Where one can’t help but smell the flowers

Mount Vernon

Back in the 1800s, Mount Vernon was known as a transportation and trading center for the logging industry. Now, Mount Vernon is known throughout Washington as the land of tulips, tulips and more tulips. The town is a welcoming agricultural hub, which invites visitors from near and far to enjoy Skagit Valley’s landscapes, locally-sourced food and wildlife. Make sure you’re looking up every so often, because Mount Vernon boasts some of the best skies for bird watching. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, swans and snow geese.

Lilies, dahlias, marigolds, snapdragons and, of course, tulips grace the farms of Mount Vernon. Spring is official with the first tulip blooms and carries on a tradition of colorful floral fields for the duration of the spring. April and early May are home to the Tulip Festival, which does not disappoint. Come see the beauty of endless rows of tulips and take photos buried in fields of flowers. Then take some bulbs home to create your own slice of Mount Vernon in your garden.

Mount Vernon is located in the heart of Skagit Valley. Take a bike tour around the Skagit trails or stop for a bite at the local restaurants. Find more information about bike trails at visitskagitvalley.com/biking.

Mount Vernon is full of cafes, breweries and home-style restaurants. Breweries are popular here, so grab a pint and a snack at Trumpeter Public House, North Sound Brewing Co., 192 Brewing Company, Farmstrong Brewing Company or Skagit River Brewery.

Wineries also abound in Skagit Valley, so discover the best of Washington’s wine in local tasting rooms, vineyards and restaurants. Wander through Wooden Shoe Vineyards any day of the week for their daily tastings. Their hours are expanded during the Tulip Festival. Bertelson Winery hosts music shows and festivals throughout the summer in addition to offering tastings Wednesdays through Sundays beginning at noon.

Historic downtown Mount Vernon boasts many of the best antique shops in the region. Grab a bite, enjoy the waterside views and head to the Red Door Antique Mall, offering a collection of one-of-a-kind boutiques that highlight the town’s agricultural history. Mount Vernon’s central district is ideal for taking a stroll, perusing art galleries and absorbing the town’s atmosphere.

The summers in Mount Vernon are filled with activity. Check out the Skagit County Highland Games in July to experience bagpiping competitions, bands, fiddling and other traditional Scottish pursuits. In August, the four-day Skagit County Fair sports live music, carnival rides, farm animals and eating contests.

For a taste of the outdoors, try Edgewater Park, where 54 acres along the Skagit River offer a playground, boat launch, large stage and softball fields. Little Mountain Park on the other hand, has 11 miles of trails that are sure to be fun for the whole family whether hiking or biking is on the agenda.

Mount Vernon will surprise you with fields of vibrant flowers, abounding nature and a quant local culture.

Learn more at mvwashington.org.

Suggested Itinerary

Mount Vernon, a part of the Skagit Valley, is a great place to visit anytime of year. But the most flowery time of year is in the month of April, during the world famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Fields are filled with vibrant color and looking across multiple fields, a sea of colors fills the view.

The Skagit Valley biking map shows the best bike paths that range from two- to 30-mile trails past the fields of tulips and daffodils.

Before the bike ride, stop off at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market. It opens every Saturday beginning May 16 until October 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are not many places to stop along the trails, so be sure to grab a snack for the road.

Save Tulip Town for the end of the ride. They have food, tulip bulbs, tulip bunches, and gifts for sale.

There is a tulip garden showing the wide variety of tulips they offer. After the ride, grab a bite of lunch at the Calico Cupboard Cafe. They offer a wonderful selection of baked goods and heartily proportioned meals made from scratch. While at the restaurant check out places to stay in Mount Vernon. There are a wide range of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, as well as lodges and inns.

Once checked in and settled, check out the schedule for Lincoln Theatre. This 1926 restored silent movie house shows current films, and hosts community events as well as concerts. For beer coinsurers, Mount Vernon has a wide variety of microbreweries and taprooms. This year, Skagit Valley put together the 2020 Skagit Farm to Pint Passport to help folks find any of the 14 breweries in town.

The next day, stop by the Skagit Valley Food Co-Op for a little breakfast or a smoothie. This co-op has a breakfast bar, pre-made food, snacks and groceries. Grab some breakfast and head out for a walk along any of the many trails Mount Vernon and the Skagit Valley has to offer by looking at the Skagit County Walking Trail Guide. This free guide shows over 40 trails in Skagit ranging from easy to difficult in 0.1 to 10.2 miles in length.

After the hike come explore the many shops in Downtown Mount Vernon. There are a wonderful collections of antiques stores, galleries, art supply stores, gift shops, clothing boutiques, and coffee houses. When you head out of town be sure to notice the beautiful tulip tower as you drive away from a wonderful weekend.

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