Saturday, August 13, 2011

Small Town Destination -- LaConner, WA

    La Conner is the perfect escape from the city on a crystal clear or grey cloudy day. We went in the month of August and were greeted with mustard seed fields as we drove from I-5 to the town. The views on the drive are awe-inspiring with foothills to the east, Puget Sound to the West, and the fields of the valley wrapping around every road.
    If you plan your trip in May to October you'll likely find more than a fair share of fresh produce stands to choose from fruits, vegetables, honey, apple cider, spices, and flowers. We local is almost always better--plus it's a great way to support the local farmers.
Mustard seed fields on the way to La Conner

    La Conner's downtown sits right on a channel that leads to the rest of the Puget Sound. This channel acts as a calm passageway for boats. The day we were visiting we saw people racing Native American canoes up and down this channel with several racers in each canoe, of all ages. Most of them had the strokes down so well that they were really 'bookin' it along. 
La Conner's water channel

    If you have time, eat lunch on the channel or in any of the quaint restaurants in the town. One of our favorites is the Calico Cupboard, they serve delicious sandwiches and excellent desserts. But, no matter where you go you're bound to find good food and great service.
A visitor's ol' truck parked in the town

    Among all the restaurants you'll find a variety of art galleries featuring local artists. We'd never seen work like what we saw in many of the shops, including this purse that's made of soda pop tops and stitched together tightly to make a one-of-a-kind bag, that has an element of chain mail about it.
Cool Art: "chain-mail-like" purse made of pop tops in one of the galleries

    Wherever you go, no matter what you do, you'll find fun, interesting, and beautiful places to explore in La Conner. 

Things to Know:
  • La Conner is about 1.5 hours north of downtown Seattle
  • Parking is free
  • There are all kinds of shops including: clothing, antiques, restaurants, thrift/vintage, art galleries, museums, wood shops
  • If you'd like to make it an overnight there are lodges to stay in right on the channel
  • This is a great sunny or rainy day activity

Have a GREAT adventure!
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