Planning the Perfect Mother’s Day in Malibu
A serene escape from the everyday, Malibu abounds with natural beauty and singular experiences to enjoy with the mother in your life. From coastally inspired cuisine to Southern California fashion to adventure, pursuits for every interest set the stage for a truly unforgettable Mother’s Day.
When planning a special daytrip or weekend getaway for her, here are six ways to spend your time at Malibu Beach Inn and beyond:
Brunch by the Sea
Set above the white sands of Malibu, Carbon Beach Club boasts fresh, locally sourced ingredients and sweeping vistas of the Pacific.
On Mother’s Day, celebrate with a beautiful, three-course brunch inspired by our own coast and the Mediterranean. The menu features offerings like polenta and lobster, avocado toast, and nicoise salad with albacore tuna confit paired with premier wines from around the world. For dessert, indulge in delicacies like rhubarb swirl coffee cake, mixed berry pavlova, and affogato with vanilla bean gelato and a shot of espresso.
An enclave for Southern California style, Malibu is home to talented designers and local artisans that blend casual beach looks with sophisticated evening fashion.
Spend an afternoon shopping with Mom at vibrant destinations like Malibu Country Mart, Trancas Country Market, and Malibu Lumber Yard – all three located on the Pacific Coast Highway in view of the ocean. You will find bohemian chic styles at Náti Malibu, beautiful yoga apparel and accessories at lululemon, and sophisticated swimwear at Everything But Water. (Some shops are also hosting special events for Mother’s Day, like family photoshoots.)
Afterward, stop into Sea Lily Malibu to pick up a lovely floral arrangement, succulent, or rare flower for Mom.
Photo: Malibu Country Mart
A Family-Friendly Hike
Amidst the stunning rock formations and lush vegetation of the Santa Monica Mountains, there are countless hikes in which to immerse yourself in nature. One that is especially suitable for those spending Mother’s Day with family is The Grotto, a three-mile roundtrip hike that begins at the Circle X Ranch Ranger Station parking lot. Descend through a canyon of wildflowers and follow the West Fork of the Arroyo Sequit creek to reach the idyllic natural grotto, where you will find a 12-foot waterfall and shaded pool.
A Glimpse of Rome
On the edge of Malibu overlooking the Pacific, The Getty Villa is both beautiful and unexpected. A recreation of an ancient Roman country house (Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy), the historical destination takes you back in time with period architecture, expansive Mediterranean-style gardens, and a world-class collection of Greek and Roman art.
Spend a few hours viewing the art and walking the verdant grounds. There are daily architecture tours, as well as a special Mediterranean dining experience on Saturday, May 12.
A day at the spa is exactly what Mom deserves this Mother’s Day, and Malibu Beach Inn’s wellness sanctuary, Veronica Skin & Body Center, has an array of stress-melting treatments to choose from. Treat her to a hot stone massage inspired by Native American traditions or an Intraceutical oxygen facial to lift, tone, and hydrate skin.
Photo: The Clumsy Traveler
Sunset Over the Pacific
No matter how long you plan to spend in Malibu, make time to watch the sunset over the Pacific with the mother in your life. Sea and sky blend together as soft reds and oranges reflect off the ocean, making for an extraordinary end to Mother’s Day.