My sister is technically my “husband” right now. Not legally of course 😉 One of the many perks of working for an airline is the crazy good flight benefits, and I get to have one person who basically gets all the same perks as I do… My little love bug (Kristin). I try to rotate it between all of my favorite people, and this year it was Kristin’s turn. I told her at the beginning, “Kristin, this is like the golden ticket. You have to use it. If you are going to be on my passes I have one rule: We are going to take two FOR SURE trips. You can pick one and I can pick one.” Now I originally had an evil plan to drag her off to Holland for the annual tulip festival but… the dang girl just refused to get her passport. So, I had to come up with plan B for Stubborn Mc Stubborn – and decided that if she wasn’t going to go half way around the world with me, I would just have to pick the furthest point from where she lived – Seattle. As luck and magic would have it, Washington has quite the tulip festival of its own, and a plan was formed.
The very first day of our trip we bummed around Seattle. We ended up making it a father/daughter trip, so I took my Dad and my sister around to all of my favorite spots. The second day… that’s when we found Oz. Skagit Valley is only an hour drive outside of Seattle, and every year in April they have a tulip festival. Fields upon fields of the most luscious flowers. We rented a car for $60 for the day and we started driving. I honestly had no clue what to expect, because I don’t think that the Skagit Valley festival is very well-known. I personally had never heard of it before discovering it while doing some research for the trip. We got to Skagit Valley fairly early in the day on Sunday, and it looked like nothing too special. Just a little farming town with some fun hipster restaurants, and lots of Organic vegetable shops. But we kept driving, following the signs that said “Tulip route,” and then we saw them. Thousands of rows of tulips popping out of the ground like pure happiness itself.
Many farms in Skagit Valley participate in the tulip festival, but there are some that are more popular than others. Two of the most popular farms are Roozengaarde and Tulip Town. We went to Roozengaarde, honestly because that’s the first one we drove up on, and I can’t imagine any of the other farms being better. It’s like somehow a little piece of heaven got loose, fell out of the sky and landed right there in Mt. Vernon, Washington. It was honest to goodness – one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Anyways…… I will stop blabbering now and just SHOW you.
I probably have 500 more photos on my computer, and they were all worthy of being seen but I just picked out some of my favorites. I needed a little color in my life this month, and this trip was just the ticket. I know Seattle is not the easiest place to get to if you live on the east coast, but its a heck of a lot easier than going to Holland! And it’s just so SO worth it. Okay, flower children. Peace out. Hugs Kisses, and Tulip wishes!!! :*