Things to Do for Mother’s Day in Raleigh

Mother’s Day is coming up next month! The moms in our lives work so hard and give so much, so it’s important to take a day to make them feel special. Whether you’re celebrating your own mother, a step-mother, the mother of your children, or a friend who is a mom, here are some ideas of wonderful things to do with her.

Flying Biscuit Café

Since Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday, it’s traditional for many people to take their mom out for brunch. This is always a winning idea, and in Raleigh, there’s no better place for brunch than the Flying Biscuit Café.  They specialize in serving down-home, Southern comfort food; and if you prefer to get a late start, not to worry because they do breakfast all day long. You can enjoy delicious and creative dishes like a fried green tomato BLT, pimento cheese fritters, and acai bowls.

Lake Johnson Park

May is the beginning of picnic season! The weather is warming up, trees and flowers are blooming, and outdoor celebrations are a safe option during COVID-19. A great place to take your mom for a picnic locally is Lake Johnson Park. The park is a lovely spot to relax beside the lake and comes equipped with picnic tables and shelters. After you eat, you can take a stroll along the 5.4 miles of trails that go through the park.

Cooking Class

If you want something unique to do with your mom, sign up for a group cooking class through Catering Works! They’re offering virtual classes of 1.5-3 hours taught by their CEO & Culinary Director, Jill Santa Lucia and Executive Chef, Rich Carter. You can choose either a single meal or a three-course affair, and add-ons include dessert and wine. They’ll provide an ingredient kit and instructions. What you make will yield 4-6 servings, so invite your siblings or your mom’s friends and then enjoy your creation in the form of a nice dinner after the class!

North Carolina Botanical Garden

A lot of people get their mom flowers for Mother’s Day – but how about taking her to see thousands of blooming flowers? The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a lovely place to spend Mother’s Day with your special someone, and it’s just about a 40-minute drive from downtown Raleigh. The garden’s mission is to conserve and study flora native to North Carolina, so you’ll see lots of locally important plants. And depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, you can venture beyond the display garden to hike on the Piedmont Nature Trails.

Garland

If your mom is more of the traditional type, you might want to treat her to a classy night out at a renowned restaurant. Consider Garland, whose chef just earned her 4th consecutive James Beard Award nomination. Eating at this high-end Pan Asian (with a Southern twist) restaurant is a great way to spice up your Mother’s Day (literally!).

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