Deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese and a honey ham are all family favorites at every Easter meal, but this year, change things up with some extra flair and head to a lavish brunch at a luxury hotel. From Boston to Beverly Hills, here are five fantastic holiday feasts you shouldn’t miss.
XV Beacon, Boston
This boutique Beantown hotel’s signature restaurant, Mooo, will host an Easter brunch incorporating the steakhouse’s refined fare with additional selections such as omelets with lump crab or ham and Gruyère cheese or French toast and waffles. Chef and owner Jamie Mammano will also whip up some specialties on the à la carte menu such as a lobster frittata served with asparagus, home fries and three cheeses. Still want a steak? You can order the restaurant’s signature dishes served with two eggs any style you’d like.
For an extra sweet treat — and we don’t mean a chocolate egg — book the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s Easter Sunday package with a room upgrade included upon arrival, 2 p.m. late checkout and a $50 credit for Mooo’s brunch.
If a Beverly Hills brunch sounds just up your alley, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel will host a memorable dining experience at its restaurant, Livello. Expect a menu of smoked salmon, red wine-braised veal cheeks and braised greens, creamy Brie polenta, roasted chicken and more. It wouldn’t be Easter without something saccharine, and the dessert table — filled with cookies, white chocolate passion fruit cake and raspberry tarts, as well as a candy station — won’t disappoint. Livello’s brunch is $85 for adults ($25 extra for all-you-can-drink mimosas and bellinis) and $45 for children. Also, be sure to check out the other Easter events at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills.
While there are always plenty of activities at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (home to the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Falling Rock and Four-Star Chateau Lafayette), Easter kicks it up a notch with activities such as “An Egg-Cellent Evening” with holiday-themed activities for kids such as egg coloring and an egg drop. Adults can indulge in a complimentary wine and shopping event, a cooking demo and more.
But the Easter Sunday buffet brunch in the resort’s Marquis Ballroom is something you can’t miss. For $68 for adults and $34 for kids, you’ll have a grand selection of eats from the stocked raw bar and salad bar, omelet station, a cheese display with artisanal cheese lollipops (think local chèvre and lavender on a prosciutto-wrapped grissini stick) and more. But for Easter favorites with a gourmet twist, try the duck confit potato salad and leg of lamb with minted red wine jus.
The Grand Del Mar, San Diego
This San Diego retreat is offering two big brunches to celebrate Easter. Join in the festivities in the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s Elizabeth Ballroom where you’ll find an extraordinary selection. Expect numerous stations with pastries such as brioches, muffins and sticky buns; breakfast treats such as made-to-order omelets and potato blinis; a raw bar selection; a carving station with honey mustard-glazed ham; and of course decadent desserts. This brunch is $85 per adult guest and $30 per child.
However, this only scratches the surface of Easter here as you can sit down to a three-course meal at Amaya. Starters include dishes such as Catalan shrimp and fresh yogurt, while main course options consist of steak and eggs served with hollandaise and potato hash, waffles with roasted pear and cinnamon cream, or a Dungeness crab Benedict. And the fixed milk chocolate and strawberry mousse will satisfy your need for an Easter indulgence. The Amaya brunch is $52 per guest.
There’s a whole lot of Easter going on at Sea Island. An oceanfront Easter Sunday sunrise service and an epic egg hunt across five different areas with more than 10,000 eggs is just a taste of the various events happening on the holiday weekend. But the brunch options here can’t be missed.
Five brunches will take place on Easter Sunday, including a gourmet buffet at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Georgian Room featuring made-to-order Caesar salads, seafood ceviche created with the local catch, glazed pork shoulder and much more. And an Italian à la carte menu at Tavola will serve antipasti such as pan-seared guanciale-wrapped scallops and a choice of pastas (the soufflé gnocchi with asparagus sounds heavenly), pizzas, meat and seafood dishes (including a succulent lamb shank over polenta) and, of course, dessert. All of the food is locally sourced, and make sure you try the hams that come from Sea Island’s very own smoke house.
Photos Courtesy of XV Beacon, Sea Island, Viceroy Hotels and Resorts and The Grand Del Mar