La Conner

 

This charming town is a really nice day trip, whether you have a couple of hours or the better part of a day. It is only 20 minutes from the camp, on the other side of the Swinomish Channel from Fidalgo Island. The main street of La Conner runs along the Swinomish Channel, which makes it a gorgeous place to sit along the water and enjoy a meal, coffee or a snack from the local bakery. 

 

If you are interested in local art, you will find many Northwest artists featured between the different art galleries in La Conner. From glass to metal or wood, there is local artwork for every palette. You will also find a lot of handcrafted goods in the different boutiques and shops, which you could spend hours exploring. Also, if you are a knitter or cross-stitcher, don't miss the yarn and needlecrafts store.

 

If you are looking for something delicious, you will have no shortage of options. There are a couple of pubs/brewerys with excellent food like stone oven pizza or freshly caught fish with chips, and of course several seafood restaurants line the water. If you are just in the mood for a mocha or a tea or just a break from shopping, there are a few small coffee shops too. For dessert there is a bakery with some really yummy treats or La Conner's very own Sweet Shoppe with handmade candies and chocolates. 

 

For Museum lovers, there are also some great options. The La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum is located in a three-story mansion and has exhibits of national and international quilts and finer arts. The Museum of Northwest Art showcases contemporary art by Northwest artists and you will also find the Skagit County Historical Museum just around the corner. 

 

About 4 miles outside of La Conner are some pretty amazing tulip fields, if you are visiting at the right time of year. They sell bulbs and other home/garden gifts year round if you missed the tulip season.  

 

For more information about La Conner, please take a look at their website at  http://www.lovelaconner.com/

 

Photos of La Conner courtesy of the La Conner Chamber of Commerce