Mother’s Day in Santa Barbara

They say the greatest love is a mother’s love, so each year, on the second Sunday in May, we carve out a special day to acknowledge and appreciate all the wonderful moms in our lives. Easy-going and fun-loving, Santa Barbara offers a stress-free escape, perfect for those hard-working moms who’ve earned a relaxing getaway or need to push the reset button with a bit of sunshine and beach time. 

Whether you’re looking to vacation or staycation, we hope you’ll treat Mom to a carefree getaway in Santa Barbara.

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MOTHER’S DAY MENUS

Mother’s Day Heart-Shaped Pizzas, May 10-12
This Mother’s Day weekend, skip the usual box of chocolates and indulge Mom with a heart-shaped pizza from Rusty’s, generously topped with savory pepperoni and her two favorite toppings.
Cost: Varies by pizza size.

Mother’s Day Breakfast, Brunch & Dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, May 12 from 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Celebrate an extraordinary Mother’s Day weekend at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, with a day full of memorable culinary experiences: start with a morning breakfast or buffet at The Bistro, continue with a marvelous brunch featuring cocktails at Angel Oak, and conclude with a special prix fixe dinner. Reservations required.
Cost: Varies by experience.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Andersen’s Bakery, May 12 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Enjoy a lavish brunch at Andersen’s Danish Bakery & Restaurant featuring Champagne mimosas, eggs Benedict, quiches, omelets and smoked salmon paired with bratwursts. The bakery presents a stunning array of Scandinavian kringles, Andersen’s celebrated butter rings, marzipan princess cakes, along with special Mother’s Day cookies and cakes, all lovingly prepared for Mom.
Cost: Varies by menu item.

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Brewhouse, May 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Honor Mom at The Brewhouse with a sumptuous buffet brunch, complete with an omelet bar, waffle and pancake station, French toast, eggs Benedict, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit arrangements, assorted Danishes and an assortment of desserts. Additionally, toast to the occasion with a complimentary “momosa” or glass of prosecco.
Cost: $37 per adult, $10 per child under 10 years old.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, May 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Celebrate the remarkable women in your life with an exclusive Mother’s Day Brunch at the scenic Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Enjoy a brunch menu with a fresh spring twist, savor delicious “momosas,” soak in the stunning ocean views and listen to live music by David Segall, all set against the backdrop of this picturesque beachfront location.
Cost: Varies by menu item.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Costa Kitchen & Bar, May 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a brunch at Mar Monte Hotel‘s Costa Kitchen & Bar, where executive chef Sean Conway presents a lavish menu featuring prime rib, oysters, jumbo prawns, eggs benedict and cinnamon French toast, complemented by endless “momosas” and a selection of cocktails.
Cost: $95 per adult, $35 per child ages 6-12 (children under six years old are free).

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Finch & Fork, May 12 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Finch & Fork at Kimpton Canary Hotel with an farm-to-table brunch buffet. Delight in a variety of dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, including farmers market salads, an array of appetizers, a seafood raw bar, brunch classics and assorted desserts. Additionally, a special mini vendor market will be featured in the hotel lobby. Booking in advance is advised.
Cost: $89 per adult, $45 per child under 12 years old.

Mother’s Day Brunch at La Paloma Café, May 12 at 10:30 a.m.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at La Paloma Café with an exceptional stationed brunch designed to make the day memorable. Indulge in a variety of culinary treats from the carving station, and delight your children with selections from a dedicated kids’ station. Enjoy festive drink specials to complement your meal. Choose the perfect spot for your celebration, whether it’s dining al fresco on the restaurant’s sunny patios or inside the cozy dining room, ensuring a wonderful setting for your Mother’s Day festivities.
Cost: $70 per adult (extra $15 for bottomless mimosas), $15 per child.

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Hilton Garden Inn, May 12 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta invites guests to a delightful Mother’s Day brunch buffet. With a wide array of tasty dishes to enjoy in a cozy and inviting setting, treat Mom to a relaxing meal surrounded by loved ones.
Cost: $60 per adult, $25 per child under 10 years old.

Mother’s Day Prix Fix Brunch at Caruso’s, May 12 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Indulge in “A Pranzo con Mama” at Caruso’s at Rosewood Miramar Beach this Mother’s Day and treat the mom in your life to a three-course feast, in addition to raw seafood platters and a delightful Bar del Cioccolat, with unbeatable views along the Santa Barbara coast.
Cost: $195 per adult, $85 per child.

Mother’s Day Buffet at The Revere Room, May 12 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a festive brunch buffet a The Revere Room at Rosewood Miramar Beach. Indulge in brunch favorites like eggs benedict, waffles and omelets, along with special highlights such as lemon ricotta pancakes, a charcuterie station, fresh salads, a raw bar, sushi and a carving station. The buffet also features a kid’s menu, assorted dessert stations and more.
Cost: $165 per adult, $65 per child.

Mother’s Day on The Great Lawn, May 12 from 12-5 p.m.
Join Rosewood Miramar Beach for a Mother’s Day out on The Great Lawn and enjoy live music, games, and more. Plus we welcome all moments and their families to indulge in a DIY-bouquet activity with the resort’s floral partner, Emma Rose Floral. Enjoy live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free.

Prix Fixe Mother’s Day Dinner at Opal Restaurant and Bar, May 12 from 4:30-10 p.m.
This Mother’s Day, Opal Restaurant and Bar welcomes guests to a special celebration with a delightful three-course meal. The journey starts with mouthwatering choices like the chef’s beloved slow-roasted short ribs in a rich chipotle honey adobo sauce or the beautifully prepared Atlantic halibut wrapped in light, crispy phyllo. The evening sweetens with a finale of homemade organic strawberry cheesecake, topped with a vibrant berry coulis.
Cost: $69 per person.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Scarlett Begonia, May 12
Spoil the special mom in your life with a three-course brunch at Scarlett Begonia. Begin with a selection of pastries featuring a Yukon gold cinnamon roll, maple bacon, buttermilk biscuit, jam and butter. The second course offers choices like shrimp cocktail with homemade sauce, avocado toast, organic deviled eggs and a kale Caesar salad, among other mouthwatering options. End on a high note with a main course option, such as lemon ricotta pancakes or steak and eggs.
Cost: $95 per adult, $45 per child.

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Mother’s Day Activities at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, May 10 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara with a series of indulgent activities including soothing massages, facials, sound baths and rejuvenating salt scrubs, complemented by curated gifting stations and engaging events like Build-a-Bouquet and a family-friendly bash on Haskell’s Lawn.
Cost: Varies by activity.

Mother’s Day Candle-Making Workshop, May 10 from 6-8 p.m.
Partake in a candle-making workshop for a special way to bond with your mom this Mother’s Day weekend, creating beautiful handmade candles to cherish beyond Mother’s Day. Book now for a memorable experience at Art & Soul, complete with a complimentary glass of wine and light snacks as you wait for your candles to set.
Cost: $65 per person.

Crepe Paper Flowers Workshop, May 10 from 6-8 p.m.
Discover the art of making vibrant and colorful everlasting flowers at this workshop hosted by Art From Scrap. The workshop offers a hands-on experience where you’ll learn to craft stunning flowers using colorful crepe paper. Dive into various techniques to create petals, stems and intricate details, allowing you to customize your own bouquet of vibrant flowers to take home and cherish. Your ticket provides two hours of expert instruction and all the materials needed to create your gorgeous floral creations.
Cost: $25 per person.

Art-Inspired Cooking with Pascale Beale, May 11 from 12-2:30 p.m.
Join the renowned local chef and author, Pascale Beale, as she showcases select recipes from her impressive collection of eight books at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Delve into the artistic inspirations behind her dishes, exploring the global art that has influenced her culinary creations. Enjoy a delightful afternoon of exquisite cuisine with your mom. Pascale’s books and a selection of gourmet products will also be available for purchase.
Cost: $150 per person

Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party at Casa del Herrero, May 11 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
This Mother’s Day, Casa del Herrero invites you to a special garden party, blending the charm of afternoon tea with the elegance of a floral tribute to matriarch Carrie Steedman. Enjoy teas, mimosas and delightful treats in a serene setting perfect for making memories with Mom. Celebrate legacy, love and the joy of family in the beauty of the expansive and breathtaking garden grounds.
Cost: $125 per person.

Mother’s Day Wreath Workshop, May 11 from 4-6 p.m.
At this wreath workshop at Art & Soul, in partnership with Sweet Mountaintop Farm, participants will have the opportunity to create a unique 12×12 demi wreath using fresh flowers, foliage and willow branches sourced directly from the farm. Colorful silk ribbons will also be provided to add an elegant finishing touch. The workshop is enhanced by a delightful offering of light bites and wine, making for a perfect and creative afternoon.
Cost: $85 per person.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Terra, May 12 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Celebrate Mother’s Day in style this year at Terra at The Steward with a garden-inspired buffet. Treat yourself and your mom to a delightful spread that includes a mini waffle and pancake bar, mini harvest quiche, mini Danishes, fried chicken, salmon lox, cheesecake bites and much more. Each adult (21 years and older) will receive a complimentary mimosa to toast to this special day.
Cost: $69 per adult, $45 per child.

Mother’s Day Wine Tour with Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours, May 12 at 10 a.m.
This Mother’s Day, Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours offers a toast to all the remarkable mothers with a curated wine tour across the scenic Santa Ynez Valley. Guests will be treated to wine tastings at three renowned local wineries, a delightful lunch in the valley and seamless door-to-door shuttle service. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide sharing local history, and winery staff presenting their unique wines, it’s a perfect blend of discovery and relaxation to celebrate mothers.
Cost: $215 per person.
Dive into a unique sip and paint experience at Santa Barbara Wine Collective, crafting an abstract painting inspired by wine tasting notes. Enjoy a full flight of wine, guided by Crush It Wine Education and Danielle Renée Art, with all materials for an 11” x 14” artwork included. No painting experience needed—this workshop is all about fun, with straightforward instructions and hands-on guidance.
Cost: $75 per person.

GIFT INSPO

Santa Barbara Gift Baskets
Treat mom to a taste of Santa Barbara’s finest with the help of Santa Barbara Gift Baskets. From snacks and gourmet treats to local libations, there’s nothing better than savoring the samples of Santa Barbara’s cuisine scene. Wrapped with style and love, Santa Barbara Gift Baskets is your one-stop shop for creating memorable gifts that mom is sure to love.
Cost: Varies by order. Baskets range from $60-$150

Santa Barbara Company
The Santa Barbara Company has curated an extra special Mother’s Day collection to peruse for the holiday. Pick the perfect set of gifts for mom that can also double as keepsakes. Think local wines, snacks, artwork, gorgeous handmade cards and much more.
Cost: Varies by order.

For more Santa Barbara-inspired gift ideas perfect for mom, read this Santa Barbara gift guide.