Okay, it’s still only April, but it’s never too soon to plan something extraordinary to honor the most special woman in your life – and by that I mean your mother. What better locale to celebrate in than the Napa Valley, where the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and the food and wine are awesome? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Brunch or lunch – Why not maximize the occasion by sitting outside? Many local restaurants feature outdoor seating and/or special Mother’s Day menus, including FARM at the Carneros Inn, Brix, Lucy at Bardessono, Silverado Resort, the Restaurant at Meadowood, the Restaurant at Auberge, Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, and Solbar.

Wine Train – One of the most effortless venues for family celebrations is the Napa Valley Wine Train, which takes you from Napa to St. Helena and back, serving a gourmet meal on the way. Mother’s Day packages range from $149/person to $274/person (the latter price includes a visit to Castello di Amorosa), and children under 12 are $77.

Shopping – If your mom likes nothing better than to shop ‘til she drops, take her to the Riverfront area in Napa, V Marketplace in Yountville, Main Street in St. Helena, or Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga. Each area also has great little cafés and bars for when she actually does drop and needs some liquid refreshment.

Museums – Is your mother a museum-lover? If so, delight her with a visit to the Hess Collection in Napa, the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville, the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum in St. Helena, or the Sharpsteen Museum in Calistoga.

After a day like that, your mom is sure to love you more than ever.

Photo credit: Bob McClenahan