This weekend is your last chance to see the field tulips in Skagit Valley! The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs through the end of April and the festivities will continue. However, the weather has been so good to the valley that the majority of the tulips have completed their blooms and have been topped off. This process prepares them for next year's bloom.
Chris and I kept pushing this visit out, but could not delay it much longer. I was invited by a friend this week and we visited on Wednesday. I couldn't pass up this opportunity, especially since this would be my first time visiting the tulip fields. I know, I am embarrassed to say that.
There are two major tulip growers in the valley: Roozengaarde and Tulip Town. We visited Roozengaard, which has a much larger garden display. These growers have fields scattered across the valley, but apparently Roozengarde's garden display is much more impressive. I haven't been to Tulip Town, so I can't comment on their display garden. However, Roozengard's display garden did not disappoint. The spectrum of colors and varietals were breathtaking. There was only one field, number 9, that still had tulips. So I didn't get the experience of being encapsulated in vast fields of tulips. But they were beautiful, nonetheless.
Roozengaarde has food and espresso vendors onsite. I actually had one of the best lattes in awhile! If you forget to bring a snack or don't have time to grab a meal in La Conner, you will be just fine eating there. They sell sweets like kettle corn and gigantic chocolate cookies. The also serve a variety of fast foods like chicken or beef burgers. There is also a gift shop where you can place your bulb order or pick up a few bouquets of freshly cut tulips.
After spending a few hours at Roozengard, we headed to La Conner for lunch at the Oyster and Thistle Restaurant and Pub. They serve seafood with a classic French approach. I had the oyster burger and it was amazing. My friend and I shared the baked escargot and it was sublime. The snails were plump and drowned in a butter and garlic sauce. It actually tasted quite similar to the escargot dish at Lynn's Bistro in Kirkland. We were so hungry that we didn't have time to capture any footage. So you will have to trust me on that. This was my first time eating at this restaurant. We usually dine at the Oyster Bar on Chuckanut drive when we're in the Skagit Valley. So it was nice to try something new. The Oyster bar is one our favorite restaurants in the Puget sound. The restaurant overlooks Samish bay, and is quite romantic. We will likely visit next month in May.
If you don't have time to visit the remaining tulips fields weekend, check out the Bellevue Botanical Garden. There are no tulips, but the daffodils are in full bloom and just as beautiful.