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 14, 2017
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.
Mother's Day Plant Sale at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Sunday, May 14, 2017
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 14, 2017
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 & BBQ, noon to 2 p.m.
Make the day a full family gathering, with a slow-cooked BBQ party paired with sparkling wines. The menu is mouthwatering, including beef brisket, pork spare ribs, BBQ chicken, BBQ-style black beans, potato salad, mixed green salad and dinner rolls. Dancing is on the agenda, to tunes of live blues music. ($45-$70)
Mother's Day Brunch with Comstock Wines, 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 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 Mom will get a gift of flowers, too.
Fête de la Fleur at Chateau St. Jean, Saturday, May 13, 2017, 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. ($15)
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), Village Inn (Monte Rio), The Fairmont Sonoma Inn (Sonoma), and Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa’s Champagne Brunch Buffet in the Grand Ballroom (Santa Rosa).
Mother's Day Winery Dinner at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sunday, May 14, 2017, 6.30 p.m
Start the evening with a wine and cheese reception overlooking the Estate Vineyards. Enjoy a seat at an elegantly styled, farm-style table in the Dining Room. Savor a wine paired prix fixe menu designed by the winery's Executive Chef for the ultimate wine dining experience.
Mother’s Day Sweet Treats, Sunday, May 14, 2017
Celebrations don’t have to be expensive. Here are some bargain priced experiences that are still entirely special.
Tricycle Wine Partners at Cornerstone Sonoma, 1 to 4 p.m.
Take Mom on a stroll through the art-filled gardens, maybe do a little shopping, then head to the tasting room for a smoked salmon canapé paired with a glass of 2016 Rosé for the Bay ($10); or enjoy a plate of 4 canapés with the purchase of a bottle ($24). All Rosé sales are donated to the San Francisco Baykeeper.
Dutton-Goldfield Winery, complimentary with wine purchase (offered Sat. May 13, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Moms enjoy a wine flight and mini cheese plate that is complimentary with wine purchase (non-moms can add cheese to the regular wine tasting for $5). For a more elaborate treat, indulge in a Sushi tasting experience at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. for $40 per person.
Korbel Champagne Cellars, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free
The Guerneville property opens its doors for complimentary tasting and tours, a free rose for mom, and extra-special guided Garden Tours.
Add in lunch at the Korbel Delicatessen & Market, and it’s a full day of fun.
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 14, 2017, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy some fresh air and sunshine in the 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. Cost: $15 for guests, free for moms.
For more ideas: Take Mom on a 3 day wine country getaway!
Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet.