Things to Do on Mother's Day
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 Sonoma County Wine Wountry activities that she'll cherish? Think gardens, wineries, treats, delicious food, and more in Sonoma County.
Here are some ideas to make Mother's Day 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 our Getaway with Mom 3 day itinerary.
Gardens and Flowers
Bees N Blooms presents a Lavender Labyrinth, the largest in California. Stroll through the fragrant fields of flowers at the foot of Taylor Mountain Regional Park. They have honeybees to visit, a tree nursery to peruse, and an organic vegetable garden. Join Bees N Blooms at the farm for a pop-up open weekend for Mother’s day, May 8-9. Perennial, pollinator-friendly organic plants and pre-made floral bouquets by SideKick Flowers will be for sale. Preorders are recommended. Come for picnics, exploring, walking the labyrinth, shopping and more.
Celebrate motherhood amongst the blooming roses at Garden Valley Ranch. Guests are welcomed to explore the magical rose farm and forage for fresh cut flowers while enjoying the company of many free range farm animals. You are also welcome to bring a picnic and blanket during your stay. Your host will greet you upon arrival for a brief orientation of the grounds. Then you will be invited to forage on your own and cut fresh flowers to take home. As you roam the fields and gardens you are sure to meet lovely farm animals and other wild guests.
Open Air Markets
Join Head West, a local, outdoor retail marketplace in partnership with The Barlow on Saturday May 8th and Sunday May 9th. Select a special gift for Mom (or yourself!) from one of the many makers, crafters, designers, artists, small brands, local shops, and local non-profits. The Barlow is an outdoor, open-air environment where Sonoma County’s best chefs, vintners and artisans work side-by-side to create local products and experiences found only here.
Clucktown Collective Market is a collection of vendors that showcase local, unique, vintage and one-of-a-kind products. Find a unique Mother's Day gift, perusing over 28 vendors, or perhaps fresh select flowers from the Happy Dahlia Farm on Saturday May 8th.
Wine Tasting and Brunch
Mother's Day at West Wines
Treat Mom to a nice day among vines and wines at West Wines. Begin with a walk through the spring vineyard where cover crops are sprouting and vines are all green with tiny grape clusters developing. After the walk, taste four wines on the vine-side patio or in the shaded pavilion. Guided tours will begin at 11am and 2pm for all visitors and a self-guided tour is available throughout the day. To celebrate, all moms get free wine tastings. Make the day extra special with charcuterie or boxed lunch. See more info here.
Floral Workshop at Rodney Strong Vineyards
Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend creating your own floral arrangement lead by a former instructor from Sequoia National Floral in Santa Rosa. Enjoy your lovely arrangement at home, or gift to a loved one. Each ticket includes one DIY floral arrangement per person, all floral materials, and Rodney Strong wine. Make reservations here.
Mother's Day Brunch at Larson Family Winery
Larson Family Winery is an old rodeo ranch-turned-winery, which spells fun for families. This cowboy-style atmosphere is very relaxed and comes with farm animals, a bocce ball court, and grass area for picnic blankets. Honor thy mother by treating her to brunch with their neighbor, Kivelstadt Cellars Wine Garden & Eatery. All brunch options include a glass of wine or a non-alcoholic beverage and of course, something special for Mom.
Flock to the Flamingo for Mother's Day
You can count on delicious Mother’s Day brunches at Sonoma County favorites like the Flamingo Resort, a mid-century marvel in The Valley of the Moon. The buildings, rendered with natural materials and iconic angular silhouettes, are the work of master architect Homer A. Rissman. Set on a 10-acre campus, it is an incomparable property for both its city access and sense of complete retreat. For Mother's Day, each adult is greeted with a glass of Sparkling Wine or Tropical Mimosa. See the rest of the special menu here.
Mother's Day at John Ash & Co.
Nestled next to Vintners Resort in Santa Rosa, John Ash & Co. was the first Sonoma County restaurant to introduce the concept of cooking with seasonal, locally sourced foods and produce while pairing exceptional recipes with wines from the region. See the brunch menu here.
For more ideas: Take Mom on a 3 day wine country getaway!