Located along the calm waters of the Swinomish Channel in western Skagit County sits La Conner, Washington. This seaside town is often voted the most perfect place for a Washington state weekend getaway, and it’s easy to see why. Charming shops and delicious restaurants line a boardwalk along the water. On one side lies the Salish Sea and on the other side, Mount Baker rises above rolling farm fields. The characteristics that make La Conner a perfect weekend getaway are also the same things that make it a beautiful place to live and work.
Home to about 1,000 year-round residents, La Conner boasts the perfect quaint, quiet charm. It is just off I-5 between Seattle and Vancouver BC, and the perfect jumping-off point for the San Juan Islands or the Cascade Mountains.
La Conner is known as a boater’s paradise. With several marinas right on the channel, this is the perfect location for someone who loves boating, sailing or crabbing in the Salish Sea. La Conner Marina is a premier destination for recreational boaters, and home to commercial fishers, maritime manufacturers and marine businesses. Within easy walking distance of downtown shops, restaurants and stores, the marina has service facilities for locals and tourists alike, including 366 covered moorage slips, 131 open moorage slips and plenty of dock space for overnight moorage. And it's just a two-hour cruise from La Conner Marina to the heart of the San Juan Islands, a premier boating destination.
Additionally, this charming seaside town is home to a thriving arts community. With regular First Friday walks through downtown, spring and summer festivals, art galleries and artists-in-residence, there’s always something vibrant and eye-catching in town. And as one of Washington state’s treasured historic communities, many of the old homes and buildings are still in tact and meticulously restored.
Each year, the town is home to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and the La Conner Daffodil Festival. The festivities start with fields full of yellow daffodils each March, shifting into a colorful array of tulips throughout April. Visitors are drawn from around the globe each year to tour the fields throughout the Skagit Valley.