Heads up, SF – Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 9!
That’s right, the time has come to do some brainstorming about how to celebrate our moms, grandmas, or other family members we’d like to honor on this special day. Whether you’re looking to celebrate Mother’s Day on a budget, or you want to go all-out with a nice meal, we’ve got 50 exciting ideas to help you get the ball rolling this Sunday!
1-5. Take a stroll around these unique gardens in the City
San Francisco is home to plenty of memorable gardens, but the most unique ones can take some digging to find. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of interesting and unforgettable spots for you to get a breath of fresh air.
- Living Roof at the California Academy of Sciences
- Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park
- Ancient Plant Garden at SF Botanical Garden
- Garden of Fragrance at Golden Gate Park
- Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers at Golden Gate Park
6-15. Make a reservation at one of these awesome outdoor brunch spots
Some would argue that brunch is the most important meal of the day. Be sure to get your recommended daily allowance of crispy bacon, fluffy pancakes, mimosas, and egg scrambles at these 10 spectacular brunch spots around the city.
- Palette Tea House
- Magic Flute Ristorante
- Rose’s Cafe
- Kitchen Story
- Sweet Maple
- Plain Jane
16-25. Adopt some plant children at these dazzling SF nurseries
San Francisco is full of countless awesome plant stores and nurseries, but we’ve rounded up the 10 best ones so you can continue growing your plant family. Whether or not you have a green thumb, these spots are certainly worth a visit. If you’re looking for a more interactive experience, Succulence has a planting bar that lets you create your own beautiful arrangements!
- Paxton Gate
- Clement Nursery
- Flowercraft Garden Center
- Sloat Garden Center
- SF Plants
- Flora Grubb Gardens
- Living Green Design
26-35. Get a breath of fresh air on one of these stunning local hikes
In the Bay Area, a beautiful view is always right around the corner. Whether you’re looking for a quick stroll in the city or a more strenuous day hike in Marin, you’ll love these incredible hikes for a chance to stretch your legs.
- Land’s End Trail
- Presidio Loop Trail
- Golden Gate Park Loop
- Mount Davidson Trail Loop
- Gerbode Valley Loop Trail
- Point Bonita Lighthouse Trail
- Cataract Falls
- Mori Point
- Mission Peak
- Mount Diablo
36-50. Enjoy a meal at one of these charming local picnic spots
San Francisco is home to some of the best parks and gardens in the world, so there’s no shortage of awesome picnic spots for you to enjoy a socially distanced meal with friends. Whether you want to support a local cafe and get some amazing food to go, or you prefer to pack your own delicious recipe to enjoy out in the sunshine, you’ll love all of these great options. Some are SF staples, and some are a little less well-known.
- Conservatory of Flowers
- Old Speedway Meadow
- Pine Lake Park
- Salesforce Park
- Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers
- Mission Dolores Park
- Crissy Field
- Fort Scott Community Garden
- Yerba Buena Gardens
- Bernal Heights Park
- Kirby Cove Beach
- Buena Vista Park
- Stow Lake
- Palace of Fine Arts
- Cupid’s Span
BONUS: Reserve a weekend away at one of these highly-rated Airbnbs in NorCal
[Image: “Cosmo Beach Riverfront Sanctuary”]
Airbnb puts out wishlists of awesome spots to stay around the world. Their list of Bay Area Getaways has 55 options, but we’ve chosen the 10 most highly-rated stays (ordered from highest to lowest rating) to help you start planning. See the full list here.
Right, so many of these spots are likely booked out this weekend, but we wanted to leave these here in case you’re looking for a great gift for a future date. Browse this list and get inspired!
- “Architect cabin in the Redwoods”
- “Treehouse in Vineyard Overlooking Monterey Bay”
- “Ohana with Private Outdoor Shower and Hot Tub”
- “Carmel Oceanview Charmer”
- “Rustic retreat in Fairfax hills”
- “Luxury Estate in the Redwoods w/ Hot Tub”
- “Unique Modern Mountain Getaway”
- “Cosmo Beach Riverfront Sanctuary”
- “Estate Guest House on Vineyard”
- “Modern Designer: Amazing Location”
[Featured Image: @eatthissf via Instagram]