Posted April 2006
Easter Guide: Sonoma/Napa Valley
Sonoma/Napa—Hang on to your Easter bonnet, there's plenty of fun to be had this
Easter weekend in Wine Country. We've found some of the best brunches and activities
this side of the Bunny Trail. Keep in mind that many require advance reservations,
so if you're planning to show up last minute, call ahead to make sure they can
Napa Valley: Easter Sunday Brunches
(Calistoga) Calistoga Inn Restaurant and Brewery
Easter Brunch on the patio, 10am to 3pm. moderately priced, children welcome.
1250 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, 707.942.4101.
(Yountville) Domaine Chandon
A special 3-course Easter Menu served from 11am-5pm. The check is a bit steep
at $65 per guest, $85.00 with wine pairings; but the menu includes lobster,
scallops, beef and other wondrous choices from the chef. Children's options
available.. 1 California Dr. Yountville, 707.944.2280
(Yountville) Napa Valley Grille
Set yourself up at the Bunny Buffet, which will include chocolate bunnies,
cinnamon rolls, banana bread, and a tower of blueberry muffins, rows of petit
fours, fresh fruit, and coffee cake. Celebratory cocktails include a Lemon
Verbena Ramos Fizz. This brunch has become a local favorite. Easter brunch
from 11:30am to 3:30 pm. 2-courses for $28 per person.
(St. Helena) Martini House
The cozy, popular restaurant is offering a special 3-course Easter Prix Fixe
Lunch for $35, with optional wine pairing for $60. Potato soup, spring lamb,
rhubarb strawberry shortcake. The regular a la carte menu will also be available
for lunch and dinner. 1245 Spring Street @ Oak, St Helena, 707.963.2233
(Napa) Julia's Kitchen at Copia
Three-course prix fixe menu prepared by Executive Chef Victor Scargle and Pastry
Chef Nicole Plue. Lobster bisque, rosemary roasted rib roast, chocolate mousse
(and more). $40 per person (not including wine) and $15 per child age
12 & under., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Egg Hunts and Other Events
(Napa) Saturday: Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kennedy Park
Sponsored by the Napa Active 20-30 Club festivities begin at 10:15am. Children
between the ages of 0-12 can enjoy face painting, free balloons, explore
a fire truck, and visit with the Easter Bunny and Friends. Egg Hunt at begins
at 11am , Kennedy Park, Napa, 707.253.2030, free.
Sonoma: Easter Sunday Brunches
(Santa Rosa) John Ash
A special menu including Nutella, peanut-butter and strawberry stuffed French
toast, eggs Benedict, maple cured pork tenderloin and much more. Reservations
highly recommended. 4330 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa., 707.527.7687.
(Sonoma) Carneros Bistro
This top-rated Sonoma bistro puts out an elaborate spread for the Easter weekend.
Children welcome. $44 adults/ $19 children. 10:30am to 3pm. Call 707.931.2042.
(Sonoma) The Sonoma Community Center puts on its annual
Easter/Passover Dinner at the center, 276 E. Napa St. A gourmet, "home-cooked" meal
with all the holiday trimmings is offered free to all members of the community.
For time and further information, call the center, 707-938-4626.
(Sonoma) MacArthur Place
Lavish Easter Brunch Buffet. Easter Bunny with treats for the kids. 10:30 am
to 2 pm $38 adults, $18 children under 12.
Egg Hunts and Other Events
(Sonoma) Soroptimist Easter Egg Hunt
The annual Soroptimist International Sonoma Valley Easter Egg Hunt takes place
at 10 a.m. at the north end of Sonoma Plaza. The Easter Bunny will greet
kids prior to the hunt. Ages 2 and up; children should bring their own baskets
and be accompanied by an adult. (707) 996.1033.
(Petaluma) Easter Children's
Bring the whole family for a fun-filled afternoon of Easter fun. Festivities
include a scavenger hunt around the center, carnival games, Jubilee Jumps, raffle
prizes, photos with the Easter Bunny, who will distribute colorful eggs to visitors,
and special appearances by Mr. Jelly Belly, Big Dog, and Clo the Cow from Clover
Stornetta Farms. The Petaluma Police Department will be on hand at the event
to conduct free Children's Finger-Printing. All proceeds from the event benefits
the United Way and Simon Youth Foundation, 12 to 3pm, 707.778.9300
(Santa Rosa) Celebrate the Easter beagle
at the Charles M. Schulz Museum
Family Fun: Celebrate the Easter beagle with an egg hunt and a chance to make
bird houses and bird feeders for Woodstock. 2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa, CA
Fee: Adults $8, Children & Seniors $5; open weekdays
except Tuesday 12 to 5pm, weekends 10am to 5pm, 707.579.4452
(Sonoma) Watch the sunrise from Cline Cellars on Easter morning when the
winery hosts the annual Easter Sunrise Mass beginning at 5:30 a.m. Sunrise
is at 6:02 a.m.. Coffee and pastries will be served following the service.
Cline Cellars is located at 24737 Highway 121, just south of the City of
Sonoma. Call 707.940.4000 for details.
(Sonoma) Easter Sunrise Service
Historic: The public is invited to the annual Easter Sunrise Service, held
at 6am in the amphitheater in the Plaza of Sonoma, free. 707.996.2736
(Santa Rosa) Hunt for the Hare - Easter Celebration at Safari
Family Fun: Looking for hare-raising adventure this Easter? Join the animals
of Safari West (and their human companions) for our fifth annual Hunt for the
Hare, an egg-straordinary Easter celebration and brunch. 3115 Porter Creek
Road Santa Rosa, CA
$60 for adults; $25 for children (ages 4-12) , 10am to 2pm, 707.579.2551