Seattle is a Mecca of urban splendour and never more so than in the spring when new life is blossoming around every corner. It’s hard to stay inside with outdoor adventures beckoning. Join the locals who celebrate this season with gusto, and enjoy a wide array of events that will keep you entertained and delighted. From March through to May, here’s what you can expect from a visit to this special part of Washington State.
March may still be rainy in Seattle, but excitement permeates the air at the onset of spring and the glorious summer months to follow. Festivals and celebrations abound. Check out the famous Pike Place Market on the first day of spring when staff and volunteers occupy the street corners to hand out over 10,000 locally grown daffodils on Daffodil Day; a tradition that’s sure to put a smile on your face. March is Washington Wine Month and you’re invited to join the fun on the last weekend of the month at Taste Washington, the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event. Sip and savour to your heart’s content as you converse with the state’s award-winning winemakers and chefs, and you can attend seminars led by top American wine personalities and sommeliers.
Winter hibernation is well and truly over when April comes around. It may still be chilly, but the air will be fresh and the sky blue (well, most of the time, this is Seattle after all). Enjoy the celebration
of spring in all its vibrant glory at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, an hour’s drive north of Seattle, as millions of tulips burst into bloom. The colours of row upon row of flowers scattered throughout the Skagit Valley are spectacular. Enjoy the exciting events and performances that occur in recognition of the tulips throughout the month of April. It’s little wonder this is one of Seattle’s most anticipated events.
You can almost touch summer at this point in the year, so spending time outside is an ideal way to make the most of the city and its surrounds. Drive out to Mt. Rainier, an area where the seasons have
transformed from snow covered peaks to hills of lush greenery and wild flowers. Spend the day hiking to various lookout points. On a clear day you’ll delight in vistas of the Seattle skyline. Or, take the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad on a historic track for a two-hour excursion through the verdant forests and foothills of the mountain. Rather stay in the city? Get onboard at the Maritime Festival the second weekend in May with events all along the waterfront. Watch the world’s largest tugboat race with over 20 boat entries and a fireboat display. Discover the best chowder from top Downtown Seattle restaurants as part of the Chowder Cook-off. Take a free harbour tour of Seattle’s working waterfront then try your hand with wooden boat building contests.