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Mother’s Day 2010: Ideas Galore

Mother's DaySure, the handmade cards, hand-picked flowers and breakfast in bed (cereal and toast) are incredibly sweet gestures and much appreciated by mom, but they may not be enough to fuel Mom for an action-packed weekend in Reno Tahoe USA!

We here at VisitRenoTahoe.com have made it easy for you and compiled a list of events and special offers for Mom this weekend.

Mother’s Day Giveaway

Enter Mom to win a special Mother’s Day package courtesy of the Summit and Eldorado. From May 3 through 8 you can enter to win a deluxe package at participating stores at the Summit.

Women who visit The Summit from 11am to 3pm during these days will receive offers such as 20 percent off at Ann Taylor, a free makeover from Dillard’s, up to $50 off a purchase at Gesture, a free mini-facial from Merle Norman and much more. The deluxe package features a one night stay at the Eldorado Spa Tower, two tickets to the popular “Shake, Rattle and Roll” show, dinner for two at the Eldorado, a $100 gift card to The Summit Lifestyle Center, a make-over and cosmetics from Sephora, new dress and shoes from Dillard’s, as well as hair styling and products from Lisa’s Beauty and a rosemary mint awakening treatment from Tangerine Aveda.

Mother’s Day Dining

Don’t you dare let Mom lift a finger on her special day! There’s no better way to say ‘Thank You’ than to treat Mom to a special dinner. Here are a few great ways to keep everyone out of the kitchen on Sunday, May 9th.

At the Atlantis enjoy the Mother’s Day Gourmet Brunch Extravaganza in the Grand Ballroom from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a lavish brunch featuring, Shrimp Scampi, Pan-seared Filet Medallions with Cognac Demi-Glace, Omelets, Caesar and Spanish Salads, all made to order! Enjoy hand-carved Marmalade Glazed Ham, Slow-Roasted Prime Rib and Rack of Lamb Persille. Seafood lovers rejoice! Enjoy chilled Jumbo Prawns and King Crab, Fresh Salmon with Chardonnay Dill, Maryland Crab Cakes, Smoked Salmon and Scallops, Mussels with Papaya and Mango Relish, Oysters Rockefeller, Lobster Bisque and so much more! A selection of dessert is topped off with a flowing Chocolate Fountain! The Mother’s Day Gourmet Brunch Extravaganza is $34.99 for adults and $13.99 for children, 4-11 years old. Reservations are welcome. Visit.

Or head to the Silver Legacy for the Flavor’s Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch where each mom will receive a colorful carnation. Enjoy specialty dishes like the juicy Slow Roasted Prime Rib, tender Pecan Crusted Pork Loin and Steamed Cha Sui Pork Buns.  Seafood lovers can get their fix with the San Francisco Cioppino, Scallop and Shrimp Scampi, Chilled Crab Legs and more.  Don’t forget about the omelet station or fluffy Belgian Waffles for breakfast.  Flavor’s offers a variety of fresh fruit, soup, salads and desserts. It’s $19.99 for adults and $9.99 for children. Click here for more information.

The Eldorado invites all moms to relax at The Buffet, where Moms can indulge in the Smoked Salmon Benedict and sweet Cinnamon Raisin French Toast with Warm Peach Compote.  They will also be serving their usual specialties, like Classic Cheese Soufflé, Orzo with Tomatos and Feta or Shrimp Scampi Eldorado.  For dinner, sample the Saffron Scented Cous Cous with Pine Nuts, flavorful Peel and Eat Shrimp, Chilled Crab Legs and the savory Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb or Roast Prime Rib.  Don’t forget everyone’s favorite, the Eldorado’s signature Mushroom Ravioli, made fresh in the Pasta Shop daily! Champagne Brunch will be served from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults are $20.99, children are $13.99. Click here for more information.

The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is celebrating Mom with a beautiful brunch at Biscotti’s or Island Buffet. Biscotti’s Tuscan Brunch will feature chilled jumbo prawns, King crab, pan seared salmon steaks and an array of decadent desserts. The Island Buffet will offer prepared-to-order eggs and omelets as well as carving, Asian and Southwestern stations.  Biscotti’s Brunch will be served from 9 am to 2 pm for $28.95 for adults and $14.95 for children ages 4 to 11, with the regular Biscotti’s menu served until 9 pm. The Island Mother’s Day Buffet will be served from 9 am to 9 pm for $24.99 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 4 to 11. Click here for more information.

Harrah’s Reno will be serving up a special Mother’s Day Brunch at Carvings Buffet from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at $15.99 per person or $8.99 per child 12 and under. The brunch will feature snow crab, chilled green mussels, assorted sushi, an omelet station, honey baked ham, turkey breast, biscuits and gravy, hand-crafted salads and delicious desserts. Click here for more information.

Celebrate Mom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget with special menus in the Rotisserie, the Rose Ballroom, Restaurante Orozko, The Steakhouse Grill, Trader Dick’s and Rosie’s Café. A special Mother’s Day brunch will be served in the Rose Ballroom and in the Rotisserie. The appetizer station will include Peel and Eat Shrimp, Seafood Salad, Smoked Fish, Nugget Caesar Salad and Fresh Strawberries. Feast on Eggs Benedict, Biscuits and Country Gravy, Grilled Salmon and Nugget’s Fried Chicken. At the Carving Station, create your own omelet or waffle, or enjoy the Nugget’s famous Salt-Roasted Prime Rib, honey-baked ham or roast turkey. For dessert, choose from an assortment of fresh-made cakes, pies, pastries and mousses. The Rotisserie serves brunch from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Rose Ballroom serves brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults are $21.95 and children 5-11 are $11.95. Restaurante Orozko will serve a champagne brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 800-648-1177 or click here.

Or take Mom to Old World Italy at Zozo’s for the Mother’s Day Special from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The special includes soft shell crab, seafood cakes, lobster ravioli, potato crusted halibut, rack of lamb, seafood sauté and strawberry tiramisu. Click here for more information.

Arts, Culture & Recreation

After you’ve stuffed yourself silly, join the Northern Sierra Garden Club on a drive to visit Big Springs Gardens, approximately 1.5 hours from Reno. The garden offers a natural spring, streams and waterfalls, thousands of plants and flowers, two miles of walking trails, gourmet food, and a replica of Monet’s famous bridge. Reservations are required. Visit their site.

For a taste of Reno’s art and culture, head to the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a spectacular concert featuring Hope Briggs singing selections from your favorite opera. Ms. Briggs was Aïda in the 2007 Nevada Opera. She’ll be joined by the Nevada Opera Chorus and accompanied by a live orchestra for a memorable night of beautiful music. Call 775-686-6600 or visit their site.

Treat mom to a special Mother’s Day under the springtime sun with Arts in Bloom. View spectacular chalk drawings and other artwork while enjoying fine food and entertainment at the Sparks Marina from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Proceeds from the 6th annual fes­tival benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Visit here for more information.

Heart To Hand School is holding its 7th annual May Faire on Saturday, May 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the northeast corner of Peckham and Lakeside. Enjoy live music (including bluegrass and classical harp performers), puppet show, “Music Together”, organic foods, arts and crafts activities, artisan booths (including pottery and jewelry making demonstrations that children may try), an obstacle course and other active games for preschool and grade school children, Maypole dancing, juggling and balloon toys, cakewalk, wheelbarrow rides, silent auction and much more. And the best part is it’s FREE! For more information please call 775.348.6622 or visit the Web site.

Of course, the 7th Annual Reno River Festival is town. Help Mom de-stress in the 3rd Annual Run Amuck race on Saturday May 8th, then spend the rest of your day screaming your lungs out in support of the world-class kayakers in the downtown whitewater park. Click here for more information.

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