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How to Celebrate Mothers, Graduates, & Teachers in the North Fork Valley

By May 1, 2023June 24th, 2024Blog

The month of May is full of celebrations. Mother’s Day on the 14th, graduation dates sprinkled throughout the month, and teachers appreciation week. The North Fork Valley has so many local businesses that provide unique experiences and gifts. Support your local economy and keep your money in your own community by trying out one of these ideas or shopping with another North Fork business. 

Here are a few ideas for how to celebrate Mother’s Day, New Graduates, and Teachers for Teacher’s Appreciation Week. 

Mountain Oven Cruffin Box

Local Pastry Box

Nothing hits the spot quite like a decadent pastry box and coffee. Whether you gift this as a gift card or select an assortment you can’t go wrong. 

Indigo Autumn has pastry days with Clem, stunning french patisserie is a beautiful celebratory gift. Shop around this local grocery store for other thoughtful gifts, they have it all.

For the locally grown enthusiast, try Mountain Oven. Their pop-up bakery offers pastries with locally grown grains. 

Looking for decadent coffee to go with the pastries? Espresso Paeonia offers local and excellent lattes alongside a pastry case from Mountain Oven. 

246 Coffee shop in Hotchkiss is a great place to enjoy a slow cup of coffee and peruse local art and home goods. 

Zephyros Farm Plant SaleOld Fashioned Plant Therapy

Spring is here and many gardeners are gearing up to plant after the last frost date in Mid May. There is nothing quite as therapeutic as plant therapy. 

Zephyros Farm and Garden offers organic seedlings at their farm Thursday-Sunday. While you are there, be sure to request more information about their flower CSA. A gift of an arrangement every week could be one way to make a statement of your affections well known! (It is a surefire way to become Mom’s favorite.)

Pitkin Mesa Gardens offers flower baskets and plenty of beautiful high altitude friendly flowers, perfect for gifting.

Local Wine Tasting & Purchase

While most wineries will not open until the end of May. There are a few in the North Fork Valley that are open for tastings. 

Azura is known for it’s stunning setting and pond. If you can celebrate in person, consider the Azura Wine and Yachts on the Pond, where visitors bring RC boats to sail across the water. The first of the season will be on Mother’s Day and cannot be missed. 

For delicious wine pairings, Root & Vine offers excellent brunch and lunch where they pair their wines with excellent local fare. 

Mesa Winds is one of the only AVA’s in Colorado. Their excellent selection and small plates are sure to be an excellent choice for your celebration. Located in Hotchkiss, and not too far away from the wellness center!

Liz Evans Massage at Wellspring VitalityPampered Spa Experiences

As a wellness center, we would be remiss to not mention good old-fashioned pampering! One of our top recommendations is Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs. You do have to call ahead to make reservations so be sure to call ASAP for the dates that you would like to celebrate. This local intimate hot spring has three pools and lodging, the perfect place to send your special person to recharge. 

At Wellspring, we offer a complete spa experience, including: 

  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Salt Therapy
  • Massage Bed
  • Reflexology
  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Cupping
  • Red Light Therapy
  • And so much more. 

Our team has put together several packages specific to mothers, teachers, and new graduates to make your gifting easy. Browse the options including gift cards at

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