Celebrate Mother’s Day in Portage County!

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This Sunday is the day you better remember NOT to forget! But are you stuck for ideas for Mother’s Day? Can’t think of any local places Mom might like to go? Are you on a tight budget and want to do something special but can’t afford much?

Here are some great ideas that can help with all of the above. At least one of these ideas will appeal to your mother and can make for a very special time out together or a unique gift.

Mouth Watering Mom Meals

Thorn Creek Winery and Gardens Mother’s Day Brunch

thorncreekThornCreek will serve their popular brunch from 11:00 – 1:00. Let the ladies in your life relax and enjoy the award winning wines while choosing from items including Blueberry Strata, Roasted Chicken Salad, Caesar Salad, Bagels, Pastries and more!

Not only will you enjoy the meal, but there are beautiful gardens designed by the owner David Thorn who is a professional landscaper. Gift boxes of ThornCreek wines are also available. Boxes of one, two or three varieties can be prepared during your winery visit or you can call ahead and have them ready to go.

Reservations are required for this event.

Sunday, May 12
11 – 1 p.m.

155 Treat Road
Aurora, Ohio 44202
330-562-9245
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emma mariesEmma Marie’s Italiano

“Emma Marie’s is amazing. We have been there about 4 times and it just gets better and better. The Chef is a true artist. Emma Marie’s offers amazing fresh food (love the fish), talented staff and a comfortable atmosphere. I will go again and again. They are a breath of fresh air in this community of fast over processed food.” Trip Advisor

161 N Chestnut St.
Ravenna,OH 44266
330-298-9773
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PORTAGE-FranklinConnSign_DSF0023Hit the Trail, Mom!

If your mom is the outdoor lover, this is the perfect choice! Pack a picnic lunch with a handwritten note tucked inside and take her to the Portage Hike & Bike Trail! (Plus – it’s free!)

Park at Towner’s Woods Park at 2296 Ravenna Road in Franklin Township or at Cleveland Road where the trail crosses the road about a half mile north of Main Street in Ravenna. This 6.2 mile trail is an easy hike or bike on crushed limestone. It’s handicap accessible too. Plenty of wildflowers are blooming and birds abound, especially in early morning.

Download a Trail map
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Mom Tours a Fashion Museum

undressbanner2_3Take Mom on a journey through the centuries at Kent State University’s Main Campus and let her experience nine galleries devoted to many of the world’s great fashion designers and artists, with changing exhibitions spanning the world, from 18th Century to present day including European, American gowns, celebrity gowns, and traditional dress.The collection goes beyond clothing and textiles to also include American glass, furniture, paintings and other decorative arts.

Free on Sundays!
Noon to 4:45 p.m.

Located at the corner of East Main Street (Route 59) and South Lincoln Streets.
515 Hilltop Dr.
Kent, OH 44242
(330) 672-3450
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Shop Till You Drop Mom

Aurora Farms Premium Outlets

Aurora B1_fullIf your mom is addicted to high energy shopping experiences, this is THE place to go! It’s really a city within a city! With 70 shops plus Hershey’s Ice Cream, Pizza, Subway, and Treichel’s Grille – this could be the best day of Mom’s life! If you’re feeling especially loving and generous, purchase a Simon gift card ahead of time by clicking HERE. Serve her a light breakfast of fresh fruit and a muffin with your special handwritten note inside that card you already bought, and hide the gift card wrapped inside her napkin. Oh how she will sing your praises for days afterward! And those Simon gift cards have no expiration dates! Click HERE for a current list of the many, many shops and the in store sales they are currently running.

Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
549 South Chillicothe Road
Aurora, OH 44202
(330) 562-2000

Daybreak Lavender Farmdaybreak-lavender-farm

On the other hand, if Mom is much more comfortable in a quieter rural setting or loves organic homemade and handmade products, then Daybreak Lavender Farm is a must visit boutique.

Everything in their store is hand-made on The Farm. Ask one of the associates to take you on the free Scent Journey to learn which scent family is yours. Sniff everything in sight! Sniffing – and spritzing with their amazing Fresh Lavender Vodka Splash which is always free. Relax in The Toile Lounge and savor their Complementary Lavender Tasting Buffet. Sip some Lavender Chamomile Tea. Savor Lavender Tea Cakes. And swoon over the Lavender & Dark Chocolate Truffles.

soapThe boutique is NOT open on Sundays, so another day trip will need to be planned, but that would be a fun outing for her to look forward to. You can also go online HERE and purchase a gift certificate right then and there and present it to Mom on her day. She can then take her time and look through this incredibly huge website loaded down with all kinds of lavender products. Perhaps a small lavender plant with your little personal note placed among the leaves could accompany the certificate.

Streetsboro Boutique
9292 Market Square Drive
Streetsboro, OH 44241
330-212-3135

Year ‘Round Regular Hours
Wednesday – Saturday
Noon until 4 p.m.

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Alrighty! You should be set now! No excuses! These ideas should provide enough variety to cover the interests of all kinds of Moms and offer something for all kinds of budgets. Make this Mother’s Day one of her most memorable….and make sure to include that handwritten note in the card!

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