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San Diego Mother’s Day 2012

May 2, 2012

Mother’s Day in San Diego (

Mother’s Day in San Diego is May 13, 2012.

Thinking about Mom more than usual? Maybe it’s because you’re trying to think of just the right present or just the right activity for Mother’s Day. In San Diego, there are plenty of Mom-pleasing options.

We’ve been thinking about Moms too,  and specifically, what lower cost alternatives are available that will still make your Mother’s Day something to remember. Your Mom probably doesn’t want you to spend so much money on her anyway.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a select list of memorable activities/experiences for Mother’s Day in San Diego that pair a higher cost version with a lower cost version.


La Jolla Shores is a great destination for Mother’s Day because it offers plenty of free parking, the beach is long and flat for strolling, and there are two restaurants on opposite ends with two different price points. In fact, you can walk to either one of these venues from the beach itself. However, we would recommend that you bring a pair of shoes to change into if you plan on going to The Marine Room.

The Marine Room – Located in the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the public is welcome to access this right-on-the-beach and elegant gourmet restaurant and bar. For many San Diegans and visitors, this is THE special occasion place. It really is a class act that has been in business for 70 years! The Marine Room will feature a special a la carte menu for Mother’s Day from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
(2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla)

Caroline’s Seaside Cafe – Located within the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Caroline’s has attracted a robust following of UCSD students, faculty, & staff as well as beachcombers that walk up the steps to the Robert Paine Scripps Forum building. Caroline’s features casual indoor and outdoor seating with sustainable food at modest prices. Although it is not right on the beach like The Marine Room, this venue is above the beach offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
(8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla)


San Diego’s Embarcadero and Shelter Island provide easy parking and strolling options with picturesque views of boats, docks, and San Diego’s Harbor. If your Mom has always had a soft spot for all things nautical, she’s going to love your plan.

The Fish Market – Located in Downtown San Diego on the Embarcadero (Harbor), The Fish Market features ample indoor seating and limited outdoor deck seating. This is a restaurant with several levels of service and prices. There is a formal restaurant on the 2nd floor, less formal dining and a sushi bar on the first floor, and deck seating with a bar menu.
(750 North Harbor Drive, Downtown)

Point Loma Seafoods – This San Diego landmark was recently rebuilt to alleviate its prior filled-to-the-gills existence. The restaurant is still very much a fish market but it now features 2 stories of seating for dining. Orders are still placed at the counter but now the counter is much bigger and the menu is easier to see. Let’s just say that there is more elbow room now. Outdoor seating is still available and so is the free, albeit limited, parking. Cash is no longer king since Point Loma Seafoods now accepts credit cards and is no longer a cash-only place.
(2805 Emerson Street, Shelter Island)


Coronado, the island that time forgot. We always refer to Coronado as being the Mayberry of San Diego because of its wholesome, main street, bicycle-friendly, pedestrian-friendly, and resort way of life. Naturally, lots of tourists flock to Coronado on holidays and in the summer. Why? Because it’s beautiful and they won’t get run over when crossing the street. Although it is a short car ride over the Coronado Bridge, it is a world away in terms of attitude and, well, grit.

Hotel del Coronado – One of the greatest comedies of all time, “Some Like It Hot,” was filmed at The Del (as it is affectionately called). Why? Because it is a beautiful property that has withstood the ravages of time and the ocean air. Mother’s Day is a big deal at The Del and its restaurants feature their own special menus for the day. A leisurely walk along the sands of a Coronado is a perfect way to start or end your Mother’s Day experience at The Del.
(1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado)

Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge – The new kid on the block, Leroy’s combines a casual hipster flare with modestly priced fare. Sustainable, locally sourced, delicious food with a long craft beer list and friendly servers. If your Mom is into trying new places, Leroy’s fits the bill. Its cool architectural elements and big open windows add to the ambiance.
(1015 Orange Avenue, Coronado)


What’s a Mother’s Day without sweets for the sweet? San Diego is blessed with two extra-special women-owned bakeries that will knock your Mom’s socks off. One bakery is located in Little Italy and the other is located in Encinitas. If your Mom wants you to come to her house, you can bring a dessert from either one of these bakeries that she will never forget and neither will you.

Extraordinary Desserts – Fans of Karen Krasne’s come from far and wide to visit her two bakeries in San Diego. Her creations are artistic and unique. Dining at either one of her bakeries is a sensory experience and an experience that any mother would love. We recommend sharing a dessert or two if you plan on taking Mom to Extraordinary Desserts since the portions are huge. To sweeten the deal even more, Karen is planning a special Mother’s Day brunch at the Little Italy location on May 13, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(1430 Union Street, Little Italy & 2929 Fifth Avenue, Banker’s Hill)

Elizabethan Desserts -Located in the red roof building of Sunshine Gardens Nursery (yes, a plant nursery), just follow your nose to the scents of baked goodness that waft from Elizabeth Harris’ bakery. If nostalgic desserts are not a thing of the past for you and your Mom, Elizabethan Desserts is a Godsend. A multitude of delicious sweet treats at affordable prices is a winning combination no matter how sweet your tooth. Elizabethan Desserts is featuring a special tea for Mother’s Day as well as special pre-orders for takeout items.  Afterward, you could cross the street and visit the San Diego Botanic Garden and enjoy the splendors of Springtime in San Diego.
(155 Quail Garden Drive, Encinitas)

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