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If there’s one thing we know about moms – it’s that time together means more than any gift. Even with Mother’s Day fast approaching, there’s no need to worry if you’re short on ideas. At The Palmer, we’ve got you covered with a list of sweet spots in and around Charlotte where you can spend a lovely day with your mama.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Walking, chatting, laughing, and enjoying beautiful surroundings. If that sounds like mom’s ideal day, treat her to a trip to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, a serene public garden perfect for a quiet day together in the warm spring sunshine. Located in nearby Belmont, the DSBG sprawls over 380 acres bordering Lake Wylie and offers an easily accessible escape from the city. Stroll the tranquil grounds, admire a broad selection of tropical plants, and maybe find some inspiration to plant a few things in your own gardens, too.

Atherton Mill

If a little shopping spree sounds more like mom’s speed, head to the Atherton Mill in the South End to peruse the trendy boutique shops and indulge at the chic cafes. Find a special gift among the unique jewelry at The Golden Carrot, or sift through a wide range of high-quality herbs and spices at Savory Spice. When you’ve worked up an appetite, take a lunch break at Living Kitchen, where you’ll enjoy delicious plant-based meals like the Living Burrito, stuffed with chipotle hummus, cauliflower rice, alfalfa sprouts, cashew sour cream, and pico de gallo, all wrapped in a collard leaf. For bonus points, you can hop into Bookout Blooms to grab a bouquet for Mom before you leave.

Childress Vineyards

Nothing says relaxation quite like a day spent sipping wines at the vineyard. If that’s in Mom’s wheelhouse, take her for a drive to Childress Vineyards in Lexington, just about an hour from town. Oenophiles will find plenty to enjoy from the full suite of wines, and the pleasant grounds offer a picturesque setting for your time together. Uncork, and unwind. It’s a Mother’s Day that’ll leave everyone smiling.

The Pump House

Maybe you and your mom like to eat your fun (and possibly drink a little of it, too). For a local treat, cruise over to The Pump House in Rock Hill, South Carolina – a short 15 miles from The Palmer. Housed in a former operating pump house that has been expertly renovated, this trendy spot serves up a Southern-inspired menu using locally sourced ingredients. Dig into a delicious brunch of chicken biscuits and a Crab Cake Benedict, with a mimosa or two to wash it down, or come hungry for a hearty dinner of their Fried Green Tomatoes, a gargantuan Grilled Portobello, and the Shrimp & Anson Mills Grits. From the cool and classy interior to the rooftop bar with views along the Catawba River, both of you will savor every moment of a very memorable Mother’s Day.

For more of Charlotte’s local favorite destinations, shops, and restaurants, make sure to check out The Palmer’s blog.