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Charlotte Farrell | Photo: Courtesy of Rancho Valencia | March 13, 2014
Who says Easter is just for kids? Evidently not that guy who sang about the magnificence of a new ribbon-frilled Easter bonnet. We love a crooner who compels us to go shopping. But we also treasure the holiday as family time (and not just because we call first dibs on the Sees’ Candy divinity eggs tucked into the kids’ Easter baskets). So gather the fam, because here are our top 5 to-do’s for the holiday, and remember: you are never to old to participate in an egg hunt—just make sure not to tackle the 5 year old reaching for the same prize...
1. On April 12, Mission Hills resto The Red Door hosts a Nature’s Egg Dyeing party with Chef Karrie Hills, inviting parents and their kiddos to participate in a traditional Easter ritual, but with a twist. Instead of the good old Paas tablets, in keeping with the restaurant’s farm-fresh ethos, Hills will lead a dyeing session using fresh-laid eggs and garden-to-table ingredients like turmeric, cabbage, beets, coffee and blueberries. The ticket includes the eggs, a healthy lunch, and a few fun spring-inspired activities to get you in the spirit. Grab tickets fast, because seats are filling faster than a rabbit on the run! For reservations, 619.295.6000
2. In partnership with downtown’s The New Children’s Museum, the interior experts at Scout @ Quarters D at Point Loma’s Liberty Station are decking out their one-acre garden, creating a springtime wonderland this Easter Eve, aka April 19th. There’ll be butterfly and blossom crafting, egg dyeing, and Easter basket decorating to turn out a bedecked carrier ready to fill with egg hunt prizes. Scout’s signature classic styling comes out to play inside the butterfly photo booth—consider this your chance to get a high-design bunny photo. For eats, it’s yummy foodtruck nosh, and an adorable yesteryear lemonade stand to wash it all down. For reservations, 619.225.9925
3. Ah, April in Paris. The blossoms on the chestnut trees, the sidewalk cafes at twilight… the crowds. Alors, instead, The Westgate Hotel brings the opulence of the City of Lights to S.D., kicking off Easter weekend with a European Easter Bunny tea April 18 and 19. (Although in France, it’s not monsieur le lapin who brings the eggs, but rather, the pealing church bells that conjur them into being. Magic abounds…) Featuring an egg hunt amidst the rococo splendor of the downtown hotel, itself a little Versailles, there’ll also be petit fours and pastries and hang time with the Bunny himself. On Sunday, April 20, the awe-inspiring Westgate Champagne brunch gets gussied up for the holiday, and the Easter bunny makes a repeat appearance. That is one busy rabbit! For reservations, 619.557.3655
4. Have your baskets at the ready! Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade hosts their annual Easter Egg Treasure Hunt April 19, this year giving the spectacle a pirate twist. Wee hunters receive their treasure map at Geppetto’s Toys then storm the center, following clues to locations throughout Flower Hill to collect stamps and sweets. Upon completion, it’s prizes for everybody! Ahoy, ye sea, er, bunnies. Tickets Complimentary, 858.481.2904
5. If it all goes according to Rancho Valencia’s master plan and guests come kitted out in pastel attire, the croquet lawn at our favorite Ranch hideaway is going to look like it’s in bloom on Easter Sunday! Veladora hosts brunch, and yet another rabbit (gads, he gets around!) will be on hand to host the egg hunt and pass out treats. Did we mention there will be lemon soufflé pancakes on the menu? Nothing short about that stack! For reservations, 858.756.1123