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!
About Love La Conner
Julie developed new tourism websites and content marketing programs for Skagit County and La Conner, Washington along with more than a couple dozen other tourism and craft beer related businesses and organizations. She has contributed to Sparksheet and travel-related blogs. Julie splits her time between her homes in La Conner (on the Salish Sea and north of Seattle) and White Salmon WA (on the Columbia River and east of Portland) where she also has an airbnb. She takes a break from it all in the wilderness where she lets her creativity go wild.
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La Conner Artists Gallery is an all-local artist cooperative with an eclectic mix of artistic mediums. They will be celebrating their nine-year anniversary on March 31st! You will find the gallery conveniently located across the street from the La Conner Post Office and open daily from 11-4.
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!
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.
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.
The Wood Merchant is open every day for the rest of the year (except for Christmas day) and filled to the brim for your holiday shopping! You will be stunned at the depth of local talent on display. The Wood Merchant is a wonderful store stocked with very reasonably priced small treasures to masterpieces.
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.
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.
Thank you for supporting our merchants, community, and visitors! La Conner is open for business with the following promises.
How are you going to get into the Holiday Spirit this year? How about starting off the holidays with this Holiday Season itinerary! Start with wreath-making at Christianson’s, then the Jingle Belles shopping event in La Conner, and wrap it up with the lighted boat parade!
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.
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.
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 one of the best family and dog-friendly hotels in Skagit Valley and located in the heart of La Conner! With 18% off mid-week rates through September, take a break from your home and breathe deeply the Salish Sea fresh air!
Our merchants could use your love and support so much right now! Thank you for sharing your favorites – Nominees will be announced by Monday, September 14th. Please continue to #ShopLocal and #EatLocal in La Conner!
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 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!
The La Conner fuel dock is conveniently located and open all year! And for those of you who have your dogs on-board, it’s a great place for the dog to take a break and enjoy a complimentary doggie treat.
Long-time residents of La Conner renovated this beautiful home on the hill steps away from the boardwalk and downtown La Conner. Enjoy a beautiful meal, relax and unwind with your loved ones, and experience a sense of openness when you take in the expansive views. This is truly a 5-star stay.
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.
Be inspired by the timeless story “The Secret Garden” to create a quilt or fiber art piece for this annual exhibit. Get creative and experiment with a variety of fabrics, fibers, and textiles! All entries will be displayed – and voted on for favorite! – in the Landmarks Gallery during the month of May.
We are incredibly lucky to have this many restaurants, shops, and museums in our tiny town. Please support our local businesses in these unprecedented times. The list will be updated as we pass through the different phases of the SAFE START WASHINGTON plan. Now more than ever, we need your support – Love, La Conner
Welcome to La Conner and the 2020 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! Kids – Enter our Imagine Spring Coloring Contest!
In a town without chains and franchises, the Pioneer market steps up to the challenge to offer both locals and visitors a convenient place to shop. March and April is the time to pick up your local freshly cut daffodils and tulips and La Conner souvenirs.
Calico Cupboard & Bakery is very proud of the fact that the food served at Calico Cupboard is honestly made from scratch with an unusually high standard of food quality and lots of old-fashioned goodness. The bakery products are made at Calico Cupboard from freshly milled, organically-grown, whole grain and unbleached flours when ever possible.
Happy Spring! The season isn’t what we expected but we want to thank you for supporting La Conner and our flower farmers.
“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpfull; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul” – L. Burbank
An art show featuring the finalists will take place from Feb 29 – Mar 15 at The Lux Art Center. An artists reception will take place on Saturday 2/29 from 4-6pm. Voting will take place at the show and on-line through our La Conner Daffodil Fest Facebook page.
You know winter is almost here when the farm fields surrounding La Conner turn white – with Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans. The birds annually migrate southward by the tens of thousands from nesting grounds in Siberia and Alaska. The Skagit Valley is one of their major wintering grounds, with more than 50,000 birds typically stopping over between as early as October and the La Conner Daffodil Festival in March.
We love holidays in La Conner! It’s chilly out and time for warm clothes, gloves, and hats, the water is beautiful with colorful reflected lights, and our tiny little town becomes a pretty magical place. There are lots of fun things to do in La Conner during the holidays – check out our online calendar for a month’s worth of holiday fun and holiday getaway ideas! And check back often, as many events and festivities are added as we get closer to December … you might find something that is a perfect fit for your visit to La Conner.
A favorite event among locals – and Thanksgiving holiday visitors alike – is the annual La Conner Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot is a hometown run on Thanksgiving morning in the beautiful waterfront town of La Conner, Washington. What could be better than going for a run or walk first thing on Thanksgiving morning so that you can justify indulging a little bit more of the wonderful foods served for Thanksgiving dinner? We think this event is a brilliant idea – and so do our racers!
A grassroots campaign has come together in La Conner to offer a discount to Canadian visitors this fall. “We love our Canadian visitors and recognize how the fluctuation in the dollar can impact their travel plans over the border,” said the La Conner Chamber of Commerce director Heather Carter.
It’s Harvest Time in and around La Conner! Did you know that over 90 different crops grow in Skagit Valley including barley and hops!? You can meet your “beer farmer” right here in La Conner at the Hedlin’s Family Farm AND attend our very own beer festival – Brew on the Slough!
The Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams traveling exhibition examines the many roles that sports play in American society. Hometown sports are more than just games—they shape our lives and unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans. Visit this exhibit and Hometown Skagit: How Sports Shape Our Community this fall!
Brew on the Slough 2019 is now in its’ 5th year and is set for October 19th from 7-10 pm. We invite you to La Conner and the Skagit Valley to taste some awesome beer, and also to experience the beauty of the Valley where our soils are rated in the top 2% in the world and the climate here is unique to North America. Because of this, barley for many of these beers are grown right here around La Conner.
Formerly That’s Know All and founded in 2012, La Conner Artist Gallery is a cooperative art gallery of featuring many local artists. You will find original artwork with wonderful price points for the perfect gift or addition to your home. The featured artist for August is Jill West.
Coming through La Conner this month are canoes participating in “Paddle to Lummi” 2019, Sqweshenet Tse Schelangen “Honoring Our way of Life” July 24-28th.
The La Conner Visitor Information Center located at 413 Morris St. is open all year round and staffed with volunteers who live in La Conner. In fact, one of our past mayors is a volunteer! Locals and visitors, we welcome you to come in and say hello!
La Conner is blooming! Over 50 flower baskets line Morris Street and 1st Street now through Labor Day.
Continue reading for a list of this year’s winners!
Welcome to La Conner and the 2019 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!
Get out your fishing poles and lace up your running shoes. The La Conner Rotary Club’s 54th annual Smelt Derby Family Festival and Smelt Run are coming up on Saturday, Feb. 23 with something for everyone.
Tillinghast Postal and Business Center, now located at 521 Morris Street at the 4-way stop, are ready for your holiday shipping needs! The new location allows for quick and easy parking along with plenty of space to serve you this holiday season. With several years of servicing the great folks in and around La Conner, Tillinghast Postal and Business Center has definitely hit their stride.
Join us in La Conner, among the daffodil fields of Skagit Valley, for a dashing bicycle ride with a bit of style – the 5th Annual Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride! It’s a perfect place to be planted and a beautiful place to bloom. Tally-ho!
We have already started the #dailydaffreport with the daffodils making their first appearances! Now is a great time to book your La Conner Daffodil Festival accommodations and start planning your trip! The 2019 Festival is sponsored by the Swinomish Casino & Lodge
Take a selfie with our new ad at the Sea-Tac airport and enter to win! A winner will be drawn on Monday, April 8th. The prize is one night at the La Conner Channel Lodge, $50.00 gift card to Nell Thorn Restaurant, 2 – $25.00 gift cards to La Conner merchants (TBD), 2018 La Conner Daffodil Festival poster and more.
Escape your To-Do-List at the Wild Iris Inn: Warm, romantic and intimate, the boutique inn offers a true retreat from modern life with luxury services and features such as a complimentary breakfast, free parking, charming guest rooms and famous cookie!
Join us for the 2nd annual La Conner Birding Showcase during the Skagit Valley Birds of Winter Experience! Educational vendors and artists will be on display from 9:30am – 3pm. We are excited to announce our keynote speaker, Dr. Kaeli Swift.
The Skagit County Historical Museum serves as the official source for the understanding and enjoyment of Skagit County’s unique cultural history. In doing so, the Museum fosters community identity, understanding, and pride; offers a sense of belonging; and acts as a forum for bringing individuals and communities together.
Join the La Conner Library Foundation for the Festival of Tiny Trees 2018 on Friday November 30th from 6:30-8:30 at The Lux (603 Morris Street). Featuring savory & sweet bites, sips of sparkling wine or cider, silent auction of unique tiny trees, live auction of 4” x 4” original art and decorated wreaths for sale. […]
Historic, waterfront, tiny, and charming are all ingredients of the sugar and spice holiday recipe for fun in La Conner Washington during the 2018 Holiday Season. Galleries, boutique and restaurants all join the fun of spicing it up for the Holiday Season! Don’t miss the window displays, art shows and special holiday menus!
Maple Hall will be featuring 14 invitational artists in various mediums along with an Open Show with 60 local artists showing and selling. Live demonstrations by artist and live music performances will be at Maple Hall and throughout town in 15 different locations on Morris St. and First and Second St.
Jingle “Belles” is a Ladies Night of Shopping that will take place on November 16th, 4:30-7:30pm. This is your chance to get your girlfriends together, shop and be merry! Take advantage of special offers only for YOU.
The 12th Annual La Conner Turkey Trot is a hometown run Thanksgiving morning in the beautiful waterfront town of La Conner, Washington. The La Conner Schools Booster Club hosts Turkey Trot with proceeds benefiting the La Conner Braves Track & Field Booster Club.
Surge, an exhibition designed to draw attention to climate change and its impact on Northwest’s coastal communities, provides the forum for artists together with environmental researchers and educators to present the public with new perspectives on issues such as flooding, sea level rise and storm surge.
The story of Earthenworks Gallery is a love story of sorts – starting with two Northwest-born teenagers who fell in love with art as they fell in love with each other. This is the story of Don and Cynthia Hoskins – who today own Earthenworks, one of the Northwest’s premier destination galleries in La Conner, Washington.
La Conner is the kind of water-front town where you can walk from the old-time tavern to the cool restaurant featuring live music to top reviewed foodie spots and then to our very own brewery all in two blocks. What better place for a beer festival! The 4th Annual Brew on the Slough is scheduled for October 20th, 2018.
Meet the owner of Katy’s Inn! Kimberly Good Rubenstein is a 5th generation Skagitonian. Born and raised in Skagit County, she graduated from La Conner High School and Washington State University earning a degree in Hotel and Restaurant management.
Looking for a wonderful way to spend a Sunday in La Conner? La Conner Live is a non-profit that puts on a 15 week free outdoor summer concert series that plays every Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Come and experience quality music, food, and wine all under sunny skies on the Swinomish Channel!
Today, Nell Thorn is undeniably one of the best restaurants north of Seattle or south of Vancouver, B.C. With fresh ingredients and a truly Northwest-inspired menu, Casey, Susan and their staff love finding new ways to bring foods and flavors together. They also love making sure that their customers have a terrific experience.
Beginning July 25th, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community will host The Tribal Canoe Journey (TCJ). Swinomish will welcome over 100 family canoes, mostly from the Northwest, but also from as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand to the shores of its Reservation.
MoNA offers free admission and is open seven days a week to provide the most access to all members of our diverse community. MoNA enriches lives in our diverse community by fostering essential conversations and encouraging creativity through exhibitions and educational activities that explore the art of the Northwest.
Voted best seafood restaurant in Skagit County several years running. Waterfront dining featuring fresh local ingredients. Banquet and catering services available.
MoNA offers free admission and is open seven days a week to provide the most access to all members of our diverse community.
The La Conner Classic Boat and Car Show presents an opportunity to share our American heritage with you and your family August 3rd – 4th, 2018. Whether your love is classic cars, show cars, classic yachts, or work boats, you’ll be surprised and delighted at this event.
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, family outing, organizational retreat or a commune with nature, as a guest at The Heron Inn & Day Spa, their inn is your inn. Visit and stay at The Heron Inn in La Conner, Washington and then — relax! They will take care of you.
Today I had the opportunity to ride along with Dave Hedlin, third generation farmer, of Hedlin’s Family Farm in La Conner, WA. Hedlin’s Family Farm is located less than 10 miles from Skagit Valley Malting where the barley will be malted when harvested in late August.
Join us on Thursday June 14th from 5-7 to support the beautiful hanging flower baskets!
The La Conner Marina is a premier destination for recreational boaters, commercial fishers and marine-related businesses and manufacturers. Located within easy walking distance of charming downtown La Conner, the marina is a clean, service-oriented facility that tourists and La Conner residents alike enjoy visiting.
Welcome to the 10th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival!
Come to La Conner for the La Conner Guitar Festival May 11th – 13th. It’s your opportunity to find the instrument of your dreams!
Thank you to everyone who voted! Between Facebook and Instagram we had more than 2,200 votes.
CONGRATULATIONS Mara Leite with the photo “Golden Hour” beautifully showcasing our #laconnerdaffodils and the Skagit Valley.
La Conner is located in the middle of the tulip fields which makes for an excellent destination to begin or end your La Conner tulip festival tours! We have partnered up with Road2Travel and Starline Luxury Coaches to offer you a variety of tours.
We are ready for you to take-in the tulips for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2018 and enjoy happenings and events in and around La Conner. Welcome!
Both are just steps from shops, art galleries, museums and dining and between the two offer pet-friendly rooms, wine tasting, musical entertainment and a wide variety of package options.
With dark, cozy winters behind us comes the promise of spring and cheerful backdrops in La Conner and the Skagit Valley. Here in this beautiful area, you’ll find fields of gold and rainbows of color.
Typically the first question that arises when someone mentions a Tweed Ride is what is it and what does it mean? The short answer is that a Tweed Ride is a throwback to days-gone-by in England where family members would dress in their very best clothing for an outing.
This March is a great opportunity to snap some amazing images of incredibly beautiful daffodil fields with sunsets, sunrises, winter birds, and people enjoying the view.
For the Ginger Grater, Olive Shoppe and Orange Rainbow Espresso, located in the destination community of La Conner, Washington, that ambiance is part of what makes these three stores perennial favorites with locals and visitors alike.
With daffodils blooming and spring in the air, the La Conner Daffodil Festival is a great spring destination for wine tasting! Join us on Saturday March 10th at Maple hall for the “Grapes of Daff”!
Looking for a renewing day-trip or overnight excursion? La Conner is just the ticket for a getaway! We have lots of fun things to do and see – whether you’re in need of a romantic cozy fireplace and a warm drink, a little shopping, or a walk along our boardwalk inthe fresh/crisp air, we’re just the place.
Fishing, running, pancakes and fish painting will all be part of the fun, with something for everyone at the 53rd Annual Smelt Derby Family Festival and Smelt Run!
As March approaches, the La Conner Daffodil Festival is an event that should not be missed. Imagine sprawling fields of cheerful and happy daffodils with majestic Mount Baker staged in the background.
With so many wonderful products and artwork on hand this is an ideal opportunity to explore some of the most unique fiber, quilt and textile artwork found anywhere today.
Check out the inspirational exhibits that can be enjoyed when visiting The Museum of Northwest Art and La Conner this winter.
What do you need for bird photography? Primarily, patience. While birds won’t complain that their portrait makes them look fat, they also won’t hang around and wait for you to get the lighting just right.
By buying the La Conner Weekly News last June, Ken Stern continues the legacy of a weekly newspaper being published continuously in La Conner since 1873.
Skagit Valley and La Conner offer an authentic experience in many ways but nothing is perhaps more magical than the annual migration of birds into this inviting part of Washington State. In honor of these birds, we welcome you to the first La Conner Birding Showcase as part of the Birds of Winter Experience!
The holidays are truly a wonderful time of the year. This is especially the case when talking about La Conner and all that it has to offer. Explore our list of holiday events for the month of December!
The La Conner Tillinghast Postal and Business Center offers incredible levels of convenience for those who live and work in the local area. No need to travel long distances in search of business related services.
Each year a wonderful nautical holiday event takes place in the friendly and welcoming community of La Conner Washington. This event is known as the Lighted Boat Parade and it happens this year (2017) on December 9th from 6 to 7 PM.
117 Maple Ave.
La Conner, WA 98257
Heron Day Spa embraces a nurturing philosophy embodied by a menu of massages, and facials that promote your health and well-being.
Just imagine strolling along the La Conner boardwalk with elegantly illuminated holiday lights twinkling and sparkling in a most nautical atmosphere. Boats and trees throughout much of La Conner will be brightly lit for the holiday season during this fun shopping adventure.
The 11th annual La Conner Turkey Trot is a popular hometown run that will occur on this upcoming 2017 Thanksgiving morning in the remarkably beautiful waterfront town of La Conner.
Breathtaking views of the Padilla Bay, Swinomish Channel, San Juan Islands, and Mount Baker along with local artwork, luxury bedding, stylish hotel room furnishings and glass-enclosed showers will ensure your comfort and a pleasurable resort hotel stay while visiting La Conner.
This intriguing exhibition explores a genuinely diverse and unique history of artists who were able to find their deepest and most personal creative inspiration in beautiful Skagit Valley.
Visitors who have been coming to La Conner for years remember the charm of the Tillinghast Nursery and gift store at the entrance to La Conner – these days the original 1890’s structure has been transformed into a delightful grouping of businesses including Salon Rouge. The charm on the outside of the building is just the beginning, however. Welcome to Salon Rouge where beauty comes from the inside out!
Three Upcoming MoNA Shows Open October 14th & Run Thru January 7th!
601 S. Fourth St. | La Conner | (360) 708-5728 | Book Online
Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds – Hilltop View of Valley Farms and 3 Blocks to Center of Town. Enjoy panoramic views and the peace and quiet of the “morning deck” looking east off the bluff and enjoy the small town ambience of the town’s historic district just steps away.
107 S. 2nd St | La Conner | 360-466-1500 | Book Online
Our charming Country Inn has spacious rooms with gas fireplaces and multiple event spaces located right in the heart of town. Enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon cookies and coffee, Wi-Fi & parking. We also offer a select number of dog friendly rooms for your furry family.