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Easter in Tahoe: Where to enjoy unique brunch menus, egg hunts and more around the lake

Happy Easter! The holiday is largely defined by brunch, colored eggs, church services and marshmallow Peeps — and there's a way to experience it all in Lake Tahoe. North and South shores offer the opportunity to attend a mountaintop church service, a themed brunch and hunt for plastic eggs filled with prizes.

North Shore

The festivities in Tahoe City start on Saturday, April 15, at 10:30 a.m. with a Paint the Easter Egg event for kids at Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge — create a masterpiece to take home, and head back less than 24 hours later when the venue hosts an Easter brunch buffet and egg hunt beginning at 9 a.m. Adults can enjoy the meal for $35, and children under the age of 12 for $20. Reservations are encouraged and can be made at 530-583-7200.

At the West Shore Café and Inn, the food station-style brunch features a variety of salads, breakfast dishes and main courses such as lasagna and chicken piccata beginning at 10 a.m. The meal is offered to adults for $50 and children 12 years old and younger for $25. Enjoy bottomless mimosas for an additional $20. Be sure to stick around for the egg hunts, which are held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and keep an eye out for the Easter bunny!

But West Shore Café isn't the only spot you can expect to see the rabbit: Tahoe Donner's Easter Eggstravaganza features a comedy and magic show at 11 a.m., and is followed by the opportunity to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Egg hunts begin at noon with different start times depending on age. The Lodge Restaurant & Pub at Tahoe Donner also hosts an Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit http://www.tahoedonner.com for more.

The fun continues at North Shore's ski resorts: Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows host multiple Easter egg hunts, as well as sunrise and mountaintop church services, and Northstar California offers both village- and mountain-based activities. Check out http://www.squawalpine.com and http://www.northstarcalifornia.com to learn more depending on where you're spending the day.

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South Shore

Cruise aboard the M.S. Dixie II while enjoying a meal that offers mango chipotle roast pork, seasonal fruit and a variety of both salads and breakfast entrées. The meal begins at noon on Sunday, April 16, and is available to adults for $85 and children for $35. Call 800-238-2463 to reserve your spot.

The Loft, located in Heavenly Village, hosts an Easter champagne brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that includes a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and a chef's omelet station. Farther down U.S. 50 in Stateline, Edgewood Tahoe — the lakeside golf course — hosts an event featuring brunch and egg hunts. Visit http://www.thelofttahoe.com to reserve a spot for the champagne brunch, and call 775-588-2787 to learn more about Edgewood's event.

The Fresh Ketch, located at Tahoe Keys Marina, and Ski Run's Riva Grill will also serve Easter brunch. Both meals begin at 10 a.m. and are served with champagne. Call 530-541-5683 to reserve your spot at The Fresh Ketch, and visit http://www.rivagrill.com to view a full menu (sneak peek: It includes angus prime rib, a seafood station and selection of traditional breakfast foods).

Brunch isn't the only thing happening on the South Shore to commemorate Easter: Kahle Community Center hosts an egg hunt (open to kids ages 0-6 years old) sponsored by the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District on Friday, April 14, at 11 a.m., and the Lake Valley Fire Protection District hosts its second annual Easter egg hunt at Tahoe Paradise Park on Sunday, April 16, at 10 a.m.

Be sure to bring a basket and camera to both events to gather eggs and take pictures with the Easter bunny. To learn more about Kahle Community Center's event, call 775-586-7271, and call 530-577-3737 for more information about the Lake Valley Fire Protection District egg hunt.

Looking to be on the mountain for the holiday? Spend it at Sierra-at-Tahoe's Easter Eggstravaganza, where the egg hunt gives you the opportunity to shred and win prizes at the same time. Visit http://www.sierraattahoe.com for more.

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