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Mother’s Day Gifts, Getaways, Brunch, and More

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9th, and we’ve gathered ideas to celebrate all the moms in your life! Find unique gift ideas, mom getaways, special events, and destinations for Mother’s Day brunch from all over West Michigan. 

 

GIFT IDEAS

Treat Mom to Joann’s Fudge from Mackinac Island for Mother’s Day! All Mother’s Day orders will be wrapped with beautiful spring flowers tissue paper and sent with “A Mother’s love is the sweetest gift” card with your personalized message inside. Place your Mother’s Day order by noon on Sunday, May 2nd.

Is there a better way to show mom how much you care than with a delicious gift from Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen in Petoskey? Whether it’s hand-crafted truffles, sea-salt caramels, or an assortment of her favorite chocolates, a Mother’s Day gift from Kilwins is sure to be one she’ll love!

Get a unique gift for your mother this Mother’s Day from Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay with Ladies on the Lake, a three-day sailing excursion on the 77’ schooner Inland Seas. Each day, participants choose their engagement level — learn navigation, sail the ship with the crew, explore the lake shore, relax, and more — as they sail around Grand Traverse Bay/northern Lake Michigan. The trip takes place August 15-18, 2021 and space is limited to nine women. 

Find a special gift for mom at the Mission Point Lighthouse gift shop in Traverse City, which will be open weekends starting May 1st, noon to 4 pm. If you can’t make it Mother’s Day weekend, make plans to visit the 2nd floor museum and tower climb when they open later this summer! The park is open daily until 10:00 pm.

Whether you’re sending love to your mom, grandmother, favorite aunt, sister, daughter, or friend, a gift of Michigan cherries from Cherry Republic will let her know you appreciate all she does! Place your online order by May 4th for delivery before Mother’s Day. 

Pere Marquette River Lodge in Baldwin is offering a Mother’s Day discount of 10% off all women’s clothing and gear, including Orvis, Patagonia, Costa, and other brands. Stop by the shop to find the perfect gift!

Say thanks to mom with chocolates and wine with the Mother’s Day wine box from Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery in Grand Rapids. 

Give the gift of relaxation! The Amway Grand Plaza’s spa boasts massages and facials that are sure to help relax and rejuvenate. The Wine and Brew Pedicures—where spa goers actually soak their feet in wine and beer—are standout treatments!

Let Mom know she’s the most important person in your life by celebrating her musically with Spotlight Session Vol. 1: Songs in the Key of Mom from Farmers Alley Theater in Kalamazoo. Featuring songs from across the canon of musical theatre, the great American songbook, and popular music, this virtual concert features some extremely talented women. A link to the virtual concert will be sent directly to your email address beginning on Saturday, May 8th and the concert will be available to purchase throughout the month of May. 

Looking for the perfect gift for the mom who has everything? Give the gift of entertainment! From live theatre to concerts and movies, the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater has something for everyone. Don’t miss their professional summer theatre season, coming in June! Gift certificates are available through the Tibbits website.

 

ENJOY SOME SPECIAL TIME TOGETHER

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a trip to St. Joseph to see Krasl Art Center’s latest exhibition, Boom Bloom, which features sculptures by Nikki Renee Anderson (Chicago) and paintings by Renee Robbins (Chicago) that explode, reconfigure, and blossom. On view through June 8th, the exhibition is a perfect addition to a day trip in southwest Michigan. Biomorphic compositions multiply, shift, and drip inside a candy-colored otherworld with themes of growth connecting the works in rhythmic blooms at either the beginning or the end of natural cycles. 

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

Pack mom a picnic lunch and head out to Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek. Find a picnic table or spread out on a grassy hill, explore the gardens, and check out the Fantasy Forest: a corner of the park where artists turned trees into fantastical sculptures.

Enjoy a walk outside at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Augusta. Moms get in free on Sunday, May 9th!

Take a self-guided wildflower hike with mom Saturday, May 9th, 9:00 am-4:00 pm at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings.

Mother’s Day weekend at Virtue Cider in Fennville is a magical experience. Bring your mother to Virtue Farm for a Mother’s Day cheese board brunch in the field paired with their Rosé, a glass of frozé, or a bottle of Papillon to share. Papillon is their newest release, which benefits the Michigan Butterfly Network. They will have coloring books on hand for the kids, buckets of cider for the adults, and animals and trails for all to enjoy! Make sure to book ahead for a Mother’s Day she will always cherish.

The Critter Barn staff wishes you a Happy Mother’s Day! Some of the BEST moms have four legs…so plan a visit to celebrate mothers of all types! For over 30 years the Critter Barn has had the privilege of watching mother ewes care for their lambs, and invites you to witness for yourself their amazing and endearing behavior.  

Step aboard history at Tulip Time with the Michigan Maritime Museum! The museum travels from South Haven to Holland for Tulip Time, May 1st-9th, with tall ship Friends Good Will and river launch Lindy Lou. Dockside tours of Friends Good Will will be available to the public daily between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm for a small fee, as will private charters aboard Lindy Lou on Lake Macatawa. Tickets will be available online and at the gate (subject to availability). Enjoy a private charter river cruise on Lindy Lou for a great gift for Mother’s Day! 

Celebrate Mother’s Day by exploring mother nature with a hike on one of Blandford Nature Center’s favorite Grand Rapids trails. End your adventure with a seasonal spring craft! Registration is required; for more information visit the Blandford website.

Treat mom to a special family day at Lewis Adventure Farms & Petting Zoo in New Era, which opens for the season May 7th. Create special memories at the park as you visit 100+ animals and participate in the 46 activities on site. 

Want to “wow” mom on this Mother’s Day? Have her start spring fun with an electric bike! Test rides are available by appointment at Electric Bike Place in Grand Haven. With over 100 bikes in stock, you’re sure to find her the perfect fit! Call 800-622-4655 to schedule your personalized shopping experience.

Join CranHill in Rodney for Mother & Son Day on May 15th: a day that gives moms and sons an opportunity to escape for a day spent together doing a variety of activities, adventuring, and enjoying dinner at their “denim and pearls” banquet. This will be a day that builds memories for a lifetime. For more information on the Mother & Son Day, click here.

A GETAWAY FOR MOM

Give mom the break she needs to relax, refuel, and refill those reserves of love and compassion she showers on you the rest of the year with the “Treat for Mom” package at Stuart Avenue Inn in Kalamazoo. For those whose mothers are no longer with them in body, but always in spirit, Stuart Avenue Inn will be hosting a Remembering Mom Tea on May 2nd, the Sunday before Mother’s Day, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm.

There are lots of ways to spend time with mom in Saugatuck/Douglas. Visit the area’s art galleries and gardens, enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch, spend the weekend shopping, and enjoy a Sagatuck Mother’s Day getaway

Let mom sleep in! For a weekend-long celebration and the gift of a great night’s sleep, the AC Hotel Grand Rapids and the new dog-friendly, apartment-style Morton Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids have availability over Mother’s Day weekend.

Treat mm to the Mother’s Day of her dreams at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme! Mom can enjoy brunch at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge, Mother’s Day To Go, Spa Grand Traverse Specials, or free golf for women on May 9th. Make your reservations today!

Celebrate mom with a relaxing weekend at Northern Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resort. Located on 5,000 acres in Bellaire, just 31 miles from Traverse City, Shanty Creek offers three villages–Schuss, Summit, and Cedar River–packed full of outdoor fun and recreation. Spend the weekend hiking, biking, and golfing. Don’t forget to add on a spa treatment for mom!

Celebrate your mom by taking her to the Petoskey Area for quick getaway. Petoskey, Boyne City/Boyne Falls, Alanson, Bay Harbor, and Harbor Springs all offer wonderful lodging options with hiking/biking trails, wineries, shopping, and terrific dining nearby. It’s all about mom, but you’ll love it, too! 

Stay up to date with Mother’s Day specials and events in the Charlevoix area by checking the Visit Charlevoix website.

Give the gift of a luxury getaway to Hotel Walloon in Walloon Lake this Mother’s Day. Find more Hotel Walloon gift ideas for mom in their Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

Gift the gift of adventure for Mother’s Day! Book mom a professionally guided tour with the Keweenaw Adventure Company. Explore one of the best places to kayak in Michigan and the best place to mountain bike, too! 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 do-it-all mom. 

 

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

Treat mom on her special day with a delicious meal and her favorite wines at Mother’s Day Brunch at Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant in Buchanan. Reservations are highly recommended for this special dining event, call (269) 422-1161 to book your table.

Honor the mom in your life with some love on Mother’s Day with a Bay Pointe “Blunch,” a unique satisfying menu from brunch to lunch and dinner, on May 9th, 11:00 am-9:00 pm, featuring the full Terrace Grille menu, Mother’s Day features, and signature “Mom” cocktails. Call Bay Pointe Inn in Shelbyville at 269-672-8111 to make reservations.

Show mom how much you care by treating her to Mother’s Day buffet or enjoy the take & bake Mother’s Day to-go from Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant or RedRock Grille in Holland, FireRock Grille in Caledonia, Rush Creek Bistro in Grandville, Cork Wine & Grille in Cascade, or Reds at Thousand Oaks in Grand Rapids. Order by 5:00 pm Tuesday, May 4th for to-go options.

Families looking to treat mom to cuisines from around the world without leaving Grand Rapids can make reservations at MDRD atop the Amway Grand Plaza for a Spanish-inspired dinner or transport her to Paris with brunch at French bistro Margaux.

*Note: MDRD is closed on Sundays.

Enjoy a special Mother’s Day Brunch with delicious menu options at Bonobo Winery in Traverse City. Reservations available Sunday, May 9th, between 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

This is the year to treat your mother to a fabulous brunch at a gorgeous winery estate. Bring the family to enjoy incredible food and wine, then take a walk around the horse paddocks or through a forest hiking trail at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. 

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a ready-to-cook brunch to go from Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville. There are four- or eight-person options and meals will be prepared and chilled at the time of pick up. Some items will need to be cooked or heated before serving; instructions will be included. Orders must be placed by noon on Thursday, May 6th for pick up between noon-6:00 pm on Saturday, May 8th. 

Let Treetops Resort in Gaylord shower the moms out there with a beautiful brunch, spa specials, and more. Save the date for Mother’s Day Brunch and more spectacular details celebrating moms!

Bring mom to Walloon Lake Inn for a special Mother’s Day Brunch from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 9th, and enjoy treats such as lemon souffle pancakes, crispy crème brûlée french toast, mimosas, and more.