We found a lot of interesting things to do in and around Mt. Vernon. Although it was too late for the tulip festival we visited the RoozenGaared bulb company which is nationally recognized for its flower bulbs. Although we missed the tulips the irises and rhododendrons are in bloom and are beautiful. The grounds are lovely and there is a gift shop. We also stopped by Discovery Garden, a project of Washington State University Extension Skagit County. There are three types of gardens full of various flowers and raised beds to educate people about gardening.
We also drove out Highway 11 to Taylor’s shellfish farms. Although the tide was out we could see where they farm the shellfish they sell. The road down to the farm is an adventure in itself – very steep and picturesque.
Another day we drove to end of Samish Island which is near Bow, WA. There are lots of beautiful homes and you can see the bay. We were disappointed when we found no place to park and no public access to the water.
A local park named Little Mountain Park wonderful has a view of Mt Vernon, WA and the Skagit valley. We could also easily see Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. There are several hiking trails but we opted to drive to the top to the main viewpoints. It was a sunny day and several groups were enjoying a picnic with a view.
We took a day trip to Seattle using public transportation. We Drove to Everett and caught the bus to Seattle. We walked just a few blocks to Pike Place Market and also wandered around the shops in the area. I enjoyed visiting original Starbucks. It’s a remake of the very first walk through Starbucks and located right across from the market. It’s easy to find because of the line of people out the door! I also found a cute chocolate shop as well as a tea shop selling loose tea and teapots etc. When we were ready to sit a few minutes we stopped at the Sisters Bakery and enjoyed some very tasty apple fritters. We left the Market place and started walking toward the train station enjoying window shopping along the way. I couldn’t resist revisiting the main public library which is an awesome building by itself.
From there we walked on to the train station and figured out how to buy tickets from the machine. Riding the Sounder commuter train was great! We went to the upper deck and enjoyed the ride right along the coast back to Everett. The view of the Bay and beaches along the way is a real treat. I recommend the trip to Seattle by public transportation and hope to do it again.