The recent passing of my mother-in-Law, Beckie, has me thinking. Beckie battled cancer for five years and passed away peacefully at home. We made great memories before she passed, for which I am grateful. Now, more than ever, I know that our mothers (and other “mother figures”) are important. So I recently invited my mom, Rita (an Ohio resident) to spend the weekend with me in Noble County! And now she’s an official #NobleMom!

Rita Webster, my mom.

Visit Noble County can help you make lasting memories with your mom, too! Undoubtedly, you want to give her the best gift possible. Whether you’re celebrating your mom, grandma, or another “mom”, they work hard to make lives easier and more enjoyable. So take some time to celebrate them this Mother’s Day weekend!

I recommend you start by asking yourself: Will you take her on a trip this year? Will you shower her with one-of-a-kind gifts or sweets? To help take the pressure off, I am sharing my list of gift, day trip, and treat ideas in Noble County. I hope these ideas will help make this Mother’s Day one for you and your beloved “mom” to cherish.

Beautiful Arrangements & Bouquets

This one seems too easy, but flowers are always a thoughtful gift! Find beautiful carnations, daisies, and roses at local florists.

For an extra special, interactive outing, plan a trip to A Thyme to Remember where you can design a floral arrangement in a teacup! This special workshop will occur on Friday, May 6 at 6:30 PM. Cost is $25 per arrangement. Call ahead to participate at (260) 239-3012, because space may be limited. Local florists:

A Thyme to Remember

Bakers Flowers & Gifts

Black Creek Ridge Flower Farm

Countryscapes Floral & Gifts

Home Sweet Home Floral

Fancy Flowers and Greenhouse

Saving Grace Gardens & Gallery

Murphy’s Townhouse Candles, Kendallville

Scents Make It Special

Does your mom prefer candles or perfume?

Either way, Noble County’s small businesses have you covered! There is something about scents that take us right back to a place and time. My mom is a candle lady, almost to the level of “candle addict”! But during our weekend together, she was also excited to make a personal scent at our local, all-natural perfumery.

For candles and melts, check out Murphy’s Townhouse Candles at 226 S. Park Avenue in Kendallville. Discover hand-poured soy candles, melts, and tarts. Kim and Kelly have been selling high quality, hand-poured candles and melts at low prices from their home-based business since 2017. Murphy’s also offers candle and craft workshops for small groups, including baby showers, bridal parties, birthday parties, and more! Find more information and embrace the scents by visiting their website!

The secret is out! Annie Oakley Natural Perfumery studio and factory received national recognition by making the Good Housekeeping Top 25 Factory Tours in the U.S. list this spring.

Annie Oakley’s is the real deal! Take mom to shop in person at their beautiful studio at 300 Johnson Street in Ligonier, or shop for her online. When you visit in person, you can blend your own signature fragrances! All products are essential oil-based and derived from the best quality products available worldwide. Learn more on their website.

Annie Oakley Natural Perfumery, Ligonier

Share Some Sweet Treats

Every sweet tooth can be satisfied in Noble County!

Offering both simple and sophisticated sweet treats, our locally-owned bakeries are the place to go to grab a unique bite.

My mom and I enjoyed a visit to WhatchamaCakes during her weekend stay. The cinnamon rolls, blueberry muffins, and cupcakes were out of this world! Find more sweet treats at:

Fashion Farm Restaurant

The Fox Den

Gabriela’s European Desserts and More

Kimmell House Inn Tea Room


Take a Timely Trip

A simple, yet satisfying gift is that of time. Feel free to take the scenic route with mom! Quality time is a perfect way to show her that you care. Make a day of it right here in Noble County and be sure to capture the day in pictures. Share them using #VisitNobleCounty and #NobleMom!

My mom, Rita, in front of the mural at WhatchamaCakes during her recent visit.

Spend some time with mom kayaking at Chain O’ Lakes State Park, walking the grounds at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, or biking on the Fishing Line Trail!

Nearby, you can also enjoy a peaceful and photo-worthy moment at the historic Sower Farmhouse, including a Gazebo in the restored wetland where you can soak in the sounds of nature. The farm is located at the trailhead to the Fishing Line Trail just west of the Gene Stratton Porter State Historic Site. A perfect way to finish the day!

Download a free flyer to explore Historic Downtown Kendallville‘s newly established Antiques Trail. My mom loved it and is already planning her next antiquing day in Noble County!

Whatever you decide to do with mom, I hope you enjoyed my list of top picks. I know, with this guide, you can give her an amazing day of celebration and thanksgiving for all she does for you!

To all the marvelous moms, mothers-in-law, step-moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, and other “moms”, Happy Mother’s Day! I celebrate everything you do and all that you are to “us”! #NobleMoms