Celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day, May 12th

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th, and West Michigan is celebrating all weekend long! Bring mom to brunch, a concert, or a stay at one of her favorite spots to let her know how much you care about her. Here’s a few ideas to show Mom how special she is!


Upper Peninsula

Gift the gift of adventure for Mother’s Day! Book mom a guided tour or self-guided rental with the Keweenaw Adventure Company. Explore one of the best places to kayak in Michigan and the best place to mountain bike! Located on Lake Superior’s largest, natural harbor on the Keweenaw Peninsula, a Copper Harbor vacation offers a true, unplugged escape from the hustle-bustle of today’s busy mom. Apply promocode MOTHER10% by May 31st to save on any reservation of a tour, rental or shuttle! *NOTE: One promocode may be redeemed per party. Must be used during the 2019 season, May 25th – August 31st.

Give mom the gift of serenity this Mother’s Day by spoiling her with a trip to Mackinac Island! From May 31-June 3, 2019,  Mission Point Resort is hosting Island Reset, a 4-day women’s wellness retreat weekend –  and the perfect way for mom to relax and unwind. The 3-night getaway is for women to take a vacation for themselves and reset their focus on what’s truly important to them. Each day is filled with activities and will feature informational classes and seminars on physical, mental and emotional health, some of which include a beauty bootcamp, PJ meditation, art and journaling sessions, and lunch with a Mackinac Island local. Time is also carved out for relaxation, whether that be found in bike riding around the island, enjoying a massage at Lakeside Spa & Salon, indulging in some retail therapy or simply taking an uninterrupted nap. Pricing includes three nights of accommodations, all meals and activities, all classes and seminars, ferry tickets to and from Mackinac Island, horse-drawn shuttle to and from Mission Point, and the ferry docks and taxes. Visit Mission Point Resort’s for more information on this Mother’s Day gift that mom won’t forget.

Send the mother in your life on a weekend filled with Mackinac Island memories at The Island House, featuring special Mother’s Day packages. Packages include accommodations for the nights of Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, 2019, round-trip Mackinac Island ferry tickets, a slice of Ryba’s creamy, delicious Mackinac Island fudge, and breakfast each morning in 1852 Grill Room


Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Build Your Own Sangria bar at the Douglas Valley Downtown Tasting Room in Downtown Manistee! Purchase a glass of any Douglas Valley Wines or Hard Ciders then head over to the Sangria Bar where you can choose from a dozen or more fruits and juices to make your very own glass of sangria. This is a family fun event which includes non-alcoholic sangrias. Flamingo Freeze Ice Cream will be on site serving up root beer floats and a Build Your Own Ice Cream Sundae Bar. Featuring live music from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm with Mark Hansen.  

Treat Mom to a relaxing weekend at Shanty Creek Resort, or a fun-filled weekend including the annual Shanty-to-Shorts 5K on Saturday, May 11. From the front door of Shanty Creek’s Lakeview Hotel to the front steps of Short’s Brewing Company is exactly 3.1 miles, including more than half that is downhill, perfect for the mom on the run. Stay for the weekend and treat Mom to a day on the links or a day at the spa, whichever she prefers. Top off the weekend with Mother’s Day Brunch from 11am-3pm, Sunday, May 12.

Celebrate Mom by joining The Sagamore Room at the Inn at Bay Harbor for a Mother’s Day Brunch buffet overlooking Lake Michigan. Enjoy fresh breakfast with an omelette station, three different meat options, salads, delicious sides, and more. Brunch will be held from 11 AM-3 PM. $34 per person, $16 ages 12 and under, ages five and under are free.Reservations are strongly recommended, call 231.439.4051.

Pamper mom this year with a trip to brunch at Black Star Farms in Sutton’s Bay. Indulge her with an incredible culinary spread provided by Chef Jack Wenz and his inspired culinary team. The elegant vaulted Aquarius Room at the exclusive Inn will be the backdrop for this multi-station brunch including a Mimosa Bar!

Do you have a mom who loves books? Why not bring her to the National Writers Series (NWS) to see three blockbuster Random House authors in one night? Make a weekend of it in Traverse City! The National Writers Series is a non-profit organization dedicated to holding conversations with today’s best authors while building the creative writing skills of youth. Here’s to a great weekend together, beginning May 10th at 4 PM with shopping and dinner in downtown Traverse CIty, meet at the City Opera House at 6 PM for an ice cream social and receive copies of your signed books prior to a presentation from authors Doug Stanton, Lynne Olson, Elizabeth Letts, and Elizabeth Berg. Tickets and event information at the City Opera House Box Office, or call: 231-941-8082, ext. 201.

Celebrate Mom in the Petoskey Area! Bring her for a weekend of wine tasting, shopping, gaming, or hiking and biking. Top off your time together with a super special Mother’s Day Brunch. Choose from the Inn at Bay Harbor or Stafford’s Bay View Inn both offering views of Lake Michigan, the Odawa Casino’s expansive and tasty Waas-No-Dé Buffet or the Terrace Inn in historic Bay View. All four know how to put a smile on a mom’s face.

Treat mom to a sweet and savory crepe menu at Traverse City’s Bonobo Winery Sunday, May 12, from 12-3 PM, paired perfectly with Bonobo Sparkling Rosé Mimosas. Crepes (2 per order) and Mimosa special: $20. Check Facebook and Instagram @bonobowinery for featured crepes.

Mother’s Day at the Crystal Center is a great way to celebrate Moms everywhere. Treat the mother in your life with a banquet she’ll never forget! Held from 11 AM-4 PM May 12th at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville.

Moms are #1 at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Treat Mom to a beloved Mother’s Day Brunch at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge, then plan a mother-daughter day at Spa Grand Traverse or hit the golf course with the whole family (women play for free!).

Does your mom like dixieland bands or old time swing music? The beautiful Historic Terrace Inn in Petoskey has rooms left this Mother’s Day Weekend for you to bring her up and have the time of her life! This Mother’s Day weekend features Dave Tatrow and Friends, featuring Dave Bennett and an all-star band, and vocalist Barbara Ware. Prices include a room at the inn, all meals, and all jazz, all weekend! Very casual and fun. Call 231-344-2410 for reservations.

The Petoskey Wine Region celebrates Mom May 11-12 at the Rosé and Roses Festival. Stop by each of twelve member wineries for an amazing selection of Rosés and 2018 vintage releases. Purchase a tasting and receive a free rose. From Roses to Rosés, Red Carnations to Red Wine, White Tulips to White Riesling there are a number of great wines and new vintages for you to try; bring the whole family and celebrate Mom! The Petoskey Region’s premier grape, Marquette makes awarding winning and world class Rosé. Tasting is believing! Stop by any member winery in order to ‘start’ this event and acquire your first flower! End your day with a beautiful bouquet of up to 12 blooms.


Tulip Time is hosting the Moederdag Market (Dutch for Mother’s Day Market) at the Holland Civic Center (1560 West 8th Street) Sunday, May 12, 10 AM-4 PM, featuring 50 specialty booths with clothing, jewelry, home décor, and gourmet treats; live music by BBOP from 1 – 3.

Enjoy a special Mother’s Day Brunch at Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant in Holland 10:00-4:00.

Give Mom the gift of a getaway at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ludington this Mother’s Day. A long soak in the largest hot tub in town. A peaceful night’s sleep. A freshly made, delicious hot breakfast. She deserves it all! Call (231)845-7311 to book Mom’s Sunday, May 12th getaway for only $99. Call for details, availability is limited.

Chocolate and Mother are two words that are almost always associated with love. So it’s no wonder that Mother’s Day is one of the major holidays of the year for Chocolates by Grimaldi in Grand Haven! This year, in celebration of Mother’s Day, they are inviting readers to share their favorite Chocolates by Grimaldi Mother’s Day stories. Contestants are invited to submit photos and/or stories to them via e-mail The stories will be shared on social media around Mother’s Day and those that are the most popular will win, chocolate, of course! First place will receive a one pound assortment from their mix & match chocolates, second place will receive one-half a pound, and third place will receive a 1/4 pound. For those that would like to make some chocolate memories with their own Mom, Chocolates by Grimaldi offers Creative Chocolate Classes and tours. Their 90-minute Creative Chocolate Class allows participants to paint and create their own chocolate bar while socializing with their friends and loved ones. For $35.00 per person Chocolates by Grimaldi will provide you with the chocolate and all of the supplies and ingredients needed to paint, flavor, and decorate your own unique chocolate creation. Chocolates by Grimaldi can accommodate up to 24 participants per class. Private classes are available for groups of 12 or more. Call 616-935-7740 to reserve your class today.

Mecosta County is hosting two big Mother’s Day events, including the Run Like a Mother 5K Run/Walk hosted by the Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce on May 12th. This event celebrates the wonderful women in our lives by showing the strength they have either through themselves or with the support of their loving community. Bring the kiddos to run as a family or make it a Mom’s Day out and register a team of yourself and your favorite moms to participate! Mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, fathers, brothers, uncles, grandparents…everyone is welcome at this unique holiday event! Not a runner? Not a problem! Gather your girls (and guys) and walk the trail with your team! Following the race, there will be coffee, refreshments, music, door prizes, awards and more! Then on Monday, May 13th the Resurrection Life Church of Big Rapids is hosting their Big Rapids Mom2Mom Sale from 9 AM to 1 PM. Come shop the many tables of gently used baby and children’s items at great prices! All proceeds benefit their women’s ministry.

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck and at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids will be open to celebrate all the awesome moms out there with a special Sunday Brunch.

Spend Mother’s Day at the Lewis Farms and Petting Zoo in New Era creating special memories with Mom! Mothers will receive free admission on Mother’s Day.  Bring the kiddos and let them run off all that extra energy while you sit back, relax, and enjoy a complimentary apple cinnamon donut and cup of coffee!

Bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Flowers Super Saturday” on May 11th 11:00-2:00, just in time for Mother’s Day, and enjoy free family fun with flowers, including guided gallery tours, a make-and-take flower projects, and sensory friendly movie. The event is free and open to the public.

Treat Mom to SE4SONS Gastropub inside the Muskegon Country Club for a wonderful Mother’s Day Brunch! Chef Tim and his team have an over-the-top buffet planned so you can show Mom how much she means to you!

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Downtown Market! Shop Antiques on Ionia: Grand Rapids’ newest antique and vintage market! Enjoy a day of treasure hunting where you’re sure to find that new piece to complete your collection. Vintage vendors, décor dealers, and collectible connoisseurs will line the outdoor Market Shed! When you’re done, head inside and grab a delicious treat at one of the Downtown Market’s 20+ artisan food merchants.

Visit the Ravenna Area, near Muskegon, May 11th as businesses team up for another BIG #ShopRavenna Event! Shop numerous huge sale locations in the Village of Ravenna, all within a 1 mile radius. There will definitely be something for everyone, and great Mother’s Day gifts. Shop at least 5 of the great locations and get in on the door prize drawings for items donated by each Shop-Stop!

A great way to spend Mother’s Day weekend with the amazing mom in your life, Michigan Maritime Museum’s flagship Friends Good Will and river launch Lindy Lou will be docked at Boatwerks in Holland, MI during the Tulip Time celebrations. Dockside tours will be available to the public daily aboard Friends Good Will and Lindy Lou will offer cruises on Lake Macatawa. May 4th-12th, 10:00-4:00.

CityFlatsHotel in Grand Rapids and Holland are offering a special Mother’s Day Brunch.  Select from 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 times.  Reservations are requested.


Step back in time and enjoy a ride on the Little River Railroad steam engine train through Coldwater Country. On Mother’s Day, moms are treated to a free ride! Reservations are recommended.

Mother’s Day is a great time to visit Saugatuck/Douglas, especially considering Saugatuck was just named one of the best Mother-Daughter getaway spots by Better Homes & Gardens! Here’s a full list of Mother’s Day activities:

Treat your Mom to a Lighthouse Climb! The St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouse, accessible from Tiscornia Beach in St. Joseph, is open on Mother’s Day from 10 AM to 2 PM. Bring Mom and let her see Lake Michigan from 53′ in the air! There are two flights of stairs and a ladder to climb before arriving at a beautiful view of the Twin Cities. You must be 48″ tall to climb to the top. The cost is cost is $5. Please note that there is a parking charge. Lighthouse hours are subject to the weather.

Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek will be offering half off admission to mothers when accompanied by their children or grandchildren on Mother’s Day.

Treat mom to Journeyman Distillery’s fabulous, family-friendly, Sunday brunch buffet! Located in the eminently strollable village of Three Oaks, and housed in the beautifully renovated historic Featherbone Factory, Journeyman and their Staymaker restaurant exudes an industrial chic vibe. Featuring breakfast-themed pizzas, pastries, casseroles, and meats, the Mother’s Day spread includes vegan options, a donut bar, brunch cocktails, a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and more! Brunch offered from 10:00-2:00. Reservations are available for parties of 8 or more. Phone 269-820-2050.

Visit Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings for Mother’s Day Brunch, 11:30-1:00 and stay to learn about the maternal behaviors and habits of Michigan’s wildlife in a live animal program with Kalamazoo Nature Center and its animal ambassadors. Register at

Treat your Mom to an amazing meal at one of South Havens unique, eclectic restaurants, then take a stroll down to the lighthouse. Moms love making memories!