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Mother's Day in California

Things to Do for Mother's Day in California


In the United States, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.

These ideas may help you plan a perfect day for your mom, whether you're spending a few hours or an entire weekend.

Family Get-Togethers for Mother's Day in California

A few years ago, ABC News reported that more than anything else, mothers want to spend time with their families on Mother's Day. Give Mom what she wants - rent a vacation home and get the whole clan together, whether they're related to you by blood or just your closest friends. Try Pine Mountain Lake near Groveland and Yosemite National Park, Irish Beach just south of Mendocino, Dillon Beach north of San Francisco. HomeAway also has lots of vacation rental listings all over the state, even in the cities.

Mother's Day Weekend Getaways

If you can get away for a whole weekend to celebrate your lovely mother, these are a few of the best places to do it:

  • Calistoga: Napa Valley Wine Country's northernmost town has great mud bath spas - and kid-friendly sights nearby
  • Catalina Island: Whether Mom wants to be active or chill out, she'll find a place to do it here
  • Gold Country: Kids love to pan for gold while their moms of any age enjoy the old-fashioned ambiance of Gold Country's towns
  • Morro Bay: It's one of California's most family-friendly destinations with lots of water activities, shopping - and reasonably-priced lodging
  • Point Reyes and West Marin: A great getaway for an active family, with good hiking, beaches, kayaking and great scenery
  • Santa Barbara: No matter how old you and your mother are, you'll find something that suits you in Santa Barbara
  • Yosemite: Voted one of the best places in California for family vacations by our readers, it's also a good place for Mother's Day Brunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel

Taking Mom Out for a Mother's Day Meal

Mother's Day is one of the busiest restaurant days of the year. All too often, service and food quality suffer. Take Mom out on Saturday if you can - or find something else to do instead.

A champagne brunch cruise may be a good option if you're determined to take your mother out for a Mother's Day Brunch. They're used to handling big groups, have room for little ones to move around - and the views are great. These links will take you straight to reservations:

Similarly, a meal on any of California's dinner trains could be fun. Try these:

Los Angeles, California Mother's Day Weekend Ideas

San Diego, California Mother's Day Weekend Ideas

San Francisco, California Mother's Day Weekend Ideas

  • Eleven Roses Ranch: It's a bit of a drive up to their location near Clear Lake, but moms of all ages will enjoy a fun day outdoors, a wagon ride and meal at a historic ranch
  • Check Open Table for Mother's Day brunch specials
  • Head up to Calistoga for a house tour like no other we've seen. You'll have do it on a Saturday, but it's worth celebrating a day early when artist Carlo Marchiori opens his Villa Ca'Toga to the public. Add a relaxing mud bath spa treatment or lunch downtown and you've got a great day.
  • If you're looking for a family day out, try these ideas for San Francisco family outings

Mother's Day Ideas Anywhere in California

An active mother might like to choose her own adventure. Buy her an activity gift certificate from Kijubi.com. It may be just the thing - she could learn to surf, take a tour, fly an airplane, go skydiving or ride a Segway - or any of a hundred other things. You might even enjoy doing them with her. Give the certificate in advance and schedule the activity for Mother's Day to keep her from putting it off.

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