One of the things I like about living in the Pacific Northwest are the numerous festivals, events, and beautiful nature spots within driving distance. Even though we’ve lived here for several years, this was out first time to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
We started off our day with afternoon tea at the Olde Towne Grainery Tea Room in Mt. Vernon. I’m a sucker for afternoon tea. I mean there’s copious amount of tea, sandwiches, scones with devonshire cream, and sweets. What’s not to like?
The atmosphere of this tea shop was quite twee. Think lace dollies and lots of knick-knacks. No big deal though, because the service and the tea/food was good.
(sandwiches: chicken salad, salmon egg salad, roast beef, and cucumber. Peach scones. Chocolate almond slices and short bread cookies.)
After we rolled out of the tea room (afternoon tea is not a light meal, contrary to popular belief) we made our way to the Roozengaarde Tulip farm. I’d never been to a tulip farm before, or any flower farm for that matter, so I didn’t know how large it would be. Turns out, pretty big. There were several fields of red, purple, white, yellow, pink, orange, and multi-colored tulips.
(there were so many people there)
No one was allowed to walk between the rows, hence all the clear field shots. Some people risked it, but were quickly shooed away by people with orange flags. The day was so clear and bright and was a welcome sight after weeks of rain and gray skies. Everyone was out!
I’m usually not an orange flower kind of person (or orange anything of that matter), but couldn’t resist taking a picture in this field. So vibrant! (Can you see the crowds of people along the edges of the fields, crazy.) I choose to wear an old Anthropolige dress, black leggings, and my trusty Hunter Boots.
The tulip fields are only part of the attraction though. The farm has some beautiful landscaping (with tulips of course!). I wouldn’t mind having whoever landscaped these shots see what they could do with our front yard.
The layout of these blue flowers (not tulips) is genius. It looks like a stream running through the flowers. I want!