The Perfect Mother’s Day Celebration in Gatlinburg

Bring mom to Gatlinburg for a memorable Mother’s Day. From wonderful eats to unique shopping to beautiful outings, Gatlinburg is an ideal spring getaway. Try these ideas to celebrate your mom.

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Enjoy teatime in a rustic log cabin

At The Wild Plum Tea Room, Mom can relish a delicious lunch or tea. Whether you sit inside the classic log cabin or outside under the trees, you and Mom will feel like you’ve stepped into a quieter past. The menu offers sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups, seafood dishes, wine, and of course teas! This charming restaurant requires reservations and isn’t open on Sundays, so plan ahead to take Mom to The Wild Plum on Mother’s Day weekend.

Visit a blossoming mountaintop

Visit a blossoming mountaintop

She’ll love Anakeesta, the mountaintop “theme park” where the theme is nature itself. Anakeesta celebrates its “Blooms and Tunes” festival through May 23. Giant, whimsical sculptures fashioned from thousands of blossoms will delight her! Live music fills the air as you and Mom browse beautiful boutiques and enjoy the gardens. Dine at Anakeesta’s Cliff Top Restaurant for modern American cuisine with a heaping side of fantastic mountain views.

Take Mom out for great food

In Gatlinburg, you’ve got restaurants to tempt any mom’s taste buds. Is mom up for something unusual? Try The Melting Pot for savory and sweet fondue fun right at your table. Is she a meat-and-potatoes gal? Take her to The Peddler Steakhouse for succulent beef, chicken, and seafood, a bountiful salad bar, and amazing desserts. Does she like a pretty view with her pasta, steak, or seafood? Eat at Crystelle Creek Restaurant and go for a creek view table. 

Shop for Tennessee specialties

Any mom with an eye for unique, local treasures will want to tour the Arts and Crafts Community trail, an eight-mile loop with dozens of artisans’ workshops. Watch potters, weavers, woodcarvers, painters, jewelers, and more as they create one-of-a-kind pieces. Local wines are another Gatlinburg specialty. Go for tastings at any (or all!) of the town’s wineries like Tennessee Homemade Wines, Sugarland Cellars, or Smoky Mountain Winery--look at the full list here

Give her a getaway to a relaxing cabin

Give her a getaway to a relaxing cabin

Renting a Gatlinburg cabin puts you and Mom close to all these great outings. You’ll also give her the gift of relaxation--she can put her feet up, sip coffee or wine on the deck, and watch the wildlife outside. Let her have the cabin to herself to catch up on movies, read or nap on the couch. Cook for her in the gourmet kitchen. Time in a cozy cabin is a Mother’s Day gift she won’t forget! Reserve your Gatlinburg cabin today.