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La Conner can be accessed from Interstate 5 from the North or South, or by water through the Swinomish Channel to the west. It is located about 10 miles west of the interstate on the channel. The drive through the farmland of the Skagit Valley is especially beautiful.
La Conner is a great town to walk, with almost all retailers and restaurants and museums located within a 2 block radius of either First Street on the waterfront or Morris Street, which runs the length of town and intersects First. The town is surrounded on 3 sides by water, and the other by lush, flat farmland which makes for easy biking for miles. Otherwise, you'll need a car, or a boat, as towns are pretty far apart and there is little public transportation.
In La Conner you'll find plenty of evidence of the creativity that has flourished there since the 1940's. The Museum of Northwest Art showcases a permanent collection of northwest artists, as well as revolving shows through out the year. The town is also home to the Skagit Historical Museum, with perhaps the best view in town, and the Quilt Museum, located in one of the oldest homes in town, the Gaches Mansion.
Besides art museums, there are many gift shops, galleries, clothing stores and fine dining establishments in town. The town also boasts plenty of charming small inns and Bed and Breakfasts.
La Conner is located at the edge of the largest tulip-growing region in the world, the Skagit Valley. In Spring, the local fields are filled with ribbons of color as the valley hosts the annual Tulip Festival the entire month of April. The protected farmland around the town is said to be some of the richest in the world, and the region grows everything from strawberries to wheat, with many local farmstands selling their wares on the highways and in town.
Shop, eat, hike, bike, kayak, sail in La Conner. Within 15 miles: whale watching, ride a ferry, lake fishing and swimming, river rafting.
La Conner Chamber of Commerce website www.laconnerchamber.com or 360-466-4778.