If you are planning to charter a boat during March or April, you may be wondering what there is to do so early in the season. One of the most popular tourist draws to this area during the early spring is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The Skagit Valley, located just a couple miles south of Bellingham, is one of the best tulip growing environments in the country. Every year hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the area to stroll through the acres of blooming tulip and daffodil fields or meander through the world class Roozengaarde gardens, all while surrounded by the beauty of the Cascade Mountains and the San Juan Islands.Typically, the flowers start blooming at the beginning of April, however due to this year’s mild winter and spring, the daffodil fields are already in bloom, and the tulips are expected to start blooming in mid-March. The festival includes hundreds of acres of dozens of varieties of tulips and daffodils. Since there are so many varieties, all the fields bloom at different times, ensuring that you’ll be able to enjoy fields with blooming flowers no matter when you visit during the festival. The festival is designed as a driving tour, but guests can also bike it easily.
The center of the tour is the Roozengaarde gardens, which is a 3 acre show garden that is planted each fall with around 300,000 spring-flowering bulbs. As you walk through the gardens, make sure and note your favorite varieties of flowers, because you can order bulbs right there at the gardens and have them shipped to your home so you can enjoy the beauty of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival long after you’ve left. At the gardens, you can also pick up a bloom map, which will help you to find other fields that are in bloom during your visit. While you’re in the area, make sure to stop in LaConnor to grab a bite to eat, walk through one of their many art studios or museums,or enjoy the views of the Swinomish Channel.