Daffodils are one of the first flowers of spring, and after a long, cold winter their bright yellow petals herald warmer days to come. Travelers visiting Washington State’s Skagit Valley, often don’t know daffodils are the first flowers to bloom and unlike the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival seeing the flowers is entirely free!
Never Underestimate the Beauty of Daffodils in the Skagit Valley
Tips for Seeing Daffodil’s in the Skagit Valley
Before making any trip to see the flowering fields in the Skagit Valley, you’ll want to check out RoozenGaarde’s Bloom Map. This very handy map is essential in locating the fields that are blooming. There are three main varieties of daffodils, Flower Carpet, Dutch Master and Standard Value.
One important aspect to visiting the daffodil fields is that there are no designated fields to walk through like there is for the tulips. But, depending on what fields are blooming you might find a field or two that you can easily walk up to. It’s important to keep in mind that you don’t want to walk more than three feet or so into a row and to wear shoes that can withstand a little mud. My go-to rain/mud/snow shoes are Bogs.
Also, don’t forget to bring your camera, rain jacket, and sunglasses. If you take photos and post them on Facebook, be sure to tag them with the hashtag #LaConnerDaffodil. For 2018, they are awarding one photographer a $150 cash prize for the winning photo, plus the image will become “the” look for the festival in 2019.
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 scene.
Other Daffodil Activities
If you are looking for spring activities in the area, you can see explore what is going on in La Conner. Some daffodil-inspired events of note are:
- The Grapes of Daff on March 10th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. At this event, you’ll enjoy a glass of wine and learn about wine and daffodils. Tickets are $5, and that includes your glass of wine.
- Annual Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride on Marcy 17th from 10 am to 2 pm. This biking event is all about riding by the fields in your finest tweed. This isn’t a race, but a leisurely and fun ride through the valley.
Staying in La Conner
If you want to extend your stay, the quaint small town of La Conner is an ideal location for a home base. It is tucked along the Swinomish Channel and very close to the fields. There are also plenty of restaurants, museums, boutique shops, galleries, and lodging. For stays, I can recommend, the La Conner Channel Lodge, the La Conner Country Inn, and the Hotel Planter. For dining, I can recommend, Nell Thorn Waterfront Bistro, Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub, Whitey’ss BBQ and La Conner Brewery.