I love to spend time in Skagit County with my family. It’s a wonderful area to get the kids outdoors. Mount Vernon is a vibrant, historic town with fun people. When I met my husband, he was living in Mount Vernon and I was living in Seattle. At first I wondered if this guy was the real deal, but obviously after eight years and two kids, the Skagit Valley was good to me!
Years ago, one of our first dates was the Mount Vernon Street Fair that’s part of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. I remember my husband driving me the long way through the tulip fields, trying to impress me, I’m sure. It worked. I’m not saying that the tulips will get you a partner for life but they sure didn’t hurt the effort in my husband’s case.
Fast forward a few years. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival happens every spring. Each year, I think we’re going to get our twins dressed in their cute mud boots and out for that vibrant picture standing in front of the tulips.
But somehow this is the first year our twins have ever seen the tulips. They’re nearly five years old. The tulips aren’t that far from us. It’s a shame, I know. The lost photos alone!
We went to Tulip Town, a great option for families. It wasn’t a good start for us, though. I tried for the photos. But one of us couldn’t shake the grumpy and I ended up carrying a kid for a while.
I decided to let it go and just let them direct what we would see. My son was mesmerized by the rows of colorful flowers, in his own quiet way.
It turns out they loved the indoor area with the murals and the tulip arrangements.
They also liked the reflecting ponds in memory of fallen heroes. That made me proud. And all was well after we got a cookie from the espresso stand.
I read a lot of “how to plan your trip” tips and visitor information. My most practical tips would be to bring cash – although it wasn’t an expensive morning for us at $12 for our family of four, including the cookie. I’d also bring mud boots for everyone. And do everything you can to get there early.
But my most useful tip would be to bring your most positive self. I think that for moms, outings like the tulip fields are about that desire we have to break from routine a little bit, to nurture our kids with experiences. It’s love that gets families out in the mud and the traffic. And as I was reminded, it’s mom’s willingness to let go that can often carry the day.
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