Whether you want to indulge in delicious deserts, dine at beautiful buffets, spend some time in the spa, or even ride the railroad tracks, Nevada has you covered this Mother’s Day. Take a look at some of the special offers across the state for mothers everywhere:


Carson City

With a rhythmic “choo-choo,” the Virginia and Truckee Railroad will come alive this Mother’s Day weekend as the vintage diesel engines offers a chance to take a trip back to the Wild West. vtrailway.com

These special edition train rides from Carson City to the 1860s boom-era mining town of Virginia City will provide Mom with a long stem rose, old West history, storytelling, shopping, and dining in Virginia City to go along with the spectacular scenery. The special diesel train will run Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015.

Retracing the famous Comstock-era right-of-way, the historic diesel train travels the same silver route paved by miners of that time. The ride features scenic vistas of the Carson River and majestic Sierra Nevada, with engines passing through two tunnels, abandoned mine shafts, and old cemeteries along countryside where sightings of wild mustangs are routine.

Tickets can be purchased online at vtrailway.com or 877-724-5007. The train leaves the depot at 10 a.m. and returns at 4:15 p.m. with a stop in Virginia City.


Art Festival of Henderson

Mother’s Day weekend gets a splash of color! The annual fine art and craft show on Saturday and Sunday features a variety of artist booths, two stages of live entertainment, and food. Discover your creative side with a colorful palette of interactive art activities for the children and chalk art masterpieces at the Imagination Station. The event is located at the Henderson Events Plaza and goes from  9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free. The festival is still seeking participants for the chalk art competition. There is no cost to participate. Applications are due Friday, May 8. Call 702-267-2171 for more information.

Las Vegas

Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa is offering a special Mother’s Day Brunch. Mom’s special brunch will be held at Rick’s Cafe from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m., offering a variety of flavorful and delicious dishes for all to enjoy. From the seafood extravaganza selections and Mediterranean bar to the signature breakfast dishes, kids selections, and sushi bar, this brunch is like no other. In addition to a delightful brunch, moms can relax at the revitalizing Spa Moulay, bask in the sun at the resort’s adult pool, splash around with the kids at the family pool or indulge in signature cuisine at Marssa Steak & Sushi.


Millies24, the namesake restaurant of Eldorado founder Don Carano’s mother, pays tribute to mothers this year with special entrees served from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. A seafood omelette features crab, shrimp, and scallops in a fluffy omelette with grilled asparagus and hollandaise with fresh fruit riding sidecar. Or try chicken scampi: succulent chicken tenderloins tossed with linguini in a light garlic cream sauce with garlic bread. A baby arugula and spinach salad built with fresh, cool greens, goat cheese, fresh beets, apples and pecans drizzled with a light vinaigrette rounds out the extensive menu. Mothers dining at Millies24 on Mother’s Day will receive a free dessert.

Mother’s Day brunch at The Buffet is served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $27.99 for adults, $14.99 for children younger than 10, and $22.99 for Club Eldorado gold card members and above.

Roxy, La Strada and The Prime Rib Grill are serving their regular menus on Mother’s Day, but moms choosing to dine in these fine establishments will receive a free dessert to honor them on their special day. Roxy, La Strada, and The Prime Rib Grill all open at 5 p.m. on Mother’s Day.



The Nevada Northern Railway, a National Historic Landmark, offers free rides to all moms on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10. Treat mom to a trip aboard a historic passenger coach pulled by a locomotive. Passengers will enjoy a ride through remarkable Robinson Canyon. Trains depart at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Open daily, except Tuesdays from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. through Memorial Day weekend, the museum is located at 1100 Ave. A in Ely, Nev. The Railway’s historic trains run between three communities on 30 miles of track in White Pine County. The Railway museum complex includes a full-service rail yard encompassing fifty-six acres with dozens of buildings, shops and structures. The museum collection consists of three steam locomotives, six diesel locomotives and over sixty pieces of rolling stock. The museum also houses an extensive paper record of the railroad’s operations.

Regular rides include caboose and engine rides, the steam excursion train (a 90-minute train ride on a train pulled by a century-old steam locomotive toward Ruth Mine), as well as the opportunity to ride with the engineer. Diesel train excursions and reenactment train robbery rides are also available on certain weekends. Guests can also stay the night either in the historic caboose or railroad bunkhouse.