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Sedro-Woolley, Burlington, Mount Vernon, La Conner, Anacortes

As it reaches toward Fidalgo Island, the Skagit River has deposited a vast triangle of flood plain soil and nutrients to create some of the richest agricultural land in the Northwest.Dotted with farmhouses and big red barns, the Skagit Valley is home to the largest commercial flower bulb industry outside of Holland. Beginning in March and continuing through May, the entire valley is one huge carpet of blooms backdropped by dramatic views of 10,775′ Mount Baker and the North Cascades.

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival held throughout April brings thousands of visitors who come to see and photograph the blooms. Visitors love the drive past acres of produce throughout the rest of the year.

Sedro-Woolley is a logging community that celebrates its heritage each year in the Loggerrodeo. See logging and chainsaw carving contests, parades, a rodeo, bluegrass jubilee and fireworks at this week long Fourth of July celebration. The city of Mount Vernon features an historic downtown and a river front ideal for exploring on foot. Just to the north, Burlington is home to one of the largest discount shopping malls in the Northwest. Their Berry Dairy Days celebration in June recognizes the importance of agriculture within this rich valley. Nestled beside the Swinomish Channel, picturesque La Conner is a unique combination of fishing village and artists’ colony. Excellent accommodations and first-class restaurants with views of the water and Mt. Baker mix with the eclectic group of shops and galleries downtown. Be sure to visit the Museum of Northwest Art, the Skagit County Historical Museum, and the Gaches Mansion which is home to the Quilt & Textile Museum, one of just 12 in the U.S.

Anacortes, on Fidalgo Island, is a bustling port town with a pedestrian-friendly downtown. Washington State ferries connect Anacortes with four of the San Juan Islands – Lopez, Shaw, Orcas, San Juan – and provide service to Sidney, B.C. near Victoria. Enjoy lovely parks, great gallery browsing and excellent antique shopping, and don’t forget to take a drive to incredibly scenic Mt. Erie!


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Burlington Chamber & Visitor Center
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La Conner Chamber
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Mount Vernon Chamber
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Sedro-Woolley Chamber
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Skagit Valley Tourism
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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
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Skagit Valley Wine Association
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