The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: The Long Journey!


Earth Day this year landed on Good Friday! We welcomed spring with a trip to the tulip fields! Together, my Mom, my daughter and I woke early Friday morning with the intention of beating the traffic on the normally 2-3 hour drive to the Mount Vernon area. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival promised to be a fun adventure out with two of my favorite ladies!

We expected to make a full day of the different farms and fields of tulips. Realizing the difficulties with cross border adventures at the start of a holiday weekend, we left early. To our dismay, we were not the only ones who had that idea. Hundreds of cars were already queuing the border as we approached! We were stuck, unmoving, blocks away from the boarder with a computerized sign hanging in view. Teasing us while tantalizingly promising a 90 minute wait.

Sure….We sat, and sat, and sat some more! (Keeping the car off as much as possible… limiting the idling.) We inched our way to the boarder. Watching the entertaining array of cars cheating the line- ups, a regular exodus of passengers in search of gas station coffee, and those who waited hours to simply turn around and give up. It was quite something. And it was most definitely not 90 minutes.

Luckily the mood in our car was cheery. My 6 year old impressed me with her patience and maturity. We talked, sang silly songs, played car games and watched my daughter try to wiggle a loose tooth right out of her mouth! All together not a bad way to spend 5 hours.

Yes, you heard me right. A 5 hour border wait!!!!!

Shaking that off, we made it to RoozenGaarde by early afternoon. Immediately we knew it was worth all the trouble.

We toured the 3 acre show gardens. Brimming full of fantastic and colourful blooms! The display contains ¼ million bulbs & features an authentic Dutch windmill!

We never made it to any of the other farms on the tour. That was all right, there’s always next year! There was so much to see at RoozenGaarde that we weren’t left for want. We spent hours wandering the fields of tulips and daffodils. I took hundreds of pictures, a little star struck by all of the showy blooms.

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs until April 30th, so there’s still time to make it down to visit all the sights!


This was the first of a three part series on our visit to RoozenGaarde.


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