It’s easy to see why Santa Barbara is the perfect day trip or weekend destination for Mother’s Day. From pampering spa treatments to lavish brunches and sunset wine tastings, there’s so much here to treat Mom to a day she truly deserves.

Treat the most special woman in your life to a Mother’s Day in Santa Barbara with these outing ideas.

1) Brunch, lunch or dinner? The choice is hers!

From beach side restaurants to al fresco dining on State Street, the choice is hers when it comes to where to dine on Mother’s Day. Treat Mom to one of the many brunch options around town, but call ahead to book reservations, as Mother’s Day in Santa Barbara is a popular event!

Check out our Dining Guide for a list of restaurants and cafes in Santa Barbara.

Between lunch and dinner, why not cruise the Funk Zone and pop into one of the many wineries in that area? This popular area is close to the beach, yet has a personality all of its own with shops, art galleries, and of course, wine bars of plenty. Sample some of the region’s best varietals and enjoy the ocean breeze.




2) Splurge on dessert

The dining scene is always changing in Santa Barbara, but there are some very popular bakeries around town that have become mainstays. These bakeries in Santa Barbara are some to write home about and Mom will definitely appreciate a stop by Renaud’s Patisserie for chocolate croissant or Parisian macaron. Then just down the street is Crushcakes with it’s ever-so-sweet cupcakes. Another excellent pick, especially for those going gluten free, is Lilac Patisserie – a dedicated gluten-free bakery – but sacrificing none of the taste!

3) Shopping & spa

Take Mom to do what she does best – shopping! Stroll Cabrillo Boulevard along the waterfront to visit the Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show. Then make your way down State Street stopping in at many of the locally run boutiques.

After all that walking, Mom will appreciate a pedicure or full body massage. Santa Barbara is known for its day spas and boasts some of the most luxurious spas on the Central coast. Check out a list of some of the Best Spas in Santa Barbara.


There’s no one like Mom, so show her how much you appreciate her. She’ll enjoy and cherish her time spent with you and her special day in Santa Barbara.