La Conner is one of the most charming towns you can visit in Washington during the spring. It’s a quiet, peaceful place to explore in Skagit Valley, a little bit over an hour north of Seattle. In recent years, it’s even been repeatedly named as the “Best Tiny Town” in the Northwest by
Evening Magazine. Here are 10 of the many reasons why you should plan a trip to this exquisite place:
1. During March, they host a lovely Daffodil Festival.
This festival runs for the entire month of March, and features fields full of bright, cheery daffodils. Tulips will also be blooming soon for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival nearby, which draws in visitors from all over the world.
2. The town has a thriving art scene.
La Conner is known to be a hot spot for artists and art lovers alike. It's home to the Museum of Northwest Art, which showcases contemporary art from artists that date back to the early 1900s. They also host an annual "Arts Alive" festival to celebrate local artwork every November.
3. You can check out the spectacular Rainbow Bridge.
Despite the name, this arch bridge is actually orange, and it's an extraordinary National Landmark. The overpass spans nearly 800 feet over the Swinomish Channel, connecting with Fidalgo Island. If you walk across, you can see fabulous views of the water and working boats down below.
4. There are unique shops to explore all over town.
You can find all kinds of small, unique shops to browse through downtown, especially on First and Morris Streets. The specialty stores range from antiques to candy, clothing, fine art, woodworking, home decor and more.
5. It's a gorgeous seaside town.
Since they're located by the water, the town offers a full-service marina and is known to be a premier destination for kayaking. You can paddle out by the San Juan Islands, or just beneath the town's Rainbow Bridge.
6. You can spot historical buildings and landmarks everywhere.
La Conner was established back in the 1870s, and is the oldest community in Skagit Valley. If you follow along this
through downtown, you'll be able find several historical buildings that remain unchanged. Pictured is the Nevada Bar, which was built back in 1890.
7. There's a fantastic local brewery in town.
La Conner Brewing Company offers award-winning, house-made beers plus gourmet wood-fired pizza and pub fare. If you prefer wine, check out Hellam's Vineyard for a wider selection of blends.
8. The restaurants serve some of the freshest, local ingredients.
Whether you're hungry for seafood or a hearty breakfast, there are quality dining options all over town. A few of the top-rated spots include Neil Thorn, Calico Cafe, The Oyster & Thistle, Seeds, and La Conner Waterfront Cafe.
9. You can explore a charming quilt museum.
The Quilt & Textile Museum is set in an 1891 old Victorian mansion, and it's one of only 14 quilt museums in the whole country. They showcase all kinds of impressive, international quilts and textiles in a number of different styles.
10. It's a perfect place to spend a weekend vacation.
This waterfront village is one of the most serene places to visit, especially during the spring. Whether you're viewing the flowers or walking along the new boardwalk, you'll be able to experience total tranquility everywhere.
There are so many reasons to love La Conner. Have you been to this small town before? Where else would you recommend visiting?