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What is a Tweed Ride You Ask?

It’s the 2018 Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride On March 17th

Typically the first question that arises when someone mentions a Tweed Ride is what is it and what does it mean? The short answer is that a Tweed Ride is a throwback to days-gone-by in England where family members would dress in their very best clothing for an outing. It involves a grand picnic lunch and even boarding a local train with bicycles in order to travel out to the beautiful and inviting countryside. Ultimately, family members would ride their bicycles home to complete a full round trip Tweed Ride.

Smartest Looking Outfits

When the weather was accommodating back then, these country rides was an experience that was anticipated all year long. People of all ages wearing only the smartest looking outfits and riding cycles was indeed a sight to behold. Today, some things have changed while a lot has stayed the same with regard to the Tweed Ride. The same fanfare and excitement is re-created in a true spirit of days-gone by with the Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride during the La Conner Daffodil Festival.

Spring is Here

Don’t worry if your bicycle is not elaborate, fast or impressive. All bicycles are acceptable when it comes to the fun filled Tweed Ride. It’s really a great way to get out and enjoy spring and the beautiful fields of daffodils. This is a chance for you and your cycling friends to get out and welcome springtime in a fun, energetic and interesting way. Riders will enjoy a truly unique scenic route in a slow unhurried pace.

Classical Clothing

Expect ample amounts of socializing with other participants who are dressed in their “best” tweed clothing. Head for the attic or thrift store and find some classical clothing. It all begins at 9 AM on Saturday in front of the La Conner Channel Lodge located centrally on 1st Street. Plan to begin riding at 10 AM sharp and look for the delightful picnic to happen between 11 AM and 2 PM. Photographs of the daffodils should also always be part of the overall experience.  Remember to hashtag #laconnerdaffodils to be entered in the La Conner Daffodil Festival photo contest!

Games are also on Tap

This great picnic will transport you back in time as you spread a blanket and sip a spot of tea and snack on delicious English cookies. Games are also on tap and include old world activities like badminton and even croquet. The entire round-trip experience concludes somewhere around two in the afternoon right in front of the La Conner Channel Lodge. This brings you back to where it all started so that you can socialize, chat and talk about the day’s adventures. All proceeds collected are for the La Conner Library Foundation.