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The best Mother’s Day activities and most popular gifts

April 27, 2015
Mother's Day

Years ago the British Council, an organization dedicated to building strong cultural relations with other countries, conducted a study titled The Most Beautiful Words in the English Language. More than 40,000 people in 100 countries participated and a total of 70 words were ranked. The word ranked number one and declared the most beautiful word in the English-speaking world was mother.

We thought it was worth mentioning this landmark study because Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away. As always, it will land on the second Sunday of May, placing it on May 10 this year.

The importance of power of motherhood and maternal bonds is underscored in some many ways by societies around the world. It was first celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. She subsequently campaigned to make Mother’s Day a recognized U.S. holiday. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Mother’s Day as a national holiday honoring mothers. The holiday has since been adopted by other countries and is now celebrated all over the world.

Anna Jarvis’s intent for the holiday was for people to honor their mothers by writing a personal hand-written letter expressing love and gratitude for the person who brought them into the world and raised them into adulthood. We have since found many other ways to celebrate the holiday. Some of the best ways, recently published by Sunset magazine, include:

  • Cooking a Mother’s Day dinner with your mom rather than for her
  • Treat her to a do-it-yourself picnic brunch filled with her favorite delicacies
  • For the wine-loving mom, impress her by arranging an at-home tasting of the year’s best special occasion wines, or take her wine sipping at any of several local wineries
  • For the passionate gardener, take mom on an outing to a local nursery and spend the day plotting, planting, and pruning floral beauties in her garden
  • For the aspiring edible gardener, help mom get her garden started with tips from magazines such as Sunset or with the expertise of the personnel at a good local nursery. By next year’s Mother’s Day she will have plenty of experience, not to mention some delicious bounty
  • With spring at its peak, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to enjoy a day of hiking, kayaking or cycling with mom
  • If your mom is an avid shopper, treat her to some retail therapy in a primo shopping district near you

The 10 most popular Mother’s Day gift, according to are:

  1. Flowers
  2. Candles
  3. A gift card or certificate (available at The Rose Hotel by clicking here)
  4. A gift basket
  5. A home spa treatment
  6. Home décor
  7. Sweets
  8. Plants
  9. Perfume
  10. A trip to the spa for a massage and other services

As you plan for Mother’s Day, we invite you to visit our Specials page where you will find packages such as Night on the Town, Play and Stay Golf, Support Our Significant Others and, of course, our Romance Package.

There is tremendous shopping and dining right outside our front door along historic Main Street here in Pleasanton, Calif., and wineries, nurseries, spas, gift shops, hiking trails and all manner of indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities abound.

We would be privilege to partner with you in honoring your mother on her special day.


Written by Mike Consol