Posted February 8, 2010 by Kate Hamman
With rainbow-colored fields of blossoming tulips surrounding the city, Lisse, Netherlands, is an ideal place to be in the spring. However, you don't have to spend a fortune to appreciate the beauty of the season. Here, you can walk among the flowers at Keukenhof, dine and dance the night away at a nearby restaurant, and stay at a hotel close to it all.
Keukenhof: Spring puts its best colors forward at Keukenhof, one of the world's largest flower gardens, where millions of bulbs blossom into a kaleidoscope of flora everywhere you turn. Try your green thumb at the Inspirational Gardens, where you're encouraged to grow your own tulips at home. The flower shows are a particularly special treat, as blooms from across the country are put on display and change weekly. You can also purchase bulbs and freshly-cut flowers from several sellers at the park. Entrance costs €14 (about $19 U.S.; check XE.com for current exchange rates).
Restaurant De Nachtegaal (Dutch only): Located in the Golden Tulip Hotel, Restaurant De Nachtegaal offers a varied menu that changes on a whim. Most of the time, you can order a la carte items for dinner or a three-course prix fixe. From Monday through Friday, you can enjoy an array of different dishes at the lunch buffet. On Saturday nights, the chef prepares a special three-course prix fixe menu and you may find yourself dancing in between courses as live music fills the air.
Hotel de Duif: The Hotel de Duif's rooms may not be fancy, but the location and price can't be beat. Situated in the center of town, not far from the fields of bulbs, you'll be able to sit on the patio and smell the flowers. The hotel's standard rooms come equipped with a shower and cable TV, while the suites offer kitchenettes. Prices start at €49 per night.
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