Safari tour truck with passengers at Safari West, Sonoma County
Take Mom to the wilds of Safari West in Santa Rosa.

Things to Do on Mother's Day

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Yes, you need to do the traditional Mother's Day brunch and flowers. Still, why not think outside the 'lunch box' and give mom some extra love and care with these great wine country activities that she'll cherish? Think gardens, wineries, treats and delicious food in Sonoma Wine Country.

Here are some ideas to make the weekend extra special, and as a bonus, these are things that will be great fun for you, too! For more ideas and overnight options see: Take Mom on a 3 day wine country getaway.

Gardens and Flowers

Mother’s Day Open Garden at Russian River Rose Company, Sunday, May 12, 2019

Roses bloom in front of a white trellis at Russian River Rose Company
Russian River Rose Company

Present mom with a rose, or several thousand, found at this Eden where the collection includes more than 650 varieties, ranging from ancient strains to modern hybrids. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the garden blooms with special must-sees like the "Rose Allee," decorated with huge rambling roses billowing down from a series of eight 12' x 12' arches. Then, stroll amid the Butterfly Garden, the fragrant Sweet Scent Seat display, and the Rose History Trail. Should you and mom fall in love with a particular type of flower, you can purchase plants in the nursery and show garden, stocked with hundreds of roses, irises, and perennials (hint: help her plant the flowers later). And don’t forget to pick up some estate-produced rose water, to keep that fresh perfume wafting year-round. Admission is $2 requested donation.
Details: Russian River Rose Company, 1685 Magnolia Dr., Healdsburg

Mother's Day Plant Sale at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Sunday, May 12, 2019

Many flowers bloom in the garden in front of Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Sonoma County
Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

This charming cottage and park-like grounds is where world-renowned horticulturist Luther Burbank lived and experimented with plants for most of his 50-year career. Now a registered national, state and city historic landmark, it opens to the public for tours April through October, plus this particular Mother's Day highlight when you can purchase gorgeous plants for your and mom's gardens. Stroll in from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a docent-led tour, a visit to the gift shop, and views of the lovely daffodils, camellias and tulip trees and rose gardens now in bloom. Admission: $3; children 12 and under are free.
Details: Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Santa Rosa. Event Details Here

Winery Brunches, Sunday, May 12, 2018

Here are a few top places to treat mom to a memorable brunch, complete with sparkling wine and the extra gift of gorgeous views. Advance reservations required.

Gloria Ferrer Bubbles & Brunch, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A food and wine pairing featuring three sparkling wines and a pinot noir as well as three small bites of cream and wafer, bacon, and baklavah at Gloria Ferrer, Sonoma County, California
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Treat your mom to bubbles, brunch, and live music in the grapevine covered arbor at Gloria Ferrer. The brunch buffet of quiches, carved ham, fruit salad, green salad, and delicious pastries and muffins will pair wonderfully with their award-winning sparkling wines. ($75)
Details: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, 23555 Hwy. 121 (at Arnold Dr.), Sonoma

Mother's Day Brunch with Comstock Wines, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy a relaxing brunch at Comstock Wines' beautiful estate winery in Dry Creek Valley. Enjoy the property, the food, and the wines, and leave the clean  up to them. ($25-$75)
Details: Comstock Wines, 1290 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, 707-723-3011. Event Details Here

Other Brunch & Dinner Options

The menus are still being finalized, but you can count on delicious Mother’s Day brunches at Sonoma County favorites like John Ash & Co. (Santa Rosa), the Bay View Restaurant at the Inn at the Tides (Bodega Bay), Sante at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn (Sonoma), and the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa’s Champagne Brunch Buffet in the Grand Ballroom (Santa Rosa). 

Mother's Day Treats, Sunday, May 12, 2018

Obsidian Wine Co. at Cornerstone Sonoma, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take Mom on a stroll through Cornerstone's art-filled gardens, maybe do a little shopping, then head to the Obsidian Wine Co. tasting room for wine tasting. They will be marking the day with the release of their 2018 Sauvignon Blanc.
Details: Obsidian Wine Co., 23568 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Event Details Here

White Wines and Oysters at Dutton-Goldfield Winery, May 11 and 12, 2019, 12-3:00 p.m. 

On Mother's Day weekend, May 11 and 12, Dutton-Goldfield Winery will be offering a special tasting experience of a flight of four white wines paired with four oysters. ($30)
Details: Dutton-Goldfield Winery, 3100 Gravenstein Hwy. North, Sebastopol, 707-827-3600

PLAY TIME

Do something a little different this year, with a focus on bonding time together:

Wild About Mom at Safari West, Sunday, May 12, 2019

A group sees giraffes up close at Safari West Wildlife Preserve & African Tent Camp, Sonoma County
Safari West Wildlife Preserve & African Tent Camp

Head into the wilds of the "Sonoma Serengeti!" After a fabulous champagne brunch take a special Mother's Day tour aboard the Trek Bus. You'll be in for some wonderful surprises. Choose either the Morning or Afternoon Package or even just opt for the brunch.
Details: Safari West, 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa, 707-566-3667

For more ideas: Take Mom on a 3 day wine country getaway!

Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet.