There’s something about a Saturday when the sky is a triumphant blue, it’s cool in the shade and enjoyable in the sunshine, and you’re surrounded by an array of vibrantly colored tulips and hyacinths.
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is one of those places tucked away in Nashville, Tennessee, where a permanent smile comes to your face as soon as you begin your journey on the sidewalks that snake through this 55-acre property.
Cheekwood in Bloom is the annual celebration of springtime, the biggest draw being the more than 100,000 tulips blooming throughout the estate. Stroll the walkways at a leisurely pace. Carve out a few hours for this place to truly stop and smell the flowers. You can anticipate even more blooms of snowdrops, crocus, daffodils, magnolias, redbuds and dogwoods as the season gets warmer.
Make your way through the Shomu-en Japanese Garden to take some photos and enjoy a peaceful stroll along the bamboo trail.
Spend some time at the waterfalls and then walk up the slope to the mansion, where you can look out on the balcony and see for miles. Continue on to the Carell Dogwood Garden, the Burr Terrace Garden and, finally, the Howe Garden.
Aside from the gorgeous array of spring blossoms, have a brew, specialty cocktail, wine and champagne to toast the season at The Cheekwood Beer Garden. Get there Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enjoy the live bluegrass music and food trucks (music ends at 3 p.m.).
An array of children’s activities, storytelling, art, live bunnies and friends, and more can all be found throughout the weeks of Cheekwood in Bloom, now through April 15, 2018. Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for attendees 65 years-old and older, $16 for college students, $13 for kids ages 3-17 years-old and children 2 years-old and younger are admitted free.