Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival ~ La Connor, WA

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in La Connor, Washington is an incredible explosion of color in the local fields of the valley. This isn’t just a display of tulips in vases set out to view, this is fields of tulips of color that goes on forever! It is a delight to see and enjoy.

Washington Windmill

The Skagit Valley shows a lot of Dutch influence with many windmills in this area. I don’t think it is a mistake that there are tulips growing here, too. The windmill charm spreads to many towns in this part of Washington State.

Tulip Festival in La Connor, WA

There is a map of the fields for viewing in the area that can be printed, just click onto this page and see this map. No matter where you drive in the area, in April you are likely to see some tulips. The colors are so vibrant and our visit was on a dull day. There are several vendors to offer opportunities to purchase a bouquet of tulips for that special person.

Tulip fields of color in La Connor, WA

There is a wide assortment of events planned around the Tulip Festival including the many things listed on this page, click here to see what else is there to enjoy. There are also helicoptor rides available to get a great view of all the fields of tulips.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

The festival began when the garden club realized that La Connor was receiving so many visitors to view the fields of tulips. They organized the first festival in 1984 which was three days long to become the whole month of April today, this makes sure they cover the blooming time and have added special events that fill the month.

Field of tulips in La Connor, WA

La Connor, Washington is about 75 miles north of Seattle following 1-5 or a shorter distance south of Bellingham, Wa. Take I-5 and then follow signs that will take you to Anacortes but turn left onto La Connor and Whitney Rd. where Farmhouse Inn sits.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in La Connor, Wa

La Connor is a very small town of under 800 people and full of the neatest little shops on First St. We have visited there on several occasions to shop and have enjoyed lunch on the patio overlooking the canal or have a delicious seafood dinner further down the street.

Fields of color at Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley, WA

Two of the communities major industries are agriculture and tourism and they have combined the two of these to create a great yearly attraction that draws zillions of people to the area.
If you're fortunate enough to be living in this part of the world, you may be able to enjoy many of the planned activities. This is an easy day trip from Vancouver, BC or Seattle, WA so if you're visiting or passing through, allow yourself enough time to spend here when the tulips are in bloom and enjoy the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.


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