by Hunter R. Slaton | April 01, 2008

Tulip fieldsTilting at Tulips. Viking River Cruises’ leisurely, 10-day “Tulips & Windmills” trip through the Low Countries begins and ends in quirky, delightful Amsterdam, Netherlands. Stops along the way include cultural gems such as Antwerp, Brussels and Bruges in Belgium, as well as Keukenhof Gardens, near Amsterdam, where seven million flower bulbs are planted every year.




The OberoiGet lost. On the small Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius, The Oberoi has 72 luxury pavilion rooms and villas that have been integrated seamlessly into 20 acres of lush, subtropical gardens.





The Wildflower restaurantOff-season splendor. Though most visit in winter to ski, Vail, Colo., has plenty to offer in spring and summer, including the 165-room Lodge at Vail’s award-winning “creative American” restaurant, The Wildflower. In warm weather, dine al fresco in its romantic, fairy-tale garden, from which some of the menu’s herbs, fruits and veggies are gathered.





Royal Crescent HotelGreen grow the gardens. In the English spa town of Bath, Relais & Chateaux’s 45-room Royal Crescent Hotel tempts travelers with its easy British elegance. The hotel’s manicured private gardens lead to old coach houses converted to guest rooms, plus the Dower House restaurant and The Bath House spa.