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Mother’s Day in the Queen City: Things to Do, Eat & Gift


From remote learning to quarantine, many moms have met their fair share of challenges since last Mother’s Day. This year we have a few ideas of ways that you can celebrate the woman that means the most. Delicious brunch options, fabulous activities, and gift ideas for every kind of mom – this guide will be your one-stop-shop to plan the perfect Mother’s Day weekend.

Things to Do For Mother’s Day in the Queen City

Stroll the Gardens. If you’re looking for a more tranquil Mother’s Day, a stroll through the beautiful Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens is always enjoyable. During Mother’s Day weekend, the gardens will be offering free admission. Everyone can enjoy the beautiful environment, listen to live music, shop at The Garden Store, and enjoy delicious food and beverage options from various food trucks.

Spa-Day – For the mom that needs a little more R&R, a trip to the spa may be just the ticket. Both the Ritz Carlton Spa & Wellness Center and The Spa at Ballantyne are great options for pampering here in Charlotte. They also offer a wide variety of services from massages, to facials, to pedicures and you can reserve space just for mom or for a group.

Shopping Spree – For the shopaholic mom, there is plenty to explore when it comes to shopping in Charlotte. A few of our favorite spots include SouthPark Mall, The Shops at Blakeney, Atherton Mill & Market, and the Charlotte Premium Outlets. Shopping is the perfect activity rain or shine.

Take a Hike – For the mom who likes to stay active, a hike can be a great way to spend Mother’s Day. Charlotte and its surrounding areas offer a wide variety of hiking options, like Crowders Mountain, the trails at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, and more. We recommend you check out this article to find the best spot nearest you.

Places to Eat In the Charlotte Area

Café Monte  I  6700 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 – The perfect brunch spot for light bites, coffee, bakery items, quiche, and more! This French Bakery and Bistro is available for dine-in and carryout this Mother’s Day. 

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen  I  4001-C Yancey Road #100, Charlotte, NC 28217 – One of Charlotte’s most well-known culinary experts, Chef Alyssa is whipping up a delicious Mother’s Day brunch menu that is available for pick-up or delivery on Friday, May 7th. Enjoy creations like Quiche Lorraine, Pain Perdu, Roast Chicken, Lemon Bars, Strawberry Shortcake, and more!

5Church  I  127 N Tryon Street, Suite 8, Charlotte, NC 28202 – Known for their American cuisine and upscale atmosphere, 5 Church is taking things up a notch with an impressive Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet. Featuring dishes like Shrimp Cocktail, Seared Salmon, Vanilla Cream Puffs, Cinnamon Rolls, and more; there is something to satisfy every craving and all for $55/person.

Mama Ricotta’s  I  601 S. Kings Drive AA, Charlotte, NC 28204 – It’s hard to compete with this Charlotte staple – from a relaxed atmosphere to dishes that taste like home. What better place is there to take your mama than Mama Ricotta’s? Reserve a table and enjoy favorites like lasagna, calamari, chicken parmesan, and more.  

Napa On Providence  I  110 Perrin Place, Charlotte, NC 28207 – Nothing beats the atmosphere at Napa On Providence, especially on a Sunday morning sitting on their patio. Treat mom to their delectable Napa Valley-inspired cuisine – featuring local and fresh ingredients – or indulge her in a glass of wine or two.

What to Give This Mother’s Day

Paper Skyscraper  I  330 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 – If you’re looking for something unique or buying for a person that has it all, look no further than Paper Skyscraper. Pick up a card for mom or treat her to a candle. This is a great spot to find that perfect gift, and maybe pick up a few things for yourself!

Amelie’s French Bakery  I  Locations in NoDa & Park Road Shopping Center. Not only is Amelie’s a perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry, but it can also be a go-to spot for a unique gift. For Mother’s Day, they are offering several gift boxes for pre-order, including a Chocolate Lover, Berry Lover, and French Macaron Collection, as well as fresh floral bouquets for pick-up this weekend.

Charlotte’s Inc.  I  901 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28207 – Perfect for the fashionista or the interior decorator, Charlotte’s offers a wide variety of fashion, accessories, and home décor. If your mom has a unique style, a gift card may be just what she needs.

Charlotte Running Company  I  1412 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 – Located right off East Boulevard, this specialty running, walking, and fitness store is the place to pick up something special for an active mom. With brands like Brooks, HOKA, Asics, Nike, and more – you may want to bring mom to get fitted for that perfect pair of running shoes that keep her on the go.

Woo Skincare & Cosmetics  I  2900 Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209 – Why keep the spa-day limited to just one day?! Gift your mom relaxation every day with any variety of products from Woo Skincare & Cosmetics. Or how about one of their special services like the Woo Customized Facial, the 4-Step HydraFacial? They also have special treatments available for the mom-to-be.

If mom loves traditional flowers or house plants, check out our recent post on the “Best Places To Buy Plants & Flowers in Charlotte.” Happy Mother’s Day!