Southeastern Michigan has a long, rich tradition of many generations of families traveling to these areas over centuries, and that equates to plenty of mothers over the years. Mother’s Day is a time to show your mother how much you care for her in return for the lifetime of caring she’s given you. The Motor City and its surrounding areas have some great specials this Mother’s Day for you to take advantage of.

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 982-6001

This Mother’s Day, The Henry Ford Museum will host a spectacular lunch/brunch for all of those who wish to attend and shower their mothers with love. With the tagline “Elegant, Classy, Affordable, and Delicious,” all four major categories are taken care of for a perfect Mother’s Day spread. The menu will offer a number of sumptuous selections from The Henry Ford’s award-winning culinary staff. Reservations are available starting April 9, and will be required to attend. Please see the website for more details.

Melange (Credit, Michael Ferro)

Mélange Bistro & Wine Bar
312 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 222-0202

This popular bistro in Ann Arbor is extremely “mom-friendly” and even offers to have mothers eat for free (one entree, one mother per table) on Mother’s Day. With a wonderful and expansive wine selection, you can treat your mother and yourself to a truly enjoyable experience as a way of saying thanks for all that your mother does for you. Please see the website and contact Melange Bistro for more details.

Rattlesnake Club
300 River Place Drive
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 567-4400

“Locally-grown, seasonally-sourced and classically-inspired” is the tagline of this immensely popular restaurant that got its roots back in 1988 along the scenic Detroit River. Everything about the Rattlesnake Club perpetuates the fact that it works as hard as possible to get the freshest and most locally-available produce and meats to create an amazing meal for diners. As it did last Mother’s Day, the Rattlesnake Club will be hosting yet another wonderful brunch for mothers and their families. More information is available on the website.

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The entrance gate to the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. (Credit, Michael Ferro)

The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
1100 Lake Shore Road
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236
(313) 884-4222

Looking for something a little more permanent to reflect upon and help demonstrate how much your mother means to you this Mother’s Day? How about having your mother’s name forever left upon a monument within the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House’s “Celebrate Mothers: Tribute Garden?” For a tax-deductible donation of either $100, $250 or $500, your mother can have her name engraved on any one of three wonderful new garden exhibits. On Mother’s Day, the Ford House will hold a gathering for those who made donations in the courtyard and will conduct a guided tour of the grounds. Also accompanying the celebration will be an elegant brunch celebration for you and your family to attend. There will be two seatings; one at 10 a.m. and another at 2 p.m.

The Italian American Banquet Center of Livonia
39200 W. 5 Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48154
(734) 953-9724

No one loves their mother more than an Italian son. But even if you aren’t an Italian son, you can shower your mother with lavish and amazing praise just like the Italians do when the Italian American Banquet Center in Livonia hosts its annual Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this year. The IABC of Livonia is well-known for its incredible dining halls, elegant rooms and amazing Italian food that would have any mother proud to be brought there by her loving children. Reservations must be made in advance and can be made Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through May 7 by calling (734 953-9724. Adults will be charged $25 and children are $10.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at