Let’s raise a toast to Mother’s Day weekend
Treat the women in your life to a beautiful, wine-filled getaway the weekend of May 9-10.
It starts on May 9 with the third annual First Blush tasting event, which celebrates lighter wines such as rosé, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, riesling and sparking wines. Chefs will dish out delicious pairings on a vineyard terrace. Local breweries also will be present. First Blush runs from 1 to 4 p.m. for $49 per person.
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On May 10, enjoy a traditional Mother’s Day brunch with champagne, a prix fixe menu and omelet bar. Reservations can be made between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. for $69 per adult and $18 for children 12 and younger. Both events take place at the Meritage Resort at 875 Bordeaux Way. Information: www.meritageresort.com.
Flowers for Mom
What: Instead of just buying a bouquet, treat Mom to a stroll through acres of flowers at Amador Flower Farm. Admire what’s in bloom, bring a picnic and hop on the free tram.
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 10
Where: Amador Flower Farm, 22001 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth
What: Expect a Burning Man vibe from the inaugural Reno Sculpture Fest, a three-day art, music, dance and culture event with enormous art installations in the street. At night, the parties move indoors with dance music.
When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 8-10
Where: 255 N Virginia St., Reno
Cost: Free, $50 late-night pass
What: Find Civil War artillery, vintage military vehicles, history talks, a petting zoo and more at the fifth annual Fort Ord Warhorse Day.
When: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 9
Where: Marina Equestrian Center Park, Fifth Avenue at Ninth Street, Marina
What: On a self-guided tour, trace the history of North Coast architecture from simple to sustainably minded homes. Afterward, enjoy a Northern California-focused wine tasting and silent auction in the Gualala Arts Center.
When: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. May 9
Where: The Gualala Country Inn, 47955 Center St., Gualala
What: The largest oyster festival on the West Coast returns for its 16th year in Golden Gate Park, with thousands of oysters on the half shell ready to devour. Channel your inner competitive eater at the shuck and suck contest, or just wash a few down with cold beer while watching cooking demos. Thievery Corporation headlines the day’s live music lineup.
When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 9
Where: Sharon Meadow, 320 Bowling Green Drive, San Francisco