Over the weekend my family and I went on quite the adventure! It started out planned for the Tulip Festival in Mt. Vernon, WA and it turned into so much more fun!
Tulips have been my favorite flower for some time now. It's hard to pick a favorite flower just like it's hard to pick a favorite color there are phases for me but tulips have stayed at the top of the list.
The Plan: Go to the Tulip Festival and see as much of it as possible.
The Reality: We started out on our journey around 9am and headed to Mt. Vernon. We knew we were in the right place when we saw the line of cars waiting on the shoulder of I-5 to take the correct exit. Yikes! We proceeded to wait at least 45 mins and had barely moved closer to the exit sign. Fred, my stepdad (who hates crowds/ busy places AND knew the area) suggested we come up with another plan since it did not look like we were going to make it to the city center ie: the Festival.
The Adventure: We all pondered Fred's thought and decided to get out of wasting our day in line to see what else we could see of the area. It was a extremely bright idea. We ended up going a few more exits up the highway and going down a smaller highway that lead us to a Tulip Field!!
It was probably ONE of the smaller fields of the entire area, but it was perfect! It was not very crowded, had a ton of the colors represented and had places to park.
A few shots of the Tulips:
After walking, gazing and buying sometulips we headed to LaConner, WA for some Lunch!
In LaConner, we settled on a resturant entitled Nell Thorn. Boy were we over joyed by our choice. On our way to the table, we noticed a sign that stated that their food was local. It only makes since in a place like Skagit Valley surrounded by farm land and resources why wouldn't you use it in your resturants!
The dishes were chosen, crab cakes and half pound burger with fries for Jesse (my boyfriend) and I to enjoy, a half pound burger with salad for Fred and a wine marinated portabello mushroom with salad for Mom (Jen). The crab cake was all crab and I wish had taken a picture of the plate presentation, it was beautiful. The burger was so tender and delishous on a potato bread bun, served with herb and lemon and who knows what else seasoned fries. We asked our waitress if the burger was local and if it was grass fed beef. We felt a little like the couple from Portlandia asking, but we really wanted to know. And we were rewarded with her answer of yes to both. Success! I have finally had grass beef with the knowledge that I was eating it and in it is fantastic.
The rest of the afternoon was spent walking around the LaConner and enjoying the beautiful weather we were so lucky to have had that day.
Our Adventure in Skagit Valley was so simple yet an experince that I will never forget!