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 wine country activities that she'll cherish? Think gardens, wineries, treats and delicious food in Sonoma Wine Country.
Due to the ever-changing nature of travel and events for this summer, we recommend visiting each website for info about the latest postponements and cancellations. Find updated info Mother's Day 2020 here: Take out, eat in for Mother's Day in Sonoma County
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 our Getaway with Mom 3 day itinerary.
Gardens and Flowers
Mother’s Day Open Garden at 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 through the Purple Playground, Hummingbird Wall, Hollywood and Vine, the Children's Garden, and the Kitchen Garden collections. 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 & Chosen Spot Celebration at Luther Burbank Home and 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 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enjoy views of the lovely daffodils, camellias and tulip trees and rose gardens now in bloom. Along with the plant sale, the Burbank Home will be open, there will be activities for kids, and refreshments will be served in the Greenhouse. Admission is $3; children under 12 are free.
Details: Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Santa Rosa.
Winery Brunches, Sunday
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
Treat your mom to bubbles, brunch, and live music in the grapevine covered arbor at Gloria Ferrer. The brunch buffet of quiches, chicken apple sausage, bacon, fruit salad, baby green salad, and delicious pastries and muffins will pair wonderfully with their award-winning sparkling wines. ($80 Adults; $45 Children)
Details: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, 23555 Hwy. 121 (at Arnold Dr.), Sonoma
Mother's Day Brunch with Comstock Wines
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. ($75 Adults; $25 Children)
Details: Comstock Wines, 1290 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, 707-723-3011.
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), Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn (Sonoma), and the Flamingo Resort and Spa (Santa Rosa).
Mother's Day Treats, Sunday
Wine and Cheese Pairing at Dutton-Goldfield Winery
Stop by Dutton-Goldfield Winery for a special experience featuring a flight of four wines paired with four local cheeses. ($30)
Details: Dutton-Goldfield Winery, 3100 Gravenstein Hwy. North, Sebastopol, 707-827-3600
Viansa's EtsySF Pop-Up
Viansa is hosting local vendors from EtsySF for a special Mother's Day excursion. Mom can shop to her heart's content while enjoying a Viansa Brut! No tickets required.
Details: Viansa Sonoma, 25200 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, 800-995-4740
Do something a little different this year, with a focus on bonding time together:
Wild About Mom at Safari West
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.