Don’t forget to bring a can of wine …
Dust off the cooler and uncover the patio furniture — it’s March, which means spring is (basically) here.
No, we’re not jumping the gun. We’re just excited. REALLY excited.
Longer days, warmer weather, and dozens of reasons to get out and do something fun. Sure, spring has unpredictable weather and late-season snowstorms, but when the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming, there is so much to do.
So without further ado … here are 10 spring activities to check off the list. The best part? All can be accomplished with a can of wine in hand.
HOST A BIG BRUNCH
Let’s clarify — big shouldn’t mean difficult, and brunch doesn’t mean fancy. This spring activity is as simple as grabbing some sparkling wine and orange juice for mimosas, buying a few quiches, and asking friends to bring donuts. Easy. Delicious. And a good excuse to day drink.
MAKE FUN & FRESH SPRING COCKTAILS
Welcome gin, vodka, and fresh garnishes to the bar cart with easy spring cocktails that not only look good, but taste delicious too. Store-bought edible flowers, fruity liquors, and herbs such as thyme and basil will work great. A spring cocktail isn’t just a fun way to celebrate a new season, it’s a great excuse to make some spring dishes as well.
Grab a pair of hiking boots, running shoes, or flip flops, and take 30 minutes to get outside. If your motivations are fitness-related, find a run/walk event and train with a friend. Of course, pack some wine to cheers with after you do the thing.
RENT A BOAT
Not a yacht (unless you can, then definitely do that) and not a pontoon (the weather’s not quite there yet). We’re talking about renting canoes and kayaks from your local lake or ocean marina, be it small or big. There’s something about getting out on water, especially if it was frozen, that signals a brand new season.
Flowers and trees will be blooming before we know it — maybe they already are where you live! Follow your local arboretum or botanical gardens for the latest on blossoms and buds. Then, be ready to get an awesome social media pic when the flowers are poppin’.
SEE BABY ANIMALS
This might be the best activity on the list, and it’s definitely the cutest. And yes, we still recommend it even if you don’t have kids. A lot of local farms and petting zoos have adult activities too … Did someone say “baby goat yoga?” If you do have little ones, take them to see the lambs, calves, and piglets. Fun and cuteness overload, guaranteed.
There’s something special about taking care of a plant from seed, to sprout, and beyond, and springtime is the best time to try out your green thumb. Grow a container garden with veggies and flowers, or simply buy a houseplant and try to keep it alive. It doesn’t really matter what you grow, this spring activity is as simple as getting some plant life into your home. Hello, mood boost!
VISIT THE FARMER’S MARKET
A lot of towns have early-season farmer’s markets with vendors who sell canned goods made with fall fruits and veggies, along with the first herbs and vegetables of the year! Shop for dinner, and then make an easy spring meal from your first farmer’s market finds.
It’s not lame, because you will open a can of wine and then enjoy the spring cleaning process. Even better, do some spring cleaning on a mild day so you can open the windows and feel like you’re outside. And remember, you’re not cleaning, you’re enjoying a can of wine … or two.
HOST A WINE TASTING
Gather friends or family and have everyone bring a bottle or cans of their favorite wine, plus an appetizer. Between the drinks and an abundance of small bites, your guests will be plenty happy and satisfied. And you don’t have to spend a fortune. That’s a win in our books, and a perfect spring activity.
Erin Hooker is a writer with experience creating wine, food, and interior design content. She began contributing to Graham + Fisk’s blog in 2021.