Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer!
I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.
– Gustav Mahler
Are you, like me, so tired of winter that you want to go out and grab spring by the lapels and bring it home with you? Where can you go to grab some spring? Here are a few options you might not have considered which should give you hope that warmer days are not far away.
First there is spring training. Fort Myers must already be filled with Red Sox and fans. Even if people have to wear polar fleece to the practice fields, they are warmed by the sounds and sights of the great summer sport. But for those who are not sports minded, there are many other possibilities.
To get warm breezes now I recommend Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio National Park offers more foliage and blossoms than you could imagine being alive right now. The warm Pacific waves and sand will drive your cares away. The jungle is filled with scores of birds and monkeys, completing this exotic tropical paradise.
If you can temporarily satisfy the need for spring just by planning for a warmer weather trip a bit later, we can consider a few other iconic places. Paris in spring time has been extolled in so many songs it is an obvious choice. But many other European destinations are warmer earlier and just as captivating as they wake up to spring. Malaga, Barcelona, Ibiza, Rome, Florence, and Provence would all make for a delightful stretch in the sun.
If it is glorious floral display you seek then Netherlands’ Keukenhof Gardens will blow you away. April is the daffodil season and tulips in incredible variety bloom in early May. With luck we should be seeing the same flowers at home in similar seasons, but these gardens (and others around the world) can dazzle you with quantity.
Closer to home there is the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC. The entire city is preened for visitors in this season and spring does set off the monuments very nicely. Currently the trees are expected to be at their peak between April 11 and 14. This is later than usual, due to the unusually cold winter, but it could change so stay tuned if you plan to visit the capital. Other gardens in Virginia and Maryland will surely welcome travelers hungry for green and flowers.
If you are not so much moved by formal plantings as by wild nature bursting forth in spring you might consider heading to Yosemite National Park ahead of the summer crowds. As the snowpack melts the rivers and waterfalls rush over the rocks. Very young wildlife might be visible. The temperatures will not match those of Florida beaches but they will welcome anyone who wants to stretch limbs with a good long hike in the burgeoning wild.
Enough of this winter confinement! Plan your own early spring now! I will be close to my phone for the next two weeks so call me.
Boundaries divide. Travel unites.
5 March 2015