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Inside In Skagit SKAGIT ADVENTURES Getaway Adventures 4 Farm Stays 5 Bed & Breakfasts 6 Skagit Nursery Tour 7-8 Local Spotlights 9-10 Fun & Games Adventure 20
ARTS & CULTURE
Burgers & Sandwiches Guide 16
Photographer Spotlight: Dana Chrysler 17-18, 23-24 Music Spotlight: Old Town Tonic 19 Lincoln Theatre 21-22 Live Music In Skagit 22 Artist Spotlight: Linde Husk 29-30 Art Gallery Tour 33
EATS & DRINKS Skagit Drink Makers 6, 8, 10 Go On A Foodie Adventure 12 Chef Spotlight: Ben Guadagnoli from Anelia's Kitchen 13 Burgers & Sandwiches 16
STYLE & WELLNESS Skagit Boutique Tour 25 Massage Guide 27-28
NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHT Skagit Nursery Tour 7-8
Anacortes Family Center 31-32
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pring in Skagit is colorful and bursting with life. We savor every sunny day that breaks through the rainy days. No matter where you look, you will see green trees, red tulips, yellow daffodils, purple irises, or pink cherry blossoms. This issue of the In Skagit magazine is jam-packed with photos of Spring by local photographers and paintings by local artists. We had originally planned to write only one article on unique lodging for this issue, but the more research we did, the more articles we had to write! There are so many neat places to stay in Skagit from farm stays to seaside cabins to island resorts. Follow the links at the end of the articles to find even more unique lodging in Skagit!
This issueâ€™s Non-profit Spotlight is the Anacortes Family Center. We could write numerous articles about this non-profit and still not run out of good things to say. AFC helps homeless families to get back on their feet. The fifth issue of the In Skagit magazine is our biggest issue yet! If you enjoy the content in this magazine, there is so much more on our website! Follow us online to find more awesome articles, guides and tours.
Janet DeField Editor & CEO
P.S. Did you know that we donate 50% of our profit to the local non-profits we feature in this magazine, our website, and our social networks? If you would like to donate to the Anacortes Family Center, please go to AnacortesFamily.org/Donate. Photos via Bella Vita Creative | Letter From The Editor
Getaway Adventure In Skagit Getaways, road trips & staycations
re you ready for your next getaway adventure? From the beach to historic inns to picturesque views, your retreat awaits in Skagit County! Your next vacation is as easy as venturing into different areas close to home. Guemes Island - GUEMES ISLAND RESORT No need to travel far for an island hideaway - just hop on the ferry and you'll find yourself in paradise. The stunning Guemes Island Resort offers boating, a rec room, massage therapy, and a relaxing hot tub. From beachfront houses to log cabins to yurts, this resort has something for everyone. You can even rent the whole resort for weddings and special events! La Conner - THE HOTEL PLANTER Step back in time at La Conner's historic inn, originally the first "modern" hotel back in the 1900s. Featuring 12 charming en suite guest rooms, guests can also escape to the private courtyard where you can sit in the gazebo and read, enjoy a glass of wine, or just listen to the songbirds that have a permanent residence. Take a day trip to marvel at the millions of blooming flowers at the annual Tulip Festival in April. Concrete - MT. BAKER HOTEL Ideal lodging for outdoor enthusiasts, this historic hotel is located in the town of Concrete along the Skagit River. It's the last stop before North Cascades National Park. Comfortable 1 or 2 Bedroom Suites are available to rest your head after a day of open-air activities! Be sure to take a scenic drive up Highway 20, where you can see soaring eagles, glacier-topped peaks, stunning forests and waterfalls.
PHOTO TIPS & TRICKS Snapping pictures in Skagit County can make you feel like a kid in a candy store. With weather that can go from foggy to sunny to overcast, the filter through which you capture the beauty of our diverse landscape is ever changing. We've rounded up a list of tips & tricks to help you take the best flower photos:
Quick Tips For Awesome Photos • Flowers photograph best in overcast weather. If you are planning a day in the tulips with clear skies, keep in mind where the sun is shining, so you don't get too much glare in the lens. • Create a point of interest. If you are trying to capture a flowing river, you don't want a tree trunk in the way! Move around until you get the right composition. • Try shooting your photo from a low angle aiming your camera towards the sky. This will give your picture a unique perspective and can eliminate distracting background elements. • Speaking of perspectives, try taking a few close-up shots and then take a few steps back to see the big picture. Make sure to take a few pictures that include our gorgeous mountains and maybe a barn or two. We want to see Skagit County through YOUR lense! Share your photos with us by using the hashtag #InSkagit on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Get a change of scenery without even hopping on a plane! Check in at one of the amazing accommodations Skagit has to offer.
Getaway Adventures In Skagit | Photos via Bella Vita Creative
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HOEHN BEND FARM
Enjoy A Day On The Farm In Skagit Get out of suburbia and experience life on the farm
kagit County is home to several ranches and farms that allow you to escape to the serenity of the countryside for a Farm Stay. You can relax and enjoy the scenery or dig in and see firsthand what goes into running a real farmstead! Mount Vernon - GOOSEROSA This small farm overlooking Skagit Valley, Mt. Baker, and the Cascade Mountains is home to rabbits, birds, chickens, goats, a dog, and beautiful Monarch butterflies! The Nest Loft is a charmingly-decorated space with a full kitchen while the Sunrise Condo features a private deck with a 180-degree view of lush farmland. Sedro-Woolley - HOEHN BEND FARM At Hoehn, you can spend up to five nights in a quaint farmhouse built at the turn of the century. You'll have everything you need to prepare meals and be comfortable while you explore the scenic 30-acre working farm. Children of all ages will enjoy the friendly menagerie of animals and taking pint-sized donkeys for a walk! Concrete - OVENELL'S INN Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or fun with friends, Ovenell's 580-acre cattle farm has a variety of accommodations to set the stage for a perfect trip. Their log cabins and guesthouses are fully furnished and stocked with home-awayfrom-home essentials. The country life is calling you! Book a one-of-a-kind getaway at a Skagit County farm.
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Skagit County has some of the most fertile land in America. This allows our farmers to grow just about everything from strawberries to apples to zucchini. Stop by one of these farms and enjoy the bounty of Skagit County!
Schuh Farms Store You'll find yummy pumpkins, strawberries, raspberries, corn, winter squash and a whole lot more yummy produce.
Snowgoose Produce Offers all the seasonal vegetables, plus strawberries, organic eggs, artisan cheeses, wine, craft beers, fish, crab, oysters, jams, fresh baked goods - oh, and not to mention their famous ice cream cones!
Taylor Shellfish Farm Specializing in the freshest tide-to-table shellfish from the infamous geoduck to their exclusive Shigoku oyster. Learn more: YummyAlert.com/Farms
Farm Stays In Skagit
Bed & Breakfast Getaway
ooking for a stress-free weekend getaway? Skagit County has a number of charming inns that offer a serene retreat and close proximity to the best our area has to offer.
Anacortes - NANTUCKET INN This 3-story Colonial was built in 1926 and boasts stunning views of Fidalgo Bay and Mt. Baker. The guestrooms are warm, welcoming, and perfect for up to 3 guests. The entire house can be rented for an unforgettable wedding or special event. Located near shops, restaurants, island parks, and hiking trails, the Nantucket is a blissful escape. Mount Vernon - PLEASANT RIDGE BED & BREAKFAST Experience country life with all the comforts of home. Their guestrooms feature pretty views of the Skagit Bay, farmland, meadows, and forests. Pleasant Ridge is a stone's throw away from shopping, wineries, hiking and more. La Conner - KATY'S INN This historic inn dates back to 1882! The new owner recently remodeled the property. You'll find delightfully furnished guestrooms with views of the Swinomish Chanel and the expansive gardens. They serve a delicious farmto-table breakfast every morning. Bow - CHUCKANUT MANOR The Chuckanut has two properties on scenic Highway 11 - a 2-bedroom suite and a 1-bedroom cabin stocked with continental breakfast items for an indulgent breakfast in bed! You'll catch amazing sunsets as you walk to the Chuckanut Restaurant for a delicious meal or a libation at The Sunset Lounge. You'll have a personalized experience at any of these inviting Bed & Breakfasts. Book your next staycation in Skagit County! Sponsored Advertorial
SKAGIT DRINK MAKERS While you are out enjoying the tulips, stop by these local drink makers. Skagit County has over 20 wineries, distilleries, and craft breweries.
Bastion Brewing Company 12529 Christianson Road in Anacortes Deception Distilling 9946 Padilla Heights Road in Anacortes Anacortes Brewery 320 Commercial Avenue in downtown Anacortes La Conner Brewing Co. 117 South 1st Street in downtown La Conner Skagit Cellars 106 South 1st Street, Suite G in downtown La Conner Get the inside scoop on the yummy drinks that are brewed, distilled, pressed, aged and pulled in Skagit County!
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AZUSA FARM & GARDENS
Skagit Nurseries Tour
here is nothing quite like spring in Skagit Valley, especially after a cold winter. If you're ready to surround yourself with colorful blooms and plants, we've picked just a few to help you "dig in" to your Skagit Nursery Tour:
Skagit Valley Gardens is oh-so-much-more than a nursery! You can get lost for hours on this 25-acre garden center perusing the beautiful plants, flowers, and shrubs. To keep up your energy, stop by the Field of Beans Cafe for a yummy lunch, made with the freshest local ingredients. Did you know Christianson's Nursery & Greenhouse has the largest selection of roses and perennials in Northwest Washington? They also have a collection of unusual and hard-tofind plants. The knowledgeable staff of professional horticulturists will help your garden bloom. Both a farm and full-service garden center, Azusa Farm & Gardens is an enchanting mix of flower fields, vegetable gardens, a gift shop, and a greenhouse. You'll delight in their thoughtfully arranged theme gardens - from Hummingbird to Shade-Loving to Fragrance - you're sure to find the perfect plant. Visit InSkagit.com/NurseryTour find for more Skagit nurseries.
Skagit Nurseries Tour
SKAGIT DRINK MAKERS These drink makers may be a bit out of the way, but their decadent wines and craft beers are well worth the trip especially in the beautiful Skagit Spring.
Pasek Cellars 18729 Fir Island Road in Conway Chuckanut Brewery - South Nut 11937 Higgins Airport Way in Burlington Flyers Restaurant And Brewhouse 15426 Suite B Airport Drive in Burlington Eagle Haven Winery 8243 Sims Road in Sedro-Woolley Birdsview Brewing Company 38302 State Route 20 in Concrete
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DISCOVER LA CONNER La Conner is a quaint Victorian town set on the banks of the Swinomish Channel. It is worth making the beautiful drive through the farm fields to experience all that this town has to offer.
Sedro-Woolley Spotlight The gateway to the North Cascades
estled between the beautiful San Juan Islands and scenic Cascade Mountains, the quaint town of SedroWoolley makes for an enjoyable day trip.
Start your visit in the historic downtown. With its charming brick buildings and old-fashioned light poles, you may feel like you've traveled back in time!
Look for the iconic 60-foot clock tower and you'll know you're in Hammers Heritage Square. Stroll through the town square, featuring a gazebo, waterfall, garden and benches to sit and take it all in. The Square is the site of the Sedro-Woolley Farmer's Market, operating Wednesdays from 3-7pm from late May to mid-October. You can also shop for clothing, furniture, antiques and more in the downtown district. The Sedro-Woolley Museum celebrates the town's history in logging and mining. They have classic cars, a model railroad and even an "old-timey" Main Street, including a saloon, jail, mercantile, and bank.
VISIT ANACORTES Located on Fidalgo Island, Anacortes is the best place to start your Island adventure! It's home to a flourishing local music scene and a bustling shopping district full of boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops.
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Hungry? The Woolley Market is a mecca of fresh, local food and groceries. Grab a cup of coffee and a sandwich at the deli or stay on Thursdays for live music. If you're craving something a little spicier, Liberty Bistro offers a local famous panini named Spicy Pilgrim. Nearby Lorenzo's Mexican Restaurant serves your favorite Mexican dishes and has $3.99 margaritas during Happy Hour. Whether you stop by to grab a bite at one of the many eateries or make a whole day of leisurely touring, you'll enjoy your time spent in Sedro-Woolley!
TULIP VALLEY VINEYARD
Mount Vernon Spotlight Hiking, shopping, restaurants, and tulips
ount Vernon is known for its dazzling tulip fields in the spring. Visitors marvel at how they compare to the prolific colorful blooms found in Holland. Historic downtown Mount Vernon features quaint buildings dating back to the late 1800s. It makes for the perfect day trip or weekend getaway!
Did you know that the Tulip Tower in downtown Mount Vernon is a 90-foot iconic structure that used to be a smokestack from the Carnation condensery? In 2007, the tulip artwork got a facelift with fresh red and purple paint.
Mount Vernon boasts beautiful parks, farms, wildlife areas, the Skagit River, and more. You can go birdwatching, go on a scenic hike, take a Skagit river tour or have a picnic with your Farmer's Market finds! Whatever activities you choose, you'll be wowed by the picturesque surroundings. Step back into time at the Old Grainery Building that is home to the Il Granaio italian restaurant and Olde Towne Grainery Tearoom & Galleria. You'll feel like a Brit when you enjoy their elegant tea service and delicious savory sandwiches, quiches, and sweets. Whether you visit Mount Vernon for a few hours or stay the weekend and take in all this scenic community has to offer, it will surely become one of your favorite destinations!
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SKAGIT DRINK MAKERS Did you know Mount Vernon has the most drink makers in Skagit County?
Bertelsen Winery 20598 Starbird Road in Mount Vernon Carpenter Creek Winery 20376 E Hickox Road in Mount Vernon Glacier Peak Winery 13821 Best Road in Mount Vernon Tulip Valley Vineyard & Orchard 16163 State Route 536 in West Mount Vernon North Sound Brewing Co. 17406 State Route 536, Unit A in Mount Vernon Valley Shine Distillery 320 S 1st Street in downtown Mount Vernon Skagit River Brewery 404 S 3rd Street in downtown Mount Vernon Farmstrong Brewing Company 110 Stewart Road in Mount Vernon IN Skagit | PAGE 10
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Go On A Foodie Adventure!
nstead of eating the same dishes at the same places, turn your meal into a Foodie Adventure. Order each course at a different restaurant. To start your Foodie Adventure, pick a location and/or theme. Take pictures of each dish while on your Foodie Adventure so that you can share it with your fellow Skagit Foodies. Foodie Adventure Tips 1. Look for appetizers, samplers, and platters at places that are new to you. 2. Start your adventure during Happy Hour to get great prices. 3. Instead of ordering 2 small plates, you could share an entree! 4. Try to limit yourself to 1 drink per stop until you reach your final destination. 5. Post your pics online with the hashtag #SkagitFoodie!
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Follow these guidelines to have a smooth, expedient experience: 1. If possible, choose bar seating. 2. No need to make reservations for small eats. 3. Be sure to leave a good tip at each stop! IN Skagit | PAGE 12
You gotta try Anelia's Pickled Deviled Eggs. Delish!
ANELIA'S KITCHEN Don't do the cooking tonight! Treat yourself and go to Anelia's Kitchen & Stage! Start your #FoodieAdventure with Two Potato And Cheese Pierogies! Trust us, it's worth it! 513 South 1st Street in La Conner
Chef Spotlight Ben Guadagnoli At Anelia's Kitchen & Stage in La Conner
hef Ben Guadagnoli gets inspiration for daily specials from the farmers markets and farm stands. He is a big believer in farm-to-table cuisine and thinks there is no greater place than the Pacific Northwest to put that into practice.
So How Did Ben Become A Chef? Ben fell in love with the culinary world by accident. A friend offered Ben a job as a line cook at a national chain. Before long Ben applied at the Oyster Creek Inn where he found a mentor in Chef Peter Belknap. In the early days, there was one person whose advice Ben counted on the most. "Sometimes when things were crazy, I'd get on the phone and reach out to my trusted mentor. 'Mom, I've got a tenderloin in the oven, how long should I cook it for medium rare?'" After the Oyster Creek Inn closed, the owners referred him to the Rhododendron Cafe. Ben really developed his green thumb and became passionate about growing the food he served to customers. What Does Ben Love About Anelia's?
LA CONNER SEAFOOD New England Clam Chowder and Caesar Salad are a match made in heaven. The creamy, homemade chowder is served with oyster crackers and crostini bread for dipping.
Ben says the live music at Anelia's gets his creative juices flowing. He loves the vibe at the restaurant, which serves family Polish recipes with fresh, local ingredients. The owners Matt and Jen let Ben flex his creative muscle. "I've done more at Anelia's artistically than anywhere else. I feel like there's something special going on at this place. It's a dream to have a wide-open kitchen and get to try new things out every day!"
614 1st Street in La Conner
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Grilled Chicken Panini Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at North Cove
hy'd the foodie cross the street? To get to the Grilled Chicken Panini at North Cove Coffee! This version of this classic includes ciabatta bread, pesto, spinach, tomato, onion, and grill-roasted chicken, finished with a slice of swiss cheese and toasted to perfection.
FLYERS RESTAURANT If you like your burgers a little more on the wild side, you'll love the Liberator Burger. They mix wild boar, chopped bacon, and ground sirloin to form a patty exploding with flavor. 15426 Suite B Airport Drive in Burlington
Pair this delicious sandwich with the fresh flavor of Iced Blackberry Tea! Absolutely refreshing with a delightful hint of berry and black tea, this drink is the perfect pick-me-up beverage for a hot or demanding day. Did you know that North Cove Coffee is kid friendly? This tasty Kids Grilled Cheese Sandwich will satisfy even the pickiest eaters! Served with chips and oozing with melted cheese on nicely toasted bread, this sandwich is the perfect treat after a tough test, basketball practice, or piano recital. Pair it with a Raspberry Frappe and you've got a winning combination. Plan a lunch date at North Cove Coffee. You will make you and your kids happy. North Cove Coffee 1130 S. Burlington Blvd. in Burlington NorthCoveCoffee.com
COA MEXICAN EATERY COA's signature Prawns are wrapped in bacon, fried until golden brown, and served with a delicious poblano sauce! Swing by and give a try! 102 S 10th Street in Mount Vernon
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MORE ON YUMMY ALERT Did you know you can find more delicious tours, guides, and foodie adventures on our website?
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Romantic Seafood Tour There's nothing more romantic than a date night full of delicious seafood, beautiful views, exquisite wines, delightful desserts and more. YummyAlert.com/RomanticSeafoodTour
Kid's Foodie Adventure Whether you're looking to introduce the kids to something new or let them enjoy the classic kid-approved recipes they love, Skagit restaurants have plenty to offer. YummyAlert.com/KidsFoodieAdventure
NORTH COVE COFFEE
All Along The Tulip Trail Skagit County is known for itâ€™s wide range of cuisine from fresh, locally sourced, farm to table to the gourmet twist on classic pub fare. After you have enjoyed a long day playing out in the tulip fields, start your Foodie Adventure with some of these great places to get a bite and a drink. YummyAlert.com/AllAlongTheTulipTrail
Tasty Dishes Under $10 Want to get a delicious bite to eat but don't want to break the budget? Fret not; here is a list of tasty dishes under $10! You can thank us later. YummyAlert.com/TastyDishesUnder10
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7 DELICIOUS BURGERS & SANDWICHES
La Conner Burger
NORTH COVE COFFEE
ANELIA'S KITCHEN & STAGE
Avocado Brie Burger LA CONNER SEAFOOD
Breakfast Croissant THE WOOLLEY MARKET
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PHOTO SPOTLIGHT BELLA VITA CREATIVE Photographer Dana Chrysler found her calling through a difficult life challenge: cancer.
"Surviving cancer hit home the desire to really live while I'm alive," she explained.
Thinking about her legacy, she realized that capturing and creating beauty is something she can share with others. Back then, Dana was especially drawn to nature photography, but took pictures of family and friends for fun. She never imagined becoming a portrait and wedding photographer, but that specialty has become the cornerstone of her studio, Bella Vita Creative. Dana makes sure everyone feels relaxed and special during their sessions. She uses natural light and asks her clients to pick locations meaningful to them. She offers Photo Fusion Videos, a unique way to showcase her stunning photography with video footage and music. Whether it's nature, portraits, or a wedding, Dana loves every subject she photographs. Outdoor photography gives her a sense of peace.
"We are so blessed to live around all of this beautiful nature in Skagit County!" She hopes her story inspires others who may not have found their passion yet. "Keep learning and taking on new challenges - you never know where the road may lead you!"
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Music Spotlight Old Town Tonic Serendipitous Combination Of Five Seriously Skilled Musicians A self-described "American pop-rock band with a flair of country" Old Town Tonic is the serendipitous combination of five seriously skilled musicians. Stemming from a light-hearted open-mic collaboration at The Brown Lantern, this Anacortes band bloomed into the perfect combination of talent.
Meet the Band Marlo Lynn is the lead singer and lyricist. Learning to harmonize vocals with her brother at the age of 3, Marlo's gift of voice and songwriting are irreplaceable and her passion for singing irresistible. Forget fame and riches, Marlo's motivation for creating music is "to make people happy." Nathan McCartney plays the guitar. Hailing from nearby Whidbey Island, he's also skilled in a variety of other instruments, including bass, trombone, and harmonica. Nathan brings a background in theater, performance, and music theory. Jim Reeder plays the bass. Jim's significant studio skills enhanced production and engineering of the band's EP. 80% of the album reflects his production expertise. Originally from Philadelphia, Jim is also an active member of the Airforce. Christopher Marin plays the drums. After touring with several bands in California, Christopher agreed to play "just one show" with Old Town Tonic but couldn't resist the musical chemistry. Believe it or not, Christopher is a self-taught musician and has now been drumming for over 20 years. Dave White plays the keys. The newest member to the group, Dave has been honing his keyboard skills for over 30 years. He also makes significant contributions to the songwriting process.
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More Than Music A Band With Heart Unified by a great devotion to the local community, the group has helped raise funds and rally support for homeless individuals in the area. Old Town Tonic's leadership in showing care and inclusion for all members of the community has inspired others to do the same.
Creating a unique sound experience that features soothing harmonies, fun grooves and thoughtful lyrics, it's no surprise that Old Town Tonic is experiencing rapidly growing support in Anacortes and beyond. Check out their new EP which is now available for download, and you'll be unapologetically hooked.
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Itâ€™s All Fun & Games! For the kids and young at heart
o parent wants to hear the words "I'm bored!" You don't have to with all of the cool places to have fun in Skagit. We've highlighted a few here so let's kick off your Fun & Games Adventure:
HOLIDAY SPORTS It's that time of year where everyone is planning their fishing, camping and boating adventures. Fill up your tackle box, get that rod or reel you've been eyeing or stock up on camping supplies at Holiday Sports! 895 Nevitt Road in Burlington
Jungle Playland in Mount Vernon It's a jungle in here! Your kiddies can pretend to be Tarzan while they navigate across a swing, go down a triple "waterfall" slide and jump into a tropical rain ball pit. Featuring three levels of state-of-the-art soft play equipment, Jungle Playland also has a Lil' Jungle perfect for toddlers. Skagit Skate in Burlington Remember those fun nights at the skating rink? Your family will love this 'old school' activity that's all new at this energetic and colorful rink in Burlington. The Main Event on Friday nights features great music, strobe lights, laser show and games. For the little ones, check out the Tiny Tot Skate on Tuesdays and Saturdays! Soft Shotz Blaster in downtown Mount Vernon Adults and children ages 7 and up will have a blast at the first Nerf battle arena in Skagit. Drop in for safe, soft combat which includes blaster, goggles, and unlimited darts. Soft Shotz hosts Kids Night Out with battles, pizza, games, and maybe even a surprise visit from a superhero! Visit InSkagit.com for a full list of places to keep the whole family amused!
IN SKAGIT GEAR From "Been Here, Done That" to "Locally Grown In Skagit", we have t-shirts for everyone! Sizes available for the whole family. Buy it now at InSkagit.com/GearShop
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MUSIC IN SKAGIT
An article by Mararet Horak
Want to listen to some fantastic local music?
Built in 1926, the historic Lincoln Theatre was hailed for its originality and beauty. It featured a Spanish motif during a time when Egyptian and Chinese designs were popular. Its Renaissance Revival style is identified by its symmetrical facade, classical details, and sandstone construction.
The partnership of noted architect William Aitken and theatre manager Edwin Halberg ensured the interior would be as unique as the exterior. Friends and colleagues begged him to follow what the other theaters were doing, but he foresaw a time when people would tire of the ordinary. Mr. Halberg chose colors for the walls and decorative touches in the primary colors of blue, yellow, and red. If youâ€™ve visited the Lincoln, youâ€™ve noticed the unusual wall treatment, swirls of a plastered surface known as travertine finish with the mottled hues of natural travertine limestone. This gives the walls a very subtle glistening effect. The heart of the Lincoln Theatre is an original Wurlitzer organ, one of only two left in the United States that are 2-manual, 7rank D-2 Full Unit Orchestra models. It has a complete set of organ pipes as well as silver chimes mounted on the auditorium's painted columns. Originally, the Lincoln was built for vaudeville and silent movie shows. Today, the Lincoln presents year-round current and classic movies, as well as live concerts and theater productions. It also serves as a venue for fundraisers for local non-profit organizations. To learn more, please visit LincolnTheatre.org.
Entertainment In Skagit
Well, you are in luck, because The Brown Lantern, The Rockfish Grill, and H20 have live music almost every weekend with bands playing everything from indie folk to blues. The Conway Muse has live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday every week. Their diverse menu, great selection of beers, wines, and spirits will leave you coming back for more. The Longhorn Saloon is a lively Edison pub with live music on Friday nights. They have scenic outside seating and serve great beer, burgers, oysters, and more! Bastion Brewery is a great venue for live music! Visit their website for specific dates: BastionBrewery.com. They serve tasty pub fare, a large variety of craft beers brewed onsite, and local ciders. Anelia's Kitchen & Stage has live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Anelia's is a familyfriendly restaurant in La Conner specializing in Polish family recipes and American dishes with a Northwest flair. The Brown Lantern has Acoustic Night on Wednesdays, Open Mic Night on Thursdays, and live music on the weekends. Go to their website for specific dates: BrownLantern.com. InSkagit.com/LiveMusicInSkagit
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PHOTO SPOTLIGHT DANA CHRYSLER
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FOLLOW STYLE NW
Skagit Boutique Tour
Follow StyleNW on Instagram to get even more fashion deals, beauty inspiration, spa, and fitness tips right in your feed.
714 Commercial Ave. in Anacortes
717 S. 1st St. in La Conner
Prêt-à-porter Resale Boutique 716 Commercial Ave. in Anacortes
Pearl Buttons - Vintage Style 904 Commercial Ave. in Anacortes
Tides Of Anacortes 804 Commercial Ave. in Anacortes
BURLINGTON Adora Consignment 472 Fashion Way in Burlington
Cottons 714 S. 1st St. in La Conner
Skagit River Boutique 622 S. 1st St. in La Conner
The Country Lady 501 S. 1st St. in La Conner
The Stall 712 S. 1st St. in La Conner
Walking Mod 707 S. 1st St. in La Conner
855 S. Alder St. in Burlington
Three Little Birds Salon & Boutique 501 E. Fairhaven Ave. in Burlington
SPERO SKIN SPA & SALON Get the hair you've always wanted at Spero! Whether it's an updated cut or brightening highlights, Spero's team of trained stylists will consult with you on the perfect look.
CONWAY Pink Petals Boutique 18600 Main St. in Conway
SEDRO-WOOLLEY Radiant Revival Salon & Boutique
1400 Riverside Drive A in Mount Vernon
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805A Metcalf St. in Sedro-Woolley
MOUNT VERNON Bare Boutique 419 S. 1st St. Ste. B in Mt. Vernon
House of Style Boutique & Salon 510 S. 1st St. in Mount Vernon
Ryann Michele & Co. 307 S. 1st St. in Mount Vernon
The Loft Salon & Boutique 110 N. 1st St. in Mount Vernon
3 Benefits Of Doing Yoga
SAFE IN THE SUN
At Quantum Health & Yoga Lounge
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wner Scott Howe is passionate about the health benefits of yoga. "It doesn't matter who you are, your body type, or where you're at physically."
1600 Continental Place #103 in Mount Vernon
Benefit #1: FLEXIBILITY The stretching and poses in yoga help increase the lengthening of your muscles. You may notice bending down or reaching up to get something becomes easier. For first-timers or clients easing back into an exercise routine, Gentle Yoga for Beginners teaches basic poses and alignment. Vinyasa Yoga uses a series of flowing movements to improve flexibility. Benefit #2: BETTER POSTURE In this day and age, we are often hunched over laptops and cell phones, resulting in rolled shoulders and chronic neck pain ("tech neck"). Yoga poses open up the chest and shoulders, strengthen back muscles, and lengthen the spine. The result? You'll look taller, more slim, and confident. Benefit #3: IMPROVED CIRCULATION Yoga movement also stimulates your organs, enabling your lymphatic system to fight infection as well as getting your blood flowing. Quantum has classes like Hot Power Yoga and Hot 26, which not only detoxify but elevate the heart rate to get a cardio benefit as well as tone and strengthen. Visit Quantum Health & Yoga Lounge today and see how the movement in yoga can make you feel great from the inside out! Quantum Health & Yoga Lounge 121 S Spruce Street in Burlington
ELMM CLINIC Embracing frequent patient engagement, ELMM's Weight Loss and Health Coaching programs are geared towards long-term maintenance of general health by monitoring overall health and specific conditions. 1500 Commercial Avenue in Anacortes
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COUPLES MASSAGE SPERO SKIN SPA & SALON
Skagit Massage Guide
Enjoy a special Spa Lunch during five hours of decadent "Me Time" with the Nirvana Spa Package! $350 Anacortes (360) 299-2112
Spero Skin Spa Salon
Adara Salon & Spa
Specialities: Deep tissue, stress fix, fusion stone, and pregnancy massage. Mount Vernon (360) 336-2985
Serenity Salon & Spa
Loyaland Lin Salon
Specialities: Customize your massage with deep tissue, hot stones, foot reflexology, or ashiatsu. Burlington (360) 755-2105
Specialities: Relaxation, couples massage, deep tissue, pregnancy, and aromatherapy.
Specialities: Scalp, relaxation, deep tissue, hot stone, and mother-to-be massage.
Specialities: Deep tissue, muscle repair, warm stone, herbal massage and prenatal.
Mount Vernon 360-899-5105
Burlington (360) 755-5000
Burlington (360) 707-2300
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Chiropractic Care & Massage Treat yourself to this therapeutic combo!
re you doing everything you can on your journey to ultimate health? Or just "enough"? Seeking treatment for aches and pains is a great step to healing. However, you can take one step further to experience faster and more complete well-being!
Enjoy a professional massage experience with Country Clinic's massage therapist who has been on staff for over four years.
Supplementing chiropractic care with massage therapy can provide great benefits. Because chiropractic targets joints and massage targets muscles, this combo can accelerate your progress. Think of it like repairing an old car. You can't just change the oil--you should check the battery, too! One benefit is that massage assists in the application of chiropractic strategies by improving muscle relaxation, making adjustments smoother. Patients that add massage therapy also benefit from faster recovery times. This has been a common benefit for car accident injuries. Massage also improves well-being by eliminating toxins. If you adopt a sedentary lifestyle, sitting in an office environment or not working out regularly, harmful toxins can accumulate in muscle tissue. Country Chiropractic Clinic (360) 856-5562 22790 Buchanan Street in Mount Vernon InSkagit.com/CountryClinic
They offer convenient scheduling so you can get a massage and walk over for your chiropratic appointment. IN Skagit | PAGE 28
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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT LINDE HUSK Local artist Linde Husk has nurtured an immense love of drawing from an early age. She has vivid childhood memories of drawing quietly as her mother taught music classes. Her "love of drawing and creating things" led to a degree in Graphic Design. While passionate about painting during college, Linde admits she struggled with subject matter. Design became a natural choice, blooming into excellent professional success.
A decade later, Linde picked up painting once again to create gifts for friends. She quickly rediscovered her love for this art. Specializing in acrylic on canvas, Linde emphasizes the importance of learning a variety of mediums. "Paint with watercolors because you choose to, not because it is the only style you know."
Inspired by all things beautiful, Linde uses her original photography as a reference. Whether highlighting color, texture, light or shadow, Linde's artwork calls attention to beauty that often goes unnoticed. "I get excited about the tiny things that are in our world that we don't pay a lot of attention to." That focus resulted in a floral series, during which she began observing bugs. The following series on fauna, or "backyard aliens," included information particular to each critter. Recently, Linde has begun painting "landscape allusions," pieces that suggest local scenery without being photorealistic.
Linde Husk, Artist Linde.art InSkagit.com/LindeHusk IN Skagit | PAGE 30
Non-Profit Spotlight Anacortes Family Center
he Anacortes Family Center (AFC) provides housing and support for women, children, and families with children. Sixty-five percent of their clients at any given time are kids. Founded in 2009, AFC operates differently than the conventional homeless shelter model.
"Our goal as a service provider is to help families and individuals become self-sufficient and ultimately not rely on social services," explains Executive Director Dustin Johnson. The Anacortes Family Center focuses on the individual as a whole person, and not just on temporary needs, in order to end the cycle of homelessness. Within 24 hours of beginning the program, the client will meet with their case manager to assess their situation and begin to break any barriers to moving forward. Anacortes Family Center 360-293-2993 2702 Commercial Avenue in Anacortes
Adult residents are required to secure employment within two weeks of arriving at AFC and the staff helps them write resumes, prepare for interviews, and plug into the job market.
"If a woman says she needs to find daycare for her children in order to get a job, we immediately tap into our resources to solve that problem so she can concentrate on obtaining employment." Over eighty percent of their clients leave with a permanent home and stable job. It is no wonder their success rate is the highest in the state! The Anacortes Family Center is entirely funded through community donations and support.
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Once a client is employed and graduating from the homeless shelter, AFC offers three solutions to common roadblocks to assist them in gaining independence and housing.
Committed to Client Success The Anacortes Family Shelter's comprehensive program is one of the most successful shelters in the state.
Over 80% of clients move out of homelessness after going through the program. A key component in AFC's services is the goal of self-sufficiency through various pathways.
Anacortes Family Center provides housing and support for families with children. A key component in AFC's services is the goal of self-sufficiency. 1. If a client is employed and ready to move out on their own, but is short of funds for a deposit on an apartment, AFC has a revolving fund (provided by the Anacortes Rotary Club) to loan to the client. They can repay it in small increments over a long period of time to keep the fund replenished for others. 2. If a client is employed and ready to acquire housing, but still needs assistance in specific areas of their life, AFC provides after care. This monthly check-in helps clients stay on track and advance their goals.
Support AFC. Your donation will provide more than just a safe place to stay, it will provide an opportunity to learn how to live a self-sufficient life and gain a permanent home. Non-Profit Spotlight
3. If a client has graduated from the program but has a history of significant issues and no outside safety net, they are vulnerable to repeat homelessness. To give them more time to work on these challenges, AFC just opened the New Family Transformation Center, which is a 24-month program. AFC collects 30% of client's income and when they are ready to secure housing, AFC will give back the saved funds in the form of a grant.
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La Conner has art galleries with every medium imaginable! Metal sculptures, blown glass, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, watercolor paintings, pottery, handcrafted jewelry, and more.
BLOOMING WITH MERCH Spring in Skagit Valley means one thing--it's time for the Tulip Festival! Wilson Picture Framing is your source for festival merchandise. They carry the beautiful 2018 poster by artist Melissa Jander! Melissa's colorful, impressionist style makes this year's poster extra special. The Tulip Festival posters are iconic and have won international awards! h
Wilson's offers two sizes: 11x14 and 18x24, either unframed or framed. You'll also find a selection of swag like coasters, magnets, and mugs. One of the most popular items are the magnetic notepads that you can keep on your fridge all year long.
La Conner Art Gallery Tour A perfect escape for art connoisseurs Gallery Cygnus 101 Douglas St in La Conner
Caravan Gallery 619 1st St in La Conner
Museum of Northwest Art 121 N 1st St in La Conner
Blackfish Gallery 112 Morris St in La Conner
The cheerful Tulip Festival souvenirs make great gifts for family and friends--be sure to stop by Wilson's Picture Framing for a virtual garden of Tulip Festival items!
Wilson Picture Framing
Expressions Fine Art Gallery
(360) 336-2139 822 N 4th Street in Mount Vernon InSkagit.com/WilsonPictureFraming PAGE 33 | IN Skagit
713 1st St in La Conner
705 1st Street in La Conner
Cassera Arts Premiers 106 1st St in La Conner
Courtyard Gallery 701 1st St in La Conner
The Wood Merchant 709 S. 1st St in La Conner
La Conner Seaside Art Gallery 101 N 1 Street in La Conner
Cattails & Dragonflies 608 1st St in La Conner
Trumpeter Gallery 610 S. 1st St in La Conner
Gallery Dei Gratia 17170 Hope Island Ln in La Conner
Check out more tours like this on our website, InSkagit.com!
Hadrian's Stone Design Studio and Gallery Go on an art adventure at Edison's newest art gallery. The owner of the gallery, Houston Foist, puts a special focus on local and regional artists of all mediums. An artist himself, Houston uses a proprietary material to replicate the look of granite, marble, or natural wood. His custom-designed vessel sinks, water fountains, benches, and dining room tables are on display at the gallery. "Any color, any texture, in a fraction of the time. I can make it look like natural wood or any natural stone." Houston explained. Houston invites you to visit the gallery during the first weekend of every month to experience the revealing of a new show. Featured artists provide live demonstrations and the art shows often have a charity aspect with a portion of the proceeds going to a local nonprofit. Hadrian Stone Design & Gallery (360) 722-9438 5717 Gilkey Avenue in Bow InSkagit.com/HadrianStone
FINDING HADRIAN If you are coming from Chuckanut Drive, take a left on W. Bow Hill Road and continue on to MacTaggert Ave. Turn right on Gilkey Ave. Follow the red flags past Smith & Vallee Gallery and warehouse. Turn right on the second driveway. Watch our video to find this hidden treasure just waiting to be discovered! InSkagit.com/FindingHadrian
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Photography Spotlight Dana Chrysler
ana Chrysler's varied and dynamic employment history (including a stint with the Seattle Seahawks) before she landed in visual arts shaped the kind of photographer she is today. It was her own graphic design business which first led her to pick up a camera for a job with the Mount Vernon School District. Once she and that Nikon locked eyes - it was love at first sight! Her first photography gig was for her own daughter's engagement photos and after seeing the love of this special couple on film, she knew she had found her passion. Dana specializes in life's milestones - senior photos, weddings, maternity, and family portraits. She uses natural light and meaningful locations to add beauty and a personal connection for her clients.
Dana also loves to capture the splendor of the Pacific Northwest in her fine art nature photography. "Photographing the outdoors gives me a sense of peace," she explained. She finds inspiration driving around Skagit County. She shot the front and back cover images for this issue of the In Skagit magazine on one of these creative excursions.
"I'm always looking for beautiful light - the way it shines through the stems of tulips, over the top of fields or reflects in the water."
Dana Chrysler, Photographer BellaVitaCreative.net InSkagit.com/DanaChrysler
FRONT & BACK COVER PHOTOS ÂŠ BELLA VITA CREATIVE
Spring in Skagit is colorful and bursting with life, We savor every sunny day that breaks through the rainy days. No matter where you look,...
Published on Mar 28, 2018
Spring in Skagit is colorful and bursting with life, We savor every sunny day that breaks through the rainy days. No matter where you look,...