Overlooking Narragansett Bay, Blithewold is one of the finest garden estates in New England. Each spring, the grounds explode with 50,000 daffodil blossoms, including unusual varieties as well as rare trees and rock gardens. Enjoy guided tours of the garden and the 45-room mansion that was home to the Van Winkle / McKee family for over 80 years. Lunch will be enjoyed at Spirito’s Restaurant on Federal Hill in Providence Rhode Island, celebrated for its authentic Italian cuisine. After lunch, we’re off to pick tulips at Wicked Tulips Flower Farm with owners Joroen and Keriann Koeman. They are thrilled to have developed the first and only locally grown tulip bulbs in New England. Bring a bucket to pick some of their high quality, never before seen varieties of tulips.
Fee: $93 per person, $89 for CHS members. From West Hartford: depart Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, at 7:30 a.m., return at 7:00 p.m. From East Hartford: depart commuter lot at 500 Main Street at 8:00 a.m., return at 6:30 p.m. Click here to download a PDF with more info.