My wife and I plan to spend a few days in the tulip area. What is the best estimate of the best time to visit this year? Thanks
We usually visit in mid-April when we drive up from Oregon. Our lodging choice is one of the Best Westerns on the north end of Mount Vernon, or a B&B in LaConner if the budget is a little mor flush. Favorite place to eat is Pacioni's in downtown Mount Vernon. Great pizza and other tasty Italian standards. We always stop there for lunch or dinner when on the road en route to Victoria or Vancouver.
Keep tuned in to their site and/or email them as you wish to try, if you like, for the "height" of the blossoming.
Since it's a big tourist attraction, consider having a cooler as the restaurant lines, at times, can be long. The area and La Conner can be quite busy. If possible, come on a week day.Edited: 24 March 2012, 10:09
Unfortunately mother nature is fairly unpredictable as to when the flowers will pop. Depends on rain, weather, temperature, etc.
I also think coming during the week is your best bet to avoid long lines of cars & buses full of people. It's a rural farming area, so 2 lane roads easily get backed up with traffic.
There are some nice restaurants & museums in La Conner to visit:
The Everett Herald just had a big article on this year's festival. I think they are predicting blooms mid month for tulips.
There are bloom maps online to show you where to go during the month for good views. I turn off at Conway and go up just east of La Conner. You might see some migrating snow geese or trumpeter swans if you go that way (though it isn't the peak time).
If you can avoid going on a week do it. It is just bonkers on the weekend in the middle of the Tulip festival. But if you must go on the weekend get there early ... VERY EARLY!!!! The best plan would be to go on a nice day in the middle of the week and still get there early to enjoy the morning light that is perfect for that one beautiful photograph.
Just drove through there today, Sunday, April 15th. No tulips in full bloom yet.
Yellow and a few white daffs, but no tulips. Not crowded at 10:30 am.
I have been going to this area for 20 plus years, and is it my imagination that there are fewer fields being planted?
Polycoder - what fields did you visit? I agree it seems like fewer fields had flowers this year. We just returned home after spending the day there today. Roozengaarde had tulips in full bloom, mostly red and yellow tulips. The other colors there will probably be in bloom in the next week or so. We arrived at 9:30 to beat the crowds. Then we spent the afternoon in La Conner.Edited: 16 April 2012, 06:14