Colebrookdale Railroad specializes in expertly bringing back experiences from a bygone era, and its Mother's Day excursions are no exception. The train departures on May 9-10 include high tea, served onboard by a staff in formal dress and starched white aprons. The trains are fully decorated, the menu includes scones and dessert and your outing may include music.
OLD GUARD HOUSE INN
Seat Mom at a table at The Old Guard House and let the menu work its magic. She'll have a tough time choosing from among four appetizers (including jumbo shrimp cocktail and wild mushroom soup), salads that feature a chopped BLT option and main courses of that range from sautéed Dover sole to veal Oscar.
COPPERFIELD INN AT LAKESIDE
Got a big brood? The Copperfield Inn at Lakeside can easily accommodate. Parties over eight members get their own seating times (10 a.m. to noon for brunch; 4-6 p.m. for dinner), minimizing waits. Tiny tots under age four are free.
ELMWOOD PARK ZOO
The Mother's Day celebration at Elmwood Park Zoo is a two-day event, running May 9-10. The all-you-can-eat brunch includes a fantastic spread - plus complimentary photos, card-making, entertainment and animalistic surprises. Seatings both days are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
CLUB AT SHANNONDELL
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the buffet tables at Chadwick's Restaurant & Bar, within the Club at Shannondell, will be laden with Mother's Day goodies. The service covers the full spectrum of breakfast, lunch and dinner, so early birds can partake - as well as those seeking a reservation (required, by the way) later in the day.
BLACK POWDER TAVERN
George Washington was very devoted to Martha, mother of his stepchildren, raising them as if they were his own. To emulate Washington's high regard for motherhood, dine at the Black Powder Tavern's Mother's Day Brunch Buffet. The full range of menu items is available from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the cost includes a complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary.
LANDIS CREEK GOLF CLUB
Give mom a whole day on the links. Grab a tee time at Landis Creek Golf Club, and before the round, treat her to the chef creations at The Loft, serving from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A spread of salads is guaranteed to be among the choices, so mom can eat her greens and then land a perfect shot on them.
CROWNE PLAZA VALLEY FORGE
Maybe Mom wants to spend her day browsing summer fashions at King of Prussia Mall. Send her off fully energized from the Mother's Day Brunch Buffet at the Crowne Plaza. Options include selections from various carving, omelet and waffle stations; salads; breakfast, entrees with sides and desserts that include chocolate covered strawberries.
THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER
Mom can eat all day, if she chooses to, at Normandy Farm/The Farmer's Daughter. Start her off with the Challah French Toast or Eggs Benedict at breakfast time. Perhaps a soup or salad for lunch. And dinner is a three-course price fixe experience that offers oven-roasted duck, overnight-braised lamb and dessert choices that include vanilla fudge baked Alaska.
THE CAPITAL GRILLE
The plush atmosphere of The Capital Grille shows Mom the high regard you have for her and her role in your family. Enjoy the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. array of breakfast stations, carving stations, seafood bar, salads and dessert table.
THE MELTING POT
A mother has a way of making your heart melt, doesn't she? A meal at The Melting Pot will show her exactly how you feel. The kitchen here is serving up a four-course price fixe dining experience that begins with an incredible mac-and-five-cheese appetizer. The salad course features pears and gorgonzola, and centerpiece dishes include cold-water lobster tail. Dessert - ah dessert! - is either a specially made tiramisu or a selection of decadent fondues.
ARNOLD'S FAMILY FUN CENTER
Put an interesting spin on the traditional Mother's Day outing at Arnold's Family Fun Center. Grab a kid-friendly meal at the Bistro & Bar, where Mom can dig into the potato skins, coconut shrimp and sizzling burger. Then, it's buy-one-get-one on bowling, so mom throws for free.
VALLEY FORGE CASINO RESORT
Valley Forge Casino Resort consistently sets a high mark for style with its Mother's Day Champagne Brunch. Amid the copious entrees, sides, salads, fruit, crudité and other delectables is a fountain of cascading bubbly, perfect for a toast to your matriarch.
1750 BISTRO AT HOLIDAY INN LANSDALE
Sure, other breakfast buffets on Mother's Day feature carving stations and custom-built omelets. But how many also offer mini-Maryland crab cakes and Ratatouille Nicoise? 1750 Bistro does. The chef's dessert table cannot be skipped, even for just the fresh fruit display with raspberry dipping sauce.
HISTORIC GENERAL WARREN
For a Mother's Day meal with historic significance, get a reservation at the Historic General Warren Restaurant. Dinner selections here (noon to 8 p.m.) start with options like snapper soup and lobster-corn chowder, after which mother may select a lovely rack of lamb, wild caught salmon or serving of beef Wellington.
The Desmond's culinary expertise makes it a go-to favorite, especially for an event like Mother's Day. The pampering here will make Mom feel like a queen, especially when she samples the crab imperial, stuffed with blood-orange ginger burre blanc. No matter how full she will be at the end of the meal, chances are she will at least taste the chocolate-peanut butter bread pudding.
On Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, Byers' Choice in Chalfont will be celebrating mom with a box lunch tea. Enjoy sandwiches, scones and dessert while sipping tea or lemonade. The weekend also includes the Byers' Choice American Artisan Showcase, a juried craft fair that includes jewelry, glass, ceramics, fashion and more. Visitors can also create their own Caroler figurine.