Pop tulips in Pella |

JANE ARTMAN-ANDREWS Over 60 Vice President

Be sure to join your Over 60 friends and our travel partner, Tri-State Travel, for a day trip to the Pella Tulip Festival.

Travel back in time with us on Thursday May 5th to a European village with an authentic windmill, bright tulips and excitement as we celebrate this colorful festival. Pella is beautiful and unique all year round, but at Tulip Time it comes alive. For three days each spring, Pella is bursting with color and excitement for residents and visitors alike. The annual festival features thousands of tulips, parades, great authentic food, a Dutch market, Dutch dances, Dutch costumes, the sound of wooden shoes and much more. Let yourself be transported to the Netherlands in the Midwest.

We leave at 7 a.m. Quad City Times, 500 E. 3rd Street, Davenport. We stop at the Stoney Creek hotel parking lot to pick up our friends from Illinois and depart at 7:30 am from downtown Moline. After a short fast food break in Williamsburg, we arrive in Pella around 10:45 am for a day of exploration. Take advantage of this opening day of the festival. Stop for lunch on your own at one of the local restaurants or street vendors.

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Stroll the streets, visit the shops and take photos near one of the many tulip gardens. Allow some time to sample Dutch pastries at one of the local bakeries. My favorites are the Dutch letters, a crispy and flaky confection, filled with a delicious marzipan, or the delicious almond or coconut macaron cookies. Once you’ve satisfied your sweet tooth and shopped at the festive markets, watch the afternoon parade at 2:30 PM in the town square. Your ticket includes entry to the grandstand for a view of the festivities.

We leave Pella at 4.30pm for our return journey having enjoyed all that Pella at Tulip Time has to offer. We will stop for dinner at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville on the way back. This will give you time to stretch your legs and grab a bite to eat in the food court. Our return to Moline will be around 8:30 p.m. with an arrival in Davenport at 9 p.m.

Your tour includes transport by luxury coach and a grandstand ticket. The price of your visit is $100. Contact Tri-State Travel 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 800-779-4869 to register. The deadline for registration is April 27.