Mom more than deserves your gratitude all year long for everything she does, but one Sunday every year, we make it a point to stop and thank her for all her love and affection. 

Mother’s Day is everyone’s opportunity to let mom know she’s appreciated, and in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, there are plenty of opportunities to show mom with every style, hobby and interest that she is appreciated.

Everyone can celebrate Mother’s Day in Virginia’s Blue Ridge with these seven suggestions!


1. Traditional Mom's Day Done Right!

Spikenard Farm

What do you get mom on Mother’s Day? Flowers and spa treatments, of course! 

For flowers, George’s Flowers in Roanoke has local, fresh bouquets mom would be thrilled to receive. 

If she prefers to grow her own arrangements, The Spikenard Farm is hosting a Mother’s Day Plant Sale. The farm and its honeybee sanctuary specializes in flowers that will nourish bees, invite butterflies and attract hummingbirds to mom’s garden. 

Follow-up flowers with an all-expenses paid trip to The Vintage Spa in Rocky Mount. The full-service salon and day spa ensures clients not only look great, but feel great, too.

2. Mother's Day Meals

Virginia Dare Cruises

Special Mother’s Day meals are never a bad idea, and restaurants throughout Virginia’s Blue Ridge host special Mother’s Day brunches and buffets to help you show your mother she’s special. 

The dining room at Virginia's Natural Bridge Park & Historic Hotel hosts an annual dining event featuring chefs carved top round, scallops, mixed greens and decadent desserts. 

If brunch is more what mom’s looking for, The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg and The Regency Room at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center both offer a Mother’s Day brunch with a plethora of delicious options. 

For a unique take on a Mother’s Day meal, how about a luncheon cruise on Smith Mountain Lake? The Virginia Dare Cruises & Marina hosts the Mother’s Day Luncheon Cruise, a two hour cruise offering beautiful views and a lake lunch that can’t be beat. 

3. Mother's Day on the James River


How about switching it up this year and offering mom a day of paddling the James River? The Green Ridge Recreation Center has organized this fun and leisurely kayaking trip on the James, which comes with a full orientation so even the most novice paddler can enjoy!

Bring a lunch and head out on the river for a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget.

4. Celebrate History

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest offers moms free admission on Mother’s Day and every opportunity to explore the beauty and tranquility of Poplar Forest. 

Take mom on a tour of the villa that Thomas Jefferson himself designed and built as his private retirement retreat while taking in the history and beauty of one of the gems of Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

5. Wineries & Vineyards

Chateau Morrisette Winery & Restaurant

Virginia is quickly becoming a stop for wine enthusiasts visiting the east coast, and Virginia’s Blue Ridge is teeming with wineries and vineyards every mom will enjoy. 

From Chateau Morrisette Winery & Restaurant on the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the French style wines of Valhalla Vineyards in Roanoke, mom will love visiting our mountain wineries. 

Be sure you buy her a gift certificate so she can return throughout the year, and don’t forget to pick up a couple bottles of wine as souvenirs of the Mother’s Day she’ll cherish forever.

6. Art Experiences

Mother’s Day is only once a year, but you can give mom a gift she will appreciate all year long with an Annual Membership to the Taubman Museum of Art. The membership ensures she can enjoy a wide range of cultural experiences that will enlighten, engage, and entertain, while supporting the Taubman’s mission to serve as the focal point of cultural engagement in the region. 

Exhibitions such as American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell will have mom thanking you again and again as she enjoys the beautiful artistry and creative exhibitions on display all year long.

7. Catch a Show

Tickets to the theater is a win, win for everyone! Show mom you care with a night of entertainment at Mill Mountain Theatre. Located inside Center in the Square in Downtown Roanoke, Mill Mountain Theatre concludes its production of the popular Smokey Joe’s Café on Mother’s Day. 

Transport mom back to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues with the hits of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame legends Leiber & Stoller. Mom will love hearing Hound Dog, Stand by Me and others during this electrifying show that’s received seven Tony nominations and is celebrated as the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history!

Whether you’re searching for a traditional Mother’s Day gift, or looking to wow mom with a totally unique experience, Virginia’s Blue Ridge has what you're looking for. 

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