Daffodils are one of the first flowers of spring, and after a long, cold winter their bright yellow petals remind us of warmer days to come with sunshine and summer cocktails. In April, most people visit the Skagit Valley for the annual tulip festival, but many don’t realize that in March the first flowers to arrive in the Skagit Valley are fields of bright yellow daffodils. And, unlike the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival seeing the flowers is less crowded and entirely free!
Skagit Valley Daffodils
Make the Most of Your Daffodil Experience
Before making any trip to see the flowering fields in the Skagit Valley, check out the RoozenGaarde Bloom Map. This useful map is essential to locating the fields that are in bloom. For daffodils, there are three main varieties; Flower Carpet, Dutch Master and Standard Value.
Unlike the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, there are no daffodil fields or display gardens at Roozengaarde or Tulip Town to walk through. What you can do is view the fields along the side of the road, or walk up next to a field. Out of respect to the grower don’t walk far into the field (only a foot or so) and do not trample any daffodils.
What to Bring
Don’t forget to bring a rain jacket, rain boots, sunglasses, and a camera. If you take photos and post them on Facebook with the hashtag #LaConnerDaffodils. The winner receives a cash prize, and the winning photo will be used to promote the next year’s festival.
Travel tip: Wear shoes you don’t mind getting muddy. My go-to shoes are Bogs.
Snow Geese and Daffodils
Another neat thing about visiting the Skagit Valley in March is that you’ll see flocks of snow geese. Around 55,000 snow geese spend the winter here, along with 10,000 Tundra and Trumpeter swans. When the two are together, the pure white against the vibrant yellow makes for quite a dramatic setting.
La Conner Daffodil Festival
If you are looking for spring activities in the area, you can see explore what is going on in La Conner. A popular daffodil event is the Annual Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride, a leisurely ride next to the fields in your finest tweed.
If you are driving through the valley, some favorite stops are Snow Good Produce and Schuh Farms for ice cream, shakes and locally grown vegetables, and Glacier Peak Winery and Tulip Valley Winery for wine tastings.
Staying in La Conner
To extend your trip, stay in the quaint small town of La Conner. It is a great choice for a home base and very close to the daffodil fields. You’ll find plenty of restaurants to choose from as well as shopping, a waterfront boardwalk, wine tastings rooms, and museums.
For stays, I can recommend:
For dining, I can recommend:
- Nell Thorn Waterfront Bistro
- Oyster & Thistle Restaurant
- Whitey’s BBQ
- La Conner Brewery
Click here to read more about the town of La Conner. To find out more about the Skagit Valley, go to Visit Skagit Valley. To find out more about the small town of La Conner, visit Love La Conner.