Summer is on its way

We had a lovely foretaste of summer lately: beautiful weather, flowers and the scent of barbecues!  We had a slow spring but that will start to change as we head into June.  I’m told one website has reported we are closed.  BUT as Mark Twain said, reports of our demise are greatly exaggerated.  We are and have been open and taking reservations.   When you come, try to allow time to enjoy our restful outdoors.   We’ll give you some cookies, iced tea or coffee (or you could bring some wine) .  Rest and enjoy.

Published in: on May 29, 2017 at 1:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

The deer, the rabbits and squirrels, oh my!

We are being visited daily by bunnies–and beautiful baby bunnies, deer and squirrels as well as many birds and chipmunks.  Our pond is being cleaned and the waterfall will soon be working after its winter rest.  Tulips are blooming, and lilac, rhodies, bluebells and so many others.  Isn’t spring wonderful!!!

Published in: on May 9, 2017 at 4:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tulip Festival Continues

There is still time to visit the flower fields and display gardens.  Weather is nice and I think the tulips get prettier every year.  We were there yesterday; it’s not too crowded during the week.  Some of the art shows and things are over at the end of the month, but the tulips will still be beautiful for some time after that.

Published in: on April 25, 2017 at 2:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tulips!

Once again it’s tulip time.  The fields and display gardens are a blaze of color and Skagit Valley is packed with people enjoying the view.  Anacortes is far enough away (15 minutes) to eliminate the crowds and congestion.  The Tulip Festival will go on all month, with art shows, salmon barbecues and wine tastings.  There will be a street fair in Mount Vernon this weekend — lots of lovely things made by local artisans.  Anacortes restaurants are ready for guests, and of course Autumn Leaves is open for business.  See you soon!

Winter is half over

We enjoy the change of seasons that we experience here in Anacortes; this week we had beautiful snow.  But we will all be happy to see spring, and with spring come daffodils and tulips!  The Tulip Festival runs all of April, with many art shows, salmon barbecues, wine tastings, a street fair and many other events.  It is always popular and if you time it right you will see fields of beautiful flowers.  The right time?  Hard to say, but mid-April is usually pretty safe.  And there will be flowers to see ALL of April, in the display gardens.  It really is worth coming, and while you are here there are many other things to do, good restaurants and great walking trails.  Put it on your calendar and book soon!p1060147p1060155P1110911P1060405

Published in: on February 9, 2017 at 1:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Change of seasons

Anacortes is finally getting some rain, which we need.  Washington rain tends to be gentle and sporadic, unlike Southern California which experiences downpours after months of drought.  We walked Washington Park yesterday and saw birds bathing in puddles, slugs trying to cross the road, and seagulls on the lookout for fish.  It was a beautiful afternoon with blue sky and fleecy clouds.  Today the gentle rain is back, making the forestlands smell so clean and fresh.  It’s not very cold so hopefully the pumpkins on our porch will last a month or so.  Recent winds blew a lot of leaves off the trees but it’s still pretty.  I can’t wait for winter: coats, scarves, gloves, cosy fireplaces, chili and soup, apple cider and gluhwein–and of course Christmas.  We haven’t had much snow for years, but you never know…

Published in: on October 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Autumn Leaves

img_4277img_4289img_4300img_4309P1020563New England gets all the press, but leaves in this area are pretty spectacular at this time of year.  Our garden is beautiful, lots of leaves turning red, gold or yellow.  And not just ours–everywhere we are seeing lovely colors, though not as much as some years since it has been so dry.  But it is feeling like autumn and on our way to Mount Vernon we pass pumpkin fields and stands selling apples and pears.  We don’t stop at those, as we have our own fruit trees.  The peaches and plums are over, so it’s apples and pears now.  I just took an apple/pear crisp out of the oven and  the whole house smells like cinnamon, apples and sugar.  And I recently bought a pumpkin cookbook, so guests will be having pumpkin, apple or pear muffins, pancakes, coffeecake, waffles and whatever else I can come up with.  Great time of year!

Published in: on September 26, 2016 at 2:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Beautiful Anacortes

It’s another gorgeous day, 70-ish, blue sky with fluffy white clouds, slight breeze.  I can see sailboats and barges from my window and though I’m not a boat person I’d love to be out today.  For guests there is ample opportunity: whale watching, boat charters, kayaking, island hopping.  I especially like to take the 10 minute ferry ride to Guemes Island.  This is a pretty much residential only island and has lots of wonderful places to walk with few cars.  There is one store, and they do a nice lunch.  We like to sit outside the store, eat, drink coffee and watch the boats.  The Pacific Northwest is such a beautiful place to live or to visit.

Published in: on July 20, 2016 at 12:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Shipwreck Day Saturday

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Anacortes Arts Festival

Anacortes Arts Festival

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Tomorrow the streets will be blocked off for a huge garage/antique/junk sale.  This is a forerunner of the Arts Festival, which will take place at the beginning of August.  I like Shipwreck Day, but I LOVE the Arts Festival.  Over 200 booths, most items made by local artisans and all interesting and unique.  Fabric art, glass, pottery, paintings, photography, yard art, food, jewelry, it’s all there August 5-7.  Reserve your room now because the town will be bursting at the seams.

Published in: on July 15, 2016 at 12:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Day trips out of Anacortes

There’s much to do in Anacortes, but if you want to go further afield consider taking the 10 minute ferry ride to Guemes Island.  Or drive up Chuckanut to Bellingham.  White Rock, BC isn’t too far, and neither is Vancouver.  Going east there is Marblemount (The Eatery!) and Skagit River trips.  South is Seattle Outlet Mall and Seattle itself.  Snohomish is an hour away and La Conner 20 minutes.  But many of our guests prefer to stay here in town, renting kayaks or going whale watching, fishing, hiking in the forestlands or on one of the beautiful waterfront trails.  Others like shopping or the casino or just staying on our patio relaxing with some iced tea and enjoying the beautiful garden.  Whatever you enjoy, we think you can find it here in Anacortes.

Published in: on July 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm  Leave a Comment