Where to Give Mom the Gift of ‘Me-Time’ for Mother’s Day

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Want to know what every mom needs this Mother’s Day? Some me-time. No, not like an uninterrupted visit to the potty or a phone call that doesn’t entail waving her arms wildly in the air in a plea for silence–– we mean some serious, hit-the-reset button type soul-nurturing peace and quiet to restore a semblance of sanity, if only for mere hours. Not sure how to wrap that kind of rejuvenation up? We are. Here’s where to grab a gift card or schedule mom some solo headspace she’ll treasure. Moms, make sure your partners see this…

Photo: Courtesy of L’Auberge Del Mar

Bliss Out at Spa L’Auberge
Send mom to “the” place for beachside spa bliss: Spa L’Auberge in Del Mar. The Spa’s quaint, charming space and interior decor are designed to resemble a cozy, laid-back beach house where she’ll feel right at home. In honor of Mother’s Day, during the month of May, Spa L’Auberge is offering a ‘Mother’s Day Spa Package’ that includes a 50-minute signature massage, a 50-minute Intense Hydrating Facial and a complimentary take home skin care gift for $250. Or, you can select from their extensive menu of spa services from various massages including a Sea Stone Massage, body treatments such as the Soothing Beach Escape, facials including their signature L’Auberge Seaside Radiant Facial, manicure/pedicure offerings as well as pampering services designed for mothers-to-be.

Mom will leave this sea-inspired spa experience floating on cloud 9 and she won’t soon forget her wave of good fortune from this blissed out escape.

Insider’s Tips: Tell mom to arrive early before her treatment so she can enjoy the eucalyptus infused steam room, shower and a cat nap or reading time in a comfy robe in the spa’s indoor or outdoor sitting rooms where she’ll wait to be called for her treatment. Afterwards, she can take a quick stroll down the street to Del Mar beach for even more relaxation. Research shows that a trip to the beach actually boosts mental health.

Cost: Varies based on spa treatment.

1540 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, Ca 92014
For Spa L’Auberge appointments, call 858-793-6493
Online: laubergedelmar.com/spa

Photo: Trilogy

Channel Zen at Trilogy Sanctuary Yoga
Every mom could use a little Zen in her life and Trilogy Sanctuary Yoga in La Jolla is just the place to channel the vibe. Their class offerings range from Aerial Yoga on the Sky Deck to Trilogy’s signature Strength and Serenity yoga class. We think the Yinki® class sounds like just what the doctor ordered. The restorative class “focuses on healing the body and mind through deep relaxation and release of mental, emotional and physical stress.”

Insider’s Tip: Be sure to give mom enough of a gift card budget so that after class she can enjoy a meal at Trilogy’s delicious vegan, organic cafe. A Euphoria smoothie and some Buffalo Cauliflower ‘Wingz’ will top off this outing perfectly.

Good to Know: If mom can’t steal away solo to practice yoga, Trilogy just debuted their Childcare offering in their Earth Room, where little ones can play while mom takes a class during certain times on Tues. & Thurs.

Cost: $20-$24 for drop-in class + money to eat at Trilogy Cafe.

7650 Girard Ave. #400
La Jolla, Ca 92037
Online: trilogysanctuary.com

Photo: Rancho Bernardo Inn

Private Cabana for Poolside Leisure at the Rancho Bernardo Inn Spa
Mom can dive in to the high-life with a half-day (9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 2 p.m.- 6 p.m.) or full-day rental of a poolside cabana at the Rancho Bernardo Inn Spa. This getaway includes serene relaxation and swim time in the saline Spa Pool, iced water, towels and poolside service. Mom will feel like she’s a world away without having to travel far. The resort also just debuted their new spa pool menu which includes specialty cocktails like a quintessential Pina Colada or refreshing Frosé (rosé sorbet with wild flowers) and appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. We can just picture ourselves lounging there now, noshing on the Roasted Garlic Chipotle Guacamole, Buddha Bowl and assortment of Mini Cupcakes. Talk about making a splash with mom.

Cost of cabana rental: Weekday rental: $85 half day or $140 full day; Weekend rental: $100 half day or $155 full day.

17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92128
Online: rbispa.com

Photo: Mint Studio

Get Creative at Mint Studio
Help mom unleash her creative inner spirit with a gift card to Mint Studio. This cheery, vibrant art studio founded and run by a local mom truly offers something for everyone on the artistic gamut. Amazing class offerings and workshops include painting, macrame, calligraphy, woodburning, boho abstract color patterns, essential oils and aromatherapy, block printing, succulent wreath-making and countless others. Some art sessions are even paired with live music, food, craft brews and wine for an even more relaxing DIY experience. The culture at Mint Studio is one of support and regard for the community, with a mission to help local artisans thrive by teaching their unique skills and talents to class participants.

Insider’s Tip: Make it a double and give mom a gift card that allows her to bring her bestie along to the class of her choice too.

Cost: Varies depending on class.

Pacific Highlands Ranch Village
5965 Village Way, Unit 105
San Diego, Ca
Online: mintstudiosd.com

Photo: Karen N. via Yelp

Get Lost in a Flick at Angelika Film Center & Cafe
Let mom put real life on hold to escape to the cinematic world of make-believe. Angelika’s plush, fully-reclining seats and upscale atmosphere make for a relaxing, luxurious movie-going experience. Give her a gift card to go see her favorite actor (ahem, Ryan Gosling) in a flick and include extra for her to enjoy some artisan popcorn or baked potato fries, a chocolate mousse cake or hot fudge sundae and wine, craft beer or a cocktail while watching the film. They may be hard-pressed to get mom to exit the theater once the credits are finished rolling and the lights go on.

Read more about Angelika Film Center here.

Cost: Varies with showtime $8.50-$16/movie + money for food and drink.

Carmel Mountain Plaza
11620 Carmel Mountain Rd.,
San Diego, Ca 92128
Online: angelikafilmcenter.com/sandiego

Photo: Sweet Petite Confections

Take a Chocolate Making Class at Sweet Petite Confections
Indulge mom’s sweet tooth with a chocolate making class at Sweet Petite Confections. During the two-hour class, she’ll learn the basics of working with chocolate in a positive, upbeat environment and how to make gourmet molded chocolates and chocolate bark (of which she’ll take about a pound and a half home to enjoy). Plus, she’ll finally be the one who gets to lick the spatula.

Cost: $40/class

3582 Mt Acadia Blvd.
San Diego, Ca 92111
Online: sweetpetiteconfections.com

Moms: Where do you want to go for some me-time? Tell us in the comments.

–– Beth Shea