LaConner WA is an historic town located about 2 hours north of Seattle. The area is know for fertile farmland, fine art, historic architecture and a rich native American heritage.

La Conner is a small town, but it packs a big punch year around. In spring explore acres of beautiful blooms, especially daffodils and tulips. In summer sample fresh local produce and in the fall, celebrate the family farms. Each winter brings the migrating snow geese, trumpeter swans and the bald eagle festival. 

Historic Katy’s Inn sits on 3rd Avenue, overlooking the town and the Swinomish Channel. The inn is steps away from shopping, dining and local museums. Get away from it all at the Heron Inn and Spa. Unwind in the day spa, then relax with a glass of wine and views of the tranquil Skagit Valley farmland.

Things to Do in La Conner

Set in the fertile Skagit Valley, this area boasts a number of family farms. From tulips to dahlias,  blueberries to pumpkins…this valley has it all. Local restaurants benefit from the fresh local produce found all throughout the valley. Each October, visit La Conner and  celebrate the family farm. The Celebration of Family Farms includes a wide variety of farms, most notably, Cascadian Farm located in Rockport.

The laid back lifestyle, beautiful light and stunning scenery brought a number of artists to the area. In 1981,the Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) was established. This museum features art by notable northwest artists Morris Graves, Guy Anderson, Clayton James and Barbara Straker.  Each November the town celebrates artists in the area through Arts Alive!  This festival includes visual, musical, culinary and literary arts. Visit the first weekend of November and take the opportunity to meet the artists, sip fine wine and rub elbows with the locals.

Don’t miss the La Conner Textile and Quilt Museum.  Located in the historic Gaches Mansion, this museum presents exhibitions and programs to inspire and educate visitors in all types of fiber art.

Each April thousands of visitors head to La Conner for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.  For 34 years, the Skagit Valley has celebrated millions of tulips in full bloom. Follow the driving tour that winds through acres of colorful tulips. Two tulip growers, Tulip Town and Roozengaarde/Washington Bulb Co. offer display gardens and gift shops. Stroll the gardens and choose your favorite flowers. Then order your favorite bulbs for convenient delivery.

Every winter the valley hosts migrating Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans. Join birders as well as wild life photographers from around the world. See thousands of geese and swans gleaning the local farm fields.  Although you can see geese and swans from October through April, December through February are the best viewing times.

Strolling the Town of La Conner

Much of La Conner is on the National Register of Historic Places. First Street includes a number of restored historic buildings that now hold locally owned shops and restaurants. From here you can stroll along the Swinomish Channel and snap a picture of the Rainbow Bridge that spans the channel.

La Conner offers unique boutique shopping opportunities.  Fine woodworking, antiques, lavender, home decor, fine art….La Conner has it all. Hungry? Visit one of La Conner’s fine dining restaurants or stop by the local La Conner brewery for a hand crafted pizza and a cold brew.

Day Trips from La Conner

Start a great day trip here. Follow the food trail through Bow Edison and check out abundant wild life along the way. Anacortes and the San Juan Island Ferry is only a 30 minute drive. Deception Pass State Park, a short 30 minute drive from La Conner is the gateway to Whidbey Island. This state park offers great hiking along the water as well as beautiful views.

Hiking, Biking and Kayaking around La Conner

Hike and bike the Skagit Valley. Local Pioneer Park offers easy hikes and great picnic spots. Padilla Bay, an estuary where the Salish Sea meets the Skagit River is a short 15 minute drive from town. Padilla has a beautiful flat 4.4 mile trail that is perfect for birders.

Bring your bike and pedal to Bow Edison. Here you can create a picnic or stop at one of their quaint eateries.

La Conner is part of the Cascadian Marine Trail. Kayak south to reach Goat Island and Hole in The Wall. Travel North to Padilla Bay and the Twin Bridges.

Start a great day trip here. Follow the food trail through Bow Edison and check out abundant wild life along the way. Anacortes and the San Juan Island Ferry is only a 30 minute drive. Deception Pass State Park, a short 30 minute drive from La Conner is the gateway to Whidbey Island. This state park offers great hiking along the water as well as beautiful views.

Weather in La Conner and Getting There

Weather in La Conner is mild. Average summer high temps are in the low 70s with little rain. Winter highs  are mid to high 40’s with more chance of rain.

La Conner is a short 1.5 hour drive from Seattle  From Seattle drive north on I-5 and take exit #221, Conway, La Conner. Go left and follow signs to La Conner.