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Beautiful places to celebrate Mother’s Day in San Francisco

From interior design magic to al fresco tea time

Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.
Photo by Justin Kern

If you haven’t mailed your mother a card yet, you’re too late. Whatever. She only have you the gift of life and put up with your teenage nonsense. Better luck next year. But if you are lucky enough to have a mom living in the city, here are a few great places the two of you can visit on Sunday.

There’s the option to take her to tea in Golden Gate Park, or to the Conservatory of Flowers. Or, if you insist, take her to Dolores Park with a six pack of PBR and a couple of pot truffles.

Cross something off her SF bucket list

Whether mummy is a local or a tourist, odds are she hasn’t seen everything there is to see and do in San Francisco. Start with Curbed SF’s Spring Guide as a lunching off point. If that list doesn’t suit her fancy, there are (at least!) 101 things to love about the city.

Tea time

The classic Mother’s Day outing is tea at the Japanese Garden in Golden Gate Park. The Tea House has a custom-designed irori (or farmhouse style family table) and overlooks a pond.

Grow your green thumb

From week to week, Flora Grubb, located in the Bayview, is never the same. This ultra-hip plant store is teaming with succulent, trees, and flowers. The Castro’s Hortica comes with an epic selection of outdoor plants. And Sloat Garden Center, featuring three San Francisco locations, features indoor/outdoor plants and a nice selection of orchids.

Living room inside the 2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase.
Photo by Patricia Chang

Take to the bay

Done everything there is to do in San Francisco? Toss mommy in bay. There are several Mother’s Day cruises happening on Sunday, from mimosa-filled brunches to rosé-saturated evening dinners. All aboard.

Release your inner interior design star

Look no further than the 2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase for inspiration. The annual interior decor free-for-all features upward of 25 of the Bay Area’s best design firms at play, each given their own space inside a gorgeous Pacific Heights. Of particular note is Jonathan Rachman’s living room, inspired by the close friendship of Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn. Tickets run from $30 to $35, and you can purchase them at the door or online.

Take her out to the ballgame

“I want my mommy!” is the primary thought shrieking through many Giants fans’ heads this season. Bring her to Sunday’s game so you can sob uncontrollably in her arms as the Giants blow another game by a wide margin.