Spring explodes into color at the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve — Photo courtesy of Ada BeThis season’s brutal winter is nearly in the rear-view; spring is about to, well – spring! And with it, the clocks. Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 8, and celebrate the idea of leaving the office with daylight to spare. Soon, you’ll have an extra hour with which to play. These ideas will help you bounce into the glory of longer days and warmer weather.
Linger over lunch
There's no need to rush. Find a beautiful place in which to dine al fresco, whether you’re going old-school and packing a picnic or getting cosmopolitan with a rooftop restaurant. Asheville’s stretch of the famed Blue Ridge Parkway has several stunning roadside spots tailor-made for picnics with unbeatable mountain views. Temps in New York City may still be less than stellar, but brunch is still divine at Brooklyn's Alma. Its roof deck is heated in cooler seasons and offers stunning Manhattan views 365 days a year. Too cold? You can still catch a city-view sunset at dinner in its second-floor dining room.
Many parks abide by a “closed at sunset” policy. BOOM! The seasonal clock just bought you and your hiking partners another hour amid the peace and quiet of these American treasures. Near Seattle, Olympic National Park truly comes alive in March, the best time of year to spy Roosevelt Elk. Pushing into April and even May, black bear activity increases.
Spring brings rainbows in the form of wildflowers nationwide. Fiery displays blaze about an hour and a half from Los Angeles at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, where blooms were already being spotted in February. This year pros predict the color peak to come in mid-March through April. Perfect timing to plan a day trip.
…and finally, SEE the sunset
Sometimes you want to fast-forward into your summer wardrobe and cocktail menu. Those looking for just such time travel will find favor at Frenchy’s Rockaway. With a location on the sugary-white sands of Clearwater Beach, live music and libations give way to tie-dyed sunsets on a nightly basis.
Guests at Honolulu’s Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Mai Tai Bar can say “Aloha” as the sun makes its nightly descent into the Pacific horizon off gorgeous Waikiki Beach. Lucky locals have the option to enjoy it any night they choose, but even they have an extra hour to make it here before sunset.