Spring Flowers in Rhode Island
Photo: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Bristol, RI

A New England Spring is always welcome and springtime in New England is glorious. In the northern part of the region a sure sign of spring are the Maple Sugar Festivals and as daytime temperatures rise the sap from New England’s famous sugar maple trees begins to run. A wonderful New England springtime tradition is to taste ‘sugar on snow’, a local delicacy of fresh snow laced with pure maple syrup.  Southern New England is typically warmer than the northern mountain areas in April and May but everywhere flowers are bursting through and there are wonderful flower festivals throughout the region such as the Nantucket Daffodil Festival and the rose festival in the Elizabeth Rose Gardens in Hartford, CT.  May is also the traditional time for college graduations and it is important to bear in mind that May is an extremely busy time for accommodation in Boston and also in the many college towns throughout the region. If you are planning on traveling during this month, double check your plans for the weekends especially if you intend to visit a college town. Outside of the many college towns, accommodation rates are very appealing as it is not a very busy time of the year.