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mount vernon • anacortes • burlington • la conner • sedro-woolley

skagit county

concrete • conway • bow–edison • north cascades • deception pass

Visitors and Newcomers Guide to a Special Corner of nw Washington

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I nside Welcome............................5 Farm & Fields..................6-7 Tulip Festival.................8-10 Map............................10 Display Gardens...............12 Wineries......................13-15 Breweries.........................16 Recreation...................17-25 Events Calendar..........26-29 Anacortes....................30-35 Map.......................34-35 Guemes Island map..........36 Guemes Island.................37 Transportation............38-39

Padilla Bay map...............40 Padilla Bay.......................41 La Conner...................42-45 Map............................43 Conway, Fir Island map....46 Conway, Fir Island............47 Burlington...................48-52 Map.......................50-51

Mount Vernon.............53-57 Map.......................54-55 Clear Lake........................58 Map............................59 Sedro-Woolley............60-63 Map............................62 Upper Skagit...............64-67 Map.......................66-67 Skagit County Today...68-69 Tribes...............................70 Entertainment.............72-73 Advertising Directory.......74

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W elcome to Skagit County

Offering a robust connection with nature that never gets old, the county is home to the pristine Skagit River and five species of salmon, which support a rebounding population of American bald eagles and three pods of Southern Resident orcas. The area’s moderate weather makes it an ideal location for snow geese and trumpeter swans to spend winters. The Skagit delta’s fertile farm lands contain some of the richest soil in the world, and the bounty from the fields includes an array of daffodils, tulips, berries and potatoes as well as seeds for such crops as spinach and cabbage, that are then sold to be grown elsewhere. This guide can help you discover it all, from the Salish Sea’s saltwater beaches to the North Cascade’s snow-capped peaks. The Skagit Valley is a collection of small towns, each with distinctive character traits and community-minded residents. The eastern end of the county is where you can find the gateway to the North Cascades and enjoy nature up close even in winter. The county’s hub is Mount Vernon, the largskagitvisitor.com

SAUK MOUNTAIN est city with a population of about 30,000. There is plenty to see, whether you are visiting an artistic coastal community such as Anacortes or La Conner or the historyrich downtown areas of Mount Vernon, Burlington or Sedro-Woolley, which came to be with the rise of the logging industry. Explore the rich agriculture that has sustained this region, so close to the urban center of Seattle yet seemingly so far away. Strawberries come on strong in June, followed by raspberries and blueberries. Fall brings apples, pumpkins and an invitation to visit family farms throughout the valley during October’s Festival of Family Farms. Plan to spend more than a day. Check into a quaint inn or rural retreat, and give yourself time for some shopping in oldfashioned downtowns full of unique shops or modern malls and outlet stores with the latest fashions and bargains. For easyaccess fun, stay at one of the two casino hotels in the county. Meander through art galleries and museums, and be sure to stop off at one of the wineries, breweries, distilleries, bistros and restaurants to relax after a full day. The the-

ater community is active, and there is plenty of nightlife with live music in various establishments. Skagit County’s location between Seattle to the south; Vancouver, British Columbia, to the north; the San Juan Islands to the west and the North Cascades National Park to the east makes it a great place to live, work and play. No matter the season, the great outdoors is at hand. Hiking, biking, boating, camping, fishing and nature-watching are just a handful of options. The tourist season really depends on what a tourist wants to see, but the daffodils offer an opening blast of color in early spring, followed by a rainbow of tulips in April that are more than worth the trip. Skagit County is world-famous for its Skagit Valley Tulip Festival each April. Mother Nature usually cooperates on the timing. Whale-watching trips begin in the spring as the Southern Resident orcas and even humpbacks come to the area and stay for months at a time. Boaters come to stay and play at the marinas in Anacortes and La Conner, and some venture out farther to the San Juan Islands.

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Skagit County stands as a true jewel of the Pacific Northwest, with emerald-green, lush forests in the North Cascades mountain range to the east and sapphire-blue waters of Puget Sound at its western edge.

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F arm & Fields

Skagit County extends from mountains to sea, but it’s the Skagit Valley’s farmland that has been the foundation of its identity since the arrival of non-native settlers in the mid-1800s. With over 150 years of farming history, the Skagit Valley today is recognized as one of the most important agricultural valleys remaining in Puget Sound. Local farmers produce about $300 million worth of crops, livestock and dairy products on approximately 100,000 acres of land, made rich from glacial deposits, volcanic material and sediment delivered by the Skagit River into the delta. Some 100 different crops are grown here, according to the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, which is a great place to visit. Among the top crops are specialty potatoes, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, tulips, daffodils, apples and vegetable seeds.

By 2013, more than 40 organic farms covering 6,700 acres had combined for more than $14 million in sales.

farm fields. Each Talking Field site has a unique QR code. Check it out at talkingfields.org.

The rich farming delta also provides habitat for thousands of swans, snow geese and dabbling ducks that spend winters in the valley.

It’s the brainchild of Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland, a group that has worked since 1989 to not only preserve the area’s agriculture, but its economic vitality.

As you drive through the Skagit Valley, tune your car radio to 1630 AM and learn why local farmers call this fertile valley the “Magic Skagit.” “InFARMation” 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 throughout the Skagit Valley, from the dike and drainage infrastructure to the farms and

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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. skagitvisitor.com


F arm & Fields FESTIVAL OF FAMILY FARMS The annual Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms, held the first weekend in October, allows visitors a glimpse into farm life. See firsthand how much time and energy goes into running a farm — from feeding animals to growing produce — as you visit berry and produce fields, cattle ranches, alpaca farms and shellfish operations. There’s plenty for the kids to do and learn, as well. They can race vegetable cars, milk an artificial cow, explore a corn maze, build a scarecrow or ride a pony. Adults can sample apple cider, eat barbecued oysters or corn on the cob, enjoy gardening demonstrations and pick out pumpkins for Halloween. festivaloffamilyfarms.com or 360-421-4729.

ANACORTES FARMERS MARKET

MOUNT VERNON FARMERS MARKET

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, May 7-Oct. 29 • Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. • Keri Knapp, 360-293-7922 • info@anacortesfarmersmarket.org • anacortesfarmersmarket.org

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, May 21-Oct. 15. • Downtown Mount Vernon Riverwalk Plaza. • Jodie Buller and Jill Quanstrom, 360-540-4066 SEDRO-WOOLLEY • mvfarmer1@gmail.com. FARMERS MARKET • mountvernonfarmersmarket.org • 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, late May to mid-October. MOUNT VERNON • Hammer Heritage Square, Ferry and WEDNESDAY MARKET Metcalf streets. • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, • Jeremy Kindlund, 360-202-7311 June through September. • sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket@gmail. • Skagit Valley Hospital, 1415 Kincaid com St. • sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com • Jodie Buller and Jill Quanstrom, 360-540-4066 • mvfarmer1@gmail.com. • mountvernonfarmersmarket.org

BOW LITTLE MARKET • 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, June 9-Sept. 1. • Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green Road. • Patty Sweaney, 360-724-3333 • bowlittlemarket@yahoo.com • bowlittlemarket.com

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

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

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T ulip Festival

For more than 30 years, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, which is held the entire month of April, has celebrated the jewels of the valley with a full lineup of events and plenty of tulip-viewing opportunities. The festival is one of the biggest events in the region, attracting an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 visitors from throughout the world. Visitors are treated to between 400 and 700 acres (the amount and exact time depends on Mother Nature) of tulips of all colors and varieties, grown by the Roozens of RoozenGaarde and the DeGoedes of Tulip Town. The 2017 festival poster, which was unveiled in November, was painted by Bellingham artist Trish Harding. The art on the yearly poster is used for all kinds of festival-related materials, including

posters, mugs, shirts and more. Visitors can enjoy walking through the 3-plus acres of display gardens, planted with a quarter of a million tulip bulbs at RoozenGaarde, or visit Tulip Town, and then enjoy the numerous 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 chocolate; and artists use the colorful blooms for their inspirations during several large-scale,

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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, which features live music and dozens of food and craft vendors; the Tulip Run; the Tulip Pedal (20-, 40- and 60-mile bicycle ride); the Tulip Frolic with entertainment and kids activities in La Conner; and the World’s Largest Garage Sale at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon. Anacortes hosts a quilt walk, art show and wine festival while SedroWoolley offers Woodfest with chain saw carving demonstrations. Many events are free; others have fees. For information, visit tulipfestival. org, or call the festival office at 360428-5959. skagitvisitor.com


T ulip Festival WASHINGTON BULB CO.’S ROOZENGAARDE • 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, west of Mount Vernon • tulips.com or 360-424-8531 Three acres of tulips are on display here throughout April during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The site offers a gift shop, picnic areas, food, espresso and restrooms, and bulbs can be purchased on-site for later delivery. Roozengaarde is open all year. Visitors can purchase potted tulips, daffodils and hyacinths in the winter and spring; lilies and irises through the summer and fall; or fresh flowers year-round.

SKAGIT VALLEY BULB FARM’S TULIP TOWN

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

2017 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival poster artist Trish Harding of Bellingham

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T ulip Festival FERNDALE 37 MILES

Pets aren’t allowed in the gardens.

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For up-to-date information on Skagit Valley Tulip Festival events and Bloom Map, please visit tulipfestival.org.

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Use your smart phone to scan these codes!

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

View our Bloom Map

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.

Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter

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

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

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

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

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AZUSA FARM & GARDENS

SKAGIT VALLEY GARDENS

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

Visitors to these 25 picturesque acres along Interstate 5 can browse dahlia beds, retail greenhouses and groves of trees with spring-blooming flowers. A gift store and the Garden Cafe also are on site.

14904 Highway 20, west of Mount Vernon and Burlington azusafarm.com, 360-424-1580

CHRISTIANSON’S NURSERY

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

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

LA CONNER FLATS

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

The 11 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. Admission is a $3 suggested donation and because La Conner Flats often books private celebrations, the gardens may be unavailable to visit on certain days. A farmstand is open in season. 12 SKAGIT COUNTY Visitors & Newcomers Guide

18923 Peter Johnson Road, south of Mount Vernon skagitvalleygardens.com, (360) 424-6760

WSU DISPLAY GARDENS

16650 Highway 536, west of Mount Vernon skagit.wsu.edu/mg/discoverygardens.html, 360-428-4270, ext. 227

With 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. 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 garden for those with decreased strength or mobility, and kids have a whimsical section all to themselves. Fall and Winter Garden: This garden has plant selections chosen for their fall color and winter blooms. Cottage Garden: The Cottage Garden is a combination of ornamentals, vegetables, herbs and fruit. Herb Garden: The overall structure of this 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. skagitvisitor.com


W ineries Skagit County wineries continue to grow in popularity as they produce some of the finest wines in the region. While Skagit’s winemakers often import grapes from Eastern Washington growers, many have begun growing estate varieties in Skagit soil. Take a tour and sample handcrafted wines at tasting rooms from Fir Island to Rockport. 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. Pasek is no longer alone.

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W ineries BERTELSEN WINERY

20598 Starbird Road, Mount Vernon bertelsenwinery.com, 360-540-2212

Directions: Take exit 218 off Intersate 5 and go east onto Starbird Road. Hours: Open for public tastings 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Profile: This family-owned winery just off Interstate 5 near Conway opened in 2014. It offers a range of reds and whites and sources grapes from five Washington appellations: Columbia, Yakima and Walla Walla valleys, Wahluke Slope and Red Mountain. The winery also features an event center, “The Vine,” where it hosts concerts, weddings and private events for up to 200 people.

CARPENTER CREEK WINERY 20376 E. Hickox Road, Mount Vernon 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 almost 8 acres of land near the Skagit River in 2001. The vineyard is tucked among fir and cedar groves. It sources grapes from Eastern Washington and has estate vineyards of siegerrebe and pinot noir.

WINE EVENTS ANACORTES SPRING WINE FESTIVAL

anacortes.org, 360-293-7911 The annual festival features 30 wineries from around the state and restaurants from Anacortes. The event is April 8 at the Port of Anacortes warehouse, overlooking the Guemes Channel at the north end of Commercial Avenue.

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mountvernonchamber.com, 360-428-8547 Features Washington wineries and breweries, food from Skagit County restaurants and locally made cheese and chocolate samplings. The event is Nov. 18 at Eaglemont, an 18-hole golf course and event venue in Mount Vernon.

EAGLE HAVEN WINERY

8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley 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. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday and by appointment. Call ahead for information. Profile: Since 2003, Eagle Haven has offered a range of reds and whites along with fruit wine. An adjoining 40-acre apple orchard produces fruit for cider. The winery features a tasting room, wine garden and a wooden pavilion, where it hosts concerts. The pavilion also can be booked for private events.

GLACIER PEAK WINERY

58575 Highway 20, Rockport glacierpeakwines.com, 360-873-4073

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. Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. daily, except in winter when they’re open Friday through Monday. The Mount Vernon tasting room, 13821 Best Road, is open the same hours. Profile: Established in 2002, Glacier Peak Winery sports five acres that produce the company’s estate wines, including pinot noir, agria and siegerrebe.

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W ineries SILVER BELL WINERY 106 S. First St., La Conner silverbellwinery.com, 360-757-WINE (9463)

Directions: From Interstate 5 take exit 221, go west and follow Fir Island Road as it winds across the island, turn left onto Best Road, turn left onto Chilberg Road, continue through the roundabout to Morris Street, turn left onto First Street. The tasting room is on the right. Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or by appointment. Profile: Silver Bell Winery began in a family garage in 2010 and now produces award-winning wines. The Seattle Wine Awards gave a Gold medal to their 2012 Pinot Gris and a Double Gold medal to the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon.

PASEK CELLARS

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

Directions: From Interstate 5 take exit 221, go west to Conway’s Skagit Barn. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Profile: Pasek Cellars began in 1995, with a tasting room opening on Mount Vernon’s First Street just two years later. 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. Well-known for its cranberry wine, Pasek Cellars is now the largest producer of fruit wines in the state and makes varieties that include everything from pineapple to passion fruit.

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

Directions: From Interstate 5 take exit 226 toward Kincaid St. Turn left, cross the railroad tracks and then turn right at the light onto S. 3rd St., which becomes Highway 536. Go about 3.5 miles and see the winery on the right just past Bennett Road. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily March 24-May; afternoons on Fridays and weekends May through November. Profile: Makers of Tulip Valley Wines and Burro Loco Cider. This winery produces hand-crafted red and white table wines from both Eastern and Western Washington grapes and uses locally grown apples for its hard ciders.

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B reweries

SKAGIT RIVER BREWERY 404 Third St. Mount Vernon 360-336-2884 skagitbrew.com

NORTH SOUND BREWING COMPANY

17406 State Route 536, Unit A Mount Vernon 360-982-2057 northsoundbrewing.com

LA CONNER BREWING COMPANY

BIRDSVIEW BREWING COMPANY

FLYERS RESTAURANT AND BREWERY

FARMSTRONG BREWING CO.

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

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

38302 Highway 20 Concrete 360-826-3406 birdsviewbrewingcompany.com 110 Stewart Road Mount Vernon 360-873-8852 farmstrongbrewing.com

ROCKFISH GRILL

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R ecreation

CLAYTON BEACH

Skagit Valley presents recreational opportunities and scenery that can be found nowhere else in the world. A seasoned hiker. A fledgling bird-watcher. A grizzled fisherman (or fisherwoman). They can all find fulfilling ways to spend their time in Skagit County.

ing with steelhead and salmon? Or chartering a whalewatching trip and seeing orcas in their scenic natural surroundings?

Everything from traveling the waters of Puget Sound in a kayak to climbing to the top of 7,740-foot Liberty Bell Mountain in the North Cascades awaits the avid fan of the outdoors. From a festival devoted to eagles to stunning whale-watching tours, it’s all available in the Skagit Valley.

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

How about casting a line into the salty waters of Puget Sound or one of the county’s many freshwater rivers teemskagitvisitor.com

There are back roads with great views for bicyclists winding through the county’s farmland, and forest trails for mountain bikers that are both beautiful and challenging. SKAGIT COUNTY Visitors & Newcomers Guide 17


R ecreation

BAKER LAKE

KAYAKING Kayakers can enjoy beautiful vistas and see wildlife and marine life from a different perspective while gliding quietly along a slough in the Skagit River delta, exploring a secluded cove near Anacortes or hitting the open waters of the Salish Sea. Kayaking is a great way to get out on the waters of Skagit County and the nearby San Juan Islands, whether for a quick paddle or a trip lasting several days.

For a list of places to go kayaking throughout the county, go to paddleheaven.com. Anacortes Kayak Tours, anacorteskayaktours.com, offers half-day, full-day and multi-day sea kayak tours from Anacortes through the San Juan Islands. If you’re just in the need of a kayak to rent, Blue Otter Outfitters, blueotter.com, can help. The Anacortes company rents tandem and single kayaks, and other equipment.

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A major Northwest kayaking event to watch for is the Deception Pass Dash, held each December. Some 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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R ecreation RUNS/WALKS NOOKACHAMPS WINTER RUNS

Saturday, Jan. 21, Mount Vernon nookachamps.com

DO THE BLOOM COLOR RUN

12TH ANNUAL ART DASH

A 5K color-infused fun run held in conjunction with the Anacortes Arts Festival.

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

Saturday, April 22, Anacortes anacortesartsfestival.com

Half-marathon, 10K, 5K, half-marathon walkers. Chili, snacks and hot showers available after the races.

LOST LAKE 50K/25K

WOOLLEY RUNS

The 8th 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. There are several steep ascents along with slow, technical, rolling ridges and some fast descents. There’s also a 25K with the same tough terrain starting from the Pine and Cedar Trailhead.

Saturday, Feb. 18, Sedro-Woolley skagitultrarunners.com

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

TULIP RUN

Saturday, April 8, Burlington skagitrunners.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.

Saturday, May 13, Chuckanut Drive lostlakeultras.com

GREAT SEDRO-WOOLLEY FOOTRACE

Saturday, Aug. 5, Anacortes anacortesartsfestival.com

SKAGIT FLATS MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON Sunday, Sept. 10, Burlington skagitrunner.org

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

Monday, July 4, Sedro-Woolley loggerodeo.com

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.

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R ecreation PEAK TO PEAK RUN AND FAMILY WALK October, Mount Vernon

Plans are underway for this new October run (10k or 5k) featuring a family walk and a kids’ dash in the Mount Vernon area. Proceeds benefit Skagit Symphony. Check for details at skagitsymphony.com.

39TH FOWL FUN RUN

Saturday, Nov. 11, Mount Vernon skagitrunners.org

The 10K is a flat loop on farming roads south of Mount Vernon with a short out-and-back section on Dike Road. The 5K is also a flat course. Start and finish is at Mount Vernon Christian School, 820 West Blackburn Road.

JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK December, Mount Vernon 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.

FISHING Skagit County waters are home to all five species of salmon — chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and pink — which translates to high-demand fishing opportunities in local rivers and bays. Saltwater and freshwater fishing are top sports here. In addition to salmon, there are trout species such as steelhead, rainbow, 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. Grab a rod and head into the hills to one of many alpine lakes when the season is right. On the marine waters, saltwater species include lingcod, halibut and salmon. Anacortes is a good place to get started. There are charter services more than willing to lend a hand.

Before making a cast, be sure to check the state’s regulations. The booklet detailing the regulation, “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. There are numerous types of licenses, so purchase the one that best fits your needs. Visit the Department of Fish & Wildlife website at wdfw.wa.gov often to check for information on rules and emergency closures. Here are some fishing hot spots: Skagit River: Chinook: July-August. Winter steelhead: December-April. Summer steelhead: June-November. Coho: September-November. Chum: October-November. Pink: AugustSeptember (Pink salmon return in odd-numbered years.). Sockeye: July. Sea-run cutthroat: August-October. Samish River: Chinook: AugustOctober. Chum: October-November. Coho: September-November. Winter steelhead: December-March. Sea-run cutthroat: August-October.

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Pass Lake: Open year-round to fly fishing, this catch-and-release lake is a trophy trout producer. Large rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout prowl the waters. Pass Lake is usually excellent in early spring and late fall for fish averaging 15 inches, with some fish cracking the 28-inch mark. Big Lake: Open year-round, this large body of water is great for panfish such as largemouth bass, crappie and yellow perch. Fishing tends to be best in the spring and summer months, when warmer water livens up the fish. Campbell Lake: Open year-round and stocked annually with cutthroat, the lake is known more for its warmwater species than its trout. Spring and summer are the best time to hook largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie and bullhead catfish. Clear Lake: Open year-round, fish lucky enough to have survived the summer onslaught of anglers in this body of water will be even larger. Look to hook jumbo rainbow and cutthroat trout as well as largemouth bass, yellow perch and bullhead catfish.

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R ecreation PARKS

RASAR STATE PARK

ROCKPORT STATE PARK

Location: Just off Highway 20, 19 miles east of Interstate 5. Skagit County features a smorgasWhat it offers: Four miles of hiking board of parks, from North Cascades National Park in the east to Deception trails and a playground in the day-use area. Pass State Park to the west. Whether Why go? Wildlife observation you seek a small city park for a picnic and playtime for the kids or the scenic opportunities, especially for eagles. Notable: This old farm site is 169 beauty of the national parks, opporacres and includes extensive campsites tunities abound for hiking, camping, biking, fishing, boating, kayaking, swim- for tents and RV’s. It boasts 4,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Skagit ming, beachcombing, bird watching or River. simply enjoying nature. Here is just a sampling of the highlights:

NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK

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

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

DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK Location: North end of Whidbey Island, south end of Fidalgo Island. What it offers: Camping, picnicking, sightseeing, boating, paddling, hiking, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, bird watching, beachcombing and bicycling. Why go? To hike amidst amazing scenery. There are 38 miles of trails within the park. Notable: The park has 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline on Rosario Strait, Deception Pass and Skagit Bay, and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline along three lakes.

The Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant

Sun - Thurs • 11am - 10pm Fri - Sat • 11am - 11pm NEwLY RENOVATED 360-424-3558 • 327 E College Way • I-5 Exit 228

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

AUTO RACING SKAGIT SPEEDWAY

4796 Old Highway 99 North Road, Alger 360-724-3567, skagitspeedway.com

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

HIKES FAMILY FRIENDLY

Cumberland Creek Interpretive Trail

Location: Sedro-Woolley Distance: 2 miles Getting there: From the South Skagit Highway Park and Ride off Highway 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 collaboration between Skagit Land Trust and an Emerson High School environmental science class. The class researched the Cumberland Creek Conservation Area, then developed the interpretive trail.

LEG BURNER

SHORT AND SWEET

Location: Bow Distance: 6.5 miles Getting there: From I-5, take Highway 11 (Chuckanut Drive) north for 10.2 miles. The trailhead is on the right at milepost 10. Notable: This is a classic hike. The trail twists and climbs (emphasis on climbs) through the Chuckanut Mountains and ends atop a rocky outcropping with spectacular views of the San Juans.

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

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SUPER SCENIC

Goose Rock Perimeter /Summit trails

Pomona Grange Park

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. 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.

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R ecreation 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.

GOLF Skagit County’s six courses offer golfers all kinds of scenery, from Puget Sound to the wooded areas typically associated with Northwest Washington. The courses offer different challenges for all skill levels.

AVALON GOLF LINKS

19345 Kelleher Road, Burlington 360-757-1900, avalonlinks.com

Holes: 27. Length: 10,080 yards Course: Public.

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

Holes: 9. Length: 2,261 yards Course: Public.

GATEWAY GOLF CLUB

1288 Fruitdale Road, Sedro-Woolley 360-631-3295, gatewaygolfand restaurant.com

Holes: 9. Length: 2,700 yards. Course: Public.

EAGLEMONT GOLF COURSE 4127 Eaglemont Drive, Mount Vernon 360-424-0800, eaglemontgolf.com

SKAGIT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

MOUNTAIN BIKE ROUTES Cascade Trail

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

Holes: 18. Length: 6,063 yards. Course: Private.

SWINOMISH GOLF LINKS

12518 Christianson Road, Anacortes 360-293-3444, swinomishcasino andlodge.com/golf/the-course

Holes: 18. Length: 6,177 yards. Course: Public.

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

EVENTS

36th Annual Tulip Pedal April, La Conner

Ride on your own past flowers and fields on 20-, 40- and 60-mile routes. tulipfestival.org Bike MS: Deception Pass Classic Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10 Mount Vernon

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

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. Northern State Recreation Area

Location: Sedro-Woolley. Distance: 4 miles Getting there: North of Highway 20 on Helmick Road east of SedroWoolley. Notable: Trail is on the grounds of what was once the farming operations at Northern State Hospital. Pass historic buildings and cruise alongside Hansen Creek. Pedal through massive meadows and thick forest. 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. Notable: Gravel trail system runs through a chunk of Port of Skagit property. It winds through forest, along roadways and around wetlands. Little Mountain

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

Holes: 18. Length: 7,006 yards. Course: Public.

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R ecreation Anacortes Community Forest Lands

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

BIRDING The Skagit Valley offers plenty of delights for bird watchers in winter, when thousands of snow geese and swans visit. Farther east, the county is known as a terrific place to view eagles. The traditional Edison Bird Festival in 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. The Skagit Audubon Society’s list of recommended sites includes:

SAMISH FLATS, PADILLA BAY AND ALICE BAY

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.

TOURS ON THE WATER You can’t get a better view of the Skagit River than the one you’ll get rafting down it. Several tour groups run various stretches of Washington’s secondlongest river, so no matter the season or your experience level, there’s a way for you to get up close and personal with a great force of nature. The upper section of the Skagit River, rated as Class II-III, is good for ages 6 and older. The four-hour rafting journey down this 10-mile stretch offers a moderate amount of whitewater, enhanced by the overwhelming presence of nature. For a calmer float, try a fall trip to watch the colors turn, or book a salmon and eagle-viewing trip during the winter.

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

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. Some trips 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 winetasting package. Tour groups include Alpine Adventures, Pacific NW Float Trips, Blue Sky Outfitters and Wildwater River Guides. If rafting isn’t your thing, check out the boat and powerhouse tours and North Cascades expeditions offered by Seattle City Light, which operates the Skagit Hydroelectric Project in the North Cascades on the county’s eastern end. Boat tours on Diablo Lake at the base of the Ross Dam are offered first-come, first-served Thursdays through Mondays from early July through early September. See parts of the lake that are typically hidden when you travel by highway or hike on trails. Tours begin with an organic and locally sourced lunch at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. Guides take you on a short walk to the boat dock for a four-hour tour that includes information about the area and the three hydroelectric dams, which provide power to Seattle.

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.

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R ecreation 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. Check online for booking and fees at seattle. gov/light/tours/Skagit/skagittours.asp. Deception Pass Tours takes visitors and residents through the turbulent waters in the pass between Fidalgo and Whidbey islands and under historic bridges on a scenic tour. Hour-long tours are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday beginning April 1 and run through September. Passengers on the boat’s open deck can marvel in every direction at the scenery and wildlife, including eagles, seals, porpoises and whales. The tours leave from Cornet Bay and go through Deception Pass and out into Rosario Strait. 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.

WHALE WATCHING Orca whales are a favorite among visitors to the Pacific Northwest. Book a tour and see them in their natural habitat in the waters around the San Juan Islands. Boat tours leave from Anacortes through three companies: Island Adventures, Mystic Sea Charters and Outer Island Excursions. The main season runs generally from April to October when the three pods of southern resident orca whales return to the area. Rates range from about $49 for children to $109 for adults for the four- to five-hour trips. In addition to orcas, you may also see minke and humpback whales during tours. Soak in the scenery as you watch for porpoises, seals and sea birds. Naturalists on board can help you understand this complex marine ecosystem. The southern resident orcas were listed as endangered in 2005.

ISLAND ADVENTURES island-adventures.com 800-465-4604

MYSTIC CHARTERS mysticseacharters.com 800-308-9387

OUTER ISLAND EXCURSIONS outerislandx.com 360-376-3711

11,000 sq. feet of Fun & Interactive Learning Mon.-Sat. 10am - 5pm • Sunday 12pm - 5pm Toddler Tuesday 8:30am - 10am Supported by

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Skagit River Exhibit

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2017

Events Calendar

FEBRUARY 25-26

APRIL 21-23

LA CONNER ROTARY CLUB SMELT DERBY: The 52nd annual event includes a pancake breakfast, fishing derby on the town docks, Skagit Symphony’s 5K and 10K Smelt Run/2K Walk, kids’ activities and an evening dance at Maple Hall. Starts at 8 a.m. lovelaconner.com

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

MARCH

ANACORTES VINTAGE MARKET: The Port of Anacortes warehouse, packed full of antique and vintage items from vendors from around the region.

MONA STYLE (La Conner): Various selected artists selling handmade clothing, wearable art and home accents at the Museum of Northwest Art. monamuseum. org

APRIL 1-30 SKAGIT VALLEY TULIP FESTIVAL: A legendary month-long celebration of acres of blooming tulip fields, live music, food, self-guided bicycle tours, art shows and more. tulipfestival.org BURLINGTON DOWNTOWN ART WALK: Art on display at various locations downtown. tulipfestival.org/ calendar/event/533/

APRIL 1-2 WOODFEST (Sedro-Woolley): A high level of skill and a block of wood are the two elements as expert woodworkers in the region and beyond do what they do best. High-school students also showcase their skills and compete for prizes. ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us

APRIL 7-8 SPRING GARAGE SALE, ANTIQUES & MORE (Mount Vernon): Billed as the world’s largest. More than 140 vendors. Search for antiques, collectibles and more at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in south Mount Vernon. Live music, food and much more. skagitcounty. net/departments/fairgrounds.

APRIL 8 ANACORTES SPRING WINE FESTIVAL: Noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Port of Anacortes warehouse. Taste your way through local wineries and restaurants. anacortes.org or brownpapertickets.com

APRIL 14-22 ART IN BLOOM (Anacortes): See works from regional artists at the Anacortes Arts Festival’s off-season show featuring painting, photography, sculpture and fine crafts at the Depot Arts Center. anacortesartsfestival.com

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APRIL TULIP FROLIC AND PARADE (La Conner): Farm animals, clowns, bands, mascots and fun for the whole family. tulipfestival.org

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

JUNE 2-4 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 SedroWoolley Museum and a classic-car show. 360-855-1841, ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us

JUNE 3-4 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 stages of live music. Free boat rides, a marine swap meet and more at this family-friendly celebration right on the water at the Cap Sante Marina. Plenty of food and lots of displays and educational opportunities. anacortes.org

JUNE 3 KIDS FISHING DERBY (Anacortes): Bring your kid and a few fishing poles. Free fishing at Heart Lake for kids 13 and under. anacortes.org

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Events Calendar JUNE ST. MERRY’S FEST (Anacortes): Carnival, food booths and beer tent, live music, salmon dinner at St. Mary Catholic Church. anacortes.org 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. cityof anacortes.org FATHER’S DAY BOAT SHOW (La Conner): View boats at dock, a swap meet, hot dogs and a raffle. lovelaconner.com MONA ART AUCTION (La Conner): Largest fundraiser for the Museum of Northwest Art features the works of more than 300 artists. monamuseum.org

JULY 4 WEEK LOGGERODEO (Sedro-Woolley): Sedro-Woolley’s celebration of logging history and horseback riding, now nearly 80 years old. Carnival, bareback riding, barrel racing and more at the rodeo grounds. Downtown, there’s a street dance and live music at Hammer Heritage Square. Check out the chain saw carving and logging demonstrations. Fireworks on July 4 at Riverfront Park. Find Loggerodeo on Facebook for updated event schedule. TM

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

JUNE 16-18 BERRY DAIRY DAYS (Burlington): A celebration of Burlington’s farming heritage, Berry Dairy Days is one of the oldest festivals in Skagit County. The event starts 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, take in an eyeful of classic cars at the Berry Cool Car Show. ci.burlington.wa.us skagitvisitor.com

JULY 8-9 SKAGIT VALLEY HIGHLAND GAMES & CELTIC FESTIVAL (Mount Vernon): The festival features bagpipe music, dancing, colorful tartans and the famous caber toss and sheaf toss. The event is at Edgewater Park on the banks of the Skagit River. Drumming, fiddling, dance competitions, athletic contests, sheepdogs, clans and Scottish cultural demonstrations. celticarts.org

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Events Calendar

JULY 15

AUGUST 9-12

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

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

JULY 15-16 SKAGIT ARTISTS TOGETHER STUDIO TOUR: Watch as artists demonstrate in their studios across the county and enjoy art shows at various local galleries. skagitartists together.com

JULY 28-29 SIDEWALK SALE (Mount Vernon): Enjoy perusing items from downtown merchants, arts and crafts vendors, plus dozens of food vendors. mountvernondowntown.org

JULY 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. anacortes.org BITE OF SKAGIT (Anacortes): Eat your way across the county with a feast of food samples at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge Waterfront Park. Live music all afternoon, beer and wine garden, children’s activities. Supports area food banks and other anti-hunger initiatives. biteofskagit.org PACIFIC NORTHWEST POLO GOVERNOR’S CUP (La Conner): Enjoy divot stomping, tailgate party, polo game. facebook.com/La-Conner-PoloClub-106054742777390

AUGUST 4-6 ANACORTES ARTS FESTIVAL: Celebrate the arts with a sampling of fine art, crafts, music, art demonstrations and more in downtown Anacortes. This destination festival includes a prestigious art show, a fine art opening event at the Port of Anacortes warehouse and more than 250 juried artisan booths from throughout the region, offering a wide variety of arts and crafts along Commercial Avenue. Sample the cuisine from 30 regional and ethnic food vendors and stop by the beer and wine gardens. The music lineup includes rock, country, blues, world beat, Latin, jazz and folk on two stages. anacortes artsfestival.com

AUGUST 5 LA CONNER CLASSIC YACHT & CAR SHOW: A viewing of antique cars and yachts, a pancake breakfast, vendor booths and kids activities. lovelaconner.com

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AUGUST 26-27 CASCADE DAYS (Concrete): Enjoy a parade, logging demonstration, food, music and more at this summer celebration. There is also a chili cook-off, pie- and watermelon-eating contests, pet shows, a bed race and chain saw carving exhibitions. cascadedays.com

AUGUST PORTERHOUSE BREWFEST (Mount Vernon): Enjoy tastes from two dozen premium microbreweries, plus food and blues bands at this blues and brews block party in downtown Mount Vernon. lincolntheatre.org/ event/porterhouse-brewfest WORK BOAT RACES AND PIRATE FAIRE (Anacortes): Maritime treasure swap meet, model boats, clam chowder contest, pirate contests and workboat races in three classifications. portofanacortes.com

SEPTEMBER 24 OYSTER RUN (Anacortes): On the fourth Sunday in September, rain or shine, Anacortes is taken over by more than 10,000 leather-clad bikers during the annual Oyster Run, making it the largest motorcycle run in the Pacific Northwest. Motorcyclists ride along scenic back roads west to Anacortes, often stopping to enjoy the local oysters. The Bow-Edison area is one popular stopping point before the free main event. The Anacortes event includes motorcycle vendors, musical entertainment and oysters, and middle-of-the-street parking for thousands of motorcycles. oysterrun.org

SEPTEMBER ANACORTES ANTIQUE ENGINE and MACHINERY SHOW: At the corner of Market Street and T Avenue near the W.T. Preston snagboat for those interested in old-time gadgets and gizmos. UNCORKED, WOOLLEY WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Sedro-Woolley): Celebrate the fall harvest season; local wine and food and music at Eagle Haven Winery in a scenic vineyard just outside of Sedro-Woolley. eaglehavenwinery.com skagitvisitor.com


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Events Calendar OCTOBER 7-8

FOUNDERS DAY (Sedro-Woolley): Sedro-Woolley celebrates its past with games, a museum open house and an honoring of one of its pioneering families. The event kicks off with a community breakfast at the SedroWoolley Community Center. ci.sedrowoolley.wa.us SKAGIT RIVER SALMON FESTIVAL (Anacortes): Celebrate the Skagit River at this fun-filled event at the SKAGIT Swinomish Casino & COUNTY FAIR Lodge. Live music and cultural performances, salmon barbecue, beer and wine garden, youth activities and crafts. skagit riverfest.org BURLINGTON HARVEST FESTIVAL: Teams use catapults of all sizes to fling 8-pound pumpkins hundreds of feet through the air. The team whose device hurls a pumpkin the farthest, and with the greatest accuracy, wins. Children can build small cars out of zucchini and play games, and everyone can enjoy food from local vendors. burlingtonwa.gov

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER LA CONNER QUILT & FIBER ARTS FESTIVAL: Attendees can enjoy hundreds of quilts, workshops, vendors and more. laconnerquilts.com

OCTOBER 6-7 BIER ON THE PIER (Anacortes): Enjoy regional beers, suds-friendly food and music Friday night and Saturday at the Port of Anacortes warehouse. anacortes.org/bier-on-the-pier

OCTOBER 7, 14, 21, 28 CONCRETE GHOST WALK: Peruse some of Concrete’s most haunted locations, while learning some of its history, too, every Saturday night in October. concretewa.com

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

NOVEMBER ART’S ALIVE! (La Conner): La Conner overflows with art; merchants throughout town showcase art exhibits and demonstrations ranging from dog portraiture to pottery. Maple Hall features invitational and open show exhibits. lovelaconner.com SKAGIT WINE & BEER FESTIVAL (Mount Vernon): Features Washington wineries and breweries, food from Skagit County restaurants and locally made cheese and chocolate samplings at Eaglemount Golf Course. mountvernonchamber.com

DECEMBER BURLINGTON TREE LIGHTING: Attend a tree lighting ceremony downtown and take pictures with Santa. ci.burlington.wa.us ANACORTES TREE LIGHTING: Tree lighting, town crier, performances by local students, appearance by and pictures with Santa, hot cocoa and more at the Chamber of Commerce, 819 Commercial Ave. Holiday Artwalk follows. anacortes.org THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS (Sedro-Woolley): Train and pony rides for kids, cider, giant Christmas tree lighting and Santa parade in downtown Sedro-Woolley. ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us CHRISTMAS PARADE (Mount Vernon): Arrival of Santa, Christmas tree lighting in Pine Square, hot chocolate and more. mountvernondowntown.org HOLIDAY HOME TOUR (Sedro-Woolley): Get a glimpse inside some of Sedro-Woolley’s historic homes and its museum all decked out in colors and lights for the holidays. ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us

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To get a good feel for Anacortes, drive to the end of the main thoroughfare, Commercial Avenue. It starts at the entrance of town and goes to the water of Guemes Channel. You’ll pass art galleries, shops, bistros and pubs, see plenty of historic buildings and public art, then wind up at a working waterfront featuring the Port of Anacortes and the busy Dakota Creek Industries shipyard. With more than 3,200 acres of cityowned parks, recreation areas and forest lands, more than one-third of Anacortes is dedicated to recreation or wildlife. Trails lead through forests and parks, along marinas and waterfront bluffs, across the bay on an old railroad trestle, around Heart Lake and to the top of Mount Erie. 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 Rope produces ropes used worldwide and engineered for difficult applications and harsh environments.

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 eclectic mix of major events celebrates everything from art to motorcycles. The biggest is the Anacortes Arts Festival each August, 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.

Now open at 804 Commercial Ave, Anacortes

Your destination for island apparel. 360-873-8785 | www.tidesofanacortes.com

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Anacortes is the gateway to the San Juan Islands, but it’s also a destination in and of itself, without the requirement of a ferry ride.

A drive to the west side of the island is worth the trip. Washington Park offers a boat launch, picnic shelters and a playground, but its crowning jewel is a 2.3-mile loop road that offers fabulous views west of the San Juans as you walk, bike, jog or drive. skagitvisitor.com

Then come into a store filled with unique jewelry, extraordinary gemstones, the largest selection of crystal and dinnerware in the Northwest, an art gallery, and unexpected treasures.

7th and Commercial in Anacortes Washington • 888-293-6469 Check us out at: burtonjewelers.com for gift ideas REGISTERED JEWELER

AMERICAN GEM SOCIETY

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Historic downtown 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.

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nacortes DON’T MISS • The Anacortes Waterfront Festival is June 3-4. It’s the kickoff for summer festivals in this island town and a great chance to celebrate a community’s working waterfront. • Plan to attend the Anacortes Arts Festival, one of the largest in the Northwest, Aug. 4-6 this year. Enjoy fine art, crafts, music and art demonstrations. • The beer flows and there’s plenty of food and fun at the Bier on the Pier festival in early October.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE • Stroll the boards at Cap Sante Marina. Check out the workboats, and pick up fresh seafood in season. • See the town from above via the Cap Sante Viewpoint, just a few blocks from downtown. • Take picnic provisions 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. There is lots of grass and it’s a lovely spot that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

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• 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 top of Mount Erie, a lookout about 20 minutes from downtown in the center of the island. On a clear day, the blue Salish Sea is a feast for the eyes and soul.

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Vegetables • Fresh Meat Baked Goods • Community Kids’ Activities • Art Live Music • Delicious Hot Food

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Every Saturday 9am-2pm May 6 - October 28

September 30 (During the Market) Pie Contest & More

Live, Work & PLay in Skagit County, WaShington

November 18 & 19 10am-4pm at The Port 100 Commercial Ave., Anacortes

(360)770 - 4943 skagitvisitor.com

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It’s only a five-minute ferry ride away from downtown Anacortes, but Guemes Island is a world of its own. There is no retail district, and it’s no major tourist attraction, but that’s part of the charm. For those lucky enough to visit, Guemes Island holds its own treasures, and it’s a great place for a picnic or bike ride.

Guemes Mountain on the east end offers a great viewpoint of nearby islands. The mountain was purchased through donations from islanders and others to make it into a permanent conservation area through the Skagit Land Trust and San Juan Preservation Trust. Volunteers built a 1.2-mile hiking trail that climbs steeply 550 feet to the summit.

Visitors can even stay awhile at the casual and funky Guemes Island Resort. It has a variety of accommodations from large beachfront homes to cabins and yurts. Amenities include a boat launch, sauna and massage therapy. Guests can use the resort’s kayaks and rowboats at no charge.

After exploring the island, most everyone stops by the Guemes Island General Store, which is just steps away from the ferry dock at I Avenue. Enjoy a burger and a beer while waiting for the return ferry, which sails about every halfhour.

When your only access to the island is by water, the pace of life slows down a bit.

Young’s Park, 13 acres next to the resort, has picnicking amenities and water access for day use. There is excellent crabbing during the open season. skagitvisitor.com

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SKAGIT REGIONAL AIRPORT

ANACORTES AIRPORT

CONCRETE AIRPORT

portofskagit.com, 360-757-0011

portofanacortes.com, 360-299-1828

townofconcrete.com/airport.php

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

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

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

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Skagit Transit provides bus service throughout the county and offers connector service to Bellingham, Everett and Whidbey Island. The main transfer location for most Skagit Transit routes is at 105 E. Kincaid St. in downtown Mount Vernon. Skagit Transit also offers Paratransit service for people whose disabilities and conditions prevent them from traveling on fixed routes.

Amtrak’s Cascades line, which operates between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Eugene, Oregon, stops in downtown Mount Vernon at Skagit Station, 105 E. Kincaid St.

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

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BOW/EDISON Acres of farmland front Samish Bay with mountains as a backdrop in these storybook communities. Large numbers of trumpeter swans move in for the winter, but birds aren’t the only ones passing through. More and more visitors are discovering that driving through this rich farmland to Bow, Edison and Bay View is a treat — and so are the restaurants and art galleries. Many visitors are heading toward Chuckanut Drive and Bellingham, but will find this area has a distinct Skagit County flavor unlike any other. Bow encompasses a handful of niche communities, including one that’s seen tremendous transformation over the years — Edison, the hometown of legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow. From a logging town to a main street of meat markets and hardware stores, Edison has emerged as something of a tourist destination, largely because of its unusual character. The combination of agriculture, artistry, Old West and wholesome goodness might not seem natural, but it creates magic in Edison. The eclectic art scene and the food, from homemade bread to oysters, are 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. On Thursdays each summer, local farmers gather for the Bow Little Market, which takes place east of I-5 at the Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green Road. The Little Market also hosts events, such as the Holiday Market in November, featuring food vendors and live music. The Edison Bird Festival, started in February 2012, includes skagitvisitor.com

guided birding trips, bird-inspired art shows and a chicken parade on Gilkey Avenue. Edison is a popular stop for many bikers during the annual Oyster Run on the fourth Sunday in September when motorcycles fill the streets and riders enjoy oysters on their way to Anacortes, where thousands of bikers gather for the one-day event. For those looking for more entertainment, the Skagit Valley Casino Resort is at Bow exit 236 off Interstate 5.

BAY VIEW When the local logging industry was thriving in the Bay View area a hundred years ago, the bay was full of floating logs being transported by water. Bay View now features a 25-acre state park with camping amenities and a long trail along the bay for scenic walks. 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. Serene coastal living and waterfront views regularly draw people to Bay View, with its access to the Padilla Bay tidelands that stretch from Highway 20 to Hat Island. Established as a town in 1884, Bay View became a bustling community filled with shops and saloons within decades. The 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, offering up-close views of life in the bay. The center’s offices and exhibits are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy a short, well-marked hike that circles through woods and fields behind the center. Trails and parking are free.

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SWINOMISH CHANNEL

Art and history abound in lovely La Conner, Skagit County’s oldest community, where visitors find shops, great restaurants and beautiful views of the Swinomish Channel. The bright orange Rainbow Bridge is a testament to the town’s artistic flair. The color was chosen when it was built in 1957 as a bright alternative to the traditional gray or green paint. The bridge straddles the channel between La Conner and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Walk across the bridge to experience beautiful views of the Northwest and charming sights of the town. Downtown La Conner is only a few blocks long, but it’s packed with culture, art and history. Locally owned shops abound, and there are plenty of restaurants and pubs to choose from, including some right on the channel.

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HONORS FOR LA CONNER 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

La Conner was first settled in the early 1860s, just after the Civil War. Its name officially became La Conner in 1870 to honor the property owner’s wife, Louisa A. Conner. Artists began inhabiting the scenic town as early as the 1940s. The Museum of Northwest Art offers more than 2,500 contemporary art objects from the early 1900s up until today. It boasts work by greats such as Dale Chihuly, Guy Anderson, Mark Tobey, Morris Graves and Richard Gilkey. MONA Style is held in March, allowing selected artists to sell handmade clothing and wearable art.

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WHILE YOU’RE HERE • Enjoy La Conner’s Sculpture Exhibit, which changes every year. Stroll across the colorful Rainbow Bridge and gaze at the sights.

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• Visit Magnus Anderson’s handsplit log cabin built in 1869, on Second and Commercial streets. • See the refurbished Sacred Heart Catholic Church built in 1899. Members of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community carried the bell from Astoria, Oregon, to La Conner on a canoe and by foot. Early settler Louisa Anne Conner was determined to build a Catholic church and gathered donations from nearby settlers to complete the effort.

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• View a fire truck built in 1850 that was used for the great fire in San Francisco in 1906 at the Volunteer Fireman Museum.

MUST-SEE MUSEUMS • The Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St., shouldn’t be missed. Free admission.

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• The La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 703 S. Second St., has stunning exhibits displayed in a historic mansion. • The Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. Fourth St., offers a look back at Skagit County history and a look out over the Skagit Valley.

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Enjoy La Conner’s 3 Outstanding Museums Experience vibrant contemporary art of the region and masterworks from our collection. Museum is free and open seven days a week. MoNA store features unique items by Northwest artists. Museum and Store Open: Sun-Mon: Noon-5pm, Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm 121 S. First St., La Conner www.museumofnwart.org • 360.466.4446

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Open every day in April 703 S. 2nd Street, La Conner, WA 98257 360-466-4288 www.laconnerquilts.org

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

• The annual Art’s Alive! festival, usually the first week in November, features local artists’ masterpieces. Maple Hall features exhibits and showcases the work of a featured artist. Demonstrations and local art can be found throughout town.

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• The La Conner Daffodil Festival is held while the flowers are blooming in March. Events include the Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride and a photo contest, involving daffodils, of course.

Come explore Skagit History.

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Tues-Sun 11-5 Open Every Day in April 501 S. 4th St., La Conner • 360.466.3365 • www.skagitcounty.net/museum

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

This little town also offers the Conway Muse, a center for the performing and visual arts with plenty of live music on weekends with a motto of “Where Magic Happens.” Originally a dairy barn, it’s also been a glass shop, antique shop and auction barn over its nearly 100-year life.

Conway, population under 100, is just off of Interstate 5, and during berry season, local farmers set up roadside stands to show off their strawberry, blueberry and raspberry crops.

Photographers will note that a bridge built in 1914 connects Conway to Fir Island, which is also graced with acres upon acres of farmland and the nearly century-old FirConway Lutheran Church — always worth a photograph.

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

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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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Be sure to visit the city’s Regional Byway Center at Railroad Park on Fairhaven Avenue, which houses the Chamber of Commerce and visitor information center. The center was designed to resemble the original city train station.

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

DON’T MISS • Berry Dairy Days is one of the oldest and sweetest festivals in Skagit County. The family-friendly event established in 1937 by the Burlington Fire Department as a nod to the community’s agricultural heritage occurs the third week of June (June 16-18) at Railroad Park in downtown Burlington.

• Pumpkins soar through the air in late September at Burlington’s annual Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch at Skagit River Park, this year on Sept. 30. The homemade trebuchets and catapults are engineering marvels that help celebrate the season. Children look forward to the joys of zucchini car races. • 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. Around the corner, the more modern version of shopping begins with a mall, a discount outlet mall and a collection of big-box stores that draw customers from Seattle and British Columbia.

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

Mount Vernon is built beside and across the thirdlargest river on the West Coast, offering a close-up view of nature’s best right in the heart of the city. Stroll along the Skagit River on the edge of this old-fashioned downtown, which features independently-owned shops, restaurants and a historic theater in the center of things.

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A LITTLE HISTORY 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 Vernon in 1878. The jam was finally cleared several years later. When the town incorporated in 1890, it was home to 443 people. It now has more than 33,000 residents.

The summertime also brings the weekly farmers market to Mount Vernon. Farmers and community members gather downtown every Saturday into October to sell local produce and handmade goods.

Skagit County Fair August 9-12, 2017 • Farm Animals • Arena Events • Educational Displays • Kid’s Zone Events • Traditional Fair Food

Don’t miss our twice Annual Garage Sales, April 7-8 & September 22-23! www.skagitcounty.net/fairgrounds 360-416-1350 • Fairgrounds@co.skagit.wa.us

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• Carnival • Live Music • Hypnotist • Magician • Eating Contests

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.

• Little Mountain Park is a must-see. The park sits at an elevation of 934 feet with two viewpoints offering stunning views of the Skagit Valley, the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Mountains. Follow a paved road for 1.5 miles to the 517-acre park and ride a bike, go for a short hike on trails or take in the sights.

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• Check out the downtown pubs and enjoy a wide selection of locally made beer and seasonal fare.

bring a camera and buy some bulbs and cut flowers to take home during the monthlong Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

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

• In summer, head over to the Skagit County Fair (Aug. 9-12 ) at the fairgrounds. Enjoy music, food, animals and several live events at the bustling fairgrounds.

• Antique stores abound in the historic downtown area. Also downtown is the Lincoln Theatre, built in 1926 with a history of vaudeville performers and silent movies. Now, it’s home to numerous local and regional performances, music and theater, and movies several times per week.

DON’T MISS • If you’re here in April, the blooming tulip fields are a must. Be sure to

• 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. The 2017 event is scheduled for Nov. 18. • The Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival are a feast for the senses with bagpipe music, dancing, fiddling, sheepdogs and Scottish cultural demonstrations. Enjoy it all at Edgewater Park on July 8-9.

a destination for

food adventure! WWW.THIRDSTREETCAFE.COOP | DOWNTOWN MOUNT VERNON | (360) 542-5022

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A scenic bedroom community of about 1,000 people, Clear Lake slowly evolved from its roots as 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 company went bankrupt in 1925, and with its main industry gone, the town had to adapt. These days, Clear Lake and nearby Big Lake offer fishing, swimming and boating.

The community is in a valley surrounded by hills, farm fields and homes in the foothills east of Mount Vernon. It also draws thousands for the July 3 fireworks show — yes, a day early — a longstanding tradition that gets Independence Day off to a great start.

Clear Lake offers a public swimming area and playground equipment for the kids. The park off South Front Street is great for picnicking and family gatherings.

With a population of 1,835, Big Lake 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.

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

The lake shores are now lined with homes and the surrounding hills are dotted with housing developments.

Big Lake is a popular spot for summer boating and fishing for bass and rainbow trout.

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LOGGERODEO

Murals, chain saw carvings and a popular summer rodeo are just some of the attractions of this historic logging town. Sedro-Woolley serves as an access point to the North Cascades National Park and Mount BakerSnoqualmie National Forest, both of which are headquartered in town.

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The original two settlements, one founded by Mortimer Cook and the other by Phillip A. Woolley, were built on the promise of the logging industry in Skagit County. Mortimer Cook initially named the 34 acres of land he settled in 1884 “Bug,” in reference to mosquitoes along the Skagit River. Cook’s wife and the settlers who came influenced a change from the insect-inspired name to Sedra, the Spanish word for cedar. Due to a misspelling, it became Sedro instead.

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S edro-Woolley Meanwhile, Woolley was also setting up shop, first for a sawmill and then for a town, not too far from Sedro along the river. Unlike Cook’s creative names, Woolley chose to stick with his own surname for the town he founded. The two towns grew and quickly became rivals. Then in 1898 they agreed to put their rivalry behind them and join as one. Both, however, refused to give up their names, resulting in the hyphenation.

GREAT RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES On the south bank of the Skagit River, Riverfront Park is a popular spot with more than 50 picnic tables, a covered picnic area and two shelters with barbecue pits. The park has four restrooms and an RV and tent-camping area, as well as a boat launch. In 2014, the city finished a major reconstruction of Bingham Park, located near the new roundabouts on Cook Road, upgrading the playground and adding RV parking with utility connections. The Rotary Club built a skate park in 2012 that hosted its first competition in September 2013 and now attracts skateboarders from across the state. It’s right in town behind City Hall.

Hammer Heritage Square overlooks the central downtown business district and graces it with a gazebo, clock tower and public restrooms. It serves as a center for city festivals and the spring-through-fall farmers market, held on Wednesdays.

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S edro-Woolley 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 tight-knit downtown business community works hard to maintain a welcoming, historic core that has seen some revitalization in recent years. The Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce organizes many lively events each year, drawing locals and visitors alike that honor the town’s heritage and celebrate its progress. Janicki Industries, which creates high-tech molds for the aerospace and maritime industries, is headquartered in town. The Sedro-Woolley Museum offers a litany of information about the city’s beginning as two separate towns that merged in September 1898.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE • Stop by the Sedro-Woolley Museum for a visual excursion through artifacts and photos of daily life in the early days of rival logging and mining towns of Sedro and Woolley — such as costumes and a book about the infamous Sedro-Woolley bank robbery in 1914, an exciting video and story of Tusko the circus elephant running amuck in 1922 and a video showing how railroads and the Skagit River supported the city’s early economy.

DON’T MISS • Blast from the Past, held in early June, features a vintage car show, sidewalk sale, arts and crafts, games for the kids and plenty of food. • The Fourth of July Loggerodeo celebration brings back the town’s heritage with logging demonstrations and chain saw carving competitions. The family-fun event runs July 1-4 with events and activities downtown and at Riverfront Park, including a carnival for the kids, live music, a beard contest, arts, crafts and food. TM

• Visit the 651-acre Northern State Recreation Area just northeast 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. • Enjoy the wood carvings and murals, many of which can be found along Metcalf Street at the heart of downtown. Each July, the carvings are auctioned at the end of the annual Loggerodeo chain saw carving event, and local businesses purchase them to keep on display. TM

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World-famous photographer Darius Kinsey, who had a photo studio in Sedro-Woolley in the late 1890s, inspired many of the murals. Kinsey is known for his emphasis on Western scenery, logging and railroads.

• Sedro-Woolley celebrates its past the second week of September with is annual Founders Day event, featuring games, a museum open house and the honoring of one of its pioneering families. The event kicks off with a community breakfast at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center. Sunday’s events include a car show and community picnic.

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From bird-watching to boat tours to river rafting, there are plenty of ways to connect with nature in the upper Skagit County region near the “American Alps.” LYMAN If heading east toward the North Cascades on Highway 20, be sure to stop by the small town of Lyman. The size is part of its charm. The main drag is a quiet, picturesque town where about 450 residents enjoy life on the Skagit River without the worry of flooding. The beautiful Minkler Mansion at 8405 S. Main St., which pioneer mill owner and statesman Birdsey Minkler

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

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Nearby on the trail is Lyman Slough. The Skagit Land Trust acquired 19 acres on this scenic waterway and encourages people to visit. Lyman’s rich heritage is based on its abundant timber, fish and mineral resources and its native American history. The town also features a gas station, grocery and restaurant.

HAMILTON The town of Hamilton sits rather precariously on the flood-prone Skagit River, divided by Highway 20, 13 miles east of Sedro-Woolley. But about 300 people call it home for both families that have lived there for generations and newcomers who came to enjoy backcountry living.

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

BIRDSVIEW This 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., which serves food and beverages.

CONCRETE This town’s history is in its name. It used to be two communities, Cement City and Baker, that were built around two different cement companies. Both cement plants are long gone though a century or so later, the name and the remnants of those industries remain.

DON’T MISS • January’s Skagit Eagle Festival is a monthlong celebration of eaglewatching season in eastern Skagit County. Different events are held in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount each weekend. 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. Most educational events take place at the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, one block south of Highway 20 at Howard Miller Steelhead Park. Visit skagiteagle.org, stop in at the Concrete Center on 45821 Railroad St. in Concrete, or call the Concrete Chamber of Commerce at 360-853-8784 for information. • Enjoy Seattle City Light’s Diablo Lake boat tour during the summer, taking in the North Cascades scenery and learning about the area’s wildlife, as well as the man-made wonders that provide hydroelectric power to the city of Seattle. The ride ends with lunch at the North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center. Learn more about activities in Newhalem and Diablo at SkagitTours.com, or e-mail skagittours@Seattle.gov or call 360-854-2589.

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

Today, visitors can stop here to dine or fill the gas tank before ascending the North Cascades Highway.

Among the small businesses in town is a gluten-free bakery offering pastries and a hearty lunch menu.

Public restrooms and a community resource center are available on Main Street, just a block north of the highway.

The town pays its respect to the many ghosts said to haunt the historic downtown with an October Ghost Walk.

In recent years, town visionaries, some longtime residents and some newcomers have worked hard to reinvent Concrete, with new businesses opened and old ones revived. The town’s historic newspaper, The Concrete Herald, was brought back to life, and the Concrete Theatre was opened in 2010.

The Concrete Chamber of Commerce organizes the popular wintertime Skagit Eagle Festival, which runs throughout the month of January.

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The town also celebrates Mardi Gras with a parade the Saturday before the designated “Fat Tuesday” each February.

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

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Opportunities to bond with nature are endless: hiking, climbing, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, mushroom hunting, fishing, photography, camping and most everything else outdoor enthusiasts might want to do in the mountains.

MARBLEMOUNT

The town offers gas stations, eateries and lodging, from campgrounds to hotel rooms.

Visitors and area residents will find Marblemount is a backcountry retreat for those who never tire of the beauty of the North Cascades and who want to explore nature and its abundant recreational opportunities. Marblemount sits at the doorstep of North Cascades National Park and greets visitors with a sign that reads “Welcome to the American Alps.”

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NEWHALEM & DIABLO

Trails, campgrounds, waterfalls and eye-popping vistas await the adventurous traveler.

Newhalem and Diablo are beautiful, last-chance stops for travelers heading to Eastern Washington on the North Cascades Highway in the spring and summer months. In the winter, usually November, the highway is closed just a few miles east of Diablo due to extreme snowfall and avalanche danger. It reopens each spring, usually in May.

Newhalem offers amenities for visitors at Milepost 120, 8 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.

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S kagit County Today SKAGIT COUNTY POPULATION Skagit County: 121,846 Anacortes: 16,403 Burlington: 8,633 Concrete: 732 Hamilton: 299 La Conner: 917 Lyman: 447 Mount Vernon: 34,053 Sedro-Woolley: 10,815 Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2015 estimates

MEDIAN HOME PRICES

Anacortes: $391,900 Burlington: $276,500 Concrete/Upriver: $148,450 Guemes Island: $472,500 La Conner: $230,000 Lyman/Hamilton: $197,250 Mount Vernon: $275,000 Sedro-Woolley: $234,900 Source: Northwest Multiple Listing Service, 2016 closed sales through October.

MAJOR PUBLIC EMPLOYERS • Skagit County • Skagit Valley Hospital • Island Hospital • Skagit Valley College • Mount Vernon School District • Sedro-Woolley School District • Burlington-Edison School District • Anacortes School District

MAJOR PRIVATE EMPLOYERS • Skagit Valley Casino Resort, Bow • Draper Valley Farms Chicken processing, Mount Vernon • Shell Puget Sound Refinery Petroleum processing, Anacortes • Regence Blue Shield Health Insurance, Burlington • Tesoro Anacortes Refinery petroleum processing, Anacortes • Janicki Industries composite tooling supplier for aerospace, space defense, marine, wind energy and ground transportation industry, Sedro-Woolley • Dakota Creek Industries Shipbuilding and repair, Anacortes •Trident Seafoods Corp. seafood processing, Anacortes • PACCAR Truck building and testing, Burlington • Dunlap Towing Co. marine towing service, La Conner

Source: Economic Development Association of Skagit County

PORT DISTRICTS The Port of Skagit Major facilities: Skagit Regional Airport, La Conner Marina, Bay View Business Park. Jobs on the property: 1,288 direct full- and part-time jobs Number of tenants: 86 Major tenants: Golden Harvest, Hexcel Corp., Team Corp., Tri-County Truss, Volant Aerospace. Info: 360-757-0011, portofskagit.com The Port of Anacortes Major facilities: Marine terminal, 950-slip Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes Airport. Major tenants: Dakota Creek Industries, Anthony’s, Puget Sound Rope, Northwest Marine Technology, Micro AeroDynamics, Transpac Marinas, San Juan Airlines, Washington State Ferries. Info: 360-293-3134, portofanacortes. com

HEALTH CARE (Three public hospital districts) Skagit Regional Health (Skagit Valley Hospital & Skagit Regional Clinics) 1415 E. Kincaid Mount Vernon skagitvalleyhospital.org, 360-424-4111 The public hospital opened in 1958 after voters passed a bond. It expanded in 2007, adding private rooms and more services. Skagit Regional Clinics was added in 2010 and became Skagit Regional Health, offering more than 100 physicians and allied health professionals. In 2015, it took over operations for Cascade Valley Hospitals and Clinics in Arlington. It is the third-largest public district hospital in the state. Offerings include outpatient diagnostics and rehabilitation services, surgery, acute care, a family birth center, cardiovascular care, orthopedic services, a kidney center, and surgery and cancer treatment. The hospital won two specialty excellence awards in 2014 — in joint replacement and orthopedic surgery — from Healthgrades, a leading health care ratings firm.

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PeaceHealth United General Hospital 2000 Hospital Drive Sedro-Woolley unitedgeneral.org, 360-856-6021 PeaceHealth United General Hospital 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. It began a new chapter in 2014 when it officially joined the PeaceHealth Northwest Network. Services include acute care, cancer and cardiology services, a breast care suite, diagnostic imaging, occupational therapy, nutrition services, a sleep disorders center, family medicine, pulmonary rehabilitation and more. Island Hospital 1211 24th St. Anacortes islandhospital.org, 360-299-1300 Island Hospital has been keeping people in west Skagit County, north Whidbey Island and the San Juan Islands healthy since 1962. It is a small level III trauma hospital with 43 private beds. It 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. The hospital manages seven family care clinics, including in Anacortes and on Lopez Island and offers six specialty clinics. Awards in 2014 include Top Performing Hospital by Healthstrong; Outstanding Experience Award by Healthgrades; and one of the Best Washington Hospitals by NerdWallet Health, which deemed it No. 1 in patient satisfaction and No. 3 in affordability.

EDUCATION Skagit County has seven school districts: Anacortes, Burlington-Edison, Concrete, Conway, La Conner, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley. 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. skagitvisitor.com


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

LIBRARIES Anacortes Public Library 1220 10th St. 360-293-1910 library.cityofanacortes.org Burlington Public Library 820 E. Washington Ave. 360-755-0760 burlingtonwa.gov/library La Conner Regional Library 614 Morris St. 360-466-3352 lclib.lib.wa.us

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TELEVISION/PUBLIC ACCESS

Mount Vernon City Library 315 Snoqualmie St. 360-336-6209 mountvernonwa.gov/library Sedro-Woolley Public Library 802 Ball Ave. 360-855-1166 ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us/Library/ Upper Skagit Library District 45770 B Main St., Concrete 360-853-7939 upperskagit.lib.wa.us

Channel 10 (Anacortes) Government access channel broadcasting City Council and Port of Anacortes Commission meetings, public notices, community events and related programming. 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 shopcascademall.com, 360-757-2070

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

The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington 448 Fashion Way, Burlington theoutletshoppesatburlington.com 360-757-3548

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

Digital Subscription to

The Argus (weekly) 1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon 360-416-2135, goskagit.com

For less than 29 cents per day*!

Courier-Times (weekly) 1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon 360-416-2135, goskagit.com

(only $8.75/month*)

you can access the

Concrete Herald (monthly) 360-853-8213, concrete-herald.com La Conner Weekly News 119 N. Third St. 360-466-3315, laconnerweeklynews.com

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anywhere, anytime!

RADIO STATIONS KAPS 660 AM (Mount Vernon) KAPS 102.1 FM Country music. kapsradio.com KBRC 1430 AM (Mount Vernon) Classic hits. kbrcradio.com 360-4240660 kbrcradio@gmail.com

To subscribe:

KSVR 91.7 FM (Mount Vernon) Broadcast news, public affairs programs and music in English and Spanish from Skagit Valley College. ksvr.org

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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. skagit.edu, Mount Vernon Campus 2405, E. College Way, 360-416-7600

Email circulation@skagitpublishing.com or call Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm

360.416.2171 or 360.848.2909 *Digital subscription only. This offer exclusive to households which have not subscribed to the Skagit Valley Herald in the last 30 days. Non-transferable. Subscription rate good for one year. Subscription will automatically renew at different rate after first year.

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T ribes SWINOMISH INDIAN TRIBAL COMMUNITY The Swinomish tribe’s headquarters are in the historic Swinomish Village across the Swinomish Channel from La Conner. What people might be more familiar with, though, is the Swinomish Casino & Lodge on Highway 20 east of Anacortes, or the nearby Swinomish Golf Links, an 18-hole course the tribe purchased in 2013. The tribe,in late 2015 started a $20 million renovation and expansion project of the casino, which will expand the gaming room floor, add an 18,000-squarefoot gaming room and convert the buffet into a 24-hour dining area. The sweeping views from the lodge take in land where the Coast Salish people have lived for thousands of years. The culture of the Swinomish, the “People of the Salmon,” centered on abundant saltwater resources, particularly salmon and shellfish, which remain a key part of the tribal economy today. In addition to the casino, the tribe operates the Swinomish Chevron Gas Station, which includes a tobacco, liquor and convenience store; the Swinomish Fish Co., which processes salmon and shellfish for a global market; the Swinomish RV Park, featuring 35 full-service sites located at the casino; and a Ramada Hotel in Ocean Shores on the Washington coast. The tribe has become one of the five largest employers in Skagit County, with more than 250 employees in tribal government and approximately 500 employees in its casino and other economic enterprises. The reservation is about 15 square miles on the southeastern end of Fidalgo Island. The tribe has jurisdictional authority within the reservation’s boundaries and provides police and other governmental services to residents. The tribe operates a fisheries department and a water resources program and provides social and health services, education support and many other services. Information: swinomish-nsn.gov

UPPER SKAGIT TRIBE The 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 (theskagit.com) on a 15-acre site adjacent to Interstate 5 in Bow in 1995, and opened an $11 million, 103-room hotel and conference center at the same location in 2001. Information: 360-854-7090

SAMISH INDIAN NATION Historically, the large and powerful Samish Nation lived in finely crafted longhouses on Guemes, Samish and Fidalgo islands and along other coastal areas in the Salish Sea. They relied largely on salt-water resources.

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

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The Swinomish have relied upon the Skagit River salmon runs for countless generations. We rely on the salmon to sustain our bodies, our spirits and our culture. Fishing is also essential to the tribe’s economic life today. Over the years, the Skagit and its salmon have faced many threats from logging, mining, farming and fishing practices. The Swinomish and its allies have confronted and overcome many of these threats, but some still remain. Overcoming them is essential to the tribe’s survival. We welcome the visitors to the mighty Skagit River and its tributaries, which support six wild species of salmon. Help us sustain this historical river and its ecosystems through good environmental practices as you enjoy your visit to our ancestral homelands and waters. Contact: Governmental Affairs, Debra Lekanof dlekanof@swinomish.nsn.us

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


E ntertainment Skagit County offers a wildly imaginative and eclectic menu of entertainment options. Music, dance, art and professional and community theater are in abundance. Visit nearly any city in the county, and you’re bound to find a variety of galleries, art studios, clubs that feature live music and theater

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 2016, the building featured Pacific Northwest Opera’s production of “Carmen,” jazz pianist George Winston, Theater Arts Guild’s “Mary Poppins, “and numerous jazz and holiday concerts by touring, regional and local artists. Producers, directors, stage crews and actors have raved about McIntyre as one of the top venues for live performance in the region. It has a bar in the spacious lobby, where audiences can often watch backstage activity on a large television screen during intermissions. For information: 360-416-7727, ext. 2; 866-624-6897, ext. 2; or mcintyrehall. org

LINCOLN THEATRE The Lincoln Theatre in downtown Mount Vernon is a legendary performing arts venue and movie house. Built in 1926, this historic vaudeville and silent movie house has been renovated through the years into a premier stage for a variety of performances and events.

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

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 lincolntheatre.org.

ANACORTES COMMUNITY THEATRE The Anacortes Community Theatre was founded by a group of local theater aficionados in 1964 and has since evolved into a thriving theater organization with its own colorful building, offering up a variety of staged productions year-round. Visitors can expect to see a helping of large-scale musicals, smaller comedies and dramas, and even shows written and produced by locals. The 2016 schedule included “Calendar Girls,” “The Music Man” and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” For more information or a complete list of upcoming shows and events: 360-293-6829 or 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

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drama department, led by Skagit Valley native Damond Morris, and its seasonal stage productions. For information: 360-416-7723 or 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. Admission is free. For a list of upcoming exhibits or to find out more about the museum: 360-466-4446 or monamuseum.org

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


E ntertainment

CASINOS

CINEMAS

THE SKAGIT CASINO RESORT

AMC LOWES, CASCADE MALL

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

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

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

SWINOMISH CASINO AND LODGE 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes 360-293-2691, 888-288-8883, swinomishcasinoandlodge.com

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

SKAGIT OPERA 360-422-5070, skagitopera.org

THEATER ARTS GUILD theaterartsguild.org

FIDALGO YOUTH SYMPHONY

ANACORTES CINEMAS

360-421-2527, fysmusic.org

415 O Ave., Anacortes liveanacortes.com, 360-293-7000 3 screens

SKAGIT VALLEY CHORALE info@skagitvalleychorale.org, skagitvalleychorale.org

LINCOLN THEATRE 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon lincolntheatre.org, 360-336-8955 1 screen

SKAGIT RIVER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

PERFORMANCE GROUPS

ALGER LOOKOUT THESPIAN ASSOCIATION

CANTABILE CHAMBER CHOIR

META PERFORMING ARTS

shakesnw.org

altatheatre.com

360-466-1783, facebook.com/ Cantabile-Chamber-Choir131666423550255/?ref=aymt_ homepage_panel

877-490-6382, metaperformingarts.org

LYRIC LIGHT OPERA 360-387-3948, lyriclightopera.org

SKAGIT SYMPHONY 360-848-9336, skagitsymphony.com

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A dvertising Directory Anacortes Arts Festival..................................32 Anacortes Farmers Market............................33 Big Scoop Sundae Palace & Restaurant.........21 Bob’s Burgers & Brew....................................48 Burlington Chamber of Commerce................49 Burton’s Jewelers...........................................31 Children’s Museum of Skagit County.............25 Christianson’s Nursery.....................................7 Conway Pub & Eatery....................................47 Human Life of Mount Vernon...........................9 Island Hospital.................................................3 John L. Scott Real Estate / Anacortes............33 La Conner Chamber of Commerce.................44 La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum................45 Lake McMurray Recreation Association.........47 Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce..........56 Museum of Northwest Art.............................45 Outlet Shoppes at Burlington........................52 Pat Rimmer’s Les Schwab Tire Centers............5 Port of Skagit County....................................75 Roozengaarde................................................11 Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce..........61 Sedro-Woolley Museum.................................61 Skagit Casino Resort, The..............................76 Skagit County Fairgrounds............................56 Skagit County Historical Museum..................45 Skagit Regional Health....................................2 Skagit Valley Food Co-op..............................57 Skagit’s Own Fish Market..............................49 Swinomish Indian Tribe Community...............71 Tides of Anacortes.........................................31 Windermere Real Estate / Skagit Valley.........25 Wood Merchant, The.....................................44 74 SKAGIT COUNTY Visitors & Newcomers Guide

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