On my travels to the small town of La Conner, WA I visited museums, dined at restaurants, and was hosted by the only accommodation along the waterfront at La Conner Channel Lodge, which also steps away from downtown.
The La Conner Channel Lodge offers its guests:
- Tasteful and cozy rooms with fireplaces and private patios or balconies
- Complimentary wine tastings at Hellams Vineyards
- Patio with views of the channel and sunsets
- Complimentary breakfast
- Within walking distance of restaurants, museums, tasting rooms, and shops
- Bike lockers
- In-room service from Oyster & Thistle
- Nearby spa
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La Conner Channel Lodge
What a View!
From the street, the hotel exudes pure Pacific Northwest architecture with its Craftsman Style roof line and shake cedar shingles. What is not easy to discern from the front, is the view behind, and being right along the Swimonish Channel the water view is one of its biggest draws. And by right along the channel, I mean you walk into the lodge, thru the lobby to the outdoor patio, and there is the water. I don’t know of any other accommodation in Washington that has a location such as theirs. If you know of one, please let me know.
Enjoy a Glass of Wine on the Patio? Yes, Please!
Throughout my stay hotel staff were very friendly and when I checked in the gave me all the need to knows like the complimentary breakfast is held on the second floor (which has seasonal outdoor seating), every afternoon fresh baked cookies are set out for guests along with refreshes of tea and coffee, on weekends piano music is played in the lobby, and that guests may bring a beverage to the outside patio to enjoy (and they even sell wine at the front desk in case you need a bottle pronto).
The lodge has 40 guest rooms and almost all face the water. There is a range of king and queen size beds and all rooms come with a gas fireplace, flat screen TV, down bedding, refrigerator, coffee, tea, private balconies, and some also have Jacuzzi tubs and rooms that accommodate more than two people. After spending a couple of nights in the lodge, and after seeing their nearby sister hotel the La Conner Country Inn my take on the lodge is that it is ideal for couples and singles. Why? Because it is very cozy and the rooms are compact. At the La Conner Country Inn the rooms are very spacious and having traveled with family myself, I know the ability to spread out is a huge benefit.
Travel Tip: If you like to travel with your bicycle, they have bike storage lockers.
La Conner Channel Lodge – My Room
For two nights I stayed in a second-floor queen room, which had its own private balcony with two folding chairs, a desk and a fireside sitting area which I used quite a bit during my stay. The room was very cozy and the bed very comfortable. I also liked that the sink area was across from the bathtub and toliet, which allowed for a little more room to spread out.
My favorite part of the room was the private balcony. Not only did I have water views, but scenes of boats cruising up and down the channel, wildlife foraging for their next meal along the shoreline, and sunsets that turned the sky purplish pink. One day, I even enjoyed my breakfast on the balcony.
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The La Conner Channel Lodge – Pros and Cons
- Channelside rooms
- Rooms with gas fireplaces and a private patio or balcony
- Complimentary wine tasting vouchers at Hellam’s Vineyards
- Complimentary breakfast with their signature homemade granola
- Room service from Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub
- Bottles of wine available for purchase at the front desk
- Bike lockers
- Within walking distance of downtown, shopping, dining, and museums
- Free WiFi
- One suite – the Bridal Suite – is its own unit with no neighbors, but it has no water view
- Warm cookies served every afternoon
- Live music on the weekends
- Not dog-friendly (But, their nearby property La Conner Country Inn allows pets)
- The rooms are cozy and on the smaller side
- The balconies are small
Would I stay at the La Conner Channel Lodge again? Yes! The lodge has a super great location. From my balcony I could watch wildlife, the sunset, hear the water lapping against the rocks and watch boaters cruise up and down the channel. Also, I really like the style of the lodge and the shared outdoor patio and the ability to enjoy a beverage that you brought or bought while in town. I also like that the hotel is close to downtown, but not directly downtown, which gives it a more private atmosphere. The only thing I could quibble about is the size of the rooms, which are well-suited for couples and singles, and the small balcony. If I was traveling with my dog or family which requires more breathing room, I’d opt to stay at the La Conner Country Inn.
Rates: $139 and up
La Conner Travel Tips
Hotel address: 205 North 1st St. Laconner, WA 98257
Closest Airport: Sea-Tac International Airport (1.45 hours) and Vancouver International Airport (1.45 minutes)
Carless Options: Once you are there, no car is needed as the town is very walkable. Some places are uphill, like the history museum, so be prepared to go up.
Dining Travel Tip: There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, Nell Thorn Waterfront Bistro and Pub, Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub, Whitey’s BBQ, La Conner Brewery. I’ve eaten at La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib only once and my fish tacos were very good (see picture above).
Activity Tips: One of the best things about La Conner is that you can park your car and never have to use it, as everything is within walking distance. If you are an art lover, it is all over, along the sidewalks and the waterfront boardwalk, and even in the drain grates. If you like museums, there is the Museum of Northwest Art, Skagit County Historical Museum, and the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum. And, there is a ton of boutique shops, art galleries, and clothing stores, and wine tasting rooms – Skagit Cellars, Silver Bell Winery, Hellam’s Vineyards and L Conner Sips. For a more detailed list check out Three Reasons to Love La Conner.
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Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with accommodations and meals for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.