More flowers? Expensive chocolate? Another blender? Sunday, May 10 (aka Mother's Day) is quickly approaching, so by now you should have a gift ready, wrapped and waiting for your Mama. However, if you are anything like me, you do not... I have spent all morning scrambling around for good, fun, different (inexpensive!) ideas on how to spoil MY mother on her special day. From all of my research I was able to compile a short list - I hope this helps you find the perfect gift (or experience) for your Mom.
La Bella Donna Train Ride - Treat Mom & the whole family to a truly unique experience unlike anything else offered in the state of Indiana. The La Bella Donna train journey departs from Fishers Station. Enjoy a quick ride to Forest Park in Noblesville where a special luncheon will be waiting for you at the Forest Park Inn (there is an adult menu & a children's menu for any picky eaters). After the delicious meal, it is time to board the train for a 25-minute trip to Arcadia, where there will be time to tour shops, walk the streets of the historic town or watch art demonstrations. After the tour, the train will board for a return trip to Fishers. The Indiana Transportation Museum will also be sure to pass out a long-stemmed rose to each of the Mothers on board. Seating is limited and reservations are required, so call (317) 773-6000 to reserve your spot!
Race Into the Wineries - If your mom is a wine lover, stop by Ferrin's Fruit Winery in the Carmel, Indiana Arts & Design District to buy a ticket for a weekend visit to the 7 wineries on the Indy Wine Trail that snakes throughout central Indiana. Purchase of a ticket entitles you to a glass of wine and food at each of the 7 wineries. Tickets prices are $22 in advance and $27 during the event weekend; hours are Noon to 6 p.m. May 9 and 10.
Metropolitan Opera Live - For a new spin on the Opera, take Mom to the Hamilton 16 IMAX for a LIVE broadcast of Rossini's La Cenerentola. This event will be shown in select theatres for one day only on Saturday, May 9 at 12:30 p.m. Ticket prices for this special event are: $22 Adult, $20 Senior, $18 Students, $15 Child.
Mother's Day Buffet - For the seventh year in a row, the Mansion at Oak Hill will host a Mother's Day Buffet perfect for mom and grandma. The menu includes carved Prime Rib, Sauteed Chicken with a Champagne Cream Sauce, Cheese Stuffed Shells with Marinara Sauce, Corn Soufflee, a full salad & dessert bar and more. Cost of brunch is just $27.50 for adults and $18.50 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call the office at (317) 843-9850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More - Give a gift certificate so mom can have an overnight with pals at Crop-A-Doodle-Do, Arcadia's scrapbooking Bed & Breakfast...Visit the Atlanta Mercantile for unique gifts then stop by Lisa's Pie Shop for an unforgettable Pie in a Jar ($3-$19 depending on size)...Enjoy a leisurely meal in Noblesville at Matteo's Ristorante Italiano and stroll the Historic Square...Design a custom basket of Indiana goods from Everything Indiana... Spend some time relaxing with mom at Dream Weaver Salon & Day Spa in Fishers.