In March, spring begins to seep in. The sun shines a little brighter, the breeze feels warmer and cherry blossoms bloom. During the National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20 to April 12), pack a picnic basket, head into DC and enjoy a day at the Tidal Basin with these products.
Cheers to spring with Loudoun County’s Old Ox Brewery’s National Cherry Blossom FestivALE saison, the official beer of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. // National Cherry Blossom FestivALE 4-Pack; $10.99-$12.99
Cherry on Top
Bite into the season with Bethesda-based ChouQuette. Its cherry blossom-printed dark and milk chocolates are as pretty as they are tasty, with vanilla bean and sour cherry caramel flavors. // Cherry Blossom Chocolates; $15-$65
What’s a picnic without a blanket? This one’s water-resistant on the top and bottom. Read: No more sitting on dewy grounds or worrying about spills. // Cherry Blossom Picnic Blanket; $79.20
Whether you want to bring coffee or water, this bottle has you covered: Its stainless steel design stays hot for up to 12 hours and cold for up to 24 hours. // Mira Sierra Water Bottle – Cherry Blossom; $22.9
Find the ultimate guide to this year’s cherry blossom events here.
Pink and Proper
At the festival, the sun will likely be bright. Shade your eyes, and cool down with official National Cherry Blossom Festival merchandise. // NCBF Embroidered Hat Pink; $15 and National Cherry Blossom Festival Bamboo & Fabric Hand Fan; $5
These limited-edition cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery (find the DC location in Union Station) are available in chocolate or vanilla, with vanilla buttercream icing. // Cherry Blossom Cupcake, half a dozen; $33
Before heading into DC, make a pit stop at Alexandria’s Dolci Gelati to pick up a pint of its cherry blossom gelato, flavored with cherry and orange blossom. // Cherry Blossom Gelato; $11 per pint