Holland in Haymarket

A year ago while I was reading an online article, I noticed an ad that said "Spring Festival You Should Never Miss." The ad was a picture of a giant wooden shoe with some tulips surrounding it. I got curious and clicked on it and I found out about Burnside Farms Festival of Spring. I was so eager to go because when I was a little girl, I saw some big posters of tulip fields in Holland and boy, did they look so beautiful! Since I live in Maryland, I thought an hour and half drive would surely make it possible for me to visit the tulip farm in Virginia. Unfortunately, though, my husband was scheduled to go on a trip on the week of the farm's opening. Since I was afraid to drive through I-495 (I'm such a chicken), I ended up not going.

This year, it's a different story. I told a friend about this beautiful farm and she got interested. So we planned the trip and luckily, she agreed to drive. We left Maryland a few minutes past 9am and arrived there almost 11. There were already a few cars at the parking lot and some people lining up. The entrance fee per person was $8 while children under 2 were free. It took us a while before we got to enter, but it was worth the wait.

One of my dreams just came true! My friend and I couldn't hide our excitement as we walked along rows after rows of beautiful tulips. I thought seeing those gorgeous flowers in person would only be possible if I went to Holland. That's why I'm grateful for Burnside Farms' idea of creating a Holland-like experience for Americans. We spent about half an hour just taking pictures and then we sat to enjoy our snacks before heading back home.

Visiting the tulip fields was such an enjoyable experience and if you're looking for a great place to go this Spring or next, make sure to check out Burnside FarmsThis farm is great for everyone especially families because they have bouncy house for kids, face painting, and other fun activities. There are picnic tables inside and some food vendors as well. They usually open on the 2nd or 3rd week of April. To be updated with the opening date, follow their Facebook page. My advise is that you go early to beat the traffic and the long line. They do have a new location for tulips this year, so use this address for your GPS 15441 Haymarket Drive, Haymarket, VA 20169.

Hope you enjoy the photos.

💕 Bianca

My lovely friend posing for me.

Me trying to hide my excitement.

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