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Guide to Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

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From April 1 – 30, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival will celebrate the beauty of daffodils, tulips and springtime. The bloom schedule is up to Mother Nature, but even now there are rows of yellow daffodils to see and fun activities for the whole month of April! The cool spring we’ve had so far has made the tulips a bit slow to bloom, according to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The gardens, RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town should have early blooming, and the tulips should be gorgeous by Easter weekend. You can keep track of what’s in full color with the Bloom Map, to help you plan your visit.

Getting There:

Driving north on I-5 is the best way to get to Skagit County, about 60 miles north of Seattle. There are Tulip Festival maps and brochures at the Festival office in Mt. Vernon, at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, and the Conway Deli in Conway. The tulip fields run about 15-miles long, and are bordered by Highway 20, the Skagit River and the Swinomish River Channel.

If you want to take the train, Amtrak runs between Seattle and Mount Vernon, but you’ll need to rent a car or taxi once you arrive to get to the tulip fields. There’s no public transportation out to the site of the festival.

Getting Around the Fields:

Sky Flyn’ Helicopter
360.377.4115

Once you’re there, you can walk through the fields of tulips and take photos. Or you might choose to see the fields by helicopter. Sky Flyn’ Helicopters are there to give you an eagle eye view. No reservations are needed. Call before you arrive for rates and details.

Seattle HeliTours
13724 La Conner Whitney Rd.
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
206.767.0515
http://www.SeattleHeliTours.com

Scenic helicopter tours depart from the Farmhouse Restaurant in Mount Vernon on Saturdays and Sundays, and Moore Clark Deck in La Conner on Fridays. Tours are approximately 15 minutes and can be customized to fit your needs. Enjoy picturesque views of the tulips, Deception Pass and the amazing Skagit Valley!

Tulip Country Bike Tours
13391 Avon Allen Road
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
360.424.7461
http://www.countrycycling.com

Rent a bike and take a self-guided tour, or make a reservation for a guided bicycle tour in the morning or afternoon. Call to reserve a bike for you or your group.

Dining:

For breakfast any time, or just some home-cooked comfort food, head to The Farmhouse Restaurant in Mount Vernon, http://www.thefarmhouserestaurant.net. Or for a water view and a NW Seafood meal, or just a good burger, try The Waterfront Cafe in nearby La Conner, http://www.laconnerwaterfrontcafe.com. Of course, the festival itself has food vendors, and there’s lots of choices from pizza to ice cream and farmer’s markets for lots of fresh produce.

Carpenter Creek http://www.carpentercreek.com, Tulip Valley Vineyard http://www.tulipvalley.net, and Pasek Cellars http://www.pasekcellars.com are local wineries that offer daily tastings, gourmet bites and feature wines made with Washington grapes.

For Kids:

Golden Glen Creamery
15098 Field Road
Bow, WA 98232
360.766.MILK
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Golden-Glen-Creamery

Golden Glen produces all-natural and handcrafted artisan cheeses and butters with milk fresh from the small, healthy heard of Holstein, Guernsey and Jersey cows right on the property. Golden Glen Creamery does not and will not use preservatives, stabilizers, emulsifiers, fortifiers, and coloring agents found in so many products today. Bring the kids and head out for a tour on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 2:00pm, and Saturdays at 10:00am. Open 7 days a week.

Children’s Museum of Skagit County
550 Cascade Mall Drive
Burlington, WA 98233
360.757.8888
http://www.skagitchildrensmuseum.net

Your kids might enjoy getting their wiggles out at the Children’s Museum of Skagit County in Burlington. Open till 5p daily, it’s a hands-on stop before or after the tulips. Closed Easter Sunday.

Other Activities:

27th Annual Tulip Run
Saturday, April 7
9:30am
360.540.1611
http://www.tuliprun.com

Be a part of Skagit Valley Tulip Festival’s premier running event. This scenic 2 or 5 mile course is flat and fast on gravel packed trails. The run will be an experience the whole family will enjoy. Free to 14 and under (to encourage you) and free to 70 and older (because you deserve it). All others, $12 or $22 with shirt. Info and registration on-line.

3rd Annual Historic Home Tour
Saturday, April 7
10:00am – 4:00pm
Skagit County Historical Museum,
501 South 4th
La Conner, WA 98257
360.466.3365
http://www.skagitcounty.net/museum

Visit some of Skagit County’s loveliest vintage homes! Tickets $15 in advance, $20 day of event. Tickets available online.

Downtown Mount Vernon Street Fair
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
April 20, 21 and 22
First Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
http://www.mountvernondowntown.org

It’s the 26th Annual Tulip Festival Street Fair, with live music at two stages, children’s activities and a wonderful variety of food, with artisans from 8 states. Over 100 juried arts and crafts vendors onsite.

Tulip Pedal
Saturday, April 21
7:00am – 4:00pm
La Conner Middle School
503 N Sixth Street
La Conner, WA 98257
http://www.active.com

Cycle your way through the tulips. You can choose a 20, 40, or 60 mile ride. Go to http://www.active.com to register. Pre-registration is $30; day-of registration is $35. Kids 14 and under free.

Be sure to check out all the details about this year’s Skagit Valley Tulip Festival at their website: http://www.tulipfestival.org.

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