If you head about an hour north from Seattle, you'll discover Skagit Valley, a delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Famous for its tulip fields that rival those of Holland, visitors adore the charm of artistic waterfront towns and bountiful outdoor activities. The diverse landscape of forest, coastline, mountain peaks, and farmland beckon tourists for a memorable escape.
If you are fortunate enough to visit Skagit Valley in the spring, you'll marvel at the spectacle of rows and rows of colorful tulips blanketing the county! From April 1-30th, The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival celebrates what makes this area of the PNW so special. The Festival is centered around the display gardens of RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town which boast acres of flowers and incredible photo ops! Guests can also enjoy dozens of fun events such as wine tasting, art shows, street fairs, great food and much more.
Near the Washington State Ferry terminal, you can enjoy a picturesque hike on the Guemes Channel and Ship Harbor Trails. Guemes Channel Trail is a paved road with superb views of the island of the same name. Partially made up of boardwalk, The Ship Harbor Trail borders a sandy beach and takes you through beautiful wetlands. (click here for directions)
At Little Mountain Park in Mount Vernon, be sure to allow a lot of time to explore the number and variety of paths for hikers, bikers, runners and walkers! You'll also want to have your camera ready because the Pickering and North Viewpoints offer breathtaking, 360-degree views of Skagit Valley!
If you're looking for a dynamic group adventure, Eagle Rock Challenge Course in Mount Vernon offers customizable, outdoor programs focused on team building, problem solving, communication, and of course, lots of fun!
You may feel like you've stepped into an episode of Downton Abbey when you arrive at Willowbrook Manor in Sedro-Woolley. The grand, 9-acre estate offers unique lodging on its chamomile farm. The retro-style Loft sleeps 6 and features the original gym floor from Bellingham High School! If you prefer to be one with nature, the 1-bed/bath High Camp is a luxurious, secluded cabin tent. Tea and scones are served each morning. Guests also have the option of taking a scenic countryside bicycle tour.
Once a dairy barn in the early 1900s, The Grand Willow Inn has five, attractive guestrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. Located in Mount Vernon between the San Juan Islands and the Cascade Mountains, visitors appreciate a rural atmosphere that is close to local attractions.
The Anacortes Ship Harbor Inn could be described as a PORCH & Breakfast as guests can dine on the sprawling deck each morning and take in the gorgeous island and water views. The recently remodeled lobby features an organic espresso counter, bar and bistro.
It's all about the exceptional details at the La Conner Wild Iris Boutique Inn like cotton robes, high-quality linens, deluxe bath & body products, and a 2-course complimentary breakfast.
SKAGIT SWEET TREATS
Be sure to have cash in hand for a colossal cone at Snow Goose Produce Stand! Featuring classic flavors like Cookie Dough and exotic offerings like Black Licorice, their yummy, all-natural ice cream is presented in a homemade waffle cone.
C-Square Cones is located just a few blocks from downtown Mount Vernon. They use organic milk and cream from area farms for their delectable handmade ice cream, frozen treats (try the cookie ice cream sandwich), sundaes and floats.
Enjoy a family-friendly dinner and an old-fashioned ice cream sundae at Big Scoop Sundae Palace in Mount Vernon. They serve over a dozen types of burgers, 9 kids’ meals, 28 sundaes and 39 mouthwatering flavors of ice cream!
Tucked inside a cute little blue house in Anacortes, Mad Hatter’s Ice Cream has both hard and soft serve and lets customers get creative with “twisted” combinations!
When you're strolling through La Conner, you can't miss the iconic Ice Cream Tower. They serve ice cream, Hawaiian shaved ice, milkshakes and other goodies through a cute walk-up window.
DRINKS AT THE PORT IN BURLINGTON
After a day of sightseeing, enjoy a refreshing pint at Flyers Brewhouse, offering signature beers like Heat Seeker Hefe' and Barnstormer Brown Ale.
Garden Path Fermentation takes local ingredients like hops, honey, fruit and grains and transforms them into delicious beers and mead that capture the essence of Skagit Valley.
Considered one of the premiere breweries in Washington state, Chuckanut Brewery crafts everything from dark, malty Bock Lager to golden, bubbly Kolsch. Enjoy one (or two) on the family-friendly patio or inside at the bar.
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