Mother’s Day arrives on Sunday

Picnics, brunches, yoga and hikes celebrate moms on May 13

THE NORTH COUNTY — “Life Began with waking up and loving my mother’s face,” Writer George Eliot once said. For those who will be seeing their mom’s face on Mother’s Day, May 13, North County wineries, restaurants, hotels and even a movie theater will be hosting events to honor the mothers of our community. All events will take place Sunday, May 13.

Mother’s Day Picnic at the Portola Inn Benefiting RISE

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Portola Inn | 6650 Portola Rd, Atascadero, California

Moms and kids (age 3 and under) eat free, Adult/teen meal: $20, Child meal (ages 4-12): $10

*Tickets will be sold on the RISE webpage until the evening of Wednesday, May 9. Tickets will not be on sale at “the door”

The 10th annual Mother’s Day Picnic, co-hosted by SLO County Supervisor Debbie Arnold, SLO County Supervisor John Peschong, Atascadero Mayor Tom O'Malley and Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin, will take place in the shade of the historical Portola Inn.

“We wanted moms to have a nice, low-key, not-real-fancy experience, at a nice site under the shade,” said Atascadero Mayor Tom O’Malley, who owns the Portola Inn property. He said he enjoys the picnic because it reminds him of his own family tradition.

O’Malley said after some unsuccessful Mother’s Day brunches with his then young children, he and his wife decided a picnic would be so much more relaxing on a day to honor motherhood.

“We would go to the Santa Margarita Mercantile, grab sandwiches, have a picnic and the kids were much happier,” he said.

The inn will be offering kid-friendly, “kickback” activities on its scenic grounds, including lawn games, music and an ice cream parlor. The inn’s blacksmith shop, originally set up by Atascadero’s founder E.G. Lewis, will also be open for demonstrations.

The upscale picnic for moms will feature champagne (donated by Atascadero Grocery Outlet), sparkling cider, iced tea and soda. Chef Charlie Catering’s buffet menu will include fresh fruit and yogurt, an heirloom tomato salad, Korean fried rice, vegetable stir fried rice, roasted bacon wrapped tenderloins, sweet potatoes and grilled broccolini, as well as apple rose pastries, chocolate truffles, cookies and Cold Stone ice cream for dessert.

All proceeds will go to RISE, a nonprofit organization that serves both victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault/abuse and their loved ones. The brunch has been donated proceeds to RISE the past few years, but began donating the proceeds years ago to different organizations when the brunch began to gain popularity.

This year’s sponsors are Heather Moreno, Portola Inn, SLO County Board of Supervisors, Southern California Gas Company, Paso Robles Waste & Recycle, Waste Management Atascadero and Allos\Chicago Grade Landfill & Recycling. All members of RISE and families at the El Camino Homeless Organization shelter and Transitions Mental Health shelter are welcome to attend the event for free.

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Next Door Bistro

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Next Door Bistro | 1111 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles

30 percent of all sales will benefit RISE

Reservations: 805-591-7107

On Mother’s Day, Next Door Bistro will be serving up its brunch menu again, but this time for a cause. The restaurant will be donating 30 percent of all sales and collecting monetary donations to benefit the local non-profit RISE.

Nautical Cowboy Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner at The Carlton Hotel

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. l 5 to 9 p.m.

The Nautical Cowboy at The Carlton | 6005 El Camino Real, Atascadero

$30 pp for brunch | $45 pp for dinner

Reservations highly recommended | 805-461-5100

The Carlton's Nautical Cowboy Restaurant will be open for a Mother’s Day coursed-out meal for both brunch and dinner with options to choose from for each course.

Live Music Mother’s Day Brunch: The KW Combo at Vina Robles

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vina Robles Winery | 3700 Mill Rd., Paso Robles

No cover for music; wine tasting and brunch prices vary

Vino Robles will be hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch with entertainment from Retro Eclectic, the KW Combo, featuring Ken Burton on keys and Kate Wells vocals/flute/guitar. All ages welcome and the venue is dog-friendly.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with LXV

12 to 7 p.m.

LXV Wines | 1306-B Pine St., Paso Robles

For fabulous mothers, LXV Wines will be opening its Reserve Kiler Canyon Syrah for a complimentary taste. A glass of the Syrah will be $8 on Mother’s Day as well. All attendees will be entered into a Mother’s day raffle for a bottle of wine.

Mother’s Day BBQ at Last Stage West

5 to 9 p.m.

15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero

The Last Stage West at Toro Creek Event Center will be barbecuing its famous slow-cooked ribs with music by BanjerDan. All mothers receive complimentary dessert with their dinner purchase.

Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch at the Loading Chute

Loading Chute Restaurant and Barn | 6350 Webster Rd., Creston

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

$30 adults | $15 children (10 and under)

Reservations encouraged: 805-237-1259

The Loading Chute will be serving an omelette bar, prime rib, crab, seafood, homemade pastries, pancakes, eggs, bacon, chili verde, tri-tip and fresh fruit.  Brunch includes unlimited champagne and mimosas.

Mother’s Day Celebration with Yoga & Music

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Four Lanterns Winery | 2485 W Highway 46, Paso Robles

$35 per person

Tickets available at:

Four Lanterns would like to help spoil some moms. Yoga will be at 11 a.m., followed by liquid refreshments. Jill Knight and her band will be playing from 12:30 to 4 p.m., so attendees may pack a picnic for a fun afternoon on the lawn at Four Lanterns.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Allegretto’s Cello Restaurant  

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2700 Buena Vista Dr., Paso Robles

Adults $62 | Children (ages 6-14) $24 | Children (under age 6) free

Tickets available at | RSVP at 805-369-2500

Savor a delectable brunch featuring an exquisite selection of culinary fare: from chef-carved sirloin and king crab legs to sweet and savory crepes. Menu available at

Mother’s Day Brunch at Opolo Vineyards

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Opolo Vineyards | 7110 Vineyard Dr., Paso Robles

Breakfast pizza $15, Loaded Omelet $15, Eggs Benedict $15, Complimentary mimosas for moms, $5 mimosas for non-moms

To make a reservation, visit or call 805-238-9593

Opolo will be holding a Mother’s Day Mimosa Brunch on the patio, with wood-fired breakfast pizzas paired with Opolo sparkling wine. Mimosas are complimentary for moms.

JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery Mother’s Day Hike and Brunch

1 to 4 p.m.

JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery | 11680 Chimney Rock Rd., Paso Robles

$75 per person

Tickets available at, or call 805-591-3224

JUSTIN is offering a brunch and hike for Mother’s Day at their stunning estate vineyard. A guide will be teaching about their soils, weather and vineyard practices. After the hike, wine will be paired with brunch on the restaurant patio, surrounded by vineyards and the Chef’s Garden.

Farmstead Kitchen and Catering’s Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Farmstead Kitchen | 1344 Park St., Paso Robles

$35 adults | $14 children under 12

Farmstead’s Mother’s Day Brunch will include fresh egg strata, apple smoked bacon and sausage patties, omelets and eggs benedict to order, smoked salmon platter with bagels, fresh fruit, Bailey’s brioche french toast with maple syrup, a ham carving station with syrah mustard sauce and local honey glaze, Morro Bay Rock cod with chardonnay cream and red pepper aioli, Mary’s organic chicken with mushroom marsala sauce, mixed green salad with local strawberries and feta, grilled asparagus with roasted shallot and fava beans and fresh baked scones and muffins. The Dessert Table with include mini chocolate cakes, mini apple crisps and strawberry shortcakes.

Mother’s Day “Lazy Locals” Concert with Próxima Parada

1 to 4 p.m.

Castoro Cellars Winery | 1315 N. Bethel Rd., Templeton

Free admission | Food for purchase

For a Paso Robles Wine Country Mother’s Day celebration family and friends are invited to Castoro for a kickoff “Lazy Locals” concert featuring Próxima Parada. Food for purchase will be available for Hurricane Kitchen and Harmony Creamery.

Mother’s Day Free Admission to the Movies

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Park Cinemas | 1100 Pine St., Paso Robles

Tickets available at location only (not online)

Park Cinemas invites all mothers for a show on them. One admission, for any movie, on Mother’s Day, is free for moms.

McPhee’s “World Famous” Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Buffet

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

McPhee’s Grill | 416 S. Main St., Templeton

$35 for ages 16 and older, $17 for ages 7-15, free for children 6 and younger

Space is limited. Reserve a seat at 805-434-3204

Mother’s Day at McPhee’s Grill will feature a “world famous” Champagne brunch featuring a buffet of: prime rib of pork, macadamia crusted salmon, Oak grilled prime tri-tip, Eggs Benedict, chilled shrimp with peanut sauce and endless California Champagne mimosas.

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at The Steakhouse

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Paso Robles Inn | 1103 Spring St., Paso Robles

Adults $44.95, children (ages 6-13) $21, children (under age 5) free

Reservations at or call 805-226-4925

The historic Paso Robles Inn will be serving brunch favorites from Eggs Benedict to Alaskan King Crab, as well as chocolate-dipped strawberries and a Belgian waffle bar. To view the full menu, visit

Mother’s Day at Chronic Cellars

1 to 4 p.m.  

Chronic Cellars | 2020 Nacimiento Lake Dr., Paso Robles

Food, mimosas and Bellinis available for purchase

For more info, call 805-835-4634 or email [email protected]

Wind & Waves will be performing a serenade for moms this Mother’s Day. On top of that, food truck/catering extraordinaire Shav ‘N Flav will be onsite, cooking up his award-winning tacos.


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