This weekend is Mother’s Day. Still not sure? “Being a mom and nana myself, I just want my kids to spend time with me.,” says Nancy Craun, founder of the Kids Trail. Moms have memories of long nights when their child had a cold and fever and that high school plays you were in when she was so proud. A mom’s real joy is just being with her children.
When looking at events for Mom, I decided to turn to ‘Bucket’, the Kids Trail mascot and find out what her thoughts were.
First of all, think about what Mom is passionate about. Is she into gardens? Take her to a beautiful garden like the special event Blue Ridge Hospice is doing in Middleburg on Sunday. If you cannot do it this weekend, then enjoy some of the other May garden events. Follow that up with a trip to a nursery to buy a plant or garden décor fixture that gives her a memory of the day.
Always try and true –
Get Mom out of the kitchen either by hosting dinner at your house or take her out to a somewhere special. The new George’s Food and Spirits is having a delightful Brunch with two seatings at the George Washington Hotel.
Think out of the box –
How about a cooking class with Mom. Many of our leading restaurants offer cooking classes. Another great place is Nibblins where you can take a class and also let her select a kitchen gadget she has always wanted.
Make it road trip-
There are so many good places to take Mom in the valley. One can start by deciding on a destination like a beautiful bed and breakfast inn such as the Hillbrook Inn and Spa, Charles Town, West Virginia. They have wonderful spa treatments. Enjoy a glass of wine on the porch while you do nothing but relax.
One could also head down south and stay at By The Side of the Road in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Rocktown, which is the new Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, offers a delightful farmers market as well as an amazing number of new small restaurants. Plus often there are live musical festivals. Check out the ones at including the Massanutten Resort. Did you know they have a hotel and condos you can rent?
Visit Winchester’s Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and then make a date with Mom for one of their Gardens at Night. Be aware those these are so popular that they sell out so book ahead.
Try Adventure –
Plan a hiking trip to Jefferson’s Rock in Harpers Ferry or for a real climb Maryland Heights just across the Maryland bridge in Sandy Nook. Take Mom on a river-rafting trip with the kids or by yourself at Harpers Ferry Adventure. You can also plan a weekend to a vacation home at Bryce Resort with the entire family where you can take Mom on a zip line canopy or a mountain bike experience or a quiet walk around the lake.
Just for Sons –
Take Mom Dancing – Many moms have grown up in the age where people danced. Give Mom dance lessons with you from Social Graces Ballroom in Berryville, Virginia.
Finally, I wonder if Mom has a bucket list like me.
ASK HER! You might be surprised what she would like to do!