Celebrate Mom Beach Style
April 8 2022
Every day, the moms in our lives do everything from making sure we’re fed to driving us around and anything in between. That’s why it’s essential to show your mom how much you care for and appreciate all that she does this Mother’s Day! Forget the bouquet that will wilt in a week or yet another coffee mug that will gather dust in the cabinet when you do your Mother’s Day gift shopping this year. Instead, treat mom to what she’ll truly love, a Mother’s Day vacation to the gorgeous beaches of the Emerald Coast. Book a weekend trip for your mom and indulge in all the finer things, like a Mother’s Day brunch, a luxury spa day, and so much more.
This one is for the moms!
Mother’s Day Brunch
You can’t spell mimosa without m-o-m! Who doesn’t love a delicious brunch menu with mimosas to wash it all down? Several places around town host a special brunch just for Mother’s Day, but be sure to call ahead and book your reservation.
Emerald Grande Mother’s Day Brunch
Each year Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village hosts a lavish Mother’s Day Brunch. The culinary offerings include fresh pastries, a made-to-order omelet bar, and other brunch classics. Along with a first-class meal, the view over the Destin Harbor is a gift in and of itself. With the sun shining, you can watch the boats gliding through the water or maybe even a dolphin or two. Get mom breakfast with a view at the Emerald Grande.
The Bay in South Walton
One of our all-around favorite brunch spots is The Bay, located at the foot of the HWY 331 bridge. Every Sunday, you can enjoy a bayside brunch with Northwest Florida flair. Trade in the Canadian bacon and English muffin for a jumbo lump crab cake over fried zucchini for the crab cake eggs benedict. Walk off all the yummy food you just ate at the Bay during a walk around the 30A Farmers Market in Rosemary Beach. Mom will have her choice of gifts, from homemade desserts to fresh flowers and produce. It’s a great way to enjoy the weather and spend quality time with those you love.
Spa Day – Hooray!
It’s true that without mom, we’d all be lost. It’s a stressful job being the glue that keeps the family together, so treat mom to a spa day fit for a queen. The span of the beach from the Destin Harbor to the east end of 30A is home to some of the best spas for treatments, including full-body massages and revitalizing facials.
Destin Spa – The Henderson
The Destin Spa at the Henderson in Destin offers mom the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate just like she deserves. There is a whole menu of treatments to choose from, and the spa also offers a unique experience in the Himalayan Salt Suite.
Spa Lilliana – Hotel Effie Sandestin
Spa Lilliana offers restorative services that will restore mom this Mother’s Day. She can be treated from head to toe with hair treatments, facials, massages, and manicures and pedicures. Your mom will love to sit back and be pampered at the beach.
Get the creatives juices, aka wine, flowing! Book a space for you and your mom at Painting with a Twist just across Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach. The unique experience allows you to bond with mom and leaves you with a masterpiece. Painting with a Twist offers parties every weekend, and you can see what the piece of art is before you book on their website. Past paintings include beach scenes, flowers, and some of our underwater residents, such as sea turtles. It’s a BYOB and food event, so pack a picnic and pop the bottles for mom at Painting with a Twist this Mother’s Day!
Sunset Dolphin Cruise
A dolphin cruise is an activity that the entire family can participate in. The dolphins are out to play with warmer weather so going out with Boogies Glass Bottom Boat or on the Seablaster, out of the Destin Harbor, is a sure-fire way to catch a glimpse. Mom can sip on a glass of wine or a cocktail while enjoying the serene and stunning sunset. The kiddos can enjoy being out on the water and seeing all our marine friends and neighbors. It’s a new and exciting way to experience the beach for everyone!
Shop Til You Drop
Let mom pick her gift this year. Destin and 30A are bursting at the seams with every type of shop imaginable. Your mom will have her choice of splurge-worthy goodies, from surf shops and boutiques at the Destin Commons to furniture, shoes, and art at the Hub 30A shops. If your mom is a shopaholic, she’s chosen the right destination with plenty of all-day shopping spots, including the 95-store outlet mall, Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Maybe you’ll get lucky, and mom will pick something up for you as a thank you for a fantastic trip!
Beach the Day Away
The best part about traveling to Destin and 30A for Mother’s Day is spending time together at the beach. It’s a mix of everything mom could want, from listening to the calming sound of the waves lapping onto the shore to splashing around with her little ones and building sandcastles. Leave the heavy lifting to the professionals and rent beach chairs and an umbrella for mom to lounge under during your beach day.
Each mom is unique, so it can sometimes feel impossible to pick the perfect gift. We recommend ditching the traditional gift (seriously, who needs another monogrammed tea towel?) and gifting her an unforgettable family experience with a weekend stay in her favorite beach town. There’s something for the adventurous mom, the zen mom, the artsy mom, the cool mom, and every mom in between when you head to Destin and 30A! Book now and get ready to be mom’s favorite this year!