Whole-hearted hugs, a shoulder to cry on, laughter from the soul, uncommon kindness, love without end — the fabulous mom in your life deserves nothing but the best this Mother’s Day. Whether you’re a mom and need a break or want to celebrate your own mother, this national holiday, held on the second Sunday in May in the United States, is a great excuse to get away! Pack up the whole family, leave the kids with their dad, escape with your partner, or plan a girlfriends retreat in beautiful North Georgia above Atlanta — where the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, relaxing wineries, antique shops, gorgeous gardens, luxury cabins, and loads of fun things to do for Mother’s Day weekend await.
Enjoy Mother’s Day Brunch in Blue Ridge
Start your special Mother’s Day getaway at a local eatery for a delicious brunch in Blue Ridge, GA. From breakfast favs, cheesy starters, and platters to flavor-packed sandwiches, soups, and salads, brunch entrees and specialties in downtown Blue Ridge are mouthwatering. Be sure to ask about any Mother’s Day specials! We also recommend stopping by an Appalachian sweets shop to pick up a treat before heading out for your next North Georgia activity.
Favorite Places to Eat Brunch
- Harvest on Main — farm-to-table samplers, chilis, and BLTs + catch of the day
- Bumblebee’s Cafe — breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, croissants & patty melts
- Mercier Orchards — brunch buffet + crepes, quiches & strawberry French toast!
- Serenity Garden Cafe — omelets, pancakes, English muffins & chicken salad melt
- Black Sheep Restaurant — huevos rancheros, burgers, fish tacos & cocktails
- Danielle’s Cafe — authentic French cuisine + Boar’s Head handhelds
Shop for Handcrafted Gifts, Antiques & Home Decor
With a myriad of local artisans in the Blue Ridge Mountains, there are loads of handcrafted trinkets, souvenirs, and gifts — including apparel, ornaments, paintings, moccasins, baskets, quilts, wood carvings, metalworks, and oh-so-much more. Plus, antique shopping in North Georgia is a popular pastime in these parts. And if you’re looking to change up the look of your home or wardrobe, you’ll find home decor stores and plenty of Southern boutiques!
Remember to watch for Mother’s Day discounts and sales — asking never hurts. Our favorite place to start? North Georgia Premium Outlets!
Stroll Through the Gorgeous Hamilton Gardens
Take a leisurely hike among the azaleas, ferns, dogwoods, and over 400 varieties of rhododendrons at Hamilton Gardens in the North Georgia Mountains. This woodland garden offers a great escape into nature to relax in the fresh mountain air. Recall favorite memories with your mom or moments with your little ones on a peaceful walk.
Spring Events for Mother’s Day
Enjoy gourmet food vendors, meet local crafters, and unwind with live entertainment from mid-April through Mother’s Day weekend. Annual plant sales are also available through mid-May in Fred Hamilton’s Greenhouse.
On May 13, the day before Mother’s Day this year, you can watch professional artists paint masterpieces in the gardens. Below the gardens, wander over to the Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival held inside the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on the same day!
Get FREE Admission to the North Georgia Wildlife Park
For a Mother’s Day special event, visit the North Georgia Wildlife Park — all moms get in for FREE with a paying child or adult! If you’re here with your family, it’s the perfect place to get outside and entertain the kids. Of course, it’s also ideal if the mom in your life is an animal lover!
You can opt for an animal experience to meet and pet baby otters, sloths, primates, wolves, wildcats, kangaroos, capybaras, and even more baby animals. This wildlife park is full of family fun and is a top place to make new memories while saving a little cash this holiday.
Go Wine Tasting at Appalachian Vineyards
North Georgia is home to the wine country of the South — with dozens of wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms. Many offer live music in spring and food pairings to accompany your wine tasting experience. And you can sit back and enjoy stunning mountain views and vineyard vistas with every sip while chatting with loved ones.
Top North Georgia Wineries
- Wolf Mountain Vineyards
- Frogtown Cellars
- Engelheim Vineyards
- Grapes & Ladders Winery
- Accent Cellars
- Bear Claw Vineyards
- Serenberry Vineyards & Winery
- Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery
Unwind at a Cabin with a Mountain View
Treat the mom in your life to a luxury cabin experience with stellar Blue Ridge Mountain views, a steamy hot tub to relax, a game room with a wet bar, an outdoor lounge, plus a primary king suite with a spa bathroom. Along with luxury cabin rentals, Georgia Cabins for YOU offers a variety of vacation rentals in North Georgia to accommodate any want, need, and budget. We even have pet-friendly lodges so pet moms can bring their precious pups!
Opt for a Big Canoe rental if you want resort-style extras — including swimming pools, a wellness center with a sauna and fitness center, 3 lakes, community hiking trails, a championship golf course, picnic areas, exclusive eateries, a multimillion-dollar clubhouse with sparkling lake views, and much more! Back at your cozy cabin, unwind with mimosas in the rockers on your screened deck, book an in-cabin massage, watch romcoms in your home theater, and unwind with a good book on your fun and relaxing Mother’s Day getaway.
Plan a Happy Mother’s Day in North Georgia — with a Blue Ridge Mountain Backdrop!