Having heard of a tulip festival of sorts not far from where we live in Portland, OR, my husband and I decided to leash up our 8-month-old Golden Retriever puppy, Josie (who unfortunately tends to get car sick on every trip we take), and drive forty-five minutes southeast to find those rows of flowers. We set off early on an immaculate Pacific Northwest Saturday morning in mid-April, coffee and scones in hand. Although the “doors” opened at 9AM, we arrived closer to 10, but were easily able to find a spot. For about an hour we meandered through the rows of tulips, feeling a mix of shock that there were that many tulips in one location to who planted all these? to amazement of all the different colors of tulips that actually exist. And of course we snapped way too many pictures and tried to take one too many selfies. Josie had a grand ‘ol time saying “hi” to all the other pups that accompanied their eager parents all while trying to
destroy sniff those very juicy looking things that swayed tauntingly in the breeze right near her face. After having our fill of pictures and walking through the fields, we settled down for a curry sausage bratwurst and a fresh-squeezed lemonade from the food stands at the festival. Can you say “yum” and “totally satisfying”? I easily said both.
- Follow the advice we received: Get their early! (It gets extremely crowded around 12, both in the parking lot and in the tulip fields themselves.)
- Although they accept cards, I’d recommend having cash on hand to pay for the entry fee. This will make your entry smoother and more efficient.
- Get a curry sausage bratwurst from the food stands. Pair it with a fresh-squeezed lemonade and you’ll be demanding seconds!
- Wear shoes you don’t mind getting dirty. With all the rain we get in the Portland area, the rows of tulips were a bit muddy and I kept wishing I had worn old tennis shoes.
- Go as early in April as possible. When the warmer winds of May start blowing and the sun is out, the tulips start to lose their life. Earlier the better!