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March 21st 2022

The Best of Skagit Valley: A Visitors’ Guide

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Here in the Skagit Valley, the tulip fields are about to burst into the most phenomenal show of color. Even after living in this area for nearly 20 years, I still can’t get over how beautiful it is. It’s no wonder that every year over a million people come from all over the world to experience 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 art shows, concerts, street fairs, bike rides, and more.

While our farm is closed to the public, I’m happy to share some of our 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. If you can’t make it to the Tulip Festival don’t worry—all of these spots are great any time of the year.

field of tulips at FloretDaffodils at dusk at FloretA few things to take note of when visiting the Skagit Valley during tulip season:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Skagit Valley Washington at duskPlaces to visit with your kids

Padilla Bay Research Reserve: As a living field laboratory with support facilities and professional staff, Padilla Bay Reserve has a free indoor aquarium with lots of opportunities for kids to see what plants and animals are native to this area. Be sure to call (360) 428-1558 for their hours of operation. You’ll also find lots of wonderful nature trails and places to explore.

Drive or hike up Mount Erie: Either drive to the top or enjoy a hike. Mount Erie is a favorite for the locals and the views at the top are incredible! If you’re in the Anacortes area, you’ll enjoy this spot.

Visit Deception Pass: One of our personal favorite places in the park is Rosario Beach. 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 your family enjoys camping, you’ll want to come back in the summer.

Please note that you’ll need a Discover Pass to access the Washington state recreation lands. 

Storvik Park, Anacortes: This playground has a huge place for the kids to run, climb and get all their energy out. During the summer it’s a favorite, as there’s also a splash pad for the little guys.

Washington Park, Anacortes: Located along the water, this is a beautiful place to bring your picnic. Enjoy views of the boats going in and out, while the kids play on the playground.

Places to go for a walk or enjoy views of the valley

Skagit Valley trails map is a wonderful resource for local trails and provides options for the serious hiker or the nature walker. Some of our favorites include:

Padilla Bay Trail: Stroller- and bike-friendly, you’ll enjoy a beautiful and flat walk along the bay, where the Skagit River meets the Salish Sea.

Little Mountain Park: A covered viewpoint provides a spectacular look at the Skagit Valley, San Juan Islands, Olympic Mountains, and the tulip fields. The park also provides miles and miles of hiking trails.

Sharpe Park-Sares Head trail: You can see the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Mountains from the viewpoint bluff.

Christiansons NurseryChristiansons NurseryA few must-dos when you visit this area

Christianson’s Nursery: One of my all-time top favorite places, this 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 a couple of hours! 

Enjoy Chuckanut drive: This 24-mile curvy route hugs the Chuckanut mountains. Chuckanut Drive overlooks Samish Bay and offers gorgeous views of the San Juan Islands and Chuckanut Bay.

Take a ride into the San Juan Islands on a ferry: From Anacortes, you can park your car and walk on the ferry for a fun day trip. Enjoy a relaxing ride, while watching for whales. You can also drive on and then spend the day or take a longer vacation exploring one of the islands.

Red Door Antique Mall in Mount Vernon The Red Door Antique Mall: Located in historic downtown Mount Vernon, this 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 photoshoots come from the Red Door. If you get a chance to visit tell the ladies we sent you!

Seaport Books: This independent bookstore is 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. They’re open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. 

Tulips growing in a fieldFavorite shops in the area

Located in downtown Burlington, Stowes is a wonderful family-owned store that’s filled with high-quality shoes and gear that we absolutely love.

Pam’s Past Time Antiques is a must-stop for anyone who enjoys treasure hunting. This store is packed full of pottery, antique vases, artwork, jewelry, and so much more. If you like antiquing, you’ll love this place!

Go Outside in La Conner is a unique gift and garden shop in the heart of historic La Conner, offering cookbooks, gardening books, tools, gear, and home goods. 

Perry and Carlson is an amazing little shop and art gallery in historic downtown Mount Vernon. They have kitchen goods, plus high-quality toys, books, and clothes for kids. The adjoining art gallery features a new local artist every month and is a wonderful community gathering place.

Tri Dee Arts has the largest selection of art supplies north of Seattle, which makes it the perfect place to stock up. They also have great gift options. Be sure to check out their website to learn about the pottery studio, live classes, paint nights, and craft projects for all ages.

Daffodils at FloretRecommended places to eat

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

Nell Thorn, La Conner: A little jewel of the Pacific Northwest! They offer a fresh, daily menu of artisan-made, sustainable, farm-to-table fare, craft cocktails, fine wines, and microbrews on tap. Awesome food with incredible views!

COA Mexican Eatery: We love this place and highly recommend it if you’re in the mood for Mexican food! Everything is super fresh and they have awesome margaritas.

Il Granaio: If you’re craving amazing Italian food, this is your place. Having earned the reputation as the Skagit Valley’s best authentic Italian restaurant, Il Granaio incorporates the flavors of fresh, local ingredients into traditional Italian recipes. The bonus is that it’s located in the Old Town Grainary building of Mount Vernon. A true beauty!

Skagit Valley Food Co-Op: If you’re looking for a sustainably-sourced deli or some wonderful grocery items, go here. 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. 

Snow Goose Produce Market: Known for their “Immodest Ice Cream Cones,” Snow  Goose Produce Market is a seasonal, family-run, country market located in the Fir Island area. They offer incredible organic produce and local fare such as 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. 

The Donut House, Anacortes: A fun little stop before heading to a park or onto one of the San Juan Island ferries. This shop has a huge selection of freshly baked goodies at affordable prices.  

Taylor Shellfish: If you like oysters, you’ll love this spot. Since the 1890s, Taylor Shellfish has been farming high-quality, sustainable shellfish. Feast in the waterfront picnic area or take your goodies to go.

Slough Foods, Edison: Awesome for wine, fancy meat, and cheese. Our good friend John owns it—tell him we sent you!

Breadfarm, Edison: Located in the small village of Edison, Washington, just off of scenic Chuckanut Drive. Breadfarm is an artisan bakery focusing on naturally-leavened bread, rustic pastry, and pantry staples. Every item is beautifully handcrafted.

Tweets Cafe, Edison: Tweets has great food, especially breakfast and ice cream. Featuring an artisan cafe, organic coffee, and farm-to-table Northwest cuisine. Cash or check only!

The Revival Lounge is a great cocktail spot in the heart of historic downtown Mount Vernon with a fun, vintage vibe, delicious warm pretzels and food, and live music. Enjoy their outdoor seating in Pine Square courtyard when the weather is warm.

Family-owned Bertelsen Winery in southern Mount Vernon is a beautiful spot to enjoy affordable Washington wines. They host concerts throughout the spring and summer and make the best homemade pizzas. Kid- and pet-friendly.

2nd Street Deli and Dogs, located in downtown Mount Vernon, is a favorite stop for many locals and even our production crew that drives up from Oregon! The menu includes hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, and so much more.

The Fairhaven is a local favorite lunch spot in Burlington, serving up delicious sandwiches, baked goods, and amazing coffee, using local ingredients and inspiration. They are also open for dinner and are well-known for their take-home Fried Chicken Dinner meals. 

Terramar Brewing and Distilling is located in the lovely town of Bow on a historic property where the land meets the sea. Terramar focuses on sourcing hyper-local ingredients and offers delicious food, craft beer, and spirits with a sense of place. We love their family-friendly atmosphere, and the wood-fired pizza is worth the trip alone!

As you enjoy the beauty of Skagit Valley, 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!

68 Comments

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Taylor Wick on

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

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  18. Violet on

    Thank you Erin for this wonderful info :) !

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. Joeda Lanquist on

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

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. Leca Moose on

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

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  39. 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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  40. Wendi Baldi on

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

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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. Veronika on

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

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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. Tricia Gray on

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

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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 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.

  60. 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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