Few relationships are as special as the ones we forge with our moms, making Mother’s Day the perfect time to let the important women in our lives know just how much they mean to us. Of course, home isn’t home without a motherly presence. So, this year, why not make your Mother’s Day celebrations as local as possible? Whether she loves a relaxing brunch, browsing the bounty of the farmers market or even a tour of the city’s most beautiful homes, you’re sure to find something to delight and surprise the mom in your life in and around Downtown Dallas.
Every Mother’s Day should start with a good meal, but if she’s not the breakfast-in-bed type, it can be hard to find a brunch spot that doesn’t require a long wait. That’s where V-Eats (3011 Gulden Ln., #102) comes in. This Mother’s Day, Trinity Groves’ ‟modern vegan” restaurant is guaranteeing service times of 20 minutes or less. Simply RSVP ahead of time — and don’t let the unfamiliar ingredients give you pause. V-Eats’ cruelty-free takes on classic brunch menu items like chicken and waffles and biscuits and gravy are guaranteed to satisfy your comfort food cravings. (Admittedly, however, they still probably can’t compare to mom’s. And, if they can, let’s keep that to ourselves.)
Or check out the Women Empowerment Mother’s Day Brunch at Harwood Tavern (333 S. Harwood St.), home to one of the best patios in Dallas. At this special event, you’ll dig into a delicious omelet bar (and enjoy bottomless mimosas) while drawing inspiration from the motivational message shared by a guest speaker.
Pre- or post-brunch, be sure to stop by the Dallas Farmers Market (920 S Harwood St.) on Sunday, May 13. Among the many events the Market has planned for the big day, Happy Goat Yoga is bound to bring a smile to mom’s face. This mindfulness workshop combines the calming practice of yoga with cute pygmy goats who love to run around, over and under you as you stretch and pose. Stick around after the class to play with the goats and enjoy a free beverage from 5AM Drip Coffee Roasters.
Once you’ve limbered up and reenergized, stroll over to the Market’s first Noya EmpowHer Movement, a yoga festival that supports local and women-owned businesses. Expect puppy yoga (clearly the cousin of goat yoga), an appearance and autograph signing by five-time Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist Dana Vollmer and plenty of women-powered booths to peruse.
If your mom loves interior design and home renovation, consider attending the Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour. Located in one of the city’s earliest — as in, dating from the 1900s — suburban additions, Swiss Avenue is located just north of Downtown. The neighborhood is also proud to call itself Dallas’ first historic district. The tour will take you through eight of Swiss Avenue’s most iconic homes, themselves stunning representatives of their era’s most popular architectural styles, from Mediterranean to Georgian, Prairie, Craftsman, Neoclassical and Colonial Revival. Choose from a free air-conditioned mini-coach or take a vintage horse-drawn carriage as you travel from property to property. The tour also includes a Mother’s Day brunch and art fair with live music and food at Savage Park.
Speaking of parks, Downtown’s Klyde Warren Park (2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy.) is always home to fun and unique programming. On Mother’s Day, the Park is collaborating with the Creative Arts Center of Dallas to introduce families of all types and sizes to the idea of ‟Art as a Second Language.” Of course, if mom would rather not spend her holiday crafting, you can always take a gentle stroll around the park itself.
Still searching for the perfect Mother’s Day activity? Check out the programming at the Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park (3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.), which will feature a concert and butterfly release, or live entertainment and brunch at the Dallas Arboretum (8525 Garland Rd.).
How are you planning on showing the mom in your life just how much you appreciate her this year? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter — and, from all of us at Downtown Dallas Parks Conservancy, Happy Mother’s Day!