7 Ideas for an Unforgettable Mother’s Day in Athens County

In Athens, the experiences we have together are as important as the things we make. Mother’s Day is the just the day to combine rich experiences with gifts that support our local artists and businesses. If you’re still searching for the perfect way to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day, we have a few suggestions for heartfelt gifts and ideas for spending quality time together.


The Passion Flower has been the official flower of Athens since 2003.

Give a Passion Flower
Why give your mom a flower she has to plant and water? Sturdy flowers from Passion Works Studio retains their beauty year after year. Not only is the passion flower the official flower of Athens (which means bonus points if your mom is a Bobcat alumna) but all proceeds from purchases at Passion Works help to support its mission of providing a creative, inclusive atmosphere for artists with and without disabilities.

Hop on the Bikeway
Chances are that your mom is going to love anything you give her, but probably what she really will enjoy the most is to spend a little extra time with her kids. An easy ride along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is the perfect way to spend a Mother’s Day afternoon. The scenery and wildlife is great, too, but the real reward will be time spent together.

Enjoy breakfast or BBQ at the Eclipse Company Store
This is an especially good move if you’re thinking of hitting the bikeway. Bike to The Plains for Sunday brunch at the Eclipse Company Store. If an early morning ride is asking a lot on a Sunday, hold off until the afternoon, then hit up Kiser’s BBQ as a post-ride reward.

Gift handmade pottery from the Nelsonville Emporium
Yes, your mom has always enjoyed your handmade cards, but why not treat her to something she will use every day? Enter the Nelsonville Emporium. Filled with local, handmade pottery that Mom is sure to love—and she will think of you every time she uses it.

Take a walk
Athens is a place that invites a slower pace and a chance to connect more deeply with your surroundings. A walk with your mom at one of the many parks in Athens County is the ideal setting to connect with nature and with each other. Take a leisurely stroll at local favorite, Strouds Run, or explore hidden gems Gifford State Forest or Desonier Nature Preserve.


American Elm cutting board, available at The Village Bakery and The Farmacy.

Give an American Elm cutting board
Whether your mom is an epicure of the highest degree or prefers cool things to hang on the wall, an American Elm cutting board from area artist Wulf Reinicke is as useful as it is beautiful. Find them at The Village Bakery & Café as well as The Farmacy.

Make a locally-sourced dinner
Prepping a dinner fit for a queen (Mom!) from scratch takes a little more planning, but the look of surprise and appreciation on her face will be worth it! The Athens Farmers Market and the Nelsonville Farmers Market are both open on Saturdays from 9am-12pm and 10am-2pm, respectively. You can tell your mom that the secret ingredient that makes it so good is the local produce, but we’ll all know it’s love.

Ready to plan your Mother’s Day weekend in Athens County? Get more ideas here.