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 13, 2018
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 $4 requested donation.
Mother's Day Plant Sale at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Sunday, May 13, 2018
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.
Winery Brunches, Sunday, May 13, 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.
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)
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)
Fête de la Fleur at Chateau St. Jean, Saturday, May 12, 2018, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Stop and smell the roses at this lovely event the day before Mother’s Day (make it a weekend, and take her to brunch at a Sonoma County destination the next day). Relax and enjoy the vineyard view from the Grand Lawn. The party in their Mediterranean-styled gardens, meanwhile, features live music, entertainment, local food, and tasting of five Single Vineyard and Reserve wines. ($20)
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 Inn at the Tides (Bodega Bay), The Fairmont Sonoma Inn (Sonoma), and Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa’s Champagne Brunch Buffet in the Grand Ballroom (Santa Rosa).
Mother's Day at Korbel's Pink Party Dinner
Celebrate mom and all things pink at Korbel's Pink Party Dinner in the private pool house, overlooking a champagne bottle shaped pool. A decadent meal will be paired with Korbel's variety of rosé and blush California champagnes.
Mother’s Day Treats, Sunday, May 13, 2018
Celebrations don’t have to be expensive. Here are some bargain priced experiences that are still entirely special.
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 inaugural release of a small batch Sauvignon Blanc.
Valley Ford Cheese at Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Sat. May 12, 2018 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Mother's Day weekend, May 12 and 13, Dutton-Goldfield Winery will be offering a special wine flight of two single-vineyard Chardonnays. On Saturday, May 12, Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery will be a featured pop-up vendor. Pair those Chardonnays with Valley Ford's fantastic Estero Gold and more. ($20 wine flight, complimentary with minimum purchase)
Do something a little different this year, with a focus on bonding time together:
West Wines Vineyard Hike & Wine Tasting Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13, 2018 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy some fresh air and sunshine in Dry Creek Valley, with a gentle walk through the sustainably certified vineyard, followed by tasting the wines from those very vines. Scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free tastings for Moms.
For more ideas: Take Mom on a 3 day wine country getaway!
Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet.