Rather than the same perfume and fuzzy pink slippers that she’s grown to expect, just being with her beloved family on Mothers Day weekend is good enough to please almost any mom. And nothing says “I love you” more than taking her out for a little quality time together.

But the question is: “where?” That’s where we can help. Allow us to make some suggestions!

1. Whitewater Rafting

For the adventure-seeking mom, this is something that looks to be right up her alley. Imagine spending a portion of that special day engulfed in beautiful surroundings while braving the currents! According to their local website, Pangaea River Rafting Company can mail your mom a gift certificate for a guided tour down the Blackfoot River and Clark Fork River just in time for Mothers’ Day.

2. Bella Sauvage

Missoula’s finest beauty and day spa offers numerous Mothers’ Day packages featuring manicures, pedicures, and facials. If daughters want to join in on the fun, Bella also offers up side-by-side pedicures or a relaxing massage from expert therapists. Call them today for an appointment (406) 541-9032.

3. Caras Nursery

This full service garden center and greenhouse is the perfect place for the one person in your family that appreciates flowers the most. Rather than buying a pre-wrapped arrangement at a convenience store, spend the early part of this Mothers’ Day picking out some colorful hybrids or trees to plant together in the garden later in the afternoon. According to their website, Caras Nursery is even open on Sundays and also offers fresher-than-most hanging baskets and potted plants for the on-the-go gift giver.

4. Montana Club

The absolute best dining on Mothers’ Day (or any day for that matter) is the Montana Club. Due to the popularity of this annual event, the Montana Club won’t be taking reservations, so make plans on arriving before peak hours for to ensure a table.

5. HOME

If money is tight, then we have some fun ideas to celebrate in the comfort of your own living room. Make IOU coupons that promise favors around the house like doing the laundry, washing dishes, or mowing the lawn on another day. Whip up an early breakfast and serve it to your mom in bed! Another great idea would be to rent some classic movies that stir up memories of when you were growing up with her.

The point is, you don’t have to spend money to show her how much you care. Like our moms always said, “It’s the thought that counts.”

Mothers’ Day is coming soon! Start making your plans now so you can ensure that she has one of the best yet.

Do you have any other recommendations on where to take your Mom in Missoula on Mothers’ Day? Let’s hear your suggestions in the comments below.