It is finally spring time! ... And there is nothing more beautiful than staying local. Living in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada, we never fall short of finding new adventures. Whether it is the Cherry Blossom Festival in Vancouver or trying out the several Food Truck Festivals available throughout spring and summer... it is just a short drive away from our home. On Saturday, we decided to check out the Abbotsford Tulip Festival that is located just off the Trans-Canada Highway and Whatcom Road exit. Of course we made a stopover for our first ice cream cone of the season, just south of the border at a local American business called Edaleen Dairy before heading to the festival.
PS- If you have not had the opportunity to try a twist cone from Edaleen Dairy...you are seriously missing out!
One of my favourite things about visiting this tulip festival is that it is family owned. The Warmerdam family immigrated to Canada in the late 1940’s from the Netherlands and purchased land in Abbotsford to spread the Dutch culture of Tulips in the early 1970’s. The family’s grandchildren have taken over the business that draws in thousands of people every year. For a small fee of $5CAN per person it makes for a perfect day. With 10 acres of colourful beauty, the Abbotsford Tulip Festival provides a day to run through the wild flowers. For any photographer fanatic, this event provides the perfect backdrop. Poor Thomas had to endure in some serious patience as I continued to make him pose with tulips... I have to admit he was a good sport.
While enjoying the shades of tulips, visitors can purchase tulip bulbs for their own garden or make that perfect bouquet at the ‘U-Pick’ tulip area. Additionally, there are lawn games, duck races and food trucks (weekends only) on the grounds.
As we watched the sun begin to set over the rainbow field, I took one last opportunity to run through the field before we headed back to the car. On the way back home, we remembered that the Bates Motel film location (awesome television series!) was just a short drive away. It was the first time that I was really excited and memorized by something ‘Hollywood’. When we got to the set location it was interesting to see the real motel with the creepy Victorian style house in the background; built just for the series. Once our hunger took over our bodies, we continued our journey to get some dinner. Sushi was the final decision. By the time we order our food and the variety of sushi rolls were served, we were starving!!! We ate so quickly that we forced our bodies into serious food comas but it was worth it!
We ended our night by curling up on the couch but we enjoyed our Saturday with no regrets. Even though the Tulip festival ends on May 1st, 2016, it marked our first local adventure of the year. We were so excited to experience this festival; capturing a fresh start to spring! The local festivals are now available to check out and if you are in search of that perfect weekend adventure, be sure to follow along <3
"Let Us Dance in the Sun
- Susan Polis Schutz -