Entries by Love La Conner

Exploring Nature’s Marvels: Outer Island Excursions

Have you ever felt the magnetic pull of the ocean, drawing you towards its mysteries? If so, then Outer Island Excursions might just be the perfect adventure for you. Nestled in the heart of breathtaking natural landscapes, Outer Island Excursions offers an unparalleled journey into the wild, where every moment is a new discovery waiting to unfold.  Home of guaranteed Whale Tours with 0ver 98% success rate over the last ten years makes this a must-do tour when visiting La Conner!

La Conner Guitar Festival 2024

Nestled on the bank of the Swinomish Channel at the edge of the idyllic farm lands of the Skagit Valley in the great state of Washington, the town of La Conner has been host to some of the world’s famous artists, poets, and authors. With such a history steeped in the arts, we couldn’t think of a better place to showcase the Art of Lutherie with some of the finest luthiers in the world. luthier (lü-thē-ər, -tē-ər) noun: one who makes stringed musical instruments

Celebrating Spring’s Arrival: The La Conner Daffodil Festival

As winter recedes and the vibrant colors of spring begin to bloom, there’s no better way to welcome the season than by immersing oneself in the beauty of nature. In the waterfront town of La Conner, Washington, nestled amidst Skagit Valley’s picturesque landscapes, the arrival of spring is celebrated in grandeur through the annual La Conner Daffodil Festival!

Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum

The Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum stands as a beacon of artistic expression and cultural preservation in the heart of Washington state’s picturesque Skagit Valley. Established in 1997 and nestled within the charming town of La Conner, this museum is more than just a repository of textiles; it is a testament to the enduring legacy and innovation of fiber arts.

Bird of a Fiber

In the heart of La Conner, where the sky meets the fiber, Birds of a Fiber 2024 is set to take flight, celebrating not just artistic prowess but also the deep connection between art, nature, and community.

La Conner Birding Festival Returns!

We are delighted to extend a cordial invitation to you for a weekend of natural marvels at the La Conner Birding Festival, gracefully returning to enchant us on February 3rd and 4th, 2024. Nestled amidst the scenic beauty of Skagit Valley and La Conner, this festival promises an enchanting experience filled with birdwatching, artistry, and educational exploration for both adults and children alike.

Holiday Season Events 2023 in La Conner

As the holiday season approaches, many of us look forward to a relaxing and memorable getaway. While popular destinations like bustling cities and well-known tourist spots have their own allure, sometimes it’s the hidden gems that offer the most unforgettable experiences. La Conner is a charming village tucked between the Salish Sea, farmlands, and the North Cascades. Join us in La Conner this Holiday Season!

Celebrating Creativity: Arts Alive 2023 in La Conner, Washington

La Conner, Washington, a picturesque town nestled along the Swinomish Channel, is a haven for artists and art enthusiasts alike. Every year, this charming community hosts an event that celebrates creativity in its myriad forms: Arts Alive. In 2023, this festival promises to be a vibrant and unforgettable experience, showcasing the rich tapestry of artistic talent that calls this town home.

La Conner is Skagit Valley Harvest Central

It’s time to dress cozy, create a road trip playlist, grab a pumpkin spice latte, and drive to La Conner to celebrate the Skagit Valley Harvest! We have waterfront hotels, along with dog-friendly hotels that offer e-bike rentals! Our waterfront farm-to-table restaurants will serve you the daily catch while you watch the fishing boat go by. Walk on our boardwalk and take in the wine tasting and boutique shopping after your harvest adventures!

Tom Robbins Day

September 2nd is Tom Robbin’s Day!  Join us as we show gratitude to a beloved community member and celebrate his literary legacy!  Use your imagination and creativity, and let’s have fun in Tom Robbins style!

La Conner’s Fourth of July Celebration 2023

The 4th of July is a day of immense pride and celebration for Americans across the country. In the picturesque town of La Conner, Washington, this patriotic holiday comes alive with a blend of small-town charm and vibrant festivities. As we dive into the details of the 4th of July 2023 in La Conner, get ready to witness a day filled with joy, community spirit, and dazzling fireworks that will leave lasting memories for all who attend.

Intuitive Arts Fair in La Conner

The Intuitive Arts Fair is a must-attend event for anyone interested in exploring their intuition and spiritual side. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 – 25, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Maple Hall, La Conner, this in-person event promises to be a day full of insightful and inspiring experiences.

23rd Annual La Conner Classic Boat & Car Show 2023

Get ready for the 23rd Annual La Conner Classic Boat & Car Show!  Mark your calendars for August 5th, 2023, from 10-3, and spiffy up those boats, cars, motorcycles, and tractors!  Book your reservations at one of our many lodging options. Are you staying on a boat or RV?  Be sure to make your reservations now with the La Conner Marina.

The Waterfront Cafe

The Waterfront Café invites you to enjoy a unique dining experience with one of La Conner’s best waterfront views from their outside dining area or inside seating. Enjoy the spectacular murals throughout the restaurant painted by one of America’s renowned muralists, Jerry Ragg.

La Conner’s First Annual Mystery

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 25, 2023, for the first annual La Conner murder mystery event “The Case of the Slain Slough Swindler.”
Join the fun as a sleuth as you search for clues around town and interview suspects on the street to solve the case.

La Conner Daffodil Festival 2023

Join us for the annual La Conner Daffodil Festival! There’s nothing quite as extraordinary as entire fields of bright, cheery daffodils against our Mt. Baker backdrop. It’s just so beautiful in March with the Daffodils blooming, and there are so many fun events and exhibits in La Conner during the month of March.

New Year’s Eve Celebration in La Conner

Book your La Conner lodging, make those dinner reservations, and get ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2023 in La Conner! The New Year’s eve celebration featuring the Chris Eger Band is December 31, 2022, at Maple Hall from 8:00 PM – 12:30 AM. Tickets are $75 and are on sale now!

La Conner Dental Family

La Conner Dental provides a state-of-the-art facility with the highest quality dental care. Patients’ health and comfort is the top priority. You become part of the La Conner Dental family when you walk through the door. As a family, La Conner Dental values your trust and strives to consistently exceed your expectations.

Halloween Parade & Trick-or-Treat

Join us for the annual La Conner Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treat on Monday, October 31st, from Noon-1:30! Gather your goblins, witches, and rock stars at the north end of First Street behind the La Conner Retirement Inn.  Then start walking down First Street.  After the parade, kids are invited to trick-or-treat at participating La Conner businesses.

Skagit River Poetry Festival – 11th Biennial

To support lifelong literacy and cultural diversity through the writing, reading, performing, and teaching of poetry in Northwest Washington schools and global communities,  Join Terrance Hayes, Javier Zamora, Ray Young Bear & 25 other remarkable poets for the Skagit River Poetry Festival at Maple Hall in La Conner, October 6-8, 2022.

Welcome MD Med Spa and Wellness to La Conner

M.D. Med Spa & Wellness Centers has expanded to La Conner with offices in Blaine and Fairhaven.  M.D. Medical Spa offers the latest anti-aging medical treatments and services, including medical aesthetics, medical lab testing, wellness therapies, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, and medical weight loss.  International model and television spokesperson Marika Dawe is the CEO.  With over 20 years as an entrepreneur owning health clubs and consulting with health clubs and spa owners throughout the US and Canada, Marika has a passion for health, beauty, and quality of life.

La Conner Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Position

The mission of the La Conner Chamber of Commerce is to advance the La Conner area’s economic, cultural, and civic welfare. We are dedicated to promoting La Conner as a vibrant business community while at the same time preserving the uniqueness and charm that makes La Conner such a wonderful place to live, work and […]

Swin Summerfest 2022

Spend a day of fun under the sun at Swin Summerfest! Join on July 23 in Waterfront Park, beginning at 2 pm (ending at 8:00 pm) for an afternoon and evening of free live music, fantastic food, and delicious drinks, including craft beer from local breweries!

Hometown Fresh & Friendly at Pioneer Market!

In a town without chains and franchises, Pioneer Market steps up to the challenge to offer both locals and visitors a convenient place to shop.  Before heading out on the water or to the beach, stop by Pioneer for ice, drinks, snacks, and crab bait!  The beer selection is impressive with over 300 different styles and breweries to choose from.

Picture Yourself in La Conner This Summer!

The La Conner Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the “Picture Yourself in La Conner” coloring contest!  Get creative this summer!  The contest is for “Kids at Heart” and is open to anyone aged 18 and up.  Winners will be selected randomly in June, July & August.  The winners will receive their choice of a $20.00 gift certificate for any La Conner business.

La Conner Classic Boat & Car Show 2022

Get ready for the 22nd Annual La Conner Classic Boat & Car Show!  Mark your calendars for August 6th, 2022 from 10-3, and spiffy up those boats and cars!  Make your reservations at one of our many lodging options.  Staying on a boat or RV?  Be sure to make your reservations now with the La Conner Marina.

La Conner Marina’s Stellar Customer Service Earns Rave Reviews

With over 54 years of experience and hundreds of online reviews, La Conner Marina is at the heart of La Conner’s waterfront community!  Offering two moorage basins, more than 500 moorage slips (including covered moorage), and 2,400 lineal feet of dock space for boaters, a variety of boating services, and an RV Park for camping guests, the La Conner Marina is a hustling and bustling destination in La Conner for individuals and groups.

Katy’s Inn – A La Conner Landmark

Katy’s Inn is a two-story early Victorian home sitting at the corner of 3rd and Washington streets, only two blocks from most of downtown La Conner. Built in 1876, it doesn’t have all the detail and gingerbread that the late Victorians are known for, but tall ceilings and elegant woodwork are throughout.

Garden Rosalyn – New Tulip Garden

Garden Rosalyn is a 13 acre complex with lots of parking, and 6 acres of tulips planted in fun designs, including stars, animals and manicured beds. Buy lunch or a snack from on-site vendors and enjoy the picnic tables and see the resident waterfowl and birds. Well-behaved dogs on leashes welcome.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2022

Welcome to La Conner and the 2022 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival!  Surrounded by the Salish Sea and farmland filled with tulip and daffodil bulbs, our waterfront town is ready for your visit.  La Conner’s boardwalk, waterfront hotels, farm-to-table restaurants, boutiques, and museums make it the perfect Tulip Festival vacation home base!

La Conner Artists Gallery Celebrates 10th Anniversary

La Conner Artists Gallery will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary in March. “Every Saturday, we will have Artists Meet & Greets, Artists in Action, special sales, refreshments, and live music,” says Lisa Judy, Chief Founding Officer, La Conner Artists Gallery. The Gallery is open daily in March from 10-5:30 with Live Music Saturdays 12 – 6 and Artists Demonstrations on Fridays and Saturdays from 11-3. Daffodils will be for sale in the Gallery supporting the La Conner Kiwanis.

Birds of Winter

Skagit Valley and La Conner offer an authentic experience in many ways and nothing is perhaps more unique and beautiful than the annual migration of birds into this inviting part of Washington State. Providing an ideal wintertime habitat for hundreds of different types of bird species, the farmlands and wetlands as well as the prairies and forests along with the local marine environment provide for the ideal habitat for a host of different species of birds.

Handcrafted Home Goods at The Cusp Apothecary

A glittered haven housing things to spark joy is how Stephanie Sherman, owner of The Cusp Apothecary, describes her new boutique in the La Conner waterfront Pier 7 historic building.  “I make most of the things you’ll find at The Cusp, from the locally sourced soy and beeswax for candles; to the nature-inspired art,” says Stephanie.

Salted Grape Bistro Offers Exceptional Food & Wine

The Salted Grape offers exceptional food and wine in an approachable setting where customers feel welcomed and comfortable.  You will see many local items on the menu as they work hard at sourcing locally.  “The Skagit Valley has such amazing farmers and producers!” says Leslie.  They also procure pasta from the Bellingham Pasta Co.   On weekends you will see specials on the menu, including halibut, which is always popular.

Calico Cupboard Celebrates 40th Year!

Calico Cupboard is celebrating 40 years in business and now has around 100 employees, seasonally upwards of 130, many of which have worked for Calico Cupboard for over ten years and upwards of 35 years. “I love working with our staff and our favorite customers, who travel from near and far on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, and many of which eat at all three of our locations,” says Brenda.

Shop Local and Win Prizes

Shop locally in La Conner from November through February, and you will be entered in a monthly drawing to win prizes!  Spend $50.00, complete your frequent shopper card, and enter to win. The more you shop – the more chances to win!

Art’s Alive is Back!

Just in time for the holidays! Art’s Alive! is Nov. 5, 6, 7, & 8 in La Conner’s Maple Hall, featuring incredible regional artists including Steve Jensen, Susan Bennerstrom, Coizie Bettinger, Brooke Borcherding, Mary Ennes Davis, Kris Ekstrand, Gary Giovane, Nicolette Harrington, Meg Holgate, Lisa McShane, Richard Nash, Lillian Pitt, and Doug Bison.

Jennings Yarn & Needlecrafts | Over 50 Years in La Conner!

The average lifespan of a small business is 8.5 years. Jennings Yarn & Needlepoint will be in business for 50 years in 2022. Christina Jennings took over the reins 35 years ago from her family and her attention to detail and high standards are the keys to this business’s longevity. “I am passionate about what I do, and it’s not ‘just a yarn shop’. Every single item in my shop has been hand-picked by me. I strive to carry only high-quality products that I believe in,” says Christina.

Cultural Traditions in Fiber Arts Symposium

Honoring Cultural Traditions in Fiber Art is a three-day virtual event with speakers representing four different cultural backgrounds, mini-workshops, networking, and discussion groups. Speakers include Chickasaw textile artist/weaver, Margaret Roach Wheeler, Associate Curator at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Dolores Mercado, renowned Japanese quilters, Miwako Kimura and Noriko Koyama, and quilter and curator of African American fiber arts exhibitions, Torreah “Cookie” Washington.

La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House

Kari VandenBosch started working in restaurants at a young age before working at La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House for the founding owners, eventually buying it from them. “I have always loved the challenge of the complexity that comes from the many moving parts of owning a restaurant,” says Kari.  La Conner Seafood is a family-run business with long-time staff and a focus on sourcing local seafood.

It’s La Conner Harvest Time

It’s time to grab those sweaters and plan a road trip to La Conner and the Skagit Valley to celebrate Harvest Time! La Conner has lots of different lodging options for you. Book a room, make some dinner reservations, and check out these great Harvest outdoor options.

Quality Art Supplies & Gifts to Inspire the Artist in Your Life

La Conner is full of art galleries and museums including the Museum of Northwest Art.  Between the art history of La Conner and the current art community, Danielle thought that it would be a perfect addition to the town. Mystic Art Supplies provides locals and tourists the opportunity to create art after they spend all day inspired by the art throughout the town.

Thousand Trails RV & Camping Resort

Join the fun and adventure at La Conner RV & Camping Resort. With 111 acres of camping space and a half-mile of saltwater beachfront, this RV campground in Washington, offers an ideal location for exploring the Pacific Northwest. Shopping, dining, and historical buildings are accessible in La Conner to the east. While the San Juan Islands are just a ferry ride away to the west.

2nd Annual People’s Choice La Conner! VOTE for Your Favorites

Our merchants could use your love and support so much right now! The La Conner Chamber of Commerce is introducing #PeoplesChoiceLaConner! Now through the end of August, send in your nominations! This is not a contest but a way to acknowledge your favorite La Conner merchants.

Please post your nominations to the LoveLaConner Facebook page or email to info@laconnerchamber.com. We will be sharing your favorites in September… #LoveLaConner

Why We Love Skagit Team – May’s Featured Business

“After helping people with home sales in Skagit Valley for the past several years, it occurred to us that we should really be telling the story of Skagit Valley – not so much the history, but about the lifestyle, the culture and the people. We enjoy our many friends here, the culture, and the sense of pride in where we live. We love that there are local events and festivals going on year-round, or that we’ll run into friends and neighbors hanging out at a restaurant in La Conner.  Skagit Valley is filled with such beauty.”

The History of the Hotel Planter

When you walk through the double glass doors of Hotel Planter and look up the grand staircase, the sense of history immediately envelopes you. You can almost hear the voices of the past – wealthy Seattle tourists, merchants, and mill workers mingling in the lobby, as the sounds of a bustling waterfront waft through second-floor windows open to the street-front below.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2021

Welcome to La Conner and the 2021 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival!  Surrounded by the Salish Sea and farmland filled with tulip and daffodil bulbs, La Conner is ready to welcome you safely.  We know things look a lot different this year!  Be sure to wear your mask, social distance, and be kind!

Pet-Friendly La Conner

Here in La Conner, we understand what it’s like to roll out the red carpet for the pups and most seem to deserve a seat at the dinner table. We also know parting from them while on vacation is anything but convenient, so why not bring them with you? From shopping to restaurants, there is a place for your pet at many La Conner establishments and outdoor spaces!

Skagit County Historical Museum is Re-Opening

The Skagit County Historical Museum is opening to the public at 25% capacity after having been closed since November 14th AND is featuring a new exhibit! “We have a wonderful new exhibit – Jesus Guillen: An artistic legacy of love and courage – that no one has seen!” says Jo Wolfe, Director, Skagit County Historical Museum.

Get Creative in La Conner!

La Conner is well-known for our art museums, art galleries, and sculpture walk.  But did you know we have several businesses that offer art lessons and art workshops?  And did you know you can take your own creative ideas to a local business for custom embroidery?  Introducing to you our spotlight feature on services in La Conner!  This month we are focusing on art!

7th Annual La Conner Daffodil Festival 2021

While the tulips are our most famous blooms, there’s nothing quite as wonderful as entire fields of bright, cheery daffodils against our Mt. Baker backdrop.  In these trying times, we all can use a bright field of daffodils to brighten up our spring!  Follow us for the most current updates of the 7th Annual La Conner Daffodil Festival as we welcome the Golden Trumpets of Spring!

Get to Know Tillinghast Postal & Business Center

When the Tillinghast Postal & Business Center became available for sale by Lucy Kelly, Chris and Christi King jumped at the opportunity.  As a child, Christi came to La Conner with her family frequently. Her father and mother, Ron & Erlene Cooper, loved antiques and would frequent Nasty Jack’s. Ron also had a love for Birds of Prey, and no better place to see Eagles, Owls, Falcons, Hawks than the Skagit Valley.

Shake Off the Covid Crud!

La Conner Channel Lodge would like to start off 2021 by supporting the La Conner Chamber of Commerce! The chamber’s funding has been cut tremendously this year and La Conner Channel Lodge wants to do their part.  Shake off the “Covid Crud” and start your New Year right! Use this promotional code while booking directly through the La Conner Channel Lodge and the Chamber will receive 10% of the proceeds.

Snowy Owls – An Evening with Paul Bannick

As part of our annual La Conner Birding Showcase speaker series, please join the La Conner Chamber of Commerce as we welcome award-winning author and photographer Paul Bannick.  His Zoom presentation will feature never-before-published photographs and narratives from his newly published book,  Snowy Owl: A Visual Natural History.

How Photographing Raptors Changed My Life

La Conner based photographer Nancy Crowell gave a presentation via Zoom to Skagit Audubon on November 10 at 7:00 PM Pacific Time. The program is a description of how she came to a bird photographer and her approach to shooting images that will engage and inspire people to care more about birds.

Shop at Pac Nor Westy Flagship Store in La Conner

Since their start in 2017, Pac Nor Westy has expanded to include designs rooted in outdoor exploration and adventure while increasing a commitment to using eco-friendly and made in the USA materials in their products. “We love bringing themes of nature together in creative ways to celebrate an authentic, adventurous life”, say owner Rich Murphy. The team gets out into nature whenever they get a free moment – it’s how they continue to be inspired.

Ladies Night of Shopping – Jingle Belles!

Gather up your bubble of friends and support our local community, La Conner is hosting the annual community inspired “Jingle Belles” A Ladies Night of Shopping on Friday, November 20th! Participating shops will stay open until 8 pm.  Support Small businesses this holiday season! This year we will have a Gift Bag Scavenger Hunt. Different locations will be mapped out for guests to pick up a shopping bag and fun items to fill while supplies last!

La Conner and the Harvest Loop

The Valley around La Conner has big open spaces to enjoy the beauty of fall and the cornucopia of the harvest.  Our favorite fall harvest are pumpkins!  From the Giant Pumpkin Contest to our fields of pumpkins, we have the perfect pumpkin for you! We know that your trick-or-treating will be a different experience this year, but carving pumpkins at home and displaying them is a safe tradition to continue.

Outdoor Sipping at La Conner Sips!

Anna Janke knows wine.  Anna spent 12 years as a wine rep and wine steward with one goal—opening her own wine shop.  “The previous owners made this possible in 2015 when they sold me the business because of my passion for wine,” says Anna.  La Conner Sips customers benefit from Anna’s passion and knowledge.  “The owner is pouring (literally) some love and vino into the little town of La Conner,” says Trish from San Diego, CA.  

La Conner Country Inn is Family & Fido Friendly!

La Conner Country Inn is one of the best family and dog-friendly hotels in Skagit Valley and is located in the heart of La Conner!  With over 43 years of hosting folks and their furry friends from around the world, La Conner Country Inn knows how to cater to you and your best friend!  Your four-legged friend will be welcomed with a treat and will sleep well with the use of a comfy dog bed and bowl next to a cozy gas fireplace.

Pleasant Ridge Bed & Breakfast

Truly delightful in every way, Pleasant Ridge Bed & Breakfast is locally owned and “quaint” in the truest definition of the word. Those in search of a unique bed-and-breakfast with all the genuine comforts of the home need look no further. The Pleasant Ridge Bed & Breakfast boasts an extensive library and a variety of cozy nooks where rest, relaxation as well as peace and quiet are the order of the day.

Crabbing Around La Conner

Crabbing season is open and getting on the water makes you feel unconfined and free!  Paddleboard, kayak, canoe, or boat are all great ways to enjoy the islands around La Conner!  There are many islands and waterways to explore – Goat, Sugarloaf, Dot, Deadman, Little Deadman, Sandy, Kikit, and Skagit Islands to name a few!

Facebook Silent Auction is Now Open!

Please join us in our annual fundraiser!  Since we had to cancel our in-person annual fundraising event due to Covid-19, we are trying out a silent auction on Facebook! We have posted two albums on Facebook with photos of each item up for auction.  Enter your bid in the comments.  Be sure to note the minimum bids and bid increase amounts. 

Tips for Being a Responsible Recreationist

With all state-managed public lands, including state parks, natural areas, recreation land, recreational fishing, and state-managed boat launches reopening starting on May 5th (day-use only on a rolling basis), it’s a great time to learn how to recreate safely during these unprecedented times.