July events in Anacortes

Lots going on this month in Anacortes.  4th of July concert, fireworks and parade.  Wed and Fri night concerts in the park (free!).  Shipwreck Day on the 16th, Highland Games in Mount Vernon on the 9th and 10th, all leading up to the Arts Festival the first weekend in August.  Our summer weather is usually perfect: not too hot, not too cool.  Sit outside and sip wine or iced tea, hike by the water or in the woods, shop til you drop and follow it all up with dinner at one of Anacortes’ excellent restaurants.  It doesn’t get much better than this!

Published in: on July 1, 2016 at 2:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

What’s cooking at Autumn Leaves?

It’s berry time in the Skagit Valley!  Just strawberries so far, but soon to be followed by blueberries and raspberries.  The berry stands are up in town and the strawberries are delicious!  We use local produce whenever possible and love to top French toast or pancakes with fresh berries.  All of our breakfasts include fresh fruit in some form or another.  They also include eggs, sometimes in a main dish casserole, sometimes as a side dish.  For those who like it we offer bacon and/or sausage or ham.  Baked goods accompany egg dishes, almost always home made.  Perhaps mini cinnamon rolls or one of our popular breads:  pumpkin, banana coconut, zuchini; or currant scones made fresh that morning.  Lemon crepes are always popular, and blueberry coffeecake.  The possibilities are endless.  Be sure to ask for your favorite when you make your reservation.

Published in: on May 31, 2016 at 3:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Busy summer in Anacortes

In summer Anacortes is humming.  Beautiful scenery, boating, whale watching, antiquing, hiking, shopping and many other activities bring tourists from Seattle and all over.  We are about 90 miles from both Seattle and Vancouver, BC, and it’s about a 5 hour drive from Portland, so many of our guests are from those areas.  However, we have had guests from Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Scotland, Germany and other parts of Europe as well as Asia.  For sheer beauty the Pacific northwest is hard to beat.  We have traveled the world, but love coming home to Anacortes.  Isn’t it time you saw for yourself?

Published in: on May 31, 2016 at 3:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Book now for summer

The tulip fields have been cut and tourist activity will be quieter for the next month or so.  But then summer will be upon us and the town will be busy.  Whale watching is always popular, as is kayaking, bicycling, hiking, shopping, fishing, island hopping, the casino, bowling, etc. etc.  Check out our Things to Do page:  http://autumn-leaves.com/thingstodo.cfm    We particularly enjoy the free concerts in the park on Wed. and Friday evenings.  And what could be better than sitting outside a nice restaurant drinking wine or coffee, eating something delicious and watching the world go by?  We have some good pubs, a couple of restaurants at water’s edge, and downtown restaurants to fulfill whatever you are craving.  Come and hang out with us!

Published in: on April 22, 2016 at 3:02 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  

Spring flowers

Nearby daffodil fields are in full bloom!  The Tulip Festival starts April 1 but the tulips may begin blooming before then since the winter was so mild.  Bring old shoes because it’s muddy.  We love walking the tulip fields, can’t wait to take pictures of the gorgeous colors.100_0133100_0114100_3012

Published in: on March 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Question answered

“How far are you from town?” is a question we hear often.  Today we walked from our house into downtown, through all the shops and then home.  We are not young and not particularly fit, so I think if we can do it most people could.  Takes a while, and coming home is uphill, but I would say it’s only 2-3 miles round trip.  We like to stop at Starbuck’s (there are 3 in town) or Penguin for coffee.  Another nice walk from here is down to Cap Sante Marina.  My favorite is to walk in the forestlands and there is a trailhead less than a block from us.  So town is close but not too close.  Our neighborhood is residential, quiet and friendly.  Come check us out.

Published in: on February 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Early spring?

Many of our daffodil leaves are over 3″ high already, which may indicate early blooming for the spring flowers.  Tulip Festival (all of April) is right around the corner!  Also in April is the Anacortes Wine Festival on April 9.  30 WA wines will be available for sampling, as well as food treats from local restaurants.  That same weekend you could go to the boat show and the winter farmers’ market.  The town will be busy so make your reservations soon.

Published in: on February 5, 2016 at 2:20 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