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!


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.

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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  

Tulip Festival

The tulips are 3 weeks early this year.  Still beautiful though, especially at Roozengaarde display gardens.  Lots of people are here to take a look, many from Canada and of course many from Seattle.  It’s definitely worth the trip.  The fields are muddy, so  bring spare shoes.  And of course a camera.  P1110906P1110892P1110911P1110916

Published in: on April 6, 2016 at 5:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tulip Time!

100_0885 P1060409 P1060354 P1060405No fooling, it’s April, and the tulips are blooming in Skagit Valley.  Bring a camera, jacket for evening, and extra shoes, and prepare to see the spectacular, colorful display of tulips in the fields and in the display gardens.  They are all about 20 minutes drive from Autumn Leaves.  Traffic over there can be heavy, espeically on weekends.  But it’s worth it!

Published in: on April 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Eagles and Snow Geese and Swans, oh my!

January is the best time to come to the Skagit area and look for eagles.  On a recent morning we saw several dozen bald eagles and quite a few of their huge nests.  It’s still not too late, there are a lot of them still around, and in fact we see eagles all year, but not in these numbers.  Snow geese are crowding the fields, honking and strutting.  It’s marvelous to see a whole cloud of them lift off or land at the same time.   Trumpeter swans are also much in evidence, both on the water and in the fields.  Great blue heron abound, as do hawks and smaller birds.  Bring a camera and old shoes, as many areas are muddy.

Published in: on January 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mount Baker

A good day trip from Autumn Leaves is Mount Baker.  Takes about 1-1/2 hours.  Beautiful scenery, lots of picnic places, a lovely day out.facebook1 facebook2 P1100321

Published in: on October 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Spring in Skagit Valley

The tulip fields have been spectacular this year, as always.  Many will be cut in the coming week but there may still be some blooming.  And the display gardens of Roozengaarde and Tulip Town will still be beautiful.  Weather has been perfect, though, and there are many other things to do.  Look at our Things To Do page for a list and come welcome spring with us.

Some fields are being cut.

Some fields are being cut.


Part of Roozengaarde display garden

Part of Roozengaarde display garden

Published in: on April 9, 2015 at 3:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Too late for tulips?

Tulips are still blooming and the display gardens will probably go on for another week or two.  So if you can’t make it this week, is it worth coming the next?  YES!  April 17-19 is the Mount Vernon street fair.  Art shows and wine tastings will continue all month, as will the Anacortes Quilt Walk.  Kiwanis salmon bbq goes on every day through 4/26.  If you can make it sooner, the Anacortes wine festival is 4/11, Art of Gardening 4/26 and boat show 4/10-12.  Paccar open house is 4/11.  Of course, all the cute shops and wonderful restaurants are open all the time.  Right now the weather is perfect for just sitting on the patio with something nice to drink.  Come join us!

Tulips are Blooming

Tulips are blooming early this year, so if you plan to come and see them–come SOON!  By mid-month they may be pretty much over.  We drove past some lovely fields today:


Published in: on April 2, 2015 at 4:16 pm  Leave a Comment