Mothers Day in Charlottesville: What to do

Hiking Charlottesville | Heller and Heller Furniture

Mother’s Day is right around the cor­ner this week­end, and we thought we’d share some ideas for our favorite sim­ple things to do in Char­lottesville with Mom.

Brunch or Ice Cream on the Downtown Mall

This is a no-brain­er on a nice day, though it sounds like we’ll have rain for this week­end. The Down­town Mall has tons to do, so we thought we’d share just a few of our favorites:

Charlottesville Arts | A cooperative gallery | Charllottesville Artisans

Pho­to Cred­it — Kear­by Chen

  • There are dozens of food options on the mall, but we’ve been enjoy­ing Brasserie Sai­son as a great new selec­tion! The Bel­gian eatery has deli­cious fries that are 200% Owen approved.
  • Chaps Ice Cream is a sta­ple, with old-school treats and deli­cious cof­fee.
  • Vis­it the Cville Arts Coop for a last-minute gift, or let Mom choose some­thing she loves!  The Coop has hand­made goods of every sort includ­ing some fab­u­lous quilt­ed cards that come high­ly rec­om­mend­ed by Eliz­a­beth. You could also pick up one of our fine wood­en wares, as we’ve recent­ly restocked our most pop­u­lar items.
  • For oth­er cute gift ideas, we also love Rock Paper Scis­sors and Cas­pari. (as Eliz­a­beth put it: Moms love Cas­pari.)

Visit a Vineyard or Cidery

Mothers Day Vineyard | Heller and Heller Furniture

This fam­i­ly loves a good vine­yard pic­nic more than I can say. We’ve been to many over the years, so here are our favorites!

  • Ver­i­tas Vine­yard — this one tops many list for good rea­son.  The scenery is love­ly and the house cheese plate is tops. Wines are real­ly excel­lent, and there are plen­ty of spaces to pic­nic if you’d like to bring your own food and sit out­side.
  • Afton Moun­tain — a small­er vine­yard with excel­lent wines and friend­ly tast­ing staff.  They recent­ly fin­ished their enclosed patio area in addi­tion to their exten­sive pic­nic grounds, this one is absolute­ly a fam­i­ly favorite.
  • King Fam­i­ly — The Crosé is a won­der­ful glass on a warm and sun­ny day (or if you wish it were a warm and sun­ny day!) and they also have an excel­lent patio set­up.  The win­ery is absolute­ly packed dur­ing the polo sea­son (which kicks off Memo­r­i­al Day week­end) so now is a good time to vis­it when it is slight­ly calmer!

Bold Rock Cidery | Heller and Heller Furniture

  • Bold Rock Cidery — The cidery offers an excel­lent tast­ing, and the build­ing is beau­ti­ful­ly nes­tled with decks and ter­races, and lots of seat­ing.  This is def­i­nite­ly a fam­i­ly-friend­ly space!

Go for a hike

Hiking Charlottesville | Heller and Heller furniture

If your mom is into out­door activ­i­ties that are slight­ly more stren­u­ous, try a hike!  There are tons of trails are Char­lottesville — these pho­tos are from a fam­i­ly hike we did in 2013 at Crab­tree Falls (which is also dog-friend­ly!)


Hope you and your fam­i­ly enjoy an excel­lent Mother’s Day this week­end, wher­ev­er you may be cel­e­brat­ing.

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