Posted: Thursday, May 6th, 2021

By Visit Ventura

On Mother’s Day, Give Mom the Gift of an Unforgettable Memory

Mothers are the ones who never stop caring. Mothers give to others. Forget the list; it’s ridiculous. There is something in their heart, some glorious alchemy that sees them offer Kleenex to a stranger, and makes them want to hold a crying child. Actually, the child doesn’t even have to be crying. Mothers work so very hard to make the world better. We can all learn from this.

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So Many Ventura Mother’s Day Choices

So yes, here in Ventura on Mother’s Day we will celebrate moms in every way we can; with traditional brunches, beach walks, picnics, wine tastings (sometimes Moms need a drink), and gifts, ranging from Latitudes Art Gallery (stunning photography) to our very own Ventura Visitor Center. Or maybe just a wandering window shop through Ventura’s walkable — and closed to cars — downtown. Happy coincidence, on Saturday, May 7th, Findings Market is holding their Spring Fair, from 11 am to 5 pm on South Oak Street; over 80 creatives selling wholly unique wares.

Or why not let Mom make her own gift choice? She might opt for the coolly untraditional; perhaps pairing Ventura Spirits with ExVoto Chocolates for a Mother’s Day tasting package like no other. Or maybe a specialty Mother’s Day cocktail at Bank of Italy Cocktail Trust. We’re not saying Mom needs a drink, but it’s a possibility. Everyone knows the special beauty of mothers. Perhaps why Cajun Kitchen Cafe is giving every mom a flower to show their appreciation. Classy begets classy.


Mothers aren’t about rewards, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve them — and happily, in Ventura, the options are endless.

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Affordable — and Free — Ventura Mother’s Day Offerings


Maybe a stroll through the Ventura Botanical Gardens (with a view that will lift even your mom’s enormous heart). Maybe a picnic at Marina Park or Arroyo Verde Park (yes, you’ll pack the picnic and watch the kids on the playground). Maybe a bike ride along the beachfront (if you don’t have bikes, rent them at Wheel Fun Rentals or Ventura Bike Depot). Maybe a day at the beach (if there’s a little wind, Mother’s Cove, near the mouth of Ventura Harbor, offers, well, protection). Maybe a spin on Ventura Boat Rentals’ Swan and Dragon pedal boats (inside tip; book an evening Swan/Dragon spin, as the setting sun throws gold across the water). Maybe a scratch-made dessert from Sugar Lab Bake Shop just up the boat ramp in Ventura Harbor Village; this Mother’s Day they’re offering a special menu. Or just wander through Ventura Harbor Village, exploring a host of Mother’s Day Specials, including Baja Bay Surf N Taco’s Mother’s Day — and mouthwatering — mole enchiladas. Maybe a bit of quiet time with locally-made wine at wineries like Plan B Wine Cellars and Four Brix Winery . And, yes, there’s the fine tradition of Mother’s Day brunch, spoilingly served at local favorites like Paradise Pantry (they’re doing a special Mother’s Day brunch from 10 am to 3 pm), Cafe Nouveau, and Allison’s Country Cafe. Or perhaps a Mother’s Day brunch — and water’s edge view — at Water’s Edge Restaurant.

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Yes, it’s a lot — and there’s a lot more.


But you get the point.


In whatever form, bestow the gift Mom gives you all the time.


The gift of time.


Moms give us so many special memories.


Our chance to return the favor.

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