After brunch and exploration in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood yesterday, we found ourselves with a sleepy Bergen, and the two of us wanting to still be out and about on a beautiful sunny Sunday. And maybe a little jealous of all the Labor Day travelers. We knew if we drove home, Bergen would fall asleep in the car, and then not be able to fall back asleep once in his crib. So we started to drive North. No plan.
I had a destination in the back of my mind, but without knowing how long Bergen would sleep, I didn’t dare mention it. Once we made it to Everett though, I started to get excited. I told Slaed we needed to head to La Conner: One of my favorite Washington small towns. La Conner is located in Skagit Valley between Vancouver, B.C and Seattle (North/South), and the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades National Park (West/East), and is famous for it’s Tulip Festival every spring.
Then as I was dreaming of wide-open spaces and plenty of roadside stops for fresh fruits and vegetables, we hit some heavy traffic, and Bergen’s smooth highway-driving nap was interrupted. He woke up. We panicked, and started scrambling to find something to do in Everett. Slaed fiddled with the GPS map looking for a park we could explore, and I tried to look at the bright side of things. Just as I was accepting this new plan, I was curious as to why Bergen’s fussing had stopped. I turned around to find Bergen back peacefully snoozing, which meant we were back on the road to La Conner!
Now for the real reason for our visit to the La Conner area.
Info to Know:
- La Conner, WA is a little over 60 miles Northwest of Seattle (1 1/2 hour drive). Explore the antique shops and go to the Calico Cupboard Cafe and Bakery.
- Snowgoose Produce Stand (Fir Island) is open roughly from March to October from about 8 am-6pm though they tend to stay open later on busy summer days. They are known for their generous scoops of ice cream, so be careful when you order, and bring cash.
- Mark your calendar: The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival occurs every spring during the month of April.