Daffodil Splendor: Julian's Spring Hello

Need some sunshine in flower form? Head up the mountain.

A CERTAIN SUNNY BUD... is renowned for its ability to grow, and grow well, in some of the higher climes around the Golden State. That this golden flower brings such a spring-sweet dose to the spring-sweet months means that those who love to grow it, and those who love to simply admire it, will seek it out in such spots as Daffodil Hill in Amador County and Running Springs, near Big Bear. Another upper-elevation town that's gained daffodil cred over the last several years is Julian. True story: The Gold Rush destination isn't only known for its pies or apples or charming Independence Day parade. Come March, or thereabouts, there's a gathering of daffodil devotees, and while it doesn't take place on some daffodil-strewn hillside, but rather Julian Town Hall, it does bring out a lot of blossoms, just when we need them the most (read: late winter). The 2017 date for the annual Daffodil Show is just ahead, on...

MARCH 4 AND 5: Yes, that's a Saturday and Sunday, so you can day-trip up to Julian for the aforementioned pie, and lunch, and a peek at the "thousand blooms on display" (actually, there should over a thousand blooms, so anticipate a nice flowery spread). Daffodil growers will show with the prize blooms on Friday, March 3, for the judging, while fans can turn up throughout the weekend to get their 'dil fill, no admission required. There's a Daffodil Art Show, too, to further summon the good vibes of spring, which, as of that first weekend in March, really and honestly will be juuuust around the corner. Stay sunny and keep dreamin' those daffodil dreams.

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