The Mother’s Day To Do List

Keep it simple and keep the focus on Mom.

Want to have a great day Mom-style? Just go through the list. It's all Mom-tested, Mom-approved.

Top Places for Shopping

Tucson Premium Outlets at Marana Center - Premium designer brands at affordable prices. 

Arizona Pavilions Shopping Center off Cortaro Road near I-10 - Wide selection of discount chain brands.

Harley Davidson of Tucson in Marana at Ina Road and I-10 - Motorcycles and lifestyle accessories in an art gallery-like showroom.

Bookman’s in Marana on Ina Road - A local favorite with new and reused books, objects, jewlery, and more.

Guitar Center in Marana on River Road at Orange Grove - A palace of musical instruments, lessons, and accessories. 

Top Places for Brunch/Lunch/Dinner

CORE Kitchen at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain - One of only two Forbes Four Star-rated restaurants in the region. 

Cayton’s Burger Bistro at Dove Mountain Golf Club - Starting at 11:00 am. Generous and succulent luxury comfort food. 

Baja Café on Ina Road - Local favorite for huge portions of surprisingly inventive breakfast foods (and more).

La Olla Mexican Café - Local's secret for fresh and modern Sonoran regional food

La Parrilla Suiza on Ina Road - Many choices, comfortable dining areas, delicious for the whole family 

Mariscos Chihuahua on Ina Road - Fresh Mexican seafood

Cortaro Sushi - All-you-can-eat and special rolls.

Ignite Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain - A classy grown-up Mom's evening out with a patio view.

Things to Do


The Wild Burro Trail - Easy walking and lots of birds, plants, and interesting things to see.

El Rio Preserve - Perfect for a short stroll and serious bird watching.

Topgolf Marana - Hang out in a bay. Whack a few golf balls. Order some drinks. Life is good. Very good.

Splitting Timber Axe Throwing at Tucson Premium Outlets at Marana Center - Does Mom need a release? Oh yes. She does.

Harkins Theatres Arizona Pavilions 12 - The Avengers or The Curse of La Llorona? Mom gets to pick.


Saguaro National Park West - Easy hiking, lots of photograph opportunities.

Bike the Tortolita Mountains - If Mom likes to get vertical with her bike, this is the ultimate thing for her.

Sit and Sip

Button Brew House off Ina Road near I-10 - Top local microbrewery that is a favorite among the brewers themselves. 

Catalina Brewing Company off Ina Road near I-10 - The local microbrewery that focuses on Sonoran Desert wild foods and locally-sourced seasonal ingredients.

Casa Marana Craft Beer & Wine Bar near Cortaro Road and I-10 - Excellent choices of craft beer and wine from all over the U.S.

Caps & Corks Craft Beer & Wine Store on Orange Grove near I-10 - After Guitar Center, head here for selected craft beer and wine. 

Dove Mountain Brewing Co. - Largest selection of locally crafted beer on tap in the area.

Growler's Taphouse - Modern pub food and many craft beers to choose from.

Quick Gift Certificate Ideas

Spa Treatments at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Spa - One of the few Forbes Four Star-rated spas in the State.

Tucson Premium Outlet Mall and Retail Gift Cards - Stop by the Guest Services Desk in the food court and choose from more than 50 gift cards.

Volare Helicopters Ride at Marana Regional Airport - Give Mom a sightseeing helicopter tour over Saguaro National Park West and beyond.

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