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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

2014 S k a g i t V i s i t o r. c o m


Ta bl e o f c o n t e n t s Farm & Field ...........................................................................6 Farmers Markets .....................................................................6 Tulip Festival ...........................................................................9 Map ......................................................................................10 display Gardens......................................................................12 Festival of Family Farms ........................................................13 wineries...................................................................................14 recreation ...............................................................................17 Hikes, cycling, Birding, Kayaking, Fishing, whales, parks, Golf, racing, Tours, runs & walks calendar...................................................................................26-30 Anacortes.................................................................................32 Map ......................................................................................34-35 Fidalgo Island Map .............................................................36 Anacortes Murals ....................................................................38 Guemes Island ........................................................................39 padilla Bay...............................................................................41 Map ......................................................................................40 La conner ................................................................................47 Map ......................................................................................50 conway ....................................................................................53 Map ......................................................................................52 Burlington ...............................................................................54 Map ......................................................................................58-59 Mount Vernon .........................................................................60 Map ......................................................................................62-63 clear Lake & Big Lake ...........................................................65 Map ......................................................................................66 Sedro-woolley .........................................................................67 Map ......................................................................................68 upper Skagit............................................................................70 Map ......................................................................................74-75 Skagit county Today ...............................................................76 Transportation.........................................................................80 Skagit county Map .................................................................80-81 Tribes .......................................................................................82 entertainment .........................................................................83 Advertiser directory ...............................................................86

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to Sk ag i t co u n t y! You are in a special place that stretches from saltwater beaches on the Salish Sea to snowcapped Cascade peaks. And, of course, the Skagit River, which has defined our region for centuries, runs through it. Our guide can help you discover it all. The pace is different here, whether you are in an artistic coastal community such as Anacortes, La Conner or Edison, or if you are in the history-rich downtown of Mount Vernon, Burlington or Sedro-Woolley. Plan to spend more than a day. Check into one of our hotels, quaint inns or rural retreats, and give yourself time for some shopping in old-fashioned downtowns full of unique shops or modern malls and outlet stores with the latest fashions and bargains. There are art galleries and museums to explore, wineries to visit, and bistros, pubs and restaurants where you can relax after a full day. The theater community is active, and there is plenty of nightlife, including two vibrant casinos and live music in various establishments. Skagit County’s location between Seattle to the south, Vancouver, B.C., to the north, the San Juan Islands to the west and the North Cascade National Park to the east makes it a great place to live, work and play.

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No matter the season, the great outdoors is nearby. It’s easy to go whale watching off Fidalgo Island, hiking in the North Cascades or cycling through the Skagit Flats. Our mild climate, ample rainfall and fertile soil combine to make agriculture the top industry here. Daffodils start the procession of color in early spring. They are followed by tulips in April, a great month to visit. Skagit County is world-famous for its tulips and tulip festival. Remember, though, Mother Nature has the last word on bloom times. Strawberries come on strong in June, followed by raspberries and blueberries. Fall brings apples, pumpkins and an invitation to visit a host of family farms throughout the valley during the Festival of Family Farms. A meandering trip through the valley with stops at roadside stands is a treat spring through fall, and in winter the fields and skies can be full of snow geese and trumpeter swans. Come visit us and find out for yourself what makes this a special place.

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Farm& Field

The small farms that dot the Skagit Valley, the seasonal produce and berry stands and the fields of tulips and daffodils are part of something big.

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griculture is the number one industry in Skagit County, with local farmers producing about $300 million worth of crops, livestock, and dairy products on approximately 100,000 acres of land. Around 100 different crops are grown here, according to the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, which is located right in the middle of things and a great place to visit. Among the top crops are specialty potatoes, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, tulips, daffodils, apples and vegetable seeds. Organic farming is on the rise. More than 40 organic farms combined for more than $11 million in sales a year. Residents and visitors can get a firsthand look at working farms and talk to their owners and managers during the annual Festival

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of Family Farms in October. The event got its start in 1999 and attracts 20,000 people annually. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, first held in 1984, runs for the month of April every year, peak time for tulip blooms. It is the secondlargest tulip festival in the world, as the vibrantly colored fields draw an estimated 300,000 visitors from the United States, Canada and around the world. As you drive through the Skagit Valley, tune to 1630 AM on your car radio and learn why local farmers call this fertile valley the “Magic Skagit.” “InFARMation” provides crop reports, farm history and special stories about the dozens of crops grown here. Find out what crops are being harvested or planted right now. Talking Fields is a self-guided tour that will take you all around the Skagit Valley, from the dike and drainage infrastructure to the farms and farm fields. Each Talking Field site has a unique QR code. Check it out at www. talkingfields.org.

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Farmers markets are one of the ways smaller farms and backyard gardeners can introduce consumers directly to their unique products and increase access to local foods while supporting sustainable food systems. They start opening in May, and many run through mid-October, with the fresh produce reflecting the seasons. Most have food and entertainment and have become community gathering spots.

AnAcorTeS FArMerS MArKeT • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, mid-May to mid-october. • Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. • Keri Knapp (360) 293-7922 info@anacortesfarmersmarket.org www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org Features farm produce and garden greens, baked goods, cheeses and eggs, meats, smoked salmon, coffee and tea, hot food and live music.

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Farmers Markets Free community self-help workshops on such topics as sprouting food, bicycle maintenance, raising backyard chickens and alternative energy are often offered Saturday mornings. Wednesday Market: Vendors set up in the late afternoon during the summer. Entertainment and an adjacent beer and wine garden hosted by Anacortes Brewery. Lots of food, not as many crafts as the regular market.

Bow Little Market • 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, late June through September. • Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green Road • Patty Sweaney (360) 724-3333 bowlittlemarket@yahoo.com www.bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com

Features produce and wares from backyard Samish Valley-area producers and small-time crafters with an afternoon activity tent for kids and occasional live music. The Harvest Festival, the third Saturday in October, officially ends the season.

Concrete Saturday Market • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, late May to early September. • Concrete Community Center, 45821 Railroad St. • Bill Jenks (360) 391-7957 concretesaturdaymarket1@gmail.com

Blackberries Raspberries Boysenberries Blueberries Tayberries Home-Baked Goods Teas & Preserves le Pie

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Garden Bakery Cafe & Country Gift Shop Apple Cider Donuts Rustic Pastries & Apple Cider Fresh Apples & Pears in Fall Unique Gifts

Fruit Syrups

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, late-May to mid-October. • Downtown Mount Vernon. • Ron Farrell, (360) 540-4066 mvfarmer1@hotmail.com www.MountVernonFarmersMarket.org

BERRY FUN!

Ice Cream Berry Milkshakes Sundaes & Smoothies You-pick or we pre-pick for you!

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360.766.6360

360.757.8004 17790 COOK RD

3 miles south of Edison

www.RosabellasGarden.com

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Mount Vernon Farmers Market

Nursery Plants

8933 Farm to Market Rd, Bow, WA Open: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9am to 3pm

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, mid-June to mid-September. • Island Hospital rose garden courtyard, 1211 24th St. • Suzie DuPuis (360) 299-1300, ext. 2567 sdupuis@islandhospital.org Features local farm produce, flowers, bread and guest vendors.

Features local produce and fruit, honey and jams, baked goods, annual and perennial plants, crafts, along with live music, bake sales, a picnic area and free coffee.

Strawberries

Island Hospital Farm Stand

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FArMerS MArKeTS Features local and organic vegetables, fruits and berries, meats and seafood, cheeses and bread, flowers and plants, crafts and artwork, along with ready-to-eat food and live music.

MounT Vernon wedneSdAy MArKeT • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, June through September. • Skagit Valley Hospital, 1415 Kincaid St. • Ron Farrell, (360) 540-4066 mvfarmer1@hotmail.com www.MountVernonFarmersMarket.org

Sedro-wooLLey FArMerS MArKeT • 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, late-May to mid-october. • Hammer Heritage Square, Ferry and Metcalf streets. • Jeremy Kindlund (360) 202-7311 sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket@gmail.com www.SedrowoolleyFarmersMarket.com Features seasonal produce and berries, baked goods, organic meat and cheese, flowers, honey, coffee beans and handmade crafts, along with hot food and music.

Open Daily in Downtown Mount Vernon www.skagitfoodcoop.com

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A 5 t h Genera t ion Fa mil y Fa r m Visit the Largest Hedge Maze in North America! A farm themed Maze that will educate, exercise and challenge young and old! • Our Own Fresh Berries All Summer • Northwest Gourmet Products • Holiday Christmas Trees, 4 Varieties Grown Behind “The Barn” • 14 Varieties of Hand-Made Pies • Hand-Dipped Hard Ice Cream Cones

360-466-1923

14285 La Conner-Whitney Rd. Mount Vernon

**For Seasonal Hours & Directions, scan code or visit: Find us on Facebook FunAtTheBerryBarn.com DESSERT, DIP & BREAD MIXES, COOKIES, ICE CREAM, BREAD, PASTA

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BREAD DIP, GRILLING SAUCES, PESTO, POPCORN, COFFEE & PIES

Award-Winning Deli & Ice Cream Espresso, Smoothies & Juices Local & Organic Produce Natural Groceries

GOURMET SOUP MIXES, PASTA SALAD KITS, JAM, LOCAL HONEY

Features local and organic vegetables, fruits and berries, meats and seafood, cheeses and bread.

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TuLIp FeSTIVAL For the past 30 years, the Skagit Valley has enthralled visitors with its explosively colorful fields of tulips. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, held the entire month of April, celebrates the jewels of the valley with a full lineup of events and plenty of tulip-viewing opportunities.

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he festival is one of the biggest events in the region, attracting an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 visitors from across the world. Once they arrive, they are treated to between 400 and 700 acres of tulips of all colors and varieties, grown by the Roozens of RoozenGaarde and the DeGoedes of Tulip Town. Visitors can enjoy perusing the three-plus acres of display gardens — planted with a quarter of a million tulip bulbs — at RoozenGaarde or Tulip Town, and then check out the variety of activities that take place in the Skagit Valley during the festival. Agricultural and retail businesses open their doors to showcase their products — everything from wine and oysters to cheese — and artists use the colorful blooms for their inspirations during several largescale, tulip-themed art shows. Events during the festival include the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue, served up daily at Hillcrest Park in Mount Vernon; the Tulip Festival Street Fair in downtown Mount Vernon; the Tulip Run; the Tulip Pedal, a 20-, 40- or 60-mile bicycle ride; 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 and wine festival while Sedro-Woolley offers Woodfest with chainsaw carving demonstrations. There’s a historic home tour in Edison.

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Many events are free; others include the price of admission.

SKAGIT VALLey BuLB FArM‚ TuLIp Town 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.

www.tulipfestival.org (360) 428-5959

wASHInGTon BuLB co.‚ roozenGAArde Three acres of tulips are on display 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.

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. 15002 Bradshaw road west of Mount Vernon www.tuliptown.com (360) 424-8152

15867 Beaver Marsh road west of Mount Vernon www.tulips.com (360) 424-8531

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★ Tulip Festival office ★ RoozenGaarde ★ Tulip Town 1 Peoples Bank/Judd & Black Gala Dinner 1 Skagit Valley Casino Resort 2 Key Bank Ambassador Event 2 Children’s Museum 3 Woodfest 4 Kiwanis Salmon BBQ 5 Art in a Pickle Barn 5 Azusa Farm & Gardens 6 Anacortes Arts Festival 6 Anacortes Quilt Walk 6 Anacortes Spring Wine Festival 6 Anacortes Brewery

6 Orcas Eclipse Charters 6 The Art of Gardening 7 Taylor Shellfish Farms 8 Golden Glen Creamery 9 Rosabella’s Garden Bakery 10 Burlington Scrapbook 10 Kid’s Giant Garage Sale 10 Burlington Art Walk 11 Downtown Mount Vernon Street Fair 11 Forte Artisan Chocolates 11 Lincoln Theatre 11 Skagit Valley Food Co-op 11 Skagit River Brewery 11 World’s Largest Garage Sale 12 Seattle Premium Outlets 13 COUNTRY Financial Tulip Frolic

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13 Tulip Pedal 13 US Bank Parade 13 La Conner Sculpture Tour 13 La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum 13 La Conner Brewing Company 13 Pickleball Tournament 13 Seattle Heli Tours 13 Museum of Northwest Art 13 Skagit County Historical Museum 14 Pasek Cellars Winery 15 Warren Jewelers 17 Tulip Run 17 Heritage Flight Museum 18 Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs 19 Skagit Valley Gardens 20 Padilla Bay Estuarine Center

21 Swinomish Casino & Lodge Puget Sound Refinery 21 Fidalgo Island Quilters Show 22 Outlet Shoppes at Burlington 23 Christianson’s Nursery 23 Art at the Schoolhouse 24 Seattle Heli Tours 24 ART Bash 25 Silver Reef Casino 26 Sauk Mountain Pottery 27 Sky Flyn’ Helicopter 28 Schuh Farms 29 Tulip Country Bike Tours & Rental 30 Skagit’s Own Fish Market 31 Snow Goose Produce 32 Gardening Workshop 32 WSU Discovery Garden

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33 Carpenter Creek Winery 34 North Sound Brewing Co. 35 Tulip Valley Winery 35 J & L Art 13Show 36 Fidalgo Bay Cofffee Roasters 37 Eaglemont Golf Course 38 PACCAR Open House 39 River Gallery 40 South Fork Farms 41 Canopy Tours Northwest 42 Volkswalk 43 Skagit Symphony Concert 44 Skagit River Produce 45 Hidden Meadow Ranch 46 Historic Home Tour 47 Glass Aquarium


Use your smart phone to scan these codes!

Order fresh cut flowers, shipped overnight, and bulbs at Tulips.com! Directions

View our Bloom Map at www.Tulips.com

View our Garden Photo album!

RoozenGaarde is a

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.

OPEN DAILY YEAR ROUND!

360.424.8531• 15867 Beaver Marsh Rd • Mount Vernon Mon - Sat 9am-6pm • Sun/Holidays 11am-4pm • (Extended hours during the Tulip Festival)


Display Gardens WSU display gardens

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ith more than two dozen gardens showcasing hundreds of species of plants in various arrangements and growing methods, the Washington State University Discovery Garden has something for everyone. Located amidst the agricultural test fields of the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center in the fertile Skagit Valley, the gardens provide inspiration and instruction for the experienced grower and fledgling hobbyist alike.

Azusa Farm & Gardens

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his flower farm has a large collection of plants and woody cut stems and features a full-service garden center. Named after the ancient Japanese azusa tree, which provides the most sought-after wood for archery bow-making, Azusa focuses on making its garden feel elegant and harmonious. Its namesake greets visitors at the farm entrance. Azusa offers themed display gardens, vegetable gardens, and occasional garden walks and workshops. 14904 Highway 20 West of Mount Vernon and Burlington azusafarm.com (360) 424-1580

Christianson’s Nursery

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atrons 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. After the tours, a classic afternoon tea is available in a one-room schoolhouse built in 1888. Gardening workshops are held in the schoolhouse during the growing season.

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15806 Best Road, west of Mount Vernon christiansonsnursery.com (360) 466-3821

La Conner Flats

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leven acres of English country gardens (next door to Christianson’s Nursery) are open dawn to dusk seven days a week at this 230-acre family farm. There is a $3 per person suggested donation, and as La Conner Flats often books private celebrations, you may have to come at another time.

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 groundcovers, heathers, irises, fuchsias, herbs, vegetables, berries and more. There’s an all-access enabling garden for those with decreased strength or mobility, and kids have a whimsical section all to themselves.

A farmstand is open in season.

• Fall and Winter Garden: This garden has selections picked for fall color and winter blooms.

15978 Best Road West of Mount Vernon laconnerflats.com (360) 840-1163

• Cottage Garden: The Cottage Garden is a combination of ornamentals, vegetables, herbs and fruit.

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isitors to these 25 picturesque acres along Interstate 5 can browse dahlia beds, retail greenhouses and groves of trees with spring-blooming flowers at their feet. A gift store and the Garden Cafe also are on site. 18923 Peter Johnson Road South of Mount Vernon skagitvalleygardens.com (360) 424-6760

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• Herb Garden: The overall structure of the garden is formal, but the planting is not. Gardens are open from dawn to dusk seven days a week. Call ahead to find out about classes taught by the garden’s keepers, the Skagit County Master Gardeners. 16650 Highway 536 West of Mount Vernon www.skagit.wsu.edu/mg/discoverygardens.html (360) 428-4270 ext. 227 skagitvisitor.com


Festival of Family Farms On the first weekend of October, visitors can have a hands-on farm experience during the annual Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms. It is an opportunity to talk to farmers and follow your food from the fields to the table.

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he tour ranges from a cattle ranch in Concrete and alpaca farmers in Sedro-Woolley to shellfish growers in Bow and berry and produce farmers in Mount Vernon and Burlington. You can get a good idea of the time, energy and effort our area farmers expend to keep residents healthy and well-fed. Activities at participating farms aim to keep the kids engaged, too. Youngsters can race crabs or vegetable cars, milk an artificial cow (and pet a real one!), get lost in a corn maze, build a scarecrow or ride a pony. Meantime, mom and dad can sample the apple cider, eat barbecued oysters or corn on the cob, or pick out a pumpkin for Halloween. (360) 421-4729 www.festivaloffamilyfarms.com

An enticing selection of common and uncommon plants Vintage Home & Garden Gifts www.christiansonsnursery.com 15806 Best Road • Mount Vernon • 360-466-3821

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Wineries CHALLENGER RIDGE VINEYARD AND CELLARS 43095 Challenger Road, Concrete www.challengerridge.com (425) 422-6988 Directions: Take exit 232 off Interstate 5. Head east on Cook Road, east on Highway 20, turn left after milepost 85, two miles before Concrete, then east on Challenger Road. Hours: Open for public tastings in a restored early-1900s farmhouse noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Sunday and Monday and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday from March through October. Open Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. in winter. The tasting room is open seven days a week by appointment.

With growing conditions similar to France’s Loire Valley and the Northern Rhine Valley of Germany, Skagit County is home to a growing number of wineries. Take a tour and sample handcrafted wines at tasting rooms from Fir Island to Rockport and you’ll see why Skagit winemakers are excited about the future here.

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hile Skagit’s winemakers 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 industry began in 1995, when Pasek Cellars Winery opened in Mount Vernon and produced a few hundred cases a year.

CARPENTER CREEK WINERY 20376 E. Hickox Road, Mount Vernon www.carpentercreek.com (360) 708-0700 Directions: Take exit 225 off Interstate 5, go east and turn right on Cedardale Road. Turn left on Hickox Road; the winery will be on your right at the end of the road. Hours: Open for public tastings 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.Wednesday through Sunday. Profile: Carpenter Creek started producing handcrafted wine from its idyllic location near the Skagit River in 2001. The vineyard is situated on seven acres at the end of a country lane, tucked among fir and cedar groves. It sources grapes from Eastern Washington and has estate vineyards of siegerrebe and pinot noir. Wines include cabernet franc, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, viognier, pinot gris and riesling.

The valley grows 100 acres of wine grapes valued at more than $1 million, according to data from Washington State University.

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Tours are available with advance reservations. Call (360) 961-5510. Profile: Challenger Ridge Vineyard and Cellars focuses on estate-grown pinot noir. The vineyard was planted in partnership with the Washington State University Viticulture Program to learn which pinot noir clones would perform best when cultivated in the Skagit Valley. Challenger Ridge also sources grapes from Eastern Washington and produces syrah, cabernet sauvignon and a variety of red blends, along with rosé and white blends. It has started producing handcrafted estate brandy and eaux de vie.

EAGLE HAVEN WINERY 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley www.eaglehavenwinery.com (360) 856-6248 Directions: From I-5, take exit 232 and go east on Cook road into Sedro-Woolley. Go east (left) on Highway 20 at stoplight. Turn right on Sims Road approximately 3.5 miles out of town. Winery is only farm on left. skagitvisitor.com


Wineries Hours: Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday December through April and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday May through November. Profile: Eagle Haven Winery began making wines in 2003 and produces fruit wines (blackberry, plum, apple and pear), along with siegerrebe, madeleine angevine, rosé, syrah, sangiovese and pinot noir. There’s also cider made at its adjoining apple orchard. The vineyard is surrounded by a 40-acre apple orchard and a salmon-bearing stream and includes a tasting room and wine garden. The winery also features a wooden pavilion, where it hosts a summer concert series on Friday evenings. The pavilion also can be booked for private events.

GLACIER PEAK WINERY

PASEK CELLARS

58575 Highway 20, Rockport www.glacierpeakwinery.net (866) 730-7586

18729 Fir Island Road, Mount Vernon www.pasekcellars.com (888) 350-9463

Directions: From I-5, take exit 230 at Burlington, turn west onto W. Rio Vista, and follow signs to Highway 20 east toward Concrete. Travel about 40 miles to milepost 104, just east of Rockport.

Directions: From Interstate 5 take exit 221, go west to Conway’s Skagit Barn.

Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, holidays and by appointment. Profile: Established in 2002, Glacier Peak Winery sports five acres that produce the company’s estate wines, including pinot noir, agria and siegerrebe. Glacier Peak also produces cabernet sauvignon, syrah and merlot, along with fruit wines.

Enjoy Award Winning Wine & Hard Cider in our Tasting Room

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Profile: Gene and Kathy Pasek started Pasek Cellars in 1995 and opened a tasting room on Mount Vernon’s First Street in 1997. In 2002, the winery was moved to a larger facility on Old Highway 99 South, just south of downtown Mount Vernon, and the tasting room to Conway in the red Skagit Barn.

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Wineries A longtime favorite is cranberry wine, and other offerings include Arabica coffee dessert wine, blackberry dessert wine, blackberry wine, chardonnay, guava, loganberry, muscat canelli, passion fruit, pineapple, raspberry and syrah port.

SAMISH ISLAND WINERY This small, homegrown winery is not open to the public, but its products are available at local grocery stores. Owner Gary Lamb produces about 150 cases of fruit wine each year, buying the fruit from other farmers in the Skagit Valley.

TULIP VALLEY WINERY 16163 Highway 536 (Memorial Highway), Mount Vernon www.tulipvalley.net (360) 428-6894

Directions: Four miles west of Interstate 5 at Mount Vernon on Highway 536 (Memorial Highway), just east of Beaver Marsh Road. Hours: Spring through fall: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Winter: Saturday and Sunday. Call for hours. Profile: Tulip Valley produces red and white table wines from Eastern and Western Washington grapes, and Burro Loco traditional artisan hard ciders from locally grown apples. The wines and ciders are available in the tasting room at the 1920s roofed dairy barn April through December, and visitors can picnic on the deck or patio. The wines include chardonnay, viognier, sweet and dry rieslings and gewurztraminer. Coming soon: many new red varietals including tempranillo, cabernet, merlot and malbec.

Wine Events Anacortes Spring Wine Festival

Cook Road Shell

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The annual festival features 30 wineries from around the state and restaurants from Anacortes. Held Saturday, April 12 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Port of Anacortes warehouse overlooking the Guemes Channel at the north end of Commercial Avenue. www.anacortes.org (360) 293-7911

Skagit Wine & Beer Festival Features Washington wineries and breweries, food from Skagit County restaurants and locally made cheese and chocolate samplings. The event is 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Best Western CottonTree Inn in Mount Vernon. www.mountvernonchamber.com skagitvisitor.com


Recreation & Activities

The great outdoors doesn’t get much greater than what can be found within, or slightly beyond, the borders of Skagit County.

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verything 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 outdoor recreationist. There are scenic back roads for bicyclists that wind through farmland, and forest trails for mountain bikers that lead to lakes and mountaintop vistas. How about casting a line into the salty waters of Puget Sound or into any number of freshwater rivers, many of which boast yearly runs of steelhead and salmon? Or taking a whale-watching trip and seeing orcas in their scenic natural surroundings? You can climb into a raft and float the Skagit River during the summer, then return in the winter to see bald eagles above.

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Hikes

Leg Burner

Family Friendly

oySTer doMe distance: 6.5 miles

cuMBerLAnd creeK InTerpreTIVe TrAIL

Getting there: From I-5, take Highway 11 (Chuckanut Drive) north for 10.2 miles. The trailhead is on the right at milepost 10.

Location: Sedro-Woolley distance: 2 miles Getting there: From the South Skagit

Highway Park and Ride off Route 9 in Sedro-Woolley, take South Skagit Highway 12 miles east. Turn left into the driveway at 34183 South Skagit Highway. Park in front of the locked gate.

notable: This trail was built as a col-

laboration between Skagit Land Trust and an Emerson High School environmental science class. The class spent a semester researching the Cumberland Creek Conservation Area, then developed the interpretive trail.

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.

Super Scenic GooSe rocK perIMeTer/ SuMMIT TrAILS Location: Near south end of Fidalgo

Island

distance: 2.8 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.

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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 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 one’s understanding of nature by way of 18 interpretive signs highlighting specifics of local plants and trees. Cross Friday Creek and visit the Samish Hatchery.

ADA Accessible Skagit River Loop Trail Location: East of Sedro-Woolley Distance: 2.5 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.

Cycling From the Skagit Flats to mountain passes in the North Cascades, cyclists have plenty of options when riding around Skagit County. Make sure to pick up a Skagit County Bike Map at a local chamber of commerce. For cyclists in search of long stretches of open road, the Skagit Flats is the place to put rubber to pavement. The area is a haven for numerous bird species. Migrating snow geese and tundra and trumpeter swans winter over in the valley. In the southern half of the flats, roads meander through 35 miles of farmland and dike districts.

Cycling Events 33rd Annual Tulip Pedal April 19 La Conner www.tulipfestival.org Ride on your own past flowers and fields on 20, 40 and 60-mile routes.

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24th Annual Skagit Spring Classic May 10 Burlington www.skagitbicycleclub.org Four routes: 25, 45, 62 and 100 miles. Rides range from easy to challenging, all with great scenery.

Bike MS Sept. 6-7 Mount Vernon bikewas.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. Benefits multiple sclerosis research and programs.

Mountain Bike Routes Cascade Trail 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. skagitvisitor.com


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Northern State Recreation Area

Anacortes Community Forest Lands

Location: Sedro-Woolley Distance: 4 miles

Location: Anacortes Distance: 50 miles

Getting there: North of Highway 20 on Helmick Road east of Sedro-Woolley.

Getting there: The 2,800 acres are in the center of Anacortes.

Notable: Trail is on the grounds of what

Notable: This is a large network of easy

was once the farming operations at Northern State Hospital. Pass historic buildings and cruise alongside Hansen Creek. Pedal through massive meadows and thick forest.

Port of Skagit Trails 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.

to moderate trails. Included in the area are numerous lakes as well as Mount Erie and Sugarloaf Mountain. Maps are available through Anacortes Parks & Rec.

Birding The Skagit Valley is a bird watcher’s paradise in winter, when thousands of snow geese and swans visit. Farther east are an abundance of eagles.

Notable: Gravel trail system runs through

The Edison Bird Festival in early February coincides with the Skagit Valley Hawk Census and 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.

Little Mountain

The Skagit Audubon Society’s list of recommended sites includes:

a chunk of Port of Skagit property. It winds through forest, along roadways and around wetlands.

Location: Mount Vernon Distance: 10 miles Getting there: The trail is at Little Moun-

tain Park.

Notable: This new 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, Surfer’s Way, Huff-N-Puff and Sidewinder.

Samish Flats, Padilla Bay and Alice Bay Best fall to spring. Many raptors, waterfowl and passerines.


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Fishing 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 outside Anacortes Best fall through spring. This is a great spot for seabird watching.

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on Padilla Bay Make time for a tour of the exhibits and fish tanks at the Breazeale Interpretive Center, open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kayaking 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.

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. For a list of places to go kayaking throughout the county, go to http://idowebs.com/ paddleheaven/browse/sections/section/ Skagit%20County.

Whether your preference is saltwater or freshwater, Skagit County has many fishing opportunities. All five species of salmon – chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and pink – can be compelled to bite in local rivers and bays. Trout species, such as steelhead, rainbow,

People new to paddling can get a scenic introduction at Deception Pass State Park. Kayak rentals through Anacortes Kayak Tours, www.anacorteskayaktours.com, are available seasonally at Bowman Bay, and a guide can take the whole family on a short trip. Anacortes Kayak Tours also offers half-day, full-day and multi-day sea kayak tours through the San Juan Islands. A major Northwest kayaking event to watch for is the Deception Pass Dash, held each December. Close to 200 kayaks and other humanpowered craft race from Bowman Bay in Deception Pass State Park through the pass as the tide changes from flooding into the inlet waters to ebbing back out to sea‚ six miles in all.

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Enjoy trolling for salmon out in the bay? Or casting for trout from the shores of a secluded alpine lake?

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cutthroat, brown and brook, can be landed in lakes and rivers, while warm-water species, including large and smallmouth bass, perch, crappie and bluegill, can be hooked as well. Numerous alpine lakes dot the landscape of the North Cascades. Just grab the pack rod and day pack and head into the hills. On the marine waters, saltwater species include lingcod, halibut and, of course, salmon. Anacortes is a good place to get started. There are several charter services more than willing to lend a hand. Before making a cast into any body of water, be sure to check the state’s regulations. The thick pamphlet detailing the regulations‚ “Fishing in Washington,” can be picked up free at most sporting goods stores, where you can also get tips on gear, tactics and where they’re biting. Anglers 15 and older need a license to fish in Washington. skagitvisitor.com


Recreation There are numerous types of licenses; be sure to purchase the one that best fits your needs. Visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website at www. wdfw.wa.gov often to check for emergency closures and more information. Here are some fishing hot spots. Check the latest regulation pamphlet for season, size, catch, limit and gear restrictions. Species and solid fishing months with runs are listed below. Skagit River Chinook: July-August Winter steelhead: December-April Summer steelhead: June-November Coho: September-November Chum: October-November Pink: August-September (Pink salmon return in odd-numbered years.) Sockeye: July Sea-run cutthroat: August-October Samish River Chinook: August-October Chum: October-November Coho: September-November Winter steelhead: December-March Sea-run cutthroat: August-October Pass Lake Open year-round to fly fishing, this catchand-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 lunkers cracking the 28-inch mark. Big Lake Open year-round, this large body of water is great for panfish such as largemouth bass, crappie and yellow perch. Fishing tends to be best during the spring and summer months when warmer water livens up the fish.

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

splendid scenery and other wildlife to view as the large boats cruise calm waters around the islands. Remember to dress in layers (it’s cooler on the water).

Whales Killer whales or orcas are a favorite among residents as well as visitors to the Pacific Northwest, who can book a tour and see them in their natural habitat in the waters around the San Juan Islands.

The Southern Resident Orcas were listed as endangered in 2005, when there were 89 members of the pods. Their numbers haven’t increased. The global standard for whale viewing distances is 100 yards. Both tour companies belong to the Pacific Whale Watch Association, a group of whale-watching companies dedicated to research, education, and responsible wildlife viewing.

Boat tours leave from Anacortes through two companies, Island Adventures and Mystic Sea Charters. The main season runs generally from mid-April to October when the three pods of Southern Resident Orca Whales return to the area. Rates range from about $50 for kids to $100 for adults for the six-hour trips.

Island Adventures www.island-adventures.com (800) 465-4604

You’ll almost always see orcas or minke and humpback whales on your trip (check the guarantees), and there’s plenty of

Mystic Sea Charters www.mysticseacharters.com (800) 308-9387

Skagit County Fair August 6-9, 2014 • Carnival • Live Music • Hypnotist • Magician • Eating Contests • Farm Animals

• Arena Events • Educational Displays • Kid’s Zone Events • Traditional Fair Food • Car Show • And Much More!!!!

Don’t miss our twice Annual Garage Sales, April 11-12 & September 26-27! www.skagitcounty.net/fairgrounds 360-336-9414 • Fairgrounds@co.skagit.wa.us SKAGIT county Visitors & Newcomers Guide 2014

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Recreation strenuous trek into the wilderness, it can be found within the park’s boundaries. Notable: One need not leave the car to take in the breathtaking surroundings. Simply drive over Highway 20 and enjoy the scenery as the rugged, snowcapped peaks roll by. 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 great scenery. There are 36 miles of trails in the park.

Parks From North Cascades National Park in the east to Deception Pass State Park in the west, there are plenty of parks to explore and enjoy in Skagit County. The North Cascades offer an alpine setting in the spring and summer months, while Deception Pass is all about being along Puget Sound. And don’t forget about the three state parks that sit between the two. They offer splendid scenery and opportunities for hiking, camping, biking, fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming, beachcombing, bird watching and just relaxing away from it all. North Cascades National Park Location: Along Highway 20, about 30 miles east of Concrete. What it offers: Hiking, backpacking, camping, climbing, boating, fishing. Why Go? The park offers a wide range of camping experiences. Whether your idea of camping is from a car, RV, boat or on a

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Notable: The park has 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline on Rosario Strait, Deception Pass and Skagit Bay, and about 28,000 feet of freshwater shoreline along Pass and Cranberry lakes. 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 observation opportunities, especially for eagles. Notable: This old farm site is a 169-acre camping park with 4,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Skagit River. Rockport State Park Location: Eight miles east of Concrete. What it offers: The 670-acre day-use park showcases an ancient forest loaded with big trees from 250-foot Douglas firs to tall cedars and maples. Why Go? The park is home to one of the best lowland hikes around. The Evergreen

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Trail takes hikers back 100 years, allowing for a glimpse into Skagit Valley’s past. Notable: Practically every type of fern can be found in the lush understory, along with elderberry and salmonberry bushes. Bay View State Park Location: Along 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 Padilla Bay Interpretive Center is a half-mile north of the park. Notable: The park was the home of PatTeh-Us, a Noo-Wha-Ah Indian chief and signer of the Point Elliot Treaty.

Golf There are plenty of options for golfers in Skagit County. You want to sneak in a quick nine holes? You can do that. You’ve got a little extra time and want to play 27? You can do that too. Skagit County’s six courses offer golfers all kinds of scenery, from Puget Sound to the wooded areas typically associated with Northwest Washington. skagitvisitor.com


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Eaglemont Golf Course 4127 Eaglemont Drive, Mount Vernon

Racing

Holes: 18 Length: 7,006 yards Public/Private: Public Signature hole: From No. 6, golfers can see Mount Baker on a clear day.

Skagit Speedway 4796 Old Highway 99 North Road, Burlington (360) 724-3567 www.skagitspeedway.com

(360) 424-0800 www.eaglemontgolf.com

The Skagit Speedway, located on Old Highway 99 between Burlington and Alger, hosts sprint-car racing, motorcycle races and demolition derbies from April through September. Highlights include the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup and an annual visit by the World of Outlaws. Camping is available.

Avalon Golf Links 19345 Kelleher Road, Burlington Holes: 27 Length: 10,080 yards Public/Private: Public Signature hole: From the green of No. 2 South, golfers get views that span from the hills of Sedro-Woolley to the Olympic Mountains. (360) 757-1900 www.avalonlinks.com Skagit Golf & Country Club 16701 Country Club Drive, Burlington Holes: 18 Length: 6,063 yards Public/Private: Private

Overlook Golf Course 17523 Highway 9, Mount Vernon Holes: 9 Length: 2,261 yards Public/Private: Public Signature hole: No. 7 is short (126 yards), but has a large water hazard between tee and green. (360) 422-6444 www.overlookgc.com Gateway Golf Course 1288 Fruitdale Road, Sedro-Woolley Holes: 9 Length: 2,700 yards Public/Private: Public

Signature hole: No. 4 is a tight, treelined par-4 with a water hazard and bunkers surrounding the green.

Signature hole: No. 9 was redone in August 2012 into a 135-yard par-3.

(360) 757-0530 www.skagitgolfclub.com

(425) 633-6547 www.gatewaygolfandrestaurant.com

Similk Golf Course 12518 Christianson Road, Anacortes Holes: 18 Length: 6,200 yards Public/Private: Public Signature hole: From the par-3 No. 2, which has a tee that sits 50 feet above the green, there are views of Mount Baker and Fidalgo Bay. (360) 293-3444

Tours • Rafting trips are a great way to experience the magic of the Skagit River, Washington’s second-longest river. Several tour groups run various stretches of the river, so no matter the season or your experience level, there’s something for you. 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.

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GREAT FAMILY FUN! FOOD - RV PARKING I-5 EXIT 232, 5 MILES N. OF SHELL ON HWY 99 www.SkagitSpeedway.com

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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. Trips typically cost less than $100 per person. Some are themed: You can book a raft-and-hike trip, a journey focusing on how to gather and eat wild foods, or even a float with a wine-tasting package. Tour groups include Alpine Adventures, Pacific NW Float Trips, Blue Sky Outfitters and Wildwater River Guides.

• On the east end of the county, 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. Boat tours on Diablo Lake at the base of the Ross Dam are offered on a first-come, first-served basis Thursdays through Mondays from early July through early September. You’ll experience parts of the lake that are typically hidden from view when you

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travel by highway or hike on trails. Tours begin with an organic and locallysourced lunch at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. Then guides will lead you on a short walk to the boat dock. Tours last about four hours and include information about the area and the three hydroelectric dams, which provide power to Seattle. Tours of the Gorge, Diablo and Ross powerhouses are offered on specific Fridays and Saturdays from June to October. In about six-and-a-half hours, the tours take you from Newhalem, just west of Diablo Lake, through a walking tour, lunch and boat trip on Diablo Lake. Reservations are required. Online tour booking is available at seattle.gov/light/ tours/Skagit. • Deception Pass Tours takes visitors and residents through the turbulent waters in the pass between Fidalgo and Whidbey islands and under historic bridges on a scenic and informational tour. Hour-long tours, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., begin April 4 and run through September. Passengers on the boat’s open deck can

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marvel in every direction at the scenery and wildlife, including eagles, seals, porpoises and whales. You’ll leave from Cornet Bay and go through Deception Pass and out into Rosario Strait, then come back again. Tickets are available at the ticket booth in the parking lot just south of the Deception Pass bridge, at the Deception Pass Tours office on Highway 20 or online at deceptionpasstours.com.

Runs & Walks Jingle Bell Run/Walk December Downtown Mount Vernon www.skagitjinglebellrun.org The Jingle Bell Run/Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide holiday run and walk event, raising both awareness and funds to fight arthritis. Christmas costumes welcome. Nookachamps Winter Runs January Skagit Valley College www.nookachamps.com

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Recreation Half marathon, 10K, 5K, half marathon walkers. Hot chili and snacks available after the race‚ and hot showers. Woolley Trail Runs February Sedro-Woolley www.skagitultrarunners.com The Woolley 50K (31.1 miles) The Woolley Marathon (26.2 miles) The Woolley Half Marathon (13.1 miles) All three courses are out and back on a level railroad grade gravel path. Smelt Run Saturday, Feb. 22 La Conner Middle School skagitsymphony.com The annual race includes 10K, 5K, 2 Mile Walk & Kids Dash. Benefits the Skagit Symphony. Tulip Run Saturday, April 5 Burlington www.tulipfestival.org Scenic 5-mile run, 2-mile run/walk at the Skagit Regional Airport, on Port of Skagit trails, 80 percent gravel, 20 percent trail. Lost Lake 50K Saturday, May 10 Chuckanut Drive www.lostlake50.blogspot.com The 6th Annual Lost Lake 50K begins at the base of Chuckanut Mountain. This course is not only scenic, but challenging as well with nearly 8,200 feet of elevation gain.

In between breaths, check out the San Juan Islands to the west, the Skagit farmlands to the south, the city of Bellingham and Canadian mountains to the north, and amazing views of Mount Baker and the North Cascades to the east. There are several challenging, leg-burning, steep ascents along with slow, technical, rolling ridges and some fast descents. For 2014, a 25K has also been added. Great Sedro-Woolley Footrace Friday, July 4 Sedro-Woolley www.loggerodeo.com

Tommy Thompson Parkway along Fidalgo Bay and ends back at the Port of Anacortes. The longer runs cross the trestle to March Point. It has become a tradition for Art Dash runners to be welcomed at the finish line by drumming. Skagit Flats Full and Half Marathon Sunday, Sept. 7 Burlington www.skagitrunners.org Flat and fast rural course through the Skagit Valley. Starts and finishes at Burlington-Edison High School.

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 Loggerrodeo parade route.

36th Fowl Fun Run Saturday, Nov. 8 Mount Vernon www.skagitrunners.org The 10K is a flat loop on farming roads south of downtown Mount Vernon with a short out-and-back section on Dike Road.

Art Dash Saturday, July 26 Anacortes www.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

The 5K is also a flat course. Start and finish is at Mount Vernon Christian School, 820 West Blackburn Road. Pumpkin pie and hot chocolate will be waiting at the finish line.

It’s good to know someone is always there for your loved one. The Bridge at Mount Vernon offers a full range of Assisted Living services including customized care plans, assistance with personal needs and fresh, home-cooked meals. With an all-inclusive fee, you will have peace of mind knowing your loved one’s needs will always be met.

Call (360) 416-0400 to schedule your personal visit.

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Calendar of events

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LA conner roTAry cLuB SMeLT derBy (La Conner): Pancake breakfast, fishing derby on the town docks, Skagit Symphony’s 5K and 10K Smelt Run/Walk, live music. Starts at 9 a.m. www.lovelaconner.com

woodFeST (Sedro-Woolley): Check out what can be done with a high level of skill and a block of wood as expert woodworkers in the region do what they do best. High school students also showcase their skills and compete for prizes. www.ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us

SprInG GArden And GIFT SHow (Burlington): Plants, garden items, jewelry, photography, food and more at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 E. Fairhaven Ave. www.burlingtonwa.gov

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KIdS FISHInG derBy (Sedro-Woolley): Children 14 and under can bring their bait and gear to Northern State Pond for a day of fishing and fun. www.sedro-woolley.com

MArcH 15-16 MonA STyLe (La Conner): Various selected artists selling handmade clothing, wearable art and home accents at the Museum of Northwest Art. Expanded to two days this year. www.museumofnwart.org

AprIL 1-30 SKAGIT VALLey TuLIp FeSTIVAL (Skagit County): Acres of blooming tulip fields, concerts, seafood, self-guided bicycle tours, art shows and more. www.tulipfestial.org BurLInGTon downTown ArT wALK (Burlington): Art on display at various locations downtown.

AprIL 5 HISTorIc HoMe Tour (La Conner): 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit vintage homes in the La Conner, Bow, Blanchard and Edison area. www.lovelaconner.com

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AnAcorTeS SprInG wIne FeSTIVAL (Anacortes): Noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Port of Anacortes warehouse. Taste your way through local wineries and restaurants. www.anacortes.org or www. brownpapertickets.com/event/93238 TuLIp FroLIc And pArAde (La Conner): Farm animals, clowns, bands, mascots and fun for the whole family. Parade at 2 p.m. www.tulipfestival.org

AprIL 25-27

TuLIp FeSTIVAL STreeT FAIr (Mount Vernon): Grab a bite, listen to some live music or browse local art in downtown Mount Vernon. www.mountvernondowntown.org

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openInG dAy BoAT pArAde (La Conner): 3 p.m. on the Swinomish Channel. Boats parade along the channel to kick off the boating season. www.swinomishyachtclub.org

MAy 15-18 SKAGIT rIVer poeTry FeSTIVAL (La Conner): Poetry fills La Conner at this biennial event. Headliners include Sherman Alexie, Native American poet, novelist, screenwriter and stand-up comic; and novelist, poet, critic and essayist Tom Robbins. www.skagitriverpoetry.org

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BLAST FroM THe pAST (Sedro-Woolley): Get ready to get retro at the annual Blast from the Past celebration in downtown Sedro-Woolley. Visitors can enjoy local shopping, a sidewalk sale, arts, crafts, food from more than 50 vendors, an open house at the Sedro-Woolley Museum and a car show. Hula hoop, jump-rope and pie-eating contests on Saturday and other activities. (360) 855-1841 www.ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us

ST. MAry’S Merry FeSTIVAL (Anacortes): Carnival, food booths and beer tent, live music, salmon dinner at St. Mary Catholic Church. www.anacortes.org

MonA ArT AucTIon (La Conner): Largest fundraiser for the Museum of Northwest Art features the works of more than 300 artists. www.museumofnwart.org

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BArK In THe pArK (Anacortes): Bring your furry friend to Storvik Park. You both can enjoy a pet parade, costume contests, vendors, demos and more. www.cityofanacortes.org

LoGGerrodeo (Sedro-Woolley): Sedro-Woolley’s 76-year-old celebration of logging history and horseback riding continues. Loggerodeo takes over the small town during the last days of June and first few days of July. The carnival, which usually stays in town for the better part of a week is always a crowd favorite. Visitors can pause along the way at the rodeo grounds to see bareback riding, barrel racing and more. Downtown, folks move their feet in the street dance and sing along to live music at Hammer Heritage Square. Those with a desire for lumberjack sports can visit the chainsaw carving and logging demonstrations. And, of course, there are fireworks on July 4. The annual display is at Riverfront Park. The schedule of events isn’t final until spring, visitors can go online to the City of Sedro-Woolley’s website, www.ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us, and click on the link to Loggerodeo, or call (360) 7708452.

June 7 KIdS FISHInG derBy (Anacortes): Bring your kid and a few fishing poles. Free fishing at Heart Lake for kids 13 and under. 7-11:30 a.m. www.anacortes.org

June 7-8 wATerFronT FeSTIVAL (Anacortes): Visitors to Anacortes can take in the city’s coastal heritage and culture during the free Waterfront Festival. Events include a quick-and-dirty boat building competition and race, Milk Carton Derby, kids wooden boat building and musical entertainment. There are plenty of vendors hawking marine gear, free boat rides, a marine swap meet and more to keep visitors occupied. This is a family-friendly celebration right on the water at the Cap Sante Marina. Plenty of food and lots of displays and educational opportunities. www.anacortes.org skagitvisitor.com

June 14-15 FATHer’S dAy BoAT SHow (La Conner): View boats at dock, a swap meet, hot dogs and a raffle. www.lovelaconner.com

June 19-22 Berry dAIry dAyS (Burlington): A a celebration of Burlington’s farming heritage, Berry Dairy Days is one of the oldest festivals in Skagit County. The event starts off Friday with the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue and live music at Skagit River Park, followed by a fireworks show after the sun goes down. Activities continue Saturday with the Skagit Runners Road Run, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, the Fred Meyer Grand Parade and a fun-filled festival with plenty of vendors, pony rides, live music and children’s activities at Maiben Park. Sunday is all about the hot rides at the Berry Cool Car Show. www.ci.burlington.wa.us

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Calendar of events JuLy 25-26 SIdewALK SALe (Mount Vernon): Enjoy perusing items from downtown merchants, arts and crafts vendors, food. www.mountvernondowntown.org

JuLy 4 JuLy 4 ceLeBrATIon (Anacortes): Say Cheese! 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. www.lovelaconner.com FourTH oF JuLy pArAde And pIcnIc (Concrete): The festivities include music, food, parade and other fun. www.concrete-wa.com

JuLy 12 KIdS-r-BeST FeST (Anacortes): 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Storvik Park. Pony rides, games, activities, live entertainment, food, prizes and more. www.anacortes.org

and sheaf toss. The event is July 12-13 at Edgewater Park on the banks of the Skagit River. Attendees will also enjoy drumming, fiddling, dance competitions, athletic contests, sheepdogs, clans and Scottish cultural demonstrations. This will be the event’s 20th anniversary. www.celticarts.org

JuLy 19 SHIpwrecK dAy (Anacortes): Old furniture, clothes, lamps, boat gear, tools, collectibles – you never know what treasure you are going to dig up. Find it all at the annual Shipwreck Day, a massive, free swap meet and sale that starts at 8 a.m. downtown. The Fidalgo Rotary Club-sponsored event funds worthy causes. www.fidalgorotary.org ceMenT cITy STreeT FAIr (Concrete): Enjoy everything Concrete has to offer including music, local food, arts, crafts, a poetry festival and more. Call (360) 853-8784. www.concrete-wa.com

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SKAGIT ArTISTS ToGeTHer STudIo Tour (Skagit County): Ever wonder how local SKAGIT VALLey HIGHLAnd GAMeS artists create their masterpieces? Watch as And ceLTIc FeSTIVAL they demonstrate in their studios across the (Mount Vernon): The festival is a feast county, and enjoy art shows at various local for the senses with bagpipe music, dancing, galleries. colorful tartans, a three-ring Scottish www.skagitartiststogether.com circus and the Skagit Valley Highland games including the famous caber toss

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JuLy 26- 27 pAcIFIc norTHweST poLo GoVernor’S cup (La Conner): Don’t cut out the horseplay. Enjoy divot stomping, tailgate party, polo game.

JuLy 26 BITe oF SKAGIT (Mount Vernon): Eat your way across the county with a feast of food samples. www.biteofskagit.org

AuG. 1-3 AnAcorTeS ArTS FeSTIVAL (Anacortes): The Anacortes Arts Festival will celebrate the arts with a sampling of fine art, crafts, music, art demonstrations and more Aug. 1-3 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 around the region, offering a wide variety of arts and crafts along six blocks of Commercial Avenue. An “experience art” area allows visitors to observe artists creating in a variety of mediums. Hands-on youth activities spark the creativity of the youngest Festival-goers. Sample the fare 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. (360) 293-6211 www.anacortesartsfestival.com

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Calenda r of events AuG. 6-9 SKAGIT counTy FAIr (Mount Vernon): Warm sunshine doesn’t just mean hitting the beach. It means the Skagit County Fair is on its way at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in south Mount Vernon. There’s something for everyone. The 117th fair will feature music, arts, crafts, food, dancing and opportunities to interact with farm animals. The annual exhibition showcases regional 4-H and FFA members as they demonstrate their showmanship, knowledge and grooming talents with chickens, rabbits, cats and dogs, llamas, pigs, goats, horses, sheep and cattle. And it’s not just about farm animals. Children present projects about underwater robotics, arts and crafts, performing arts and home arts. Adult open-class exhibitors also display their best examples of flowers, garden produce, photographs, paintings, canned goods and other home arts. Awardwinning regional quilters compete for prizes with their colorful and creative quilts. The fair is rich with cultural music and dancing presentations both roving and on stage, including Native American performers, Croatian group Vela Luka, the Scottish group Clan Heather Dancers, Latino entertainers and popular musicians. Traditional activities, such as eating contests and car shows, and children’s play areas help make the fair relaxing and enjoyable to all. Those seeking the classic fair atmosphere can enjoy the thrill of the carnival rides and games along with mouthwatering fair food like elephant ears, barbecue pork and sizzling onion burgers. Admission to the fair is $4 until 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.7. Regular fair admission hasn’t changed since 2010, and remains at $7 adults, $6 seniors and students, free for ages 5 and younger. Family fair and carnival passes cost $20 each. Discounted advance tickets for $5 are available online or at the fair office, 1410 Virginia St. www.skagitcounty.net/fair skagitvisitor.com

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AnAcorTeS AnTIQue enGIne And MAcHInery SHow (Anacortes): 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Market Street and T Avenue near the W.T. Preston snagboat for those interested in old-time gadgets and gizmos.

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cAScAde dAyS (Concrete): Enjoy a firemen’s muster, parade, logging demonstration, food, music and more at this summer celebration. There is also a chili cook-off, pie- and watermeloneating contests, pet shows, a bed race and chainsaw carving exhibitions. www.cascadedays.com

FounderS dAy (Sedro-Woolley): Sedro-Woolley celebrates its rootin’, tootin’ past with a re-enactment of a famous robbery, games, a museum open house and an honoring of one of its pioneering families during its annual Founders Day event the second weekend in September. The event kicks off with a community breakfast served up at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center. Then, visitors can watch the heartpounding action of a shootout by bandits in early 20th-century cowboy gear, modeled on the October 1914 robbery of the SedroWoolley First National Bank downtown. The Sedro-Woolley Museum opens its doors to visitors and holds a ceremony to honor a chosen pioneer family that helped shape the city into what it is today. Sunday’s events include a car show and community picnic. www.ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us

AuG. 23 worK BoAT rAceS And pIrATe FAIre (Anacortes): Maritime treasure swap meet, model boats, clam chowder contest, pirate contests and workboat races in three classifications. www.portofanacortes.com

SepT. 6 SKAGIT rIVer SALMon FeSTIVAL (Anacortes): Celebrate the Skagit River at this fun-filled event at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge. Live music and cultural performances, salmon barbecue, beer and wine garden, youth activities and crafts. www.skagitriverfest.org

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Calendar of events dec. 4 BurLInGTon Tree LIGHTInG (Burlington): Attend a tree lighting ceremony downtown at 6 p.m. and then take pictures with Santa. www.ci.burlington.wa.us

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BurLInGTon HArVeST FeSTIVAL (Burlington): It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope. At the harvest festival it’s an 8-pound pumpkin hurling hundreds of feet into the air before exploding when it hits the ground amidst cheers from the crowd. Teams use catapults of all sizes to fling the orange orbs. The team whose device hurls a pumpkin the farthest, and with the greatest accuracy, wins. While the teams are setting up, children can build small cars out of zucchini and play games, and everyone can enjoy food from local vendors. www.burlingtonwa.gov

concreTe GHoST wALK (Concrete): Peruse some of Concrete’s most haunted locations, while learning some of its history, too, every Saturday in October. www.concrete-wa.com

SepT. 28 oySTer run (Anacortes): On the fourth Sunday in September, 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. It’s part touring and part gathering. Motorcyclists ride in their best gear along scenic back roads west to Anacortes. While they enjoy the ride they also stop to enjoy the local oysters. The free downtown event includes motorcycle vendors, musical entertainment and an offering of local seafood. www.oysterrun.org

ocT 3-5 LA conner QuILT FeSTIVAL (La Conner): Quilt enthusiasts don’t need much needling to attend this event. Attendees can enjoy hundreds of quilts, workshops, vendors and more. www.laconnerquilts.com

ocT. 3-4 AnAcorTeS oKToBerFeST BIer on THe pIer (Anacortes): Dust off the lederhosen to look sharp for Oktoberfest in Anacortes. Enjoy regional beers, German fare and oompah at the Port of Anacortes warehouse. www.anacortes.org

ocT. 4-5 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 Skagit County farms and sample shellfish, beef, berries, produce, milk, cider and more, while enjoying activities. www.festivaloffamilyfarms.com

noVeMBer ArTS ALIVe! (La Conner): In early November in La Conner it’s all about the art. During Art’s Alive!, merchants throughout town showcase art exhibits and demonstrations ranging from dog portraiture to pottery. Maple Hall features invitational and open show exhibits. www.lovelaconner.com

dec. 5 AnAcorTeS Tree LIGHTInG (Anacortes): It’s Christmas on the coast. Tree lighting, town crier, performances by local students, appearance by and pictures with Santa, hot cocoa and more from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Chamber of Commerce, 819 Commercial Ave. www.anacortes.org

dec. 6 THe MAGIc oF cHrISTMAS (Sedro-Woolley): Train and pony rides for kids, cider, giant Christmas tree lighting and Santa parade in downtown SedroWoolley. www.ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us

dec. 7 cHrISTMAS pArAde (Mount Vernon): This event begins at 5 p.m. Arrival of Santa, Christmas tree lighting in Pine Square, hot chocolate and more. www.mountvernondowntown.org

dec. 12-13 wonderLAnd wALK (Anacortes): Holiday walk in Washington Park with colorful lights and decorations at campsites decorated by community groups. www.cityofanacortes.org/parks.asp

dec. 13 HoLIdAy HoMe Tour (Sedro-Woolley): Get a glimpse inside some of Sedro-Woolley’s historic homes and its historic museum all decked out in colors and lights for the holidays. www.ci.sedro-woolley.wa.u


Loving, Caring and Sharing…

Swinomish Tribe supports Charities & the Skagit economy We Support Jobs and the Skagit Economy

Investing in our ancestral homelands …The Skagit

Swinomish Tribe contributes into the Skagit County and surrounding economies. Swinomish is one of the largest employers in Skagit County providing approximately 750 jobs through our tribal government and enterprises. Our employment types include government services, health and dental care, teachers, law and safety, carpenters, councilors, hospitality and tourism.

We Believe in Ongoing Support

We Give Swinomish Charitable Fund Leadership Skagit Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Fund Community Action Agency of Skagit County LaConner Boys & Girls Club Skagit/Islands Head Start Skagit Valley Hospital Island Hospital Children’s Hospital Whidbey Island Hospital Senior Services of Island County Puget Soundkeepers Alliance Wild Steelhead Coalition Friendship House North Cascades Institute LaConner Chamber of Commerce

Swinomish Tribe provides support to charities, organizations and individuals in need. We all understand economic hardships and poverty and the importance of supporting one another; therefore it is within our teachings that we lend ahand to others around us: •Swinomish has a strong commitment to the La Conner Public School District: we support 12 full time teacher assistants and give large contributions for school supplies and activities. •In addition to providing governmental services to tribal members, we support youth organizations, fire districts, medical facilities and organizations, food banks, community resource programs, domestic violence programs and more.

“Pulling in harmony to create a healthy, safe and prosperous economy for Swinomish and those around us.”

For more information contact: www.swinomish-nsn.gov Chairman Brian Cladoosby, bcladoosby@swinomish.nsn.us Debra Lekanof, Government Affairs, dlekanof@swinomish.nsn.us Photos courtesy of Swinomish Tribal Archive. Photographers Ajay Varma & Spike Mumford


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To get a good feel for Anacortes, drive all the way down Commercial Avenue, the main drag, until you come to the Guemes Channel.

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Once thought of as just a jumping-off point for tourists heading to the San Juan Islands, Anacortes sees itself today as a destination where you can, as the Chamber of Commerce says, coast in and hang out.

Anacortes isn’t the fishing, canning, logging and mill town it once was. It has grown and prospered, transitioning nicely into an energetic city that has built on its past and remains surrounded by natural beauty.

Historic downtown Anacortes offers a selection of good restaurants and an interesting mix of galleries and shops. Visitors are charmed by the historic buildings and the colorful murals of local characters. The museum, library, marina esplanade and a historic snagboat are within easy walking distance.

ou’ll pass art galleries, shops, bistros and pubs, see plenty of historic buildings and public art, then wind up at a working waterfront where Dakota Creek Industries operates a busy shipyard.

In recent years, the city’s quality of life and amenities have attracted a large population of affluent retirees, but Anacortes is still a working town. Two major refineries have operated here since the mid-1950s, yachts are built and repaired along the waterfront, two major seafood processing plants operate in town and Cortland Puget Sound

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old railroad trestle, around Heart Lake and to the top of Mount Erie. For a view of the city, head down Fourth Street to Cap Sante Park at the northeast end of town. The viewpoint at the top of Cap Sante overlooks the city and also provides views of Fidalgo and Guemes islands, March Point and Fidalgo Bay. Another great destination is Washington Park in the West End. It has a boat launch, picnic shelters and a playground, but the park’s crowning jewel is a 2.3-mile loop road that offers fabulous views west to the San Juans as you walk, bike, jog or drive. Recreation choices here are many: fishing, hiking, biking, diving, climbing, kayaking, sailing, whale watching, beachcombing and much more — usually in the middle of some beautiful scenery. The city’s diverse mix of major events celebrates everything from art to motorcycles. skagitvisitor.com


anacortes The biggest is the Anacortes Arts Festival, Aug.1-3 this year, which draws about 90,000 visitors. There are also old-fashioned celebrations, complete with parades and joyous community gatherings, for Independence Day and the Christmas holiday season.

Don’t Miss • Plan to attend the Anacortes Arts Festival, one of the largest in Northwest, Aug. 1-3. Enjoy fine art, crafts, music and art demonstrations. • See workboats up close Aug. 23 at the Workboat Races and Pirate Faire at the Port of Anacortes. Celebrate the city’s working waterfront on the dock right on the Guemes Channel.

A second, smaller ferry system serves Guemes Island from a landing near the west end of Sixth Street. Locals walk on and enjoy lunch on the other side after the five-minute jaunt across the Guemes Channel.

• The beer flows and there’s plenty of German fare at the Oktoberfest, Bier on the Pier festival Oct. 3-4. Follow Commercial Avenue north until you hear oompah and smell the bratwurst.

For a nice side trip while you’re here, catch a ferry for the San Juans or Sidney, B.C., at the Washington State Ferries terminal. Just get on 12th Street, go west about 3 miles and veer right at the big intersection.

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anacortes While You’re Here • Shop at the many vintage and antique stores in town. Anacortes has become a destination for visitors looking for rare finds, treasures and repurposed items from days gone by. • Stroll the docks at Cap Sante Marina and take in the boating scene. Check out the workboats — and pick up fresh seafood in season. • Visit the Cap Sante viewpoint just blocks from downtown. • Plan a picnic. Get provisions in town and walk to Seafarers’ Memorial Park and watch boats coming in and out of the Cap Sante

Marina. Or head to Causland Memorial Park a few blocks west of downtown. Lots of grass and a lovely spot that’s on the National Register of Historic Places. • Check out the W.T. Preston snagboat down by the marina and the adjacent Maritime Heritage Center, both part of the Anacortes Museum, a treat in itself. • Drive to the the top of Mount Erie, arguably the best viewpoint on Fidalgo Island. The lookout is about 20 minutes from downtown in the center of the island. On a clear day, the crystal blue Salish Sea studded with its gem-like green islands is a feast for your eyes and soul.

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Anacortes Murals 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

Walking along downtown Anacortes sidewalks, visitors are occasionally startled and often charmed when they encounter nostalgic and distinctive life-sized murals of local characters on building walls.

The Carnegie Gallery 8th Street & M Avenue Gallery Open Year-Round Tues. - Sat., 10-4 Sunday 1-4, Closed Monday

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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hey are the works of Bill Mitchell, well-known Anacortes artist, historian and generally quirky character. Tourists are frequently seen posing for photos with the murals, and pranksters occasionally embellish them with mustaches or hats, stunts Mitchell minds only if adhesives damage the mural’s finish. Mitchell’s subjects, more than 120 of them, come from all walks of life: fishermen, mayors, dancers, storekeepers, bar patrons, children, pets, musicians, boaters, church leaders and editors. One mural is a self-portrait of the mutton-chopped artist, seated in his trademark three-wheeled 1954 Autoette, which doubles as a wheelchair. Cheerfully eccentric and frequently cantankerous, Mitchell attacks his art and historical preservation projects with a missionary zeal. The first mural, of Fred White and his Safety Bike, went up in front of Marine

Supply & Hardware on May 2, 1984, two years before the Vancouver Expo. Mitchell decided murals would be a good draw for visitors and followed the fair’s theme, transportation, so many of his murals feature trains, boats, cars, carts, trucks and wagons. They have proven wildly popular, though collecting a few snubs from art critics. A mural map is available at the Anacortes Visitors Center at Commercial Avenue and Ninth Street.


Guemes Island

Idyllic Guemes Island is just north of Anacortes, a five-minute ferry ride away. The car and passenger ferry sails from the end of I Avenue about every 30 minutes, docking at the end of Guemes Island Road just south of Anderson’s General Store, which has a cafe. A

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Store, 6200 N. Green Road. The Little Market also hosts several events, such as the Harvest Market in November and the Holiday Festival in November.

BAy VIew The tidelands that make up Padilla Bay, stretching from Highway 20 to Hat Island, over the years have drawn residents to Bay View looking for serene coastline living and waterfront views.

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Edison is a top stop for many bikers during the September Oyster Run, when motorcycles fill the streets to tour restaurants in Skagit that have oysters on the menu. Bow is known more for its farm-rich views by those driving through, many on their way to cruise Chuckanut Drive toward Bellingham. Trumpeter swans grace the area each morning throughout the winter, and proximity to blueberry fields and salmon fishing add to Bow’s distinct local flavor. Feeling lucky? The Skagit Casino Resort is at the Bow exit (236) off Interstate 5. On Thursdays each summer, local farmers gather for the Bow Little Market, which takes place east of I-5 at the Belfast Feed

The eclectic art scene and the food (don’t miss the oysters) are the big draws. You 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 around the Northwest. The Edison Bird Festival, started in February 2012, coincides with the Skagit Valley Hawk Census and includes guided birding trips, bird-inspired art shows and a chicken parade on Gilkey Avenue. skagitvisitor.com

he Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is evidence of the environmental movements to embrace the bay in the late 1970s. The estuarine reserve, one of 28 in the country and the only one in the state, features the public Breazeale Interpretive Center, with aquaria and up-close views of life in the bay. It’s open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. You can enjoy a short, wellmarked hike that circles through woods and fields behind the center. Bay View also features a 25-acre state park with camping amenities and a long trail along the bay. Visitors and locals can be seen parasailing at high tide, raking the mudflats for treasures at low tide and flying kites when the breeze is up.

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La conner

Historic La Conner is home to a vibrant arts scene and beautiful views of the water. The bright orange Rainbow Bridge straddles the channel between La Conner and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Walk across the colorful bridge to experience beautiful views of the Northwest and charming sights of the small town. The color was chosen when it was built in 1957 as a bright alternative to the traditional gray paint.

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La Conner is the oldest community in Skagit County. It was first settled in the early 1860s, just after the Civil War. The name was changed to La Conner in 1870 to honor the property owner’s wife, Louisa A. Conner. The rich farmland surrounding the town 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. The thriving arts scene in the town’s center is not new. Artists began inhabiting the scenic town as early as the 1940s. The Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St., offers more than 2,500 contemporary art objects from the early 1900s up until today. It boasts work by greats such as Dale Chihuly, Guy Anderson, Mark Tobey, Morris Graves and Richard Gilkey.

Another great artistic attraction is the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 703 S. Second St. Located in the stunning, historic Gaches Mansion, the museum displays a wide variety of handmade quilts. La Conner is known as Skagit County’s first community. Founded in the 1860s and incorporated in 1890, the town 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. If history, art and a small-town vibe are what you’re craving, La Conner is the place to be.

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La Conner Don’t Miss • The annual Art’s Alive! festival features local artists’ masterpieces the first weekend in November. Maple Hall features exhibits and showcases the work of a featured artist. Demonstrations and local art can be found throughout town. • The annual Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum (Oct. 3-5) is a great place to check out international quilts and wearable art. • Poetry will be in the air and on the streets May 15-18 when La Conner hosts the biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival. The festival includes workshops, roundtable discussions, conversations and readings.

This year’s lineup includes Sherman Alexie, Native American poet, novelist, screenwriter and stand-up comic; novelist, poet, critic and essayist Tom Robbins; former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass and National Book Award winner Mark Doty.

While You’re Here • Take a stroll across the colorful Rainbow Bridge and gaze at the extraordinary sights. • Go back in time to Magnus Anderson’s hand-split log cabin built in 1869, on Second and Commercial streets. • Check out the refurbished Sacred Heart Catholic Church built in 1899. Members of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community carried the bell from Astoria, Ore., to La Conner on a canoe and by foot.

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Early settler Louisa Anne Conner was determined to build a Catholic church and gathered donations from nearby settlers to collect donations. • View a fire truck built in 1850 that was used for the great fire in San Francisco in 1906 at the Volunteer Fireman Museum.

Enjoy La Conner’s 3 Outstanding Museums Rotating exhibitions of contemporary regional art & works from our collections.

• Check out La Conner’s Sculpture Exhibit, which changes every year.

Museum Store (free and open to the public) features unique items by Northwest artists.

Honors for La Conner

Galleries and Store Open: Sun-Mon: Noon-5pm, Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm

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

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conway&Fir Island Small and quaint, Conway is the first town that northbound travelers can visit as they enter Skagit County on Interstate 5.

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bridge built in 1914 connects the small town to Fir Island, which is full of farmland and a birding paradise. Fir Island is formed by the Skagit River breaking into north and south forks before it hits saltwater.

Fir Island is a winter home to snow geese and trumpeter swans. The island’s Skagit Wildlife Area is a game reserve for duck hunters and is also enjoyed by hikers, bird watchers and photographers. Another photo-worthy site here is the beautiful and nearly century-old Fir-Conway Lutheran Church. During berry season, local farmers set up roadside stands to show off their strawberry, blueberry and raspberry crops.

Conway’s Main Street includes antique stores and the Conway Pub and Eatery, a well-worn joint famous for its oysters and burgers. Another fixture on Main Street is the Conway Muse. Originally a dairy barn, it’s also been a glass shop, antique shop and auction barn over its nearly 100-year life. Today the Conway Muse is a center for the performing and visual arts with plenty of live music on weekends — food and drinks available.

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regional Byway center at railroad park 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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round 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. Burlington serves its residents with an extensive parks system along the Skagit River.

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Skagit River Park is a popular 100-acre 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 Skagit River. 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-foot-tall 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 celebrates its agricultural roots and industries with the annual Berry Dairy Days celebration on the third weekend in June. Be sure to visit the city’s new 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 of Burlington train station.

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.

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Moun t Vernon

Mount Vernon, Skagit County’s largest city, boasts everything from colorful fields of tulips and a bustling agricultural industry to charming downtown shops.

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tion of 934 feet, and two viewpoints offer 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 or take in the sights.

ount Vernon hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors each April who come to the world-famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Stop by and see the acres of flowering tulips and visit the gardens to snap photos and buy your own bulbs.

The powerful Skagit River, the third-largest river on the West Coast, cuts through town. The city’s floodwall project is adding a 1,650-foot walkway along its banks. Beginning in the north at Lions Park, the walkway continues into downtown.

Head downtown to get a taste of the local life and travel quaint streets lined with locally owned restaurants and shops. Love antiques? This is the place to be.

The second phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2014 and include a 30,000-square-foot riverfront park.

While downtown, visit the historic Lincoln Theatre. It was built in 1926 and featured vaudeville performers and silent movies. Now, it’s home to many exciting local and regional performances, music and theater, and movies several times per week. Mount Vernon is home to the scenic Little Mountain Park. The park sits at an eleva-

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Mount Vernon’s founders arrived in the area in the 1870s and built a small town just above a three-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

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Vernon in 1878. The jam was finally completely cleared several years later. When the town first incorporated in 1890, it was home to 443 people. Now, the city has more than 32,000 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 to sell their local produce and handmade goods. To learn even more about the rolling farmlands that make up an important part of Skagit County, join the annual two-day Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms tour and explore 13 family farms at your own pace.

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Don’t Miss • Head over to the Skagit County Fair Aug. 6-9 at the fairgrounds in south Mount Vernon. Enjoy music, food, animals and several live events at the bustling fairgrounds. • Taste Skagit County and Northwest wines and beers at the annual Skagit Wine & Beer Festival, hosted by the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce. Local chocolate and cheese make the experience a delicious evening. 2014’s event will be held Saturday, Nov. 22.

While You’re Here • Little Mountain Park is a must-see. Drive up the hill to the park and take in the incredible view of the Skagit Valley, the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Mountains from two covered viewpoints. • Check out the downtown walkway along the Skagit River, then pop into some locally owned shops and restaurants. Make sure to stop by the Lincoln Theatre, built in 1926 to showcase vaudeville performers and silent movies. • Check out the downtown pubs and enjoy a wide selection of locally made beer and seasonal fare.

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cLeAr LAKe is a popular summer destination for fishing, swimming and boating activities.

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ith access to the public swimming area and playground equipment for the kids, the park off South Front Street is great for picnicking and family gatherings. During the warmer months, water-skiers zip around the lake and anglers cast lines from their boats.

BIG LAKe is in a valley surrounded by hills, farm fields and homes in the foothills east of Mount Vernon. It’s known for a chain of lakes where many enjoy boating, fishing and other water recreation.

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he small community of Big Lake, population 1,835, began as a bustling logging town that supported hundreds of workers. When the logging industry collapsed in the 1930s, the town transformed into a quiet farming community.

The town of Clear Lake, now a scenic bedroom community of about 1,000 people, slowly evolved out of a logging town. 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 shores of the lake are now lined with homes and the hills are dotted with housing developments.

The company went bankrupt in 1925, and with its main industry gone, the town had to adapt.

During the summer, the lake is a popular spot for boating and fishing for bass and rainbow trout.

Besides the lake, the town along Highway 9 now has a market, tavern, gas station/convenience store and elementary school.

Each summer, the lake draws thousands of people for the July 3 fireworks show, enjoyed by onlookers from both land and water.

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The town has its own elementary school, a quirky grocery store and nine-hole golf course.

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The City of Sedro-Woolley has old timber-town charm and takes pride in its logging roots, but is also resilient today in the wake of timber’s decline.

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he 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. Founder’s Day in September is a reminder from the Sedro-Woolley Museum of the city’s beginning as two separate towns. Sedro-Woolley originates from two settlements, one founded by Mortimer Cook and the other by Phillip A. Woolley, built on the promise of the logging industry in

Mortimer Cook actually 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 that 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 mesh into one. Both, however, refused to give up their names, resulting in the hyphenation.

Skagit County. While Woolley’s name is built-in, Cook’s name is written on the road that serves as the main route through town to Interstate 5. skagitvisitor.com

In 2013, the city worked to improve Cook Road’s connection to Highway 20, inserting a roundabout at one of the busiest intersections in town and making way for a second in 2014. Because of its placement on Highway 20, Sedro-Woolley is referred to as the gateway to the North Cascades, with endless recreation opportunities to the east. It serves as an access point to the North Cascades National Park and Mount BakerSnoqualmie National Forest, both of which are headquartered in town. Sedro-Woolley itself also offers great recreation. 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 also has four restrooms and an RV park, as well as a boat launch.

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The city’s Rotary Club built a skate park in 2012 that hosted its first competition in September 2013 and now attracts skateboarders from all over the state. It’s right in town behind the City Hall building. The city has also made improvements to Highway 9 and has improved pedestrian and bicycle access in parts of town, making neighborhoods and businesses safer and easier to reach. Today, the tightknit downtown business community works hard to maintain a welcoming, historic core that has seen some revitalization in recent years. Janicki Industries, which creates high-tech molds for the aerospace and maritime industries, is headquartered in town.

Don’t Miss • Blast from the Past, June 6-8 this year, features a vintage car show, sidewalk sale, arts and crafts, games for the kids and plenty of food.

While You’re Here

• The Fourth of July Loggerodeo celebration brings back the town’s heritage with logging demonstrations and chainsaw carving competitions.

• Take a look at the murals and wood carving statues downtown, most of them along Metcalf Street. The carvings are auctioned at the end of the annual Loggerodeo chainsaw carving event and local businesses purchase them to keep on display.

The family-fun event runs July 3-6 this year with events and activities downtown and at Riverfront Park, including a carnival for the kids, live music, a beard contest, arts, crafts and food. • Founder’s Day in September is a reminder from the Sedro-Woolley Museum of the city’s beginning as two separate towns, complete with a re-enactment of the famous 1914 bank robbery. • The December Christmas parade wouldn’t be complete without a huge Christmas tree on display in the center of Main Street, highlighting the town’s bright holiday cheer and residents’ timber expertise.

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Woolley in the late 1890s and is known for his emphasis on Western scenery, logging and railroads. • Visit the 651-acre Northern State Recreation Area just east of town off Highway 20 between Helmick and Fruitdale roads. The regional park offers hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as a disc-golf course at the site of the former Northern State Hospital.

Weds. Noon - 4 p.m. Thurs. 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.

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LyMAn On the way to popular recreation destinations in the North Cascades, the small town of Lyman appears to be only a gas station and grocery along Highway 20.

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ff the main drag, however, visitors will find a quiet, picturesque town where 438 residents enjoy life on the Skagit River without the worry of flooding. Cascade Trail, a popular Rails to Trails project for walkers, joggers and bicyclists, passes right through town with access to a park. The park offers barbecue pits, a covered picnic area, restrooms and a horseshoe pit. Town officials hope to further expand it in the future. Nearby on the trail is Lyman Slough. The Skagit Land Trust acquired 19 acres on this scenic waterway and encourages people to visit. Lyman has a rich heritage based on its

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abundant timber, fish and mineral resources and its native American history. 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. It was recently added to 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.

HAMILTon The Town of Hamilton is particularly vulnerable to ooding. It sits on the Skagit River, divided by Highway 20, 13 miles east of SedroWoolley.

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overnment officials estimate the town of 304 is inundated with water once every two to three years. The last major flood being 2006, the town is on edge waiting for the next big dip.

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Hamilton is a town where everyone knows everyone. Some families have lived there for generations; others are newcomers who sought affordable housing and backcountry quiet away from the bigger cities. The town has a park on Main Street featuring a public picnic area and covered gazebo with kitchen facilities and restrooms. The town also has a bar, grocery store and post office. Most of the homes in town are elevated to reduce flood damage, and the town’s fire department sounds an alarm to warn residents when the river level approaches flood stage. Hamilton is a community left vacant of industry after the once bustling mining, logging and paper mill companies left town. Janicki Industries, however, built a stateof-the-art industrial composites plant on the edge of town in recent years.

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YOU ARE INVITED! to the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center

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65 miles east of I-5 on Highway 20

CONCRETE Once humming and dusty with two cement plants, the industry that gave the Town of Concrete its name has since disappeared.

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Public restrooms and a community resource center are to the right as the highway enters town. In recent years, town visionaries, some longtime residents and some newcomers have worked hard to create a new future for Concrete. New businesses are also sprouting up, bucking the general economic trend. New, local owners claimed the hotel and restaurant at the head of Main Street in recent years. The town’s historic newspaper, The Concrete Herald, was brought back to life, and the Concrete Theatre, which doubles as a fitness center, was opened in 2010. A gluten-free bakery opened its doors in 2013. The Concrete Chamber of Commerce keeps the community busy with annual events.

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his tiny upriver Skagit 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.

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The chamber organizes the popular wintertime Eagle Festival, which runs through January. The town celebrates Mardi Gras with a parade the Saturday before the designated “Fat Tuesday” each year, whether or not there is snow on the ground. The town also pays its respect to the many ghosts said to haunt the historic downtown with an October Ghost Walk.

ROCKPORT The small, riverside community of Rockport is a hot spot for outdoor activities.

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t serves as the epicenter of the annual winter migration of bald eagles to the upriver Skagit Valley. The majestic birds migrate by the hundreds after chum salmon spawn in the river. For decades the town has celebrated the raptors arrival with the Eagle Festival. The event features guided walks, photography workshops, demonstrations with live bald eagles and performances by tribal musicians and dancers over four weekends in January. 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. Find out what’s happening on a particular weekend by visiting www. skagiteagle.org or calling (360) 853-7626. Rockport is also a great spot for fishing and rafting. Anglers and boaters launch from Howard Miller Steelhead Park, which also features a playground, RV hookups and sites for tent camping. Just outside town at milepost 96.5 on Highway 20 is Rockport State Park. The 670-acre, day-use park features old-growth trees and a trailhead for the 5,541-foot climb to the top of Sauk Mountain.

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MARBLEMOUNT At the doorstep of the North Cascades National Park, the town of Marblemount greets visitors with a sign that reads ‘Welcome to the American Alps.’

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n essence, the town is a backcountry retreat for residents who never tire of the beauty of the North Cascades and visitors from around the world who stop in while exploring upriver Skagit and the North Cascades’ abundant recreation opportunities. The area boasts access to hiking and climbing adventures, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, mushroom hunting, photography, and most everything else outdoor enthusiasts could want to do in the mountains.

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Marblemount, population 203, has gas stations, several eateries and places for overnight stays, from campgrounds and cabins to hotel rooms. Skagit River Resort, west of town, is owned and operated by the pioneer Clark family. It offers RV hookups and cabins with fireplaces. From there, shuttles run to destinations for fishing, hiking or kayaking. Marblemount is rich with the history of the gold rush, and a few buildings of the era still stand. One is the Buffalo Run Inn, a hand-hewn log structure from the town’s early heyday. It’s part of an enterprise that includes the Buffalo Run Restaurant and Buffalo Run Ranch. skagitvisitor.com


NEWHALEM AND DIABLO Newhalem and Diablo are both beautiful, last-chance stops for travelers heading to Eastern Washington on the North Cascades Highway.

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he towns were built around Seattle City Light’s powerhouses at the bases of Gorge and Diablo lakes. They now serve as both company towns and tourist stops, right inside North Cascades National Park, which is one of the most rugged and beautiful parks in the nation. Trails, campgrounds, waterfalls and eye-popping vistas await the adventurous traveler. Newhalem offers amenities for visitors at Milepost 120, eight miles west of Diablo. The Skagit General Store offers camping supplies, gifts, food and beverages, and is well-known for its homemade fudge. In the summer, a ferry runs on Diablo Lake, mainly to accommodate anglers. Seattle City Light and the North Cascades Institute also run popular educational and scenic boat tours. For information about the tours, visit www.SkagitTours.com, which also has information on other activities around Newhalem and Diablo Lake. In the winter, the North Cascades Highway is closed just a few miles east of Diablo due to extreme snowfall and avalanche danger. Get more information at the North Cascades Visitor Center, near Newhalem adjacent to Newhalem Creek Campground (nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/visitorcenters. htm).

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While You’re Here

• Be sure to bring your camera for the Skagit Eagle Festival, a celebration of eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County. Different events are held in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount each weekend in January. Activities include free tours, walks, and educational programs about the majestic birds, the beautiful Skagit River and grizzly bears — along with arts and crafts, wine tasting, river rafting, live music and dance.

• See an ancient forest where the old growth was never logged in Rockport State Park. The entire ecosystem remains in place, creating a rare, natural forest with a canopy so dense not much sunlight penetrates to the ground.

Most of the educational events take place at the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, one block south of Highway 20 at Howard Miller Steelhead Park. For more information 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. • Step aboard Seattle City Light’s Diablo Lake boat tour this summer, starting with lunch at the North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center. The popular boat ride offers the opportunity to take in the area’s gorgeous scenery and learn about the man-made wonders that provide hydroelectric power to the city of Seattle.

The park lies at the foot of Sauk Mountain, which has an elevation of 5,400 feet and a steep but climbable trail to the top. • Check out 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. A large parking area is near the falls. • Enjoy 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 Newhalem store, which is also a great place to grab a snack.

For more information on the boat tours and other activities in Newhalem and Diablo, visit www.SkagitTours.com, e-mail skagittours@Seattle.gov or call (360) 854-2589. skagitvisitor.com

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Skagit county Today

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here are jobs here in traditional and emerging industries and at busy ports. Housing is affordable, access to quality health care is convenient and our communities care about their schools.

SKAGIT counTy popuLATIon Skagit county: 118,600 Anacortes: 16,080 Burlington: 8,445 concrete: 710 Hamilton: 304 La conner: 890 Lyman: 440 Mount Vernon: 32,710 Sedro-woolley: 10,610

MedIAn HoMe prIceS Anacortes - $306,555 Burlington - $195,500 concrete and up river - $125,500 Guemes Island - $505,635 La conner - $220,000 Lyman/Hamilton - $97,410 Mount Vernon - $218,500 other Skagit county - $247,000 Sedro-woolley - $175,000 Source: Northwest Multiple Listing Service, 2013 closed sales through October.

Source: Washington State Office of Financial Management 2013 estimates.

MAJor puBLIc eMpLoyerS Skagit county 1,642 employees Skagit Valley Hospital 1,028 employees Mount Vernon School district 820 employees Skagit Valley college 729 employees Sedro-woolley School district 525 employees Island Hospital 526 employees Burlington-edison School district 470 employees

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skagit county today MAJOR PRIVATE EMPLOYERS Skagit Valley Casino Resort Bow 558 employees

PORT DISTRICTS The Port of Skagit County Major facilities: Skagit Regional Airport, La Conner Marina, Bay View Business Park.

Draper Valley Farms Chicken processing Mount Vernon 550 employees

Jobs on the property: 1,066 full- and parttime jobs.

Shell Puget Sound Refinery Petroleum processing Anacortes 400 employees

Major tenants: Golden Harvest, Hexcel Corporation, Team Corporation, The Truss Co. and Building Supply, Volant.

Number of tenants: 84

Regence Blue Shield Health insurance Burlington 385 employees

(360) 757-0011 www.portofskagit.com

Tesoro’s Anacortes Refinery Petroleum processing Anacortes 360 employees.

Major facilities: Marine terminal, 950-slip Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes Airport.

Janicki Industries Composite tooling supplier for aerospace, space defense, marine, wind energy and ground transportation industry. Sedro-Woolley

The Port of Anacortes

Major Tenants: Dakota Creek Industries, Anthony’s, Puget Sound Rope, Nordic Northwest Yachts, M&M Fish, Northwest Marine Technology, Pacific Dream Seafood, Micro AeroDynamics, Transpac Marinas, San Juan Airlines, Washington State Ferries.

Dakota Creek Industries Ship building and repair Anacortes

(360) 293-3134 www.portofanacortes.com

Trident Seafoods Corporation Seafood processing Anacortes

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PACCAR Truck building and testing Burlington Dunlap Towing Co. Marine towing service La Conner Source: Economic Development Association of Skagit County, 2011.

HEALTH CARE (Skagit Valley Hospital & Skagit Regional Clinics) 1415 E. Kincaid Mount Vernon www.skagitvalleyhospital.org (360) 424-4111 The public hospital opened in 1958 after voters passed a bond. In 2007, the hospital expanded, adding private rooms and additional services.

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skagit county today Island Hospital 1211 24th St. Anacortes www.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. Despite being the smallest level III trauma hospital in Washington, it still provides a birth center, cancer care center, critical care, diagnostic imaging, emergency services, physical therapy and rehabilitation, prenatal care, surgery and a sleep wellness center.

It then expanded again in 2010 adding Skagit Regional Clinics to its list of services, becoming Skagit Regional Health and offering more than 100 physicians and allied health professionals.

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In addition, Skagit Regional Health has also partnered with Cascade Skagit Health Alliance in Smokey Point, and has a clinic on Camano Island, once again expanding its services and service area. It is now the third-largest public district hospital in the state.

United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley has been part of the community for more than 40 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.

Offerings include outpatient diagnostics and rehabilitation services, surgery, acute care, a family birth center, heart and vascular care, orthopedic services, and surgery and cancer treatment at its Regional Cancer Care Center. The hospital has 137 beds, and all rooms are private. The hospital reports that it received five-star ratings in nine key clinical areas and is a Top 100 hospital for 2012 in joint replacement, orthopedics and prostatectomy, according to HealthGrades, a leading health care ratings firm.

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2000 Hospital Drive Sedro-Woolley www.UnitedGeneral.org (360) 856-6021

Services include acute care, a breast care suite, diagnostic imaging, the North Puget Sound Cancer Center, which was the first center to offer radiation oncology services in Skagit County, occupational therapy, a sleep disorders center, surgery, family medicine, pulmonary rehabilitation, intensive care unit and more. The hospital also offers several community wellness outreach programs, including Wellness 360.

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Island Hospital also manages seven family care clinics, including in Anacortes and on Lopez Island, and offers six specialty clinics. It was honored in 2006 as one of the nation’s Top 100 hospitals for performance and improvement by Evanston, Ill.-based Solucient, a national health care information corporation.

EDUCATION Skagit Valley College, the area’s community college, was founded in 1926 and provides educational opportunities for about 6,000 full and part-time students. This two-year institution offers degrees in everything from environmental conservation to early childhood education, biology, prenursing, business and more. The college also offers technical programs for things such as culinary arts, environmental conservation, automotive technology and sustainable agriculture. Skagit Valley College’s main campus is in Mount Vernon, but there are also satellite facilities in Anacortes, Whidbey Island and San Juan Island. www.skagit.edu Mount Vernon Campus 2405 E. College Way (360) 416-7600 skagitvisitor.com


skagit county today Skagit County also has seven school districts: Anacortes, Burlington-Edison, Concrete, Conway, La Conner, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley.

La Conner Regional Library 614 Morris St. (360) 466-3352 www.lclib.lib.wa.us

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Mount Vernon Library 320 Snoqualmie St. (360) 336-6209 www.ci.mount-vernon.wa.us

Anacortes www.anacortes.org 819 Commercial Ave. Suite F (360) 293-7911 Burlington www.burlington-chamber.com 520 E. Fairhaven Avenue (360) 757-0994 Concrete www.concrete-wa.com 45770 Main St. (360) 853-8784 (360) 853-8767 La Conner www.lovelaconner.com 511 Morris St. Suite 3 (360) 446-4778 (888) 642-9284 Mount Vernon www.mountvernonchamber.com 301 W. Kincaid St. (360) 428-8547 Sedro-Woolley www.sedro-woolley.com 714 B Metcalf St. (360) 855-1841

LIBRARIES Anacortes Library 1220 10th St. (360) 293-1910 library.cityofanacortes.org Burlington Library 820 E. Washington Ave. (360) 755-0760 www.ci.burlington.wa.us skagitvisitor.com

Sedro-Woolley Public Library 802 Ball Ave. (360) 855-1166 www.ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us Upper Skagit Library District 45770 B Main St., Concrete (360) 853-7939 www.upperskagit.lib.wa.us

NEWSPAPERS

RADIO STATIONS KAPS 660 AM (Mount Vernon) KAPS 102.1 FM Country music. kapsradio.com KWLE 1340 AM (Anacortes) Adult contemporary music, local news and sports. 1340thewhale.com KBRC 1430 AM (Mount Vernon) Classic hits. kbrcradio.com KSVR 90.1 FM (Mount Vernon) Broadcast news, public affairs programs and music in English and Spanish from Skagit Valley College. ksvr.org

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

TELEVISION/ PUBLIC ACCESS

Anacortes American (weekly) 901 Sixth St., Anacortes (360) 293-3122, www.goanacortes.com

City’s government access channel broadcasting City Council and Port of Anacortes Commission meetings, public notices, community events and related programming.

your fidalgo (weekly) 901 Sixth St., Anacortes (360) 293-3122, www.goanacortes.com The Argus (weekly) 1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon (360) 424-3251, www.goskagit.com Courier-Times (weekly) 1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon (360) 424-3251, www.goskagit.com Concrete Herald (monthly) (360) 853-8213 www.concrete-herald.com La Conner Weekly News 313 Morris St., La Conner (360) 466-3315

Channel 10, Anacortes

Access Skagit Television, Skagit 21, Mount Vernon Can be seen on Comcast Cable channel 21 in the greater Skagit Valley viewing area. Broadcasts public meetings for cities and the county, along with public notices and events.

MALLS Cascade Mall 201 Cascade Mall Drive, Burlington www.shopcascademall.com (360) 757-2070 The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington 448 Fashion Way, Burlington www.theoutletshoppesatburlington.com (360) 757-3549

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TrAnSporTATIon SKAGIT reGIonAL AIrporT www.portofskagit.com (360) 757-0011 Located inside 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.

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www.townofconcrete.com/airport.php Also known as Mears Field, the airport is a public airfield with private leased hangars on town-owned lots. The pilots lounge on the field 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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www.amtrak.com Amtrak’s Cascades line, which operates between Vancouver, B.C., and Eugene, Ore., stops in downtown Mount Vernon at Skagit Station, 105 E. Kincaid St.

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www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries (888) 808-7977 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, B.C., is also available, except in the winter. Citizens of the United States and Canada need to have either a passport, trusted traveler program card or an enhanced driver’s license to enter or depart the United States by sea.

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he Swinomish tribe’s headquarters are in the historic Swinomish Village across Swinomish Channel from La Conner. What people might be more familiar with, though, is the Swinomish Casino & Lodge on Highway 20 east of Anacortes. 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 around abundant saltwater resources, particularly salmon and shellfish, which remain a key part of the tribal economy today. In addition to the casino, which began as a small bingo operation in 1985, the tribe operates the Swinomish Chevron Gas Station, which includes a tobacco, liquor and convenience store; the Swinomish Fish Company which processes salmon and shellfish for a global market; 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 300 employees in its casino and other economic enterprises.

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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 all residents.

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.

The tribe operates a fisheries department and a water resources program and provides social and health services, education support and many other services.

A point of pride: One of Washington State Ferries’ newest vessels will be named Samish.

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istorically, 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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he 84-acre Upper Skagit Reservation is east of Sedro-Woolley, 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 (www.theskagit.com) on a 15-acre site adjacent to Interstate 5 in Bow in 1995, and opened an $11 million, 103room hotel and conference center in 2001. (360) 854-7090

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entertainment

When it comes to music, dance, art or professional theater, you don’t have to travel far in Skagit County to find top-shelf entertainment.

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ake a stroll through any city or town in the county and you’re bound to find a variety of galleries and art studios. From the early days of the Northwest Mystics – internationally known artists Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves and Mark Tobey – Skagit County has attracted a wide variety of artists who infuse their works with the essence of the region and its deep forests, rich farm fields, sheltered and salty bays and, of course, the Skagit River. Spend a day at the regionally renowned Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner to view some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest works. Music and dance thrive with a great deal of community support. A professional symphony, opera groups, orchestra, an abundance of talented community theater groups, volunteer chorales and choruses combine to create a rich cultural environment.

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In addition, Skagit Valley has more than its share of places where you can enjoy live music, and the impressive number of talented players performing it. From Sedro-Woolley and Concrete to Conway and Anacortes, a wealth of bands, playing nearly every style, can be found.

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 2014, productions include “Shrek the Musical,” “Die Fledermaus,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and numerous jazz and holiday concerts. Producers, directors, stage crews and actors have raved about McIntyre as one of the top venues for live performance in the region. The venue has a bar in the large lobby, where audiences can often watch backstage activity on a large television screen during intermissions.

For more information about tickets or the hall: (360) 416-7727, ext. 2; (866) 6246897, ext. 2; or www.mcintyrehall.org

LIncoLn THeATre The Lincoln Theatre in downtown Mount Vernon is a splendid performing arts venue designed with an Egyptian motif, and it’s a little piece of the city’s history as well. 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. For a full list of events, call (360) 336-8955 or visit www.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 cozy building, offering up a variety of

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entertainment 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. The 2014 lineup includes “You Can’t Take It With You,” “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Anything Goes.” For more information or a complete list of upcoming shows and events: (360) 2936829 or www.acttheatre.com

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 and its seasonal stage productions. For more information about the theater: (360) 416-7723 or www.skagit.edu

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. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and Mondays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free for museum members, $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 students and free for children 12 and younger.

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For a list of upcoming exhibits or to find out more about the museum: (360) 4664446 or www.museumofnwart.org

Take Interstate 5 to exit 230 and head west over the Duane Berentson Bridge onto Fidalgo Island.

CONWAY MUSE

(360) 293-2691, (888) 288-8883 www.swimonishcasinoandlodge.com

The Conway Muse is a multifaceted venue with live music, dinner theater, improvisation and comedy. It also has a retail store. Located at the west end of Conway, 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. For information and complete schedule, call (360) 455-3000 or visit www.theconwaymuse.com

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CINEMAS AMC Lowes Cascade Mall 14 Fourteen screens 200 Cascade Mall Drive, Burlington www.amctheatres.com (888) 262-4386

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Skagit Valley Casino Resort

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

5984 N. Darrk Lane, Bow

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Skagit Valley Casino Resort includes a 103-room hotel and conference center, more than 860 slot machines in the casino, three restaurants and live entertainment in several rooms.

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

Take Interstate 5 to Bow Hill Road (exit 236) and head east for a couple of blocks, then turn left onto Darrk Lane.

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(877) 275-2448, (360) 724-7777 www.theskagit.com

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12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes Table games, slots, restaurant, bingo, poker, comedy, live boxing, banquets, RV park. The casino, which opened a 98-room hotel in 2012, includes a fine-dining restaurant, a sports bar, café, deli and meeting and convention spaces overlooking Padilla Bay.

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Art Studio Every Monday at 3:30pm Story Time Every Thursday at 2pm Inside the Cascade Mall • 550 Cascade Mall Dr., Burlington www.skagitchildrensmuseum.net skagitvisitor.com

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A dvertiser d i r ect o r y ANACORTES ARTS FESTIVAL ........................................................... 33 ANACORTES MUSEUM ....................................................................... 38 ANGEL OF THE WINDS CASINO..................................................... 19 BEST WESTERN SKAGIT VALLEY INN........................................... 61 BIG SCOOP INC. ................................................................................... 64 BOB’S BURGERS & BREW ................................................................... 16 BRIDGE, THE......................................................................................... 25 BURLINGTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE................................... 57 CALICO CUPBOARD............................................................................ 51 CAP SANTE COURT RETIREMENT .................................................. 61 CAP SANTE INN ................................................................................... 33 CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF SKAGIT COUNTY .............................. 23 CHRISTIANSON’S NURSERY ............................................................. 13 CONWAY PUB & EATERY ................................................................... 53 COOK ROAD SHELL............................................................................ 16 COTTONS ............................................................................................... 49 EARTHENWORKS GALLERY............................................................. 48 FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES .................................................................. 16 HAMPTON INN & SUITES ................................................................. 56 HOTEL PLANTER................................................................................. 48 HUMAN LIFE OF MOUNT VERNON ............................................... 42 ISLAND HOSPITAL .............................................................................. 3 JITTERBUGS ESPRESSO ...................................................................... 16 LA CONNER CHANNEL LODGE...................................................... 48 LA CONNER QUILT AND TEXTILE MUSEUM .............................. 49 LAKE MCMURRAY RECREATION ASSOCIATION ........................ 53 LENNING FARMS/BERRY BARN....................................................... 8 LOGAN CREEK RETIREMENT COMMUNITY............................... 61 MOUNT VERNON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ............................ 44 MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST ART ...................................................... 49 NORTH CASCADES INSTITUTE ....................................................... 71 OUTLET SHOPPES AT BURLINGTON ............................................ 55 PORT OF SKAGIT COUNTY .............................................................. 87 ROOZENGAARDE ................................................................................ 11 ROSABELLA’S GARDEN BAKERY ..................................................... 7 SAKUMA BROS. FARMS & MARKET................................................. 7 SEEDS BISTRO AND BAR .................................................................... 51 SKAGIT COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS .................................................. 21 SKAGIT COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM .................................... 49 SKAGIT SPEEDWAY ............................................................................. 85 SKAGIT REGIONAL CLINICS............................................................ 77 SKAGIT REGIONAL HEALTH ........................................................... 2 SKAGIT STATE BANK .......................................................................... 43 SKAGIT VALLEY WILLS & TRUSTS ................................................. 15 SKAGIT’S OWN FISH MARKET......................................................... 57 SKAGIT VALLEY CASINO RESORT .................................................. 88 SKAGIT VALLEY FOOD CO-OP ........................................................ 8 SEDRO-WOOLLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE .......................... 45 SEDRO-WOOLLEY MUSEUM ............................................................ 69 SWINOMISH CASINO & LODGE...................................................... 45 SWINOMISH INDIAN TRIBAL COMMUNITY ............................... 31 SWINOMISH INDIAN TRIBAL COMMUNITY ............................... 44 TAYLOR SHELLFISH ........................................................................... 41 TULIP VALLEY VINEYARD ................................................................ 15 WHIDBEY ISLAND BANK .................................................................. 46 WINDERMERE REAL ESTATE ........................................................... 51 WOOD MERCHANT, THE .................................................................. 51

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Fifty Years of Economic Opportunity On November 3, 1964, residents voted to form the PORT OF SKAGIT to bring new jobs and operate transportation and recreational facilities. In the 50 years of port history, many individuals have contributed to sowing and cultivating a vision of opportunity for the people of Skagit County. The Skagit Valley community now is harvesting the benefits of the Port of Skagit’s efforts to create “Good Jobs for Our Community.”

INSPIRING SUCCESS DELIVERING EXCELLENCE A leader in economic opportunity growth throughout the valley A leader in agricultural innovation and sustainability A leader in aerospace, agricultural and marine business • Skagit Regional Airport • Bayview Business Park • La Conner Marina

Port of Skagit PO Box 348 • 15400 Airport Drive Burlington WA 98233 360-757-0011 • www.portofskagit.com

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