The Skagit Valley is a prime agricultural area. Its main claim to fame
is its abundant tulip industry, but it is also known for many crops
such as peas, potatoes, cucumbers, wheat, broccoli, brussel
sprouts, pumpkins, raspberries, apples and strawberries. You will
find them all in seasonal roadside stands and in local markets.
valley has fine restaurants, shopping, theatres, charming bed and
breakfasts and modern inns. The area also boasts of excellent
medical facilities with most specialties and hospitals in
Anacortes, Mount Vernon and Sedro Woolley.
Outdoor recreation opportunities abound with many wonderful camping sites, and both local and state parks. The Northern Cascades and Mount Baker hiking & ski areas are easily accessible. Skagit County is home to many different kinds of wildlife, including migrating Canadian snow geese and trumpeter swans. Eagles soaring over the valley is a common sight.
La ConnerLa Conner was founded in the early 1860's and is Skagit County's oldest community. In 1869, the whole town, plus 70 acres, was deeded to John Conner for $500. To honor his wife, Louisa A. Conner, the town's original name, Swinomish, was changed to La Conner in 1870. The center of town is considered a historic district and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To learn more about this quaint tourist town, here are some recommended links:
Located on Fidalgo Island, Anacortes is surrounded by the north Puget Sound and San Juan Islands on three sides, and by the Swinomish Channel and the flats of Skagit Valley to the east. Accessible by bridge, the city was officially incorporated in 1891. The name "Anacortes" is a consolidation of the name Anna Curtis, wife of early Fidalgo Island settler Amos Bowman. To learn more about this gateway to the San Juan Islands, here are some recommended links:
First settled in 1870, Mount Vernon has been the Skagit County seat since 1884. As one would expect, the city was named after the plantation estate and resting place of George Washington in Virginia. In 1998, Mount Vernon was rated the #1 "Best Small City in America" by the New Rating Guide to Life in America's Small Cities. To learn more about this Skagit Valley hub, here are some recommended links: