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All the Fall Feels on the Skagit Valley Harvest Loop

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!

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Skagit Valley Birds of Winter 2020

Human movement may have been restricted this year, but birds are still migrating. When the snow geese begin to return to the Skagit Valley each year it’s as if old friends are coming to visit. Every year, I like to note the first day I see snow geese. In 2019 it was October 3rd. This year I was out of town when a friend texted me that they had started arriving – on October 1st, but I have not yet had the opportunity to see them. Just knowing they are arriving, though, is comforting. Soon I will hear them flying over my house.

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Celebrate the Skagit Valley Harvest – Safely!

The Valley has big open spaces to enjoy the beauty of fall and the cornucopia of the harvest.  Our favorite fall harvest are pumpkins!  From the Giant Pumpkin Contest to our fields of pumpkins, we have the perfect pumpkin for you! We know that your trick-or-treating will be a different experience this year, but carving pumpkins at home and displaying them is a safe tradition to continue.

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Padilla Bay Shore Trail Walk

Padilla Bay Shore Trail is a 2.25 dike-top bicycle and pedestrian pathway. The estuary of the Skagit River is the most diverse, least disturbed, and most biologically productive of all major estuaries on Puget Sound.

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Spend the Day Shopping Farmstands!

The beautiful, bountiful Skagit Valley is a mecca for any food lover like me. Just over an hour north of Seattle, this area is scattered with darling fresh farm stands, big and small, ripe with fruits, vegetables, eggs, flowers, cheeses, and more.

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Geotourism in Skagit Valley – Tours and Mammal Research Work Together

Conservation and protection of the marine environment is a shared vision of Deception Pass Tours and Pacific Mammal Research.  Deception Pass Tours supports Pacific Mammal Research through the data collection of Harbor Porpoise sightings.

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Farmstand Fresh Connects You to Chefs and Farmstands!

Genuine Skagit Valley has teamed up with farm stores and chefs to offer some virtual kitchen inspiration! Shop at a participating stand and sign up for a free 15-minute Zoom session provided by a local chef. Glean cooking and preserving tips for your fresh farmstand foods while also qualifying to win a $25 gift certificate.

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Skagit Valley During the Coronavirus Pandemic

We missed you this year at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. We hope to see you next year!

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Skagit Valley Delivery, Take-out & Curbside Pickup

Many of our Skagit Valley restaurants and breweries are offering delivery, take-out and curbside pickup.  Please support our local businesses! RESTAURANTS Anacortes: Adrift Restaurant – Take-out and Curbside Pick-Up – (360) 588-0653 Anacortes Pizza Factory – Take-out and Delivery- 15% …

Skagit Valley Food Retreat

The Skagit Valley is a popular destination in April and March thanks to its acres upon acres of colorful tulip and daffodil fields. But even most Washington locals don’t know it’s also a developing culinary destination. Tulips are only in season for a minute, but the area’s farmers are growing so much more throughout the year.

Winter Migration of Bald Eagles – Skagit Eagle Festival

Skagit Eagle Festival is a month-long celebration during the eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County. Activities take place in Concrete, Rockport, and Marblemount every full weekend in January. Please note that some activities are repeated each weekend, on both Saturday …

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2020 Skagit Farm to Pint Homebrewers Competition Kickoff

The 2020 Farm to Pint Pale Ale competition slots are available starting December 3rd at Northwest Brewers Supply.  Only 50 spots are available, and last year sold out quickly.  Entry cost is $40 and includes malt donated by Skagit Valley Malting, yeast donated by Northwest Brewers Supply, and one general admission entry to the 2020 Skagit Farm to Pint FEST.  Proceeds benefit Viva Farms. 

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Skagit Valley Weekend – North Cascades Foothills to Deception Pass State Park

We started our Skagit Valley weekend with a glamping experience at the Willowbrook Manor. Willowbrook Manor sits amid beautiful Skagit Valley farmland, four miles east of Sedro-Woolley, Washington in the beautiful North Cascades foothills. The Estate features two acres of …

Weekend Cornucopia in the Valley

From commercial crops to flowers, seeds, and bulbs, to private farms offering their
abundance by way of CSA’s, farmers markets and pop-up roadside stands, a
leisurely drive through the backroads off highway 20 will fill your bags and
baskets with the very best.

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Concrete Ghost Walk

What if the Concrete Ghosts could talk?! Wouldn’t it be fun to hear about their lives, deaths, and the reason they still hang around our town?! Now you can!

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