Gospel at sunrise above the clouds, family-friendly resort activities, iconic Palm Springs set to lounge music, elegant cuisine on the patio.
Palm Springs brings it with Easter Brunch.
Whether you are looking for a place to connect to the spiritual side of the occasion, or simply want to gather with family and friends to commemorate an annual tradition, restaurants across the Coachella Valley are pulling out their “Sunday Best” for Easter Brunch. Here is a sampling sure to get things hopping with something for every bunny.
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photo by Lori cohen-sanford
Lobster Benedict is the epitome of classic brunch fare and Melvyn’s Restaurant at the Ingleside Inn keeps the iconic past of Palm Springs alive and well with their Famous Champagne Brunch.
Melvyn’s Restaurant Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch
Melvyn’s Restaurant, at the historic Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, describes itself as “elegantly upbeat and the home of authentic Hollywood glamour.” As you step inside, you are surrounded by reminders of iconic Hollywood stars who frequented this Palm Springs bastion, and it is always a possibility that one may show up to dine on one of the classic, gourmet dishes of yesteryear that Melvyn’s is known for. The Easter Brunch has been a tradition since 1975, and continues to be a popular institution for locals and visitors wanting to experience a treasured piece of Palm Springs history. Priced at $35, brunch includes a classic gourmet entrée (eggs benedict, omelets, various prime cuts of beef, veal, seafood salads), fresh fruit and unlimited champagne! Reservations are required for this popular, annual tradition.
Melvyn's Restaurant. 200 W. Ramon Road, Palm Springs, 760-325-2323; inglesideinn.com/melvyns-restaurant/
Photo courtesy of Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The early birds will catch the sunrise on Easter Sunday at Palm Springs Tramway’s Mountain Station.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – Sunrise Inspirational Message & Gospel Choir
If you are looking for a way to combine the spiritual beauty of music and nature, one of the most breathtaking ways to celebrate Easter Sunday is atop the Palm Spring Tramway. Tram cars run between 5 a.m. and 5:40 a.m. to take you up to watch the sunrise at Mountain Station, with an inspirational message delivered by Dr. Robert Sneed and a gospel music performance by Voices of Song Gospel Choir. Reduced Tram fares will be in effect until 7:30 a.m., and breakfast will be served in the Pines Café, including Easter Ham. The Ride ‘N Breakfast pricing is $23.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids, ages 3 to 12. Easter dinner will be served at Pines Café from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. with regular Ride ‘N Dine pricing. No reservations necessary.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, 760-325-1391; www.pstramway.com
Photo courtesy of Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Wonderful cheesecake is part of the dessert fare offered at brunch.
The Westin Mission Hills/Pinzimini Restaurant Easter Brunch Buffet
If family-friendly fun in a resort setting with the traditional trimmings of a classic Easter brunch buffet sets your Easter bonnet abuzz, Pinzimini Restaurant at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage is the bees-knees. Open to local resident guests and hotel guests, an extensive buffet loaded with breakfast pastries, salads, oysters, omelets and a variety of “action stations” featuring made-to-order items such as carved beef loin and ham, pasta, stir-fry, kid-centric fare and desserts will satisfy every brunch-ish whim. Additional activities for children will be offered for hotel guests throughout the day. Cost for the buffet brunch inclusive of champagne/mimosas is $75 for adults and $35 for children, ages 6 to 12. Reservations are required.
Pinzimini Restaurant, 71333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage, 760-770-2150; www.westinmissionhills.com
Photo courtesy of Le Vallauris Restaurant
Exquisitely presented is this roasted red beet Carpaccio with feta and raspberries at LeVallauris Restaurant.
Le Vallauris Restaurant Easter Champagne Brunch
Le Vallauris Restaurant in the old town area of Palm Springs occupies an historic building, with a staunchly French interior, and an intimate and romantic patio surrounded by Ficus trees. The Easter Champagne Brunch is a three-course, seated affair, with first courses such as a classic French soup trio and delicate seafood preparations, and main courses that range from classic Eggs Benedict to Lobster Ravioli. End with a classically French dessert. Price is $66 excluding tax/gratuity but inclusive of champagne. Reservations are required with seating between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Le Vallauris Restaurant, 385 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, 760-325-5059; www.levallauris.com
Lori Cohen-Sanford is a private/personal chef, cooking class instructor and owner of Nourishfoods Organic Meal Services www.nourishfoods.biz. Her food column, Tastes Around Town, will appear weekly on Wednesdays. Have a story idea? You can contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @nourishfoodsps.