Mother's Day is quickly approaching (May 11) and if you haven't thought of a way to make your mom feel special yet, we can help. We've searched the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for the best green ways to thank your mom this Mother's Day. Choosing to purchase a consumable gift, such as a spa day, can be more eco-friendly than buying a product or card that will eventually end up in the landfill. Instead of buying a physical gift for your mom this year, go green with one of these options.
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1. Spa Habitat
Treat mom to a luxurious spa day at Spa Habitat. The spa uses only organic and natural products, which are safe for the skin and eco-friendly. The company also plants a tree for every service it performs and offsets its energy consumption with renewable energy credits. Spa Habitat has three Dallas-area locations. The Retreat and Legacy locations are in Plano and the West Village location is in Uptown Dallas. Choose the budget-friendly Hydrating Organic Hand Ritual for $50 or go all out with a spa package, starting at $145.
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2. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Instead of buying your mom flowers this year, take her on a trip to the Dallas Arboretum where she can take in the beautiful gardens, blooming with spring flowers. The Arboretum also has a couple of special Mother's Day events you can attend. Its Mother's Day brunch begins at 10:30 a.m., where you and mom can enjoy a menu full of breads and pastries, fresh fruits and vegetables and smoked salmon. The brunch is a bit expensive at $67 for adults and $25 for children, but the price also includes general admission for the day, parking and a concert at 2 p.m. featuring the United States Navy Band Cruisers.
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3. The Swiss Avenue Historic District Home Tour
For 41 years, the Swiss Avenue Historic District has been hosting home tours on Mother's Day. This year the event will feature eight early 20th century homes. If your mom is interested in history, architecture or beautiful homes, it might be a fun outing on Mother's Day weekend. Tours will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 10 and noon to 6 p.m. on May 11. The admission price of $25 ($20 if you buy early) also includes an art fair, antique car display, horse-drawn carriage rides, children's play area, fresh food and cold beverages.
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4. Dallas By Chocolate Tour
If your mom has a sweet tooth, there's no better way to celebrate Mother's Day than a tour of Dallas' best chocolate shops. Dallas By Chocolate offers two Mother's Day chocolate tours for you to choose from. The Chocolate Memories for Mom Tour takes place on May 10 from 1 to 4:15 p.m. and the Mother's Day Out and About Tour takes place at the same time on May 11. Both tours cost $39 per person and include transportation, samples, drinks and tour guides. If BBQ is more your mom's speed, Dallas By Chocolate is hosting the Dallas' Best BBB Tour (BBQ, Burgers and Beer) on May 10 as well. Can't attend Mother's Day weekend? You can purchase a gift card to attend a tour at a later date.
Photo: Nasher Sculpture Garden
5. Nasher Café by Wolfgang Puck
Treat mom to a lavish brunch overlooking the Nasher Sculpture Garden. The Nasher Café by Wolfgang Puck is serving a special Mother's Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 11, complete with a mimosa bar, family educational activities, photos and live music. Mom will even receive a free gift, compliments of Mary Kay. All of the food served at the cafe is prepared with farmer's market produce, locally supplied ingredients and artisanal breads, and the Mother's Day brunch in no different. You'll enjoy a gourmet buffet including Maine lobster, carved Virginia honey ham, eggs Benedict and blueberry sour cream coffee cake. The event is $60 for non-members ($50 for members) and includes admission to the sculpture garden.
6. rise n°1
Delight your mom to a truly green dining experience at rise n°1. This soufflé restaurant uses fresh, organic ingredients from local vendors whenever possible and has an on-site herb garden. But that's not the only thing that's eco-friendly. rise n°1 uses drinking glasses made from recycled wine bottles and plates made from recycled glass. Instead of purchasing new, the restaurant selected antique utensils and heirloom French linens. And it purchases renewable energy credits to offset the electricity it consumes. If your mother is trying to stick to a diet, rise n°1offers dishes with a range of calories, so there's something for everyone.
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7. Hiatus Spa + Retreat
Give your mother the gift of relaxation this year. Hiatus Spa + Retreat offers a tranquil experience that's also green. The company purchases renewable energy credits to offset its energy consumption and uses tankless water heaters, eco-friendly cleaning supplies and natural products. Even the spa menus are green since they are printed on recycled paper with soy ink. Book a massage, starting at $100 or splurge for an all-day spa package.
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8. Dallas Zoo
Moms come in all shapes, sizes and species. Take a trip to the Dallas Zoo to check out some furry mothers and maybe even a new baby or two. The zoo welcomed a chimpanzee baby named Mshindi on Jan. 26 and he can now be seen with his mother Ramona in the Kimberly-Clark Chimpanzee Forest. There's also a new mandrill monkey, born March 28, which can be seen in the Wilds of Africa habitat, and a baby titi monkey born March 11. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for children.