Sure, a vase full of tulips is lovely, but we’ll take bets on who will be the one sweeping dead petals off the floor come mid May. This year, instead of a sweet-smelling gift that loses its luster in less than a week, how about taking mom on a family adventure where everyone can make memories to last a lifetime? From a day of unlimited wine tasting on the water (complete with activities for the kids) to a picnic on a picturesque farm with baby goats, we’ve rounded up 6 amazing experiences aimed at celebrating mom and making sure this Mother’s Day is one she will never forget.


A Fabulous Feté on the Farm: Mother’s Day at Harley Goat Farm
Take a trip to Pescadero’s Harley Farms where you’ll celebrate all things Mom with baby goats and a delicious brunch. First you’ll take a tour of the beautiful, working dairy farm, including a meet-and-greet with baby goats. After the tour, enjoy a buffet lunch of bread, cheese, soup, and Harley Farms pulled pork sandwiches on rosemary rolls, served with lavender lemonade. Mom will be in heaven!

Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 10 a.m. or noon
Harley Farms Goat Dairy
205 North St.
Pescadero, Ca
Cost: $45/adult; $20/child ages 3-12. Children 2 and under/free

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The Ultimate Day of Wine Tasting: UnCorked
Fancy a trip to the wine country without leaving the city limits? Head to Ghirardelli Square’s Uncorked Wine Festival, where in addition to unlimited wine tastings from more than 50 different wineries, you’ll find tons of kids’ activities including arts and crafts, live music courtesy Noise Pop, and Off the Grid food trucks. And did we mention kids are free? Cheers!

Saturday, May 9, 1-6 p.m.
Ghirardelli Square
San Francisco
Cost: Adults/$60; kids/free

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A Royal Feast: Mother’s Day Brunch at the Palace Hotel
Treat mom like royalty with the brunch to end all brunches. The buffet spread at the Palace Hotel features everything from a raw bar to crepes, waffles and beignets to blinis with crème friache and caviar. (Don’t forget the sundae bar.) And the setting can’t be beat—the stunning, century-old Garden Court and Grand Ballroom will ensure that she feels like a queen for the day.

Sunday, May 10, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
2 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, Ca
Cost: Adults/$125; Children 5-12/$65

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A Wonderful Day in Wine Country: Mother’s Day Lunch at Larson Family Winery
Set out to Sonoma for some sun, delicious eats, lawn games and of course, plenty of wine. Larson Family Winery is hosting a pair of Mother’s Day events that will serve up everything mom could want. You can choose from a brunch buffet provided by Basque Cafe, from 9:30 a.m.-noon (brunch served from 10-11 a.m.) or a Maverick’s BBQ lunch event from 1-4:30 p.m. (lunch served from 1:30-3 p.m.). The picture-perfect picnic setting includes a huge lawn for running kiddos, a bounce house, live music and even some sweet farm animals to coo at—meaning the little ones will most likely be so entertained that mom can sit back and sip in peace.

Sunday, May 10
Larson Family Winery
23355 Millerick Rd
Sonoma, Ca
Cost for Brunch: Adults/$30; Kids 2–12/$20; Cost for Lunch: Adults/$55; kids 2-12/$35

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A Cruise to the Islands: Mother’s Day Sail to The Farallon Islands
Is mom dreaming of the islands? Then this ultimate Mother’s Day experience is for her. Wake her up on the big day then take her out to sea: Your family will board a classic yacht in the Sausalito marina and set sail to the Farallon Islands. Sail out the Golden Gate along the Marin Headlands and out to the wildlife rich National Marine Sanctuary the Farallon Islands. See marine wildlife up close and personal and enjoy a catered breakfast and lunch before returning to shore at 5 p.m. that evening.

Sunday, May 10, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Schooner Freda B Slip 907
100 Bay St
Sausalito, Ca
Cost: $175 per person
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Are you a mom who would love to wake up on May 10 to one of these amazing experiences? Tell us in the comments below. (Then “share” this with the family and hope they take the hint!)

—Erin Feher