Mother’s Day 2017 in Santa Cruz

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Bountiful brunches are just the beginning of things to do for Mother’s Day in Santa Cruz, which falls on Sunday, May 14.

From shopping to hiking, we’ve compiled some ways to spend time with mom leading up to and throughout Mother’s Day weekend.

So go ahead and start planning to spoil, indulge, and celebrate the mom in your life—she deserves it.

Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch

Bargetto Winery

Bargetto’s creekside courtyard makes for a scenic brunch setting on mom’s special day. Enjoy a gourmet buffet catered by Erika’s Catering and raise your glass of hand-crafted wine in a toast to the guest of honor. Note: Deadline for ticket purchase is Monday, May 8.

When: Seating at 11:30 am, Brunch served at 12:00 pm
Cost: General $55 / Children 5 and older $43
Call 831.475.2258 ext. 10 for reservations.
Bargetto’s Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Chaminade Resort & Spa

Indulge mom with panoramic ocean views, sparkling champagne, and a phenomenal buffet featuring a seafood bar, omelet station, and carvery. You might want to go the extra mile and treat her with a gift certificate to the spa, too. Just saying.

When: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cost: Adults $65.95 / Children 6-12 $18.95
Call 831-475-5600 for reservations.
Chaminade’s Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Crow’s Nest

Celebrate mom with harbor views and brunch specials including Dungeness Crabcake Benedict and Brioche French Toast. Be sure to save room for the house made dessert offerings including Strawberry Shortcake and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake.

When: Dinner menu with Brunch specials served 11:30 am to 3:30 pm
Crow’s Nest Mother’s Day Menu

Sanderlings Restaurant

The buffet at Sanderlings includes a carving station, seafood bar, a variety of salads, and entrees like Roasted Garlic Tri Tip. Build up your appetite or walk off your meal with a stroll down Seascape’s path to the beach.

When: 9:30 am to 2:30 am
Cost: Adults $56.95 / Children 12 and under $21.95
Sanderlings Mother’s Day Buffet Menu 

Saturn Cafe

Mother’s Day Brunch at Saturn features bottomless mimosas for mom and comfort food with a vegetarian/vegan twist, including many gluten-free items.

Call 831-429-8505 for reservations.
Saturn Cafe’s Weekend Brunch Menu


Severino’s is pulling out all the stops for mom with an “endless” champagne brunch and a complimentary rose. A carving station, prawn cocktails, and dessert extravaganza are just a few of the specials that await. Extend the day’s festivities with a walk to the Cement Ship at nearby Seacliff State Beach.

When: Brunch 10:00 am to 2:30 pm (Dinner 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
Cost: Adults $44 / Kids 12 and under $18 / under 5 Free
Severino’s Mother’s Day Menu


Hop in the cable car and ride in style to your Mother’s Day feast. Shadowbrook will be serving its dinner menu all day along with Mother’s Day specials such as Spice-scented Ham and Slow-raost Angus Prime Rib. Desserts include Strawberry Shortcake and House Made Strawberry Sorbet.

When: 11:00 am to 8:30 pm
Call 831-475-1511 for reservations
Shadowbrook’s Mother’s Day Menu

Sotola Bar and Grill

Take mom to brunch by the sea at the newest restaurant in Capitola Village. They will be serving lunch and special brunch offerings starting at 11:00 am.

Sotola’s Lunch, Dinner, Kids Menus 

Additional Mother’s Day Brunch Restaurants

Johnny’s Harborside
Your Place Farm to Table
Hindquarter Bar & Grille
Michael’s on Main
Paradise Beach Grille
Zelda’s on the Beach

Pre-Mother’s Day Shopping

Mother’s Day Sip ‘N Shop

When: 5/7 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room in Davenport

Grab a gift for mom, shop local, and enjoy wine tasting. Be sure to come hungry and mosey on up to the Holopono Food Truck for Hawaiian pupus, poke, plate lunches, and more!

Get more info. 

Mother’s Day Weekend Shopping

Sip, Shop, & Support w/ Teen Kitchen Project

teen kitchen project

When: 5/12 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Artisans Gallery
Cost: $2 appetizers & $5 wine

Artisans has been one of our go-to gift shopping spots for years, so it only makes sense to head there if you’re still looking for that special something for Mother’s Day. This Friday is the perfect opportunity to stop by because Artisans will be hosting a benefit fundraiser for local non-profit, Teen Kitchen Project. Enjoy wine and appetizers, shop for Mom (or yourself…it’s okay, we won’t tell), and take part in the silent auction full of items donated by local artists and businesses. All ticket proceeds, and 10% of sales will support Teen Kitchen Project and help them continue to feed those in need.

Get more info here.

Roses of Yesterday and Today Mother’s Day Open House

When: 5/13 and 5/14 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: 803 Browns Valley Road, Corralitos

Stop and smell the roses at the annual Roses of Yesterday and Today Mother’s Day Open House. Enjoy light refreshments, the garden in full bloom, and potted roses for sale. While you’re in Corralitos, take mom on a little wine tasting tour along the Corralitos Wine Trail.

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39th Annual Spring Plant Sale

When: 5/13 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; 5/14 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Cabrillo College

It’s pretty obvious why Cabrillo College holds its annual spring plant sale on Mother’s Day weekend, isn’t it? This popular event boasts over 1000 different organic vegetable starts, perennial edible crops, annuals, bedding plants, culinary & medicinal herbs, cut flowers, natives, perennials, salvias, succulents and vines.

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Get Outdoors

 Mother’s Day Walk: Women of Big Basin

When: 5/14 at 1:00 pm
Where: Big Basin Redwoods State Park

What better way to celebrate the strength and spirit of motherhood than with a stroll among redwoods and living history reenactment that pays tribute to some key women in Big Basin’s history. This 1-hour guided walk is wheel chair and stroller accessible.

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33rd Annual Mother’s Day Run/Walk for Shelter

When: 5/14 from 7:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: Ramsay Park, Watsonville

Work up your appetite for brunch and kick off Mother’s Day with a beautiful trek around Watsonville’s slough trails. This race/walk benefits Pajaro Valley Shelter Services and its mission to help families experiencing homelessness help themselves. All ages and skill levels are invited to join the fun, including families with strollers.

Get more info.

Choose Your Own Mother’s Day Adventure…

About Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria is a local mom of four who enjoys sharing her Santa Cruz adventures. You can follow her #santacruzlife on Instagram at @theaumsmama.