Have you taken a peak outside from under the warm covers yet? The days are getting longer and warmer and the birds have begun their early morning serenade. After a winter that seemed like it would never end (and still hasn’t for some), spring finally is upon us. Need another sign? The flower buds have broken ground in gardens everywhere and are preparing their colorful arrival.
If you’ve been waiting until the spring to pack your bags and head out of town, you will be glad you did. For many destinations, it’s shoulder season—the time between their low and high seasons—which means friendlier fares and rates to attract travelers. So, take advantage of this lead up time to the busy summer travel season by walking along fragrant paths or sitting in a gazebo and admiring the glorious displays on a garden getaway.
Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls—Logan, OH
Because this inn is located on 75 acres and surrounded on three sides by Hocking Hills State Park, its gardens, landscaped by Kellie Hutchison, are an extension of the natural wonders blanketing the area. A rooftop garden sits on top of the renovated 1800’s log cabin housing green conference space, while fragrant flower and herb gardens line the outside dining patio. Spend a relaxing afternoon traversing the hillside before enjoying a respite in one of their hammocks or some soothing bodywork at the spa.
Vintage Towers Bed & Breakfast—Cloverdale, CA
Designed with Northern California’s temperate climate in mind, the inn has created outdoor environments for viewing including a Mediterranean Courtyard and demonstration vineyard in the front of the inn, a 40-foot veranda wrapped in wisteria, a rose-covered wrought iron pavilion with a fire pit and a vintage gazebo were you can observe the Koi ponds. Daily breakfasts are made using fruits and vegetables from the inn’s gardens.
1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor B&B—Springfield, KY
Located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bourbon region, this preserved Antebellum-style home has lovely gardens throughout its country estate setting. Get lost in a classic novel while relaxing in the wedding gazebo garden before admiring the raspberry and black berry patch, fruit orchard and small grape vineyard that make up part of the inn’s farm. While you are there, say hello to the resident animals including alpacas, llamas, barn cats and two Golden Retrievers.
Inn at Blackberry Creek—Walla Walla, WA
If garden variety is what you seek, this inn will not disappoint. They offer 1.5 acres of rolling lawn with massive shade trees, creeks and beautiful shade gardens. Reminiscent of an English garden, the formal portion of the garden showcases stunning hostas, hydrangeas, astilbe and ferns. After walking the garden’s picturesque paths, take a turn towards one of the 70 wineries all located within a 5-mile radius for an afternoon toast.
B Street House Bed and Breakfast—Virginia City, NV
Elevated 6200 feet in the high desert? Talk about extreme gardening. B Street House brings together a range of Nevada’s native plants with various imported species into a ravishing garden display. Highlights include historic and heirloom varieties of fruits such as Red and Golden Delicious, 1870 yellow Transparent, and Fireside, and flowers including bulb and heritage dahlias, antique daylilies and hollyhocks. Relax on one of the benches and observe the large assortment of butterfly species or enjoy a bit of bird watching.
Shake off the chill of winter and make your way to a B&B for a garden getaway. Let the colorful blooms and picturesque landscapes warm you up for the season.
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