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7 May 2024
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Mother’s Day weekend is right around the corner, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a trip to the Emerald Coast! From endless beach days and time spent with loved ones at your luxury vacation rental to special brunch menus by award-winning chefs and even entire music festivals built around the holiday, if you’re planning to celebrate Mother’s Day in 30A, we’ve got the details on all the must-dos. Check out our list below, and get ready to give Mom a vacation she’ll remember forever.

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Mother’s Day Brunch at Hotel Effie

At Ovide, James Beard Award-winning chef Hugh Acheson has crafted a delectable buffet menu for Mother’s Day that you won’t want to miss. Featuring mouthwatering mains like smoked salmon and prime rib as well as fresh Gulf favorites like oysters and shrimp cocktail, this is the meal you’ll be talking about long after the weekend is over. Seats are still available for reservation, but they won’t last long. Book your table from 11 AM – 3 PM and enjoy all the incredible creations Chef Acheson has prepared.

View the Full Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Other Mother’s Day Brunch Restaurants Include

  • Havana Beach Bar & Grill
  • Saltwater Grill
  • Old Florida Fish House
  • Edwards Fine Food and Wine
  • Baytowne Marina
  • AJ’s Grayton Beach

Pamper Mom at Spa Lilliana

If you brunch at Ovide, the perfect follow-up to your meal is just a few steps away at Spa Lilliana. Take advantage of the Mother’s Day Summer Delight service and give Mom a day of pampering that will leave her relaxed, rejuvenated, and feeling like a brand-new woman.

The service starts with a soothing foot massage and is followed by an exfoliating body scrub and acupressure facial massage. Then, a full-body hot stone and CBD massage is performed to release deep tension, and the whole thing concludes with a luscious scalp massage. Afterward, champagne and light bites are provided in the relaxation area, where she can take her time enjoying every second of serenity.  

Mother’s Day Festival Fun

From tequila and tacos to music and beach games, there are two incredible festivals happening over Mother’s Day weekend in 30A, and with tickets and passes still available for both, you should definitely consider adding them to your itinerary.

First up is Brandi Carlile’s Mothership Weekend. If you don’t know who Brandi Carlile is, odds are she’s your favorite musician’s favorite musician. Grammy-winning powerhouse and Seattle native, Brandi Carlile has been making music with her bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth for more than 20 years. Five years ago, after seeing a gap in women’s representation in music festival lineups, she created the Girls Just Wanna Weekend, a four-night celebration of music and community featuring a fully female roster.

Two years ago, in response to fans’ request for a similar festival closer to home than Riviera Maya, Mexico, she started the Mothership Weekend in Miramar Beach. Featuring many of the events and activities that make Girls Just Wanna so special, the Mothership Weekend brings people together over Mother’s Day Weekend for days of rowdy beach games, mindful moments, and epic nights of music. Celebrate Mother’s Day in 30A with Brandi, Bonnie Raitt, Sara Bareilles, and more when you get passes to this one-of-a-kind festival.

If Mom is more of a food-and-drink fan, the 11th Annual Tequila and Taco Fest at Baytowne Wharf is the way to go. Local restaurants and food trucks will be on-site competing for the honor of Best Taco and Best Margarita on the Emerald Coast, and you’ll get to sip and sample your way through the contestants!

Featured events include the Macho Nacho Eating Contest, Chihuahua Beauty Contest, and Best Dressed Contest. Don’t miss out on the live music and family fun at this delicious Mother’s Day activity in 30A.

Book a Sunset Cruise

If a full day of dining, pampering, and festival-going isn’t enough, you can close out the perfect Mother’s Day in 30A with a sunset cruise from one of the Emerald Coast’s many charter companies. Whether you opt for a dinner cruise with a three-course meal and live entertainment or a calm dolphin cruise where you can relax and enjoy the sweeping coastal views, you can find a cruise that’s best suited to your mom’s desires.

As this is a popular activity, be sure to check availability and book your tour before the actual holiday weekend rolls around. Otherwise, you may find yourself watching the sunset from the shoreline.

Spend Quality Time at Your Luxury Vacation Rental

Celebrating Mother’s Day in 30A means hours of endless sunshine, warm Gulf breezes, stunning beach days, and incredible moments of family togetherness, whether you’re enjoying special events or quality time at your vacation rental. As you plan for your perfect getaway, ensure it’s a vacation she’ll remember by booking a stunning beach house directly with 30A Luxury Vacations.

From cozy carriage houses and seaside cottages to immaculate Gulf-front villas, you can find the perfect oasis in our list of properties. Cook dinners together in your fully equipped kitchen, spend nights floating in your private pool, or just cozy up on the couch talking about all your favorite memories. No matter how you spend Mother’s Day in 30A, it’s sure to be a trip the whole family will cherish.