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How do you find the perfect gift for someone who’s given you everything? Simple! You give them the gift of time. While every mother has unique interests, tastes, and hobbies, we’ve found that memories with family is universally a favorite gift with them all. Mark your calendar and invest a weekend (or longer!) celebrating mom with a fun vacation in New Smyrna Beach, FL. From a lovely brunch to an adventure on a catamaran, we’ve compiled a list of 6 ways you make this Mother’s Day one she’ll cherish for years to come.

Gift her a long weekend at the beach

Your mom likely deserves her own beach house, but for now, a beach vacation rental will do. Unlike hotels where everyone stays in separate rooms and even on separate floors, vacation rentals bring families together as if they were at home.

If you are planning a Mother’s Day weekend in NSB for your spouse, surprise her with dreamy views and easy beach access. Condos such as Ponce de Leon Towers 702 and Ocean Club South A204 are oceanfront, great for families with young kids, and right by the beach. If you and your siblings are gathering to celebrate your mom, we recommend homes like LaKaSa House on Hill Street and Sea Haven as they both accommodate groups of 12.

Treat her to brunch

Mother’s Day brunch is a tried and true outing for a reason… It’s easy and a good time! If your mom loves an aesthetic atmosphere and bottomless mimosas, take her to NSB’s staple brunch spot: Third Wave Café. This outdoor café is nestled underneath shady trees and string lights. Along with a cozy atmosphere, this restaurant has a fantastic menu filled with Nutella crepes, shrimp and grits, bananas foster french toast, and more.

Another fantastic Mother’s Day brunch spot is Riverpark Terrace which resides near Canal Street and the Indian river. Like Third Wave, this restaurant has outdoor seating in a magical string-lit garden. You’ll find specialty dishes such buttermilk fried green tomatoes, pear and goat cheese salad, and salmon benedict on the menu. Make sure to book your family’s reservation in advance as tables fill up quickly.

Sign her up for R&R

Being a mom is not for the faint of heart. Treat the mothers in your family to an afternoon of pampering. Have them start the day with a fresh mani and pedi at AA Nails & Spa. This salon is highly rated and conveniently located near Flagler Avenue. Next, they can take their relaxation to Abundant Health Float and Day Spa. This spa provides a myriad of services from facials to massages. Those that need extra help relieving tension can try their signature Float Therapy which provides zero gravity sensation and a boost in endorphins and dopamine.

Take her on a shopping spree

We promise she won’t say no! New Smyrna Beach has two shopping areas filled with locally owned stores. Flagler Avenue is the most popular place for a spree as it has everything from flip flop shops to home gift boutiques. Canal Street has a more laid-back feel and offers a variety from apparel to antiques. If you’re looking for places your mom will love, check out our favorite NSB’s boutiques that have everything from candles to hand towels to beachy knick-knacks.

Surprise her with a family beach photoshoot

A beach trip AND family pictures for her to frame? You may have just won Mother’s Day. There are few things mothers love more than family photos. Take advantage of New Smyrna Beach’s picturesque scenery and book a photographer for a golden hour shoot. We recommend Little’s Portraits as they know the best NSB spots and times for your group pictures. They’ll send your edited prints shortly after, and they’ll be ready to hang on your mom’s gallery wall. If you dabble in photography, use our NSB photo spot guide for finding the most scenic backdrops.

Spend an evening on the open water

Everyone knows that girls just wanna have fun! Treat your mom to a nautical adventure on the open sea with Fun Cat Sailing. This company offers 2-3 hour sailboat cruises that allow you to soak up sun, enjoy the salty breeze, and see NSB from a new perspective. Their Swim & Sail tour is ideal for families with kids as the boat stops for a shore excursion and allows for swimming. If you seek a classy evening, sign up for their sunset cruise which includes complimentary beverages and snacks. There’s nothing more relaxing than wine, cheese, a sailboat, and an orange pink sky over the ocean.

There’s nothing like a Mother’s Day weekend in New Smyrna Beach to show your mom how much you love her. Make plans now and start browsing our website for Mother’s Day vacation rentals. You’ll find direct oceanfront, ocean view, pet-friendly, luxury, private home, and more rental options on our website. Need help planning? Call us at 386.478.7863!