This is Union Station Hotel in Nashville, TN.
It's perfect for Mother's Day because it is elegant yet kid-friendly. The central lobby is set up with tables of delicious food (there is a salad table, a table where they are carving meats, a table that will custom prepare an omlet, a table of cheese and fruit, a table of waffles/bacon/sausage, a dessert table, and MORE.)
There are musicians playing in the corner by the fireplace. The setting is beautiful!
But it is kid-friendly, with a special kid-food table in one of the main dining rooms and ice sculptures (perched atop mountains of shrimp!) that the kids loved!
We had a lovely time and Bear got to see the trains (his favorite thing) from the back veranda.
A nice fellow took a picture for us.
The guy took another picture:
Due to lack of advance planning (*cough*itsimportanttoplanformothersday*cough*) we did not have a reservation, so they put us in the bar.
However, it's a very swanky bar (see collage above, bottom right) and we ate on couches. The only real problem was that when the kids got sleepy after a morning at Mass followed by a big lunch, they curled up and asked their bartender for a blankie.
Check out the Union Station web site to see how gorgeous this place is. An Historic Hotel of America and a National Historic Landmark, this railroad station that opened in 1900 is now restored as a hotel (a Wyndham Hotel). The stained glass ceiling (barrel vaulted 65 feet above you) is just one of the stunning features of the building.
If you are ever in Nashville, try the Sunday brunch. The mimosas are good and the Eggs Sardou is wonderful! Oh and the Mandarin Orange Cheese Blintzs! (ok I'll stop now.)