Welcome to 2010! How do you say that? Twenty-ten? I feel like I’m playing blackjack somewhere. Hit me!

My New Year’s resolution, besides to travel more, was to celebrate the little moments in my life. So far the words “Happy New Year” have been used 108 times in my vicinity this year; that’s a lot of little moments.

When I think of the new year I think of winter. Then I think of spring because I really don’t like the cold. As Vermont leaves are to autumn, cherry blossoms are to spring. Where better to enjoy those thousands of precious little moments than the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.

Cherry Blossoms along the tidal basin | ©sneakerdog/Flickr

Before Japan gave us Nintendo and Playstation, they gave us 3,000 cherry trees to line the Tidal Basin area near the Jefferson Memorial. The 1912 gift honored the friendship between the United States and Japan, and celebrated the continued close relationship between our two cultures.

Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.

Cherry Blossoms | ©Cliff/Flickr

Every year, dozens of cultural events are organized by Washington D.C. civic groups around the time the trees are known to bloom. In 2010, they’re predicting that to be March 27th – April 11th. Right now there are amazing 4 and 5 star hotels just minutes away from the mall area for as low as $127 a night on Last Minute Travel. Book now and spend the money you save on celebrating the little moments in your life.


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