1. Take her to the movies (in the car) It's not a done deal yet, but Josh Frank hopes to bring his retro-chic pop-up drive-in theater back to Minturn by the end of this month -- that is, if he can get enough locals to reserve tickets online to warrant a 2020 return of "America's Highest Drive-In." Splurge on a $300 season pass, and your family of four, from the socially distant comfort of the family truckster, can enjoy more than two-dozen big-screen classics, from "Call of the Wild" (May 28) to "Independence Day" (July 4) and other blockbusters from days past yet-to-be-scheduled through the end of August. bluestarlitedrivein.com
2. Take her to the movies (from home) Just last week, with social distancing restrictions not quite relaxed enough to allow an event that usually packs hundreds of film buffs shoulder-to-shoulder in the Vail Mountain School auditorium, Sean Cross made the difficult decision to take the Vail Film Festival online, pivoting the scheduled May 15-17 festival from an in-person event to a weekend of binge watching 50-some short films by some of the world's best female directors that can be streamed directly to your home theater, via Apple TV. The cost of a festival pass? $40 -- the average price of a dozen roses. vailfilmfestival.com
3. Take her on a picnic You may not be able to practice the annual ritual of the Mom's Day brunch thanks to a certain public health menace that's lingering like an uninvited houseguest, but you can still make her day by packing a picnic and taking a hike to Meadow Mountain or one of our many local beauty spots. In Vail Village (100 E Meadow Dr, 970-476-7925; deliziosovail.com), La Bottega's Delizioso gourmet market offers a cornucopia of options for build-your-own brunchers, from house-made baguettes and ciabatta loaves to wheels of brie and links of genoa salami paired with bottles of wine to go. Down valley in Edwards (50 Edwards Village Blvd, 970-446-6830; hoveyandharrison.com), Hovey & Harrison's Mother's Day special treats (for pickup Sat. May 9 between 10 a.m. - noon), including a French breakfast board, quiche, or smoked salmon platter ($40), a box filled with Chef Molly's favorite cookies and candies ($25), and supersized rendition of the bakery's signature monkey bread ($25), paired with discounted-to-$25 bottles of French and domestic rosés, or a Loire Valley Sancerre.
4. Take brunch to her Maya (the signature restaurant at The Westin in Avon; 126 Riverfront Ln, 970-790-5500; richardsandoval.com) is only on letter away from Mama, which may explain why families typically pack the dining room every Mother's Day. But not this one, thanks to social distancing. With that in mind, Maya is offering a to-go version of it's classic Mom's Day brunch, including roasted vegetable quiche, ham and cheese waffles, smoked salmon salad nicoise, cinnamon rolls and DIY mimosas, for $25 per person (order via phone by 5 pm on Friday May 8 for pickup at The Westin on Sunday between 9 - 11 a.m.
5. Say "Hygge Mother's Day!" Hygge (pronounced hoo-GAH) is a Danish word that roughly translates as "cozy." It's also the name of a mom-and-pop boutique on Eagle-Vail's Green Mile (41149 US Hwy 6 & 24, 970 331-5745; hyggelife.com) that specializes in all-things-cozy, stuff that everyone in "these uncertain times" can love, and nobody more so than a stuck-at-home mom. For that very reason, the store has curated a trio of Mother's Day gift boxes ($75-$149), including one stuffed with salted honey caramels, chocolate bars, a denim hand towel, a candle in a tin travel holder, a Japanese paper wine bag (you supply the vino), and a sweet card that pretty much says it all.