5 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Cherokee5.1.2015
Don’t forget: May 10th is Mother’s Day! Mothers hold a special place in Cherokee culture, and there are so many ways to treat Mom and make new memories this Mother’s Day in Cherokee. From getting outside and moving—whether it’s the Mother’s Day 5K or a hike to nearby waterfall—to having a special meal, a pampering spa date, or finding a one-of-a-kind handcrafted gift, you can start a new tradition this Mother’s Day that will be cherished year round.
1. Mother’s Day 5K
Looking for something active to do this Mother’s Day? The Mother’s Day 5K on Saturday, May 9th at 12 pm is family-friendly event with proceeds from the race going to the Cherokee Dialysis Support Group. Register on site the day of the event or online. It’s only $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
2. Waterfall Hike
Pack a picnic and take Mom for a stunning hike at one of the area’s waterfall. Mingo Falls is on the Cherokee Indian Reservation and, at 120 feet tall, is considered one of the most spectacular in the region. Nearby Soco Falls is a beautiful double-waterfall with an observation deck that is an easy five-minute walk from the trail, providing a wonderful background for a family photo op.
3. Qualla Arts and Crafts
Get Mom a piece of art or jewelry to commemorate Mother’s Day at Qualla Arts and Crafts, the oldest Native American Cooperative in the nation. Over 250 artists showcase their handcrafted wares including traditional baskets, pottery, wood and stone carvings, beadwork and more. You can even find amazing beaded, hand-dyed porcupine earrings by local artist Sally A. Shehan—an amazing gift for under $20!
Book Mom a relaxing Balinese Massage or Body Scrub at the Mandara Spa at Harrah’s Cherokee. Healing Native American herbs like lavender and juniper berry are used in a variety of different services to soothe, relax, and restore. The second floor of the 18,000 square-foot facility is the salon, offering a nail bar, pedicure thrones, and styling stations to make Mom feel like a queen!
5. Eat Out
There are so many wonderful places to eat in Cherokee—the hardest part is deciding where! One popular restaurant that Mom is bound to love is Brio Tuscan Grille. Rated 4.5 stars from over 450 customers on Trip Advisor, the public has spoken. Make reservations and treat Mom to a fantastic Italian meal or go for the local trout dinner, fresh-caught from Cherokee waters. Call ahead for seating and to make reservations at (828) 497-8233.