Weekend Adventures: La Conner

Weekend Adventures: La Conner, WA

This weekend my mom and I took a mini road trip up to La Conner, a beloved nearby destination. We’ve been there many times over the years, but this time we went for something new: the Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride! It’s pretty much what it sounds like – an excuse for Anglophiles to dress up in their finest tweeds and ride their bicycles through the daffodil fields. (My mom was the one actually participating, and I hung around on the sidelines taking pictures.) The ride lasted for several hours, including breaks for tea and scones.

Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride

Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride

While my mom was off on her bike ride, I spent the morning wandering around town with coffee in hand. La Conner is a sleepy little community with a cute downtown waterfront, and the main drag is lined with art galleries, antique stores, restaurants, and most importantly, multiple ice cream shops.

Rainbow Bridge, La Conner, WA

Downtown La Conner, WA

Fiddler crab sculpture, La Conner, WA

Nasty Jack's Antiques, La Conner, WA

After the bike ride, we made time for one of my favorite springtime traditions, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Peak bloom is typically in mid-April, but the tulips have a mind of their own and decided to bloom early this year. Fortunately for us, this meant the crowds were less crazy than usual, while the flowers were as spectacular as ever.

Tulip Route, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Red tulips, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Roozengaarde, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Roozengaarde, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Roozengaarde, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Daffodil field, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Apologies for the flood of photos in this post…I had to hold myself back from including even more! It’s a little insane how beautiful it is there. How is spring treating you so far? Any fun adventures to report?

♥ Mil

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Weekend Adventures: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Weekend Adventures: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Yesterday Jules and I hit the road with our friend Sarah and headed up to Mount Vernon for one of my favorite springtime traditions, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival! Mount Vernon is about an hour and a half north of Seattle, so it was the perfect excuse to pile into the car for a mini road trip (and of course do some outlet shopping on the way home). The Tulip Festival at its peak is absolutely breathtaking – sweeping, gorgeous vistas of tulips in explosive technicolor stretching out in every direction. We went at the tail end of the festival (the tulips bloomed early this year), but obviously there was still plenty of loveliness to be seen. Several farms participate in the festival; we chose Roozengaarde, which features beautifully landscaped gardens in addition to the sprawling fields of flowers.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, WA

Guys, this photo isn’t even touched up. The flowers are THAT STUNNING.

 

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, WA

Wandering through the garden

 

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, WA

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, WA

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, WA

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, WA Yellow tulips DSC_0414

Roozengaarde - Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, WA

Have you been to the Tulip Festival? If you’re visiting the Pacific Northwest in April, it definitely deserves a spot on your itinerary. (If you’re a local and you’ve never been…get on it, girl!)

♥ Mil

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