Everyone who knows me knows one of my absolute favorite places to visit is Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. I’ve been taking my girls for rides on the Incline Railway, journeys in the caverns of Ruby Falls, and strolls through Rock City’s enchanted gardens for as long as they can remember. It’s got everything a southern belle like me could ever want—natural beauty, historical roots, plenty of shopping, and good old-fashioned fun. And this year for Mother’s Day, my girls are old enough to treat me to a trip to my favorite place.
They’ve already planned out everything. We’ll make a weekend of it, with a stop at every attraction, all centered around the main event: an Enchanted Mother’s Day Lunch at Rock City on Sunday. This also falls smack in the middle of the Southern Blooms Festival, which is just to die for—we went last year and had an absolute ball! This will be my first time attending the Enchanted Mother’s Day Lunch, and I can’t wait to feel pampered, surrounded by gorgeous blooms and breathtaking views.
I can already see it: we arrive in balmy, sunny weather to a burst of colors and springtime fragrances. First on our docket is the historical tour, where we walk in the footsteps of Rock City’s founder, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter. She’s the one who dreamt up the idea for the charming displays in Fairyland Caverns, and who cultivated the fantastic array of plants that thrive in Rock City. The tour guide will lead us through the legacy and rich heritage of the gardens with stops along the way to greet traditional southern belles and even Rocky the Elf (he’s such a charmer)!
At the Big Rock Grill, we’re whisked straight away into a beautifully set table ready and waiting just for us. A beautiful melody floats through the air, as a harpist strums peacefully through lunch. We dine on scrumptious lemon chicken piccata and catch up on our busy lives, share a few laughs like we always do. And of course, indulge in a little blueberry cobbler white chocolate cheesecake! To top it all off, I’ll have a souvenir photo to take home with me.
After lunch, there will be time yet for the Fairy Garden Workshop and Garden to Go! Kids activities. You can never have too many fresh ideas, no matter how green your thumb is! We’ll stroll through the rhododendrons, azaleas, mountain laurel, and rose campion, and pick up a few ideas to take home with us. And all the while, we’ll have each other’s company, which is, of course, the most important part of all.
Once we’re home, I’ll be sure to come back and tell you if my vision has come true… but I know I won’t have to. If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that I’m guaranteed to have the perfect Mother’s Day on the mountain with my girls. Life sure is sweet in the South!