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Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms 2018 – October 6-7

You can have a hands-on-experience learning what it takes to run a farm, from growing crops to feeding animals at the Festival of Family Farms on October 6-7, 2018. It is an opportunity to talk to your farmers and follow …


June is Orca Month

It’s almost officially summer, but we’re already in the heat of the 2018 whale season. It’s been a record year for the number of transient (or Bigg’s) orca whales. In fact, we’ve seen killer whales on over 64 tours in this young season.

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Know Your Beer Farmer

I had the opportunity to ride along with Dave Hedlin, third generation farmer, of Hedlin’s Family Farm in La Conner, WA on his first day of planting organic Skagit Copeland Barley.

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Road Trip – From Mountains to Coast

The Pacific Northwest is filled with natural wonders, and Washington State, where I live, is a particularly amazing place.

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Burlington Summer Nights Concerts

Burlington Summer Nights will offer the community a weekly market and free live entertainment! Just as local veggies and fruits start to peek through the soil, Burlington will blossom with its own market.

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Skagit Farm to Pint FEST Focuses on Local: Grain, Farmers, Maltsters, Brewers and Restaurants

Representing all eleven Skagit Valley breweries, the first ever Skagit Farm to Pint FEST is truly a brewer’s festival designed by the brewers themselves.  Presented by the Port of Skagit, held at Skagit Valley Malting and organized by Skagit Farm …


La Conner Birding Showcase

The La Conner Birding Showcase is slated for January 27, 2018 – January 28, 2018, 11am – 3pm on Saturday and 11am – 4pm on Sunday.  Anacortes Telescope & Wild Birds Unlimited will be on hand to demonstrate a variety …

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Guided Birdwatching Tours

Skagit Guided Adventures offers birdwatching tours from the Salish Sea to the North Cascades, Fall and Winter, when birding is at its best in Magic Skagit! SKAGIT VALLEY GEESE & SWANS ECO TOUR (mid-October through March) This 3-hour Eco Tour takes …

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Live Like a Local: Fall Getaway to Guemes Island

The beaches are empty, save for local collectors of flotsam and jetsam and agate hunters. With a distinct chill in the air, shorter days, and a bit less sun, islanders have tucked in to their rainy season routines. Meandering hikes …


Celebrating the Great Outdoors on Fidalgo Island and Beyond

It’s not everywhere that locals can claim to see a national park from their own backyard. But live in the Pacific Northwest, and you may gaze into one of no less than three National Parks* (can you name them?), not …


Plan Your Fall Getaway 2017 to La Conner

Delight in The Wonder of Another La Conner Autumn Locals as well as newcomers to La Conner would likely agree that the September and October time of year is truly a unique and special season in Western Washington. While the …

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U-pick, Farmer’s Stands, Pumpkins and the 19th Annual Festival of Family Farms the First Weekend of October

Whether grown (or created) on land or pulled out of the water, Skagit’s probably got it, somewhere—oysters, beer, fresh produce, cheese, beef, tulips—you name it, it’s probably been a thing around here for a long time. ~Food&Wine  Food&Wine featured the …


Hiking and Paddling and Everything In Between: A September Road Trip through Skagit Valley

It was a familiar road, but the adventures it would lead us to were unknown. My friends Nick and Christian and I were driving northbound out of Seattle on I-5, a route I take often on my way to the …

Fall in Love with Guemes Island

Summer’s days are numbered, and you haven’t had a summer fling yet. Fear not, there’s a place that will steal your heart that’s a five-minute ferry ride away from Anacortes. Guemes Island. The unassuming, quiet, little island that is a …


Daytripping to Guemes Island

If you don’t tell too many people I’ll let you in on the perfect Skagit Valley day trip. Guemes Island. It’s the small, unassuming island you see from the Washington State ferries. It’s off to the east with dense clumps …