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Skagit Farm to Pint FEST Focuses on Local:  Grain, Farmers, Maltsters, Brewers and Restaurants
February 24th, 2018

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 …

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La Conner Birding Showcase
January 4th, 2018

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
November 20th, 2017

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
October 6th, 2017

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 …

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Celebrating the Great Outdoors on Fidalgo Island and Beyond
October 2nd, 2017

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 …

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Plan Your Fall Getaway 2017 to La Conner
September 26th, 2017

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
September 12th, 2017

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 …

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Hiking and Paddling and Everything In Between: A September Road Trip through Skagit Valley
September 12th, 2017

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
August 7th, 2017

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 …

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Daytripping to Guemes Island
August 7th, 2017

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 …

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Sensory Analysis of Fruit Wines and Ciders Workshop
July 6th, 2017

Sensory Analysis of Fruit Wines and Ciders Workshop

Many find enjoyment in a casual wine tasting with friends, and there are a handful of experts that can critically evaluate wine quality and attributes. However, fewer people are able to describe the complexity of hard ciders and fruit wines. …

U-Pick Berries Skagit Valley
May 31st, 2017

U-Pick Berries Skagit Valley

Nothing like changing your perspective than a couple of hours picking berries in Skagit Valley!  A certain kind of peace and quiet, a calming of the spirit, and a connection to the earth is just the beginning. U-pick Farms Skagit …

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Free Shakespeare in the Park Show “Once Upon a Shakespearean Tale”
May 31st, 2017

Free Shakespeare in the Park Show “Once Upon a Shakespearean Tale”

Shakespeare Northwest presents Shakespeare in the Park, its annual free summer touring production of “Once Upon a Shakespearean Tale,” an original work in which we ponder: What if William Shakespeare had written children’s stories? Three fairy tales from around the …

80th Annual Berry Dairy Days June 16-18, 2017
May 25th, 2017

80th Annual Berry Dairy Days June 16-18, 2017

Free family fun all weekend long in historic downtown Burlington, WA! Berry Dairy Days is one of the oldest festival in Skagit County celebrating Burlington’s history and impressive agricultural and farming communities. 2017 marks the 80th Annual Berry Dairy Days …

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What to Expect When Moving to Skagit Valley
May 12th, 2017

What to Expect When Moving to Skagit Valley

By Erin Holdgate You’ve heard it dozens of times: Real estate is all about location, location, location. Whether you consult online forums or chat with potential new neighbors, research is a must when choosing your new home. The last thing …