Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

The traditional Mother’s Day brunch is likely to be packed this year, considering limits on capacity, the normal demand for brunch, and diners eager to get back to eating out. Here are some alternative ideas—from experts and my own decades of Orange County exploration—to get mom out of the house safely for your Mother’s Day celebration.

Outdoor treatment areas are hard to find in Orange County. Here are two that are definitely worth a visit.

Sycamore Spa by Hudson, Laguna Beach
Tucked in a pretty canyon on the grounds of The Ranch Laguna Beach, this is just what a local spa should be: a getaway when you are unable to get away. There are three outdoor treatment tables for massages. The tented massage area is next to a dry infrared sauna and a eucalyptus shower. “A Mother’s Day Bliss” package includes a glass of Champagne, a 60-minute massage in the outdoor tent, a custom facial indoors, and access to the heated saltwater pool for $295. 949-715-1393,

Montanya Spa, Santa Ana
This treasured urban spa is a secret find. A neighbor to the Bowers Museum, the Asian-inspired space lowers the blood pressure immediately. An outdoor massage in the garden will set you back $84 to get an annual membership, as those tables are reserved for members only. Do check out the other benefits for members.

Mother’s Day specials (which are not part of the membership) include the Bliss, which for $350 features a facial and hand paraffin, a massage and foot reflexology, sea salt body glow, and cranial massage with scalp treatment. There’s also the Mother’s Love, which for $135 includes a 55-minute massage and 20-minute sugar foot scrub, as well as a more elaborate Mother and Daughter Spa retreat for two at $500. 714-918-8888,

While the Fullerton Arboretum has been closed throughout the pandemic, there are other gorgeous gardens that are ready for visitors.

Sherman Library and Gardens, Corona del Mar
This is my go-to spot when my soul is crying for an island getaway—pretty much this whole year. The tropical greenhouse hits you harder than a Mai Tai with a blast of hot, humid air, and the plants are exotic enough to excite your video game-deprived kids. Walk the gardens, then wind down at Café Jardin with celebrated chef Pascal Olhats. The gardens are open 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is $5.

On May 8, Sherman Gardens hosts the 25th Annual Newport Beach Virtual Garden Tour, featuring beautiful area gardens that might not normally be part of a tour ($20 for members, $30 general). 949-673-2261,

Casa Romantica, San Clemente
Only a few blocks from the bustling San Clemente pier, Casa Romantica, the original home of San Clemente founder Ole Hansen, exudes a quiet glamour with its grand courtyard perched on a cliff over the sea. I have enjoyed the gorgeous courtyard and its events over the years, including A-list poetry readings. On Mother’s Day, stand and take in the endless view over the Pacific all the way to Catalina, explore the stark white 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival, and walk the gardens buttressed by a long, mystical stand of Monterey cypress ($5, free for children). 949-498-2139,

The Mission San Juan Capistrano
If your mother loves roses, this is her place. The Mission is in full bloom this month ($14 for adults, $12 seniors, $9 students, free for children younger than 4). For Mother’s Day, picnic lunches can be preordered and eaten on the grounds, among the bougainvillea and the timeless brick arches. There are many dining options within walking distance, as well. 949-234-1300,

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