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Kiket Trail Hike on the Kukutali Preserve

Owned and managed jointly by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Washington State Parks, Kukutali Preserve offers a lightly-touched island environment for hiking and exploration.

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North Cascades Institute Reopens for Spring and Summer Programs!

When the coronavirus pandemic hit a year ago, North Cascades Institute was forced to close the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake and cancel most of its educational programs for the year. This meant no Family Getaways, Base Camps, Skagit Tours, or Field Excursions in North Cascades National Park.

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Diablo Lake Boat Tours Start July 1st!

The adventure begins by boarding the Alice Ross IV this summer! Diablo Lake Boat Tours will be offered twice daily, Thursday through Monday, July 1 – September 6, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Tours are approximately 1.25 hours. Twice daily, weekends only, September 11 – September 26, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Tours are approximately 1.25 hours.

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Top 8 Things to Do in the North Cascades

“Top 10 lists” make me a little crazy. What I really like to do is leave the trail behind at some point, find a secluded spot where I can set up a good “Leave No Trace” camp, and use this …

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Tulips, Artists, and Beer: The Best of Skagit

Gain a behind-the-scenes look at the best Skagit Valley has to offer while exploring one of the most scenic bicycle routes in the Pacific Northwest with Experience International. Visit tulip fields at peak bloom, meet inspiring local artisans, and follow grains of barley from the fields all the way to your pint glass! Between adventures, enjoy gourmet local food and award-winning ales along the Skagit Farm to Pint Ale Trail. With so much to offer, this is a once-a-year tour you will not want to miss!

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Drive-In Music Live

The first-ever Drive-In Music Live Concert Series at the Skagit County Fairgrounds has been rescheduled for THREE weekends in June 2021 with SIX amazing bands. All shows start at 7 pm. Get tickets, grab your family, and invite your friends. …

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Skagit Farm to Pint FEST Roadshow 2021

Presented by the Port of Skagit, Skagit Farm to Pint FEST Roadshow features 13 Skagit Valley Breweries pairing a beer (featuring Skagit Valley grain), a bite showcasing Skagit Valley ingredients and home-grown musicians.

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How to Safely Watch Marine Mammals

We know how exciting it is to see a marine mammal in the wild! But we also know that it’s very important to view these incredible animals safely and responsibly. Pacific Mammal Research (PacMam), based in Anacortes, offers this guidance …

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Sip Your Way Through the Skagit Farm to Pint Ale Trail

Calling all beer lovers! The Skagit Farm to Pint Ale Trail is the best way to experience the beautiful Skagit Valley! It’s no secret that we love the Skagit Valley; Marcus and I have made the trip to this beautiful …

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Explore Skagit Valley and Find Your Flow

From the North Cascades, follow the Skagit River through the Skagit Valley to the Salish Sea.  Explore Skagit Valley and Find Your Flow!

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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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