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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is Skagit County’s Super Bowl. Every year, for the entire month of April, thousands of people flock to our tulip fields to see millions of tulips. It’s an incredible sight to see, and I suggest everyone in the area take a day to come and see it. The Hobby Lobby challenge doesn’t have anything on the real deal! For those of you who don’t know, the Hobby Lobby challenge, is when you go into the floral section of a craft store and take pictures. Believe me, acres of real tulips are an even better backdrop for all your Instagram photos.
So you’ve gotten yourself to Skagit county, now what?
Visit Tulip Town
Tulip Town is going to be crowded, but if it’s your first time coming to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, it’s worth the crowds. Unlike the fields that are for actual bulb production, Tulip Town has an incredibly wide variety of tulips to show off. Every couple rows of the tulip field is a different variety. And, some are truly unusual! Unlike any tulips I’ve ever seen. You can also purchase your favorites.
Take a drive around La Conner and see all the fields of daffodils and tulips. Seeing acres of tulips stretching across the valley with the surrounding farmlands and mountains as a backdrop really is breathtaking. There are pluses to life out in the sticks. And, the views is the big one! Be respectful of the farmers, this is their livelihood, and don’t trample the fields. But, you can stop, smell the flowers, and take some drop dead gorgeous photos.
Get Your Grub On
The surrounding areas have some amazing places to grab a bite or wet your whistle. Anacortes, La Conner and Mount Vernon have some world class eateries. If you take the bridge to Anacortes, some of my personal favorite spots are A-Town Bistro for high end PNW fare, The Union Tavern for great local pub food and drink, or Frida’s for dynamite gourmet Mexican. La Conner, a short distance from the tulip fields is the perfect spot to stop for lunch. Seeds has lots of casual local favorites, Nell Thorn is my personal favorite and exemplifies the best of farm to table, or La Conner Brewery dishes out amazing pizzas and beer. If you want to stay closer to I-5 then Mount Vernon is your town. Skagit River Brewery has delish brews and casual eats, Third Street Cafe is downright amazing, or COA has incredible authentic Mexican fare.
Shop to Your Heart’s Content
La Conner, Anacortes and Mount Vernon are all chock full of unique boutiques. Spending your money in these small mom and pop shops help the local economy. Plus, these shops have many unique items that you won’t find in big box stores or scrolling through Amazon. From kitchen shops, to clothing, to home decor, there is something for everyone.
Stay the Night
There is so much to do in Skagit county, that you might decide you need more than one day! Well you are in luck because there are many great places to stay. If boutique hotels are your thing, The Majestic Inn in Anacortes is a beautiful historic hotel with top of the line amenities. Don’t miss the rooftop bar with incredible views! If you would rather stay on the water, the La Conner Channel Lodge sits directly on the water right downtown La Conner, walking distance to everything.
Are you ready to book your trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival?