Ah, it's that time of year again - spring time! The weather is getting warmer, but also wetter, while the grass is becoming greener. Tulips and daffodils are blossoming in gardens, and trees are showing signs of foliage.
In DC, spring time also means cherry blossoms and the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year, the peak bloom period is from April 1st through April 4th. After walking around the tidal basin (along with throngs of tourists in neon green FBI sweatshirts), I recommend going for tea at the Willard Hotel. While eating scrumptious finger sandwiches and nibbling on cherry flavored desserts, you'll be enjoying the sounds of a harpist. Plan to make a reservation as soon as possible, as tea time is a popular event for both tourists and locals alike. Don't get discouraged if you have trouble making a reservation, their lines are often busy and you may have to call back a few times (and even act a bit rude) to get the hostess' attention.