Fun Ways to Spend Mother's Day in Long Beach
Brunch, flowers, and greeting cards are kind gestures for Mother’s Day, but why not plan a celebration that truly honors and suits the specific tastes of the Mom in your life? With so many unique businesses and destinations in Long Beach, there are numerous options for a special itinerary that really shows Mom you understand and appreciate her.
Literary moms can visit several book stores on 4th Street’s Retro Row. The Hangout (2122 E 4th St) is a charming retail collective for vintage home decor, clothing, skincare products, artwork and Bel Canto Books. Founder Jhoanna Belfer curates a selection of literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and children's books, highlighting works by historically marginalized authors. Right next door, Mom can visit Kitchen Lingo Books (2116 E 4th St), a new arrival offering titles related to food, cooking, and eating.
THE MUSICAL THEATER FAN
Does your mom sing tunes from The Music Man in the shower? Has she seen Grease more times than she can count? Then she might enjoy a special matinee screening of Mamma Mia! at the Art Theatre (2025 E 4th St). Tickets are available on their website for both Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14. After the show, stop in at Art du Vin (2027 E 4th St), located next to the theater, to sip something delicious. This woman-owned wine bar curates a selection of organic and biodynamic natural wines, from champagne to zinfandel.
THE WINE LOVER
If the mother in your life knows her grenaches from her gamays, plan a visit to a few of Long Beach’s delightful wine bars. District Wine (144 Linden Ave) is located downtown in the East Village and serves an eclectic selection of red, white, sparkling, and dessert wines. Pair your pour with something from the tapas menu, like roasted shishito peppers or mushroom spring rolls. Willmore Wine Bar (3848 Atlantic Ave) in Bixby Knolls offers wines by the glass and by the bottle, plus a menu of cheese plates, sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads. They also have live music on Saturday nights.
THE PAMPERED MOM
The B Room (209 Long Beach Blvd) is a barber shop downtown with a vintage vibe. Services include a haircut/massage combo, and haircuts include shampoo, conditioning, scalp massage, blowdry, and styling, so she will emerge from her appointment glam and glowing. Intrepid Ayurveda (911 E San Antonio Dr., Suite 4) is a clinic offering natural health solutions that includes individual treatment plans, herbal formulas as well as traditional therapies such as Abhyanga, an essential Ayuvedic body therapy utilizing nourishing herbal oils rubbed into the skin to create an exceptional grounding and relaxing experience.
TAKE A BREAK
Many moms would be gratified to spend a few hours focusing only on themselves on Mother’s Day. Allow her some time to escape the daily grind by exploring the beautiful Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden (Earl Warren Dr) on the campus of Cal State Long Beach.Or treat her to a leisurely latte and a pastry that she doesn’t have to share with a kiddo at one of Long Beach’s many cozy coffee shops. Wide Eyes Open Palms (416 Cherry Ave) has a tasty cardamom latte and delectable house-made pastries–the biscuit and egg sandwich is delicious. Gift cards are available on their website.
Show Mom how much everything she does means to you by treating her to one, or some, of these great Long Beach Mother’s Day specials. Love ya Mom!