Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

• 22 April 2012


Last year we paid a visit to my in-laws in Holland during the month of April so we could experience the tulips of Holland first hand (they were amazing! stunning!).  But this year such a momentous trip was not on the horizon, so we decided to explore a more local tulip festival with some good friends who flew up for the weekend.  Luckily the rain stopped for two days and the glorious sun made a cameo; oh how we were grateful for that!  The tulip fields here in Washington are not as extensive, but I am of the opinion that tulips in any form are beautiful.  With the Cascade Mountains as a backdrop, those pretty stems shone with all their might.  


Since Baby Gray couldn't read the sign asking guests to not walk between the rows, he took a few spins on his own :)

 
Have you ever seen a field full of so many daffodils?  Until this day, I had not myself.  It was quite the sight!  I wanted to run through them so badly--I think the whole running-through-the-field-temptation stems from watching Little House on the Prairie as a child...any theories on that from those of you who grew up on that show too? 


Color, color and more color.  I love seeing the different colors of tulips side by side.


I thought these simple chalkboard signs were so European looking.  Love the handwriting too!


My kids were far more excited about the mud than the tulips...they still can't believe we drove 1 1/2 hours to see flowers. Kids!


Intense red--my favorite.


I love the colors in this photo on the left...chartreuse, red and slate gray.  Nature creates the most beautiful palettes, don't you think? p.s. have you ever used this Color Palette Generator? So cool.

If you're in the area, keep in mind the festival goes through the end of the month so you have one more week to run up to Mount Vernon and enjoy the blooms.  If you decide to visit the area on a Saturday or Sunday, be sure to arrive there around 9 a.m. to avoid massive crowds and traffic issues.

Many more pictures after the jump...just click on "read more" to take a peek.  Enjoy!



19 comments:

Kate Jones said...

WOW!

flutterhappy said...

They're pretty! Love the red, too! But I would love all since I haven't seen a field of tulips in my life! ;)

yours truly said...

Gorgeous! There is actually a little dutch town here in Michigan called Holland, and each May there is a Tulip Festival. I'm planning to take my kids in a couple weeks... I hope it's this pretty:)

brooke field said...

The pale pink "Angelique" are gorgeous. I would definitely drive to see this if I lived closer.

Lola said...

So beautiful! I would love to visit sometime!

Debie Grace said...

WOW!! STUNNING! YOURE LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO SEE THOSE IN PERSON! :) SO BEAUTIFUL!

Emily @ Peck Life said...

These are beautiful - we love going to the tulip festival every year (oh the mud)! In addition to flowers, we usually find ourselves walking through La Conner, getting ice cream, and hitting up a few of the fun flower nurseries on the backroads. :) I LOVED little house on the prarie too, hehe.

Emily Foley said...

Wow! That is stunningly gorgeous. I love the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi every spring now that I've moved away but it's nothing compared to that. Wow!

AnnaBree said...

Welcome to my neck of the woods! :)

Pinecone said...

Gosh I am missing WA state so much when I see these pics! Gorg! The mountains make everything more spectacular ;)
xo
Ashlyn

onesilentwinter said...

beautiful stephanie. i love his outfit and that beautiful dress. mama has great taste.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the comments today ladies! It was so nice to get out and do something different...sometimes you just need to break out of the norm! We hit the jackpot with the weather--a huge blessing.

Martha said...

i think we are going this wednesday! i missed them last year. can you believe no one told me about them until it was all over?! i was miffed.

Stephanie said...

Martha, if you end up heading up there, the Food Co-op in Mount Vernon is a fun grocery store with good, inexpensive sandwiches and an organic juice/smoothie bar. We thought it was great for kids too. Also, Emily above suggested La Conner and I have to second that rec. It's a cute town if you haven't been.

carol said...

Your Facebook pics have inspired me to make arrangements with a friend to go to our local tulip festival Friday. I have meant to go for years! Also not to complain-but my sisters are in Holland right now with out me!

Sheryl said...

These photos are marvelous! I hope to visit the Skagit Valley soon. Thanks for sharing!

tjppnw said...

We lived in Seattle for a couple years and loved it, the Tulip Festival holds a special spot in our memory, was so beautiful! Thanks for the reminder!

Courtney said...

Those are my dad's tulips! :) Our little RoozenGaarde windmill. The stomping ground of my childhood! Oh how fun to see it on your blog. Thanks so much for sharing and promoting Mount Vernon (and La Conner).
xo Courtney (Roozen) Adamo

Whits said...

My mom dragged me to this when I was in middle school every year and I never appreciated it. Now I look back at those pictures with fond memories. I was told WA grows more tulips than Holland each year. I love those tulip fields!

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