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MOUNT VERNON • ANACORTES • BURLINGTON • LA CONNER • SEDRO-WOOLLEY

SKAGIT COUNTY CONCRETE • CONWAY • BOW-EDISON • NORTH CASCADES • DECEPTION PASS

Visitors and Newcomers Guide to a Special Corner of NW Washington

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I nside Welcome.................................5

Transportation.................38-39

Mount Vernon..................53-57

Farm & Fields.......................6-7

Padilla Bay Map....................40

Mount Vernon Map........54-55

Tulip Festival......................8-10

Padilla Bay............................41

Clear Lake, Big Lake.............58

Tulip Festival Map...............10

La Conner........................42-46

Clear Lake, Big Lake Map...59

Display Gardens....................12

La Conner Map...................45

Sedro-Woolley.................60-63

Wineries...........................13-15

Conway, Fir Island Map.........46

Sedro-Woolley Map............62

Breweries..............................16

Conway, Fir Island.................47

Upper Skagit....................64-67

Recreation........................17-25

Burlington........................48-52

Upper Skagit Map..........66-67

Events Calendar...............26-29

Burlington Map..............50-51

Skagit County Today........68-69

Anacortes.........................30-35

Tribes....................................70

Anacortes Map..............34-35

Entertainment..................72-73

Guemes Island Map..............36

Advertising Directory............74

Guemes Island......................37

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W elcome to Skagit County The inhabitants of Skagit County are as eclectic as its topography and climate. That can only be expected for a place that features mountains to sea and everything in between, including miles and miles of farm fields.

or rural retreats, and give yourself time to shop, particularly on the main streets that hold the special flavor unique to each town. Art galleries and museums invite visitors who can then find pubs, breweries, wineries and bistros for a chance to relax. The restaurant choices are diverse and plentiful, and entertainment ranges from active playtime at two local casinos to the enjoyment of theater and live music at various venues. Skagit County is world-famous for tulips Whether descendants of the original and the annual Tulip Festival. March and tribes or the loggers, fishermen and farmApril are usually the best months to catch ers who came later to settle in the West, the rainbow of colors produced by dafthe people living here now are as diverse as ever, though they share a general agree- fodils, tulips and irises, though Mother Nature has the last word on timing. ment that this northwest corner of U.S. The temperate climate, ample rainfall mainland is a special place. and fertile soil combine to make agriculThe county stretches from saltwater beaches on the Salish Sea to snow-capped ture the top industry. These are still family farms, run by longtime residents with their Cascade peaks. Its namesake, the Skagit own deep roots in the community. River, runs through the region and has Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries defined it for centuries. in summer are followed by fall’s apples, Skagit County’s location between Seattle to the south, Vancouver, British Colum- pumpkins and an invitation to visit a host of family farms during October’s Festival bia, to the north, the San Juan Islands to the west and the North Cascades National of Family Farms. In winter, nature lovers and bird-watchPark to the east makes it a great place to ers enjoy the annual visit of snow geese live, work and play. The great outdoors and trumpeter swans that fill the skies and await, no matter the season, for hiking, fishing, boating, whale watching or cycling fields as they overwinter here from colder climates. Those who venture east to the through the Skagit Flats. The artistic coastal communities of Ana- upper Skagit River in December and January can see bald eagles gathering to dine cortes, La Conner or Edison complement on chum salmon. the history-rich burgs of Mount Vernon Skagit County offers something special and Sedro-Woolley and the bustling pace every season for visitors and residents of commerce-focused Burlington. Check into one of our hotels, quaint inns alike.

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F arm & Fields

The Skagit Valley is recognized as one of the most important agricultural valleys remaining in Puget Sound. Farming has been the foundation of the valley’s identity since the arrival of non-native settlers in the mid-1800s. In 2016, local farmers produced about $274 million worth of crops, livestock and dairy products on about 100,000 acres of land that have been made rich from glacial deposits, volcanic material and sediment delivered by the Skagit River into the delta. The industry is helped along by the area’s weather. There are 230 growing days a year in the lower valley and 200 in the upper valley. Peas were once the top crop in the valley, but now at the top of the list are potatoes, vegetable seeds, cucumbers, flower bulbs and small fruits. Tulips, which are grown on about 500 acres, account for about 75 percent of the commercial production in the United States, while the valley is the major producer of cabbage, table beet and spinach seeds for the world. Organic farming continues to become more popular. 6 SKAGIT COUNTY Visitors & Newcomers Guide

In 2016, the valley had 55 organic producers working 7,844 acres. Their crops were worth $21.4 million. As you drive through the Skagit Valley, tune your car radio to 1630 AM and learn why local farmers call this fertile valley the “Magic Skagit.” “InFARMation” is a collaborative project made possible by Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland, Skagit Valley College Radio Station KVSR 91.7 FM, the state Department of Transportation, Leadership Skagit, the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, the Washington State University Skagit County Extension and volunteer announcers. Meanwhile, “Talking Fields” is a self-guided tour that will take you around the Skagit Valley, from the dike and drainage infrastructure to the farms and fields. The 10-stop tour goes from Taylor Shellfish Farms at the north end of the valley to the state Department of Fish & Wildlife goose reserve at the south end. Each Talking Field site has a unique QR code. Check it out at talkingfields.org. Talking Fields is the brainchild of Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland, a group that has worked since 1989 to preserve the area’s agriculture and its economic vitality. Farmers markets are one of the ways smaller farms and backyard gardeners can introduce consumers directly to their products and increase access to local foods while supporting sustainable food systems. They start opening in May, and many run through midOctober, with the fresh produce reflecting the seasons. Most of the markets have food and entertainment and have become community gathering spots. skagitvisitor.com


F arm & Fields FESTIVAL OF FAMILY FARMS The annual Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms, which will be held Oct. 6-7, offers visitors a glimpse into farm life. Meet with farmers and see firsthand how much time and energy goes into running a farm — from feeding animals to growing produce — as you tour a variety of farm operations. The event features educational exhibits, gardening demonstrations, free samples and plenty of activities for children. festivaloffamilyfarms.com or 360-421-4729

MARBLEMOUNT COMMUNITY MARKET

w 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, May 5 to Oct. 27 w Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. w Charity Payne, info@anacortes farmersmarket.org w anacortesfarmersmarket.org

w Noon to 4 p.m. second Sunday of each month, June to September w Marblemount Community Hall, milepost 106.2 Highway 20 w 360-873-2323 w marblemountcommunityhall.org/ events.html

BOW LITTLE MARKET w 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, June to September w Samish Bay Cheese, 15115 Bow Hill Road w Jeronimo Squires 360-610-6378, bowlittlemarket@yahoo.com w bowlittlemarket.com

CONCRETE SATURDAY MARKET w 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, late May to early September w Concrete Community Center, 45821 Railroad St. w concretesaturdaymarket1@gmail. com

Edison Farmers Market w 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, May 13 to Oct. 28 w Edison Granary, 14136 Gilmore Ave. w Blake Vanfield and Angela Sullivan 360-328-9458, eidsonfarmersmarket@gmail.com w edisonfarmersmarket.org

ISLAND HOSPITAL FARM STAND w 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, mid-June to mid-September w Island Hospital rose garden courtyard, 1211 24th St., Anacortes w Suzie DuPuis, 360-299-1300, ext. 2567, sdupuis@islandhospital.org skagitvisitor.com

Organics • Vegetables Baked Goods • Honey Fresh Meat • Dairy • Eggs Art • Live Music • Community

MOUNT VERNON FARMERS MARKET w 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, May 19 to Oct. 13 w Downtown Mount Vernon Riverwalk Plaza w Shawna Mengle, 360-540-4066, mountvernonfarmersmarket@hotmail. com w mountvernonfarmersmarket.org

MOUNT VERNON WEDNESDAY MARKET w 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6 to Sept. 26 w Skagit Valley Hospital, 1415 Kincaid St. w Shawna Mengle, 360-540-4066, mountvernonfarmersmarket@hotmail. com w mountvernonfarmersmarket.org

SEDRO-WOOLLEY FARMERS MARKET w 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, late May to mid-October w Hammer Heritage Square, Ferry and Metcalf streets w Jeremy Kindlund, 360-202-0446, sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket@gmail. com w sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com

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November 17 & 18 At The Port 100 Commercial Ave., Anacortes

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T ulip Festival For more than 30 years, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, which runs the entire month of April, has celebrated the jewels of the valley with a full lineup of events and plenty of tulip-viewing opportunities. The festival is one of the biggest events in the region, attracting an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 visitors from throughout the world. Visitors are treated to 400 to 700 acres (the amount and exact time depends on Mother Nature) of tulips of all colors and varieties, grown by the Roozens of RoozenGaarde and the DeGoedes of Tulip Town. The 2018 festival poster was unveiled in November. The art on the yearly poster is used for all kinds of festival-related materials, including posters, mugs, shirts and more.

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Agricultural and retail businesses open their doors to showcase their products — everything from wine and oysters to cheese and chocolate — and artists use the colorful blooms for their inspirations during several large-scale, tulip-themed art shows. Visitors can enjoy walking through the 3-plus acres of display gardens planted with a quarter of a million tulip bulbs at RoozenGaarde or Tulip Town, and then enjoy the numerous activities that take place in the Skagit Valley during the festival. Events during the festival include the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue, served daily at Hillcrest Park in Mount Vernon; the Tulip Festival Street Fair in downtown Mount Vernon, which features live music and dozens of food and craft vendors; the Tulip Run; the Tulip Pedal (20-, 40- or 60-mile bicycle rides); the Tulip Frolic of entertainment and kids activities in La Conner; and the World’s Largest Garage Sale at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon. Anacortes hosts a quilt walk, art show and wine festival while Sedro-Woolley offers Woodfest with chain saw carving demonstrations. Many events are free; others charge admission. More info: tulipfestival.org or 360-428-5959

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T ulip Festival SKAGIT VALLEY BULB FARM’S TULIP TOWN

w 5002 Bradshaw Road, west of Mount Vernon w tuliptown.com or 360-424-8152 Walk through tulip fields or view them from a trolley in April. Enjoy Northwest art, children’s activities, gift shops, an indoor flower and garden show, an espresso bar and the Tulip Town Cafe. Take a tour of Tulip Town’s International Tulip Peace Garden to find out how the tulip became the world peace flower. The site offers a gift shop, where bulbs may be ordered for fall planting.

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2018 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival artist Melissa Jander

w 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, west of Mount Vernon w tulips.com or 360-424-8531

Three acres of tulips are on display here throughout April during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The site offers a gift shop, picnic areas, food, espresso and restrooms, and bulbs can be purchased on-site for later delivery. RoozenGaarde is open all year. Visitors can purchase potted tulips, daffodils and hyacinths in the winter and spring; lilies and irises through the summer and fall; or fresh flowers year-round.

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division of Washington Bulb Co., Inc and the largest grower of tulip, daffodil, and iris bulbs in the United States. In addition to over 1000

acres of flower fields, we also grow fresh cut flowers

year round in our 16 acres of greenhouse space.

Surrounded by hundreds of acres of tulips, daffodils and iris, our garden bursts with color each Spring during the world-renowned Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

We offer a unique mix of fresh cut flowers, bulbs, home decor, and garden accessories.

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Over ¼ million bulbs burst into bloom in our beautiful display garden creating a spectacular presentation of natural beauty and color!

The garden is filled with dahlias, lilies, snapdragons, geraniums, marigolds, and more! A perfect location for summer weddings, parties, or simply a family picnic.

Our gift shop is filled with the largest and best quality bulbs, while our employees are full of planting and growing advice! Visit us during the Festival of Family Farms or drop in for one of our FREE weekend bulb planting seminars.

Stop by in Winter to purchase fresh cut tulips, direct from the farm! Our shop will be decorated for the holidays, with a nice assortment of unique gifts for the home and garden.

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D isplay Gardens AZUSA FARM & GARDENS w 14904 Highway 20, west of Mount Vernon and Burlington w azusafarm.com, 360-424-1580

This flower farm has a large collection of shrubs and flowering plants and features a full-service garden center. Named after the ancient Japanese azusa tree, which provides the most sought-after wood for archery bowmaking, Azusa focuses on making its garden feel elegant and harmonious. Azusa offers themed display gardens, occasional garden walks and workshops.

CHRISTIANSON’S NURSERY w 15806 Best Road, west of Mount Vernon w christiansonsnursery.com, 360-466-3821

WSU DISPLAY GARDENS

Patrons of the nursery will find useful and beautiful outdoor and indoor plants and flowers, including many roses and rhododendrons. Seasonal tours of the 7-acre garden site offer visitors a look at common and uncommon plants. In addition to display gardens, the property features a one-room schoolhouse built in 1888. Bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic at the scenic schoolhouse grounds during the warmer months. Gardening workshops are held in the schoolhouse during the growing season.

Visitors can see the best of Northwest flora in three entrance gardens, take a calming stroll through the Naturescape and Japanese gardens and explore several sections specializing in ground covers, heathers, irises, fuchsias, herbs, vegetables, berries and more. Discovery Garden: With more than Gardens are open from dawn to two dozen gardens showcasing hundusk seven days a week. Call ahead dreds of species of plants, the Washing- to find out about classes taught by the ton State University Discovery Garden garden’s keepers, the Skagit County has something for everyone. Master Gardeners. Located amidst the agricultural Washington Native Plant Society test fields of the WSU Mount Vernon Garden: The garden, which is a colNorthwest Washington Research and laboration between the Salal Chapter Extension Center in the fertile Skagit of the Washington Native Plant Society Valley, the gardens provide inspiration and the WSU Research and Extension and instruction for the experienced Center, provides a resource for gardengrower and fledgling hobbyist alike. ers seeking to learn how to incorporate native plants into landscaping. Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation Garden: Visitors can view fruit varieties and growing methods in the 6-acre fruit garden, which includes signage to help visitors learn more about the fruit. w 16650 Highway 536, west of Mount Vernon w extension.wsu.edu/skagit/mg/ discovery-garden, mtvernon.wsu.edu/ volunteer-gardens, 360-428-4270, ext. 227

SKAGIT VALLEY GARDENS

w 18923 Peter Johnson Road, Mount Vernon w skagitvalleygardens.com, 360-424-6760 christiansonsnursery.com • Open Daily Skagit’s Best 2017

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Established in 1982, the garden includes 25 picturesque acres along Interstate 5 where visitors can browse dahlia beds, retail greenhouses and groves of trees. A gift store and the Garden Cafe also are on site. skagitvisitor.com


W ineries Skagit County wineries produce some of the finest wines in the region. While Skagit’s winemakers often import grapes from Eastern Washington growers, many have begun growing estate varieties in Skagit soil. White wine grapes such as madeleine angevine and siegerrebe are known to grow well in Skagit’s mild climate, while pinot noir grapes are being grown at an increasing number of area vineyards. The local wine industry, which began in 1995 when Pasek Cellars Winery opened in Mount Vernon, has grown to include a variety of wineries from Fir Island to Rockport.

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W ineries

BERTELSEN WINERY

w 20598 Starbird Road, Mount Vernon w bertelsenwinery.com, 360-445-2300

Hours: Open for tastings 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Profile: This family-owned winery just off Interstate 5 near Conway opened in 2014. It offers a range of reds and whites and sources grapes from five Eastern Washington regions. The winery also features an event center, “The Vine,” where it hosts concerts, weddings and private events for up to 200 people.

CARPENTER CREEK WINERY w 20376 E. Hickox Road, Mount Vernon w carpentercreek.com, 360-708-0700

Hours: Open for tastings 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Profile: Carpenter Creek started producing handcrafted wine from its almost 8 acres of land near the Skagit River in 2001. The family-owned winery sources grapes from Eastern Washington and has estate vineyards of siegerrebe and pinot noir.

EAGLE HAVEN WINERY

w 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley w eaglehavenwinery.com, 360-856-6248

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Profile: Since 2004, Eagle Haven has offered a range of reds and whites along with fruit wine. An adjoining 40-acre apple orchard produces fruit for cider. The winery features a tasting room, wine garden and a wooden pavilion, where it hosts concerts. The pavilion also can be booked for private events.

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GLACIER PEAK WINERY

w 58575 Highway 20, Rockport w glacierpeakwines.com, 360-873-4073 w Mount Vernon Tasting Room 13821 Best Road w 360-419-9017

Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. daily, except in winter when they’re open Thursday through Sunday. Profile: Established in 2002, Glacier Peak Winery produces estate wines, including pinot noir, agria and siegerrebe, as well as wines made from fruit sourced from Eastern Washington. The winery offers two tasting rooms, one in Rockport and one in Mount Vernon. Local cheeses, olive oils and Acme ice cream are also available. Groups of six or more are encouraged to call ahead.

PASEK CELLARS

w 18729 Fir Island Road, Mount Vernon w pasekcellars.com, 360-445-4048

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Profile: Pasek Cellars began in 1995, with a tasting room opening on Mount Vernon’s First Street just two years later. As production grew, the winery was moved to a larger facility. The tasting room is located in Conway’s red Skagit Barn. Well-known for its cranberry wine, Pasek Cellars produces a range of fruit wines, from blackberry to passionfruit.

SKAGIT CELLARS

w 106 First St. Suite G, La Conner w skagitcellars.com, 360-708-2801

Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Profile: In 2008, winemaker Mark Hulst started making wine in his garage. That hobby evolved into a passion, and Skagit Cellars was born. Wines are produced using grapes from Eastern Washington. skagitvisitor.com


W ineries TULIP VALLEY VINEYARD & ORCHARD w 16163 Highway 536, Mount Vernon w tulipvalley.net, 360-428-6894

Hours: February-March open noon to 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; April open weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; May-October open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday; November-January open noon to 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Profile: This family-owned winery produces handcrafted red and white table wines made from Eastern Washington grapes and is home to Burro Loco Ciders made from locally grown apples. The tasting room, which opened in 2002 in a dairy barn, is surrounded by pinot noir grapes and apple orchards.

SKAGIT CREST VINEYARD & WINERY w 105 N. First St., Suite 1, La Conner w skagitcrest.com, 360-333-9819

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Profile: This small family-owned winery has a tasting room in La Conner north of Gilkey Square on the boardwalk. Most of the wines are produced using estategrown grapes from a 6-acre vineyard in Sedro-Woolley. The owners believe wine is about “time, place and cir-

WINE EVENTS ANACORTES SPRING WINE FESTIVAL

w anacortes.org, 360-293-7911 The annual festival features 30 wineries from throughout the state and tasty bites from local restaurants. The event is held April 7 at the Port of Anacortes warehouse overlooking the Guemes Channel at the north end of Commercial Avenue.

SKAGIT WINE & BEER FESTIVAL

w skagitwineandbeerfestival.com or mountvernonchamber.com, 360-428-8547 The annual event features Washington wineries and breweries, food from Skagit County restaurants and cheese and chocolate samplings. The event is held Nov. 17 at Eaglemont, an 18-hole golf course and event venue in Mount Vernon.

cumstance.” Head winemaker and vineyard manager Chuck Jackson has been making wine since 1978. Wines range from pinot gris to cabernet sauvignon.

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B reweries ANACORTES BREWERYROCKFISH GRILL

CHUCKANUT BREWERYSOUTH NUT TAPROOM

LA CONNER BREWING COMPANY

w 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes w 360-588-1720 w anacortesrockfish.com

w 11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington w 360-752-3377 w chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com/ south-nut

w 117 S. First St., La Conner w 360-466-1415 w laconnerbrewery.com

BASTION BREWING CO. w 12529 Christianson Road, Anacortes w 360-399-1614 w bastionbrewery.com

BIRDSVIEW BREWING COMPANY w 38302 Highway 20, Concrete w 360-826-3406 w birdsviewbrewingcompany.com

FARMSTRONG BREWING CO.

NORTH SOUND BREWING COMPANY w 17406 Highway 536, Unit A, Mount Vernon w 360-982-2057 w northsoundbrewing.com

w 110 Stewart Road, Mount Vernon w 360-873-8852 w farmstrongbrewing.com

SKAGIT RIVER BREWERY

FLYERS RESTAURANT & BREWHOUSE

w 404 S. Third St., Mount Vernon w 360-336-2884 w skagitbrew.com

w 15426 Suite B Airport Drive, Burlington w 360-899-1025 w eatatflyers.com

BEER EVENTS BIER ON THE PIER

w anacortes.org/bier-on-the-

pier, 360-293-7911

This two-day event is held Oct. 5-6 at the Historic Port Warehouse in Anacortes. Enjoy tastings from regional breweries and cideries as well as food and music.

BREW ON THE SLOUGH Cook Road Shell

Sunday Brunch Free Meeting Room Groups/Parties/Business Outdoor Dining too! 9394 Old Hwy 99 N Rd Burlington WA 98233 360-757-9097

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Diesel • Gas • Carwash Deli • Groceries Air/Water • RV Dump Over 400 Micro Beers Growlers/Kegs ATM Machine • Propane Pacific Pride Fueling

BREWFEST ON THE SKAGIT w lincolntheatre.org, 360-336-8955 The Lincoln Theatre presents its annual craft beer festival Aug. 11 at Skagit Riverwalk Park in downtown Mount Vernon. The event includes dozens of craft brews, live music, games and food trucks.

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w lovelaconner.com, 360-466-4778 Held Oct. 20 at Maple Hall in scenic La Conner, this event features 10 breweries and multiple food vendors.

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R ecreation

Skagit Valley offers a wealth of recreational opportunities and scenery that are unique to this part of the world.

How about casting a line into the salty waters of Puget Sound or one of the county’s many freshwater rivers teeming with steelhead and salmon? Or chartering a whale-watching trip and seeing orcas in their natural surroundings?

Everything from traveling the waters of Puget Sound in a kayak to climbing to the top of 7,740-foot Liberty Bell Mountain in the North Cascades awaits the avid fan of the outdoors.

From bird-watching to hiking, fishing and biking, there are dozens of options for residents and visitors to exercise their recreational muscles and inquisitive minds.

11,000 sq. feet of Fun & Interactive Learning

You can climb into a raft and float the Skagit River during the summer, then return in the winter to see bald eagles feasting on salmon.

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There are back roads with great views for bicyclists winding through the county’s farmland, and forest trails for mountain bikers that are both beautiful and challenging.

Mon.-Sat. 10am - 5pm • Sunday 12pm - 5pm Toddler Tuesday 8:30am - 10am

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R ecreation SEDRO-WOOLLEY FOOTRACE

RUNS/WALKS WOOLLEY TRAIL RUNS

SMELT RUN

TULIP RUN

The Woolley 50K (31.1 miles), the Woolley Marathon (26.2 miles), and the Woolley Half Marathon (13.1 miles). All three courses are out and back on a level, railroad-grade gravel path.

Certified 5K and 10K routes start at La Conner High School then follow along the waterfront and take you through historic downtown La Conner, finishing back at the high school. There is also a 2K family walk and Kids Dash.

Scenic 5-mile run, 2-mile run/walk at the Skagit Regional Airport, on Port of Skagit trails, 80 percent gravel, 20 percent trail.

w Saturday, Feb. 17, Sedro-Woolley w nwenduranceevents.com

w Feb. 24, La Conner w lovelaconner.com

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R ecreation DO THE BLOOM COLOR RUN

w Saturday, April 14, Anacortes w anacortesartsfestival.com

40TH FOWL FUN RUN

w Saturday, Nov. 10, Mount Vernon w skagitrunners.org

The 10K is a flat loop on farming A 5K color-infused fun run that sup- roads south of Mount Vernon with a ports the Cultural Arts Program for the short out-and-back section on Dike Anacortes School District and public Road. art projects. The 5K is also a flat course. Start and finish is at Mount Vernon Christian School, 820 W. Blackburn Road. LOST LAKE 50K/25K w Saturday, May 12, Chuckanut Drive w lostlakeultras.com

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The 50K begins at the base of Chuckanut Mountain. This course is not only scenic, but challenging as well FAMILY FRIENDLY with nearly 8,200 feet of elevation gain. CUMBERLAND CREEK There are several steep ascents along INTERPRETIVE TRAIL with slow, technical, rolling ridges and Location: Sedro-Woolley some fast descents. Distance: 2.5 miles There’s also a 25K with the same Getting there: From the South tough terrain starting from the Pine Skagit Highway Park and Ride off and Cedar Trailhead. Highway 9 in Sedro-Woolley, take South Skagit Highway 12 miles east. GREAT SEDRO-WOOLLEY Turn left into the driveway at 34183 FOOTRACE

South Skagit Highway. Park in front of the locked gate. Notable: This trail was built as a collaboration between Skagit Land Trust and an Emerson High School environmental science class. The class researched the Cumberland Creek Conservation Area, then developed the interpretive trail.

LEG BURNER OYSTER DOME LOCATION Location: Bow Distance: 5 miles Getting there: From I-5, take Highway 11 (Chuckanut Drive) north for 10.2 miles. The trailhead is on the right at milepost 10. Notable: This is a classic hike. The trail twists and climbs (emphasis on climbs) through the Chuckanut Mountains and ends atop a rocky outcropping with spectacular views of the San Juans.

w Wednesday, July 4, Sedro-Woolley w loggerodeo.org

This Fourth of July tradition is a 5.2-mile Fun Run and Walk that has participants running, jogging and walking alongside the Skagit River and the Loggerodeo parade route.

13TH ANNUAL ART DASH w August, Anacortes w anacortesartsfestival.com

This half-marathon, 10K and 5K is put on by the Anacortes Arts Festival and the Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department, with proceeds benefiting public art. The mostly flat and scenic run follows the Tommy Thompson Trail along Fidalgo Bay and ends back at the Port of Anacortes. The longer runs cross the trestle to March Point.

SKAGIT FLATS MARATHON, HALF-MARATHON

The Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant

Flat and fast rural course through the Skagit Valley. Starts and finishes at Burlington-Edison High School.

Sun - Thurs • 11am - 10pm Fri - Sat • 11am - 11pm NEwLY RENOVATED

w Sunday, Sept. 9, Burlington w skagitrunners.org

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SUPER SCENIC GOOSE ROCK PERIMETER/ SUMMIT TRAILS Location: Near south end of Fidalgo Island Distance: 3 miles Getting there: On the south side of Deception Pass Bridge, turn into the lot and head down the staircase to the NW Goose Rock Summit trailhead. Notable: Goose Rock is one of the highest points on Whidbey Island. The trail leads to the top, then around the massive chunk of rock.

SHORT AND SWEET POMONA GRANGE PARK

ADA ACCESSIBLE SKAGIT RIVER TRAIL

Location: North of Burlington Distance: 1 mile Getting there: I-5 to exit 232 (Cook Road). Turn right on Cook Road. Proceed north at the stoplight on Old Highway 99. In about 3.5 miles, the park will be on the right. If you reach the fish hatchery, you have gone too far. Notable: This is an excellent hike for all ages. It’s a short, easy jaunt that enhances understanding of nature by way of 18 interpretive signs highlighting specifics of local plants and trees. Cross Friday Creek and visit the Samish Hatchery.

Location: East of Sedro-Woolley Distance: 1.8 miles Getting there: From Highway 20 in Sedro-Woolley, continue east for about 15 miles. Turn south on Lusk Road and continue for one mile. Turn east on Cape Horn Road and continue for one mile to the entrance to Rasar State Park. Notable: The trail, which is located within Rasar State Park, is situated along the north shore of the Skagit River. The first quarter-mile of the Skagit River Loop Trail is wheelchair accessible.

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R ecreation BIRDING

CYCLING

NORTHERN STATE RECREATION AREA

The Skagit Valley offers plenty of delights for bird-watchers in winter, when thousands of snow geese and swans visit. Farther east, the county is known as a terrific place to view eagles. Skagit Eagle Festival is a monthlong celebration that takes place every weekend in January with activities in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount. The annual Edison Bird Festival in late February includes guided birding trips, bird-inspired art shows and a chicken parade that begins in front of The Edison Inn in the heart of town. The Skagit Audubon Society’s list of recommended sites includes:

For cyclists seeking long stretches of open road, the Skagit Flats is the place to put rubber to pavement. From the flats to the mountain passes of the North Cascades, the area is a haven for numerous bird species. Migrating snow geese and tundra and trumpeter swans winter over in the valley’s farm fields. In the southern half of the flats, roads meander through 35 miles of farmland and dike districts. Skagit County bike maps are available at local chambers of commerce.

Location: Sedro-Woolley Distance: 4 miles Getting there: North of Highway 20 on Helmick Road east of Sedro-Woolley. Notable: Trail is on the grounds of what was once the farming operations at Northern State Hospital. Pass historic buildings and cruise alongside Hansen Creek. Pedal through massive meadows and thick forest.

Best fall to spring. Many raptors, waterfowl and passerines.

SKAGIT FLATS ON FIR ISLAND Best fall to spring. It is a good place to see snow geese, trumpeter and tundra swans and raptors.

SKAGIT BAY, SKAGIT WILDLIFE AREA There are plenty of species to see in the Wylie Slough Area, the Jensen Access and the North Fork Access.

WASHINGTON PARK, ANACORTES Best fall through spring. This is a great spot for seabird watching.

PADILLA BAY NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE, PADILLA BAY Make time for a tour of the exhibits and fish tanks at the Breazeale Interpretive Center, open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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w April, La Conner w tulipfestival.org

Ride on your own past flowers and fields on 20-, 40- and 60-mile routes.

BIKE MS: DECEPTION PASS CLASSIC w Early September w main.nationalmssociety.org

Two-day journey through Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. As many as 2,000 riders will cruise along scenic figure-eight courses ranging from 22 to 97 miles each day. Benefits multiple sclerosis research and programs.

MOUNTAIN BIKE ROUTES CASCADE TRAIL

Location: Burlington Distance: 10.2 miles Getting there: Parking is available at the corner of Ovenell Road and Higgins Airport Way, or the corner of Josh Wilson Road and Higgins Airport Way. Notable: Gravel trail system runs through a chunk of Port of Skagit property. It winds through forest, along roadways and around wetlands.

Skagit County Fair August 8-11, 2018 • Carnival • Live Music • Hypnotist • Magician • Eating Contests

• Farm Animals • Arena Events • Wenatchee Youth Circus • Kid’s Zone Events • Traditional Fair Food

Location: Sedro-Woolley Distance: 22.5 miles Getting there: Numerous places to park along Highway 20. Notable: A rails-to-trails effort, the Cascade Trail runs from Sedro-Woolley to Concrete.

Don’t miss our twice Annual Garage Sales, April 13 & 14 and September 21 & 22! www.skagitcounty.net/fairgrounds 360-416-1350 • Fairgrounds@co.skagit.wa.us

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R ecreation LITTLE MOUNTAIN Location: Mount Vernon Distance: 10 miles. Getting there: The trails are at Little Mountain Park. Notable: This system of trails crosses the flanks of Little Mountain. Trails lead from the park entrance to the park’s summit. Look for trails such as La-Z-Boy, Surfers Way, Huff-N-Puff and Sidewinder.

ANACORTES COMMUNITY FOREST LANDS Location: Anacortes Distance: 50 miles. Getting there: The 2,800 acres are in the center of Anacortes. Notable: This is a large network of easy to moderate trails. Included in the area are numerous lakes as well as Mount Erie and Sugarloaf Mountain. Maps are available through Anacortes Parks & Recreation.

GOLF Skagit County’s six courses offer a variety of settings and scenery, from Puget Sound to wooded areas. There are also challenges for all skill levels, from newcomers to the sport to veterans.

AVALON GOLF LINKS

w 19345 Kelleher Road, Burlington w 360-757-1900 or 800-624-0202, avalonlinks.com

Holes: 27. Length: 10,080 yards. Public/private: Public

EAGLEMONT GOLF COURSE

w 4127 Eaglemont Drive, Mount Vernon w 360-424-0800, eaglemontgolf.com

Holes: 18. Length: 7,006 yards. Public/private: Public

GATEWAY GOLF COURSE

TOURS ON THE WATER

Holes: 9. Length: 2,700 yards. Public/private: Public

The Skagit River is even more beautiful if you’re rafting — or floating — down it. Several tour groups run various stretches of Washington’s secondlongest river, so no matter the season or your experience level, there’s a way for you to get up close and personal with a great force of nature. The upper section of the Skagit River, rated as Class II-III, is good for ages 6 and older. The four-hour rafting journey down this 10-mile stretch offers a moderate amount of whitewater, enhanced by the overwhelming presence of nature. For a calmer float, try a fall trip to watch the colors turn, or book a salmon and eagle-viewing trip during the winter. The latter takes you down a 10-mile stretch of the Skagit River that passes through a bald eagle sanctuary. Spawning salmon draw hundreds of hungry bald eagles to the river valley from Alaska and Canada.

w 1288 Fruitdale Road, Sedro-Woolley w 360-631-3295, gatewaygolfandrestaurant.com

OVERLOOK GOLF COURSE w 17523 Highway 9, Mount Vernon w 360-422-6444, overlookgc.com

Holes: 9. Length: 2,261 yards. Public/private: Public

SKAGIT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

w 16701 Country Club Drive, Burlington w 360-757-4081, skagitgolfclub.com

Holes: 18. Length: 6,063 yards. Public/private: Private

SWINOMISH GOLF LINKS

w 12518 Christianson Road, Anacortes w 360-293-3444, swinomishcasinoand lodge.com/golf/the-course

Holes: 18. Length: 6,177 yards. Public/private: Public.

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PARKS Skagit County features a smorgasboard of parks of varying shapes and sizes. From the North Cascades National Park in the east to Deception Pass State Park to the west. Whether you seek a small city park for a picnic and playtime for the kids or the scenic beauty of the local national park, opportunities abound for hiking, camping, biking, fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming, beachcombing, bird watching or simply kicking back and enjoying nature.

NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK Location: The park’s headquarters are located in Sedro-Woolley. The park itself spans along Highway 20, about 30 miles east of Concrete. What it offers: Hiking, backpacking, camping, climbing, bicycling, boating, fishing and wildlife viewing. Why go? The park offers a wide range of camping experiences. Whether your idea of camping is by car, RV, boat or a strenuous trek into backcountry wilderness, it can be found within the park’s boundaries. Notable: You don’t need to leave the car to see the beauty. Simply drive over Highway 20 and enjoy the scenery as the rugged, snowcapped peaks roll by.

For Information Call: (360) 293-1915 or Check our Website:

museum.cityofanacortes.org Anacortes Museum 1305 8th Street • Anacortes, WA

Exploring the history of Fidalgo and Guemes Islands through:

• Educational Programs • Exhibits • Research Library • Special Events

8th Street & M Avenue

The Carnegie Gallery Gallery Open Year-Round Tues. - Sat., 10-4 Sunday 1-4, Closed Monday

DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK Location: North end of Whidbey Island, south end of Fidalgo Island. What it offers: Camping, picnicking, sightseeing, boating, paddling, hiking, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, bird watching, beachcombing and bicycling. Why go? To hike amidst amazing scenery. There are 36 miles of trails within the park. Notable: The park has 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline on Rosario Strait, Deception Pass and Skagit Bay, as well as 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline along Pass and Cranberry lakes and Lake Campbell.

The W.T. PresTon & Maritime Heritage Center 9th Street & R Avenue Open weekends: April - October Open Daily: June, July, August Closed Monday

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Some trips are themed: You can book a raft-and-hike trip, a journey focusing on how to gather and eat wild food, or even a float with a winetasting package. Tour groups include Alpine Adventures, Pacific NW Float Trips, Blue Sky Outfitters and Wildwater River Guides. If rafting isn’t your thing, check out the boat and powerhouse tours and North Cascades expeditions offered by Seattle City Light, which operates the Skagit Hydroelectric Project in the North Cascades on the county’s eastern end. Boat tours on Diablo Lake at the base of the Ross Dam are offered firstcome, first-served Thursdays through Mondays from late June through early September. See parts of the lake that are typically hidden when you travel by highway or hike on trails. Guides take you on a short walk to the boat dock for a four-hour tour that includes information about the area and the three hydroelectric dams, which provide power to Seattle. The boat used for the tour, the Alice Ross IV, was designed specifically for it. Tours end with an organic and locally sourced lunch at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. There’s also a Diablo Lake afternoon cruise offered once a day from early July until early September. Reservations are required. Check online for booking and fees at seattle.gov/ light/tours/Skagit/skagittours.asp. Deception Pass Tours takes visitors and residents through the turbulent waters in the pass between Fidalgo and Whidbey islands and under the historic Deception Pass Bridge on a scenic and informational tour. Passengers on the boat’s open deck can marvel in every direction at the scenery and wildlife, including eagles, seals, porpoises and whales. The tours leave from Cornet Bay and go through Deception Pass and into Rosario Strait. Tickets are available at the ticket booth in the parking lot just south of the Deception Pass Bridge, at the office on Highway 20 or online at deceptionpasstours.com.

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R ecreation RASAR STATE PARK Location: Just off Highway 20, 19 miles east of Interstate 5. What it offers: Four miles of hiking trails and a playground in the day-use area. Why go? Wildlife observing opportunities, especially for eagles when the time is right. Notable: This old farm site is 169 acres and includes extensive campsites ranging from tents to RVs to cabins. It boasts 4,000 feet of freshwater shoreline along the Skagit River.

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Location: Eight miles east of Concrete. What it offers: The 670-acre dayuse park showcases an ancient, oldgrowth forest loaded with massive Douglas fir, cedar and maple trees. Why go? The park is home to one of the best lowland hikes around. The Evergreen Trail takes hikers back 100 years, allowing a glimpse into what the Skagit Valley looked like a century ago. Notable: Practically every type of fern can be found in the park’s lush understory, along with elderberry and salmonberry bushes. The campground closed over a decade ago and the forest is slowly taking it all back.

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Location: Shores of Padilla Bay. What it offers: On a clear day, park users can see the Olympic Mountains to the west and Mount Rainier to the south. Why go? The park has 1,285 feet of saltwater shoreline along Joe Hamel Beach. If that doesn’t satisfy your marine appetite, Breazeale Interpretive Center located at Padilla Bay is a half-mile north of the park and offers a wealth of environmental explanation. It even boasts a small aquarium. Notable: The park was the home of Pat-Teh-Us, a Noo-Wha-Ah Indian chief and signer of the Point Elliot Treaty.



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KAYAKING Kayakers can enjoy beautiful vistas and see wildlife and marine life from a different perspective while gliding quietly along a slough in the Skagit River delta, exploring a secluded cove near Anacortes or hitting the open waters of the Salish Sea. Kayaking is a great way to get out on the waters of Skagit County and the nearby San Juan Islands, whether for a quick paddle or a trip lasting several days. For a list of some of the places to go kayaking throughout the county, go to paddleheaven.com. Anacortes Kayak Tours (anacorteskayaktours.com) offers half-day, fullday and multi-day sea kayak tours departing from Anacortes and venturing throughout the San Juan Islands. If you’re in the need of a kayak as well as the necessary gear, Blue Otter Outfitters (blueotter.com) can help. The Anacortes company rents tandem and single kayaks, and other equipment. A major Northwest kayaking event to watch for is the 6-mile Deception Pass Dash, held each December. Some 200 kayaks and other humanpowered craft race from Bowman Bay in Deception Pass State Park, around Deception Island, through Deception Pass and around Strawberry Island, through Canoe Pass on the return route and once again around Deception Island before finishing where it all began.

FISHING Skagit County waters are home to all five species of salmon — chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and pink — which translates to high-demand fishing opportunities in local rivers and bays. Saltwater and freshwater fishing are top sports here. In addition to salmon, there are trout species — steelhead, rainbow, cutthroat, brown and brook — that can be landed in lakes and rivers. skagitvisitor.com


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Campbell Lake: Open year-round and stocked annually with cutthroat, the lake is known more for its warmwater species than its trout. Spring and summer are the best time to hook largemouth bass, yellow perch and black crappie, as well as bullhead catfish. Clear Lake: Open year-round, fish lucky enough to have survived the summer anglers in this body of water will be even larger. Look to hook jumbo rainbow and cutthroat trout as well as largemouth bass, yellow perch and bullhead catfish.

WHALE WATCHING The waters of the Pacific Northwest are home to orca whales, a favorite among visitors. Book a tour for a chance to see them in their natural habitat in the waters surrounding the San Juan Islands. The southern resident orcas were listed as endangered in 2005. Boat tours leave from Anacortes through three companies: Island Adventures, Mystic Sea Charters and Outer Island Excursions. The main season usually runs from April to October when the three pods of southern resident orca whales return to the area. Rates vary, but generally range from about $69 for children to $109 for adults for the four- to five-hour trips. Soak in the scenery as you watch for porpoise, seals and sea birds. In addition to orcas, you may also see minke and humpback whales. Remember to dress in layers, as it tends to be cooler on the water. Bring a camera and snacks if you wish. Food and beverage service is limited.

OUTER ISLAND EXCURSIONS w outerislandx.com w 360-376-3711

AUTO RACING SKAGIT SPEEDWAY

w 4796 Old Highway 99 North, Burlington w 360-724-3567 w skagitspeedway.com

Skagit Speedway, located on Old Highway 99 between Burlington and Alger, hosts several sprint-car series, along with other events such as demolition derbies, motorcycle races and stunt shows, from April through September. Highlights include the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup and an annual visit by the World of Outlaws sprint-car series. Camping is available.

ISLAND ADVENTURES

w island-adventures.com w 1-800-465-4604 or 360-293-2428

MYSTIC SEA CHARTERS w mysticseacharters.com w 1-800-308-9387

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Warm-water species, including large and smallmouth bass, perch, crappie and bluegill, can be hooked as well. Grab a rod, reel and day pack and trek into the mountains to fish any one of numerous alpine lakes when the season is right. On the marine waters, saltwater species include lingcod, halibut and salmon. The city of Anacortes is a good place to get started. There are charter services located there more than willing to lend a hand. Before casting, be sure to check the state’s regulations. The booklet detailing the regulations, “Fishing in Washington,” can be picked up free at most sporting goods stores. While there, why not get tips on gear, tactics and where the fish are biting. Anglers 15 and older need a license to fish in Washington. There are numerous types of licenses, so purchase the one that best fits your needs. Visit the state Department of Fish & Wildlife website at wdfw.wa.gov often to check for information on rules as well as frequent closures. Here are some fishing hot spots when fishing is allowed: Skagit River: Chinook: July-August. Winter steelhead: December-April. Summer steelhead: June-November. Coho: September-November. Chum: October-November. Pink: AugustSeptember (pink salmon return in odd-numbered years). Sockeye: July. Sea-run cutthroat: August-October. Samish River: Chinook: AugustOctober. Chum: October-November. Coho: September-November. Winter steelhead: December-March. Sea-run cutthroat: August-October. Pass Lake: Open year-round to fly fishing, this catch-and-release lake is a trophy trout producer. Large rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout prowl the waters. Pass Lake is usually excellent in early spring and late fall for fish averaging 15 inches, with some fish cracking the 28-inch mark. Big Lake: Open year-round, this large body of water is great for largemouth bass, crappie and yellow perch. Fishing tends to be best in the spring and summer months, when warmer water livens up these species.

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FEBRUARY 24

APRIL 20-22

JUNE 2-3

LA CONNER ROTARY CLUB SMELT DERBY: The 53rd annual event includes a pancake breakfast, fishing derby on the town docks, Skagit Symphony’s 5K and 10K Smelt Run/2K Walk, kids’ activities and an evening dance at Maple Hall. Starts at 8 a.m. lovelaconner.com

TULIP FESTIVAL STREET FAIR (Mount Vernon): Grab a bite, listen to some local live music and browse for local art in downtown Mount Vernon. mountvernondowntown.org

ANACORTES VINTAGE MARKET: “Vintage by the Sea”: Port of Anacortes warehouse, packed full of antique and vintage items.

WATERFRONT FESTIVAL (Anacortes): Visitors to Anacortes can take in the city’s coastal heritage and culture during the free festival. Events include a quick-and-dirty boat building competition and race, milk carton derby, kids’ wooden boat building and live music. Free boat rides, a marine swap meet and more at this family-friendly celebration along the water at Cap Sante Marina. anacortes.org

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JUNE 15-17

APRIL 1-30 SKAGIT VALLEY TULIP FESTIVAL: A legendary monthlong celebration of acres of blooming tulip fields, live music, food, self-guided bicycle tours, art shows and more. tulipfestival.org

APRIL 7 ANACORTES SPRING WINE FESTIVAL: 1:30 to 5 p.m. at the Port Warehouse Event Center. Taste your way through local wineries and restaurants. anacortes.org or brownpapertickets.com

APRIL 13-14 SPRING GARAGE SALE, ANTIQUES & MORE (Mount Vernon): Billed as the world’s largest, with more than 140 vendors. Search for antiques, collectibles and more at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in south Mount Vernon. Live music, food and more. skagitcounty.net/departments/ fairgrounds.

APRIL 14-15 WOODFEST (Sedro-Woolley): A high level of skill and a block of wood are the two elements as expert woodworkers in the region and beyond do what they do best. High school students also showcase their skills and compete for prizes. ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us

APRIL 27-28

(Dates TBD) BURLINGTON DOWNTOWN ART WALK: Art on display. tulipfestival.org/calendar/event/533/ TULIP FROLIC AND PARADE (La Conner): Farm animals, clowns, bands, mascots and more. Parade at 2 p.m. tulipfestival.org

MAY 6 OPENING DAY BOAT PARADE (La Conner): 3 p.m. on the Swinomish Channel. Boats parade along the channel to kick off the boating season. swinomishyachtclub.org

MAY (Date TBD) KIDS FISHING DERBY (SedroWoolley): Children 14 and under can bring their bait and gear to Northern State Pond for a day of fishing. sedro-woolley.com

JUNE 1-3 BLAST FROM THE PAST (SedroWoolley): Get retro at the annual celebration in downtown SedroWoolley. Enjoy shopping, a sidewalk sale, arts, crafts, food from more than 50 vendors, an open house at the Sedro-Woolley Museum and a classic car show. 360-855-1841, ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us

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BERRY DAIRY DAYS (Burlington): A celebration of Burlington’s farming heritage, Berry Dairy Days is one of the oldest festivals in Skagit County. The event starts Friday with strawberry shortcake at 11 a.m. at the Burlington Visitor Information Center served by the BurlingtonEdison High School cheerleaders. Head to Skagit River Park for the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue, food vendors and live music. Stay for a movie in the park and fireworks after the sun goes down. Activities continue Saturday with the Skagit Runners Road Run, the Grand Parade and a festival with plenty of vendors, strawberry shortcake, live music and children’s activities at the park behind the Visitors Center. Sunday, take in an eyeful of classic cars at the Berry Cool Car Show. berrydairydays.com.

JUNE (Dates TBD) KIDS FISHING DERBY (Anacortes): Bring your kid and a few fishing poles. Free fishing at Heart Lake for kids 13 and under. anacortes.org ST. MERRY’S FEST (Anacortes): Carnival, food booths and beer tent, live music, salmon dinner at St. Mary Catholic Church. anacortes.org skagitvisitor.com


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BARK IN THE PARK (Anacortes): Bring your furry friend to Storvik Park and enjoy a pet parade, costume contests, vendors, demos and more. cityofanacortes.org

SKAGIT ARTISTS TOGETHER NW ART BEAT STUDIO TOURS (Skagit County): Watch as artists demonstrate in their studios throughout the county and enjoy art shows at local galleries. nwartbeat.com

FATHER’S DAY BOAT SHOW (La Conner): View boats at dock and enjoy a swap meet, hot dogs and a raffle. lovelaconner.com

JULY 27-28 SIDEWALK SALE (Mount Vernon): Enjoy perusing items from downtown merchants, arts and crafts vendors, plus dozens of food vendors. mountvernondowntown.org

MONA ART AUCTION (La Conner): Largest fundraiser for the Museum of Northwest Art features the works of more than 300 artists. monamuseum.org

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JULY 2-8 LOGGERODEO (Sedro-Woolley): Sedro-Woolley’s celebration of logging history and horseback riding. Carnival, bareback riding, barrel racing and more at the rodeo grounds. Downtown, there’s a street dance and music at Hammer Heritage Square. Check out the chain saw carving and logging demonstrations. Fireworks on July 4 at Riverfront Park. Find Loggerodeo on Facebook for updated event schedule. loggerodeo.org

JULY 4 JULY 4 CELEBRATION (Anacortes): The event begins with a town portrait at 10 a.m. in downtown Anacortes. Parade at 11 a.m., patriotic program at Causland Memorial Park, fireworks over Fidalgo Bay at dusk. PARADE AND FIREWORKS OVER THE CHANNEL (La Conner): Fourth of July parade, a community picnic at 12:30 p.m., and games. Fireworks over Swinomish Channel at 10:15 p.m. lovelaconner.com FOURTH OF JULY PARADE AND PICNIC (Concrete): Festivities include music, food, parade and other fun. concrete-wa.com

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JULY 14 KIDS-R-BEST FEST (Anacortes): 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Storvik Park. Pony rides, games, activities, live entertainment, food and prizes. anacortes.org

JULY 14-15 SKAGIT VALLEY HIGHLAND GAMES & CELTIC FESTIVAL (Mount Vernon): The festival at Edgewater Park on the banks of the Skagit River features bagpipe music, dancing, colorful tartans, the famous caber toss and sheaf toss, drumming, fiddling, dance competitions, athletic contests, sheepdogs, clans and Scottish cultural demonstrations. celticarts.org

JULY 21 SHIPWRECK DAY (Anacortes): Old furniture, clothes, lamps, boat gear, tools and collectibles. The free swap meet and sale starts at 8 a.m. downtown. Sponsored by the Fidalgo Rotary Club. facebook.com/shipwreckfestival

ANACORTES ARTS FESTIVAL (Anacortes): Celebrate the arts with a sampling of fine art, crafts, music, art demonstrations and more in downtown Anacortes. This destination festival includes a prestigious art show, a fine art opening event at the Port of Anacortes warehouse and more than 250 juried artisan booths from throughout the region, offering a wide variety of arts and crafts along Commercial Avenue. Sample the cuisine from 30 regional and ethnic food vendors and stop by the beer and wine gardens. The musical lineup includes rock, country, blues, world beat, Latin, jazz and folk on two stages. anacortesartsfestival.com

AUGUST 8-11 SKAGIT COUNTY FAIR (Mount Vernon): There’s something for everyone at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in south Mount Vernon. The fair features music, arts, crafts, food, dancing and carnival rides. The annual exhibition showcases regional 4-H and FFA members as they demonstrate their showmanship, knowledge and grooming talents with farm animals. Exhibitors display their best examples of flowers, garden produce, photographs, paintings, canned goods and other home arts. Award-winning regional quilters compete for prizes. Enjoy cultural music and dancing presentations on stage. skagitcounty.net/fair

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AUGUST 18-19 CASCADE DAYS (Concrete): Enjoy a parade, logging demonstration, food, music and more. There is also a chili cook-off, pie-eating contest, pet shows, a bed race and chainsaw carving exhibitions. cascadedays.com

AUGUST (Dates TBD) LA CONNER CLASSIC YACHT & CAR SHOW (La Conner): A viewing of antique cars and yachts, a pancake breakfast, vendor booths and kids activities. lovelaconner.com BREWFEST ON THE SKAGIT (Mount Vernon): Enjoy tastes from two dozen premium microbreweries, plus food and blues bands at this blues and brews block party in downtown Mount Vernon. lincolntheatre.org WORK BOAT RACES AND PIRATE FAIRE (Anacortes): Maritime treasure swap meet, model boats, clam chowder contest, pirate contests and workboat races. portofanacortes.com

SEPTEMBER 8 SKAGIT RIVER SALMON FESTIVAL (Mount Vernon): Celebrate the Skagit River at this event at Edgewater Park. Live music and cultural performances, food, beer and wine garden, youth activities and crafts. skagitriverfest.org

SEPTEMBER 21-22 FALL GARAGE SALE (Mount Vernon): Shop from more than 140 vendors at the 26th annual Fall Garage Sale at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in south Mount Vernon. Live music, food and more. skagitcounty.net/departments/ fairgrounds.

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OYSTER RUN (Anacortes): On the fourth Sunday in September, rain or shine, Anacortes is taken over by more than 10,000 leather-clad bikers during the annual Oyster Run, making it the largest motorcycle run in the Pacific Northwest. Motorcyclists ride along scenic backroads west to Anacortes, often stopping to enjoy the local oysters. The Bow-Edison area is one popular stopping point before the free main event. The Anacortes event includes motorcycle vendors, musical entertainment and oysters, and middleof-the-street parking for thousands of motorcycles. oysterrun.org

BIER ON THE PIER (Anacortes): Enjoy regional beers, suds-friendly food and music Friday night and Saturday at the Port of Anacortes warehouse. anacortes.org, anacortes.org/bieron-the-pier

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(Dates TBD) ANACORTES ANTIQUE ENGINE and MACHINERY SHOW (Anacortes): At the corner of Market Street and T Avenue near the W.T. Preston snagboat for those interested in old-time gadgets and gizmos. UNCORKED, WOOLLEY WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Sedro-Woolley): Celebrate the fall harvest season; local wine and food and music at Eagle Haven Winery in a scenic vineyard just outside of Sedro-Woolley. eaglehavenwinery.com FOUNDERS DAY (Sedro-Woolley): Sedro-Woolley celebrates its past with games, a museum open house and honoring one of its pioneering families. The event kicks off with a community breakfast at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center. ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us BURLINGTON HARVEST FESTIVAL: Teams use catapults of all sizes to fling 8-pound pumpkins hundreds of feet through the air. Children can build small cars out of zucchini and play games, and everyone can enjoy food from local vendors. burlingtonwa.gov

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OCTOBER 6, 13, 20, 28 CONCRETE GHOST WALK (Concrete): Peruse some of Concrete’s most haunted locations while learning some of its history, too, every Saturday night in October. Ages 16 and older. concrete-wa.com

FESTIVAL OF FAMILY FARMS (Skagit County): Find out where what’s on your table comes from and meet the people who make it happen. Visit farms and sample shellfish, beef, produce, milk, cider and more, with numerous activities. festivaloffamilyfarms.com

OCTOBER 20 BREW ON THE SLOUGH: Held at Maple Hall in scenic La Conner, this event features multiple breweries and food vendors. lovelaconner.com

OCTOBER (Date TBD) LA CONNER QUILT & FIBER ARTS FESTIVAL (La Conner): Attendees can enjoy hundreds of quilts, workshops, vendors and more. laconnerquilts.com

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ART’S ALIVE! (La Conner): La Conner overflows with art; merchants throughout town showcase art exhibits and demonstrations ranging from dog portraiture to pottery. Maple Hall features invitational and open show exhibits. lovelaconner.com

(Dates TBD) BURLINGTON TREE LIGHTING (Burlington): Attend a tree lighting ceremony downtown at 6 p.m. and take pictures with Santa. ci.burlington.wa.us

NOVEMBER (Date TBD) SKAGIT WINE & BEER FESTIVAL (Mount Vernon): Features Washington wineries and breweries, food from Skagit County restaurants and locally made cheese and chocolate samplings at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn and Convention Center. mountvernonchamber.com

ANACORTES TREE LIGHTING (Anacortes): Tree lighting, town crier, performances by local students, appearance by and pictures with Santa, hot cocoa and more at the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, 819 Commercial Ave. Holiday Artwalk follows. anacortes.org

THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS (SedroWoolley): Train and pony rides for kids, cider, giant Christmas tree lighting and Santa parade in downtown SedroWoolley. ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us CHRISTMAS PARADE (Mount Vernon): Arrival of Santa, Christmas tree lighting in Pine Square, hot chocolate and more. mountvernondowntown.org HOLIDAY HOME TOUR (SedroWoolley): Get a glimpse inside some of Sedro-Woolley’s historic homes and its museum all decked out in colors and lights for the holidays. ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us

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Like most islands, water defines Anacortes, a waterfront city with a population of some 16,000.

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It isn’t just about the beauty of the island (and it is beautiful). Anacortes is also fiercely proud of its working waterfront. It is home to shipbuilders and oil refineries, marinas, a port and a state ferry terminal that transports thousands of people throughout the San Juan Islands and to British Columbia. skagitvisitor.com


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Anacortes isn’t just a pass-through, though. There is plenty to do right here. Commercial Avenue, the city’s main street, offers just about any kind of shopping option a resident or visitor might need. An assortment of restaurants and taverns offer options to please a range of tastes. Visitors come for the many festivals and events of summer or simply to enjoy the amenities of a seaside community. Recreation abounds, and the views are a photography lover’s dream. World-class whale watching is available, along with kayaking, boating, sailing, fishing, crabbing and scuba diving.

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ANACORTES WATERFRONT FESTIVAL The Anacortes Community Forest Lands are among the city’s greatest treasures: 2,800 acres forever preserved from development. A trail system stretches more than 50 miles for use by hikers and bicyclists, with many trailheads throughout town. There are also trails along the waterfront, including the Tommy Thompson and Guemes Channel trails. Murals and sculptures are just one indication of the heavy influence of the arts in this community. Many are public pieces that can be seen throughout town, in addition to the numerous galleries, concerts and community theater productions. An art walk on the first Friday evening of each month gives exposure to local artists and local businesses, as downtown stores open their doors late as hosts to art lovers.

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The Anacortes Arts Festival each August features artists from all over and includes everything from original paintings to metal sculptures to street performers. Most of the work is for sale. The festival draws more than 90,000 visitors. Check details at anacortesartsfestival.com. skagitvisitor.com


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There are other events, too, such as the Waterfront Festival to kick off boating season and the annual Oyster Run motorcycle event each September that closes summer.

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The museum, library, marina esplanade and a historic snagboat are all within easy walking distance.

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Old-fashioned celebrations harkening back to earlier times include Fourth of July and Christmas parades that anyone can participate in, Easter egg hunts, an annual homecoming parade by the single high school in town and a Christmas tree-lighting that launches the holiday season.

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w Stroll the boards at Cap Sante Marina. Check out the workboats, and pick up fresh seafood in season. w See the town from above via the Cap Sante Viewpoint, just a few blocks from downtown.

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Part of the joy of the smaller islands in the San Juan archipelago is the feeling of being alone with nature – without actually being truly alone. Guemes Island is a five-minute ferry ride from downtown Anacortes, but when access is only available by water, it can feel like a world away. That’s part of what makes this 5,237-acre island such a treasure. The Guemes Channel is narrow enough that some people (properly trained and prepared for cold water and currents) have swum across it. But that channel is enough to preserve the sense of remoteness that keeps this island protected from much of the hubbub of the outside world. Life is quiet and slower on this island of about 700 or so residents — a tight community where neighbors know neighbors and people look out for each other. Some are snowbirds, but those who stay year-round know it’s a very different place in winter than summer. It is home to a diverse population that includes an assortment of artists, poets and musicians. Visitors are welcome, though, with many staying at the Guemes Island Resort, which offers a variety of lodging that includes cabins, homes and yurts. A 13-acre park next skagitvisitor.com

door, called Young’s Park, offers picnic areas and water access. Those interested in kayaks or rowboats will find those available at the resort. Preserving what is special about this island is important to those who live there. Islanders and others donated $2.2 million to purchase and protect the top of the mountain from development through the Skagit Land Trust and San Juan Preservation Trust. Nature lovers wanting to see both mountains and sea can make the trek up Guemes Mountain to get a greater view of neighboring San Juan Islands. There is a 1.2-mile hiking trail heading 550 feet to the summit. Before you get on the ferry to leave the island, be sure to stop at the Guemes Island General Store, which is near the ferry dock. The ferry sails about every half-hour. SKAGIT COUNTY Visitors & Newcomers Guide 37


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Located adjacent to the Bayview Business Park off Highway 20 between Burlington and Anacortes, Skagit Regional Airport is operated by the Port of Skagit County. It has terminal facilities, aviation fueling and a variety of aircraft maintenance and related services, including qualified flight instruction.

Anacortes Airport, on the northwest corner of Fidalgo Island, hosts corporate and private aircraft and offers space for tenant businesses. San Juan Airlines operates several flights a day to the San Juan Islands, as well as service to other destinations. Charters and scenic flights are available. Other airport services include fuel, hangars, tie downs, maintenance and rental cars.

Also known as Mears Field, the airport is a public airfield with private leased hangars on city-owned lots. The pilots’ lounge is open to pilots and guests, and it’s only a half-mile walk from the airport to businesses in downtown Concrete.

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Washington State Ferries provides frequent daily passenger and car service from its Anacortes terminal to Orcas Island, Lopez Island, Shaw Island and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. The terminal is located on Highway 20, about three miles west of downtown Anacortes. Ferry service to Sidney, British Columbia, is also available, except in the winter. U.S. and Canadian citizens need to have either a passport, passport card, a “trusted traveler” document such as a Nexus Card or an enhanced driver’s license to enter or depart the United States by sea.

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The scene at Bay View has transformed from a logging community to a place of waterfront escape and wonder. A bay once scattered with floating logs being readied for transport is now a sparkling picnic view from Bay View State Park. The 25-acre state park offers camping amenities and a trail along the bay. Visitors and locals can be seen parasailing at high tide, raking the mudflats for treasures at low tide and watching wildlife such as great blue herons and shore crabs. Bay View is a big draw for those seeking serene coastal living and waterfront views, with its access to the Padilla Bay tidelands that stretch from Highway 20 to Hat Island. Established as a town in 1884, Bay View became a bustling community filled with shops and saloons. The nearby Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve came later – after the Bay View community’s Breazeale family grew committed to preserving what it could of the bay. The reserve, one of 28 in the country and the only one in the state, features the Breazeale Interpretive Center aquarium where visitors can get upclose views of life in the bay. The center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The reserve also offers anytime access to the pebble beach and mudflats of the bay along a short trail with a staircase, and another trail that circles through woods and fields behind the interpretive center. Parking and admission to the interpretive center are free.

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BOW/EDISON

Framed by Samish Bay, the Chuckanut Mountains and the farmland in between, the communities of Bow and Edison have a charming small-town feel. While the farms draw large numbers of trumpeter swans during winter, the scenery, restaurants and art galleries of Bow, Edison and Bay View draw travelers throughout the year. Many visitors heading toward Chuckanut Drive and Bellingham find this area has a charming Skagit County flavor that’s something special. Bow encompasses a handful of niche communities, including Edison — the hometown of legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow. From a logging town to a main street of meat markets and hardware stores, Edison has emerged as something of a tourist destination, largely because of its unusual character. A combination of agriculture, artistry, Old West and wholesome goodness

creates magic in Edison. The eclectic art scene and the food, from homemade bread to oysters from the nearby bay, are big draws. Visitors can drop in for lunch at an inn more than 100 years old or get provisions at an artisanal bakery and a deli stocked with fine cheeses and cured meats sourced from throughout the Northwest. During summer, local farmers gather on Thursdays for the Bow Little Market. The Little Market also hosts events, such as the Holiday Market in November, featuring food vendors and live music. The Edison Bird Festival, started in February 2012, includes guided birding trips, bird-inspired art shows and a chicken parade on Gilkey Avenue. Edison is also a popular stop for many bikers during the annual Oyster Run on the fourth Sunday in September. Motorcycles fill the streets and riders enjoy oysters on their way to Anacortes, where thousands of bikers gather for the one-day event. For those looking for more entertainment, the Skagit Valley Casino Resort is at the Bow exit (Exit 236) off Interstate 5.

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L a Conner

MAPLE HALL

A colorful history, vibrant community and connection to some of the state’s most famous artists highlight La Conner, Skagit County’s oldest community, where visitors find shops, great restaurants and beautiful views of the Swinomish Channel. 42 SKAGIT COUNTY Visitors & Newcomers Guide

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Enjoy La Conner’s 3 Outstanding Museums

LA CONNER HONORS

Celebrate Skagit History

In recent years the town has been awarded: w Best Small Town in Washington w Town That Captures the NW Spirit w Best Romantic Getaway w Most Exciting Small Town w Best Tiny Town w Best Neighborhood Town in Skagit County

Three outstanding galleries of fascinating Skagit history – from the Native Americans of the area through the early industry and home life of the pioneers. AND two changing featured exhibit spaces! Come explore Skagit History.

Downtown La Conner is only a few blocks long, but it’s filled with culture, art and history. Locally owned shops abound, and there are plenty of restaurants and pubs to choose from, including some right on the channel.

Skagit County Historical Museum

Open Tues-Sun 11-4 501 S. 4th St., La Conner • 360.466.3365 • www.skagitcounty.net/museum

The Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA)

La Conner was first settled in the early 1860s, just after the Civil War. Its name officially became La Conner in 1870 to honor the property owner’s wife, Louisa A. Conner.

connects people with the art, diverse cultures and environments of the Northwest.

Artists began inhabiting the scenic town as early as the 1940s. The Museum of Northwest Art offers more than 2,500 contemporary art objects from the early 1900s up until today. It has boasted work by greats such as Dale Chihuly, Guy Anderson, Mark Tobey, Morris Graves and Richard Gilkey. MONA Style is held in March, allowing selected artists to sell handmade clothing and wearable art.

Enjoy quarterly displays of emerging area artists, displays of work from our permanent collection and workshops, talks and tours for all ages. MoNA and Museum Store Hours: Sun-Mon: Noon-5pm, Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm 121 First St., La Conner | 360.466.4446 www.museumofnwart.org FREE Admission | Open seven days a week

La Conner is home to the Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. Fourth St., which invites you to “Come to the top of the hill for a spectacular view of Skagit County history.” The view east over the Skagit Valley is an added treat.

Three Floors of Quilts & Fiber Art!

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Wed-Sun 11am-5pm Open every day in April (360) 466-4288 703 S. 2nd Street, La Conner, WA 98257

Quilt: East/West; Sally Wright

Another great artistic attraction is the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 S. Second St. Located in the stunning, historic Gaches Mansion, the museum displays a wide variety of handmade quilts.

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L a Conner The bright orange Rainbow Bridge is a testament to the town’s artistic flair. The color was chosen when it was built in 1957 as a bright alternative to the traditional gray or green paint. The bridge straddles the channel between La Conner and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Walk across the bridge to experience beautiful views of the Northwest and charming sights of the town. The rich farmland was created when settlers diked hundreds of acres of land. Now, springtime brings acres and acres of vibrant daffodils and tulips to the fields around La Conner.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE w Visit Magnus Anderson’s hand-split log cabin built in 1869, on Second and Commercial streets. w Stroll across the colorful Rainbow Bridge and gaze at the sights. w Enjoy La Conner’s Sculpture Exhibit, which changes every year. w See the refurbished Sacred Heart Catholic Church built in 1899. Members of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community carried the bell from Astoria, Oregon, to La Conner on a canoe and by foot. Early settler Louisa Anne Conner was determined to build a Catholic church and gathered donations from nearby settlers to complete the effort.

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w The annual Art’s Alive! festival, usually the first week in November, w The annual Quilt & Fiber Arts Fesfeatures local artists’ work. Maple tival at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, held in early fall, is Hall features exhibits and showcases a great place to check out international the work of a featured artist. Demonstrations and local art can be found quilts and wearable art. throughout town. w The Skagit River Poetry Festival, held every two years, frequently draws some of the biggest names in poetry to La Conner. The next festival is slated for this year. w The La Conner Daffodil Festival is held while the flowers are blooming in March. Events include the Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride.

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w The Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. Fourth St., offers a look back at Skagit County history and a look out over the Skagit Valley. w The Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 S. Second St., has stunning exhibits displayed in a historic mansion. w The Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St., shouldn’t be missed. Free admission.

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C onway & Fir Island Farmland, a quaint town and a birding paradise. Those are just a few of the draws to Conway and Fir Island south of Mount Vernon. Snow geese and trumpeter swans spend their winters on Fir Island alongside the many eagles and herons of the area. Photographers and bird-watchers come from many miles away to see these amazing gatherings. Spring is the time to see shorebirds and songbirds. The island’s back roads put you in the middle of farmland and beautiful bird habitat, but travelers will find a stop in little Conway well worth it, whether to grab a meal of burgers and oysters at the Conway Pub and Eatery or to browse the antique stores of Main Street. Conway, population under 100, is just off of Interstate 5, and during berry season, local farmers set up roadside stands to show off their strawberry, blueberry and raspberry crops.

This little town also offers the Conway Muse, a center for the performing and visual arts with plenty of live music on weekends with a motto of “Where Magic Happens.” Originally a dairy barn, it’s also been a glass shop, antique shop and auction barn over its nearly 100-year life. Photographers will note that a bridge built in 1914 connects Conway to Fir Island, which is also graced with acres upon acres of farmland and the nearly century-old Fir-Conway Lutheran Church — always worth a photograph.

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B urlington

BERRY DAIRY DAYS

Great shopping, locally grown berries and flying pumpkins are a few of the prime features offered in this city. Dubbed The Hub City, Burlington is the cornerstone of commerce in the county. A mix of old and new, Burlington has maintained its historic shopping district on Fairhaven Avenue, an old-fashioned main street.

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Around the corner, the more modern version of shopping begins with a mall, a discount outlet mall and a collection of big-box stores that draw customers from Seattle and British Columbia.

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B urlington Skagit River Park is a popular 100acre gem at the end of South Skagit Street with 20 regulation-sized soccer fields, 24 horseshoe pits, a trail and dike access for folks to walk along the river.

HARVEST FESTIVAL AND PUMPKIN PITCH

The city also maintains Maiben Park, which contains Burlington’s Community Building and Senior Center; Alpha Park, the traditional site for the city’s 70-foottall Christmas tree; and Rotary Park, which offers soccer and softball fields, a concrete skate park and the region’s only four-court outdoor sand volleyball site. Burlington was platted in 1891 and gained its first post office, school, meat market, sawmill and saloon that year. The railroad company Seattle and Northern built a railroad through town that year, as well. The town was incorporated in 1902. Be sure to visit the city’s Regional Byway Center at Railroad Park on Fairhaven Avenue, which houses the Chamber of Commerce and visitor information center. The center was designed to resemble the original city train station.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE w Shop for bargains at the malls off of Interstate 5 and visit the historic shopping district on Fairhaven Avenue. w Walk along the Skagit River at Skagit River Park.

DON’T MISS w Berry Dairy Days is one of the oldest and sweetest festivals in Skagit County. The family-friendly event, established in 1937 by the Burlington Fire Department as a nod to the community’s agricultural heritage, occurs the third week of June (15-17) at Railroad Park in downtown Burlington. w Pumpkins soar through the air each fall at Burlington’s annual Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch at Skagit River Park, this year on Sept. 29. The homemade trebuchets and catapults are engineering marvels that help celebrate the season. Children look forward to the joys of zucchini car races. skagitvisitor.com

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Mount Vernon is Skagit County’s largest city, and its population grows exponentially each April as visitors from all over come for the world-famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Head downtown any time of year to get a taste of the local life and travel quaint streets lined with locally owned restaurants and shops. skagitvisitor.com

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Mount Vernon is built beside and across the third-largest river on the West Coast, offering a close-up view of nature’s best right in the heart of the city. Stroll along the Skagit River on the edge of this old-fashioned downtown, which features independently owned shops, restaurants and a historic theater in the center of things. Mount Vernon’s founders arrived in the area in the 1870s and built a small town just above a 3-mile log jam. A few dedicated farmers began hauling the logs out until there was a space big enough for small boats to travel through. After two years of removing logs, the first steamer, the Wenat, made it into Mount Vernon in 1878. The jam was finally cleared several years later. When the town incorporated in 1890, it was home to 443 people. It now has more than 33,000 residents.

Summer brings pleasant weather to the valley, and the festivals come with it. The Skagit Valley Highland Games and Celtic Festival is always a hit at Edgewater Park, and the Skagit River Shakespeare Festival at the outdoor Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheatre is the perfect outing for theatergoers. The summertime also brings the weekly farmers market to Mount Vernon. Farmers and community members gather downtown every Saturday into October to sell local produce and handmade goods.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE w Walk along the river, where the city’s floodwall project has added an extensive walkway along its banks as well as a 30,000-square-foot riverfront park. Beginning at Lions Park, the Skagit Riverwalk continues south along the east bank of the river in front of

downtown. w Check out the downtown pubs and enjoy a wide selection of locally made beer and seasonal fare. w Little Mountain Park is a must-see. The park sits at an elevation of 934 feet with two viewpoints offering stunning views of the Skagit Valley, the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Mountains. Follow a paved road for 1.5 miles to the 517-acre park and ride a bike, go for a short hike on trails or take in the sights. w Antique stores abound in the historic downtown area. Also downtown is the Lincoln Theatre, built in 1926 with a history of vaudeville performers and silent movies. Now, it’s home to numerous local and regional performances, music and theater, and movies several times per week.

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DON’T MISS w If you’re here in April, the blooming tulip fields are a must. Be sure to bring a camera and buy some bulbs and cut flowers to take home during the monthlong Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Dates are dependent on when the tulips bloom. w In summer, head over to the Skagit County Fair (the second week of August) at the fairgrounds. Enjoy music, food, animals and several live events at the bustling fairgrounds.

w The Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival are a feast for the senses with bagpipe music, dancing, fiddling, sheepdogs, and Scottish cultural demonstrations. Enjoy it all at Edgewater Park during mid-July. w Taste Skagit County and Northwest wines and beers at the annual Skagit Wine & Beer Festival, hosted by the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce in mid-November. Local chocolate and cheese make the experience a delicious evening.

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w The city, along with the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce, hosts The Riverwalk Summer Concert Series, a family-friendly event on the Riverwalk featuring an eclectic mix of genres from local bands. Concerts are held from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday starting the second week of July, and going through the end of August.

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The scenic communities of Clear Lake and Big Lake both have roots in the logging industry. With 2,000 employees, Clear Lake Lumber Co. was the largest inland mill in the Pacific Northwest during peak production in 1900, according to the Clear Lake Historical Association. The company went bankrupt in 1925, and with its main industry gone, the town had to adapt. These days, Clear Lake and nearby Big Lake offer fishing, swimming and boating. Big Lake is a popular spot for summer boating and fishing for bass and rainbow trout. With a population of about 1,000, Clear Lake offers a public swimming area and playground equipment for the kids. The park off South Front Street is great for picnicking and family gatherings. 58 SKAGIT COUNTY Visitors & Newcomers Guide

Besides the lake, the community along Highway 9 now has a market, tavern, gas station/convenience store and elementary school. The community is in a valley surrounded by hills, farm fields and homes in the foothills east of Mount Vernon. With a population of 1,835, Big Lake began as a bustling logging town that supported hundreds of workers. When the logging industry collapsed, the town transformed into a quiet farming community. It draws thousands of people for the July 3 fireworks show — yes, a day early — but it’s a longstanding tradition and gets Independence Day off to a great start. The lake shores are now lined with homes and the surrounding hills are dotted with housing developments. The town has its own elementary school, a grocery store with personality and a nine-hole golf course.

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S edro-Woolley

Serving as the gateway to the North Cascades, Sedro-Woolley treasures its rugged, logging-era heritage. It boasts as much with murals and chain saw carvings downtown and events throughout the year, including a popular summer rodeo and chain saw carving competition.

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Sedro-Woolley also serves as an access point to the North Cascades National Park and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, both of which are headquartered out of a visitor center on Highway 20. Sedro-Woolley also offers great recreation right in town. On the south bank of the Skagit River, Riverfront Park is a popular spot with more than 50 picnic tables, a covered picnic area and two shelters with barbecue pits. The park has restrooms, an RV and tent-camping area, and a boat launch. Bingham Park, located near the roundabouts on Cook Road and Highway 20, offers a playground upgraded in 2014 and RV parking with utility connections. Downtown, the Rotary Club built a skate park behind City Hall in 2012 that hosted its first competition in September 2013 and now attracts skateboarders from throughout the state. skagitvisitor.com


S edro-Woolley Down the street, Hammer Heritage Square overlooks the central downtown business district and graces it with a gazebo, clock tower and public restrooms. It serves as a center for city festivals and the spring-through-fall farmers market, held on Wednesdays. With improvements to Highway 9 the city has also improved pedestrian and bicycle access in parts of town, making neighborhoods and businesses safer and easier to reach. Today, the tight-knit downtown business community works hard to maintain a welcoming, historic core that has seen some revitalization in recent years. The Woolley Market that opened in 2014 has become a gathering place for locals and a popular lunch spot for visitors.

The Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce organizes many lively events each year, drawing locals and visitors alike that honor the town’s heritage and celebrate its progress. The Sedro-Woolley Museum offers a litany of information year-round about the city’s beginning as two separate towns that merged in September 1898. The original two settlements, one founded by Mortimer Cook and the other by Phillip A. Woolley, were built on the promise of the logging industry in Skagit County. Mortimer Cook initially named the 34 acres of land he settled in 1884 “Bug,” in reference to mosquitoes along the Skagit River. Cook’s wife and the settlers who came influenced a change from the insectinspired name to Sedra, the Spanish word for cedar. Due to a misspelling, it became Sedro instead.

Meanwhile, Woolley was also setting up shop, first for a sawmill and then for a town, not too far from Sedro along the river. Unlike Cook’s creative names, Woolley chose to stick with his own surname for the town he founded. The two towns grew and quickly became rivals. Then in 1898 they agreed to put their rivalry behind them and join as one. Both, however, refused to give up their names, resulting in the hyphenation. The town has survived many changes over the decades since, and is now the headquarters of Janicki Industries, which creates high-tech molds for the aerospace and maritime industries.

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S edro-Woolley WHILE YOU’RE HERE w Stroll by the wood carvings and murals downtown, many of which can be found along Metcalf Street. Each July, the carvings are auctioned at the end of the annual Loggerodeo chain saw carving event, and local businesses purchase them to keep on display. Many of the murals were inspired by world-famous photographer Darius Kinsey, who had a studio in town. w Stop by the Sedro-Woolley Museum for an excursion through artifacts from the early days of the rival logging and mining towns of Sedro and Woolley — such as costumes and a book about the infamous Sedro-Woolley bank robbery in 1914, an exciting video and story of Tusko the circus elephant running amuck in 1922 and a video showing how railroads and the Skagit River supported the city’s early economy. w Visit the Northern State Recreation Area just northeast of town off Highway 20 between Helmick and Fruitdale roads. The 651-acre regional park at the site of the former Northern State Hospital offers hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as a disc-golf course.

w Blast from the Past, held in early

June, features a vintage car show, sidewalk sale, arts and crafts, games for the kids and plenty of food. w The Fourth of July Loggerodeo celebration brings back the town’s heritage with logging demonstrations, chain saw carving competitions, a rodeo and fireworks. The family-fun event runs over the Fourth of July holiday, with events and activities downtown and at Riverfront Park, including a carnival for the kids, live music, a beard contest, arts, crafts and food.

w Sedro-Woolley celebrates its past leaders the second week of September with is annual Founders Day event. The day features games, a museum open house and the honoring of one of the town’s pioneering families. The

event kicks off with a community breakfast at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center, and Sunday’s events include a car show and community picnic.

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From hiking to river rafting, bird-watching to boat tours, there are plenty of ways to connect with nature in the upper Skagit County region. LYMAN

If heading east toward the North Cascades on Highway 20, be sure to stop by the small town of Lyman. The size is part of its charm. The main drag serves as the center of the quiet, picturesque town, where about 450 residents enjoy life on the Skagit River. The beautiful Minkler Mansion at 8405 S. Main St., which pioneer mill owner and statesman Birdsey Minkler

built in 1891, serves as Lyman Town Hall and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another historic landmark is the Lyman cemetery, which dates back more than a century and neighbors an early Native American burial ground. The Cascade Trail, a popular Rails to Trails project for walkers, joggers and bicyclists, passes through town with access to a park featuring barbecue pits, a covered picnic area, restrooms and a horseshoe pit. A new

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cooking area built at the park in 2017 is also now available to rent for large gatherings. Nearby on the trail is Lyman Slough. The Skagit Land Trust owns 19 acres on this scenic waterway and encourages visitors. Lyman’s rich heritage is based on its abundant timber, fish and mineral resources and its Native American history. The town also features a gas station, grocery and restaurant.

HAMILTON

The town of Hamilton sits rather precariously on the flood-prone Skagit River, divided by Highway 20, 13 miles east of Sedro-Woolley. About 300 people call it home — some whose families have lived there for generations and others who came to enjoy country living. skagitvisitor.com


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Main Street features a park, a public picnic area and covered gazebo with kitchen facilities and restrooms. The town also has a bar, grocery store and post office. The decline of mining, logging and paper mill industries left this community without an industrial presence until recently. Janicki Industries recently built a state-of-the-art industrial composites plant on the edge of town.

BIRDSVIEW

This tiny upriver community between Hamilton and Concrete along Highway 20 serves as a stop-off spot for folks heading up Baker Lake Road to camp, hike or boat at scenic Baker Lake or trekking farther along the highway to the endless recreation opportunities in the North Cascades. It’s also home to Birdsview Brewing Co., which serves food and beverages.

CONCRETE

This town’s history is in its name. It used to be two communities, Cement City and Baker, that were built around two different cement companies. While both cement plants are long gone, the name and some remnants of those industries remain, including huge silos that tower over Highway 20. Today, visitors can stop here to dine or fill the gas tank before ascending the North Cascades Highway. Public restrooms and a community resource center are available on Main Street, just a block north of the highway. In recent years, town visionaries have worked hard to reinvent Concrete, with new businesses opened and old ones revived. The town’s historic newspaper, The Concrete Herald, was brought back to life, and the Concrete Theatre was opened in 2010. Among the small businesses in town today is a glutenfree bakery offering pastries and a hearty lunch menu. The Concrete Chamber of Commerce organizes the popular wintertime Skagit Eagle Festival, which runs throughout the month of January. The town also celebrates Mardi Gras with a parade the Saturday before the designated “Fat Tuesday” each February. And the town pays its respect to the many ghosts said to haunt the historic downtown with an October Ghost Walk.

ROCKPORT

When majestic bald eagles migrate by the hundreds as chum salmon spawn in the Skagit River, which runs through Rockport, the town becomes the epicenter of the annual winter migration of the raptors to the upriver Skagit Valley. For decades, Rockport has celebrated their arrival with the Skagit Eagle Festival. The event features guided walks, photography workshops, demonstrations with live raptors and performances by tribal musicians and dancers over four weekends in January.

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DON’T MISS w January’s Skagit Eagle Festival is a monthlong celebration of eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County, as various events are held in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount each weekend. Activities include free tours, walks, and educational programs about the majestic birds, the stunning Skagit River and other area wildlife — along with arts and crafts, river rafting, live music and dance. Most educational events take place at the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, one block south of Highway 20 at Howard Miller Steelhead Park. Visit skagiteagle.org, stop in at the Concrete Center on 45821 Railroad St. in Concrete, or call the Concrete Chamber of Commerce at 360-853-8784 for information. w Enjoy Seattle City Light’s Diablo Lake boat tour during the summer, taking in the North Cascades scenery and learning about the area’s wildlife, as well as the manmade wonders that provide hydroelectric power to the city of Seattle. The ride ends with lunch at the North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center. Learn more about activities in Newhalem and Diablo at skagittours.com, or e-mail skagittours@Seattle.gov or call 360-854-2589.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE w View the abundant waterfalls spilling from the North Cascades mountains. The popular Gorge Creek Falls is about 3 miles east of Newhalem along Highway 20. Gorge Creek drops 242 feet in a breathtaking plunge. w At the foot of Sauk Mountain, visit Rockport State Park, which offers an untouched old-growth forest where an entire ecosystem of ancient times remains in place, creating a rare, natural forest with a canopy so dense not much sunlight penetrates to the ground. The mountain itself has an elevation of 5,400 feet and a steep but climbable trail to the top. w Stop by the interpretive Trail of the Cedars nature walk in Newhalem. The flat loop trail is 0.3 miles through old cedar trees with plaques along the way. The trail starts at the suspension bridge behind the Skagit General Store, which is a great place to grab a snack.

Many of the educational events during the festival take place at the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, one block south of Highway 20 at Howard Miller Steelhead Park. The center is open weekends in December and January. Guided walks are offered at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and educational presentations are offered at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Learn more at skagiteagle.org or call 360-853-7626.

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S kagit County Today SKAGIT COUNTY POPULATION Skagit County: 123,681 Anacortes: 16,681 Burlington: 8,768 Concrete: 724 Hamilton: 299 La Conner: 936 Lyman: 454 Mount Vernon: 34,590 Sedro-Woolley: 11,476 - Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2016 estimates

MEDIAN HOME PRICES Anacortes: $422,900 Burlington: $302,450 Concrete/Upriver: $169,950 Guemes Island: $570,000 La Conner: $275,000 Lyman/Hamilton: $250,000 Mount Vernon: $305,000 Sedro-Woolley: $259,950 - Source: Northwest Multiple Listing Service, 2017 closed residential and condominium sales through November.

MAJOR PUBLIC EMPLOYERS w Skagit Regional Health w Island Hospital w PeaceHealth United General Medical Center w Skagit County w Skagit Valley College w Sedro-Woolley School District w Anacortes School District w Mount Vernon School District w Burlington-Edison School District

MAJOR PRIVATE EMPLOYERS w Janicki Industries composite tooling supplier, Sedro-Woolley w Shell Puget Sound Refinery, Anacortes w Andeavor Anacortes Refinery w Sakuma Bros. Farms, Burlington w Skagit Valley Casino Resort, Bow w Swinomish Casino & Lodge, Anacortes w Draper Valley Farms chicken processor, Mount Vernon w Skagit Seed Services, La Conner w Trident Seafoods Corp., Anacortes w Dakota Creek Industries shipbuilding and repair, Anacortes w PACCAR Technical Center truck building and testing, Burlington w Dunlap Towing Co. marine towing service, La Conner w Sierra Pacific lumber wholesaler, Mount Vernon Volant aircraft interiors, Burlington w Skagit Gardens wholesale grower, Mount Vernon w Hexcel Corporation, manufacturer of metallic and non-metallic honeycomb components, Burlington w Skagit Bank w Truss Company truss manufacturer, Burlington - Source: Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County

PORT DISTRICTS The Port of Skagit County Major facilities: Skagit Regional Airport, La Conner Marina, Bay View Business Park. Jobs on the property: 1,409 direct full- and parttime jobs Number of tenants: 85 Major tenants: Golden Harvest, Hexcel Corp., Team Corp., Tri-County Truss, Volant Aerospace. 360-757-0011, portofskagit.com The Port of Anacortes Major facilities: Marine terminal, 950-slip Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes Airport. Major Tenants: Dakota Creek Industries, Anthony’s, Cortland Puget Sound Rope, Northwest Marine Technology, Micro AeroDynamics, Transpac Marinas, San Juan Airlines, Washington State Ferries. 360-293-3134, portofanacortes.com

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HEALTH CARE

(Three public hospital districts) Skagit Regional Health 1415 E. Kincaid Mount Vernon skagitvalleyhospital.org 360-424-4111 Skagit Regional Health operates two hospitals – 137-bed Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon and 48-bed Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington – along with 19 clinics in Skagit, Island and north Snohomish counties. Skagit Regional Health employs about 150 physicians and allied health professionals who offer a total of 25 medical specialties ranging from primary care and pediatrics to cardiology and orthopedic surgery. The system offers comprehensive cancer care, orthopedics and sports medicine, general surgery, women’s health and family birth centers, kidney dialysis, outpatient diagnostic imaging, urgent care and emergency services. PeaceHealth United General Medical Center 2000 Hospital Drive Sedro-Woolley peacehealth.org/united-general-medical-center 360-856-6021 PeaceHealth United General Medical Center has been part of the community for more than 50 years, providing health care for the areas of Burlington, Bay View, Clear Lake, Concrete, Marblemount, parts of Mount Vernon and Samish Island — more than 2,000 square miles in Skagit County and even parts of Whatcom County. It began a new chapter in 2014 when it officially joined PeaceHealth. Services include acute care; cancer services, including a breast care center; cardiology; orthopedic, general and gastroenterology surgery; diagnostic imaging; occupational therapy; nutrition services; a sleep disorders center; family medicine; pulmonary rehabilitation; and more. Island Hospital 1211 24th St. Anacortes islandhospital.org 360-299-1300 Island Hospital has been keeping people in west Skagit County, north Whidbey Island and the San Juan Islands healthy since 1962. It is a small hospital with 43 private beds, yet provides level III trauma care (level II for stroke), a birth center, cancer care center, critical care, diagnostic imaging, emergency services, physical therapy and rehabilitation, hyperbaric therapy, prenatal care, surgery and a sleep wellness center. Island Hospital operates five family care clinics in Anacortes and offers six specialty clinics – including a new headache clinic. Known for high-quality services, Island was recognized as a 2016 four-star hospital by Medicare, one of only nine in the state of Washington. Other recent awards include a top 10 for surgery quality and top 3 for patient communication by a national consumer magazine, and one of the Best Washington Hospitals by NerdWallet, which deemed it No. 1 in patient satisfaction and No. 3 in affordability. In 2016, Island was third in the state for low readmissions – considered a key measure of quality – and was first in that category in 2015.

EDUCATION

Skagit County has seven public school districts: Anacortes, Burlington-Edison, Concrete, Conway, La Conner, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley. Skagit Valley College, the area’s community college, provides academic transfer pathways, workforce training, basic education for adults and lifelong learning opportunities. The college is proud to be one of 30 colleges nationwide — and only three in Washington — selected to participate in The Pathways Project led by the American Association of Community Colleges. Funded through a $5.2 million Gates Foundation grant, The Pathways Project provides a unique opportunity for Skagit Valley College to identify new strategies to reduce barriers to student success. Skagit Valley College’s main campus is in Mount Vernon, but there are also satellite facilities in Anacortes, Burlington, Oak Harbor, Friday Harbor and Langley. skagit.edu, Mount Vernon campus, 2405 E. College Way, 360-416-7600

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S kagit County Today CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE Anacortes 819 Commercial Ave. Suite F 360-293-7911 anacortes.org

Burlington Public Library 820 Washington Ave. 360-755-0760 burlingtonwa.gov/library

Burlington 520 E. Fairhaven Ave. 360-757-0994 burlington-chamber.com

Central Skagit Library District 720 Metcalf St., Sedro-Woolley 360-755-3985 centralskagitlibrary.org

Concrete 45770 Main St. 360-853-8784 concrete-wa.com

La Conner Regional Library 614 Morris St. 360-466-3352 clib.lib.wa.us

La Conner 511 Morris St., Suite 3 360-466-4778, 888-642-9284 lovelaconner.com

Mount Vernon City Library 315 Snoqualmie St. 360-336-6209 mountvernonwa.gov/175/Library

Mount Vernon 301 W. Kincaid St. 360-428-8547 mountvernonchamber.com

Sedro-Woolley Public Library 802 Ball St. 360-855-1166 ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us/departments/ public_library

Sedro-Woolley 810 Metcalf St. 360-855-1841 sedro-woolley.com

Libraries Anacortes Public Library 1220 10th St. 360-293-1910 anacorteswa.gov/220/Library

Upper Skagit Library District 45770 B Main St., Concrete 360-853-7939 upperskagit.lib.wa.us

NEWSPAPERS Skagit Valley Herald (daily) 1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon 360-424-3251, goskagit.com

Anacortes American (weekly) 901 Sixth St., Anacortes 360-293-3122, goanacortes.com Your Fidalgo (weekly) 901 Sixth St., Anacortes 360-293-3122, goanacortes.com The Argus (weekly) 1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon 360-416-2135, goskagit.com Courier-Times (weekly) 1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon 360-416-2135, goskagit.com Concrete Herald (monthly) 360-853-8213, concrete-herald.com La Conner Weekly News 119 North Third St. 360-466-3315, laconnerweekly news.com

Radio stations

KAPS 660 AM, KAPS 102.1 (Mount Vernon) FM country music. kapsradio.com, 360-424-0660, kapsradio@gmail.com KBRC 1430 AM (Mount Vernon) Classic hits. kbrcradio.com, 360-424-1430, kbrcradio@gmail.com

KSVR 91.7 FM (Mount Vernon) Broadcast news, public affairs programs and music in English and Spanish from Skagit Valley College. ksvr.org KSVU 90.1 FM (east Skagit County) News, views and music. ksvu.org

TELEVISION / PUBLIC ACCESS Channel 10 (Mount Vernon) Can be seen on Comcast Cable channel 10 anywhere in Skagit County except Anacortes. Broadcasts Mount Vernon City Council meetings, community events and related programming. Access Skagit Television, Skagit 21 (Mount Vernon) Can be seen on Comcast Cable and Wave Cable channel 21 in the greater Skagit Valley viewing area. Broadcasts public meetings for the Skagit County Board of Commissioners, the Skagit County Planning Commission and the Port of Anacortes.

MALLS Cascade Mall 201 Cascade Mall Drive, Burlington shopcascademall.com, 360-757-2070 The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington 448 Fashion Way, Burlington theoutletshoppesatburlington.com, 360-757-3548

Looking for a doctor?

We take care of individuals and families through all ages and stages of life. 2511 M Ave., Suite A Anacortes (360) 293-9813

North Cascade Family Physicians 2116 E. Section St. Mount Vernon (360) 428-1700

North Cascade Urgent Care Clinic 2116 E. Section St. Mount Vernon (360) 428-1700

To find a doctor, visit familycarenetwork.com.

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T ribes SWINOMISH INDIAN TRIBAL COMMUNITY

The Swinomish tribe’s headquarters are in the historic Swinomish Village across the Swinomish Channel from La Conner. What people might be more familiar with, though, is the Swinomish Casino & Lodge on Highway 20 east of Anacortes, or the nearby Swinomish Golf Links, an 18-hole course the tribe purchased in 2013. In late 2016, the tribe started a $20 million renovation and expansion project of the casino, which will expand the gaming room floor, add more than 10,000-square-feet in additional gaming room and convert the buffet into a new dining area with two new restaurants and a 24-hour cafe. The four-part project is set to be completed this year, but the new, updated game floor and dining options are already open. The sweeping views from the lodge take in land where the Coast Salish people have lived for thousands of years. The culture of the Swinomish, the “People of the Salmon,” centered on abundant saltwater resources, particularly salmon and shellfish, which remain a key part of the tribal economy today. In addition to the casino, the tribe operates the Swinomish Chevron Gas Station, which includes a tobacco, liquor and convenience store; the Swinomish Fish Co., which processes salmon and shellfish for a global market; the Swinomish RV Park, featuring 35 full-service sites located at the casino; and a Ramada Hotel in Ocean Shores on the Washington coast. The tribe has become one of the five largest employers in Skagit County, with more than 250 employees in tribal government and approximately 500 employees in its casino and other economic enterprises. The reservation is about 15 square miles on the southeastern end of Fidalgo Island. The tribe has jurisdictional authority within the reservation’s boundaries and provides police and other governmental services to residents. The tribe operates a fisheries department and a water resources program and provides social and health services, education support and many other services. Information: swinomish-nsn.gov

SAMISH INDIAN NATION

Historically, the large and powerful Samish Nation lived in finely crafted longhouses on Guemes, Samish and Fidalgo islands and along other coastal areas in the Salish Sea. They relied largely on saltwater resources. The Samish’s status as a federally recognized Indian tribe was lost through a clerical error in 1969 when it was left off a list by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It took more than 26 years of administrative and federal court proceedings to regain recognition for the Samish Indian Nation in 1996.

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Since then, the tribe has acquired property in and around Anacortes, including its cedar administrative offices and a health administration building, both on Commercial Avenue, as well as a preschool, the Fidalgo Bay RV Resort and tracts of land for future housing and economic development. Information: samishtribe.nsn.us

UPPER SKAGIT TRIBE

The 84-acre Upper Skagit Reservation is east of SedroWoolley, and the tribe has 504 enrolled members who are descended from a tribe that inhabited 10 villages on the Upper Skagit and Sauk rivers. The tribe opened its $28 million Skagit Casino Resort (theskagit.com) on a 15-acre site adjacent to Interstate 5 in Bow in 1995, and opened an $11 million, 103-room hotel and conference center at the same location in 2001. Information: 360-854-7090 skagitvisitor.com


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giving back to others who called this wonderful place

The Swinomish people have called the Skagit Valley home since time immemorial. Our culture, traditions and way of life are tied to the lands, water, and resources here. Our relationship with this place defines the very essence of who we are and who we will be will be for generations to come. Whether you come to visit Skagit Valley for a day or to stay for a while, please visit us at Swinomish. The beautiful Swinomish Lodge, our RV Park, the 13 Moons Restaurant and Swinomish Links Golf Course, in addition to our convenience stores and gas stations, are all ready to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Our elders taught us to love each other, to care for each other and to sharewhat we have. We hope you will give us a chance to share some of what we love about our home, the beautiful Skagit Valley, with you. Contact: Governmental Affairs, Debra Lekanof dlekanof@swinomish.nsn.us

To learn more about the Swinomish Indian Tribe’s commitment to protecting the Skagit River for all of us: visit our website at www.swinomish.org


E ntertainment Skagit County offers a wildly imaginative and eclectic menu of entertainment options.

theater groups and venues that have a flair for the ambitious.

Music, dance, art and professional and community theater are in abundance. Visit nearly any city in the county, and you’re bound to find a variety of galleries, art studios, clubs that feature live music and

Music and dance thrive. A professional symphony, opera groups, orchestra, an abundance of talented community theater groups, volunteer chorales and choruses combine to create a rich cultural environment.

VENUES MCINTYRE HALL McIntyre Hall is Skagit County’s premier performing arts hall, located on the Skagit Valley College campus in Mount Vernon. It has a seating capacity of 651 and a conference center that can accommodate up to 300 people. McIntyre has a consistently outstanding performance schedule. In 2017, the venue featured multiple versions of “The Nutcracker,” the Skagit Symphony, the Skagit Valley Chorale and numerous jazz and holiday concerts by touring, regional and local artists. Producers, directors, stage crews and actors have raved about McIntyre as one of the top venues for live performance in the region. It has a bar in the spacious lobby, where audiences can often watch backstage activity on a large television screen during intermissions. 360-416-7727, ext. 2; 866-624-6897, ext. 2; mcintyrehall.org

LINCOLN THEATRE The Lincoln Theatre in downtown Mount Vernon is a legendary performing arts venue and movie house. Built in 1926, this historic vaudeville and silent movie house has been renovated through the years into a premier stage for a variety of performances and events. At the same time, the theater is a unique venue to catch showings of both independent and the latest films, and live, high-definition broadcasts of some of the world’s best opera from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and the National Theatre in London.

In 2013, the theater upgraded to a digital movie projection system, and there is a current campaign to raise funds to upgrade and modernize the theater’s audio system. 360-336-8955, lincolntheatre.org

ANACORTES COMMUNITY THEATRE The Anacortes Community Theatre was founded by a group of local theater aficionados in 1964 and has since evolved into a thriving theater organization with its own colorful building, offering up a variety of staged productions year-round. Visitors can expect to see a helping of large-scale musicals, smaller comedies and dramas, and even shows written and produced by locals. 360-293-6829, acttheatre.com.

MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST ART The Museum of Northwest Art is one of the most influential art museums in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on exhibiting, preserving and interpreting Northwest art and artists. Since it was founded in 1981 by a group of local artists, the museum has moved to its current location along First Street in La Conner and has grown to include a permanent collection of more than 2,500 pieces. It also offers a full season of art workshops, activities and exhibits from artists. Admission is free. 360-466-4446, monamuseum.org

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PHILLIP TARRO THEATRE Skagit Valley College’s 210-seat Phillip Tarro Theatre, located on the college’s Mount Vernon campus, is an intimate venue perfect for smaller productions, panels or workshops. The theater is home to the college’s drama department, led by Skagit Valley native Damond Morris, and its seasonal stage productions. 360-416-7723, skagit.edu.

CONWAY MUSE The Conway Muse is a multifaceted venue with live music, dinner theater, improvisation and comedy. Located at the west end of Conway, 12 minutes south of Mount Vernon, the music lineup at the Muse features blues, country and western, acoustic and more. The food menu features barbecue, sandwiches and creative twists on burgers. 360-445-3000, theconwaymuse.com

CASINOS THE SKAGIT CASINO RESORT

5984 N. Darrk Lane, Bow 877-275-2448, 360-724-7777, theskagit.com

The Skagit Casino Resort includes a 103-room hotel and conference center, 900 slot machines in the casino, three restaurants and live entertainment in several rooms. Take Interstate 5 to Bow Hill Road (exit 236) and head east for two blocks, then turn left onto Darrk Lane.

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E ntertainment SWINOMISH CASINO AND LODGE

12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes 360-293-2691, 888-288-8883, swinomishcasinoandlodge.com

ANACORTES CINEMAS

Table games, slots, restaurant, bingo, poker, comedy, live boxing, banquets, RV park. The casino, which opened a 98-room hotel in 2012, includes a finedining restaurant, a sports bar, café, deli and meeting and convention spaces overlooking Padilla Bay. Take Interstate 5 to exit 230 and head west over the Duane Berentson Bridge onto Fidalgo Island.

LINCOLN THEATRE

CINEMAS

360-466-1783, facebook.com/ Cantabile-Chamber-Choir131666423550255

AMC LOEWS, CASCADE MALL

SKAGIT SYMPHONY

200 Cascade Mall Drive, Burlington amctheatres.com, 888-262-4386 14 screens

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THEATER ARTS GUILD

415 O Ave., Anacortes liveanacortes.com, 360-293-7000 Three screens

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FIDALGO YOUTH SYMPHONY 360-421-2527, fysmusic.org

712 S. First St., Mount Vernon lincolntheatre.org, 360-336-8955 One screen

SKAGIT VALLEY CHORALE info@skagitvalleychorale.org skagitvalleychorale.org

PERFORMANCE GROUPS

SKAGIT RIVER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL shakesnw.org

CANTABILE CHAMBER CHOIR

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META PERFORMING ARTS

360-848-9336, skagitsymphony.com

SKAGIT OPERA

360-422-5070, skagitopera.org

ALGER LOOKOUT THESPIAN ASSOCIATION

877-490-6382 metaperformingarts.org

LYRIC LIGHT OPERA

360-387-3948, lyriclightopera.org

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A dvertising Directory Anacortes Arts Festival........................................... 32

Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce................... 56

Anacortes Farmers Market....................................... 7

Museum of Northwest Art...................................... 43

Anacortes Museum................................................. 23

North Cascades Family Physicians.......................... 69

Big Scoop Sundae Palace & Restaurant.................. 19

Outlet Shoppes at Burlington................................. 52

Bob’s Burgers & Brew............................................. 16

Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum........ 43

Burlington Chamber of Commerce......................... 49

Pearl Buttons Vintage Style.................................... 31

Burton’s Jewelers.................................................... 33

Port of Skagit County............................................. 75

Children’s Museum of Skagit County...................... 17

ProScapes............................................................... 24

Christianson’s Nursery............................................ 12

RoozenGaarde........................................................ 11

Conway Pub & Eatery............................................. 47

Scott Milo Gallery................................................... 30

Cook Road Shell...................................................... 16

Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce................... 61

Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriot.................................. 16

Sedro-Woolley Museum.......................................... 63

Ferry Street Antique Mall....................................... 60

Skagit Casino Resort, The....................................... 76

5B’s Bakery............................................................. 25

Skagit County Fairgrounds..................................... 21

Fweedom Cannabis................................................. 15

Skagit County Historical Museum........................... 43

Highway 20 Hometown Pharmacy.......................... 61

Skagit Regional Health............................................. 2

Human Life of Washington........................................ 9

Skagit Valley Food Co-op....................................... 57

Island Hospital.......................................................... 3

Skagit’s Own Fish Market....................................... 48

Jitterbugs Espresso................................................ 16

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community....................... 71

Keller Williams Western Realty............................... 73

Tides of Anacortes.................................................. 33

La Conner Chamber of Commerce.......................... 44

Windermere Real Estate / Skagit Valley.................. 68

Lake McMurray Recreation Association.................. 47

Wood Merchant, The.............................................. 45

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Visitors and Newcomers Guide to a Special Corner of NW Washington