SAN FRANCISCO, May 6, 2014 – 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 11th. The San Francisco Bay Area offers a smorgasbord of different things you can do to celebrate this beautiful day.
BRUNCH 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 weather, you are bound to find the perfect place to celebrate mom. Make reservations in advance, these places are bound to book up. Presidio Social Club, San Francisco: Stop in for selections from their iconic dinner and brunch menus, and to sample their Mother’s Day Special: Sweet Bay Shrimp with a citrus dressing served over butter leaf lettuce, available throughout the day. Dine indoors, or take advantage of Spring’s beginnings with a table on the back deck. Chaya Brasserie, Financial District, San Francisco: Incredible Bay Bridge views can be had from this downtown favorite. Chaya is featuring a 3 course pre-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. A16, Marina, San Francisco: A16 is offering a special a la carte menu boasting festive dishes and beverages for the occasion. After their meal, moms will be gifted with flowers for the holiday. Lunch service will run from 11:00 – 2:30, and dinner will go from 5:00 pm-10:00. A16 Rockridgewill also be featuring a special a la carte menu for Mother’s Day. See their website for details. Quince, Jackson Square, San Francisco: Quince is featuring a special brunch menu in honor of Mom. Highlights include white asparagus with mustard hollandaise, chilled fava bean soup with Main lobster, and steak and eggs beef coulotte. $125 menu, $85 wine pairing. Reservations required. 1760, Polk Gulch/Nob Hill, San Francisco: Praised for its contemporary cuisine and inventive cocktails, 1760 is celebrating mothers everywhere by hosting a special Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 11th from 11:30am to 3:00pm. In addition to its regular menu, guests can dine on special brunch dishes from Executive Chef Adam Tortosa, such as French toastwith roasted strawberries and whipped creme fraiche; andFried egg sandwichwith basil aioli and smashed avocado. They will also offer special brunch cocktails for the day including a Green Strawberry Bloody Mary. Reservations are recommended. Bocanova, Oakland: Special dishes offered for the day will include a Crab Benedict with Arepas for brunch only; and a Stone Valley Pork Leg with butter beans, poached egg and tomatillo crudo for brunch and dinner.
GETAWAYS – RELAX WITH WINE, BRUNCH & SPA Wine, sparking wine and spa treatments galore – what a wonderful treat for mom this holiday! Whether mom is a chardonnay, cabernet or sparkling fan, Northern California has everything to satisfy her fancy and pamper her all day long. The Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa: 2nd Annual “First Blush” wine tasting event. Enjoy the lighter side of summer wine tasting on Mother’s Day weekend at the Meritage. The tasting event will highlight California’s lighter wines, including Rosé, Sauvignon blanc, Pinot noir, Rieslings and sparkling wines, plus a few local craft beers, as the Napa Valley enters its summer season this Mother’s Day Weekend, May 10-11, 2014. The tasting will be held on Saturday, May 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and a Mother’s Day Brunch will be held on Sunday, May 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The wine event will take place outside in the shade on the Vineyard Terrace, which overlooks the resort’s Estate. As guests sample more than 40 lighter wines from throughout California and craft brews from Napa Smith Brewery, they will also taste a variety of culinary creations from the chefs of The Meritage Resort. Each guest will receive and get to keep a commemorative First Blush wine glass. Tickets for the First Blush Taste the Lighter Side of Summer event are available for $30. The Westin St. Francis, Union Square, San Francisco: Mother’s Day Getaway. Mom can make history this year with a weekend escape to the timeless Westin St. Francis as the hotel celebrates its 110th anniversary. What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with spa treatments that honor the hotel’s rich history dating back to the early 1900s. Pamper mom with a luxurious Milk Manicure & Pedicure, or the Pacific Pleasure Sea Salt Glow reminiscent of a time period when seawater was pumped from the San Francisco Bay to the hotel’s bathhouse. After relishing in a spa treatment, indulge in an unforgettable gourmet brunch in The Oak Room restaurant. Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa: They are offering a Mother’s Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. by chef Jeffrey Jake for $60 per person. The food will showcase local Napa spring harvest items, local fruits and veggies, sustainably caught seafood, hormone-free beef and poultry, and some of the best pastries in all of wine country. Inn on Randolph, Napa: The inn is celebrating mothers all month long with 20% off a massage for mom, plus a free aromatherapy upgrade, a chilled bottle of Mark Herold Rosé and a gourmet cheese platter, and a complementary tour and/or tasting for two at Pine Ridge and Frog’s Leap wineries. This package is valued at $245, and guests must book three or more nights to qualify. The inn is walking distance from Downtown Napa restaurants, wineries and entertainment, and the perfect spot to spend the weekend wine tasting in the Napa Valley.
MUSIC & ART Uptown Theatre, Napa: Piano player and vocalist Jim Brickman will be performing at Uptown Theatre Napa, and in honor of the world’s greatest moms, Uptown is offering a special package for two people to enjoy dinner and a show. The package is $149 plus the ticket price of two reserved seats in the orchestra section. Dining options include either Bottega Restaurant, Iron Chef Morimoto’s along Napa’s riverfront, Bistro Don Giovanni’s or Tarla Mediterranean Grill located in the heart of Downtown Napa. San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose: The Museum Store might have the perfect gift for the artistic mom. Here you will find enticing contemporary gifts sure to speak to the artist within, from books to stationary, to 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 display, such as; “David Levinthal: Make Believe,” “Initial Public Offering,” “What’s Your Angle?”, and Amy Ellingson’s “Variation/Mutation.” The San Jose Museum of Art’s permanent collection includes approximately 2,500 modern and contemporary artworks. They are open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, and adult admission is $8 per person.
OUTDOORS & ADVENTURE This is the time of year to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, from Bay cruises to safaris, to picnics and parties. Bay Voyager: If your mom likes a bit more adventure, then take her for the grand tour via 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, faster ride than the ferries. Adult tickets are $75 per person. Child, active duty military and senior rates are available. Safari West, Santa Rosa:Show mom her wild side with a trip to Safari West. This is an amazing wildlife safari habitat, nestled amongst the wine right in Sonoma County. They are featuring a mimosa brunch and tour for Mother’s Day. Enjoy a special Mother’s Day tour aboard the African Queen, along with some other surprises! What could be more extraordinary than spending Mother’s Day amongst some of the world’s most elegant creatures? Chef Robert is preparing a glorious champagne brunch featuring delectable selections. Tickets range from $35-70. Be sure to buy tickets in advance; these tours often sell out. Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio, San Francisco: Sit back and treat mom to a perfect Mother’s Day experience, complete with a reserved blanket and flowers for her to take home as a souvenir: The package includes: a signature Picnic at the Presidio blanket for you to keep; mimosa kit for the group to share; Home Sweet Flowers Bouquet Class for two (bouquet to take home included). Price: $100, book tickets in advance. Taste of Tel-Hi 2014, Telegraph Hill, San Francisco: One of the oldest, local, non-profits is throwing their 12th annual Taste of Tel-Hi on Saturday, May 10th from 6-9pm at the Joe DiMaggio Playground. Treat mom to this unique fundraiser and tasting opportunity where guests will gather under an elegant white tent, sip specialty cocktails, enjoy a three-course dinner paired with wine, and a live and silent auction. Individual tickets are $175 and must be purchased in advance. No matter how you celebrate your moms this Mother’s Day, make it one she will never forget. Follow Out and About on Twitter and on Facebook for even more inside scoop. Follow on Pinterest to follow the visual story.