Entries by Love La Conner

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 Turning 50 Years Old!

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 Open 7 Days a Week

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!

New Owners of 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.  

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.

Support La Conner Now – Visit Safely Later!

We Love La Conner and know that you do too!  Not only is La Conner a beautiful place to visit,  but it is also a place filled with creative and beautiful people.  It’s these folks you meet when you visit La Conner that help make your stay in La Conner authentic, memorable, and relaxing.  Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the community of La Conner has taken measures to keep everyone as safe as possible.  In doing so, they’ve taken on insurmountable financial losses and many are struggling to stay afloat.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2020 Updates

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!

Made From Scratch at Calico Cupboard & Bakery

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.

Saturday January 25th – La Conner Birding Showcase!

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. 

Sugar and Spice Makes La Conner So Nice

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.

La Conner Turkey Trot 2019

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!

Welcome Canadian Neighbors!

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. 

Harvest Time in the Valley!

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! 

Brew on the Slough 2019 – 5th Annual!

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. 

Tillinghast Postal and Business Center – Your Holiday Shipping Experts

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. 

Win a La Conner Getaway!

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.

La Conner Birding Showcase 2019!

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.

Festival of Tiny Trees 2018

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. […]

2018 La Conner Turkey Trot

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.

A Love Story – Earthenworks Gallery

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.

Purchase your tickets to Brew on the Slough! CHEERS

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.

Get to Know Katy’s Inn!

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.

La Conner Live!

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!

Get to Know Nell Thorn

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.

Know Your Beer Farmer

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.

What is a Tweed Ride You Ask?

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.