April's Most Instagrammable Festival is Found in Washington State
April 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM
When it comes to fields of tulips and the scent of spring, your mind may first go to the Netherlands. However, if an international journey isn’t in the cards this time of the year there’s always tulips to be seen here at home in the nifty fifty, as Washington state is pretty good at showing off their green thumb.
The Skagit Tulip Festival runs all month long around Mount Vernon, Washington, but obviously a lot of the blossoms and what not depend on how Mother Nature is feeling. Things are a little bit different than most festivals, as there’s not really just one location or thing to see—you visit to kind of see everything. Drive through the area and the different fields and farms, and enjoy the tulips as they make their debut after a long winter. There’s hundreds of acres of fields and flowers, so we don’t think you’ll be disappointed that there’s no food court.
Visit places like Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde—then latter owns Tulips.com, so you know the mean business—and you can even bring some flowers home with you. A festival map helps guide you through the region, and if you prefer to do things on your phone they have even taken the time to plot their own Google Map.
As far as other stuff is concerned it’s not just tulips, as festival organizers also have a quilt walk planned, a wine festival on tap, distillery demonstrations, and a street festival towards the end of the month.
Best of all the area is pretty much the halfway point between Seattle and Vancouver, so fly into either city—and make yourself a little weekend getaway this spring. We're already looking at flights.
[Photo: James CW Chang]