It’s that time of year when it’s time to honor the most important woman in your life. We’re talking about Mother’s Day. Whether it’s your mom, stepmom, grandma, auntie, or favorite female, it’s a wonderful reason to celebrate. And what better place to honor her than in one of the hundreds of spots in the Long Beach Peninsula. To help you make your plans, we’ve made a list of some fun things to do with mom in the Peninsula this Mother’s Day. Let’s start Mother’s Day on a Saturday…
Saturday Market Shopping with Mom
Who says you can’t celebrate Mother’s Day on a Saturday? Stroll with your mama along the beautiful waterfront at the Port of Ilwaco. Local vendors of art, produce, and hand-crafted treasures will be on hand. Purchase something special to remind you of your day together or simply stroll the local galleries, enjoying each other’s company. Or stop by Purly Shell Fiber Arts and contribute to an organic, ongoing woven art piece. Their loom will be set up on the patio for a hands-on experience. Be sure to ask them about their flock of sheep while you’re there with mom! Keep the artful moments going…
Art Walk with Mom
If you’re looking for some more creative things to do with mom, head over to Tokeland and North Cove. On a tiny strip of land near the knuckle of the ocean and Willapa Bay, is a simmering artist community. In this small area, more than 30% of the population are working artists. And on this weekend, you’ll have a chance to see them at work. Participating artists will open their studios to the public. You and your mom can enjoy demonstrations, ask questions, and shop for one-of-a-kind treasures. Prefer to make the art yourself?
Pottery with your Parental
Treat your mom to a special nerikomi clay workshop on Saturday at the Ilwaco Artworks. Learn how to experiment using “nerikomi” techniques, involving pressing or folding colors of clay into designs. You and your mama will learn how to create your memorable masterpiece from Ally Bruser, a local artist, teacher, and mother. But let’s not forget to stop and smell the roses…
Flower Bar with Mom!
If you’re looking for some flowery things to do with mom, join Rhodesia Flower at Alder + Co. They’ll be having a blooming good time at their pop-up Mother’s Day flower bar. Moms will be able to choose their own blossoms and design a special bouquet. In addition to your flowers, Alder + Co has an incredible selection of trinkets and gifts to enhance her bunch. Select one of the hundreds of hand-made treasures featured in their store. And grab her a Wild Pine Coffee Co latte while you’re at it. All that floral designing can make a person thirsty! Still need another caffeine boost?
Coffee and Flowers with Colleen
Grab your favorite lady and head to see one of our favorite ladies. Colleen’s Coffee House and Tapestry Rose Yarn Shop in Ocean Park is waiting for you. Their selection of coffees, teas, lattes, and chais will be on hand, as will their famous quiche options. In addition to all the tasty treats, Moms will receive a special flower to mark the occasion. And don’t forget to mind your manners…
Teatime with Mumsie
Bring your mum to the elegant Shelburne Hotel for Mother’s Day high tea. A preset menu of finger sandwiches, sweets, and delicious pastries will be presented on elegant tableware. Choose from a selection of fine teas that will be served in delicate teacups. Sophistication at its finest, this is one of the practically perfect things to do with mom this weekend. Pinkies up! But maybe mom needs something a little stronger…
Mimosa (Buckets) with Mommy
It’s true…if anyone needs a drink, it’s your mom. Slide on over to North Jetty Brewing, where they will be serving up mimosa buckets and drink specials all day long. Toast your mom for helping raise you! Mimosas go hand-in-hand with brunch. If you’re hungry, check out these delicious things to do with mom…
Brunch at The Cove with Mom
Celebrate your sweet mama at The Cove Restaurant located at the beautiful Peninsula Golf Course. Typically closed on Sunday, The Cove will be open again this year for their famous Mother’s Day Brunch. Enjoy American comfort coastal fare, while overlooking the rolling golf course. And bring your pooch! Their dog-friendly patio welcomes the four-legged family members too. Speaking of fuzzy friends…
Take Your Mama Duck to the Wandering Goose!
Take your mom on a drive to the Tokeland Hotel for a delicious brunch at The Wandering Goose. The beloved Seattle-born restaurant now permanently lives inside the historic inn. Treat your mom to a true farm-to-table experience! Their menu changes frequently based on what is plucked from the garden or available at the local markets. In addition to their seasonal offerings there will be a selection of specialty Mother’s Day menu options. Still hungry?
Get Salty with Mom
Enjoy a meal at the harborside Salt Hotel & Pub. Chef will be serving up handmade Mother’s Day entrée specials that you can wash down with their fine cocktails and local beer. Their menu always includes a few mouth-watering surprises. They’ve got a few dishes up their sleeve for your sweet mama.
G’Day with G’ma
Mother’s Day includes grandmas too, so bring all the generations down unda’ to the Lost Roo. This family-friendly restaurant will be serving lunch and dinner for your darling Sheilas. The menu will include a Chef-selected specialty entrée fit for your queens. And all mums will receive a complimentary cupcake. Crikey, this sounds like some bonza’ things to do with mom!
Get Loose with Mom
And if your mom loves seafood pasta, then she’s in luck. The Loose Kaboose Diner will be featuring a Mother’s Day special just for her! Seafood fettuccine will be served with a shrimp salad and garlic bread. For those moms with sensitivity, there’ll be a gluten-free version. And don’t forget the cobbler! A seasonal cobbler made for mom will be a menu highlight. But after all these treats, she might need to run it off…
Run, Momma, Run!
Looking for some high-energy things to do with mom instead? For those active mommas on the run, sign up for the 3rd Annual Pacific Coast Running Festival. This is a full weekend affair, with a hefty roster of activities to choose from. Options include a 5k, 10k, or half marathon. Tell your ma to grab her bike and enter in the “Tour De Pacific” 12.6-mile bicycle tour. Or go for the first ever Sand Marathon. There’s even a Kid’s Dash, just in case mom wants to cheer the little ones on instead! Six different events are happening in one epic weekend. If you’ve got a mom that knows how to hustle, this is the place to be. After all that running, she may want to end with a song…
Seafood and Serenades with Mom
The peninsula is full of incredible seafood restaurants, and Castaways Seafood Grille is one of them. Join them on Mother’s Day for food and drink specials, along with live music on Sunday night. Let your moms get serenaded while they sip a well-deserved drink at a local’s favorite spot. Want to keep the momma melody going?
More Music with Mom
If you’re looking for even more musical things to do with mom, visit the Peninsula Performing Arts Center for an intimate concert. Enjoy a shared stage with Jim Faddis and Dale Atkins, two powerhouse bluegrass performers sure to stir your soul. As an added bonus, their concerts benefit the Long Beach Peninsula Acoustic Music Foundation. You can give back while you’re grooving!
Memory Making with Mom
As you can see, in a town like Long Beach Peninsula, we know how to take care of the ladies in our lives. There is no shortage of special things to do with mom to show her you love her. So, treat your mama to one of the magical moments above, and make special memories with her this Mother’s Day.
By: Danelle Dodds
Danelle is an international traveler, road tripper, writer, and artist. She firmly believes in testing the limits of word count, mileage, and AYCE sushi.