La Conner Tulip Festival

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This is a good time of year to visit the quaint town of La Conner, Washington.  The town itself is worth the visit but the tulips are something else. Fields and fields of tulips bloom in late March and April, hence the Tulip Festival.

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Walking along the edge of the tulip fields I admired the colourful blooms of the many types of tulips. I thought about the work involved in planting and caring for them.  I had never seen so many flowers in one place.

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The surprise and biggest treat of all was what I discovered as I walked back on the other side of the fields. The slight breeze was now blowing the fragrance of the tulips towards me instead of away from me. Until that moment I hadn’t known that tulips had a  fragrance. And how delicate it was! That experience alone was worth the trip.

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But of course there were other senses to be satisfied. As our stomachs growled my buddies and I found a funky old-fashioned cafe and bakery that served the most modern homemade-style lunches. Healthy and delicious. I didn’t remember when I had last enjoyed a restaurant meal so much. If you go there, be prepared to stand in line. It’s a popular place  but well worth the wait.

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Calico Cupboard Cafe and Bakery

Later when it was time to walk off the bakery goodies we had for dessert, a stroll through town of La Conner had us exclaiming, “Oh look at this,” and “Oh, look at that!” Even if we hadn’t bought anything it was a treat to see the old-fashioned buildings and items that evoked nostalgia in us all day long. We were amazed at the way the town has maintained its historic image. You’d think you were in the wild west, minus the mud and cow dung.

Arts and crafts were on display and  for sale everywhere in the many gift shops and we didn’t have to spend a fortune, although we could have if we had been serious customers looking for the big ticket items. There’s something for every budget here.

When I came home from the day at La Conner my mind was buzzing with all the beautiful things I had experienced. All of my senses had had a workout.

  • The sight of the artwork in La Conner, and the beautiful flowers in the fields.
  • The smell of the tulips, so delicate and sweet.
  • The sound of happy people bustling around the sunny streets of town.
  • The taste of a wholesome savoury lunch.
  • The touch of the silky scarf my friend bought for me.

No wonder I could hardly sleep that night even though I was tired right out.

If you’d like to find out more about La Conner, visit the webpage at this link:   http://www.lovelaconner.com/skagit-valley-tulip-festival/

Maybe you can visit La Conner sometime and have as much fun as I did.

43 thoughts on “La Conner Tulip Festival

    • I bet it’s even more amazing in Holland. It’s funny though how it came about. I never would have thought of going to one of these places, but my sister-in-law dragged me there and we had a great time. I’m so glad we went.

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    • To be fair, I have to admit that this is taken from a trip two years ago, but it was exactly the same time of year so it should be valid for this year too. And I know spring will come to Colorado too.

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  1. I know those two gals…remember the lovely scarves we bought? Gorgeous, bright colors. I still wear mine a lot.So wonderful that you had your camera and captured those swaying fields.

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    • I was quite amazed by the fields and fields of them and then surprised to find out (after all these years of gardening) that tulips have a fragrance. I’ve never smelled them before and thought they were pretty much odorless. So wrong. They smell lovely!

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  2. I love Tulips, the photos are great. The other day someone told me when the tulips are in a vase and start to droop, to put a drop of bleach in the water as it makes them last longer. I have no idea if this is true so might try it next time.

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  3. Oh, Anneli, this sounds like a lovely day that I wish I could’ve enjoyed with you. Thank you for bringing us along on your blog. I’ve always loved the beauty of tulips, but didn’t think they had a fragrance either. How awesome that the breeze sent you the treat of their scent.

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