It was a rainy Easter morning about 7 years ago and we were hiding a variety of things inside the house: candy, $5 bills, small toys. My daughter Amanda was 14 at the time, and she obliged us by searching dutifully, albeit reluctantly, while we clapped and squealed as she got closer to some trinket or egg. I’m not quite sure she was feeling the same thrill that we were, and we realized our Easter egg hunts were going the way of the tooth fairy. (Not Santa, though – we all still believe in Santa!) Then Amanda finally wandered off in search of solitude instead, taking her laptop and some of her Easter findings to the recesses of her room. Oh well. That was the last of those sweet Easter mornings of family yore.
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The Warwick Melrose has been on my bucket list of stay-cations forever, and by forever I mean, since I worked in uptown from about 2007-2010. I just never made the jump to actually planning a stay there.
If you’ve spent any time in uptown Dallas at all, you’ve probably driven by this gem:
The Warwick Melrose on Oak Lawn is truly a Dallas icon. I’d been inside for meetings and once for an event years ago, so I remember the stately The Library Bar inside. It’s old-school glamour — the building is over 90 years old, and Warwick Intl bought it in 2011 I believe, expanded the parking and gave every room a face-lift.
They’re having an Easter Getaway special that includes the Saturday-night stay in a King Room with late check-out & free wifi, plus the Easter Brunch for Two for $279 + fees. Hotel guests get a fun Easter surprise, too:
Warwick Melrose is pampering all hotel guests to an over-sized Easter egg filled with sweet treats. A few lucky guests will find an even sweeter surprise, such as Sunday brunch for four, dinner for two in The Landmark or complimentary two-night stay with valet parking and breakfast!
Kelsey N. Warwick Melrose Dallas
So Easter is less than a week away and you know it’s about time you made this a special weekend for yourself. (I mean, bring someone special IF YOU MUST.) For the hotel stay: Email [email protected] or call 1-800-521-7172 (code BEA) or book online.
Getting to the good stuff: The Easter brunch menu
I love brunch and I like the all-you-can-eat kind, but sometimes there is too much room for going overboard, right? So when I decide to indulge, I need it to be something amazing. So I found out from the fine folks at the Landmark restaurant a sample of what to expect at the Warwick Melrose Easter Sunday Brunch. Get ready for this list, and it’s not even the whole list! My mind is officially blown:
- International and Domestic Cheese Display with Crackers and Olive Oil
- Fresh Fruit Croustade with White Chocolate Shavings and Toasted Almonds
- Grilled Crudité with Avocado Ranch Dressing
- A Seafood Station with rich smoked salmon, chilled poached shrimp and crab claws, as well as assorted sushi
Then feast your eyes on these hot, culinary masterpieces to go along with the BOTTOMLESS Bloody Marys and Mimosas:
- Blackened Petite Blue Foot Chicken Breast with Wild Mushroom Ragu
- Molasses Braised Pork Loin with Crispy Shallots
- Prime Rib with Shitake Jus and Horseradish Sauce
- Banjo Ham with Orange-Maple Glaze
And if you are still fortunate to have young ones in the house, there is a Kids Station at the Easter brunch: PBJ, Mac & Cheese, and the ubiquitous chicken fingers.
What incredible brunch buffet would be complete without a made-to-order omelette & waffle station alongside savory plates of bacon, sausage and eggs benedict! That’s not enough, you say? Where’s the dessert, you say? Every good breakfast deserves dessert!
- Seasonal Fruit Tart
- Sweet Ginger Carrot Cake (oh, mama!)
- Chocolate Mousse Cake (!)
- Blueberry Cobbler with Lavender Chantilly Cream (!!)
- Mint Chocolate Pistachio Cannoli (!!!)
I’m fanning myself right now. Whew. This is an indulgence to be remembered, so why not take one of each, right? You deserve this. I DESERVE THIS. ahem.
What else is there to do while staying at the Warwick Melrose?
Before checkout on Sunday, you can walk over to Easter at Lee Park, a yearly tradition that includes a FABULOUS pet parade, live music, lawn games, free egg hunt for kids 0-10, and more fun stuff.
If you’ve never been, you should definitely visit Eatzi’s – a deli and eatery right up the street on Oak Lawn. It’s got delectable pre-made dishes you can take to go, as well as fresh breads, pastries, house-made sandwiches and hot plates, cheeses (try the triple cream brie or truffle cheese) and select groceries.
If you are happy to be getting away but don’t want to miss Easter church services, here is a google map of churches near to the Melrose hotel. Easter services will probably be packed so arrive early to make sure you get a seat.
Chocolate has become the next oil boom here. Check out our list of some fine chocolatiers in town. They may or may not be open on Easter Sunday, though, so call before stopping by. Chocolate Secrets is right up the street on Oak Lawn.