Wildflower Getaways

Springtime provides the floral spectacles in Hood River, Ore., Fort Bragg, Calif., and Boise, Idaho.

western wildflowers

Wildflowers are usually small, but show off their intricate design and color when you look at them up close.

IF YOU'RE GOING...

Take advantage of the area’s local amenities and services:

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BOISE, IDAHO

PLAY The Hulls Gulch Interpretive Trail starts at a parking lot on upper Eighth Street and wends through stands of blue wild hyacinths (above). (208) 514-3756.

STAY Hip, modern Hotel 43 lies within easy walking distance of one of Boise's best parks. From $110.* (208) 342-4622, www.hotel43.com.

EAT Bungalow boasts patio dining, happy hour deals, and Boise's favorite pulled pork sandwich ($9). (208) 331-9855, www.boisebungalow.com.

FORT BRAGG, CALIF.

PLAY The Laguna Point trail in MacKerricher State Park treats you to views of seaside daisies and harbor seals frolicking in the waves below. (707) 937-5804.

STAY Springtime brings bursts of color to the Surf Motel and Gardens, whose grounds are landscaped with native plants. From $70. (800) 339-5361.

EAT At Chapter & Moon, try the signature Trilogy Salad ($11) of mint-flecked hummus, jicama slaw, and greens with Gorgonzola. (707) 962-1643.

HOOD RIVER, ORE.

PLAY Five miles south of town at Panorama Point County Park, lupines, balsamroot, and gold stars begin blooming in March. (800) 366-3530.

STAY The Hood River Hotel (above) gracefully melds historical details, modern amenities, and river views. From $90. (800) 386-1859.

EAT Dine on the patio amid tulips at the Sixth Street Bistro, where a salmon burger goes for $10. (541) 386-5737.

*Ask about the AAA discount.

Photography by Mark Turner

This article was first published in March 2008. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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