Are you planning a short getaway and looking for things to do? When you visit La Conner in March, there are LOTS of things to do! From shopping and dining, to bike riding, photography and visiting museums, we guarantee you’ll find plenty to keep you busy for your entire trip.
Our 101+ Things to Do list will give you all sorts of options; we’ve also created a couple of itineraries to get you started. You can use these just as they are, or add in your own extra fun as you go along. We also have a March and April Happenings schedule of events – check it out for more ideas!
Biking in and around La Conner
While many of our cycling visitors bring their bikes and stay the night in La Conner, we often are also hosts to one-day riders. Cyclists absolutely love our area because it’s relatively flat and the scenery is spectacular.
To plan your rides, check out our Biking Map located in the Activity Maps and Booklets section of our website. Starting on Page 4, you’ll find descriptions and a detailed map for a variety of rides in our area.
We suggest you start your day with a coffee or tea and breakfast … why not also pick up a pack-able lunch while you’re still in town. As you ride along, be sure to stop and photograph our gorgeous fields of bright yellow daffodils! Watch for Herons, Trumpeter Swans, Snow Geese and Bald Eagles as you wind your way through our farm fields and waterways.
At the end of your ride, you can rest and relax with a cool drink and a snack, or head back to your hotel or inn and rest a bit before joining other March visitors in our terrific restaurants, wine shops and breweries.
Museum Tours in La Conner
La Conner is home to three nationally-recognized museums … the Museum of Northwest Art, the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum, and the Skagit County Historical Museum.
We suggest that you start by visiting the Skagit County Historical Museum (501 S. Fourth Street … the link also has a map to help you) where you’ll learn about La Conner’s history, our early residents, and the importance of the Swinomish Channel and our fertile valley to our early economic success. The museum is at the top of the hill looking out over the valley and Cascades, but is accessed from the west (water) side of First Street. There is parking in front of the museum
From there, it’s just about a 3 block drive (or walk) to the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum (703. S Second Street; again, see the link for a locator map). One of only 14 quilt museums in the United States and housed in the historic Gaches Mansion. Since 1997, the Museum has become a significant contributor to the preservation of quilt and textile art; today, the permanent collection includes quilts and textiles ranging in age from 1820 to Contemporary works. Check out the recent, extensive renovations funded through donations, matching grants and in-kind donations.
Head down the hill to First Street and the home of the Museum of Northwest Art (121 S. First Street). MoNA, as it is affectionately called by locals, strives to collect, preserve, and interpret the art of the Northwest, including a growing collection of art of more than 2,500 contemporary art objects from the early 1900s to the present day. Noted artists include Mark Tobey, Guy Anderson, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, Hilda Morris, George Tsutakawa, Richard Gilkey, Leo Kenney, Doris Chase, Paul Horiuchi, Ambrose Patterson, Viola Patterson, Neil Meitzler, Frank Okada, Clayton James, Philip McCracken, Dale Chihuly, Mary Randlett, Max Benjamin, Jay Steensma, William Slater, and Sonja Blomdahl. Numerous younger or emerging artists are also part of the collection, including Jeff Crandall, Jeremy Lepisto, Kevin Quinn, Joe Rossano, and Lisa Zerkowitz. Be sure to visit their gift shop before you leave!
When you visit La Conner in March, you’ll have a great time whether you’re biking through our valley, visiting our museums, or shopping and dining!