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How to Celebrate Mother's Day in SLO County - San Luis Obispo

Posted by San Luis Obispo Mom on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 Under: Mothers Day
Every year, we have Mother's Day as a special day to celebrate. Sometimes I love this holiday even more than my birthday as I feel like I'm celebrating it with all of the moms in country.
(My sons playing a game at a local Mother Son Dance that they attended with me during Mother's Day weekend)

Here are some tips on how to celebrate Mother's Day in San Luis Obispo County for 2023:
  1. Go to a special event. There are special Mother's Day themed events around San Luis Obispo County. You can check out each City's planned events but there are several notable ones. These include the following:
    • Mother's Day Concert is happening on Mother's Day on May 14, 2023 at Dinosaurs Cave Park Pismo Beach from 1PM - 4PM. You can see more details on the Family-Friendly Event List page. This is a free admission event.
    • Every year, Grover Beach hosts a Mother and Son Dance in May. (Update: Tickets are now sold out!) This year, it is on May 12, 2023. See the Family-Friendly Events Page to see upcoming events in San Luis Obispo County. Grover Beach is part of San Luis Obispo County. Here's a picture of the decorated table from the Mother & Son Dance that I had attended in the past below. I've been to 3 Mother and Son Dances. See my Pros and Cons Summary on Whether You Should Go To a Mother's Day Dance or Not by clicking on this blog link.
      Mother and Son Dance Grover Beach Picture 
    • SLO Botanical Garden is having their first Faerie Festival on Mother's Day in San Luis Obispo. Admission to the Garden and many children’s activities, including crafts and musical performances, will be free on Sun., May 14, 2023! They suggest that you come play with the faeries dressed in your favorite wings and flower crowns (or buy them from our Gift Shop), enjoy special snacks, learn from our favorite faerie fanatic and celebrated children’s author, Sharon Lovejoy, and so much more. Address: 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 See my video reel of our visit at their Children's Garden at SLO Botanical Garden on my instagram.
    • Every year, the City of Arroyo Grande hosts a Mother's Day Tea Party at Heritage House in Arroyo Grande. (Update: Tickets are now sold out!) This year, it is on Sun., May 14, 2023 from 1:30PM - 4PM. $30 for a couple and $10 for an additional guest in your party. Wide selection of tea, lemonade, tea sandwiches, scones and desserts will be served. Register at City of Arroyo Grande's website. Address: 201 Nelson St., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
    • SLO Public Market is a very kid-friendly space and has a kid's area with toys upstairs in their main room. SLO Public Market has many restaurants that you can enjoy in a casual atmosphere. See pictures of the SLO Public Market that I took during our recent visit on Instagram.
  2. Find a nice brunch spot! Many hotels and restaurants around the area offer brunch specials on Mother's Day. Usually they focus on Easter in April first but will immediately start promoting Mother's Day after that. If any of the restaurants is allowing reservations, I highly recommend doing so! Popular Mother's Day Brunch locations include:
    • Madonna Inn - Mother's Day Brunch on May 14, 2023. Brunch buffet is $59.99 adult and 29.95 per child. (Update: Reservations for Mother's Day Brunch at Madonna Inn are all booked up.)

      I'm a regular visitor at the Copper Cake at Madonna Inn and we've also had two overnight staycations there in the following unique rooms: San Francisco Room and Antique Cars Room. The above pictures are my personal pictures that I took during a couple of my stays there. See all of my blog entries about my visits at the Copper Cafe and family staycations at the Madonna Inn.
    • Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria - Mother's Day Brunch is on May 14, 2023. Year round, Cambria Pines Lodge has brunch every Sunday, including Mother's Day. Reservations are recommended. We've had brunch here at the Cambria Pines Lodge for Mother's Day in the past. (See image of my buffet plate below on Mother's Day.) 

      Reservations are definitely recommended for Mother's Day. It was very packed, even with our reservation. There is a line to every buffet line station there but I throughly enjoyed my food. See pictures that I took of Cambria.After my brunch on Mother's Day, we went to their gardens and gift shop. See my video below of how beautiful this place is.
    • Lido Restaurant & Lounge in Pismo Beach/Shell Beach is offering a 3 course brunch every day and on Mother's Day, they are offering a four course prix fixe that includes a "Mom"osa between 8AM - 1PM for $65 a person. Lido Restaurant is located inside of The Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in Pismo Beach.
    • Marisol at Shell Beach offers a brunch menu every day but will be offering a few Brunch Specials on Mother's Day between 8AM - 3PM. (Update: Reservations online for Mother's Day Brunch here is completely booked online.)

      In the past, I've enjoyed a lobster pappardelle dish (pasta picture above), a blood orange blueberry cheesecake dessert (dessert picture above) and their oysters. The images above are my personal pictures that I took of my food before I devoured them! Marisol Restaurant is located inside of The Cliffs Hotel and Spa.
    • Gardens of Avila Restaurant at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa is having a Mother's Day Menu on Mother's Day on May 14, 2023 from 8AM - 2PM. I've dined here a few times. Here's a YouTube Short below that I captured of how the Gardens of Avila Restaurant and Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa property looks like.

      I also came to Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa to celebrate a few other special occasions in the past. Read about our experience at the mineral springs at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa during Valentine's Day weekend.
    • Pono Pacific Kitchen in Grover Beach is having a Mother's Day Brunch Menu between 9AM - 2PM on Sun., May 14, 2023. (Update: Reservation times were all booked when we called but they may have last minute cancellations.) I've dined here before and the food is amazing. It is higher end and the decor inside is beautiful. Read my full review of my dining experience here at Pono Pacific Kitchen.
  3. Take her wine tasting and/or brunch at a winery! San Luis Obispo County has hundreds of wineries scattered all around the county. Two top regions to go are: Edna Valley and Paso Robles. Edna Valley takes the San Luis Obispo city name as their address and is located just 10 minutes drive from Pismo Beach. Many of the wine tasting places have a wine tasting room (indoors) and a patio area to enjoy your wine outdoors so there's a great flexibility there. See my wineries' reviews throughout SLO County and pictures of beautiful tasting rooms that I took during my visits. A few wineries in the area also typically serves a Mother's Day Brunch Special at the winery. I went to a Winemaker Dinner recently and loved the experience but it is a for sure, once in a long while thing for us. See a short video below of my Winemaker Dinner at Chamisal Vineyards. It was nice having an outdoor dinner with the beautiful vineyards as our view. Consider booking a future special dinner from one of the vineyards around here with your mom if that is something that's within your budget.

    Here is a list of wineries or tasting rooms in San Luis Obispo Obispo County that is offering a brunch menu this year for 2023:
  4. Take a fun class together! Local cities all around San Luis Obispo usually have cool art classes you can take for a really decent price. A few wineries and breweries around the area host sip and paints. Sip and paints, or sometimes as 'sip n paints' is where you sip on wine or beer while you paint. They usually provide all of the supplies and the wine so you just pay and show up! I really like sip and paints or paint nights (as some used to call it) because you get to keep that art you made as a memory of your celebration. You can find upcoming art social events in the SLO County area.
  5. Cook her a tri-tip Santa Maria style! One of many things that we're known for in this county is that we love our tri-tip grilled on a Santa Maria grill. If you really want to wow her, you can buy that expensive hunk of meat, marinate it hours ahead and slowly cook it for your momma! Or better yet, take her to a bbq restaurant that has tri-tip made this way on the menu. My top pick (and Yelp's too) is Firestone Grill. They are located in downtown San Luis Obispo. See my reviews of restaurants throughout San Luis Obispo County on the Restaurants page.
Suggested Reads:

Read about my staycations at the famous Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.

To see other pictures of restaurants that I've visited in San Luis Obispo County, go to the Restaurants Page.

See a list of free family-friendly events throughout San Luis Obispo (SLO) County for the year.

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