5 Things to do This Mother’s Day in Greater Morgantown
Ideas to Show Mom She’s Appreciated
Have you bought your mom a gift for Mother’s Day, yet? It can be difficult to decide on a gift and to know what she might like. Instead of buying something, why not try a new activity together around Greater Morgantown instead? With these ideas, your mom will surely know that you appreciate her and will give her memories to last a lifetime.
If your mom enjoys being outdoors and is always looking for something fun to do, spend the day with her on an adventure. Take a boat out onto Cheat Lake for a day in the sun or kayak the calm waters to see the beautiful scenery. For a more family-friendly water activity, rent canoes and paddle the Big Sandy River, where deer and other wildlife are often spotted. If you think she will enjoy something a bit more difficult, take her to Cheat River for whitewater rafting.
Do you both enjoy discovering new scenic spots? If so, spend the day exploring the trails of Greater Morgantown. The Allegheny Trail passes through the Allegheny Mountains and is known for being the longest footpath located primarily in West Virginia. Another option is to grab a couple of bikes and ride along the Monongahela River Trail that meanders through a wooded river valley. If you’re both up to the challenge, go to Rock City at Cooper’s Rock where you’ll have to hike up 30-foot boulders!
The mountains of Greater Morgantown are made of bountiful rock formations that are ideal for rock climbing. If your mom is not afraid of heights, take her for guided rock climbing and rappelling, where both beginners and experts can test their abilities to reach the summits. For more adventure, zipline together through the treetops and across an aerial bridge to get some adrenaline pumping!
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Plan a shopping day and find different shops located near Greater Morgantown. Go with your mom to the Morgantown Mall for a variety of options. Get your mom an outfit at from one of the many clothing stores in the Suncrest Town Centre or at one of the stores along High Street. Other shopping plazas like the Glenmark Centre, University Town Centre, or Northpointe Plaza also have many stores that you can visit together.Tour the farm at Allegheny Treenware for a chance to buy handmade wooden products and over 170 hardwood kitchen utensils that your mom will love. Antiques and Old Books offers a fine collection for you and your mom to explore, as does Appalachian Gallery that has a mixture of crafts, books, and other items made by West Virginian artists where you will be sure to find something for mom.
Tour the farm at Allegheny Treenware for a chance to buy handmade wooden products and over 170 hardwood kitchen utensils that your mom will love. Antiques and Old Books offers a fine collection for you and your mom to explore, as does Appalachian Gallery that has a mixture of crafts, books, and other items made by West Virginian artists where you will be sure to find something for mom.
For a local shopping experience, go to the Seneca Center, a well-known Morgantown landmark. Go antique-hunting, discover the authentic glass making tools that were once used in the center, take in the 100-foot glass furnace chimney and red water tower, and appreciate the murals along the walls. Before you leave, visit Presenting the Soap Opera for luxury bath and body products as well as candles and home fragrances that could make the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Then, take mom to The Tea Shoppe for tea sandwiches and a chance to try different tea flavors.
Create Works of Art
Is your mom an artist at heart? Even if she’s not, she will enjoy creating a work of art with you! Head over to the WOW! Factory for pottery painting or Zenclay for a chance to shape a clay piece on an electric throwing wheel.
For something a bit different, take a yoga or cooking class together as a different form of art. If your mom would rather not create something of her own, take her to watch the performing arts at the Met Theatre. For a more educational experience, attend Amazing Women of History for a combination of singing, acting, and history.
You can always take your mom to one of the many art galleries throughout town, too. The Art Museum of WVU has diverse, visual artwork, and the Monongalia Art Center features two art galleries and hosts a new exhibit monthly.
Eat Brunch, Then Take a Road Trip
Start off by treating mom to a Mother’s Day brunch at the Preston County Inn or Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa. Then drive the country roads of Greater Morgantown to marvel at the natural beauty and the hospitality of the area. Stop by the Cooper’s Rock overlook for a panorama of the Cheat River Gorge. Afterward, head towards the Tray Run Viaduct to see the bridge that is depicted on the back of the West Virginia state seal.
Later, visit Cathedral State Park for a chance to see ancient hemlock trees that grow up to 90-feet tall. Afterward, drive to historic sites such as the Cannon Hill Civil War Historic Site, where the Union soldiers and the citizens of Rowlesburg held back 10,000 Confederate troops.
To finish the day, visit the Greatest Generation War Museum in Rowlesburg to see authentic Allied and Axis power war scenes and artifacts. Wrap up and head back towards Morgantown for old-fashioned food at Ruby and Ketchy’s, where old-fashioned prices remain, or visit Shorthorn’s Saloon for its Mother’s Day dinner.
Spend the Day Relaxing
Have a spa day with your mom, or allow mom to enjoy some alone time. Either way, a getaway to a day spa is just what she needs to feel rejuvenated and ready to start her week! Afterward, go to Forks of Cheat Winery and taste the authentic West Virginia wine. You’ll also have the opportunity to buy wine and souvenirs in their gift shop!
Mother’s Day isn’t complete without flowers and they go great with a day at the spa. Tell mom how much you care by giving her a bouquet made by a local florist, where you can add a box of chocolate to your order, too!
After a day at the spa and winery, go on an audio walking tour in downtown Morgantown together and discover the history behind the town, or attend Concerts in the Lofts at Wesley United Methodist Church for an evening of music. Many movies are currently playing at the local theaters in Greater Morgantown if your mom would rather see a new flick, or take her out for a night of bowling at Suburban Lanes, where you may just be lucky enough to participate in cosmic bowling!
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