The Wander List: Spring brings flower festivals, a lavish winery hotel and traveling restaurants


While New England has ‘voyeur leaf’ tourism every fall, Washington, D.C. has cherry blossoms in the spring in the biggest such festival outside of Japan, thanks to Tokyo’s mayor of Tokyo. era offering sakura trees to the people of the United States in 1912. This centennial year is filled with cherry blossom-themed events (parade, concerts, block parties, art installations, walks and lectures) d ‘here on April 17, when ‘peak bloom’ typically occurs and sees the historic National Mall covered in pink petal confetti – a perfect time for a visit.

Those with pent-up disposable income after the pandemic might be interested in Exceptional in the field, a self-proclaimed “travelling restaurant without walls” that spans 50 U.S. states and 16 countries. It was founded in 1999 by Jim Denevan who decided to avoid the sourcing of ingredients for restaurants by bringing restaurants back to the source, i.e. by hosting site-specific banquets at vineyards, meadows, orchards, woods, beaches and urban farms to showcase local products and producers in a unique way. It’s a big occasion, with tickets starting at US$365 per person (€333), with glamping options at select locations. There are no Irish locations at the moment, but with our range of exceptional farmers, food and drink merchants, it’s surely only a matter of time…


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