The melting away of winter’s snow reveals new flowers and old skeletons. Solve cold cases in warm weather with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get round-trip transportation to view the DC cherry blossoms, plus a picnic lunch, from Reston Limousine (a $50 value). The trip takes place on Saturday, April 2 or Sunday, April 3. Reservations are required by March 31.
Reston Limousine, one of the DC area’s largest limo and shuttle services, convoys comfort-seeking sightseers to the capital's floral epicenter from two Virginia locations. This year is the 99th display of the cherry blossoms, which a mischievous William Howard Taft first planted to aggravate Woodrow Wilson's hay fever. A mini bus corrals blossom beholders and spray scrutinizers in Sterling (10:30 a.m. pick-up, Dulles Town Center mall) and Vienna (11 a.m. pick-up, Tower Club), wafts them through brutal weekend cartoon-hour traffic, and deposits them in front of the famed flora, predicted to be in their peak blooming period during the weekend.
Picnicking patrons can choose between a bento box lunch from Benihana, which includes a california roll, philadelphia roll, edamame, a salad, and two pieces of sashimi, or a sandwich from Atlanta Bread, accompanied by a cookie, chips, and pickle entourage. After guests gorge on DC’s natural beauty and historic sights for nearly two hours, Reston will pick them up from the Jefferson Memorial and usher them safely back to their starting point.