April 17, 2014 -- If your family is traveling this weekend, no need overcrowd your luggage with everyone's Easter baskets. Hotels around the country are hosting egg hunts, petting zoo parties, brunches and, in many cases, appearances by the cotton-tailed icon himself. So put on your bonnet and consider strolling down to one of the following festive locations.
Montage Laguna BeachThis ocean-side California resort has an array of holiday programming for those celebrating Easter: On Saturday, a Children’s Night Out Improv Comedy Show and Candy Buffet will bring family-friendly smiles and allow kiddos to load up a custom goodie bag with springtime candies. On Easter Sunday, choose between a morning or afternoon Egg Hunt, then head over to the petting zoo and score some face time with the Easter Bunny. Rates begin at $495.00 per night.
Loews Ventana Canyon ResortNot even the hot climes in Tucson, Ariz., could keep the Easter Bunny away from this hotel, where the special kids menu at brunch includes egg-tastic spins on classic dishes, such as egg-shaped Jello, tie-dyed deviled eggs, peep s-more’s and more. But don't worry parents, Junior can burn off all that sugar at the expansive egg hunt afterwards. Reservations required. Rates begin at $151.00 per night.
Montage Beverly HillsIf you prefer your Easter eggs gilded rather than dyed, check out the action at Montage Beverly Hills. In-house restaurant Scarpetta Los Angeles will host a festive Easter brunch and special tasting menu all weekend. Children ages 12 and under who partake are then invited to participate in the "Golden Easter Egg Hunt," where they will unearth eggs containing sweets, hotel packages, spa discounts and other luxe treats. Rates begin at $492.00 per night.
Omni Homestead ResortIn Hot Springs, Va., Easter weekend is a nonstop affair. On Saturday morning, April 19, earn your candy calories with the Easter Bunny 5K fun run, then choose from a bevy of relaxing activities, such as pictures with the Easter bunny, egg dying, beginner ballroom dance classes, and even a falconry lesson. On Sunday April 20, the hotel hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Casino Lawn, with no less than 10,000 eggs. If you find a golden one, expect a special prize. The hotel's Easter Escape Package includes room accommodations, breakfast daily, a welcome Easter basket, and 15 percent off outdoor activities. Rates from $249 per night.
Tides InnThis Irvington, Va., destination starts its Easter festivities early. On Friday evening, Easter Egg and Cookie Decorating will help the kids get settled into their weekend digs. To keep the sweets flowing, Saturday will feature an Easter Ice Cream Social, where kids can pile on the toppings to ice cream sundaes and have pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. On Easter Sunday, a traditional Easter Egg Hunt will take place on the sprawling lawn. Stick around afterward for the Easter Brunch Buffet which will serve up favorites such as Chesapeake Bay Seafood Chowder, Croissant Dipped French Toast and Herb Crusted Leg of Spring Lamb with Mint Sauce. Room Rates begin at $255.00 per night. Brunch is additional.
Omni Bedford SpringsSet in the scenic Allegheny Mountain region of Pennsylvania and surrounded by eight natural mineral springs, the Omni Bedford Springs Hotel will host a lavish Easter brunch including chilled crab claws, seared monkfish, leg of lamb and banana panna cotta among other delights. Plus, a special someone has promised to hop by. After fueling up on decadent treats, hit the outdoors for a high-tech Easter Treasure Hunt. Guests will be given a hand-held GPS unit with preloaded coordinates for sites where they will find candy, trinkets and more. Easter Promotion: stay two nights receive 20 percent off your stay, rates begin at $224.00 per night.