Celebrate Mother’s Day with Wine, Chocolate, and a Travel Adventure!

Not that you need a reason or any single, special day to show your appreciation for the amazing women in your life, but we thought we’d help you out with some great ideas to help you plan a memorable day (or weekend) to celebrate them on Mother’s Day. We hope these ideas will make them feel extra special, maybe even more than the first macaroni pasta wreath you were so proud to give your mom when you were a kid.

Check out these memory-making opportunities that will make their day and, of course, don’t forget to bring along a VinGardeValise® wine suitcase!

To all grandmothers, mothers, aunts, wives, daughters, sisters, and sister-friends; we at VinGardeValise® think you ladies are all pretty amazing as well and we toast to you!

Wine, women, and brunch pretty much says it all!

Mother’s Day Brunch at Wilson Creek Winery
Temecula, CA

Celebrate her special day at Wilson Creek Winery’s fabulous Mother’s Day Bubble Brunch! Treat Mom to a very special brunch just for her! This amazing Sunday Brunch Buffet features all her favorites and more including omelets, waffles, seafood, carving board and dessert selections. Reservations required.

Wilson Creek Winery is a family-owned winery located in the heart of beautiful Temecula Wine Country. The winery features a welcoming tasting room, exclusive wine club tasting room, full- service restaurant with expansive patio and creekside picnic area. SUNDAY – MAY 12 10AM – 3PM.

Champagne Brunch on the Sonoma Serengeti with Safari West
Santa Rosa, CA

If you’re wild about your Mom…then run like a cheetah to the Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch on the Sonoma Serengeti! Mom can enjoy an extraordinary experience spending Mother’s Day among the world’s most elegant creatures while dining aboard Safari West’s brand-new Trek Bus. The glorious champagne brunch features delectable selections chosen especially for Mom.

Since being founded in 1993, Safari West has become one of the premier wildlife destinations in the United States. Between the expansive wildlife collection and the natural beauty of the woods and rolling Sonoma County, Safari West truly is the closest you can come to Africa without going there. Guests visiting Safari West discover a 400-acre wilderness begging to be explored. With over 900 animals representing 90 different species roaming across some of the largest enclosures in the country, there’s a lot to see and do-a truly unique opportunity for a great experience!

The Safari West Wildlife Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating wildlife advocates by providing an ongoing series of wildlife education programs for people of all ages at the Safari West Wildlife Preserve. Safari West is also involved in conservation breeding to help bolster populations of endangered species such as the waldrapp ibis, addax antelope, Nile lechwe, and others. SUNDAY MAY 12 – 10AM – 3PM.

The Verde Valley Wine Festival
Clarkdale, AZ

The Verde Valley Wine Festival is Northern Arizona’s premier local wine, food, music and community festival that showcases the best in Arizona wine, fine food and arts and culture. Wineries featured include Arizona Stronghold, Bodega Pierce, Chateau Tumbleweed, Four Eight Wineworks, Heart Wood Cellars, and Passion Cellars just to name a few. THAT Brewery, Uncle Bears, OHSO Distillery and Roger Cline Mexican Moonshine will be there as well! There will also be plenty of fantastic food, activities galore and, of course, live bands. Presented by Four Eight Wineworks and the non-profit organization The Clarkdale Foundation every year on Mother’s Day weekend. SATURDAY MAY 11 – NOON UNTIL 5PM.

Or make a weekend out of it and try River and Wine glamping!

Her Mother’s Day adventure awaits! During your River and Wine Weekend Glamping tent experience in the beautiful riparian environment of Clarkdale just steps from the Verde River, she will enjoy the sound of flowing water, wildlife, and dark skies as you take in all that nature has to offer. Your tent comes already furnished with all the comforts of home, from a real bed & luxury linens to bedside tables, chairs & more. Just pack your wine luggage with clothing and wine, and come enjoy camping in comfort!

Messina Hof Grapevine Winery Mother’s Day Brunch
Grapevine, TX

Join Messina Hof Grapevine Winery for Mother’s Day and enjoy a scrumptious brunch buffet with an omelet bar, waffle bar, ham carving station, bacon, roasted potatoes, fresh fruit and smoked salmon. Adults can enjoy the open mimosa bar as well!

Messina Hof was established in 1977 and is the most awarded winery in Texas. Dedicated to pioneering the Texas wine industry, Messina Hof creates the most Texas appellation wines from over 900 acres. Messina Hof has more than 90 different wine labels created from over 30 varieties of grapes in the Messina Hof Tribute Series®, Messina Hof Private Reserve® Series, Messina Hof Port Series and Messina Hof Paulo Series®. SUNDAY- MAY 12 11AM-1:30PM.

Jowler Creek Wine and Chocolate Tasting
Platte City, MO

Nothing says Mother’s Day like chocolate and wine! Enjoy the delight of Jowler Creek’s Mother’s Day Weekend Wine & Chocolate Tasting pairing five of Jowler Creek’s wines with pieces of exquisite dark and milk chocolate, truffles, cake bites and other decadent chocolate desserts designed to pair perfectly with each wine. The cost includes a FREE wine glass to take home as a souvenir Mother’s Day present. This event is open to everyone – not just moms! Pre-purchasing tickets is recommended. SATURDAY MAY 11 – 11AM-5PM; SUNDAY MAY 12 – 11AM-5PM.

Then stick around for “Sippin’, Smokin’ & Singin’ Saturday Night” and watch the sunset from the wine garden as you and enjoy live music, food, wine and cigars. SATURDAY MAY 12 6PM – 9PM.

Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery, Missouri’s first sustainable “green” winery, was started in 2003 and now consists of 7 sustainable acres with more than 3,500 grapevines and produces nine award-winning wines in various styles ranging from dry to sweet.

Historic Gaffer District Chocolate Trail
Corning, NY

Show your Mom that she’s the sweetest with an overnight getaway full of chocolate delights! Explore Corning’s historic downtown Gaffer District by following the famous self-guided Chocolate Trail and discover the many chocolate treasures available along the way. There are over 30 businesses that offer their own decadent chocolate delights including Market Street Brewing Company’s MSBC chocolate brownies, Bottles and Cork’s Pleasant Valley Chocolate Lab wine and Godiva chocolate liqueurs, Carey’s Brewhouse double chocolate mousse cake and many more!

The historic downtown Gaffer District is known for its exceptional shopping, dining, arts and beautifully restored buildings, and is just steps away from the world-famous Corning Museum of Glass. Enjoy on Mother’s Day Weekend or anytime of the year for a great get-away!

Russian River Rose Company Mother’s Day Open Garden
Healdsburg, CA

Photo courtesy of Mikala Kennan

Enjoy wandering with Mom through the beautiful rose garden IN FULL BLOOM at the Russian River Rose Company in Healdsburg. The spectacular garden features a collection of 650 varieties of roses and 200 kinds of irises. Stroll down the “Rose Allee”, which is a series of 8 12ft. by 12ft. arches covered in billowing roses or visit the “Seven Dwarves” collection and the “Hummingbird Wall”. You can also visit the new “Children’s Fairy Garden”.

On Mother’s Day, Mom can see rose petals transformed into rose water or rose oil, learn the history of rose oil and perfumes, and enjoy refreshments in the garden. Many families have made a Mother’s Day visit to River Rose Company’s beautiful garden a family tradition. Maybe even select a rose for Mom to take home, the nursery will be open! All Mothers receive a special little something…This is the day to really let mom stop and “Smell the Roses”! (Please no pets or picnics).

SUNDAY MAY 12 – 10AM-5PM but open every weekend in April and May from 10AM-5PM.

Picnic Lunch at BoaVentura de Caires Winery
Livermore, CA

Mother’s Day Weekend at BoaVentura de Caires Winery you can bring a picnic, buy some bottles and soak up the sun. You know Mom wants to relax and drink wine for Mother’s Day – so bring her out to BoaVentura!” How can you go wrong? After all, the name of the winery, Boa Ventura means “Good Venture”!

Established in 1999, the Caire’s estate offers spectacular views of rolling hills and beautiful skies, the perfect setting for growing their delicious, unpretentious wines with the winery specialty being Cabernets. At BoaVentura Winery, grapes are hand-picked by family, making their wines truly homemade.

Open all weekend 12PM to 5 PM. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR SUNDAY 5/12.

*Please see individual websites for more information and event pricing.

She’s smart, beautiful, selfless, and kind…Mother’s Day is the day to celebrate how amazing she is and to show how much you appreciate all of the little things she does for everyone else in her life. This is HER day and you know what she will truly enjoy. Whether it’s a stroll through a spectacular rose garden, fantastic food and wine at a quiet brunch, a fun-filled wine and music festival or safari adventure, we know that you will make this Mother’s Day extra special!

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