April 2014 – Tulip Time in the Cascades

When April arrives, and the incessant winter rains start to taper off, it’s Tulip Time in the Skagit (SKAH-jit) Valley 60-miles north of Seattle.  In fact, the entire month of April is the Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley.

Tulip Fields - Skagit Valley

Tulip Fields – Skagit Valley

The small, artsy waterfront town of La Conner, across from the Swinomish Indian Reservation, is at the center of the flower-growing region of Washington State where tulips, irises and daffodils are grown commercially for their bulbs. After a hearty meal of halibut fish n chips in La Conner we drove the few miles into the flower region.

We visited on a breezy Friday in mid-April, a good strategy since the fields can get crowded with flower tourists on weekends. The flower farms are spread out between La Conner and Anacortes to the north. We paid $5 for parking in the farm fields after which you are free to roam through acres of brightly colored flowers swaying in the April breezes (the $5 parking pass good for all day at all farms).

There were some farms with acres of blindingly yellow daffodils.   Other farms had mixes of multi-colored tulips in red, yellow, and purple. All of the farms are in the magnificent Skagit Valley with the snow-capped Cascade Mountains to the east, the Olympic Mountains to the west, and the glacier-covered cone of Mt Baker rising above it all. The day we were there a pair of bald eagles soared over the tulip fields making it a perfect Tulip Day.

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