If you live in Washington or plan to visit, you should probably check out this beautiful flower festival in the northwest part of the state. I subscribe to Seattle Magazine (http://www.seattlemag.com/) and just discovered that this festival occurs April 1st – 30th.
The Skagit Valley is located 60 miles north of Seattle along I-5. You can also find it 70 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Mount Vernon, Burlington, and Conway all have Tulip Festival brochures at their information stations. The tulips are generally grown in a 15-mile triangle bordered by Highway 20, the Skagit River, and the Swinomish River Channel.
The festival is designed as a driving tour because the tulips are grown miles apart. The festival website, http://www.tulipfestival.org/, also mentions that an enjoyable way to travel to the festival is via Amtrak, which runs to Mt. Vernon. You would then need to rent a car or pay for a taxi to get to the tulip fields.
This is an example of the type of lodging you might be able to find in the area:
And here is an example of a “one-of-a-kind” breathtaking view you can experience while dining at Chuckanut Manor:
I’m so glad I found this in the magazine! The romantic lodging and dining are enough inspiration alone to draw me to Washington to see the colorful tulips. I will be looking at the festival website for more ideas for places to stay and dine while traveling through this beautiful part of the state.