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Celebrate Mom in Tahoe: Ideas for this Mother’s Day

Autumn Whitney
Eagle Falls, located in Emerald Bay State Park, is a great hike to take this Mother's Day.
Courtesy / Rachid Dahnoun | rachidphoto

Mother’s Day is just around the corner — on Sunday, May 14, it’s time to treat Mom. The day isn’t complete without a hearty morning meal, a decorative bouquet, a nice gift and spending quality time together. Here are our top suggestions for celebrating moms while in Lake Tahoe.


The mid-morning meal is an iconic part of every Mother’s Day. If you’re not feeling up to crafting a home-cooked brunch, plenty of places on the South Shore will open their doors and offer a top-notch breakfast-turned-lunch that Mom is sure to enjoy.

Edgewood Tahoe hosts its annual champagne brunch on Sunday, May 14, beginning at 10 a.m. Enjoy salad, seafood and breakfast stations in addition to entrees featuring seared duck breast, roasted sea bass and more, as well as a prime rib carving station. The meal costs $20 for children and $55 for adults. Call 775-588-2787 to learn more.

The Black Bear Lodge hosts its first pop-up meal prepared by chef Peter Brinckerhoff, formerly of Lone Eagle Grill. For $65 enjoy citrus salad, strawberry-stuffed crepes, crab cake eggs benedict and more. The meal begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday — call 530-544-4451 to reserve a table.

Go for a unique experience with the M.S. Dixie II’s two-hour brunch cruise, which departs at noon. The buffet line features traditional brunch items like seasonal fruit, a variety of salads, steak benedict, waffles, chicken, seafood and more. Reserve tickets online at http://www.zephyrcove.com — children enter for $35 and adults for $85.

Riva Grill and Jimmy’s at the Landing are additional spots to check out — both offer salad, seafood, carving and breakfast stations. Learn more at http://www.rivagrill.com and http://www.thelandingtahoe.com, respectively.


A nice bouquet or floral arrangement goes a long way for most women, and is a Mother’s Day staple. Whether you’re on the North or South Shore, there’s a location for you to get a little something to surprise Mom.

Twine & Dandy recently opened in South Lake Tahoe and offers “wild and whimsical floral design,” according to the site. The arrangements evoke a woodsy, organic feel with a mix of textures. Learn more about ordering online at http://www.twineanddandy.com.

Each week the Enchanted Florist team receives fresh blossoms from Hawaii. Styles range from elegant and traditional to trendy and tropical, and there are even special Mother’s Day selections. Orders must be placed two days in advance — check out the inventory at http://www.southlaketahoeenchantedflorist.com.

SuZu’s Petals and Wanda’s Floral & Gift are some of the many spots to visit while on the North Shore. From unexpected textures like pine cones and sea shells to the unique feel that comes with a small-town shop, the two locations have it all. Visit http://www.suzuspetals.com and http://www.wandasflowers.com, respectively.


Apart from a simple floral decoration, treat your mom to a unique gift that’s special to Tahoe.

FATCO, located on Kingsbury Grade, specializes in health-conscious beauty products. The spot offers deodorants, face cream, body butter and more — and all are made with cow fat, making for an interesting spin on a traditional gift.

The Cork & More is known for its large selection of wines and cheeses, so why not get both? The family-owned shop offers gift baskets that provide a taste of the region, or you can create your own basket based on Mom’s needs. Visit the spot at 1032 Al Tahoe Blvd.

Wildwood Maker’s Market showcases the talent of local artists and their handcrafted goods, in addition to independent makers from Etsy, Instagram and more. According to the website, the artwork and items featured in this store all have a special story—and make great gifts for Mom. From jewelry to woodworks and more, there’s something for everyone in the eclectic mix of art. Learn more at http://www.wildwooddiy.com.


No Tahoe Mother’s Day is complete without time spent outdoors — at the height of spring the region offers a plethora of scenic hikes that will allow you to spend a half- or full-day together as a family.

Fallen Leaf Lake is a famous Tahoe spot that’s been seen on the silver screen a couple times (“The Bodyguard” and “City of Angels”). The hike is a casual, and approximate two-mile, stroll that’s dog-friendly, making it the perfect spot for a half-day adventure complete with a picnic.

Within Emerald Bay State Park is Eagle Falls, found off California Route 89. The hike is less than a mile, which means it’s accessible for the entire family. Once you arrive, the backcountry scenery is sure to take your breath away.

Van Sickle Bi-State Park is only a few minutes away from the casinos, and because of its location is likely among the first trails to be free of snow. Countless trails meet up along the way, but as you climb in elevation you’re rewarded with views of the lake you won’t soon forget.

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