and don’t forget to water! In a few weeks, your growing bouquet will be ready to transplant. The West End will also offer a special brunch menu featuring breakfast tacos, mimosas, and other Mother’s Day specials. Begins 11 a.m. Sunday, May 8 at The West End, 757 Haywood Road, West Asheville.
Bluegrass and Bites at Blue Ghost Brewing Company: Fletcher’s Blue Ghost Brewing is hosting a bluegrass, brews and bites event on Mother’s Day for moms with Appalachian flare. Southern fare food truck Kinfolk will be on site serving cast iron cornbread, housemade pimento cheese dip, smoked chicken sandwiches, and burgers from 1:30-6:30 p.m., and music from bluegrass band Knob Creek Incident will begin at 4 p.m. Don’t miss the fun happening Sunday afternoon at 125 Underwood Road, Fletcher.
Picnic on the Parkway: We all have our favorite Blue Ridge Parkway picnic spots — but, this Mother’s Day, pack a basket and head north on the parkway to Craggy Gardens, at milepost 365, to enjoy a scenic afternoon among the pink and purple rhododendron blooms. Whether mom is up for a hike or ready to relax, this spot is excellent for either hiking to the peak or enjoying the view from the parking lot-adjacent picnic area.
Biltmore Blooms: This annual festival of flowers happens each spring, with two months of blooms that include 75,000-plus tulips, orchids, azaleas, and elaborate floral displays inside the Biltmore House. Take mom for an afternoon of vibrant color — and plan a picnic on the grounds (or make reservations at one of many fantastic Biltmore dining options).
Stroll the Grounds at the N.C. Arboretum: With beautiful gardens and peaceful woodland trails, the North Carolina Arboretum never disappoints for any outing. Take mom on an adventure through all the natural wonders of the Southern Appalachians — and pencil in some daily exercise together on one of the campus’ many walking, hiking or biking trails.