Along the Gulfshore


Hop to It for Easter

Brunches and more finds along the Gulfshore

Easter weekend, April 19-21, has no shortage of eggs-traordinary options for families. Foodies can celebrate with brunch, and kids can find egg hunts near some of the area’s most popular restaurants and more.

WHAT: Easter brunches
WHERE: various restaurants
WHEN: Sunday, April 21
Places around town are hosting various morning and afternoon fetes; some are prix fixe, some are a la carte: 1500 South (buffet); Angelina’s of Bonita Springs (prixfixe); Bistro La Baguette (a la carte); Bleu Provence (prix fixe); Bonefish Grill (a la carte); Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar (prix fixe); The French (a la carte); The Jac (a la carte); Lamoraga (a la carte); The Local (a la carte); M Waterfront Grille (a la carte); The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club (buffet); Ocean Prime (a la carte); Ridgway Bar & Grill (a la carte); Ritz-Carlton, Naples (buffet); Rosy Tomorrows Heritage Farm (a la carte); Shula’s (prix fixe); T-Michael’s (a la carte); Timeless (a la carte); True Food Kitchen (a la carte); Venue Naples (buffet)

WHAT: Wonderland Tea
WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (beach resort)
WHEN: Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, with seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
This magical experience is much like the hotel’s fabled Teddy Bear Tea at the holidays, but this time Alice and her cohorts like the Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts steal the show while kids slurp down hot chocolate and dainty confections.

WHAT: Easter chocolates
WHERE: normanloveconfections.com
WHEN: Now through Easter
You can stop by any of the area Norman Love stores or order online for their annual limited-release collection of chocolate eggs.

WHAT: Egg hunt
WHERE: Waterside Shops
WHEN: Saturday, April 20
A $15 admission fee per child benefits the STARability Foundation, which supports individuals with disabilities. After the activities, which wind down by 10:30 a.m., families can tuck into one of the on-site restaurants—like Bricktop’s, True Food Kitchen, Brio and Nordstrom’s Café Bistro—for brunch or early lunch.

WHAT: Easter bunny breakfast and cookie decorating
WHERE: Miromar Outlets
WHEN: Saturday, April 20
The fun starts early with a kids-only $5 breakfast at 9 a.m. with the rabbit of the hour (coffee is available for adults), then starting at 11 a.m. he’ll be on-site until 5 p.m. for photos. Plus, from noon to 2 p.m., there will be an Easter cookie-decorating station.

WHAT: Easter fun for kids 
WHERE: Bass Pro Shops at Gulf Coast Town Center
WHEN: Saturday, April 13, through Sunday, April 21
This isn’t food-focused, but the Easter Bunny will be on-hand at the store every day in the week leading up to Easter for a dose of festive fun—plus, there are weekend crafts and an egg hunt on the 20th at 2 p.m., and you can follow anything up with a visit to one of the mall’s many restaurants, such Naples Coastal Kitchen, Connors Steak & Seafood or the Islamorada Fish Co. next door.