How to spend the perfect Mother’s Day at Lake Tahoe

By: Sam Pinsky

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner. There are so many things you could do, but what will mom enjoy most? If you’re planning to spend the day in Lake Tahoe, you’re already off to a great start.

In Lake Tahoe, it’s easy to plan a fun and memorable day. Our local businesses love moms just as much as we do, and are going all out to ensure she has the day that she deserves – that she’s earned. Enjoy the outdoors, the spa, a nice meal with a view, or do it all. You can’t go wrong with flowers and food, but the south shore will be bustling with fun ways to wow mom this Sunday.


Treat Mom to an elegant Mother’s Day dining experience right on the lake at Edgewood Tahoe at the Bistro, offering a la carte brunch. Riva Grill offers a lovely Champagne Brunch for Mom at Ski Run Marina and Mother’s Day Brunch at the The Grove Restaurant at Historic Camp Richardson Resort will not disappoint! Celebrate Mom at the Alpine Union and Park Prime Steakhouse inside the Golden Nugget Lake Tahoe Resort. Tahoe Tavern & Grill will mesmerize mom with a magnificent brunch! Toulouse restaurant at the Station House Inn will offer Mother’s Day Brunch on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm. Skip the breakfast in bed routine this Mother’s Day. Instead, treat Mom to an unlimited feast! Don’t let her lift a finger (except to grab another plate) at FiRE+iCE! Celebrate the wonderful women in our lives at the Getaway Café –  We’ve cooked up some incredible specials that we’ll be serving in addition to our full menu. 3140 Highway 50, Meyers, CA 96155. The Grove at Camp Richardson will offer a lake front Mother’s Day brunch from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm alongside their regular menu. Margaritaville Lake Tahoe has a special Mother’s Day Brunch at Come Monday Café! The Cocktail Corner is hosting a Mother’s Day brunch. They will offer brunch specials and bottomless mimosas from 10 am to 2 pm.

Riva Grill on the Lake - Tahoe
Riva Grill on the Lake

Spas & Relaxation

Lake Tahoe has many spa locations that will get even the most tense mothers to relax and unwind. The Spa at the Landing Tahoe offers facials, massages and body treatments for different conditions and needs. Our favorite is the hydrating Emerald Bay facial. Their menu is quite extensive and they offer online reservations.

Consider joining mom for a deep tissue or hot stone massage available at many of the spas on the south shore. You can get a massage at BioSpirit Day Spa with a eucalyptus steam treatment included in the price. If you feel like you need a customized facial, check out the Elements of Tahoe day spa. If you’ve already enjoyed the spectacular view from the Bistro at Edgewood Tahoe and are curious what else they have to offer, the Spa at Edgewood Tahoe offers the ultimate relaxation experience.

Spa at the Landing Tahoe

Shopping & Activities

Mom wants to go shopping on Mother’s Day? Of course she does. Lake Tahoe offers lots of shopping options and places to explore. The shops at Heavenly Village is a one-stop shop where you’ll find local artisan goods as well as designer brands, popular restaurants and an outdoor pavilion. With so many shops and eateries, you can easily spend the entire day there. If you want to shop local arts and crafts check out one of these places.

Lake Tahoe Paint and Sip
Photo | Lake Tahoe Paint and Sip

Want to create something together instead of buying it? We suggest Lake Tahoe Paint and Sip for an afternoon paint session with drinks flowin’ and lots of laughs. Even if you’re not artistically inclined, a little liquid inspiration is all you need. If they can make me look good, I can assure you’ll be alright, you might even surprise yourself.

Enjoy the Outdoors

Head over to Tahoe Bike Company and take a Surrey for a spin! These two, four, and six person bikes are a great way to get lakeside and see it all in half the time that it takes to walk.

Tahoe Bike Company
Photo |Tahoe Bike Company

With so many hiking trails in Lake Tahoe, it’s easy to take Mom out for a day in the outdoors. Whether you choose to hike to a hidden waterfall, discover the historic town of Genoa, experience the charm of Virginia City, or go for a scenic day cruise on Lake Tahoe, there are plenty of attractions and activities to do outside.

If you want to venture out a bit, the Virginia & Truckee Railroad is running a Mother’s Day Special before they even officially open for the season. This 24 mile narrated trip will take you back to the bonanza days with beautiful scenery, wild horses, and nature the whole way. This one is well worth the trip.

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