Easter rolls around a little earlier this year, landing on April first — no (April) fooling! If the appearance of Easter candy in the stores had not clued you in, this is your Shop Local reminder to make your Easter Brunch reservations soon, and get any Easter craft projects started.
A prime local spot for Easter Brunch is Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar. For Easter, they promise a “beautiful buffet spread”, with features including their signature carving station, tropical fruit crêpes, pancakes, and omelettes made to order, and a complimentary glass of champagne. Brunch is served from 10am till 2pm. The Easter Bunny arrives at 11am, with Easter Egg hunts at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30pm. Reservations are, of course, recommended.
Another Novato brunch classic, Hilltop 1892 puts “classic Easter brunch and dinner” on the menu. Pair Easter brunch treats like benedicts, scrambles, mimosas and more from Hilltop’s California Country menu with some of the most spectacular views of Marin you can enjoy at any restaurant. Other brunch options around town include Finnegan’s Marin, the Wildfox Restaurant, family-owned Grazie on Grant and the HopMonk Tavern.
For kid fun, Novato’s Rolling Hills Club will be hosting an “eggcellent egg float” on Saturday March 24th, with kids decorating beach balls picked from the Club pool. The event is open to club members and their guests. Get more info online.
Want to dye some easter eggs without resorting to commercial dye kits? Marin Mommies has a great article on using things like beets and turmeric to achieve colorful egg effects. If you want to think beyond eggs, Pinterest has Easter treasure troves of craft inspiration, and Art Zorro on Grant Avenue is a great place to pick up craft supplies for your Easter projects.
If you’re planning on your own backyard egg hunt, don’t forget to help the Easter Bunny out by picking up some hollow plastic eggs to hide around the yard — you can usually find them at stores like CVS and Lucky. For non-candy fillings, pick up some stocking-stuffer style gifts from Five Little Monkeys. They have a great selection of small trinkets that kids will love.
However you spend your Easter weekend, spend a little time with your local retailers and restaurateurs. Your custom is always appreciated.