Make Mothers Day a Mothers Weekend!

Champagne, Locomotives and Wild Animals!  A Mothers Day Weekend to Remember, May 10 and 11

Mothers Day is May 11 this year, and brunch on Sunday with mom is always a great way to celebrate her day. We have some fine choices for the mid day meal here in Calaveras, and we thought we’d give you a few extra ideas as well to make an especially fun Mothers Day Weekend in the foothills.

Saturday Safari

PAWS Animal Welfare Sanctuary

Courtesy of PAWS

For about the last 15 years, Calaveras County has been home to the Performing Animal Welfare Society or PAWS, which provides refuge for several types of large wildlife – elephants, tigers, lions and bears.  During the PAWS spring open house on Saturday May 10, guests can hop on a shuttle bus for a tour around the property outside of San Andreas and get to know some of these remarkable animals – from behind the safety of a large fence, of course.  Shuttles will run throughout the event, allowing guests to move at their own pace, snacks and beverages will be provided.  You’re welcome to pack your own lunch as well, and PAWS recommends a comfortable pair of walking shoes.  All entrance fees from the event help maintain the facility and ensure a luxurious retirement for the rescued animal residents.

Saturday May 10, 11am-2pm
1250 Pool Station Rd, San Andreas, CA 95249
Tickets: 209-745-2606   or online at
San Andreas Office: 209-754-9950
Adults $50; Seniors and kids under 12, $25

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

You’ll find Saturday yoga classes at either end of the county, in Mokelumne Hill at the Hotel Leger, or Yoga with Colleen in Murphys at Intelligent Body Studio (upstairs from Mad About Shoes on Main Street).  Both are open to the public, are by donation and are over before noon, leaving you with the afternoon to get out for say, a guided hike through Calaveras Big Trees State Park at 12:30pm, included with park admission or a guided historical walking tour of Murphys.  Starts at 10am at the Old Timers Museum.

Love Trains?

Wildflower Train Rides at Railtown 1897

Springtime train rides at Railtown 1897

 Did you know there was a National Train Day?  Indeed, and it’s happening Saturday May 10 at Railtown1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown.  Spend the afternoon exploring seldom seen vintage railroad equipment and take a ride on a steam or diesel locomotive through the Gold Country.  Or, pay a visit on Sunday for the Mothers Day Train Rides,  with special treats for moms aboard the regularly scheduled excursions – definitely a fun choice if you’re in town with train loving kids.

Prices:  Adults $15,  Youth 6-17, $8

Mothers Day Brunch

What about the food?  The Sunday brunch line-up gives you plenty of choices, depending on where in the county you find yourself.  Be sure to call now for reservations and to get any updates on the menu.  Here’s a brief overview:

Hotel Leger
8304 Main Street, Mokelumne Hill CA 95245
Brunch 10am -3pm;  $29 adults;  $12 ages 6-12;  5 and under free

Murphys Hotel
457 Main Street, Murphys CA 95247
209-728-3444 or 1-800-532-7684
Champagne Brunch Buffet  10:30am – 3:30pm;  $34.95 adults; $12.95 ages 7-12;  $7.95  ages 7 and under

Ironstone Vineyards
1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys CA 95247
Champagne Brunch, Two Seatings at 10:30am and 1:00pm;  $34.95 adults; $14.95 ages 6-12;  $7.95 ages 6 and under

V Bistro
402 Main Street, Murphys CA 95247
Brunch every Sunday,  call for Mothers Day details and reservations

Outer Aisle Foods
164 Hwy 4, Murphys CA 95247

Mothers Day Brunch 10am-3pm, call for details and reservations

425 Main Street, Suite B, Murphys CA 95247
Mother’s Day Brunch and bottomless mimosa’s on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm

CAMPS Restaurant at Greenhorn Creek
676 McCauley Ranch Rd., Angels Camp, CA 95222
Brunch 11:30am – 2:00pm, call for special Mothers Day menu and reservations

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