Do you celebrate Easter (April 8) beyond stocking up on a year’s worth of Cadbury Mini Eggs and dressing up like a rabbit of unusual size? Hotels love throwing elaborate brunches and offering special rates, so it’s a perfect holiday for a getaway.
• Maybe it’s a sign that the altitude went to their heads: At Alta Crystal Resort’s annual Easter bonfire, they roast Peeps over the hot coals and turn them into s’mores. The next morning, there’s a sunrise ride up the Mount Rainier Gondola with an Easter service at the top. Special room rates start at $199.
• Chow down on brunch somewhere a little unusual this year: There is a ham-and-blintz blitz at Longmire’s National Park Inn on the flank of Mount Rainier, a boat brunch with champagne on Lake Washington, and a wine-country feast at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla (on the menu: Kobe beef rounds and Bananas Foster oatmeal). Or keep it casual at Bellingham’s Boundary Bay Brewery, which pairs an egg hunt with a brunch at 10:30am. With beer.
• If you’re going to do an Easter egg hunt, there better be sufficient game, so to speak. The Resort at the Mountain near Mount Hood fills more than 1,500 plastic spheres with candy and toys, while in Vancouver’s Stanley Park the 1964 miniature railway runs all weekend in conjunction with the egg hunt. The Portland-area Alpenrose Dairy celebrates its 50th annual hunt this year, but you may want to discourage your kids from winning; first prize is a six-foot stuffed bunny.
There are fewer travel specials for Passover (April 7 this year), but the Pesach on the Mountain program in Whistler combines lectures with outdoor recreation. Ongoing since 1997, this year it’s at the boutique Nita Lake Lodge. Kosher meals are held in the hotel April 5–15, including the Passover seder.