Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and here at The Daytripper, WE LOVE MOMS! We know that moms are a huge part of what makes trippin’ the state so great, so we’ve created a list of 7 awesome ways to show your mom some Texas-sized love. Whether she’s a lover of wine, chocolate, flowers or even just having some alone time, pick a gift from this list and you’ll be sure to make your mom feel special!
Let Her Un-Wine…
Ok, let’s admit it, we all whine to our mom about our problems on the daily, and — being the amazing mom she is — she always listens. But this Mother’s Day, it’s time to let your mom do the whining — or wine-ing that is… And luckily, Texas is filled with tons of award-winning wineries (that could almost kinda possibly rival Napa Valley…) Take a tour of a winery like Pedernales Cellars in Stonewall where they’re having a Roses and Rosé tasting event, or if you can’t choose just one winery, take a self-guided wine tour on the Grapevine Urban Wine Trail or a guided one with Heart of Texas Wine Tours.
Give Mom a Historic Retreat…
Whisk your mom away to the luxuries of yesteryear with a tour of some of Texas’s most historic and indulgent homes from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Take a tour of the largest historic neighborhood in the southwestern United States at the Fairmount National Historic District Mother’s Day Weekend Tour in Fort Worth to see restored homes with amazing architectural styles of the late 1800s and early 1920s. You can also hit up the Menard Mother’s Day Brunch and Tour, for an elegant brunch by Chef Mary Bass that mom will love at the oldest residence in Galveston and a tour of the Historic Homes District.
Nothing Says, “I Love You, Mom” like Chocolate…
Give your mom the gift of heavenly gourmet chocolate! In Dallas, you can choose between multiple Mother’s Day Chocolate Tours where you can try sweet samples from up to five of Dallas’s top chocolate shops. If you’d rather try your hand at making your own, take a chocolate class with mom at Araya Chocolates in Houston or Wiseman House Chocolates in Hico.
Step up your flower game…
Your mom may be tired of receiving a bouquet every Mother’s Day, so step up your flower game with a Texas twist on this classic gift. There is no better way to spend Mom’s special day then by taking her to see some of the most beautiful blooms in Texas. You’ll find roses galore (even in the middle of the barren El Paso land!) at the El Paso Rose Garden and the Rose Garden Center in Tyler. For a more formal floral event, head to the Dallas Arboretum where you can celebrate Mother’s Day with a special exhibit in A Woman’s Garden while being serenaded by Serenata Strings, or take mom to Chappell Hill Lavender Farms where she can cut her own lavender as well as buy tons of lavender scented goodies in the gift shop!
Brunch: A Win-Win for you and mom
Show your mom you love her a “brunch” with several courses of gourmet food and champagne. Choose an upscale brunch like at the Driskill Hotel in Austin or the Colonial Room Restaurant at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio. Enjoy something more laid back like brunch at the Aquarium Restaurant in Kemah where you can eat with the fishies, or something all-you-can eat like the buffet at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock where you and mom can eat as much as you want.
Afternoon Tea: The Royal Treatment
Pip, pip, cheerio! Treat mom like the queen that she is by taking her to high tea (in Texan that translates to a tea party with tons of sweets at around 3-5 p.m. in the afternoon). You can book your spot of tea at the Full English Cafe in Austin or Hotel Granduca in Houston. Bond with your mom over multi-tiered trays of fresh scones, fancy finger sandwiches and a tea pot. Just remember pinkies up!
Give Mom a Day to Herself at the Spa
Maybe all your mom needs is a little time to rejuvenate by herself, and the perfect place to do that is the spa. Whether you join or not, she will be sure to get the VIP treatment at Barton Creek Spa in Austin where her day will be filled with awesome facials, massages and even a gold manicure! For a spa that mixes history and luxury, check in to Hotel Galvez where mom can get a special Mother’s Day massage, manicure or facial!