While we aren’t able to gather in the traditional ways of Easter’s past, this year brings the opportunity to create new memories full of love and merriment. Fortunately, many restaurants and local retailers have improvised by offering unique ways to celebrate the occasion from the safety and comfort of home. Whether you’re looking for a mouthwatering meal, virtual activities like a kid-friendly egg hunt or locally made gifts to send loved ones near and far, Easter in Santa Barbara plays host to a number of fun and creative ways to help celebrate.
Hop into the holiday spirit with these hand-picked Easter offerings in Santa Barbara:
Be sure to check back as more events and offers will be added as details become available.
EASTER MEALS TO ENJOY AT HOME
Easter To-Go from The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
The culinary team from The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara has prepared a delightful Easter meal to-go menu for four people featuring Springtime Romaine and Snap Pea Salad with Pecan Dressing, Roasted Lemon Garlic Rosemary Chicken, Buttermilk Red Bliss Potato Puree, Beef Pot Roast, Roasted Heirloom Carrots with Citrus Gremolata and Banana Cream Pie with “Nutter Butter” Crust. Please place your order before 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 9 for pickup on Easter Day. To order, please call (805) 968-0100 or email [email protected] and indicate a desired pick up time. Cost: $120, serves 4 people
Miramar Easter by Rosewood Miramar Beach, April 10 to 13, 2020
Celebrate Easter at home with Rosewood Miramar Beach, offering a customized Miramar Easter to-go meal from April 10 to 13, for two, four or six people. Chef Massimo Falsini has created an Easter menu filled with traditional favorites like Spring Lamb, Slow Roasted Prime Angus Ribeye, Roasted Longfin Yellowtail, and so much more. The best part? Each meal basket comes with a starter of Salumi e Formaggi with a variety of artisan California cheeses, dried fruits, local San Marcos honey, charcuterie meats and more, then choose a main course, side dishes and dessert to include from the select menu. Curbside pickup is available at Rosewood Miramar Beach or have the meal delivered to your home by ordering through Grubhub. Cost: $100-$145, serves two, four or six people
Limited Edition Easter Sunday Box Set at Hook & Press Donuts
For Santa Barbara South Coast locals, Hook & Press Donuts is offering a limited edition Easter Sunday Box Set with four different donut flavors to lift spirits and help bring the celebration home to you. Included is a “Browned Butter Bunny Bottom” donut with browned butter glaze, Easter sprinkles, a vanilla buttercream bunny tail and marshmallow bunny feet; a “Carrot Cake” donut with a cream cheese glaze, house-made carrot cake crumble and buttercream carrot; a “Peanut Butter Egg” which is an egg-shaped donut with chocolate and vanilla bean glazes and a peanut butter mousse filling; and the “Samoa Nest” which is the Samoa donut topped with malted chocolate eggs.
Cost: This box set retails for $16 and is only available on Easter Sunday via online pre-order/scheduled curbside pickup or delivery through Grubhub. No substitutions. Order now through Saturday, April 11 at 12 p.m. At checkout, be sure to schedule the pickup for Sunday, April 12, 2020.
Other Dinner and Drink Options
Special menu additions, delivery services and take-away options are available through several eateries, wineries and breweries along the Santa Barbara South Coast. For a guide on where to Dine, Sip and Support local businesses this Easter, view the list here.
AT-HOME EASTER ACTIVITIES
Riverbench Vineyards & Winery Virtual Easter Egg Hunt, April 11, 2020
The Riverbench Vineyards & Winery annual Easter Egg Hunt hunt will go on…virtually! For background, every year since 2008, the winery traditionally hides over 2,000 candy-filled eggs in the garden for an epic Easter egg hunt. This year, the winery is helping families host their own Easter Egg Hunt at home. Pre-purchase tickets before April 3 and each child will receive a half dozen prize-filled eggs by mail. The winery will go LIVE from the vineyard on Facebook or Instagram on Saturday, April 11 at 11 a.m. Tune in over a bottle of Riverbench wine for tips on hosting your own egg hunt and grab the kiddos for a special visit from the Easter Bunny.
Send a Message to the Easter Bunny
Here’s something eggs-tra special for kids to do this Easter brought to you by Paseo Nuevo and Cottage Children’s Medical Center. Help children submit a postcard to the Easter Bunny and get a surprise in your inbox. Let the Easter Bunny know how you plan to celebrate at home. Hippity hop to write a message!
From now until April 12, the Kona Ice truck will deliver shaved ice and smiles to your home. Simply text your local address and a desired 15 minute window to (805) 452-6560. For safety, Kona Ice asks that you do not gather with neighbors when they arrive, but spreading the word is appreciated! The driver will stop at each individual house in respect of social distancing recommendations. Please follow @SBKONAICE on Facebook and Instagram to see the schedule. Cost: $20, Family Package serves up to 6 people
SHOP LOCAL FOR HOMEMADE EASTER BASKETS
Virtual Wine and Design Easter Class with Santa Barbara Gift Baskets, April 9
Santa Barbara Gift Baskets will host a LIVE virtual Wine and Design Easter Class on Facebook on April 9 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. to show tips and tricks for making a beautiful and bountiful Easter basket for kids or adults. The gifting team has also put together pre-made Easter gifting baskets to order for friends and family, filled with local gourmet goodies including the Classic Kid’s Easter Basket, a Bunnies & Bubbles Easter Basket and more.
CHILDRENS AND TOY STORES IN SANTA BARBARA
Local childrens and toy stores offer a treasure trove of games, toys and clothing to fill Easter baskets with springtime cheer. Choose from these delightful options:
Children’s store Chicken Little carries a variety of sweet toys and gifts, perfect to add to any Easter basket. For assistance picking out the perfect purchase, please call (805) 962-7771 or email the store at [email protected].
Toy Crazy located at Montecito Country Mart is offering Easter Surprise Boxes for little ones for $30, $50 or $100 plus shipping. To help customize the gift and to place orders, email shopkeeper Melissa at [email protected] with the age of your children and any special favorites they love. Toy Crazy will ship to your home.
Peanuts Maternity & Kids will put together a special gift basket filled with safe, responsibly sourced toys for kids with free home delivery for local Santa Barbara residents and a free basket with a purchase of $25 or more.
LOCAL CHOCOLATE SHOPS
For chocolate lovers, a few local Santa Barbara chocolate shops are open this Easter to meet the demands of your sweet tooths! See your options below:
Jessica Foster Confections
Get hippity hoppity happy with Easter gift crates, sea salt caramel filled eggs and other spring treats from Jessica Foster Confections. Jessica has created 100 solid chocolate bunnies and two of them have a golden ticket hidden inside. Each lucky golden ticket finder will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to a select Santa Barbara restaurant. To play along, purchase your order online and select local pickup or have your sweet treats shipped.
Twenty-Four Blackbirds Chocolate
A little rabbit told us…Haley Corridor chocolatier, Twenty-Four Blackbirds Chocolate, offers single-origin handmade artisan chocolates including decadent chocolate bars, colorful truffles, bonbons and more. Use code STOCKUP for 15% off all online purchases and pickup curbside.
FLORAL DELIVERY SERVICES
Send a spring bouquet to show that special someone you care or treat yourself to fresh blooms for your own Easter tablescape! Here is a selection of Santa Barbara florists open for delivery:
From spring tulips to roses, ikebana creations and more, Alpha Floral will put together the perfect arrangement. The team is making home deliveries using non-contact methods, wearing gloves at all times and notifying recipients that the flowers have been left at their door via phone.
Family-owned Kaleidoscope Flowers, creates beautiful floral arrangements and offers blooming plants, garden baskets, fruit baskets and other gifts. Call the shop or place your orders online.
Riley’s Flowers has one of the largest selections of cut roses in Santa Barbara along with a selection of fresh hand-picked, local flowers and offers same day delivery. Be sure to browse the website for specials including an Easter basket filled with an assortment of springtime treats.
*For the latest, up-to-date information about the current status of each event or offer, please check each company website.