Plan the Perfect Mother’s Day in Santa Barbara

Mother's Day in Santa Barbara

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to show how much you love your mother on this very special day. Every year the second Sunday of May is the day we dedicate to our mothers by showering them with love and affection by making sure they have the best day ever. Santa Barbara is the best destination to pamper your mother with their easy-going, fun-loving, and stress-free environment.

Mother’s Day Activities

Is your mom a wine lover? If so, take her on a Mother’s Day Santa Barbara Wine Country Tour! This tour takes you to three local wineries, lunch in the Santa Ynez Valley, door-to-door shuttle service, and a knowledgeable guide for the day. Learn all about what makes California wine so great and some historical insights. This tour takes up most of the day and costs around $215 per person.

After a long day of celebrating Mom, take her on one last great adventure with a Sunset Kayak Tour with the Santa Barbara Adventure Company. Watching the sunset while at sea is a sight you do not want to miss. This two-hour adventure lets you explore Santa Barbara Harbor and the coastline as the sun sets. This tour is great for any kayaker's skill level and a perfect way to bond with your mom.

If you are looking for something a little more low-key to do with your mom a nice picnic on the beach is a great way to go! Santa Barbara is scattered with some of the best beaches in California. Whether you plan on getting some takeout from one of the local restaurants or planning on packing something in your vacation rental kitchen, your mom would love to relax on the beach and enjoy some great food.

Mother’s Day Events

Join us for a unique bonding experience this Mother’s Day weekend at Art & Soul with a candle-making workshop. Create beautiful handmade candles to cherish long after Mother’s Day. Reserve your spot now for this memorable event, complete with a complimentary glass of wine and light snacks while you wait for your candles to set. The cost is $65 per person.

Celebrate Mother's Day at Casa del Herrero for a unique garden party honoring matriarch Carrie Steedman. Experience the charm of afternoon tea infused with elegant floral tributes amidst the serene beauty of our expansive garden grounds. Savor teas, mimosas, and delightful treats while making cherished memories with Mom. Celebrate legacy, love, and the joy of family in a truly picturesque setting. Tickets are $125 per person

Finally, Immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind sip and paint experience at Santa Barbara Wine Collective. Explore the world of abstract painting inspired by wine-tasting notes while enjoying a full flight of wine. Guided by Crush It Wine Education and Danielle Renée Art, you'll have all the materials needed to create an 11” x 14” artwork. No painting experience is necessary—this workshop is all about having fun, with easy-to-follow instructions and hands-on guidance.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day's most iconic event is taking your mother out for brunch! Luckily for you, there are multiple restaurants around Santa Barbara that offer an amazing brunch menu for this great holiday.

Finch & Fork at Kimpton Canary Hotel hosts a farm-to-table brunch buffet. Indulge in an array of dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients, including farmers market salads, appetizers, a seafood raw bar, brunch classics, and a selection of desserts. Plus, enjoy a special mini vendor market in the hotel lobby. Booking ahead is recommended for this delightful celebration!

Another great option is a three-course brunch at Scarlett Begonia. Start off with a tempting array of pastries, including a Yukon gold cinnamon roll, maple bacon, and buttermilk biscuit, accompanied by jam and butter. For the second course, enjoy delicious options like shrimp cocktail with homemade sauce, avocado toast, organic deviled eggs, or a kale Caesar salad. Wrap up the meal on a high note with main course selections like lemon ricotta pancakes or steak and eggs.

Lastly, there is the Opal Restaurant and Bar, they don’t have brunch, but they have a great dinner menu lined up for the day! Starting at 4:30 pm you can make a reservation for one of the two evening seatings. They will have a special three-course prix fixe menu where you can choose a selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Your mom would love to be treated to a nice and delicious dinner!

Mother’s Day Weekend Getaway

Why keep Mother’s Day just to a day? Why not make it the entire weekend? Pamper your mom to a weekend full of luxury activities including wine tasting in Wine Country or in the Funk Zone if you don’t want to head all the way into the mountains. There are also numerous spas around Santa Barbara County that your mom can enjoy. However, book as soon as possible! Spa appointments can book up fast this weekend.

If you book one of our Santa Barbara vacation rentals for the weekend, be sure to check out the Concierge services our partner West & Co. Travel and Concierge has to offer! They can help you schedule all the activities you’d like to pamper your mother with!

Book your Mother’s Day Getaway

We still have luxury vacation rentals available for Mother’s Day Weekend for a last-minute trip to Santa Barbara! We have two stunning vacation rentals in Santa Barbara: Laguna Blanca Retreat and Mison Elador. Both rentals are just a short drive from the beach and are a perfect way to pamper mom. In Montecito, we have Posh in Montecito. No matter where you stay in Santa Barbara County, we guarantee your mother will love it!