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Spring is almost here and all of us are rejoicing in Knoxville because it has been so incredibly wet this winter. One of our favorite recent spring trips was to Skagit Valley, Washington. For years I wanted to see the tulips in Amsterdam, but heard the accommodations can be very pricey. After a recent trip to Amsterdam, I can say with 100% certainty that Skagit Valley hands down was far more beautiful. Imagine tulip fields surrounded by the mountains! I promise it doesn’t get better and my pictures can’t even do justice. April will be here before you know it, and it is the perfect time to make a trip to the Pacific Northwest to visit Skagit Valley. Currently, there are a lot of great deals on flights.
A Day Trip From Seattle
If you are visiting Seattle, Skagit Valley is the perfect day trip. Need ideas for Seattle? Check out my blog post on all there is to do with kiddos there! Just an hour or so north of the city and you’ll find yourself in another world. Everett is even closer, which is where Boeing is located. Alaskan Airlines is now offering flights into Everett too!
Things to Do in Skagit Valley
Tulips and more tulips! While driving you will pass one tulip field after another and it is incredible! The tulip festival runs from April 1-30. Actually, there is a lot more happening than just seeing tulips. The first week don’t miss out on the Beer Festival as the Farm to Pint Festival. Art shows run the entire month. Being the PNW means salmon, beginning April 4, they will be hosting a Kiwanis Salmon BBQ. YUM! Every weekend Willowbrook Manor hosts a tea (by reservations only). Not a beer person? Check out the Wine Festival the second week. Want to envision yourself in Amsterdam while being in the PNW? Take a bike tour on a weekend in April (by reservation only). Crab lover-take a crab cruise. The third week boasts a street fair which would be a great kid activity as well as a petting farm every weekend. While we visited, we witnessed the most beautiful kites flying over the fields. For more suggestions check out the official website.
Farm to Table
Our family tends to go to farm to table restaurants. We love fresh food and especially organically sourced meals. La Conner and surrounding areas hosts a plethora of farm to table restaurants where you can easily find gluten-free options.
- Nell Thorn Restaurant-GF Options
- Seeds Bistro & Bar-GF options
- Skagit Cellars
- Skagit Valley’s Farmhouse Restaurant
- La Conner Brewing Co.-GF Options
- Calico Cupboard-GF options
- Skagit River Brewery-GF Options
Where to Stay
Personally, I’d stay closer to the Seattle area if you are planning on vacationing there as well. Another great option would be Anacortes. Here you will find the ferry terminal which will take you to the San Juans, Orcas Island, Victoria, Lopez Island, and Shaw Island. If you don’t mind to stay a bit further out, Enumclaw would be a great option. Staying right at the base of Mount Rainier where you can go skiing. On a romantic getaway-try staying at Snoqualmie Falls. Snoqualmie is one of my favorite towns. I will be sharing more details regarding Snoqualmie later. Super cute, friendly people, fresh kombucha on tap, and lots of local shopping. Stop at OPTIMystic Eyes and ask about their secret room; you’ll be in for a fun surprise, not to mention the nicest couple.
I highly recommend taking a decent camera. Iphones take pretty amazing photos these days, but nothing compares to a DSLR. Trust me I know it is a pain to carry, but worth it. Next, make sure you apply some sunscreen. I really like Badger brand because it is almost completely organic. I’d highly recommend rain boots. The weather can be unpredictable in Washington, and if it is raining you will be in a field of mud so I suggest a pair of Hunter boots! Throw a pair of cute tennis shoes in your bag as well if you want to ride a bike.
If you are looking for a great spring break getaway, I cannot recommend Skagit Valley enough. If you go please drop a line, or tag me in a photo of yourself there on Instagram. Happy Spring Friends!