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March 3rd 2023

The Best of Skagit Valley: A Visitors’ Guide

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The Skagit Valley is famous for its flower fields that are awash with color every spring. Each year over a million people from around the world flock to our tiny valley to see the amazing daffodil and tulip fields in full rolling bloom. There’s nothing quite like standing on the edge of a field filled with long rainbow rows of flowers as far as the eye can see. Even after living here for 20 years, I still can’t get over how beautiful it is.

Most visitors come in the spring, but there is an abundance of things to do in this beautiful corner of Washington State any time of the year. If you’re planning to visit our area, we’ve put together this visitors’ guide full of recommendations.

While our farm is closed to the public, I’m happy to share my favorite restaurants, shops, and other places of interest. There are so many wonderful things to do in this incredible area and you could easily spend a few days exploring and having fun.

Daffodils at dusk at FloretSkagit Valley

The Skagit Valley is located in the northwestern corner of Washington State between Seattle and the Canadian border and is one of the most fertile agricultural regions in the United States. The winding Skagit River runs through the valley, separating the Cascade mountains from the Pacific ocean.

In the winter months, the migratory birds return to the valley to rest and feed and the neighboring farmland is filled with thousands of snow geese and trumpeter swans. One of my very favorite places to go for bird watching is Craft Island. It’s also a nice little hike that’s kid friendly. If you head east, bald eagles can be spotted on the upper Skagit River during the month of January.

field of tulips at FloretSpring brings the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. This annual event started as a three-day festival and has grown into a month-long celebration that now features hundreds of acres of daffodils and tulips in bloom, art shows, concerts, street fairs, bike rides, and more.

A few things to take note of when visiting the Skagit Valley during March and April:

Weekdays are best! We’ve found that the traffic can be pretty bad on the weekends, so try to plan for a mid-week adventure if you don’t want to spend hours in gridlock. If you brave the weekend crowds be sure to pack snacks and note that there are limited restroom facilities along the way.

Respect the signs, farms, and notices around the tulip fields. There are designated areas to stop and enjoy the beauty. Please don’t walk into any fields that are marked “No Trespassing” just for a photo. The tulip fields are a photographer’s dream, just be sure to enjoy them in the designated areas. Information for seeing the tulips can be found here.

Check ahead. As always, hours of operation are subject to change so before you head out, verify your plans with the businesses you intend to visit.

If you want to tour the flower fields, RoozenGaarde has a beautiful 5-acre display garden and a 25-acre tulip field that you can walk through. Tickets are $15 per person and children under 2 get in free. During the Tulip Festival, they are open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to sunset. You can find tickets and more information here.

Skagit Valley Washington at duskSummer offers no shortage of outdoor activities when it comes to hiking, camping, and beach-going. It’s also a great time to jump on a ferry and head out to the neighboring San Juan Islands. If you plan on driving your car onto the ferry, I highly recommend making a reservation online, otherwise, you risk waiting for hours to get the next boat.

Fall brings in the harvest and showcases the abundance of our agriculturally rich region. During the month of October, a visit to Gordon Skagit Farms is a must. They have a gigantic u-pick pumpkin field, a corn maze, apples and fresh cider from their orchard, dried florals, and more specialty squash, pumpkins, and gourds than you can wrap your mind around. It’s a yearly ritual for all Skagit Valley locals.

The Festival of Family Farms is held during the first weekend of October and provides an opportunity for anyone to experience first-hand what life is like on a working farm. Each year, participating local farms open their doors and fields to the public for tours, kid-friendly activities, classes, and more. It’s a great opportunity for children to connect more closely to where their food comes from and how it’s raised.

For detailed information about other activities happening in the Skagit Valley, be sure to visit this website.

Christiansons NurseryChristiansons NurseryA few must-dos when visiting the Skagit Valley

One of my all-time top favorite places, Christianson’s Nursery, is the ultimate stop for every gardener. In addition to having an amazing selection of plants, they have a beautiful garden-themed gift shop, vintage glass greenhouses, and the largest selection of potted garden roses in the state. Bring your checkbook and plan to stay for a couple of hours!

Red Door Antique Mall in Mount Vernon The Red Door Antique Mall located in historic downtown Mount Vernon is one of the best places to look for unique treasures. The gals who own it are a riot and I always find so many wonderful things to take home. With 20 vendors under one roof, inventory changes on a daily basis, and the selection is unmatched. Many of the props and vases that we use in our studio and photo shoots come from the Red Door. If you get a chance to visit, tell the ladies we sent you!

Snow Goose Produce is a seasonal, family-run, country market located on Fir Island. They are most famous for their “Immodest Ice Cream Cones,” which draw lines of people down the road every weekend from spring through autumn. They offer a wide selection of local produce, fresh and smoked seafood, baked bread, artisan cheeses, and carefully selected wines. When you stop by, be sure to tell the owner Vico hello! He’s such a nice guy.

Places to eat

If you’re in the mood for Mexican food, COA Mexican Eatery is a great spot. Everything is super fresh and the margaritas are excellent.

Calico Cupboard is a local staple and is best known for its fresh-baked pastries, pies, and cinnamon rolls. They serve breakfast and lunch, and if you find yourself waiting for a table, you can pop around the corner to The Red Door Antique Mall.

During our busy season, we order takeout from Taste of India more than I’d like to admit. This tiny, family-run restaurant has amazing food and great service. If you go, tell them Mr. Chris sent you—it’ll be sure to give them a laugh.

If you’re looking for a sustainably-sourced deli or some wonderful grocery items, be sure to visit the Skagit Valley Food Co-op. This is the natural marketplace for our community and it features something perfect for everyone. They also have a great selection of gift items upstairs in the Mercantile.

Places to visit

In Burlington, which is a little town just north of Mount Vernon, there are two of my favorite shops worth visiting. Stowes is a wonderful family-owned shoe store that’s filled with high-quality footwear (including a huge selection of Danskos, Keens, and Haflinger slippers) and gear that we absolutely love. 

If you love treasure hunting, Pam’s Past Time Antiques located in Sedro Woolley is a must-visit. This store is packed full of pottery, antique vases, artwork, jewelry, and so much more. If you like antiquing, you’ll love this place!

Tulips growing in a fieldAnacortes

This historic waterfront town is the gateway to the San Juan Islands and Canada. It has a very charming feel and lots of places to eat, shops to peruse, and outdoor activities for the whole family.

Places to visit

One of our personal favorite places in this area is Rosario Beach near Deception Pass. My grandfather was a biologist and taught there, so I’ve been visiting this amazing place for as long as I can remember. It’s worth planning to spend at least a few hours exploring the park and the beaches. If you enjoy camping, there’s a beautiful campground with waterfront views. It’s such a special place. Please note that you’ll need to pay a day rate or have a Discover Pass to access state recreation areas.

Mount Erie is a favorite local spot and you can either drive or hike to the top. The viewpoint area offers a beautiful vantage point of Fidalgo Bay and the surrounding islands.

From Anacortes, you can park your car and walk on the ferry for a fun day trip to the San Juan Islands. The ride is beautiful and relaxing and you might even see some whales. If you plan to drive on, be sure to make a reservation to ensure your spot.

Washington Park is a beautiful 220-acre city park located right on the water. You can watch the boats go in and out, walk the 2.2-mile paved loop, or enjoy a picnic. There’s also a playground for kids.

Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse is a darling family-owned used bookstore and is the perfect place to escape for an afternoon of quiet reading. They have a wonderful selection of books and a cozy atmosphere, and all of the baked goods served in the cafe are made from scratch. It’s a must-stop if you’re in the area.

Daffodils at FloretLa Conner

This charming waterfront town is located along the Swinomish slough in the heart of the Skagit Valley. Most of the houses and shops were built around the turn of the century and when you’re walking down the street, it feels like you’ve stepped back in time. If you’re coming to this area for a vacation, La Conner would be the perfect home base for exploring. Main street is lined with all kinds of little shops and restaurants.

Places to visit

Nasty Jack’s Antiques is a local landmark that has been family operated for more than 50 years and is one of the largest antique stores in the region. They have a wonderful selection of antiques, and the way the store is arranged, it feels more like a historic museum than a shop. It’s easy to get lost in there for hours. If you happen to visit, tell Marlow we sent you. 

Seaport Books is an independent bookstore housed in the historic Seaport Landing Building on the beautiful Swinomish Channel in La Conner. In addition to new books for readers of all ages, they feature works by local artists and offer a rotating calendar of special events year-round.

Go Outside is a tiny treasure of a gift and garden shop nestled in the heart of town. They offer cookbooks, gardening books, tools, gear, and home goods. I’ve never gotten out of there empty-handed. 

Whenever we visit a new place, Chris and I love to go to their local history museum to better understand the area. If you love museums or are interested in local history, The Skagit County Historical Museum is a must-visit when you’re in town. Located on the top of the hill in La Conner, this strange little museum is a treasure trove of local agricultural history. I can get lost in there for hours studying the old photographs and displays of old artifacts, and imagining what the valley looked like a hundred years ago.

Places to eat

For the best fish and chips and a beautiful view while you enjoy your meal, La Conner Pub & Eatery is the place to go. Call ahead of time and have them save you a spot right on the water.

A little jewel of the Pacific Northwest, Nell Thorn offers a fresh, daily menu of artisan-made, sustainable, farm-to-table fare. The food and the views are incredible.

Bow-Edison

Nestled in the heart of the Skagit flats you’ll find the tiniest, most magical little town that everyone who’s ever visited absolutely loves. It’s so small that if you blink when you’re driving through, you might miss it. Despite its size, this little town is overflowing with great food and comes alive on the weekends. If you’re traveling from the Skagit Valley to Bellingham, be sure to take the long way through this little artist community—it’s well worth the extra miles. In the winter months, this little area is a haven for bird watchers.

Places to eat

Breadfarm is an artisan bakery focusing on naturally-leavened bread, rustic pastry, and pantry staples. Every item is beautifully handcrafted.

If you’re looking for delicious food, especially breakfast and ice cream, Tweets Cafe is a great choice. This artisan cafe features organic coffee and farm-to-table Northwest cuisine. Cash or check only!

If you’re looking to pick up something for a picnic, Slough Food has an awesome selection of meats, cheeses, and wine. Our good friend John owns it—tell him we sent you!

Terramar Brewing and Distilling is located on a historic property where the land meets the sea. They focus on sourcing hyper-local ingredients and offer delicious food and a family-friendly atmosphere.

Places to visit

When our kids were younger, we spent a great deal of time at Padilla Bay Reserve and I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you have nature-loving children, it’s a must-visit. Their education center includes an indoor aquarium room and exhibits on the estuary ecosystem and local marine birds and waterfowl. You’ll also find lots of wonderful nature trails around the reserve where you can see many local birds, including eagles and herons.

If you want to take a stroll, the Padilla Bay Trail offers a beautiful and flat walk along the bay where the Skagit River meets the Salish Sea. It’s also stroller- and bike-friendly.

Daffodils growing in a fieldChuckanut

If you’re heading north to Bellingham or the Canadian border, you can bypass the freeway, and instead, take scenic Chuckanut Drive. This 24-mile curvy route winds along the Chuckanut mountains overlooking Samish Bay and offers gorgeous views of the San Juan Islands and the bay. 

If you like oysters, be sure to stop at Taylor Shellfish Farms. Since the 1890s, they have been farming high-quality, sustainable shellfish. You can eat right on the beach or take your fresh seafood to go. 

Larrabee State Park is a great place to get out and stretch your legs. It’s a short walk down to the water and tide pools and the view is breathtaking. 

If you’re going all the way to Bellingham, the historic district of Fairhaven is a great place to stop for lunch. Village Books is a fantastic independent bookstore and they have a great cafe and gift shop attached.  

As you enjoy the beauty of Skagit Valley and the surrounding areas, I hope these ideas help you to feel welcomed, and a little bit more like a local.

If you’re from around here and you have other favorite places you’d like to share, please post them in the comments below!

 

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97 Comments

  1. Ryan Boudinot on

    Skagit County native here. Love the energy and creativity Floret has brought to the valley! COA is indeed delicious, but don’t forget local standby Mexico Cafe. Ratchawadee has become a regional draw for Thai food, and Chuckwagon has been serving delicious gut bomb burgers since the 1940s, if that’s calling to you. For shopping, Easton’s Books on First Street is truly one of the country’s greatest used bookstores, curated by the brilliant Cornelius family. Across the street, the Lincoln Theater is a gem of a cinema that brings an amazing range of independent and international films to the valley. For the best views of Skagit Valley, check out the viewpoints from Little Mountain, which includes miles of trails for hikers of every level. Thanks, Floret, for doing the valley proud!

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  2. Sheena on

    Don’t forgot to stop by Schuh Farms on Memorial hwy, right in the middle of the tulip fields. 100 year old dairy barn, locally owned farm selling pies, scones, cookies, produce, and plants. Also grab a berry shake or ice cream sandwich! Come feed the goats and chickens!

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  3. Christina on

    These left coast venues sound like a dream.Thats screams road trip. If only. I’m a farmer’s wife, so vacationing is like a 2 day pass.
    But The North Pacific and Canada’s is definitely on the top 5 of my want to go list before I___. (Be creative here) The fact is I’m obsessed, and totally in love with what I don’t have here It’s country like this that make ya want to Van Life. I live in the South East wee mountain terrains and climate are far from what we know as the hot humid gulf stream.
    May I could rent a AirBnb there for like a month Or take some understudy course for volunteers and stay in a farm village. Either way.
    But I love my home. A girl needs dreams and aspiration to get to her goals.
    Thanks to Erin, (emotionally intestered, I was driven by her story, the success of her empowerment, engaged for support of small bus across America, and sold on her brand!) I started my cut flower garden a 300sq ft plot,m with poor drainage, in 2020. Now 2023 to 1.5 acres on mulched covered raised beds and well let’s just say I have grown a lot more kindness through the flowers grown here in pasts, learned from mistakes and hopeful that this is my purpose the Good Lord has set for me. Either way it’s were I find my peace. So with all that said, Yes, I would love to visit any of these majestic places. And
    Erin, thank you for your love, energy, passion, sacrifices, your time to share with us .You have a great supportive team, y’all always provide a wealth of information and resources to offer us.

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  4. Rosanne Grant on

    We have a lovely community garden around the corner from our house. Unlike all the other gardeners, i decided to try to grow cutting flowers, but, unfortunately for the last three summers since I first joined I had a plot that didn’t get very much sun so I haven’t a ton success. This year the head of the committee offered me a double plot that is in one of the most desirable locations!! LOTS of sun AND adjacent to the hose! No more dragging a heavy hose to the furthest plot! So I’m very excited to get started and would love to try Steve’s sunflowers!! I will share the cuts with friends and all the other gardeners. Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win these GORGEOUS flower seeds!!
    Rosanne Grant

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  5. Sherry Arnold on

    I have a question for you, What kind of markers do you use for outdoor marking? I’m trying to find a fine tipped marker for outside. They all seem to be medium and I find I can’t fit all that I want on a marker with the medium tip.
    Hope you can help.

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    • BriAnn, Team Floret on

      Sharpie makes a fine tip marker that might work better for you.

  6. Dawn Munn on

    Another Great Place to eat in Anacortes is Rock Fish Grill and Brewery on Commercial Ave . Great hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, pizza, salads and plethora of beer choices brewed on the premises. Outside dog friendly seating as well.

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  7. Ricki on

    We love to watch the sun set from the Samish Overlook on Mt. Blanchard. You can drive nearly to the top, park, and walk a short distance for a fantastic view of the ocean and San Juan Islands.

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  8. Shelley Johnson on

    The Vinery at Christianson’s Nursery is hosting an artisan marketplace, April 1-30, 10-6 daily. 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.

    Anacortes, lots of good places to eat. Breakfast, we also have a Calico Cupboard. Gere-a-Deli is a great place for lunch, good salads, sandwiches, etc.

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  9. Mary Jane Park on

    Hi Erin, thankyou for your wonderful information of the skagitt valley. We are coming from Edmonton, Alberta just because of you! Your books have been such an inspiration to come visit your beautiful tulip festival. We vowed to drive by your farm just to say we did! We will wave when we go by! Thanks for sharing happiness.

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  10. Kathy Hill on

    My sister and I took your advice and visited the Skagit Valley in June 2022. We flew from Pennsylvania to Seattle and drove the rest of the way to the Skagit Valley from Seattle. We printed your visitors guide and each day picked a different town to visit in the area. We stayed at a beautiful spot right on Chuckanut Drive with a great view of the water and so many birds! One day a pair of eagles flew at eye level right past our windows and perched in a nearby pine tree.
    We loved the area so much that we are planning another trip soon. Thank you Erin, for your visitors guide, it prompted us to take a trip my sister and I will never forget!

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  11. Karen Gunderman on

    Is there a travel/tour company you would recommend for a first time visitor?

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  12. Debbie on

    How lovely of you to provide this thoughtful, curated overview of things to do in the area! I may never get there for a visit, but enjoyed reading the descriptions nonetheless.

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  13. Debbie Rowan on

    Thank You for all this marvelous and enticing information! I say that with much enthusiasm because for quite afew years my daughter, myself, and friends have vacationed in West Yellow. We decided we would broaden our horizon and find a new adventure. I think I know the place and can’t what to share this with them.
    Again Thank 😊 You

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  14. Sharyn Sowell on

    I love Cafe Blue in the Fairhaven neighborhood in Bellingham for the great PNW vibe. Their coffee and treats are delicious and there’s a good selection of gluten free and vegan food. Walk just down the block and sample the unique Italian vinegars and olive oil. They’re a local favorite. While you’re there, don’t miss Village Books, one of the largest and most well curated selection of books in the area.

    If you’re in Mount Vernon and all the beauty makes you think about making some art, stop in at Tri-Dee Arts, just across from the Skagit Valley Co-Op and the Red Door Antiques. They have an imaginative selection of things that will entertain children and teens as well.

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  15. Suzanne Stavert on

    We have lived in Kirkland just a couple of years and Skagit Valley has become my favorite place to visit! The local farms, friendly people and charm get me coming back any season of the year. This is such a great list! Thank you! I also love Blanchard Mountain Farm, Bow Hill Blueberries and Samish Bay Cheese! Love this list!

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  16. Amy on

    The Fairhaven in Burlington is definitely a newer restaurant (opened 2020) worth stopping at. Haven’t found a bad item on the menu yet. Highly recommend.

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  17. j sayigh on

    We love stopping at Art in a Pickle Barn! It’s a collection of local artisans that is open through the month of April. It’s in a white barn across from Schuh Farms in Mt. Vernon.

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  18. Lisette Roozen Mast on

    The Oyster and Thistle in La Conner has wonderful food and a very special ambiance.

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  19. Cynthia Hengel on

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share this wonderful information. I cannot wait to come visit!!! This sounds like a perfectly lively area- anytime if the year 💖

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  20. Donna on

    You really nailed it! Also highly recommend a stop at the refeshed Japanese gardens at newly opened Bow Sanctuary at the foot of Chuckanut Drive! The bamboo forest is so cool!

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  21. Sherry on

    Deception Pass Tours is an absolute must if you wind up by Rosario beach. And Ladder Creek Falls if you wind up near Newhalem. The old Northern State area is a great walk-about in Sedro-Woolley. And the Tommy Thompson trail in Anacortes is a very nice way to stretch your legs and view the beauty!

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  22. Andra Camerota on

    Erin,

    I definitely want to come and visit this area. Thank you for the amazing information.

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  23. Marcey Keefer Hutchison on

    If a trip to the Skagit Valley could include even half the itmes on your list, it would be a dream trip! On my list of places to go for sure :)

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  24. Dacotah Cook on

    I’ve lived on the north end of Whidbey most of my life and these are all such wonderful tried and true suggestions! I’m visiting Christianson’s for the first time next week and can’t believe I haven’t been before now. I also wanted to second the person who suggested Rachawadee in Mt. Vernon! It’s a true hole-in-the-wall, authentic Thai restaurant.

    Watching the first season of Growing Floret was an absolute joy and my first introduction to your farm. Your beautiful, community centered ethos is exactly what I aspire to with my vege garden and the cut flower garden I’m starting this year- the seeds for which I will now be buying from Floret!

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  25. Shelley on

    It seems that your farm is not open for visitors. This makes me so sad, because I was hoping to come visit soon and bring a group of ladies! Where can we buy your flowers?

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    • BriAnn Boots on

      Although we don’t offer fresh cut flowers, just the seeds, we hope you get a chance to visit the Skagit Valley and all the wonderful places mentioned in this blog!

  26. Laura Levy on

    So many great suggestions both in your guide and in the comments!

    We have our 1887 farmhouse listed Airbnb, located close to the wonderful Christianson’s Nursery and both Roosengard and Tulip Town.

    https://abnb.me/b4vFMUZlLpb

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  27. Carolyn Griffin on

    I wanted to come visit, buy and order but now I see you are not open for visitors.

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  28. sue gregg on

    Swedish Pancakes Breakfast, 8am to 1030am $9
    MOUNT VERNON ELKS 1604
    2120 Market St, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
    360-848-8882 For ToGo Orders

    Includes: Scrambled eggs, slice of ham
    Sliced strawberries, lingonberry butter, maple syrup
    Orange juice, coffee or tea, water as well.

    Enjoy Breakfast and the Tulips ❣️🌷❣️🌷

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  29. Cindy Willson on

    Hi Erin
    What great recommendations! But don’t forget Sauk Mountain Pottery located nearby, but a world away in Concrete along the North Cascades Highway. There, visitors will find beautiful and very unique wood-fired pottery pieces, some amazing vessels for food and drink, as well as for planting bonsai and bulbs. It’s always a treat to stop into the homestead and showroom of potter Stephen Murray and author/playwright Nicole Pearson for a soft education in the art and allure of their creative lifestyle.

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  30. Mary Schultz on

    Hi Erin,

    Love your recommendations. Especially Christiansons. We have been going there for years and know the Christiansons. June is a fun time to go as well when they have their Rosey Day Out.
    Other recommendations are the Farm House. The have wonderful turkey soup and mile high pies. Nice homey atmosphere.
    Also Calico Cupboard too. In La Connor and Anacortes

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  31. mary nash on

    Nice work! I would like to suggest the addition of Los Jarritos Mexican food, in Burlington at that the NE corner of Burlington Blvd and Hwy 20. Delicious, reasonably priced food. Family owned operated for more than twenty years. I live on Orcas Island , and seldom do I make a mainland trip Without a stop there. Quick service, dine-in or takeout.

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  32. Elaine and Steve Huey on

    Check out Sadie and Josie’s Bakery in La Center. No dine-in, but fabulous treats!
    Elaine Huey

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  33. Tricia Cisneros on

    I’m a Skagit local and would add Bargains Galore Thrift Store in Mount Vernon to your list for a shopping! Locally owned, well laid out and organized. Open Monday through Saturday.

    Also, for places to stay, some AirBNB recommendations (they might already be booked up for April, but they’re amazing any time of year! All three spaces owned by the same people.):

    Whole home: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/42611407?check_in=2022-06-17&check_out=2022-06-19&guests=1&adults=2&s=67&unique_share_id=e3935f75-532b-4169-af88-acbcc8c38dc1

    2 bedroom space: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/31125189?check_in=2022-05-20&check_out=2022-05-22&guests=1&adults=3&children=3&s=67&unique_share_id=ff566368-7c0c-4de7-8129-8d91e53eb83f

    Loft space: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/45137973?check_in=2022-09-02&check_out=2022-09-04&guests=1&adults=2&s=67&unique_share_id=e6827847-ef30-4dc7-ab15-7bedf0f744cf

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  34. Amy Lee Miller on

    Planning a trip from Ohio to WA just for this festival with my 21yo daughter! See you in April!

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  35. Michelle Welch on

    It’s fun to read this blog post and recall all the wonderful places in my home valley. Thank you for getting behind this event and these local business owners. Years ago during college I lived in a tiny house off Hwy 20 and best road. Back then no one cared about the tulips and daffodils growing in the fields. I rode my bike to LaConner for fun after school and in spring would stop and pick up bundles of flowers for a dollar at one of the roadside stands. I loved the Skagit Valley. In Mt Vernon, Calico Cupboard is a bustling place for a meal, and the gift shop is great fun to browse. Little Mountain Park in Mt Vernon where the Lions Club has their salmon feed was always so beautiful, and used to be home to Peacocks. Up the hill from there is a great view on top of little mountain rd. A drive up Hwy 9 to Bellingham is a treat too, or take Chuckanut drive up the coastline and stop at Larabee State Park. And if you feel really adventurous, drive Hwy 20 northeast to Newhalem. Take in the Rock gardens behind Gorge Power house, visit the old number 6 train engine that hauled construction materials in to build the dams and communities of Newhalem and Diablo. then drive up to Diablo Dam and on to thunder arm and across the mountains to eastern Washington. You won’t be disappointed at the natural beauty surrounding you.

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  36. Lyn Bankowski on

    I have lived locally on the Island for most of my life. Many of these suggestions I have heard of and are already favorites. There are many I have not heard of…but have just created a Must+Do list. My husband is crazy about pizza…so you can guess which top the list. Thank you so much for sharing.

    The La Conner Pub and Eatery is one of our favs for their AWESOME fries and burgers. (And, staff). The Channel setting is sooo nice too.

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  37. Delia on

    Thanks for all the “must see” places. I’m flying down to WA in mid-April to visit the Skagit Valley, the tulips, the beaches and all the cool little eateries, art galleries, etc. Thanks for the warning about crowded roadways, etc.

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  38. Val on

    Really comprehensive and well thought out list of things todo and see in Skagit Valley. Thank you sooo much! Looking forward to coming again this April for the tulip festival+++ if you have any suggestions of where to stay overnight or two, that’d be incredible. 💜💛❤️

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  39. Jenni Herchenbach on

    This is amazing – and timely!! My husband and I will be calling Washington “home” for September – and I cannot wait to explore all of these places. Thank you!!

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  40. Andrea on

    One day!!! I live north of the border and the travel is still being restricted but I would be only too blessed to get to come visit. Thank you for sharing.

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  41. Irma Hernandez on

    Skagit Valley, my favorite place on earth. My sister lives in T. Vernon and travel from CA whenever I can. Is there a possibility I can visit your farm and purchase seeds?

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  42. Taylor Wick on

    Thank you for sharing this amazing list of places to visit and things to do!

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  43. Violet on

    Thank you Erin for this wonderful info :) !

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  44. Thelma Lee Follett on

    Thank you for all your lovely offerings. I so enjoy going to your pages to see the beautiful flowers you are growing and to learn through your videos how to grow my own.
    This latest page on things to do this summer in and around our region has wonderful suggestions for our family. We live in Bellingham and I thought I was aware of most destinations but you have given me some knew ideas.
    I hope that sometime you may be able to open to the public. I do better purchasing in person rather than by mail and I would like to come by to give you some business.
    Anyway, I thank you again most sincerely for letting your lovely, gracious and giving spirit shine out into the world through your gorgeous flowers!

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  45. Wendy Freer on

    I live in the area but did not know about several of these places, thanks so much for sharing this guide. All the beauty of this area is amazing. Do you sell the wave daffodils? I have never seen them. Thanks for your time putting this together.

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  46. Kristin johnsen on

    Thanks for all of this-some favorites, some new to me. Skagit valley used to be home-and home to my father who proudly graduated from Mt Vernon-but really nice to learn about new locations to try the next time I drag my husband up to Christiansons!

    Could you also post the information again about your jeweler??? I’ve lost the name and need one of those bracelets!

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  47. Becky on

    The Skagit Valley is definitely one of the best places to live. If you are also looking for a great place to do some thrifting, Bargains Galore in south Mount Vernon is the best! Also it has been voted Skagit’s Best several times. I am always looking for a great deal and a fun clean place to shop quality items.

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  48. SWu on

    Mariposa Mexican restaurant is open just a few hours on Sat and Sunday around lunch time BUT it is by far my favorite Mexican restaurant. Everything made to order so be prepared to wait. It is located in Bow/Edison.

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  49. Nancy on

    Gardeners are welcome to stop by our Master Gardener demonstration garden on Memorial Drive next to WSU’s research station. We now have 29 different garden “rooms” to view, from a Japanese garden to a vegetable garden to an herb garden. Volunteers work in the gardens on Tuesdays, but are often there on other days as well and are happy to answer questions.

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  50. Joeda Lanquist on

    Wish I could visit. It sounds amazing. Thanks from Central Oklahoma.

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  51. Dae on

    It’s so fun to see our Valley highlighted with all our favorite spots and a few that I don’t know about! Thank you for putting this together. I’m going to visit a few new places in Anacortes with my young girls that I didn’t know about!
    I will share – Tweets is amazing and make sure you check their hours as they are limited, however the food and pastries are always delicious!

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  52. Katy Hamilton on

    I also live in Minnesota but was born and raised in Bellingham. 🌷🌷🌷 This guide makes me teary-eyed, remembering so many wonderful places, especially Breadfarm where I used to work. And your photography does so much of the storytelling! Skagit Valley is my favorite part of Washington State

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  53. Jkellen on

    Don’t forget Hellam’s Vineyard in La Conner! A great place to enjoy a glass of wine, beer or cider on their fabulous deck overlooking the Channel!

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  54. Nicole Crumbley on

    It’s like you knew I was coming!!! I’ve planned a trip to visit my friend in Seattle and I said we have to go to Skagit Valley. I had no idea it was such a destination so that’s a little worrisome since we will be there on the weekend. But nonetheless we are excited and so great full for this guide! I will definitely be stopping at Christianson’s Nursery and Seaport bookstore. Can’t wait to see the tulips!

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  55. Joni Springer on

    Thanks so much for your ideas💕 Our son lives in Bellingham. We are in Minnesota , so when we visit we love to have new ideas of where to go.
    And you are a inspiration to me for wanting to plant more flowers.

    Grateful from Minnesota

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  56. Susan Davis on

    Erin, This is great and now I want to hop on a plane and get there pronto. Do you have any recommended places to stay, like bed-and-breakfast or ends? Thanks so much!

    Susan

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  57. Jana Vitols on

    Bow/Edison is a gem of a town! There’s bird watching along the slough, Lemon sour cherry bread & pastries from the Breadfarm & a handful of galleries to tuck into (The Edison Eye, The Lucky Dumpster, Smith & Vallee & the amazing shop on the corner that David Blakesly runs but I can’t remember it’s name). Just on the outskirts of town in Bow there’s an organic blueberry farm & a cheese maker that does tastings. It a picnikers paradise. If you go earlier than the tulips you also might catch their Chicken Parade!

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  58. Syrene Forsman on

    I love Samish Bay Cheese in Bow. Varieties made from local milk. And in La Conner we always ate lunch in the Caluco Cupboard cafe on the waterfront, plus took home some of their baked goods.

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  59. Katherine Holloway on

    What a great “must see” summary of the Skagit Valley. I’ve come to love this part of the country since staying in Sedro-Woolley while building our forever home on Whidbey Island for the last 18 months. The drive back and forth is stunning! I am a huge fan of Floret Farms and can’t imagine where you find the time to blog but am grateful that you do. This has given me the incentive to take the time to venture off of SR 20 in my travels. Thank you.

    P.S. I am already on your mailing list. I follow you faithfully! I have all your publications; taken all your mini-courses and purchased as many seeds as I can plant! :D

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  60. L S on

    THANK YOU! I will save for next year.

    We just went to Edison after seeing the tulips and that place is Adorable!!!
    The tulips are totally worth the effort – even if its cold.

    Note: Next time we will wear boots for mud as we could have used them.

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  61. Jeana on

    Thank you so much- I am actually headed to Skagit Valley from Lake Chelan today to bring my 3 young boys to show them the vast colors of the tulip fields of the Skagit Valley. You’re recommendations are super helpful of places to see and eat. Thank you!

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  62. Jolene Karjalainen on

    My husband grew up in Oak Harbor and my in-laws still live in Coupeville, WA. We spend every July on the island! If you go up to Mount Erie, visit the Shrimp Shake up HWY 20.

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  63. Leca Moose on

    Thank you for all this great info! I wish I could visit?

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  64. Janli on

    Awesome list! You’ve got some new places I’d like to try.
    Chuckanut Manor is my go to for a relaxing, quality meal. Their happy hour halibut tacos are awesome!
    I like to drive up to the fields early in the morning for some great photos and then if I want to visit Roozengaarde I’m early enough to beat the traffic.

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  65. Wendi Baldi on

    Thank you for the information. This sounds like an amazing place to visit.

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  66. Rachel C. on

    I love Rexville Grocery for a quick sandwich. Such a fun store. Heavens how I do miss Bunnies by the Bay, that was such a wonderful, whimsical place back in it’s heyday. Christensen’s and Snow Goose are on my must visit list too whenever I make the trek up North. I love breakfast at Calico Cupboard too.

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  67. Sara on

    Love everything on this list. I would add Perry & Carlson, the boutique and adjoining gallery in downtown Mount Vernon. Their wares are beautifully curated and I always love stopping in for a chat with Trina, the charming proprietress.

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  68. Jesse May Danson on

    You just made me fall in love with our area all over again! Seeing all these favorite places in one list makes me feel spoiled beyond belief to live here. My two additions would be coffee shops – Ristretto in Mount Vernon and North Cove in Burlington. And apparently, I need to explore Edison! Thank you so much for the recommendations!

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  69. Margaret Matson on

    Anelia’s Kitchen and Stage, La Conner
    We were just in La Conner and a lovely young man at another closing restaurant recommended Anelia’s.
    We were sooooo hungry and the first bite of their Polish ‘specialty’ pierogi was faint worthy delicious,
    as was the draft beer…..and great conversation with the thoughtful bartender

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  70. Charlene on

    If you forget cash and still want ice cream at Snowgoose, you can pay the cashier in the grocery area and take the receipt to the ice cream counter. I’ve done this many times! :)

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  71. Trisha on

    Great list!! Been to each and every one! Love them all….Christianson’s of course is the best!! For shopping…I’d add “The Ginger Grater” & “Go Outside” in La Conner. Food…I’d add “The TrainWreck Bar & Grill” in Sedro Woolley…a few miles down the road…but worth every step of the way! Roozengard is my favorite public display garden & I love to stop at Larabee State Park on Chuckanut Drive on my way home to Lynden! :) We Whatcom County folks are happy to be neighbors with you….but extremely thrilled we don’t have to deal with Tulip Time Traffic. Here’s to hoping you don’t get stuck in it at all this year! ;)

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  72. Kether Scharff-Gray on

    You missed Mi Cocina on McClean! They have some of the best tacos in the Skagit Valley. The birria tacos, well-seasoned braised beef, are my favorite and their accompanying salsas are also excellent!

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  73. Kathy V on

    Thank you for this fun ‘travel brochure’! I really love those tulips in the first picture. I’d like to know what they are, so it gave me an idea. Is it possible for there to be a little box that pops up with the name and variety of the flower when you hover over your pictures (at least for the ones you sell?) I think it would increase sales. I know I’d put those tulips on my wish list. :) Thanks for considering.

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  74. Adrienne Wiseman on

    Also on the north end of Commercial Ave in Anacortes is the A Town Cafe,
    Great food, lunch & dinner!

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  75. Veronika on

    Great guide! Thank you for taking your time to write it!

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  76. Jane on

    Thanks , Erin. Our daughter and son-in-law live in the area and while we’ve been to some of these places, excited to explore more on our next visit.

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  77. Ana on

    Another wonderful stop if you’re in the town of Edison is Samish Bay Cheese. Their little farm is delightful and they now serve a variety of small bites ( they’re talking adding grilled cheese sandwiches!) along with fresh ice cream!

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  78. Tricia Gray on

    rachawadee Thai cafe in Mt Vernon is the best Thai in the state of Washington!

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  79. Jeanne on

    Since your farm is closed to the public, where do you recommend people go to see the tulips? Other than the views from Little Mountain Park the guide doesn’t appear to mention how to best experience the flowers. Are there farms or fields open to the public?

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  80. von Bechtolsheim Catherine on

    Thanks so much for the great guide!!! Rexville does have the best sandwiches ….. although I admit I get the meat loaf sandwich almost every time!!! The Breadfarm in Edison is a must visit if you like pastries!! They have some of the best croissant in the State; but don’t forget the homemade Graham Crackers!! Heaven!!
    Is there any chance you would ever have an open house for an afternoon event at Floret Farms?? It’s on my top ten list to see someday …. sooner than later!!
    Your always the first place I recommend for everything Garden!!! I’m a huge fan!!! Thank you!!!

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  81. Kristi on

    Great suggestions. I would add the Olde Towne Grainery Tea Room upstairs from Il Granaio in Mt. Vernon. Open Wednesday – Sunday for lunch and tea. My editors’ group meets there monthly. A very tranquil atmosphere (except when the occasional train goes rumbling by), friendly service, good food and tea (and coffee).

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  82. Brenda T on

    Thank you for sharing this! So helpful since we may be coming out your way the end of April and was hoping to check out your farm but this will give me other ideas and places to see the tulips in bloom!

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  83. H YOUNG on

    Great list. You might want to add the tip that Snowgoose Produce only accepts cash at the ice cream shop. Just so people can plan ahead.

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  84. KW on

    Don’t forget Rexville Grocery (great breakfast and lunch + coffee and deli) on Best Rd. just past Snow Goose Produce!

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    • Team Floret on

      Agreed! That place is awesome.

  85. Marilyn J Nydam on

    i will be out at the end of the month- my ‘pilgrimage’ to your area will be the last of april- do you have a store on site – or is it only on line? i did go to the San Juans last fall, and you were buttoning up things. i think the tulips are almost finished by the time , but im still going to come to the area- i was totally inspired by the tulips in your book and planted 500 bulbs last fall- Our growing season is about 3-4 wks behind Washington State so i will not miss my tulips- My daughter moved to Seattle and i love to go visit with her – Everything you do at Floret is inspirational to me and i am totally motivated by your creativity and love of flowers- you can brighten up any day with your blogs and photos. i wish they would re- publish the wedding flower book written ‘Fresh From the Field Wedding Flowers’ another truly amazing book- i ended up downloading on my Kindle- Are you open to visitors or just the sites that are posted are the ones i would try to visit? Thankyou for all you do for flowers- Locally we do have Five Fork Farms- and i love visiting them at the local farmers market and going to their farm to pick up flowers- your dream has brought joy to sooooooo… many Regards Marilyn

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