Last year about this time, I was traveling in Iowa and Illinois visiting family. One great excursion was a visit to Pella, Iowa, for the Pella Tulip Festival. It was a beautiful day with gorgeous flowers.
Actually, we visited about a week after the tulip festival was over. The flowers were still in bloom and the town was just as quaint as ever. The only thing missing was the crowds. I was fine with that—and the goodies from the great Dutch Bakery (Jaarsma Bakery) were exquisite. If you are in the area for this year’s festival—or right after—plan a visit. Along with the tulips, there are parades and dancing and shopping and evening entertainment. You will love it! This year’s Pella Tulip Time runs 7-9 May 2015.
Here are a few of the sights you will enjoy if you visit:
A great way to end the day would be to drive to Sully, Iowa, to eat at the Coffee Cup Café. You will be able to enjoy the best Iowa Tenderloin ever! The pies are great too.
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“I love tulips better than any other spring flower; they are the embodiment of alert cheerfulness and tidy grace, and next to a hyacinth look like a wholesome, freshly scrubbed young girl beside a stout lady whose every movement weighs down the air with patchouli. Their faint, delicate scent is refinement itself; and is there anything in the world more charming than the sprightly way they hold up their little faces to the sun. I have heard them called bold and flaunting, but to me they seem modest grace itself, only always on the alert to enjoy life as much as they can and not be afraid of looking the sun or anything else above them in the face.” Elizabeth von Arnim, Elizabeth & Her German Garden