Tiptoeing Through the Tulips

It’s Tulip Festival season in Skagit Valley and there’s nothing more breathtaking than a scenic drive to see fields full of blooming beauty.

With tickets easily purchased online and fewer crowds, it was a perfect day to visit Tulip Town and support one of many Mount Vernon tulip farms.

Unfortunately, last year’s season was interrupted by COVID-19. Many farms have pivoted this year to provide online ticketing that includes time-slotted access to the fields, parking, and other activities.

After we breezed into our parking spot with a quick scan of our QR-coded tickets at the entry booth, it was easier than ever to enjoy the colorful splendor of our three-hour tulip window on a gorgeous sunny day.

Greeted by a miniature windmill likening to a Dutch fairytale, the waving display of flags representing countries around the world, and row after row of vibrant blooms, there was nothing to do but breathe it all in.

Tulip photo-ops abound with yellows, reds, and all variations of pinks sitting on the faux-swing arbor.

A pleasant ride through the fields on the limited capacity Tulip Town Trolley gave us relaxed panoramic views that included not only tulips but a landscape of working barns and farm buildings surrounded by the distant backdrop of majestic mountains.

Inside, there is a café, boutique, large retail space, and even a wine and beer garden.

A quick bite at the Landing at Tulip Town Cafe gave us a variety of food options, as well as coffee, and a bit of rest within the comfortably distanced dining area. Next, we were off to the gift shop.

Filled with a selection of goods like fresh-cut tulips, kitchen utensils, and décor, jars of apple and pumpkin butter, jams, fresh honey, and pickled vegetables, it was a one-stop-shop for local delights.

With bouquets in hand and some homemade kettle-corn for the road, our trip was complete.

A perfect way to get outdoors, enjoy the colors of spring, and take in a breath of fresh air, while supporting Mount Vernon’s vibrant tulip farms.

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