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8 Awesome Mother's Day Gift Ideas

The Mountain Play

This year, make Mom's day really special with a unique experience that she'll remember forever! We've put together a list of 8 awesome Mother's Day gift ideas, from spa days and cooking classes to outdoor musical theater and amazing art.

1. Treat mom to a day of musical theater on Mt. Tam with tickets to the 2019 Mountain Play.

Pack a picnic and enjoy this Marin tradition that's been going strong for over a century. This year's production is Grease, the smash Broadway musical infused with the sounds of the '50s. For the full Mountain Play experience plan on hiking back down the mountain after the play! Tickets start at $45.

2. Experience Broadway Under the Stars at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen.

The old winery ruins at Jack London State Park become an amazing outdoor venue for musical performances from Transcendence Theatre Company, including A Chorus Line and Fanstastical Family Night. Bring your picnic or buy dinner from a gourmet food truck. Tickets start at $49.

3. Attend the Night to Sparkle at Unity in Marin.

This year's Night to Sparkle is going to be bigger and better than ever, with a shopping event focusing on woman-owned businesses, a fashion showcase, and more. Best of all, all proceeds benefit local women and children in need. Tickets cost $75 and include two raffle tickets, a swag bag, wine/bubbles and lite bites.

Tiburon Ferry Bay Cruise

4. Take a Bay Cruise with Captain Maggie and the Angel Island Ferry.

Tiburon's Angel Island Ferry offers a variety of different cruises, including a sunset cruise, whale and wildlife watching cruises, and even a chance to get up close to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Adult cruise tickets start at $30.

5. Paddle Tomales Bay and Point Reyes on a guided kayak tour.

Climb aboard a kayak and let Point Reyes Outdoors take you on a tour of Tomales Bay or Drake's Estero. Offerings include full-moon and bioluminescence paddles, family- and beginner-friendly nature watching expeditions, and even boat-in camping trips. Tickets start at $79, depending on the tour.

6. Take cooking class at Cavallo Point in Sausalito.

Overlooking the Golden Gate, Sausalito's spectacular Cavallo Point lodge offers a variety of fun cooking classes year-round, with delicious themes like "Cooking from the Farmer's Market" and "Addicted to Pesto". It's also a great place to treat Mom to a relaxing and rejuvenating spa day.

Napa Valley Wine Train
Photo: Napa Valley Wine Train

7. Explore Napa Valley on the Wine Train.

Experience the beautiful Napa Valley from on board the historic Wine Train. The Wine Train also offers special events like a murder mystery exeperience and winery tours. Packages, including a gourmet three-course meal, start at $199.

8. Take in the artistry of Monet at the de Young.

The de Young Museum's exhibition Monet: The Late Years is the hottest art ticket in town. Head to Golden Gate Park for a day to be inspired and enchanted by the works of this leading Impressionist. It's on view through May 27, 2019, so reserve your tickets now.