Kenwood cherry blossoms, where have you been all my life? Forget the Tidal Basin. No, don’t forget it. It’s inspiring and splendiferous and so forth, but holy blossoming cow, Kenwood ruined me for all other neighborhoods.
(Pictures are from the Tidal Basin. Try this outing info for Tidal Basin and Kenwood Cherry Blossoms at the end of the post.)
I blame understatement. I had heard tell there was this “street” with a bunch of cherry trees in Maryland. That’s like saying there’s a little beach in California. Kenwood itself is lovely with diverse and impressive homes, but the whole neighbohood, street after street, block after block is lined so thickly with cherry trees on each side of the road that they form a continuous canopy of fluffy pink blossoms overhead. I felt transported to another world. It was like the movie Avatar, except not so long, or so preachy, and nobody was forming disturbing biological bonds with their horse.
Since it was a bit of a drive to Bethesda, I let Fluffy watch a show in the car on the way there. I paid for it later when I turned off the show so she could look at the blossoms with me. “No! I want to watch my show. You look at the cherry blossoms without me.” She tried to keep up the theme that I was ruining her life even as we drove into Kenwood, but even she couldn’t pretend to be unimpressed. “I feel like I’m in a cotton candy heaven!”
Sorry all these pictures are from the Tidal Basin instead of Kenwood. No sidewalks and plenty of other motorists keen to see how the 1%’ers live in their cherry blossom haven make it necessary to stay in the car. And that means, no pictures. But some kind soul offered to take this one of us in the Tidal Basin. Hey! I do exist!
This year we had an A+ trip to the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms. We kept an eagle eye on things as the peak prognostication kept changing with the weird weather, but we hit the peak! Even more amazingly, we found free street parking 1.5 blocks from the basin. Now that’s the holy grail of cherry blossom season.
Thank goodness I can still pop Fluffy in to the stroller and have her hold one of her brothers on the way back. She was so tired after walking all the way to the Jefferson Memorial. These kids are getting heavy. Even with the awesome bike carriage stroller, I still feel like I’m pushing around over a hundred pounds, because I am.
Tidal Basin Cherry Blossom Festival – Try this outing:
Difficulty level: Moderate. With crazy crowds, it can be tricky to get a big stroller all the way around the Tidal Basin. Parking can make it even tougher.
- Check online for dates and times of shows and presentations you might want to see at the steps of the Jefferson Memorial.
- “Free Festival Parking” may be up to a couple of miles away from the Tidal Basin. There is a shuttle, but a big stroller can be an issue. Consider using the metro or springing for a parking garage since the commute adds considerable time and effort to your trip.
- Restrooms at the Holocaust Museum.
- Reserve paddle boats at least a month or two ahead if want to go during the Festival.
- Keep an eye on Bloom Watch and the weather if you want to see the best blossoms before they wilt or get ripped away by wind and rain.
- Consider checking out the fewer but more varied trees at the National Arboretum, or try driving through the glorious Kenwood neighborhood.
Fluffy Fun Factor (Preschooler rating): Fun-ish. ”I think I had fun. It was so hot, my hair felt like it was on fire!”
Kenwood Cherry Blossoms – Try this outing:
Difficulty level: Easy. Just drive through. With no sidewalks, a number of cars on the same mission, and a few people trying to make this a pedestrian stroll, I wouldn’t recommend trying to use the stroller or walking through with young kids.
- Put in the intersection of Brookside Dr. and Dorset Ave. in Bethesda, MD into your GPS and you’ll be in the neighborhood. We enjoyed meandering through the streets going East to West from bottom to top of the Kenwood.
- The Yoshima trees are old, huge and gorgeous just like the Tidal Basin.
- Peak bloom seems to be 2 or 3 days after peak bloom in the Tidal Basin.
Fluffy Fun Factor (Preschooler rating): Fun! “It was like a spring time wonderland!”