While last year’s winter was never-ending, this one felt like a glancing blow. Mother Nature really loves to keep us guessing, doesn’t she? Rather than being buried under snow, we suddenly find ourselves on the cusp of spring, with the warm temperatures and budding flowers to prove it. And there is no better way to usher in the new season in South County Rhode Island than at Wickford Daffodil Days. This festival is just one of hundreds being staged across the country in celebration of spring’s favorite flower, a movement that has its roots in the early 20th century.

On April 16-17, Wickford will be rolling out the yellow carpet with hundreds of daffodils. In addition to the daffodil displays there will be a Daffy Dog parade, a Spring Fashion Show, walking tours, and displays featuring antique cars and children’s art. We’re especially partial to the Daffy Dogs and Humans Parade, which starts off at Wickford Elementary and ends at Village Veterinary Center. The daffiest dog and human will be crowned, and prizes and refreshments. Important notes: bikes are welcome, and leashes are expected.

A 25-minute drive from The Break, Wickford is a legitimate blast from the past. Nestled along the waterfront, well-preserved historic homes, gardens, and churches offer a true taste of New England during the 1700s with the comforts of today (hello, indoor plumbing!). Visitors to this tiny coastal gem can watch the boats come and go, eat at an outdoor cafe, browse the small shops, and stroll the tree-lined streets. Even when it’s not covered in daffodil blooms, this is one journey back in time worth making.