Last spring, when it was time to plan a Mother's Day meet-up with my mom, Robin, Carmel beat out all competition. We wanted to stick to the basics (shopping and eating!), but step outside our comfort zones. I set my sights on two Northern California pastimes: plein air (or open-air) painting and beach yoga. The result: a very special, customized mother-daughter vacation with plenty of room to let loose and laugh.