It may be difficult to imagine leaving a city as beautiful as Seattle, but sometimes it is nice to explore. If you are looking for the perfect day trip out of the city, La Conner is it! Only an hour and fifteen minutes away, La Conner is more accessible than SODO on bad traffic days. Although La Conner is most popular during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, it has year round charm. Witnessing the historical landmarks of La Conner is worth the trip alone.
Originally, La Conner was known as Swinomish, after the Swinomish Indian Tribe. Swinomish was a crucial trading post for the local tribes because of its proximity to the water. In 1869 the town was deeded to John Conner, and was renamed La Conner in 1870. The post office, built in 1869 is still standing, and probably haunted…
History enthusiasts are drawn to La Conner for obvious reasons, but what if you’re not into culture? Well, then La Conner has nothing to offer you…except: biking, kayaking, amazing restaurants, vintage shopping, olde town charm, local art culture, and live music. According to the La Conner webpage, there are over 101 things to do in La Conner. Challenge accepted!
Spending your day biking downtown or kayaking the Swinomish Channel will be the best way to burn off the amazing lunch you had at Seeds on Morris Street! You could visit La Conner every season for years, and still have restaurants to try. Bad food is hard to find in a town so proud of their local and organic farming culture.
On your way out of La Conner make sure you visit Snow Goose Produce, a family-run produce stand on Fir Island Road. They have ice cream even the locals will queue up for (and it was recommended by a local, so you know it’s legit). Eating their Rainier cherries and chocolate-dipped Oreos on the road back made a great day even better.
-Caitlynd Davidson, TWIF Sherpa