In new things I’ve learnt this week about the new state I call home, daffodils are a big deal here in Washington.
Every March, Skagit Valley comes alive in yellow colours so vibrant it’s now celebrated in festival form – the La Conner Daffodil Festival.
The daffodil fields are located just 15 minutes drive east from Anacortes, so I took advantage of a sunny, blue sky Thursday afternoon to check it out for myself.
The afternoon did not disappoint. Jeep top-down to enjoy the 50°F sunshine, a joyride along the country roads around Mt Vernon and La Conner offered the most charming rural views.
Entire fields of daffodils stretch towards terracotta barns and weatherboard farmhouses, against the backdrop of the striking Mt Baker and its fellow snow-capped Cascade Mountains.
Such a bright and cheerful announcement of spring’s arrival in Western Washington!
Driving through fields of wildflowers reminded me of childhood family road trips through the New South Wales countryside, the hills painted in yellow canola and purple Paterson’s Curse. And while the daffodils of Skagit Valley are technically planted rather than wild, there is something spectacular about these endless acres of gold.
Total Van Gogh Vibes, right?
The heart of the La Conner Daffodil Festival is an easy 80 minute drive up I-5 from Seattle. Which means it’s totally do-able for a day trip or weekend country escape.
However long you visit, be sure to leave time to explore the nearby township of La Conner. It’s a quaint community on the Swinomish Channel popular with both boaters and artists.
The riverfront promenade, and cafes and boutiques of First Street both make for a perfect afternoon stroll. Farm-to-table restaurants, such as Nell Thorn and Seeds Bistro, are definitely worthy of a late lunch or dinner, before sampling local brews at La Conner Brewing Co or the tasting room delights at Silver Bell Winery.
Add on a visit to the Museum of Northwest Art, and you have a fantastic day in rural Washington!
Turns out Skagit Valley is internationally renowned for its tulips, which bloom in early April. It’s even got its own dedicated festival.
Hopefully I’ll get a chance to check that out too, but I think the daffodils are pretty fantastic!
The La Conner Daffodil Festival runs throughout March, with lots of local events to celebrate. View the map of where to find the blooming daffodil fields and more here.
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