12 Ways to Celebrate Mom This Mother’s Day

Amazing moms make the world go round, and it’s time to celebrate them and let them know how much we appreciate them this Mother’s Day, San Diego!

Here are 12 ways to celebrate mom in San Diego this year!

Get Fresh Blooms for Mom from Communal

Celebrate your mom with fresh blooms and buy-one-get-one-free drinks at Communal this Mother’s Day. We all know coffee and cocktails have been getting mom through the long days of the pandemic so what better way to celebrate. From now until May 9th, pre-order small, medium, or large floral bouquets from Communal’s gorgeous flower offerings to add beauty to your mom’s day, and if you’re still looking for places to celebrate, visit one of Communal’s two locations, both offering welcoming open-air patio seating, to enjoy drinks and bites all day long.

The Gaslamp Quarter Blooms For Mom’s This Mother’s Day

Eat, Drink, and Shop in The Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is rolling out the red carpet for mom this year! With special dining offers for brunch, lunch, happy hours and dinner, boutique shopping deals designed “for her” day and a free pop-up flower cart, the Gaslamp Quarter treats all moms like queens Sunday, May 9th!

New moms, grandmas, fur-baby mamas, and all motherly figures will be spoiled with love as the whole crew eats, drinks, laughs and celebrates at the Gaslamp Quarter businesses making Mother’s Day extraordinary. During your visit, swing by 5th Avenue and Market Street between 10AM and 2PM, for The New Normal is Now Pop-Up Flower Cart providing a FREE floral stem and photo op to every person who provides proof of parking at Park it on Market or the 6th and K Parkade during their Gaslamp Quarter visit.


Enjoy a Slow Glass (or More!) of Wine at Carruth Cellars Wine Garden 

Let’s face it, what mom really wants is a few minutes to herself to just chill! The Carruth Cellars Wine Garden is a perfect, charming spot to slow down and enjoy a glass of wine. Take mom out for a wine night and pick something off of the woodfired pizza and charcuterie menu for a well-rounded treat!

Don’t Just Buy Her Flowers…Buy The Whole Rose Bush in Her Name!

Give Mom a gift as unique and special as she is by dedicating a rosebush in her honor at the Sybil Stockdale Rose Garden. For a $500 donation, this tribute will have your custom message on a commemorative plaque implanted in the garden for decades to come, adjacent to your designated rosebush. Proceeds from the plaques go directly towards the NTC Foundation and sponsor community programs at Liberty Station, making it truly the gift that keeps on giving. Each donor receives a special certificate noting the location of the rosebush and the plaque inscription. To dedicate a rosebush, click here.


Treat Mom to Shopping, Dining, and Sweets at One Paseo

One Paseo, in Del Mar, functions as Mother’s Day one-stop-shop, offering everything you need to show how much you care. From shops, to services, to dozens of eateries, One Paseo provides the perfect place to pick up mom’s gift, treat her to a massage, facial, or beauty treatment, or take her out for a delicious brunch or dinner. As we lead up to Mother’s Day, pop into Marrow Fine, Pigment, Whiskey x Leather, Specs, or Faherty to pick up a gift that is sure to impress mom, or spoil her with a facial or massage at Shop Good or treatment from Alcheme, who, in honor of Mother’s Day is offering discounts several of their wellness and beauty treatments to pamper that special mama.

Then, on Mother’s Day, treat her to a meal at one of the center’s amazing eateries. For the health conscious mama, swing by Parakeet Cafe, which offers a large selection of healthy eats, Sweetfin, or Tocaya Organica, or for a more indulgent dining option, try Nick’s, North Italia, or International Smoke. Don’t forget to pick up a sweet treat from Salt & Straw, Susie’s Cakes, or Le Macaron to show mama the love.

Celebrate Festa della Mamma in Little Italy

Little Italy has it all – come for the food and shopping, stay for the festa!

After you’ve strolled through the neighborhood and finished your shopping, it’s time to treat mom to a good Italian dinner! You can’t go wrong with the Modern Sicilian cuisine at Barbusa for a Mother’s Day dinner party!

Treat Mom to Ocean Views at La Valencia Hotel

Celebrate mom at the iconic La Valencia Hotel in the heart of La Jolla. Enjoy a specialty three-course menu prepared by Chef Timothy including your choice of herb ricotta gnocchi, verlasso salmon or lamb chops, plus delectable desserts and more. Looking for the perfect gift? Shop our Mother’s Day Pop-Up Shop and treat mom to a curated gift basket including our new Pink Lady lavender candle, sweet treats and more.

$99 per adult | $45 per child for kid’s specialty three-course menu

Now accepting reservations via OpenTable. Menu available from 10AM -7PM. Credit card required to confirm your reservation. Tables are socially distanced and face masks are required on the property. Full details, including the menu can be found here.

Spoil Mom at Herb & Wood | Herb & Sea

It’s time to treat Mom to a fancy meal with lots of champagne! At Herb & Wood and Herb & Sea, celebrated Chef Brian Malarkey has crafted a three-course brunch and dinner menu fit for your queen, complete with a special gift for those kids who book mom’s table early.

Brunch: 10AM – 2:30PM / $65 per person, $30 per child

Start the day off bright and early at either Herb & Wood in Little Italy or Herb & Sea in downtown Encinitas. Favorites from Chef’s brunch menu includes starters like the Farmers Market Greens with strawberries, midnight moon goat cheese, and dukkah, or the Hamachi Crudo with white ponzu, radish sprouts, fresno chilis, and sunflower seeds. Mains include a special Fennel Crusted Tuna Nicose with soft egg, caper berries, and dijon vinaigrette, or a Maine Lobster Roll with avocado, lemon aioli, and herbs. Kid-approved breakfast goodies include Nutella Strawberry Crepes, or a classic Grilled Cheese.

Dinner: Starting at 5PM / $65 per person, $30 per child

End the day with a special three-course dinner at both establishments. Under the starts or inside the high-design dining rooms, feast on starters such as the Pork Belly with vadouvan vinaigrette, red onion, apple, chive (Herb & Wood only), or the Beef Tartare with capers, dijon, cornichon, chili, shallots, arugula, and sea salt crackers (Herb & Sea only). Mains include a Wood-Fired Filet with romesco and blistered peppers or the famed Roasted Half Chicken with braised kale, pickled mustard seeds, and caper herb salsa.


Pack a Picnic Brunch at the Beach With a Little Help From Ranch 45 

You can’t go wrong treating mom to a picnic brunch at the beach! Ranch 45 in Solana Beach will be offering a Mother’s Day Brunch menu available for curbside pick up or delivery on Saturday, May 8th; and Sunday, May 9th. Each dish on the menu includes four portions, and highlights include Chino Farms Artichoke and Summer Squash Quiche, Strawberry Crepes with whipped cream, and Brandt Rib Roast, served with Roasted Potatoes, Chino Farms Vegetables, and Gem Lettuce Salad. Additional options include Smoked Salmon Benedict, Bacon and Cheese Quiche, and an assortment of Breakfast Pastries.

To complement the meal, guests may also add wine or beer to their purchase, ranging in price from $20 – $45, as well as pitchers of mimosas to cheers to mom. The menu is available for pre-order via Ranch 45’s website here, and Ranch 45’s full breakfast and lunch menu will also be available for take out and dine in. Use our handy guide to find a spot where it’s legal to drink outside in San Diego and picnic with champagne!

Shower Mom with Roses and Rosé at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Shower your mom with roses and rosé during the Roses & Rosé Brunch this Mother’s Day at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. Offering Moms all you can drink rosé (yes, way!) and mouth-watering food and drinks from San Diego’s favorite whimsical restaurant, Greenfinch, the perfect location to celebrate your Mom. Indulge in gourmet action tables, from omelets to carving stations and more in Estancia’s lush gardens this Mother’s Day. Better yet, send mom with her friends and let them spend the day soaking in Estancia La Jolla’s 10 acres of luxurious gardens, best-in-class service, and gorgeous hacienda-style setting. Brunch is from 9AM-3PM.

Soak Up the Sun on The Patios at the InterContinental San Diego 

Treat mom to a truly delicious day at either of the InterContinental San Diego’s signature restaurants, Garibaldi and Vistal, both of which will be serving up Mother’s Day specials. Garibaldi, the rooftop getaway, has crafted a pre-fixe Mother’s Day brunch menu, featuring options such as Limoncello Pancakes, Sardinian Shrimp Scramble, and Aglianico Braised Lamb Shank Omelette. The three course menu costs $55 per person, and also includes Sweet and Savory Italian Pastries and Cassata Siciliana, a traditional ricotta gelato with candied fruit. To complete the meal, bottomless Aperol Spritzes or Prosecco are available for an additional $29 per person. Cheers to mom!

Vistal will also be celebrating mom with two a la carte brunch specials, a Lobster Egg Scramble with cherry tomatoes, asparagus, caviar, lemon hollandaise, and squash salad ($24) and the “Do it for Mom” Champagne Special, which is a bottle of 2005 Nicolas Feuillatte, Cuvée Spéciale Brut Millésimé for $149 (typically $190.) Reservations can be made here for Garibaldi and here for Vistal, and are recommended.

Go for Sushi at Cloak & Petal

For the mamas who love sushi, journey down to Cloak & Petal for a 360-degree sushi experience. Reserve their outdoor patio seating to enjoy the spring sunshine with your lunch.


Connect with Nature

Nothing is better than getting out in San Diego’s sunshine and ocean air – that’s why we all live here! Give mom a break from her busy schedule and get her down to the beach or out for a hike on one of San Diego’s amazing trails.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing moms out there – we love you and appreciate you!





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