Travel

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Experiencing spring for the first time in the Pacific Northwest has been amazing. There are flowers everywhere! And I’m so glad that Andrew and I got  a chance to visit the tulip fields before the end of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival this year. It only runs through the month of April (and will run April 1 to April 30 in 2019, too) so we stopped by on the last weekend. I looooove flowers, so taking in the view of so many gorgeous blooms at once was awesome. The tulips are the crops of RoozenGaarde (aka Washington Bulb Co., Inc.) and Tulip Town. Both companies have displays of tulips throughout the valley, in different spots each year to account for necessary crop rotation.

A view of pink and purple tulips with mountains in the background

One downside was that I felt like the “festival” aspect was sort of missing from the whole scene. It was more like a tulip viewing than a tulip festival. The situation at RoozenGarde was just, besides the gorgeous tulip fields, a handful of booths selling food (too pricey!) and a gift shop. We didn’t do much exploring in the rest of the town away from the tulip fields. I would have loved to see more displays or info or craft booths to give it more of a festival vibe. It looked like there was a bit more activity at the Tulip Town location, so we’ll have to check it out next year. I was happy to just wander around the fields and enjoy the views, and Andrew got to play with his camera, haha.

Andrew and I in the tulip fields at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festivala field of yellow tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

pink, orange and red tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

rows of white and red tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

a field of vibrant red tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

a silly selfie of us in a field of red and purple tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

It was a cloudy yet very bright day, somehow. The fields were pretty wet and mucky!  I felt really bad for the people who slipped and ended up covered in mud (but it was kind of funny)! I’m so glad I wore my rain boots. We grabbed sandwiches after wandering the fields for a while, and I just felt so grateful for our life together in beautiful Washington state. Plus, I bought a very pretty tulip Christmas ornament from the gift shop. All in all, it was a wonderful, relaxing way to spend a Sunday.

Have you been to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival? Give me your recs for where to go and what to see next year!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Elizabeth