L a Conner WASHINGTON Relax. Enjoy. Explore.
As mayor of the Town of La Conner it is my pleasure to welcome you to our community. Located on the delta near the mouth of the Skagit River, La Conner is a premier Northwest destination providing the best that Washington has to offer with luxury accommodations, unique shopping and dining experiences, boating, hiking, biking and much, much more. 2013 proved to be an exciting year for our town with the implementation of phase one of our new seaside boardwalk. 2014 should be equally, if not even more of a thrill with completion of this project slated for the end of the year. Be sure to take advantage of this wonderful new feature which I guarantee will add to the quality of your stay. We invite you to come, stroll through our community, meet our citizens and find out why La Conner is one of the foremost places on the west coast to live as well as to visit. We look forward to meeting you, Ramon Hayes, Mayor
For peace of mind, safely leave your car in a public parking lot for just $3 for the whole day. From the roundabout, youâ€™ll be on Morris Street. Turn right on Second Street and go two blocks to the Port of Skagit lot, where there is also RV parking available. Or, turn left on Second Street and follow it over the hill to the town parking lot.
Find three full-service public restrooms. There is one on the waterfront across First Street from the Port of Skagit parking. There is another on Morris Street at Third. And there is one right downtown in the middle of South First Street. For emergencies, is a portable privy in the town parking lot. Published by 313 Morris St. / Mail: PO Box 1465 Phone: 360-466-3315 / Fax: 360-466-1195 wwwlaconnerweeklynews.com ÂŠ2014 by La Conner Weekly News All rights reserved
PUBLISHERS Cindy Vest & Sandy Stokes Funded in part by Town of La Conner Lodging Tax Grant Cover photo by Don Coyote
Contents Welcome............................................................1, 2 La Conner..............................................................4 Events....................................................................5 Shopping Guide................................................6, 7 Dining Guide..............................................8, 9, 10 Lodging & Camping Guide...........................11, 12 Swinomish...........................................................13 Groceries, Gas, Etc. .............................................15 Museums & Galleries ..........................................16 Party Venues.........................................................17 Boating Services...................................................19 Area Attractions...................................................22 Photographers: Don Coyote, Kirsten Morse, Mickey Bambrick, Brian Lease, Amylynn Richards, Kevin Andrews, Annabelle Vergne, Mike Russell, Mel Damski, Stuart Welch, Michael Arthur.
Historic La Conner: A must-see stop La Conner is a 19th Century waterfront town on the bank of the Swinomish Channel and is Skagit County’s oldest community. Home to the Coast Salish people from time immemorial, the first non-native settlers arrived here in 1860. La Conner circa 1890 showing the corner of First and Morris streets.
Originally called Swinomish, the area encompassing the town was deeded in 1869 to John Conner, who in 1870 changed the town’s name to La Conner to honor his wife, Louisa Ann Conner.
First Street before 1890.
Today the Swinomish Tribal Community is on Fidalgo Island across Swinomish Channel, and La Conner is on the mainland. The two waterfront communities are connected by the iconic Rainbow Bridge. In the 1800s, the most popular mode of travel in the region was by canoe as the Skagit River delta was a marshland. These days most visitors come here by automobile or bus, though the saltwater channel is very popular with boaters for calm inside waters between Skagit and Padilla bays. In the last two years, the town has developed a waterfront boardwalk
to be finished in 2014, so visitors and residents can stroll from one end of La Conner to the other, past historic buildings that have changed very little in the last 100 years. Visitors can enjoy waterfront dining and browse through wonderfully unique shops. At the turn of the 20th Century, the town had a population of about 1,000 residents and farming, fishing and logging were its main industries. Today farming and fishing continue to be important on both sides of the channel, though La Conner is also known for it’s population of artists and writers. Many of the unique shops and galleries on First Street showcase the art produced here. The town’s unspoiled 1800s architecture, the acres of tulips that bloom every spring, nearby farms and dairies and the scenic working waterfront with tugs pulling log barges and traditional Coast Salish canoes have made La Conner your must-see destination.
La Conner Events Calendar
Throughout the year, experience the friendly small town ambiance of La Conner, with events like these held every weekend. Come by anytime, and you’re sure to find something delightful to do.
Heartwarming Winter ... January:
Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans are back! Gathering of Native Artists Exhibit – check for date
Quilt Walk - 1st through mid-October Skagit Valley Art Escape-Gallery Art Walk
Sound Rowers Open Water Race – first Saturday Annual Smelt Derby – last Saturday Annual Smelt Run – last Saturday
Quilt & Textile Festival - first weekend Skagit Valley Art Escape-Gallery Art Walk Festival of Family Farms - first weekend La Conner Boneshaker Bike Festival fourth Saturday
Imagine Spring ... March:
MoNA Style wearable art show – third Saturday StashFest – last weekend
Tulip Festival - all month long Historic Home Tour – first Saturday Tulip Frolic & Parade – second Saturday Tulip Pedal - third Saturday
Opening Day Boat Parade – first Saturday, 3pm Skagit River Poetry Festival – third weekend
MoNA Art Auction – third Saturday Rose Festival – fifth Saturday Father’s Day Boat Show - third weekend
Picture Summer ...
4th of July Parade & Picnic Skagit Artists Together Studio tour – third weekend. Details www.skagitart.com Skagit Valley Art Escape-Gallery Art Walk Pacific Northwest Polo Governor’s Cup - check dates
Pioneer Picnic – first Thursday Classic Boat & Car Show – second Saturday Skagit Valley Art Escape-Gallery Art Walk
Celebrate the Holidays With us ... November:
Art’s Alive – first weekend Chowder Cook-off – first Saturday Turkey Trot Race – Thanksgiving Day
Pancake Breakfast w/ Santa – first Saturday Holiday Craft Bazaar – first Saturday Tree Lighting with Santa – first Saturday Holiday Open Houses Lighted Boat Parade Small Town Holiday Music Concert – check for date
Call the La Conner Chamber of Commerce office at 360-466-4778 for dates and times of these special event and more.
Shop La Conner Known throughout Western Washington as the place to discover unique gifts and high quality art, a stroll along La Conner’s First Street and Morris Street offers an abundant variety of merchandise ranging from one-of-a-kind jewelry, handcrafted furniture and original works by sought-after artists
Ann Hardee Gallery 101 North First Street La Conner 360-399-1950
Featuring a charming and everchanging collection of art, accessories and hand crafted jewelry – all produced by local artists. www.annhardeegallery.com
The Artist’s Remarque 128 South First La Conner 360-466-2046
Featuring over 70 Northwest Artists! Paintings, glass raku, jewelry, kalimbas, Native Carvings...Plus now offering lovely vintage home and garden pieces. Visit our sister store, Cattails and Dragonflies down the street. www.theartistsremarque.com
Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse 185806 Best Road Mount Vernon 360-466-3821
Offering the widest selection of plants in the Northwest including, thousands of roses, rhododendrons, annuals and perennials. Visit our 1888 one-room Schoolhouse and display garden, greenhouses and resident llamas. Growing in the valley since 1946. www.ChristiansonsNursery.com
Dana Rae’s Handbags 128 South First 425-418-1910
Step into Handbag Heaven. A gallery of unique handbags, fancy hats, scarves and jewelry. Styles for the classy, sassy, country, quirky, vintage in you. We have a handle on the situation.
Earthenworks Gallery 713 South First La Conner 360-466-4422
totems, wall pieces for interior, exterior and structural use. Public and private commissions. http://kpaulcarvings.com
Maison de Kristine 109 North First La Conner 360-399-1035
121 South First Street La Conner 360-466-4446
MoNA Store offers a unique selection of glass, jewelry, ceramics, and cards all made by Northwest artists. Gift French Country Home Décor plus wrap and shipping available. Support ladies accessories and gifts for children. the local art community and shop at Located in the big red Limedock MoNA. Building. www.maisondekristine.com
One of the country’s finest, Earthenworks Gallery showcases American arts and crafts. The continual addition of new artwork offers an unparalleled selection for the discerning collector. www.earthenworksgallery.com
Mary Davis Vintage Lighting
Jennings Yarn and Needlecrafts
Vintage and custom lighting. Repair and restoration services. Antiques and gifts. All housed in the old La Conner Firehouse. www.marydavisvintagelighting.com
106 South First, PO Box 250 La Conner 360-466-3177
Museum of Northwest Art / MoNA Store
402 Morris Street La Conner 360-466-3495
605 South First La Conner 360-399-1511
Pelindaba Lavender is The Complete Lavender ExperienceTM as the premier organic grower of lavender plants, distiller of lavender essential oils and handcrafter of over 250 lavender products in the Pacific Northwest. www.pelindabalavender.com
Specializing in quality natural fibers and unique novelty yarns. Great selection of cross stitch and needlepoint, also books, buttons and a large collection of sheepthemed gifts. We mail order. Like us on Facebook. www.jenningsyarn.com
K. Paul Carvings
17544 Pioneer Parkway La Conner 360-540-3906 or 360-540-4906 Swinomish Coast Salish Master Carver Kevin Paul creates cedar carvings, masks,
The Scott Collection 512 South First Street La Conner 360-466-0428
300 Morris Street La Conner 360-466-4017
Vintage La Conner
and building. Also a member of the Tulip Festival and the home of Art in the Pickle Barn in April. www.azusafarm.com
A place for the beginning and the advanced collectors of fishing-related items, salmon or fresh water, plus decoys, maritime antiques, rods, reels and creels.
A gallery featuring the largest selection of Alaskan artist Rie Munoz works. Wild Woman prints, mugs and plates. Corinthian Chimes. Jewelry. Pottery. Saramics animal sculptures. Handpainted ornaments. www.scottcollection.com
A non-profit, unusual thrift and consignment department store run by Soroptimists of La Conner. Bargain prices and a very pleasant atmosphere create a satisfying shopping experience. www.facebook. com/VintageLaConner.
My Potlatch at the Trading Post
Near La Conner
Fifth and Morris Streets La Conner 360-466-3388
Re-Feather Your Nest 623 Morris Street La Conner 360-399-1057
Located in the old Tillinghast Building at the entrance of La Conner just after the roundabout. This unique store offers a variety of consigned furniture with new, vintage, modern and eclectic decor.
That’s Knot All! Pier 7 Mini Mall 128 South First Street La Conner 360-399-1660
A local artist’s Co-op with an ever-changing selection art offerings and gifts. Also a lovely spot where Reverend Lisa Judy can conduct weddings by the water by appointment. 360-391-1241 www.thatsknotall.com
601 First Street La Conner 360-466-2804
Offering a wide variety of unique silver, gold and gemstone jewelry at an affordable cost. Visit our locally made section or browse through handmade designer pieces from around the globe. Trumpeter Gallery - Always Something Special
Azusa Farm & Gardens 149902 State Route 20 Mount Vernon 360-424-1580
10045 S. March Point Rd. Anacortes, WA 360-293-2624
Featuring cutting edge Native American designed and handmade artwork and gift products! Conveniently located in Anacortes Washington just next to the Swinomish Casino, and is Native American family owned since 1972. Open daily Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.MyPotlatch.com
An elegant garden center for inspiration, beauty and education. Azusa offers excellent services for garden coaching and help designing
K Paul Carvings Wallets • Scarves • Hats • Jewelry Style within your grasp
CEDAR CARVINGS • MASKS TOTEMS • WALL PIECES INTERIOR, EXTERIOR & STRUCTURAL
Public and private commissions 17544 Pioneer Parkway, La Conner, WA 98257 • http://kpaulcarvings.com
Wallets • Scarves • Hats • Jewelry
Style• within your grasp within your grasp Wallets • Scarves • Style Hats Jewelry
Wallets • Scarves • Hats • Jewelry 128 S. First St. • Pier 7 Bldg. • La Conner 425-418-1910 • danaraeshandbags.com
Style within your grasp
Original Artwork Handcrafted Jewelry 101 N. First St. La Conner, WA 98257 360-399-1950 firstname.lastname@example.org
The very best in dining La Conner is famous for great places to eat. We have everything from pub food, the finest in northwest cuisine, comfort food and fresh seafood. Sit outdoors on the waterfront or nestle into a cozy booth and let us serve you.
Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage 513 South First 360-399-1804
A neighborhood gathering place specializing in a mix of hearty polish family recipes and lighter fare menu items made in-house from fresh, local ingredients. Grab & Go items available. Full bar with creative cocktails. Live music on stage. Check listings and menu at www.aneliaskitchenandstage.com
Calico Cupboard Cafe & Bakery 720 South First Street 466-4451
Award-winning specialty café and famous “made from scratch” bakery. Heart-healthy, vegetarian & glutenfree Northwest fare in a warm and charming atmosphere. Seasonal waterfront patio seating. Espresso, Northwest wines and microbrews. www.calicocupboardcafe.com
El Gitano Mexican Restaurant 215 Maple Avenue La Conner 360-466-0267
Voted best Mexican restaurant in Skagit County several years running! Famous for seafood, steaks and house
specialties. Daily lunch and dinner specials. Full service bar.
13724 La Conner Whitney Road (At Highway 20) 360-466-4411 A Skagit Valley landmark, country charm and home style cooking. Traditional turkey and pot roast dinners, yummy sandwiches and salads. Home made pies and desserts. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.
La Conner Brewing Co. 117 South First Street 360-466-1415
A unique Northwest style brew pub serving award-winning beers, woodfired pizzas and other fresh local pub food. Enjoy by the fireplace or on the garden terrace. We are family friendly. www.laconnerbrewery.com
La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib 614 South First Street 466-4014
Waterfront dining and open yearround. Voted Best Seafood Restaurant by locals. Fresh local seafood, aged steaks, chicken and pasta. We are family friendly. Wonderful waterfront deck seating. Call for reservations.
La Conner Thai Garden 508 Morris Street 466-9999
Authentic and expertly prepared Thai dishes made with the freshest vegetables, herbs, meats and seafood makes this restaurant a local favorite.
Enjoy your meal in a serene garden setting or order to take out. Family friendly.
La Traviata Ristorante Italiano 201 Morris Street 360-466-0555
Fine Italian cuisine, serving lunch and dinner daily. Happy hour menu from 2 to 5 p.m. Live music every Friday night and on the last Saturday night of every month. Full bar and extensive wine selection. www.latraviataitaliano.com
Marion’s Bistro 505 South First Street 360-399-1711
Marion’s Bistro is located in the heart of La Conner overlooking
La Conner Pub & Eatery 702 South First Street 466-9932
Beautiful waterfront dining, seasonal deck seating, families welcome! House-made clam chowder, our own beer battered fish and chips, 100% angus burgers and so much more! Full bar and craft beers. Free Wi-Fi.
Water View Balcony Dining HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri.: 3 to 6
French Inspired Cuisine Northwest Infusion
Bar open late for cocktails & small plates
505 S. First St. • La Conner
the beautiful waterfront. Our menu offers a wide variety of Frenchinspired cuisine made from scratch with local Northwest products. Join us for lunch and dinner. Happy hour Monday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m. for ½ price appetizers and craft cocktails.
116 South First Street 360-466-4261 Nell Thorn Restaurant & Pub is a jewel of Northwest dining and a local favorite. Our unique waterfront location features a local, sustainable farm to table menu, craft cocktails, fine wines & micro brews: spacious waterfront deck.
warm, intimate seating. Northwest wines, micro beers and hand-crafted cocktails. www.seedsbistro.com
Station House Restaurant & Bar 313 Morris Street 466-4488
Where the locals go for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We serve “made from scratch” comfort food with our own signature twist. Smoked Salmon Caesar, Mac N Jack Fish N Chips, Fried Blau’s Oysters, Mac N Cheese Burger and more and best clam chowder in town. Tulip Lunch Buffet 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Full Bar Extensive Wine Selection
Live music every Fri. night & last Sat. night
(360) 466-0555 201 Morris St., La Conner www.latraviataitaliano.com
WATE WATERFRONT DINING WATERFRONT DINING
Fresh Lo Servin
Fresh Local Seafood • Prime Rib
Fresh Local Serving lunch and dinner dailySeafood • Prime Rib Serving Open at 11:30 AM lunch & dinner daily Open at 11:30
Seeds Bistro & Bar 623 Morris Street 466-3280
1890’s Lounge Daily Happy Hour w/$5 Plates
Honoring our bountiful Skagit Valley featuring organically grown produce, locally caught fresh seafood, grass fed beef and free range chicken. Contemporary Northwest bistro with
614 S. First St., La Conner • 360-466-401
614 S. First St., La Conner • 360-466-4014 www.laconnerseafood.com
614 S. First St., La Conner • 360-466-4014 • www.laconnerseafood.com
Mexican Restaurant & Lounge RECOGNIZED BY NORTHWEST BEST PLACES
Mount Vernon La Conner
1125 Sunset Dr. 624 E. Fairhaven Ave. 1810 Riverside Dr. 360-755-9010 360-424-5514 360-714-1065
Saturday and Su
& EATERY, Inc.
Great Food... Great Fun!
214 Maple Ave. 360-466-0267
BEAUTIFUL WATERFRONT DINING
“Where you feel like a local!”
Seasonal Deck Seating • Families Welcome! LUNCH & DINNER DAILY SAT. & SUN. BREAKFAST: 7:00 to 10:30 AM FULL BAR / CRAFT BEERS
466-9932 • 702 S. First & St. EATERY, • La Conner, WA Inc.
702 S. First St. • Waterfront Dining
More fine dining
The Two Salmon Cafe a short drive away Swinomish Casino & Lodge Olde Towne Grainery Tea 12885 Casino Drive Anacortes Room & Galleria 100 E. Montgomery Street, 2nd Floor Mount Vernon 360-419-9090 A beautiful, relaxing tearoom and art gallery in downtown Mount Vernon. We’re not just a place for a special occasion; we are a special place for any occasion! Like us on Facebook.com/ OldeTowneGrainery
The Two Salmon Cafe located at Swinomish Casino and Lodge features an inviting menu as well as specialty buffets including the Friday Fresh and Local Seafood buffet, and Sunday Brunch.
DINE IN OR TAKE OUT M-Th: 11am-9pm, Fri.: 11am-10pm Saturday: 3-10pm & Sunday: 3-9pm
Four-Course Dinner Sunset Special - $15.95
AUTHENTIC ITALIAN RESTAURANT 360-419-0674 • www.granaio.com 100 E. Montgomery, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Il Granio Authentic Italian Restaurant
100 E. Montgomery Street Mount Vernon 360-419-0674 In downtown Mount Vernon’s Old Town Grainery building next to the train station, Milan native Alberto Candivi freshly prepares authentic Italian cuisine. Featuring local ingredients, handmade ravioli and pasta, with gluten free and vegetarian options. Accommodating large parties, quick lunches and intimate dinners.
Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner Family Restaurant • Seasonal Outdoor Seating Handcrafted Ales & Lagers 404 S. 3rd St. • Mount Vernon • 360-336-2884 www.skagitbrew.com
13 Moons Swinomish Northern Lights Casino & Lodge 12885 Casino Drive Anacortes 360-293-2691
A fine dining restaurant featuring an exhibition kitchen, spectacular patio outdoor dining with menu items and selections based on available aged meats, fresh seafood and local produce.
Skagit River Brewery 404 South Third Street Mount Vernon 360-336-2884
Open daily in historic downtown Mount Vernon. We offer wood-fired pizza, barbecue and pub fare. Family dining, seasonal outdoor seating and, of course, handcrafted ales and lagers! www.skagitbrew.com
100 E. Montgomery St., 2nd Floor Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/OldeTownGrainery Tea room hours: 11 AM - 4 PM Wed.-Sat. Galleria hours: 10 AM - 5 PM Wed.-Sat.
Where to stay The choices of overnight accommodations in La Conner include a historic 19th Century hotel, a cozy bed and breakfast and secluded hideaways. Nestle into a little cottage or luxuriate in a modern inn with a spa, you are sure to have a unique experience and the very best customer service. Rates Rooms Breakfast Microwave Refrigrator Internet Hotel Planter 715 South First La Conner 360-466-4710 800-488-5409 www.HotelPlanter.com
$99 to $169
Estep Residences La Conner 710 S. 1st St. 360-466-2116 www.estep-properties.com
$165 to $240
The Armstrong House 12757 Chilberg Road La Conner 360-466-4578 www.thearmstronghouse.com
Pool Pets OK? Discounts
Center of town
$130 to $150
yes, one pet friendly room
Private courtyard. off season Suite/w Jaccuzi. rates Coffee & tea in lobby. Stair access only.
Hideaways in the heart of the downtown waterfront. No wheelchair access Turn of the Century farmhouse, cozy public areas, lovely views. No wheelchair access.
Skagit Bay Hideaway 17430 Goldenview Ave La Conner 360-466-2262 888-466-2262 www.skagitbay.com
$179 to 2 $199 suites
The Point House - Beach House 9923 Pull & Be Damned Point La Conner 425-444-6492 www.ThePointHouseLaConner.com
$210 to $250
Week & Stays
AAA/AARP Centrally located off I-5, studio suites, business center and meeting rooms.
La Conner Country Inn 107 S. Second $89 to La Conner $219 360-466-3101 888-466-4113 Hampton Inn & Suites 1860 South Burlington Boulevard $99 to Burlington $179 360-757-7100 800-HAMPTON www.BurlingtonSuites.HamptonInn.com Swinomish Casino and Lodge 12885 Casino Drive $99 to Anacortes $399 360-588-3800 855-794-6563
Separate suites, hot tub w/ fireplace, views of the bay. No wheelchair access.
yes ADA accessible pool and hot tub no
On water. Beach access. Cozy fireplace & amazing views. No wheelchair access. In the heart of town, all rooms with gas fireplaces. Spa services.
Located on the waterâ€™s edge with views of Mt. Baker and the San Juans
Camping Guide Whether you have a tent or an RV or prefer to stay in a well appointed cabin, our campgrounds offer the perfect balance of nature and comfort.
Rates La Conner Thousand Trails 16362 Snee-Oosh Road $35 to $45 La Conner 866-309-1036 Potlatch Resort 420 Pearl Jensen Way $35 La Conner 360-466-4468 ext 107 800-445-9519 ext 107 Swinomish Casino and Lodge 12885 Casino Drive Anacortes 360-588-3800 855-794-6563
Cabins Tent sites RV sites Showers Water Electricity Pool Internet Store BBQ Discount Views Pets 4
$27 to $35
Hot In lodge yes tub
AAA Sam’s Club
yes ROD, RPI AOR
Waterfront yes Mtns
Remarks Cabins with kitchenettes. Wheelchair accessible Also cabin rentals. laundry facilities, excercise equipment, oversize sauna. On the water’s edge with views of Mount Baker.
Estep Residences Located in the heart of downtown La Conner and overlooking the picturesque Swinomish Channel. Enjoy a weekend refuge in one of Estep’s beautiful, fully equipped, and private residential nightly rentals.
www.estep-properties.com • 360-466-2116
A rmstrong Armstrong House House Bed & Breakfast
La Conner RV Resort & Campground 16362 Snee Oosh Road La Conner, WA 98257
Bed & Breakfast
Just ¾ mile from downtown LaConner midway Seattle / Vancouver . Just 1/4between mile from downtown LaBC Conner Farm & mountain views from every room. midwaybreakfast! between Seattle / Vancouver BC. Delicious
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Farm & mountain views from every room. Delicious(360) breakfast! 466-4578
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Swinomish Indian Tribal Community La Conner’s first residents were the Coast Salish people who occupied this region for thousands of years. Today, 900 of their descendants make their homes on the Swinomish Reservation directly across the channel from town. Since the arrival of the first non-Native settlers in the 1860s, Swinomish and the town have been closely linked and the Rainbow Bridge south of town physically connects the two communities. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is an integral part of La Conner both culturally and in providing many programs that help local residents and children.
A mini-store at the Village Chevron Station carries Native Catch brand locally caught salmon, processed right here at the Swinomish Fish Company. Last year Swinomish Tribal Chairman Brian Cladoosby put La Conner in the national spotlight when he was elected to serve as the 21st President of the National Congress of American Indians – one of the most influential political groups in the United States. Swinomish Tribal Chairman Brian Cladoosby photo by Suzanne Fogarty
The three pavilions in the tribe’s beautiful Swadabs Park, on the waterfront west of La Conner, were constructed in 2011 to resemble the traditional cedar hats worn by the indigenous people of the Northwest; interpretive panels there line a walking path and tell more of the Swinomish story. Swinomish operates several businesses, including the Swinomish Casino and Resort.
Fish Company, photo by Heather Mills Images courtesy of Swinomish Tribal Archive.
Swinomish Northern Lights Chevron SPECIALTY LIQUOR STORE FINE CIGARS • DISCOUNT TOBACCO GROCERIES • SOUVENIRS CHEVRON FUEL • PROPANE BIG RIG FRIENDLY • DIESEL
Open all holidays - 24 hours
12939 Casino Drive • Anacortes, WA 360-299-2394
Swinomish Village Chevron DISCOUNT TOBACCO GROCERIES CHEVRON FUEL BIG RIG FRIENDLY • DIESEL
Pumps open 24 hours 6 AM to 10 PM
17599 Front St. • La Conner, WA 360-466-3001 14
We have what you need Looking for groceries? A massage? Medical attention? Gasoline? A photographer? Or maybe you like it here so much it’s time to talk to a realtor. Find it all right here in La Conner. Groceries
The Walk-in Clinic at Island Hospital
416 East Morris La Conner 360-466-0188
We are La Conner’s full-service Supermarket. DVD rentals, Books & Magazines, Beer, Wine, Liquor & Ice. Full-service Bakery, Deli, Meat Department & Produce. Hardware, Toiletries & more. You need it, we’ve got it!
Gas & Groceries
Swinomish Village Chevron 17599 Front Street La Conner (in Swinomish Village) 360-466-3001
La Conner’s newest gas station featuring Chevron fuel including diesel and a convenience store offering groceries and discount tobacco. Big rig friendly!
Swinomish Northern Lights Chevron 12939 Casino Drive Anacortes 360-229-2394
A big rig friendly full service gas station with Chevron fuel, propane, diesel and liquor store, discount tobacco, cigars, groceries and souvenirs.
2511 M Avenue, Suite B Anacortes 360-299-4211
High-quality medical care ... now! Anyone who needs medical care immediately can now literally walk in for care, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The Walk-in Clinic at Island Hospital, located in Anacortes Family Medicine, is available for those whose regular healthcare provider is not accessible or for those visiting or new to the area.
Swinomish Northern Lights Casino & Lodge 12885 Casino Drive Anacortes 360-293-2691
Swinomish Casino and Lodge features unparalleled Las Vegas style casino action, including Slots, Blackjack, Pai Gow, Roulette, Craps, Keno and Bingo. Stop by and play! Remember to join the most rewarding Player’s Club.
Anita Hilde Lang
360-333-1232 Shorebird Properties, Inc. “For a wonderful place to live!”– Call Anita! Buyers & Sellers have trusted me for 20 years – I know Skagit County well, with an emphasis on the LaConner, Shelter Bay & Anacortes areas. Residential, condos, acreage,
building lots, waterfront – all part of my real estate expertise. I’ve lived in Shelter Bay for 34+ years. Let me help you! www. anitahildelang.com. Email email@example.com
La Conner Realty 615 Morris Street La Conner 360-770-1516
More than 125 years of experience in local real estate. Trust the experts for waterfront properties, farms and homes in the La Conner and Shelter Bay and Hope Island areas. We live here! www.laconnerrealty.com
Shorebird Properties 199 Maple Avenue La Conner 360-466-4475 360-630-4177 For expert real estate services call Shorebird and ask for Ray Taipale, managing broker, licensed appraiser and a certified forester. More than 30 years experience with the most scenic waterfront and timberland properties in Skagit County.
La Conner’s Only Department Store
A Very Good Place To Shop for Bargains
Local Soroptimist non-profit thrift and consignment store. Gently used clothing, home furnishings, kitchenware, books, audio & video entertainment, linens, decorative items and much more! www.Facebook.com/VintageLaConner
All donors & shoppers help provide needed services to our community.
301 Morris • (360) 466-4017 Tues.-Sun.: 11 to 5
Full Service Supermarket FRESH PRODUCE MEAT BAKERY/DELI
You need it, we’ve got it! 416 E. Morris • La Conner • 360-466-0188
Feasts for the mind
La Conner is home to an art school and four museums that preserve the local and regional history as well as honor the town’s legacy as an established artist community. See them all to experience the rich culture and creativity of our people.
Gail Harker Center for La Conner Quilt & Creative Arts Textile Museum 12636 Chilberg Road La Conner 360-466-0110
The Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts offers certificate and diploma programs in art, design and stitch, as well as short special interest courses throughout the year. The Center also offers online courses: www.gailcreativestudies. com
La Conner Fire Museum First Street
La Conner’s Volunteer Fire Department maintains a walkby museum right downtown on South First Street. On display is some of the historic town’s earliest firefighting equipment. Free
703 Second Street 466-4288 Located in the historic 1891 Gaches Mansion, this museum features local, national and international quilts and textiles. New exhibits every three months, along with selections from the permanent collection, range from traditional to contemporary. www. laconnerquilts.com. Admission $7; kids under 12 free.
Skagit Artists Together 11th Annual Studio Tour July 19 & 20, 2014
Many of your favorite Northwest artists will open their Skagit Valley studios to the public from
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the tour. Mediums include Painting, Photography, Graphics, Pottery, Ceramics, Wood Crafts, Collage, Glass, Textile, and more! For details and a map of studio locations visit www.skagitart.com
The Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) 121 South First Street La Conner 360-466-4446
MoNA is in the heart of downtown La Conner and offers Northwest Art Exhibits, Youth & Adult Art Classes, Book Group, Workshops, Yoga, and more throughout the year. Admission is free
IMAGINE YOURSELF at MoNA ACTIVITIES Northwest Art Exhibits Youth & Adult Art Classes Book Group Workshops Yoga + Store featuring unique gifts by local artists
Return for that special day! Just over an hour from Seattle, La Conner offers the best in unique and surprisingly affordable venues for memorable weddings, family reunions, quinceañeras and other special occasions. Your guests will want to stay and enjoy everything the town has to offer!
La Conner Civic Garden Club 622 South Second 360-466-3125
An historic gem owned by the Town of La Conner, the Garden Club was built in 1900 on the hill overlooking the channel. It is perfect for weddings, family parties and meetings in a cozy, vintage setting. Outside is the beautiful butterfly garden overlooking the town and channel.
Owned by the Town of La Conner, Maple Hall is a beautiful building situated along the waterfront in the heart of town and is ideal for conferences with its large auditorium and stage and meeting rooms upstairs and downstairs, a full kitchen and outdoor patios.
Located on a wooded hill overlooking Swinomish Channel, the park is a popular place for weddings and family reunions. Its amenities include a covered area with cooking facilities, a fireplace, tables and benches, an outdoor BBQ, restrooms and a bandstand nestled in a natural amphitheater.
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315 Morris St. La Conner, WA
South end of town 360-466-3125
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Especially for boaters La Conner is a waterfront town that caters to boaters. The Swinomish Channel offers spectacular views and safe “inside” passage to the San Juan Islands. There are marinas, public moorage on the water side of several restaurants and shops as well as a fuel dock and marine repair services, yacht brokers, boat builders and a historic tugboat operator.
Beck & Call Marine Concierge PO Box 642 La Conner 360-421-4325
All you need to do is “Step Aboard & Enjoy”! At you beck & call for transportation, boat provisioning, interior cleaning, errands and shopping. Whatever you don’t have the time, energy or desire to do. Email beckncallmarine@ yahoo.com
Boater’s Discount Center 601 Dunlap St. La Conner 360-466-3540
Everything for your boat including hardware, parts, gifts for the mariner and fishing licenses. Family owned for 25 years.
LA CONNER MARINA
Your Premier Destination on the Swinomish Channel
La Conner Marina
La Conner Yacht Sales
613 North Second Street 466-3118
Owned and operated by the Port of Skagit, La Conner Marina is an easy two-hour cruise into the San Juan Islands. It features covered moorage, open slips and dock space for overnight guest moorage with laundry facilities and showers on shore. www. portofskagit.com/la-connermarina
Town of La Conner
204 Douglas Street 360-466-3125 The town provides a public boat launch with plenty of trailer parking at the end of Sherman Street on the south end of town. Also, the town has several guest docks on the downtown waterfront, where boaters can tie up while they visit stores and restaurants.
611 Dunlap Street 360-466-3300 or 800-232-8879
Simply selling yachts since 1971. Consignment powerboats. Certified professional yacht brokers. We are in the La Conner Marina! All our listings are here in the area! Website: www. laconneryachtsales.com. Email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Our full-service marina is walking distance from great dining and shopping in historic downtown La Conner, WA. Gift bags and courtesy shuttle for guests! The Swinomish Channel is your safe and comfortable route to the San Juan Islands. 360-466-3118 • VHF 66A www.portofskagit.com/la-conner-marina August 9, 2014 Years of Service
Open: Thurs.-Sun., 11 to 5 5th & Morris St., La Conner
• Nursery plants and garden supplies • Garden coaching and landscape design/build • Potted arrangements, floral & gift shop 360-424-1580 • 14904 State Route 20 • Mount Vernon, WA 98273 5 miles west of I-5, entrance on eastbround SR 20
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· Swinomish Callaway Perfomance Center
· Smoke-Free Luxury Lodge – AAA Three Diamond Hotel Rating
· Convention and Meeting Space
· 13moons-Fine Dining Restaurant
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While you’re in the neighborhood ... Town attractions: Playground for tots: Let the kids run off some of their energy at the playground near the town parking lot on South Third. Nearby is the Magnus Anderson log cabin, which kids love to explore. Skate Park: One of the Western Washington’s best venue for older kids and “skaters” is the town’s Skateboard Park at the north end of 6th Street. Pioneer Park: La Conner’s beautiful hidden gem. Follow Maple Avenue to find the entrance just before Rainbow Bridge. A perfect spot for a tranquil picnic. Also it contains well-maintained hiking trails offering spectacular water and mountain views. At the west side of the park, behind the bandstand there are stairs leading to a new, grassy, waterfront park the town is developing.
Or take a drive: Birds: Go out to Fir Island toward Conway just about anytime between November and April and see flocks of Snow Geese, Tundra Swans and Trumpeter Swans that come here to winter. See shore birds year-round at the Padilla Bay Reserve; to get there go north on La Conner Whitney Road straight across Highway 20 and follow Edison Bayview Road to the reserve.
Be sure and look up, bald eagles perch on pier pilings and in trees throughout the region. Tulips and Daffodils: All month long in April tulip fields are in bloom. Pick up a tulip map at a Rotary Club tulip booth or at the Chamber of Commerce office on Morris Street. Deception Pass: Drive out to Highway 20 and go west and follow the sign to Oak Harbor. The Deception Pass bridge offers breathtaking views you won’t want to miss. Enjoy the beaches at the state parks just past the bridge. Tommy Thompson Trail: Find a trailhead off Highway 20, toward Anacortes, at the Fidalgo Bay Resort RV Park. The 3-mile hike includes a stretch across an old railroad trestle that spans Fidlago Bay. Farms: Hedlin Family Farm with fresh organic produce is at the entrance to La Conner. Drive through the valley and see organic dairies, shellfish farms, orchards and more.
Published on Oct 14, 2014
Everything you need to plan your visit to the historic waterfront town, including a lodging guide, places to dine and descriptions of what's...