Let's get daffy! Newport's annual Spring celebration, the Daffodil Days Festival finds the whole town abloom with golden-hued daffodils. Just how many flowers are we talking about? 866,500. But who’s counting? Here’s a closer look at this eagerly-awaited annual event -- going on right now in the City by the Sea.
Get Your Daffy On
The 5th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival begins tomorrow, April 14th and continues through the 22nd. Nine full days of flower-packed fun fill the streets of Newport. There will be daffodils as far as the eye can see and on every corner of town.
From a marathon with a unique seaside start and the Lighting of the Trees at the Newport Arboretum to Daffy Doggies on Parade and the Driving Miss Daffodil gathering of daffodil-bedecked classic cars, there’s truly something for everyone. House and garden tours, film screenings, daffy daiquiris and daffy-tinis, and the annual Tour De Jonquilles Bike Ride round out the list of reasons to make Newport your destination this month.
Want to get even more out of your daffodil dallies? Purchase a Daffy Boutonnière or a Daffy Pin as it's more commonly known as at Bowen’s Wharf and the Discover Newport Visitor’s Center for just $5 to gain access to “Daffy Deals” at participating Newport shops, restaurants and attractions. Some of our favorite deals include 50% off admission at Redwood Library, $5 admission to Rough Point and 10% off beer and spirit tastings at Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
Planting with a Plan
But why all the daffodils, anyway? As if Newport wasn’t already gorgeous enough, the Daffodillion Campaign aims to add even more luster to this luxe locale with the goal of planting a million (or “dillion,” as we like to say) daffodils throughout the city’s neighborhoods. The city is getting absolutely close and the million should be in reach very soon. All proceeds from the Daffodil Days Festival go to purchasing even more daffodil bulbs to plant in the fall.
At The Chanler, we’re delighted to join in this alluring effort while hosting our annual event on our outdoor terrace, “A Dandy Spring Fling”. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live music and a complimentary champagne toast to nature’s eye candy while taking in the hundreds of daffodils set against Easton’s Bay. Tickets are still available for only $30 and can be purchased now. Our bar is crafting signature cocktails for this special event, including our signature “Daffy Daiquari" and “Pirate Punch".
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind way to welcome spring while doing your part to make the world a more beautiful place, we can think of no way better to do so than during Newport’s Daffodil Days Festival. And really -- when was the last time you went daffy?