The day before 4th of July, we arrived in the town of La Conner later in the afternoon. The town is hiding among the tulip fields and farm lands of the Skagit valley; so, it’ll take you a few minutes to get there driving along the winding roads from the main freeway. Just enjoy the ride, and marvel how the setting sun colors the fields and scattered farm houses in the shades of the golden light.
The town is tiny, cozy and whimsical in its rustic old fashioned attire. We’re checking in the La Conner Channel Lodge, which is right at the waterfront with a gorgeous view of the Swinomish Channel. Blooming petunias add a touch of glamour to the rustic look of the building. With a hotel coupon for a free wine tasting, we’re making a beeline to the next door Hellam’s Vineyard that offers wines from a private collection. The wines – red, white, rose, sparkling, chilled – glitter in the sun and seduce you with their aromas.
Wine tasting is the right thing to do. Relaxed and happy, we’re strolling along the downtown area. The town is filled with little designer clothes boutiques, antique and home shops, interspaced with gourmet restaurants. But my favorite thing to do in La Conner is a stroll up and down the sun soaked boardwalk in search of a seafood restaurant I may like; but not just this. The views! They have more to offer: a scenic Rainbow Bridge, vintage looking yachts parked along the channel, nimble signs and art works, and cute coffee shops. The town is designed to make any tourist happy in one way or another. La Conner is well worth a trip if you fancy exploring a little more of the countryside in the state of Washington.