11 Wine-Fueled Easter-Egg Hunts
Even the Easter Bunny can't resist taking in Paradise at Raffles Praslin in Seychelles.
Spin the globe and you’ll find wine-centric hotels and eateries offering guests an opportunity to partake in one of spring’s most revered rituals—the Easter egg hunt. And if you think searching for dyed eggs and chocolate bunnies is just for children, you’re mostly right, but that doesn’t mean adults with tots in tow can’t join in on the fun, especially when there’s wine involved. There’s an egg hunt and wine recommendation on this list for every palate—no matter where you find yourself on the map.
Praslin Island, Seychelles
Easter Sunday in paradise just got a little sweeter, thanks to the festivities planned at the luxurious Raffles resort. An egg hunt will commence in the morning on the sugary-white sands just off the Indian Ocean, and a fully costumed Easter bunny will make an appearance in time for high tea (note: there’s a buffet stocked with chocolates). But the celebrations don’t end there. In the evening, adults clad in white can drink and dance under the moon at the “Easter White Full Moon Party” held at the hotel’s sleek rooftop lounge.
The Pour: “There are no specific rules for pairing wine with candy,” says Food and Beverage Director Christian Floren. “It’s more about the aroma of each wine which fits the particular chocolate best.” Floren recommends Rooiberg Winery’s 2011 Pinotage Rosé from South Africa, with its notes of spice and plum, to match Easter chocolate.
Miami Beach, Florida
Starting at 11 am on Easter Sunday, The Setai hotel in Miami Beach will offer an Easter egg hunt to adults and children alike in its beautiful courtyard, featuring an appearance from the Easter Bunny as well as a lavish, wine-fueled Easter Sunday Jazz Brunch in The Restaurant at The Setai. In addition to dishes like truffle-roasted chicken and caramelized leg of lamb, with honey and ginger—not to mention more than 20 wines available by the glass and 750 selections by the bottle—there will be a kid’s corner serving up pint-sized plates, like mini hotdogs and sliders.
The Pour: “A glass of Smith Woodhouse 10 Year Old Tawny Port is the perfect way for adults to unwind after participating in our lively Easter egg hunt,” says Chef Sommelier Dwayne Savoie.
Sea Island, Georgia
There’s Southern charm in spades over Easter weekend at Georgia’s famous five-star Sea Island, including the Easter “Egg-stravaganza,” in which children search the property’s Retreat Clubhouse for the coveted golden egg and receive prizes (there are hunts for each age group). Each of the resort’s seven restaurants hosts an Easter brunch, including the resort-casual beachside eatery, Southern Tide, and the more buttoned-up Georgian Room. For dinner, there’s a plantation-style supper on the menu at Rainbow Island, the resort’s intimate, rustic event space: Expect to find an outdoor meal complete with music, fire pits and down-home cooking (don’t miss the corn pudding, fried chicken and pecan pie).
The Pour: “I would recommend Montenisa Brut from Franciacorta in Italy,” says Sommelier Ryanne Carrier. “It’s an incredibly fragrant wine of peaches and sweet almonds, perfect for a beautiful spring morning searching for or devouring eggs.”
Laguna Beach, California
Those looking for a weekend of Easter fun can find it at this scenic Orange County hotel, kicking off with a children’s night out (complete with a kid-friendly improv comedy show and a candy buffet). On Easter Sunday, the resort will offer Easter egg hunts in the morning and afternoon, along with visits from the Easter bunny and animals from a petting zoo. During the search, parents can sip on a choice of 35 wines by the glass—or select from a bottle list of 2,500 wines—while kids hunt the property, or partake in the Champagne Brunch, which features a 12-station buffet and jazz trio.
The Pour: “The ripe, leesy flavors and bright acidity of a full-bodied Champagne are an apt foil for the richness of eggs, and you’ll have plenty of them on Easter,” says Troy Smith, beverage manager. For something a bit more daring, “Oloroso Sherry is an underappreciated pairing for traditional Easter foods, like ham, asparagus, potatoes and cheese,” he says.
Ponte Vedra, Florida
Renowned for its exclusive access to the Tournament Players Club Sawgrasss golf course, Easter activities at this Ponte Vedra Beach resort suitably include an egg hunt for kids on the Putter’s Course (thankfully, that’s a miniature golf course) beginning at 10 am on Easter Sunday. Following the hunt, families can score seats for a fresh-seafood stocked, five-course Easter feast at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Vernon’s.
The Pour: “The Piper-Heidsieck NV Brut Sauvage Rosé has the perfect balance of blackberry, cherry and strawberry that pairs well with your favorite Easter treats,” says William Mahon, general manager at Vernon’s. “The warm, spicy notes allow it to transition into your Easter feast seamlessly.”
La Bale De Silence, St. Lucia
Like Santa Claus, the Easter bunny visits many locales the world over, including this luxe resort set against a breathtaking backdrop: The two dramatic volcanic spires of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pitons and the Caribbean Sea in St. Lucia. The resort’s annual Easter egg and treasure hunt takes place Easter Sunday, sprinkling the stunning grounds with a variety of treats for children to discover, followed by Easter-themed menu specials at Bayside Restaurant, like Spring lamb and snap peas (along with St. Lucian specialties such as salt fish).
The Pour: Manager of Restaurants Angelique Migne recommends Château Minuty’s 2012 Rosé from the Côtes de Provence, France, for parents to sip after the search. “This pale pink wine expresses very intense aromas of citrus fruits and white flowers,” says Migne. Fitting for the breezy, beachside accommodations, “its rich and velvety mouth is associated with freshness.”
Celebrated for its live music and unique wine barrel program—purportedly the only one of its kind in the United States—TWO Urban Licks has a 26-foot-tall wine wall that holds 72 stainless steel wine barrels, with a gravity-flow system for easy pouring. Easter brunch will feature plenty of wine, along with egg hunts for the kids at 11 am and 1 pm (along with appearances by a costumed bunny).
The Pour: Todd Rushing, partner in Concentrics Restaurants, which owns and operates TWO Urban Licks, recommends Moletto Prosecco Treviso to match with the Easter festivities. “Because it’s low in alcohol, when you are watching your kids hunt eggs you can have a wonderful glass of wine and a clear head,” says Rushing.
This elegant Georgetown hotel aims to please both kids and parents this Easter: More than 600 Easter eggs are hidden throughout the property (the hunt, which starts at 12:30 pm, is free for guests of the hotel and those dining for brunch), an Easter bunny tours the dining room at Bourbon Steak restaurant, and a wine bar, Eno, is conveniently located next door for parents who need a pause.
The Pour: “Just because the Easter egg hunt is over doesn’t mean you can’t keep having fun,” says Julian Mayor, sommelier at Bourbon Steak. “Keep the Easter theme going by thinking easy-drinking red wines with bunny names, like Rabbit Ridge Zinfandel from Paso Robles, California, perfect with the post-hunt lamb roast.”
Beverly Hills, California
Fitting for Wolfgang Puck’s swanky Beverly Hills restaurant, there are decadent dishes on the prix-fixe brunch menu ($120 per person for three courses) that adults will appreciate, like a Maine lobster-stuffed omelet and Maryland Blue Crab cakes, along with 35 wines by the glass. An Easter egg hunt with prizes and plenty of candy should hold over the kids as parents linger over libations, along with a visit from the Easter bunny at 2 pm.
The Pour: Assistant Sommelier Mike Pekarsky suggests the Bonaccorsi 2010 Melville Vineyard Chardonnay from the Santa Rita Hills to drink following the hunt. “This wine is a highlight of the Central Coast wine region and works very well with our California cuisine,” Pekarsky says. “The wine is beautifully textured and accents flavors of French pear and baked apple with a finish of toasted coconut and cardamom.”
San Diego, California
Guests can splurge on an endless selection of delicious brunch options—not to mention copious pours of bubbly—at Lael’s Restaurant for its Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch, along with two Easter egg hunts, at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. And while the kids are out searching for treats, keep in mind that “no egg hunt is complete without a bottle of Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc in your basket,” says Richard Odegard, beverage captain.
The Pour: “I really like MacMurray Ranch’s 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley,” says Odegard. “It’s light and refreshing enough to enjoy during the day and will compliment your Easter meal, be it ham or lamb.”
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Easter brunch meets Caribbean flair at this recently renovated resort. Guests can snack on bacon-wrapped pork loin topped with local rum sauce, blackened snapper with tropical fruit salsa and West Indies seafood curry at Ferdinand’s Caribbean Café, then participate in an Easter egg hunt, beach soccer and volleyball tournament.
The Pour: Instead of recommending a wine by the glass, Food and Beverage Director Norbert Szalay suggests a strawberry rosé spritzer, combining a Côtes de Provence rosé with soda water, Aperol, lemon juice and sliced strawberries. “It’s a festive way to toast your Easter Sunday,” says Szalay. “Perfect for cooling off after an egg hunt in the Caribbean sun.”
- 2Raffles Praslin
- 3The Setai
- 4The Cloister at Sea Island
- 5Montage Laguna Beach
- 6Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
- 7Viceroy Sugar Beach
- 8TWO Urban Licks
- 9Four Seasons Hotel
- 10Hotel Bel-Air
- 11Manchester Grand Hyatt
- 12Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa