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Easter Brunch in Raleigh Triangle - Easter Bunny Photo Op?

I'm spending Easter in Raleigh with my 3 year old daughter and parents (mid-60's). I would love to go to a great brunch on Easter Sunday morning.

I'm willing to drive anywhere in the Raleigh, Cary, Durham triangle for the perfect spot. My budget isn't unlimited but I'm willing to pay up for a great experience. 

A nice hotel or country club would be ideal. Someplace with a pretty garden and possible easter bunny sighting or easter egg hunt would be great!

5 Answers

top answer by
Renee from Charlotte

The  Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club is a great option, but you might also consider the  The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary. Not sure about its Easter plans but it has a great a la carte buffet menu every weekend (chocolate chip pancakes, shrimp and grits) and - bonus - just behind the hotel, a lovely and fairly short walking trail around a lake, sure to have lots of flowers blooming at this time of year. Ducks a strong possibility. Another great brunch option:  The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. It has a reasonably priced Easter buffet every year. No rabbits (probably) but the hotel will be in the last day of its annual Birdhouses on Parade exhibit. This is very cool and on display beginning April 1st - no fee to view it any day of the week, but sign up for the afternoon tea if you like that sort of thing. They love kids at the Carolina. The Pinehurst family of resorts, not far from Raleigh, has an awesome lineup of Easter activities every year, but I believe they are only open to resort guests. As for the Easter Bunny, there are tons of egg rolls and other events of that type in the Raleigh/Durham area; see a list of few of them here. For a guaranteed photo op with the Bunny himself, the Alexander Family YMCA in Raleigh has a Breakfast with the Bunny event, but that's on April 12, perhaps out of your time window. If not, make reservations early. 

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answered first by
Ken from Durham (North Carolina)

Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. Classy and nice. Easter brunch is $65, kids under 6 are free. Adjacent to Duke University campus. 

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answered by
Maren from North Carolina

There is a great place in Chapel Hill called 411 West that has great brunch! A little pricey but worth it.

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Hey Susan! My in-laws have taken me to a wonderful place called Peak City Grill & Bar for the last couple of Easters. It's a fine-dining buffet style brunch and the food is fantastic. They have anything from Salmon to an omelette bar and tons of great breakfast foods. It gets a little crowded but it's worth it for the excellent food! Not to mention it's located smack dab in the centre of downtown Apex so it's a lovely place to be! This is Peak City Grill and it's in Apex, NC (right past Cary). I'm not sure about the bunnies, but along hwy 55, coming into Apex, are some recently built hotels that look nice.

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answered by
Jim from Chapel Hill

The The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary is a nice, relaxing spot, as is the patio overlooking the golf course at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club -- on Duke's campus. Both are a bit pricey.  Good luck!

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