Washington Spring March 27, 2017
by Jessica Wick The 9 Places You Absolutely Must Visit In Washington This Spring
After a seemingly endless winter, it feels wonderful to welcome spring in Washington. As our state begins to defrost, bloom, and warm up ever so slightly, it’s a great time to plan a few local getaways to celebrate the new season. Sneak away to a few of these spots before summer if you can
―they’re especially beautiful this time of year.
Our Alpine village hosts events and festivals in every season, and spring is no exception. Taste Leavenworth is April 1-2, The 5th annual Leavenworth Film Festival begins April 7, and Village Art in the Park, the outdoor art display, kicks off in May, just to name a few.
2. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Every April, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes over the Mount Vernon and LaConner areas. While the festival gets crowded on the weekends, it's well worth going to see the beautiful tulips in bloom.
3. The Yakima Valley
Wine lovers should definitely head towards the Yakima Valley from April 28-30, when the annual Spring Barrel tasting event offers the chance to sample all the new releases. Even if you're not a wine drinker, spring is a beautiful time to visit the area since the cherry trees are in bloom and the outdoor Farmers Markets start to appear.
4. Walla Walla
We've previously mentioned that Walla Walla is a perfect
destination. Unsurprisingly, it's also stunning in the spring. The local wineries have their Spring Release weekend May 5-7, but there's really never a bad time to visit this picturesque place.
5. The San Juans
Island getaway, anyone? Not that you need an excuse, but here are
a few good reasons
why the San Juan islands are amazing.
6. Second Beach
Second Beach is one of a series of small beaches in Olympic National Park. If you go at the right time (meaning, well, now), you can avoid the summer crowds and enjoy the refreshing 4 mile hike to the ocean in peace.
7. Carson Hot Springs Resort, 372 St Martin's Springs Rd.
How does soaking off the last of the winter's chill in a hot jetted mineral spring sound? We thought so.
8. Whidbey Island
When was the last time you visited Whidbey? From the charming small town amenities of Langley to Deception Pass State Park, there's plenty to discover.
9. Cle Elum
Located in the beautiful mountains of Central Washington, Cle Elum makes a perfect spring getaway, especially if you explore the vintage mining town of Roslyn. Take the family to Suncadia Resort (at 3600 Suncadia Trail) on Easter weekend and enjoy a delicious Sunday brunch buffet at Portals Restaurant (with plenty of options for the whole family), Easter basket-making classes, and four egg hunts. If you'd rather go during a quieter time, you'll still find plenty of onsite activities to enjoy.
This list of nine perfect spring destinations should keep Washingtonians busy until summer. But if you’re still looking for new places to explore, here are some excellent
Washington day trip ideas.
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