Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

After returning from 2 weeks holiday in Hawaii I was surprised to discover how monotone our city can be this time of year. So if you need a pick-me-up in the form of a punch of colour - there's a little valley just south of here that you should really stick your chin out for. It's in Washington State and it's the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Now, don't get me wrong. I am a proud Canadian and love all things this side of the border. However, as a motorcycle enthusiast, the trip to Skagit Valley and the reward on the other end of it, especially by motorcycle, is spectacular. And, let's face it, the Canadian government does seem to be supporting cross border shopping, so you can buy your tulip bulbs, and plant them too! Or maybe a bulb in the hand is worth 2 in the ground? At any rate the scenic drive on Chuckanut Drive just south of Bellingham is truly worth checking out as an alternate route to the Skagit Valley.










 Chuckanut Drive

As we all know, getting there is half the journey, so why not make it extra special? The Find Family Fun in Vancouver web page has a lot of information about the drive, plus some decent directions to Chuckanut Drive.

The Skagit Valley has been famous for its Tulip Festival for 29 years now, so they really know how to do it up. Mother Nature is in control, of course, and the Festival takes place each year between April 1st to the 30th. Hundreds of acres blooming with millions of tulips of all colours is a breath-taking site. It's designed as a driving tour and the "Bloom Map" is very helpful in planning out your trip. Also this Festival Map is a good one for a broader perspective of the area.

The Roozengaard display garden is located on the southern part of the tour. The Roozengaard family have been bulb growers in Holland and the United States since the 1700's. At their shop you can buy bulbs of any colour and even buy cut tulips by the bunch. Each year they redesign and replant their garden with an astonishing array of beautiful colours. Pack a picnic and enjoy it in their garden! A great time for the whole family and photo opportunities abound.



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