The Flower Fields
Nearly 50 acres of gorgeous Giant Tecolote ranunculus, a type of buttercup, bloom in shades from pink to purple March through May at Southern California’s Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. This year the ranch is partnering with local hotels and restaurants to establish a Petal to Plate Festival (April 20–30). Less than two miles from the field, Bistro West (4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad; westinnandsuites.com; 760-930-8008; drinks for two, $20*) will serve a Field of Dreams Martini for the occasion, made with elderflower liqueur, strawberry vodka, pomegranate juice and a rose-sugar rim. 5704 Paseo del Norte; 760-431-0352; theflowerfields.com; admission, $14
Tulips of the Valley
Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
During this April’s 11th annual Tulips of the Valley festival, you’ll find more than 30 varieties of Darwinian and Triumph tulips—many imported directly from Holland—carpeting more than 20 acres. Growing in wide beds, the blooms look spectacular against the 6,900-foot-tall Mount Cheam rising in the background. In between shots, visitors can snack on sweet stroopwafels from one of four local food trucks stationed on-site for the festival. 604-703-6122; tulipsofthevalley.com; admission, $8** on weekdays, $10 on weekends
L’Abbey de Senanque
In France’s strikingly beautiful southeastern region of Provence, Cistercian monks cultivate and harvest 20 acres of lavender at L’Abbey de Senanque, built in 1148. Visitors marvel at the rows of deep purple, and those who speak French can go on a monk-guided tour of the abbey’s 12th-century architecture (leaflets are available in English). Before you leave, consider stopping by the gift shop to stock up on their homemade lavender oils, and regional perfumes and honey. www.senanque.fr; 011-33-4-90-72-05-86; admission, $8
Hitachi Seaside Park
Buds from cosmos to zinnias blossom at Japan’s Hitachi Seaside Park, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Check out the park’s events page for notes on what’s blooming when. For example, from late April to mid-May, the park’s nearly nine-acre Miharashi Hills are as cerulean as the sky, thanks to some 4.5 million nemophila, also known as baby blue eyes. 605-4 Onuma-aza, Matawari; hitachikaihin.jp; 011-029-265-9001; admission, $4
- *Estimated meal prices do not include drinks, tax or tip.
- **Prices have been converted to U.S. dollars.
- NOTE: Information may have changed since publication. Please confirm key details before planning your trip.
- Published: April 2017