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Top Mother’s Day Activities in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Sarah Climaco

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Looking for gift ideas? Moms love to spend time with their families, so how about giving her a local experience? Here’s a list of great Mother’s Day Activities in Bellingham and Whatcom County.

Cycling along the bay with flowers from the farmer’s market. / Credit: Kerstin Martin

1. Mother’s Day Cruise with Schooner Zodiac

Boarding time – 9:45 a.m., sail time 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 13

If mom loves being on the water, a local sailing brunch adventure is the perfect fit. The classic 1920s, 160-foot wooden sailing yacht departs from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Boarding time is 9:45 a.m. and the boat leaves at 10 a.m. All mothers will be given complimentary mimosas while the ship leisurely drifts on the bay. Passengers can also tour below deck which features the ship’s navigational chart house, modern galley and spacious salon.

The Zodiac will depart its dock in historic Fairhaven village for a 3 and-a-half hour excursion on Bellingham Bay. The Zodiac’s chef will serve a wonderful brunch buffet fresh from the ship’s galley. Mom will come away with fantastic photos and memories from the ultimate Mother’s Day Brunch.

Tickets are $79 for adults and $59 for children.

Call 206-719-7622 or see

2. Tea with Mom or Grandma at Village Books’ Book Fare Cafe

May 13, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Village Books is hosting a family-friendly tea-time in the Book Fare Café on the mezzanine level of the bookstore. Experience some tasty treats, a few stories, a craft, and good company. Tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased at the main counter at Village Books.

3. Mother’s Day Train with Lake Whatcom Railway 

May 12, 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Take mom to enjoy the luxury of rail travel with Lake Whatcom Railway and ride authentic Pullman passenger cars from Wickersham Station through the tunnel and on to Mirror Lake. After arriving at Mirror Lake, we will begin the return journey back to Wickersham Station. All ages are welcome to relive memories and create new ones on this nostalgic ride through history. You will be riding on train cars that have been in use for more than 100 years.

Plan to arrive 30 minutes early for any of the three departure times (10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.) Snacks and water will be available for purchase on board the train.

Tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 for Children ages 2-17. Children under 2 are free.

4. Toast to Mom and paint with her at Vartanyan Estates Winery

May 13, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Treat your mother to Vartanyan’s Estate Winery and enjoy wonderful tasty wine while painting your very own masterpiece with step by step fun instructions. We will be sitting on the patio overlooking Mt. Baker, such a beautiful place to enjoy a fun-filled day with your loved ones. Bring a picnic basket and some lawn chairs and stay the whole day.

Please R.S.V.P. as this event will sell out adults are $30 per person and Children under 18 are only $15 per child 360-325-2457

5. Mother’s Day Wildrye Farm Flower Popup with Camber

Join Camber Coffee downtown Bellingham for flowers and brunch! Nothing says, “I love and appreciate you, mom” like locally-grown, sustainable, downright gorgeous flowers.

Miranda from Bellingham’s own Wildrye Farm will be selling bouquets starting at 10 am. Don’t dally, they’re sure to go fast!

As an added bonus, we’ll give you $1 off any bag of beans when you buy a bouquet from Miranda.

6. Mother’s Day Brunch or Dinner in Bellingham and Whatcom County

Of course, there’s also the favorite standby of an awesome meal that Mom doesn’t have to cook. Here is a list of scheduled brunch events:

On May, 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Semiahmoo Resort will offer an elegant brunch buffet, accompanied by the sounds of a harpist in the serene outdoor Tent Pavilion. There will be an array of savory main dishes and treats to enjoy while celebrating the women you call “Mom”. For more information or to make a reservation, call (360) 318-2090. $25 for adults | Children 6-12: $12 | Children 5 and under free.

  • Hotel Bellwether

Take mom for an elaborate brunch at Hotel Bellwether, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Chef Grogan will prepare a wide range of options, from croissant eggs benedict with truffle hollandaise to a Belgian waffle station and whole roast leg of lamb. Be sure to make a reservation and enjoy a lovely brunch by the bay!

Mother’s Day Brunch, May 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations call 360-647-5593.

For moms that prefer more of a country brunch, join Bellewood Acres for their annual Mother’s Day event. Moms will receive one free mimosa with their brunch. There will be flower baskets, a Pop-Up Flower Shop hosted by Pozie by Natalie, face painting, and an open mic for the kids. Reservations are highly recommended. May 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Adult brunch tickets are $33.72, kids 3-10 are $14.72

Join the crew at Chuckanut Brewery as they kick off their weekend brunches that will occur throughout the summer. For Mother’s Day, you can expect to see baked egg pizza, corned beef hash, breakfast sandwiches, classic breakfast, roasted yam huevos and bread pudding French toast. They will also have champagne mimosas, and Micheladas and Brass Monkey beercocktails with Chuckanut beers.

Brunch menu will be at 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm. The regular menu will start at 11 a.m.

Or see our full list of restaurants in Bellingham.

Most importantly give Mom a hug, tell her you love her, and enjoy the day!

For ongoing events in Bellingham and Whatcom on Mother’s Day Weekend, see our online events calendar.

*written in correspondence with Lexi Foldenauer.

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About the Author:

Sarah Climaco is the Marketing Assistant specializing in digital media for Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. She is a writer that is motived by the power of storytelling. As a graduate of Western Washington University, she has lived in Bellingham for over six years and has become immersed in the local community. You can find her enjoying a craft cocktail while soaking up the foodie spots in Bellingham. She also enjoys long walks on the trail with dachshund, Honey.


  1. Sailboat from the 1920s – how cool is that? Historic train – looks like fun! Afternoon tea, brunches, wine, painting class – way too many things for just one day – we will be planning a multi-day excursion from Portland to Bellingham soon, maybe via Amtrak or BoltBus so we can sit back and relax along the way. Thanks for the great ideas!

    Comment by Lois Gardens — May 3, 2018 @ 11:38 am

  2. There is also a Mother’s Day event at Big Rock Garden in Bellingham. It begins at 10:00am to 2:00pm with an art show, artists painting in the park, live music and refreshments. The event is free.

    Comment by Lorraine DELAHOYDE — May 4, 2018 @ 8:39 am

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