Something Blue … and Beautiful
Apr 05, 2016 02:30PM
● By Dia
Ennis. Tell people you live in Texas, and a few things come to mind. Cowboy boots? Sometimes. Horses? For the lucky ones. And bluebonnets. Oh, yes. It seems Mother Nature has her own way of saying “hello spring” in Texas, and it’s through the incredible bluebonnets that blanket its prairies, trails and grass-covered fields. However, there are certain areas where you’ll get more than a glimpse of these blue-hued beauties. Just an hour drive south will get you to the “Official Bluebonnet City of Texas” and its “Official Bluebonnet Trail,” where you’ll find more than 40 miles of mapped driving bluebonnet trails—the oldest of its kind known in the state. Sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club, the wildflower show is a sight to see, celebrating its 65th picturesque year.
So where will you find the most blooms? The entire month of April is a sure bet that you’ll see a good number of them, but peak time is usually week three (check VisitEnnis.org for updates, as it can vary depending on weather conditions.) Come April 15-17 to enjoy a full celebration, complete with a Friday-night dance, arts and craft exhibits, food and drinks, bluebonnet souvenirs, wildflower walks, live music and more. Whether you come for the festival or simply to revel in nature, you’ll definitely want to experience the bluebonnet trails. Take a leisurely drive through the winding country roads at no charge after picking up a trail map at the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau, or choose to take a guided bus tour with advanced reservations so you can simply enjoy your surroundings. And if you decide to lose the map and see where the road takes you, we won’t blame you a bit.
Date: April 15-17