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Spend Mother's Day on the Water at Shoreline Lake

Rent something lake-worthy and head out into the holiday sunshine.

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    Rent something lake-worthy and head out into the holiday sunshine on Sunday, May 13.

    HOW MANY TIMES... did you and your mom play outside when you were a tot? Did she join in some games of tag? Did you head to the beach together or a park for a picnic? Our lives with our mommy weren't always built around the den or kitchen, but yards, playgrounds, and other out-in-the-fresh-air locations, too. If you're still an advocate of the joys of being in the fresh air, and sunshine, and enjoying pursuits on a lovely spring day, there's a way to circle that sunny sweetness back around to your mom. For Mother's Day is just ahead — Sunday, May 13 is the date — and while many restaurants'll be serving up sumptuous brunches with all the trimmings, there are a few places that are all about being outdoors together. One spot is Shoreline Lake, where a few different modes of on-the-water transport can be rented. Which means that you and your mom could actually and really be on a...

    PADDLEBOAT... on Mother's Day, a work-together enterprise that may deliver a few laughs along the way (and, certainly, some nice exertion). There are a few sailing choices that have a skipper, and some that don't, but mom can step aboard "... a sailboat, windsurfer, kayak, canoe, rowboat, or stand up paddleboard" at the lake, if any tempt her or the family. Where to go for this wave-tastic fun? The Boathouse will be your starting point.

    AS FOR DINING OPTIONS? Look for the American Bistro, and the picnics offered by the eatery. Picnicking, a paddleboat, sunshine, fresh air, and a holiday in honor of our moms? What a winning day out, if your favorite person is a fresh-air-ish, picnic-loving, lake-loving enthusiasts of days spent outdoors. Head for Mountain View for all of the water-whimsical fun.