by Maren Dougherty - 200 Reviews - 32 List
She was there to kiss your boo-boos, smiled through your "terrible twos" and didn't disown you when you were an angsty teenager, so show mom some love on the one day that's dedicated to her. This year, Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 9, so say thank you to your mama by treating her to a scrumptious brunch, an active afternoon, or a leisurely spa day in San Diego.
Updated: May 03, 2010
If your mother is of the pearls-wearing, champagne-sipping variety, invite her to an elegant lunch of wild prawns, lobster tail and chocolate ginger tarts. The La Jolla restaurant's a la carte menu is available all day, from 11am to 8pm.
For a casual mom who doesn't mind the sight of R-rated cocktail names, take her to brunch at this flamboyantly gay-friendly (and hetero-friendly) spot in Hillcrest. She'll go home with a smile, a satisfied tummy, and maybe a purple inflatable monkey or two.
The $65 brunch buffet will be held in the resort's Poinsettia Ballroom with a seemingly endless array of seafood, cheese, fruit, pastries and hot entrees. At the potato station, find whipped potatoes topped with crab, shrimp and chives served in a martini glass. For $24, kids can enjoy basic finger foods such as chicken nuggets, cheese pizza and cupcakes.
Treat mom to banana-blackberry pancakes or a Mission Rosemary: a plate of crispy rosemary potatoes, scrambled eggs, sauteed tomatoes and grilled rosemary bread. The Mission is a tasty yet inexpensive option with locations in Mission Beach, Downtown and North Park.
Find lively zydeco and blues performances throughout Mother's Day weekend at the annual Gator by the Bay festival. Held at the Spanish Landing Park next to the Sheraton Hotel & Marina, the event includes 25 bands, 5 stages, 3,000 pounds of crawfish and plenty of lip-smackin' Southern cooking. Tickets are $20 on Friday and $25 on the weekend days.
The zoo is offering ladies-only slumber parties on May 8 and May 15. Starting at 4pm, participating women will come together for a guided bus tour of the animals before settling down in zoo-provided safari tents. The evening includes a buffet dinner with wine and beer, a moonlight stroll through the zoo, and (of course) plenty of sleepover girl talk. Guests will wake to tent-side mimosas and a hot breakfast as the sun rises.
The inn's 10,000-square-foot spa features a tranquil garden at its center, a cabana-lined saline pool and temperature-controlled outdoor cabanas for ultra-luxurious spa treatments. Currently, guests and locals can enjoy Moonlight Spa-ing, an activity that involves relaxing under the stars with a 50-minute massage or facial, and a light, three-course dinner. The special will be offered Friday evenings, through August. Cost is $150 per person or $175 with wine pairings.
The secluded La Jolla spa's $250 Stress Relief package includes a 25-minute massage, 25-minute facial, manicure and pedicure. The spa services last 2.5 hours and customers are welcome to lounge in the serene garden area pre- or post-treatments.
Enjoy a relaxing and eco-friendly day at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay's Blue Marble Spa, which features all-natural and organic products. Special care is taken to ensure that all of its operations incorporate energy-efficient and environmentally conscious initiatives, including the use of low-flow shower heads, energy-efficient light bulbs and sustainable bamboo floors.