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Mount Vernon (Washington)

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Mount Vernon is the county seat of Skagit County a city in the North Cascades region of Washington State. In 1998 Mount Vernon was rated the #1 "Best Small City in America" by the New Rating Guide to Life in America's Small Cities. The city is famous for its annual Tulip Festival which takes place in April since 1983. Skagit County's climate is similar to that of Northern France. The fertile valley of the Skagit River makes it a center for cultivation of millions tulips.

Get in[edit]

Millions of tulips in Skagit Valley
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Mount Vernon is situated along western Washington's main north-south transportation route, Interstate 5, where the major east-west highway SR 536 intersects.

By car[edit]

The easiest and most common way to get to Mount Vernon is via Interstate 5 (or "I-5"), which passes through the city. I-5 gives convenient access from Bellingham and Vancouver, British Columbia to the north, and from Seattle to the south. SR 536 (E Kinkaid Rd locally at Exit 226) gives access (via SR 20 Exit #230) from Anacortes and Whidbey Island to the west. Mt Vernon is accessed from I-5 at exits #224 (Mt Vernon Rd S) through 231 (Chuckanut Dr).

By train[edit]

Railroad access is available through Amtrak Cascades [10] running twice daily between Vancouver, Canada and Seattle or Portland. The blandly titled Skagit Transportation Center (on 105 E Kincaid) is the city's train station and bus station. Additional services between Seattle & Vancouver via Everett, Mt Vernon & Bellingham are provided on the Amtrak Thruway Coaches.

By bus[edit]

The 'Mt Vernon Transportation Center' on 105 E Kincaid is the bus station for Skagit Transit WTA and Greyhound and also the train station for Amtrak Cascaades (see above). Located in downtown right off of I-5 at Exit #226.

  • Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA), [11]. Service to Mount Vernon from Bellingham on Route 80X [12], running weekdays and Saturdays.
  • Island Transit, [13] goes to Camano Island on Rt #411c and to Oak Harbor via Deception Pass on 411w.
  • Skagit Transit, [14]. Route 90X [15] connects Mount Vernon with Everett, where transfers from Sound Transit buses from Seattle are possible. They also operate bus service Burlington, La Connner, Anacortes (Rt 615 to March's Point & 410 to Anacortes), Sedro-Woolley in east county (Rt 204 to Skagit College & 305 to Sedro Woolley) and in/around Mt Vernon locally.
  • Greyhound [16] goes north to Vancouver, BC (via Bellingham) and south to Seattle (via Everett) where passengers typically transfer to other Greyhound buses going to additional places or in Vancouver to Greyhound Canada (or another bus line).
  • Bellair Airporter [17] runs between Blaine and Sea-Tac Airport. In Mt Vernon they only stop at 3rd & E Montgomery in front of the Skagit River Brewery which is a couple blocks up from the Mt Vernon Transportation Center on the other side of the railroad tracks. They only stop there for people transferring between Bellair and Amtrak or Greyhound. They also provide transport to Anacortes and the San Juan ferry terminal from their own transfer station in Burlington.

Get around[edit]

Public transportation in Mount Vernon is available via the Skagit Transit [18] bus service. Cost for bus service is extremely reasonable. However the buses do not run at night, so you have to be careful you do not get stranded.

Due to the size of the city, it is easy to travel by bike.

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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2008
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2009
  • Tulip Festival, [1]. April 1 to April 30,. Every year during the month of April, to the delight of local businesses and irritation of local residents, the city celebrates the [ tulip festival]. Thousands of Seattle residents and international visitors flock to see the endless fields of tulips just outside the city limits that paint the Skagit Valley more brilliantly than a Dutch impressionist could. During the peak of the tulip festival, First Street is closed downtown and local artists set up stalls. Partly as a result of this, at the height of the festival traffic downtown gets congested. It is therefore adviseable to use Best Road instead to reach the tulip fields.  edit
  • Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival, Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens Millett Road (I-5 Kincaid Street Exit #226, 3rd Street, then Baker Street), +1-360-416-4934 (), [2]. 9AM–7PM. Usually celebrated during July (July 11-12, 2009). A shuttle runs from the "County" parking lot at the Kincaid Street exit off I-5.  edit
  • Skagit Valley Children's Museum, 550 Cascade Mall Drive (at the south end of the Cascade Mall, close to Sears), +1-360-757-8888, [3]. Tue–Fri 10AM–7PM; Sat 10AM–6PM; Sun 11AM–6PM. A fun diversion for children.  edit
  • Lincoln Theater, 712 South First St., +1-360-336-8955, [4]. Fri, Sat 5:30, 8:00PM; Sun 5:30PM; Mon, Tue 7:30PM.. A 1920's era movie theater with art-deco decor. It currently serves as a combination performance theater and movie theater. Movies $8, discounts for members, students, seniors.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Max Dales, 2030 Riverside Drive (Further back from the road behind Westwin Motel), 360 424 7171, [5].  edit
  • Skagit Valley Food Co-Op, 202 S 1st St. (S 1st & W Division St), 360 336-9777, [6]. Mon-Fri 8:00AM to 9:00PM & Sun 9:00AM to 9:00PM.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • BigFoot Java, 1633 Riverside Drive (At College Way and Riverside Drive), (360) 428-3081, [7]. 24 hrs. A 24-hour drive thru espresso stand that offers a large variety of flavors of coffee, espresso, italian sodas, and other specialty drinks, in addition to pastries, bottled beverages, and cigarettes. Close to the freeway with amazing customer service! Try a Mythical White Mocha or a Nutty Yeti Latte! Legendary Creature... Legendary Coffee!  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western College Way Inn, 300 W College Way, +1 360 424-4287 (toll free: +1 800 793-4024, fax: +1 360 424-6036), [8].  edit
  • Best Western CottonTree Inn, 2300 Market Street, +1 360 428-5678 (fax: +1 360 428-1844), [9].  edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through Mount Vernon
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