Fall is here and I’m so happily embracing crisp mornings, fuzzy sweaters, and pumpkin lattes. If you’re looking for the perfect fall day trip from Seattle; look no further than the lovely Skagit Valley. Just an hour north of downtown; the Skagit Valley Harvest Loop has all the pumpkins, autumn leaves and hot apple cider you could want this season! Take the family, take a friend, take a date; this is truly fun for everyone! I recommend the following seven stops in order, but there are more farms and shops along the way!
1.Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse: this is a must stop and a place I could have wandered around for hours. Every type of tree, flower, vegetables (including of course all the squash and fall foliages you could imagine) await you at this magical oasis for any gardener.
2. Hedlin Family Farms: A darling roadside stand with pumpkins, flowers and beautiful bouquets; this is a quick cute stop right outside downtown La Conner, where you should have lunch at Nell Thorn.
3. Nell Thorn: I’m absolutely blown away that the quaint town of La Conner has this gem of a restaurant. Everything I ate here was amazing. My favorite was the pan roasted chicken with whipped mashed potatoes and truffle pan sauce (honestly, this is my idea of a perfect meal). Nell Thorn sources almost everything on their menu within a mere 15 miles of their restaurant.
4. La Conner Sips: the perfect place to stop for flight of red wine and warm up! Owner Anna has curated a beautiful collection of both local, regional and European wines and offers several different flight options (I went with the “Juicy Red” flight, but I was also eyeing the sparkling flight!).
6. Tulip Town: Kettle corn to munch, pumpkins as far as the eye can see, hot apple cider, hay rides and a corn maze make this perfect for families (or just 35 year olds like myself).
By: Stephanie Forrer
Stephanie Forrer is a passionate food and travel writer and photographer and one of Seattle’s most beloved social media personalities. She has spent the last five years eating and drinking her way through Seattle (and beyond!), and all the while photographing it, writing about it and sharing it with the world. Sharing food and experiences through he website and her social media is what Stephanie loves to do and you can feel her passion and enthusiasm in her writing. Stephanie also works as a freelance content creator and social media manager in Seattle where she specializes in working with clients within the restaurant industry. You’ll almost always find Stephanie holed up at a coffee shop, restaurant or bar somewhere in Seattle when she’s not off traveling the world. Follow her food and travel adventures on Instagram and Twitter.