Many Glenwood Springs area mothers receive a bonus day in their honor each year on Mother’s Day.
Indeed, in addition to the traditional American Mother’s Day which takes place on the second Sunday of May, Mexican Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10 each year, regardless of the day of the week.
So many Latina moms in the Roaring Fork Valley and Garfield County get all the attention over multiple days instead of just one, said Jasmin Ramirez of Glenwood Springs.
“The matriarchs of our families are incredibly important,” said Ramirez, a Latino community advocate and mother herself who sits on the Roaring Fork District School Board.
“If mom says we’re going for a hike, or we’re going to church, or we’re going to eat out, or we’re doing an art project, it doesn’t matter how old we are as kids, she’s just first and we prioritize it,” Ramirez said.
The traditions are pretty much the same, although families typical of Latino culture can throw a big party, wear their best clothes, and maybe even have live traditional music.
“Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my dad buying roses or a little ornament for my mom on Mother’s Day,” Ramirez said. “And, here, we can celebrate moms over several days.”
Flowers for Mom
Dawn Ellis owns An Exquisite Design floral shop in New Castle. She said Mother’s Day is by far second only to Valentine’s Day in terms of the major holiday for flower shopping.
Due to the multi-day nature of the celebration in western Colorado and other places with large Latino populations, it could even be larger, Ellis said.
“Mother’s Day stretches a bit throughout the week, and with Mexican Mother’s Day on Tuesday, it will definitely continue into next week,” she said.
When it comes to floral arrangements, Mother’s Day typically signals a shift in preference from the reds and burgundy of the Christmas and Valentine’s Day holidays to springtime colors — tulips, irises, dragons, lilies, and various pastels.
When it comes to flower-centric holidays, Ellis said she often prefers the Mother’s Day trivia that comes with being a floral designer.
Like the teenage son who remembers to give Mom flowers on Mother’s Day, or the kids who all come together to do something special for her.
“I’m a mom and I actually quit my previous job to become a florist when my second baby was born because it was easier to work from home and raise kids at the same time,” Ellis said. “Most working moms, and I love the many ways to recognize moms who wear many hats.
“And, over the past two years, it’s become even more important for us to see the joy that flowers bring to the recipient,” she said. “I’ve always had as much, if not more, joy delivering the flowers and seeing their reactions as making the arrangements.”
Other Ways to Spoil Mom
A big Mother’s Day tradition is to take mom out for Sunday brunch, but right now most reservations for popular brunch spots like the Hotel Colorado and the Redstone Inn are already booked. .
That’s not to say that the walk-in business isn’t an option for dining out if you don’t mind the wait, including the many Mexican restaurants in the area.
Honoring mom can also be as simple as cooking a big meal at home, helping out in the yard or doing some household project, said Lisa Langer, director of tourism at Glenwood Springs.
“I said to my own sons, don’t buy me anything, I just want you to work on making the yard less intrusive,” she said.
When it comes to more tangible gifts, however, potted plants or flowers are always a good bet, Langer said.
And, when it comes to taking mom out for the day, Glenwood Springs’ many attractions, from a gondola ride to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, a soak in the hot springs, a biking on the Rio Grande Trail or hiking are all good options, she says.
“Take her on the gondola for views and drinks, and maybe through the caverns. It’s just such a beautiful place, and underrated by locals,” Langer said.
“A nice bath in one of the hot springs is a real treat, whether it’s for Mother’s Day or to get her a certificate for later. Or maybe a facial at the Vapor Caves or one of the other spas,” she said. “A walk downtown to check out the shops is also fun.”
Even though the Redstone Inn’s brunch buffet is sold out for Mother’s Day, Redstone in general is a good place to take mom, said Alice Kanniff, who works the front desk at the Redstone Inn.
“Our grill is open at 5 p.m., so some people like that as an option instead of brunch,” she said, adding that brunch typically serves over 200 people on Mother’s Day.
Either before or after, Kanniff suggested taking the self-guided tour of Redstone Boulevard to check out the historic buildings and various shops.
“The park is right on the Crystal River and is always a nice place to relax,” she said. “There’s also a nice trail behind the houses on the east side of town that makes for a good hike.”
Other great day hike options in the area—whether with mom or for dad to get the kids out of the house and give mom some space—include Grizzly Creek and the Jess Weaver trails in Glenwood Canyon. , Red Mountain and the Wulfsohn Trails in Glenwood, Red Hill in Carbondale and the Colorow Trail System in New Castle.
Senior Reporter/Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or [email protected]