Happy Mother's Day. Photo by Page Kuepper Photography

Treat Yo Mama to a Boulder Mother’s Day


Mothers are the world’s unsung heroes. Once every year, we get the chance to tell our mothers thank you for all they have done and continue to do for us.

This Mother’s Day, treat your mom to a relaxing, rejuvenating day, Boulder style.


Start the day off by letting your mom sleep in. Then, once she’s fully rested and ready to tackle the day, treat her to brunch, the best meal of the day.

Increasingly more restaurants serve Sunday brunch in Boulder, and on Mother’s Day, some serve up a special Mother’s Day deal.

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Hotel Boulderado. Courtesy photo

The Hotel Boulderado puts on an annual Mother’s Day Brunch buffet with plenty of desserts and a chocolate fondue station. All moms get a complimentary glass of champagne. In the past, it’s been a long brunch, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and has cost $65 per adult.

Serving both brunch and dinner, The Greenbriar Inn offers a full day of celebration. The Mother’s Day brunch buffet comes with unlimited champagne or up to three bloody Marys for $54 per person. For the buffet with no booze, you pay $45. Dessert, coffee and both iced and hot teas are available. Brunch is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and dinner starts at 6 p.m.

Jill’s Restaurant and Bistro, located inside the St Julien Hotel, knows brunch. And it’s not different on Mother’s Day. There are two seatings, one at 10-10:30 a.m. and one at 12-12:30 p.m. Contact Jill’s for Mother’s Day prices; normal brunch costs $49.95 per adult and $24.95 for children.

Needless to say, you should make reservations immediately if you want to get in anywhere on Mother’s Day.

Read more about brunch in Boulder here:


Do you want to show your mom how much you appreciate her, but you’re never sure what’s the best gift? Or maybe your mom just loves to shop. Either way, there are plenty of great stores in Boulder to choose from.

Downtown Boulder. Courtesy photo

Our suggestion? Get her a Downtown Boulder gift card. These cards are accepted at more than 180 stores including spas, restaurants, the Farmers Market and many retail stores. Doing this ensures she’ll be able to get exactly what she wants from exactly where she wants. No guessing. No unwanted gifts. See the full list of participating locations here.

Want to learn more about shopping in Boulder? Check out our shopping guide. A few highlights:


After dealing with screaming babies, angsty teens and young adults who are clueless about the real world, moms deserve to relax. Some of Boulder’s best spas offer Mother’s Day specials and discounts that you shouldn’t miss.

The St Julien Spa. Courtesy photo

In the past, Spavia Boulder has offered Mother’s Day specials.

If you want to spend a luxurious day with your mother, The Spat at the St Julien is your one-shop stop. It offers a side-by-side massage so you and your mom can relax together. It also has a variety of other services, including facials, scrubs and wraps, manicures and pedicures, and hair services, such as cuts and colors. Pick one service or several for your custom day of relaxation.

Again, make sure you book your mom’s spa visit well in advance if you want to find an opening on Mother’s Day.

Want to learn more about Boulder’s spa experiences?


Food, spas and shopping are great. But some people prefer to spend money on experiences instead of things. And Boulder is a great place for that, too. Here are some of our favorite things you can do with your mom on Mother’s Day.

Adult coloring at Settembre Cellars. Courtesy photo

Adult coloring can be relaxing and therapeutic, and you end up with a beautiful picture that commemorates the moment. You may be able to find coloring at Settembre Cellars. Grab a drink from the tasting room and sit down with your mom with some colored pencils or crayons.

More of a painter than a colorer? Not a problem. PoshSplat offers a Mother’s Day mimosa and painting morning. Painters will follow a local artist’s step-by-step instructions to paint a beautiful poppy picture.

Chautauqua’s Dining Hall offers an annual Mother’s Day afternoon tea to celebrate with your mom. The tea typically includes a three-tiered assortment of sweet and savory pastries, scones, tea sandwiches, sweet cakes and a pot of premium loose leaf tea.

If you don’t mind celebrating a day early, visit the Boulder Farmers Market on the Saturday before Mother’s Day with your mom. Walk through the bustling market, buy her some fresh flowers and pick up some food. Eat it on the nearby grass and go for a walk along Boulder Creek.

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