After a long cold winter, spring is finally here and outdoor activities are on the top of our weekend to-do-list. At The Barn Group, we suggest taking advantage of a sunny day with a picnic. Below we highlighted some of our favorite East and West Coast picnic locations and offered food and wine pairings to match the local scene. (We suggest double-checking the liquor laws before heading out and be sure to pack some plastic cups in your basket.)
Dolores Park: San Francisco

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This Mission District hot-spot attracts hundreds of San Franciscans, especially on a warm day. To match the relaxed hipster vibe of Dolores Park, we suggest packing some hummus and falafel along with a crisp bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Try this quick and easy hummus recipe from Food & Wine .

Golden Gate Park: San Francisco

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Nothing says springtime quite like firing up the grill. In addition to the endless greenery, Golden Gate Park has rows of public grills ready to kick-start the outdoor cooking season. Bring your grilling tools, some marinated chicken skewers and hit the park. A nice bottle of Zinfandel will pair perfectly with those fresh from the grill flavors. Here’s a great marinade for kabobs from allrecipes.com.

Central Park: New York

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This urban oasis with majestic views of Manhattan has plenty of green space in which to kick back and enjoy spring. In the style-conscious city of NYC, pull together a chic Parisian-themed picnic. All you need is a chilled bottle of Champagne paired with a large baguette, sliced ham, mini Brie wheels and a jar of Dijon mustard. To complete your French afternoon make a quick stop a Ladurée for macaroons.
Brooklyn Bridge Park: New York

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With fantastic views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan, this park has a cool, relaxed vibe. Grab friends, a bottle of wine, and a spot on the grass. For a no-fuss picnic, snack on some New York-style pizza and a bottle of light-bodied Pinot Noir for an easy pairing. For a homemade pizza, try this leek and pecorino pizza recipe from Food & Wine.

Public Garden: Boston

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When East Coast weather warms up, take your tea party outdoors and head to the beautiful Public Garden. We suggest replacing the tea with a rich Chardonnay and enjoying it with traditional cucumber-rye tea sandwiches. For something sweet, grab fresh scones from O’Brien’s Bakery at Quincy Market. Try this simple tea sandwich recipe from Food & Wine.

Now go out and enjoy the spring! Life should always be a picnic.
Cheers from The Barn Group!

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