We have you covered. Summer plans. Wow, we can actually make them this year! This is a sigh of relief – as we all know last summer was a different experience with the Coronavirus Pandemic. Although there are still precautions to take and mandates in place, there is also more opportunity to travel within your state! Including Washington state!
Our restaurant is located in the Skagit Valley here in Washington. Which is about 60 miles north of Seattle, making it a great location for a quick weekend getaway or easy day trip. Skagit County stretches from the shores of the Salish Sea all the way out to the North Cascades National Park. It encompasses quaint towns, scenic roads, farmland, and small mountain communities. Farther afield, the area also allows exploration into the San Juan Islands, and the northwesternmost reach of the United States.
‘Skagit’ is often synonymous with ‘tulips’ as well. For good reason, of course! The Skagit Tulip Festival actually dates back to the late 1800s. It draws in throngs of visitors every year who are keen on seeing the county’s most vibrant colors on display. Although the festival takes place in April, the Skagit Valley is a prime location to visit during the summertime.
If you’re intending on visiting Skagit Valley this summer, or are trying to decide on if this is the right getaway for you – we have a few suggestions for you that hopefully will make your decision making a lot easier!
Visit Historic La Conner
La Conner is a small community nestled between the Skagit River and the Salish Sea. It is a quaint fishing town and an artists’ haven. It is most well known for the waterfront shops that line the La Conner Channel. It also happens to be one of the top Washington weekend getaways, year after year! Whether it’s staying at the La Conner Channel Lodge or visiting with us at La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib, there is truly an outing available for everyone when visiting the historic town!
Take a Drive on the Chuckanut Scenic Route
This is a 20-mile scenic route that hugs along the coast! The coastal road is situated in between Burlington and makes its way up to Bellingham. The drive isn’t long and takes about 30 minutes without stopping. You’ll be able to see breathtaking views of both the San Juan Islands and Samish Bay. Make sure you have your camera on you because there are plenty of places to pull over and snap some pictures!
At the beginning of the drive, you could stop at Taylor Shellfish and crack open some fresh oysters! There is also access to Larrabee State Park – which has easy hiking trails, beaches, and tide pools. Or you could check out Oyster Dome Trail for more of a hiking excursion!
Go Wine or Beer Tasting
Skagit Valley is filled with wineries and breweries! Regardless of what your speed is, there are plenty of options that will quench your thirst. In La Conner, we have our very own Skagit Cellar and Hellams Vineyard, if wine is your preferred choice.
There is no shortage of local beers as well! With the Skagit Ale Trail in place, you will be able to choose from over 13 different breweries. Many of which are dedicated to using local yeast. You can’t go wrong with Terramar Brewstillery or Garden Path Fermentation.
Visit Deception Pass State Park
Deception Pass State Park is settled between Washington’s mainland and Whidbey Island, one of the best islands off of Seattle to visit. You’re able to drive on to Whidbey Island via the Deception Pass Bridge. Once you’re on the other side of the bridge, you can enter the state park or continue on to Whidbey Island. Regardless, what you decide – you cannot make a wrong decision!
Although not an exhaustive list, we do hope this gives you an idea of some of the wonderful features and activities that you can partake in while visiting the Skagit Valley! We hope you include us in your plans if you make the trip during the summer of 2021; again, we are located in La Conner and would love to serve you!!