Topic: A Match Made in Heaven: Mother’s Day in Mendocino County, CA
A Match Made in Heaven: Mother’s Day in Mendocino County, CA
Pamper Mom While Enjoying Abundant Natural Beauty and Delicious Local Bounty
Mendocino County, CA -- (April 18, 2012) – Located just two hours north of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mendocino County offers a relaxing escape filled with natural beauty, and this May, you can pamper Mom to the fullest against a backdrop of dramatic coastline, rolling vineyards, blooming roses, and towering redwoods – and then marvel at how affordable everything is. Enjoy a glass of wine or a sumptuous brunch, take a train ride through an ancient forest, stroll leisurely through the West Coast’s only coastal botanical gardens, or simply relax with an indulgent massage. From 4 star resorts to quaint Victorian inns and B & Bs, Mendocino County has something to please every mom.
LODGING SPECIALS & PACKAGES DESIGNED WITH MOM IN MIND *
Elk Cove Inn
800.275.2967 or www.elkcoveinn.com
From May 6 – 12, take 20% off when staying 2 nights or 10% off for a 1 night stay AND receive two free passes to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. The spa also has several terrific money saving Mom "pampering" specials.
800.548.0513 or www.mendocinohotel.com
Book any room on Sunday, May 13 and receive 50% off the room rate and a complimentary bottle of red or white house wine. Have brunch in the Garden Room on Mother’s Day and Mom will receive a complimentary mimosa.
Dennen’s Victorian Farmhouse
Celebrate Mother’s Day with your significant other at Dennen’s Victorian Farmhouse (where famed artist Thomas Kinkade painted two of his renowned paintings) and receive a single red rose upon arrival, followed by a visit to a local photographer who will shoot a commemorative, sepia-toned photo of just the two of you. Two-night minimum, valid on any room except Seabreeze.
Country Inn B&B
800.831.5327 or www.beourguests.com
Choose from three specials being offered by the Country Inn: A fun-filled excursion into the redwoods on board the Skunk Train, a delightful jaunt into the Mendocino County wine country, or a fabulous massage guaranteed to pamper Mom. Included with each special is a two night stay at the Country Inn, dinner for two at the Mendo Bistro, and two passes to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Prices range from $347 to $686.
(* Prices do not include tax and gratuity and are subject to availability)
SPECIAL EVENTS ON MOTHER’S DAY - SUNDAY, MAY 13TH, 2012
Mother’s Day Brunch Aboard the Skunk Train
866.457.5865 or www.skunktrain.com
Treat Mom to a relaxing morning aboard the historic Skunk Train. Sip mimosas (juice for kids), then enjoy a special brunch at Northspur, under the canopy of majestic redwoods. Departs Fort Bragg Depot at 10 am, 4-hour round-trip. Adults $70, Children $40.
707.964.4974 or www.mendobistro.com
On Mother's Day, all moms dine FREE. (Fine print: For each mom there has to be one paying customer.)
800.554.8724 or www.huschvineyards.com
Husch Vineyards, the oldest winery in the Anderson Valley, will be celebrating Mother's Day with a special treat in the tasting room for all moms - complimentary wine tasting and chocolate truffles, from 10 am – 5 pm.
Simply Succulent in Fort Bragg will be offering every Mom a free plant on Mother’s Day! Most of the 35,000 plants are propagated on site and there are very small to very large water thrifty succulents, grasses and other drought tolerant companion plants in a wide variety of colors and textures.
Gallery of the Senses
707.937.2021 or www.audio-nouveau.com
Gallery of the Senses – home to both Perfume Mendo and Audio Nouveau – is offering 20% off of all fragrances, bath products and candles, plus complimentary gift wrap, from May 6 to May 13. On Mother’s Day, mom’s get a special gift with every purchase. The store carries everything from $3 soaps to $9,000 speakers!
MAY EVENTS & FESTIVALS THAT MOM WILL ENJOY
The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens presents the 35th Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show and Plant Sale on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. The show is open to the public Saturday from 1:30 pm to 5 pm and Sunday 9 am to 4 pm, with Plant Sale from 9 am to 5 pm Saturday and until 4 pm on Sunday. One of the largest shows on the West Coast with over 700 entries, visitors are invited to view the selection and purchase Rhododendrons of their own. Local nursery managers will be on hand to help you select the perfect plant and docent tours will be offered during the day. Those wishing to enter the show should bring their entries to MCBG on Saturday, May 5 between 7 am and 9:30 am. Judging will take place immediately after and all winning entries will be rewarded with ribbons and trophies! There will be ongoing raffles, a silent auction, refreshments, educational displays and more throughout the show. Admission is free! 707.964.4352 or www.gardenbythesea.org
On Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, Hopland area wineries show off their finest in Rhone, Italian, Burgundian, and Bordeaux varietals ranging from Arneis to Zinfandel at Hopland Passport. You’ll receive a Passport logo glass, entry to all wine tastings, food pairings and entertainment at all fifteen participating wineries. Each winery will entertain in its own way, be it through live music, bocce ball, barrel tasting, barbeques, book signings, or reserve and future tastings. Tickets are $45 pre-sale and $55 at the event. $20 for optional Shuttle Pass.
800.564.2582 or www.hoplandpassport.com
“The bahlest steinber hornin’, chiggrul gormin’, tidrick in the heelch of the Boont Region!” (which translates roughly to “The best beer drinkin’ and eatin’ party in all of the Boonville area,” in the local Boontling dialect). One low entry fee gets you admittance to the 16th Annual Boonville Beer Festival, a sampling glass, live music and all the beer you can drink. On May 12, 2012, enjoy over 100 beers from 50 vendors on offer at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville. This event is 21+. Tickets are $40 in advance, $55 at the gate, $5 for non-drinkers.
800.207.BEER or www.avbc.com
On Saturday, May 19 enjoy “A Cappella by the Sea: Concert and Master Class for A Cappella Maniacs.” Gloriana Musical Theatre presents an evening of song with EarReverence and their guests, The Acafellas and In the Mix. EarReverence sings an eclectic mix of jazz, comedy and pop performed a cappella and features Nick Reid, Valerie Reid, Bill Bordisso and Carol Cole-Lewis. The master class portion takes place from 1 pm to 3 pm at Evergreen Church in Fort Bragg and is free to performers; a $10 donation is requested for observers. The concert takes place in the Abalone River in the Little River Inn at 7:30 pm.
707.964.7469 or www.gloriana.org
Showcasing some of California’s highest quality pinot noirs, the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Fest, held May 18-20, 2012, pays homage to the crisp varietals that pair so perfectly with the local fare. The festival invites visitors to a grand tasting event where over 40 pinot noirs and rosés will be on pour and evening winemaker dinners will spotlight local cuisine. Educational talks, viticulture business sessions and in-depth tastings will take place for those who want to find out more about the business and science of winemaking.
707.895.WINE or www.avwines.com
Join the Attic of Mendocino from May 25-28 for a Vintage Quilt Exhibit featuring special vintage African American and other quilts presented by local artist Corrine Riley. On Saturday, May 26 at 2 pm, Corrine will talk about her collection and quilt inspiration. Refreshments will be available throughout the weekend. 707.937.2360 or www.visitmendocino.com/business/attic-mendocino
Join the Mendocino Art Center on Saturday, May 26 for Taste of Chocolate, Wine & Ale, happening from 1 pm to 4 pm. Together, MAC and the Mendocino Film Festival are offering tastes of the best locally-made chocolate cakes, candy, pies, ice cream and truffles paired with a variety of world-renowned Mendocino County wines and beers. Live music, a silent auction and a stroll through the Mendocino Art Center to view local art will indeed "put the chocolate on top" of a delightful afternoon. $25 in advance, $30 at the door, reservations are recommended.
707.937.5818 or www.mendocinoartcenter.org
For more information and help planning your perfect Mendocino County Mother’s Day getaway, visit www.visitmendocino.com or call 866-GO-MENDO (866-466-3636).