Celebrate mom on Mother’s Day by treating her to brunch on Lake Erie. (Pixabay)

I gotta say, Mother’s Day is my favorite holiday. It’s like the whole world is celebrating moms. And we don’t have to cook or clean or — hopefully — chastise our kids.

Yes, guys, Mother’s Day is coming up. Write it down. It’s Sunday, May 13.

When I was a kid, every year, we asked my mom what she wanted for Mother’s Day. She’d say “good kids.” Even if you can’t promise that, you can treat mom to a sumptuous brunch or dinner with views of Lake Erie.

Write Mom a heartfelt card. And maybe skip some stones on the beach after your meal, or draw her a heart in the sand.

Remember to make a reservation early!

Hotel Lakeside: Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet will be held 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room. The buffet includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage gravy and biscuits, waffles, assorted cheeses, fresh fruit, assorted muffins, salad, vegetable of the day, potato of the day, chef’s dish of the day, a meat carving station and assorted desserts.

The cost is $25 per adult, $12.50 for children 4-10. Children age 3 and younger are free.

A group of musicians from the Cakewalkin’ Jass Band will perform 10:15-11:15 a.m. for those waiting in the Hotel Lakeside Lobby.

Jackalope, Lorain: The restaurant at Spitzer Marina is open for brunch, with a buffet.

Lake House, Lakewood: This small restaurant overlooking the lake features a buffet 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The meal, which is $26.99, includes prime rib and honey-baked ham.

Nautica Queen, Cleveland: Treat mom to a meal and a cruise on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie. You’ve got three opportunities — lunch, early dinner and late dinner. The pre-cruise buffet includes Tuscan chicken, prime rib and pork tenderloin. Cost is about $36 for lunch and $45 for early dinner.

Sawmill Creek, Huron: The Sawmill Creek resort features a self-serve salad station, breakfast station pasta dish, carving station, pasta station, dessert station with ice cream sundae bar, and more.

Horizons Restaurant, Geneva-on-the-Lake: Enjoy beautiful views of Lake Erie from the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. The buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. offers oysters, shrimp cocktail, salad, omelets, carving station and more. Adults are $41.95 and kids are $19.95.
And a bonus:
Grand River Cellars, Madison: Sure, it’s not right on the lake. But Lake Erie makes it possible to grow the grapes for this vineyard. The restaurant will offer a special menu from noon to 7:30 p.m., with dessert and a potted flower for mom to take home. What mom wouldn’t love to mark the day with a little rose?

Celebrate the love of family with Romance the Lake, a monthly RocktheLake series brought to you by Peter & Co. Jewelers in Avon Lake.  Throughout 2018, we’ll bring you stories of love on Lake Erie.