Celebrate mom with style this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day presents a wonderful opportunity to show her how much she means to you on May 13.  The San Francisco Bay Area offers a smorgasbord things you can do to celebrate. Photo: Red and White Fleet, Twilight Cruise

SAN FRANCISCO, April 20, 2012 – Mother, mom, ma, mama, mum, mummy, momma, amma, nana, madre, mère. Whatever you call the special lady in your life, one thing is certain, Mother’s Day presents a wonderful opportunity to show her how much she means to you on May 13.

The San Francisco Bay Area offers a smorgasbord of different things you can do to celebrate this beautiful day.


Ah brunch, the quintessential Mother’s Day activity. There is no better place than the Bay Area for brunch. From farm fresh, organic ingredients to perfect blue skies and sunshine, you are bound to find the perfect place to celebrate Mom. Make reservations in advance, these places are bound to book up.

Aurea, Nob Hill, San Francisco: Enjoy an a la carte brunch to help celebrate your favorite lady in your life. Harpist Bertina Mitchell will be performing from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Moms receive a complimentary Bellini. And the kids can create pancakes for mom at a pancake-making bar complete with nuts, chocolate chips, and fresh berries. Bring the wet naps!

SF, Chaya Restaurant, Patio

Chaya, Financial District, San Francisco: incredible bay and Bay Bridge views can be had from this downtown waterfront favorite.  Chaya is featuring a 3 course prix fix menu, with a bottomless mimosa option. This is a great option if Mom is a sushi lover. Be sure to finish with the warm chocolate croissant bread pudding. It’s to die for.

Estate, Sonoma: toast your moms in style at this beautiful paradise in the heart of Sonoma. Estate will be featuring al fresco dining, with seats available on their gorgeous outdoor patio, surrounded by Sonoma paradise. They are featuring a three-course prix fix meal.  Try their veggie frittata, brunch pizza and mixed berry semifreddo. Then finish up with a taste of their famous grappas, or their delightful Prosecco Bar. Delicious!

Five, Berkeley: Treat Mom to this lavish brunch, featuring bottomless mimosas and a buffet that is packed with treats Mom is sure to enjoy. Kids under five are free. And Mom will also have the chance to win a romantic dinner for two or a hotel package. Be sure to try their signature mac ‘n’ cheese, waffles and sample from their assortment of quiches.

Hyatt, Burlingame: They offer a Sunday jazz brunch in their signature nine-story tropical atrium. This brunch is sure to delight Mom with their sustainable and local approach to cuisine. Featuring a packed-full seafood display, locally grown spring salads, a large variety of meats, made-to-order omelets, and even a kids’ corner with activities for the younger brunch-goers. Kids under four are free.

Twenty Five Lusk, SOMA, San Francisco: this architectural delight is featuring a three-course menu that’s sure to please Mom. And if Mom is a wine lover, this is the place for her. Have a chat with sommelier Caesar for an extra treat. Be sure to try the smoked salmon, spring leaf salad, coffee and doughnuts, and the brunch sandwich. If you’re looking for something a little heartier, try the grilled flat iron steak and eggs.  

Wente Vineyards patio

Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley: Just 45 minutes outside San Francisco, let Wente take you and your mother away to their special Mother’s Day celebration brunch. They are featuring a chocolate dipped strawberry and Brut tasting for only $5, hosting a spa day from 12-3p, complete with chair massage, Lancome make-up refresh, snacks and of course Wente wine.  No reservations needed, first come first served.

Perhaps you are throwing your own brunch at home. Here are some ideas from Lulu B. Fabulous Cocktails for simple drinks you can serve that are brunch worthy, as well as light on calories and carbs:

Chocolate Martini: it’s like drinking your dessert! Made with vodka, Crème de Cacao and natural chocolate flavors and aromas, at 48 calories per serving, it boasts just a third of the calories found in the typical high-sugar version of this cocktail. Add a dusting of cocoa powder as a garnish.

Margarita: A blend of tequila, Triple Sec and natural lime flavors and natural sweetener, this Margarita is refreshing at only 38 calories per cocktail, compared to more than 150 in a regular Margarita. Serve chilled over ice, with a salted rim and lime wedge.

Cran Cosmo: Enhanced with real cranberry flavors, this classic “Girls’ Night Out” cocktail is made with vodka and Triple Sec and only 38 calories per serving. Enjoy chilled over ice.

Mojito: Lulu B.’s version contains only 37 calories per serving and combines natural mint and lime flavors with rum. Add fresh mint leaves as an added garnish.


Wine, sparking wine and spa treatments galore. What a wonderful treat for Mom this holiday. No matter if Mom is a chardonnay, cabernet or sparkling fan, Northern California has everything to tickle her fancy and pamper her all day long.

Mumm Napa Valley, CA

Mumm Napa: Bubbles & Cheese seminar. If your mom loves sparkling wine and cheese, this is the perfect gift. This is an evening event that will be exploring the harmonies between sparkling wine and cheese. You also get to taste all of Mumm’s crisp and refreshing sparkling wines. You’ll get advice on how to select, store, pair and serve sparkling wines and cheeses. Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 - 8 p.m., $55. Book in advance, this event sells out. 

Sonoma Wine Country Trolley: This is the ultimate wine country experience for the wine loving moms. She will get amazing food, fabulous wine and the beauty of Sonoma wine country. There are three stops on the Mother’s Day trolley tour; Estate, Clarbec, and Little Vineyards. Mom will be thrilled to discover these hidden treasures while riding in style about the Sonoma trolley.

Quivira Vineyards: This Dry Creek, Sonoma winery is celebrating Mother’s Day with a Rosso’s & Rosé event. It will feature Rosso’s Pizzeria while sipping Quivira’s newly released small-lot Rosé wine. Chefs will be on site to customize your pizza with your favorite toppings. The kids can come too, and let them have fun kneading their own dough. The estate features dynamically farmed gardens, so you will be eating the freshest, most natural ingredients. 

Spas: Nothing says I love you like a relaxing day at the spa. Check out these Napa favorites for special Mother’s Day packages.

  • Spa Terra, located entirely underground in the Estate Wine Cave. Ask for their “Restore, Relax, Rejuvenate” special.
  • Union Retreat, located in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco, this day spa will have you relaxed in minutes with their menu of facials, massages and body treatments. 

Livermore Valley: dozens of individual wineries have events to truly celebrate Mom. Featuring events such as picnics, brunches, wine release parties, and music, Mom is sure to love spending the day in beautiful and rustic Livermore wine country. Vineyards having Mother’s Day celebrations include: McGrail Vineyards, Elliston Vineyards, Retzlaff Winery, and Garre Winery.


Yoshi’s San Francisco: For the Mom that loves music and loves R&B, check out the Mother’s Day celebration at Yoshi’s. They are presenting GOAPELE, a beautiful R&B/Soul singer and songwriter from Oakland that puts on a very women-empowering performance.  6 p.m. and 8 p.m. shows, $35 tickets.

Yoshi’s San Francisco, Goapele poster

ArtHouse, San Jose ICA: this hands-on art workshop/block party is a perfect opportunity for Mom and kids to enjoy art together. You can make, view and buy art from all around the region. Food trucks will be lining the streets of this art block party. There will also be stand up comedic performances from The Stage.  The event is free to the public thanks to their many sponsors. 

San Jose Museum of Art, the Museum Store might have the perfect gift for the artistic mom.  Find enticing contemporary gifts sure to speak to the artist within. From books to stationary, stunning jewelry and women’s accessories, stop by the museum store to find that colorful, perfect gift. While you’re there, check out a few of the exhibitions currently on view, such as “Mexicanisimo through Artists’ Eyes,” “Frank Lobdell: Wonderland,” and “To Hell and Back: Sandow Birk’s Divine Comedy.”


The San Francisco Bay area has tons of things to do for the sportier mom, from the beautiful waters of the Bay itself to the great outdoors. By water, there is no better way to appreciate the Bay itself than with a Bay boat cruise. By land, there are safaris and water parks to show Mom how wild you are about her.

Bay Cruises:

  • The Red & White Fleet offers several Bay cruises to experience the beauty of the Bay. Golden Gate Bay Cruise, Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise, and the California Sunset Cruise. You are sure to please Mom with any of these sightseeing adventures. 
  • Hornblower: if you are looking for something a bit more formal, then look to Hornblower for your bay-via-water experience. They are offering various champagne brunches with elaborate buffets, endless champagne and breathtaking views. If dancing is Mom’s favorite thing, then take her on their dinner dance cruise Sunday night.
  • Hornblower bridge cruise, San Francisco, CA

  • Bay Voyager: if your mom likes a bit more adventure, then take her for a tour on the Bay Voyager. This rugged inflatable boat has the size and speed to take you on a grand tour throughout the entire bay in just a few hours. Charles will take you on a whirlwind trip around the Bay and even stop for snacks and chocolate mid-way through the tour. Note, this is not for the faint of heart. This is a bumpier and faster ride than the ferries.
  • Safari West, Santa Rosa: show Mom her wild side with a trip to Safari West. Safari West is an amazing wildlife safari habitat, nestled amongst the wine right in Sonoma. They are featuring a mimosa brunch and tour.  Tickets range from $35-68. Be sure to book and buy tickets in advance. These tours often sell out. 

Safari West, Santa Rosa, CA

Raging Waters, San Jose: spend the day at Northern California’s largest water park.  Perfect for tiny tots and ultimate thrill seekers alike. They even have a VIP experience complete with cabanas and flowers for Mom! Prices start at $23.99. Moms are FREE on Mother’s Day.  


San Francisco is certainly well known for its shopping: Union Square, Union Street, Chestnut Street, Castro Street, and even outside the city in the suburbs and wine regions, the list goes on and on. Treat Mom to a relaxed day of shopping and let her pick out her own perfect gift. 

Santana Row, San Jose: their Summer Fashion Show, Poolside Soiree event is happening June 2 with shows at 12 noon and 3 p.m. They are featuring the hottest looks for this summer with high-energy runway shows taking place poolside at Santana Heights. Enjoy a catered pre-party, wine, champagne, post-party, and of course the fashion! Tickets are $40/person.  

Santana Row, San Jose, CA

If you are looking to go on Mother’s Day, you can visit one of Santana Row’s delicious restaurants. From traditional French cuisine to pub food, there is something for everyone. Check out LB Steak House, Left Bank Brasserie, Lisa’s Tea Treasures, Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub and Straights for special Mother’s Day food and offers. 

Boutique shopping: San Francisco and downtown Napa are both home to a large selection of boutiques and shops. From one of a kind jewelry and clothing items to chocolate and eyewear, they have it all.

  • Ambiance: this local San Francisco gem is a perfect place to take the mom-with-style on a shopping spree. Pick up dresses, scarves, shoes and bags a plenty. With multiple locations, one is bound to be convenient for you.
  •  Cake Plate Boutique: this downtown Napa boutique combines women’s clothing and accessory designers’ styles so the fashion conscious mom can find pieces suitable for high tea at the Ritz or a backyard BBQ.
  • Olive Press: located in downtown Napa, this is ideal for the foodie mom that loves unique kitchen and cooking gifts.  \You will find items such as vinegars, sauces, culinary lavender, and of course, olive oil. 

No matter how you celebrate your moms this Mother’s Day, make it one she will never forget. 

Ma and Sherrie Perkovich. Happy Mom’s Day! xo

Columnist Sherrie Perkovich offers an insider’s perspective of the very best San Francisco has to offer. Join her weekly to experience the best the City by the Bay has to offer - from parties to parks and everything in between. 

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