Day Trips: Skagit County Tulip Fields

Roberta’s son and his best friend recently enjoyed a trip to the tulip fields!

 

Looking for a quick day trip for the whole family? This is the last weekend of the Tulip Festival in Skagit County, which is a quick day trip. The tulips bloomed early this year, and after this weekend only the display gardens will be in bloom. The display gardens are gorgeous, but the acres of beautiful blooms are nothing less than picturesque. Plus the weather is supposed to be gorgeous!

Tips for Enjoying the Tulip Fields

  • Arrive either early in the day or late in the day. Roozen Gaarde is open 9-7.  Tulip Town is open 9-5. Not only will you beat the crowds the lighting for pictures is best. You will get better photographs when the flowers are not under direct sunlight.
  • If you have little ones skip the stroller and bring the ergo. The tulips are in fields which are often muddy and uneven.
  • Rain boots are your friend!
  • Plan bathroom breaks. Most of what is available are port-a-potty’s.
  • Bring cash. A lot of the vendors can only take cash, or can run your debit card for a fee.
  • www.tulipfestival.org has printable maps, links to lodging and other events in the area.

 

This weekend is also is the 31st Annual Tulip Festival Street Fair at South 1st Street in Mount Vernon

  • Friday & Saturday, 10 am-6 pm, Sunday, 10 am-5 pm
  • There is live music, food vendors and lots of local artists. Plus the local shops are open.
  • FREE STREET FAIR PARKING & SHUTTLE SERVICE (taken directly from the website)
    There will be free parking & shuttle service available for the upcoming Tulip Festival Street Fair in Mt. Vernon, at the South Mt. Vernon Park and Ride located on Highway 99 South at the intersection of Hickox Road. The free shuttle service will be available on Saturday & Sunday of the Street Fair. The South Mt. Vernon Park and Ride is most easily accessible via I-5 exits 221, 224 (Northbound only), or 225. Follow Highway 99 on the west side of the freeway, and you will find the Park and Ride. Free parking will also be available at North Edgewater Park, just over the West Mount Vernon Bridge. The free shuttle service is being provided courtesy of Creekside Continuing Care Community, which offers independent Retirement, Assisted, and Memory Care Living. (More info here http://www.mountvernondowntown.org/index.html)

Love Swedish pancakes? Vasa Order of America is serving Swedish pancakes 7-12 Noon

  • Vasa Hall 1805 Cleveland Ave. Mt. Vernon.
  • Pancakes are served with strawberries, maple syrup and a slice of ham. There is also lots of coffee, and orange juice to drink.
  • Adults $7, Children (7-11) $4 including tax & children (6 & under) FREE
  • Want to eat outside and enjoy the sunshine? Call in your order! 360-336-3056
  • Hop on the shuttle going to the Street Fair and you can walk from there to the Vasa Hall.
  • http://www.vasaorder.net/calendar.cfm?lodge=396 For more information

If you get some great photos this weekend, share them with us!