We Highly Recommend…

The Wild Iris Inn in La Conner, Washington for a great getaway.


Dear and I had an overnight there for my birthday last weekend.


First we had lunch at Seeds-A Bistro & Bar. They have a great menu. After lunch and a little walk about town I checked in for my 90 minute massage at Salon Rouge while Dear checked into our Bed and Breakfast Inn. Later we would have dinner at the restaurant in the bottom right photo.

Before dinner we strolled through the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum which is housed in the National Historical Victorian Gaches Mansion. It’s the white house on the left…


All of the food we ate was wonderful. Top left is my lunch at Seeds, Borsch and a 1/2 meatloaf sandwich. That amazing appetizer of fried polenta smothered in a fabulous sauce and the lamb shank was my meal at Nell Thorn Pub and Restaurant. It was an exceptional place to eat with a great staff and ambiance. Our two course breakfast at the Wild Iris was very tasty and filling.  Good thing it was a lovely weekend to walk around town and burn a few of the calories we ate.


Some of the shops about town. In 1869 John S. Conner purchased the trading post on the Swinomish Channel and named the area in honor of his wife Louisa Ann Conner and that’s how La Conner got its name.


The waterfront and the Rainbow Bridge crossing the Swinomish Channel. The Swinomish Indians are La Conner’s First Nation.


It was fun to come upon the wild turkeys that made La Conner their home in 2005 and that the city has declared the official town mascot.


Some sites just outside of the city center. The acres of fertile farmland around La Conner were first planted mostly with oats. The Tulip industry emerged in the Skagit Valley in the 1920’s when there were restrictions on importing Dutch Tulip bulbs. After WWII, Dutch immigrants began farming tulip bulbs. Since 1982, the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is held the month of April and has been attracting visitors from around the world to view between 400 and 500 acres of tulips in bloom. I’m going to try to get back up to this area when the tulips bloom…

On the way home on my birthday we also saw the Snow Geese which I posted about earlier in the week. La Conner was a delightful overnight getaway for Dear and ellen b.

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About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

19 thoughts on “We Highly Recommend…

  1. What a neat little place to celebrate a birthday! Our favorite spot to eat is also Seeds…of course. We are planning a trip down to see the tulips next month…and we’ll be lunching at Seeds.

  2. Thanks for the tips on what’s what in that cute town. Wish I was going with everyone to see the tulips next month. On the other hand, who knows…maybe a great airfare will pop up!

    I’m guessing the textile museum would not allow flash photography? Or will there be pictures from there as well on a later post?

  3. Looks like you had an excellent birthday, Ellen. Thanks for telling us how La Conner got it’s name…I have actually wondered about that. I loved La Conner the one time I visited there…such fun strolling through all the little shops. We only visited for a few hours. Gosh, that polenta looks so very good! It all looks good.

  4. Ellen, I loved your tour through a delightful little town! It sounds like you had a lovely time. A friend stayed at The Wild Iris a few years back and gave it rave reviews! And oh — those daffodils look beautiful!

    LaTeaDah from Gracious Hospitality

  5. Such places…such food… such scenery…*sigh*… You’ve got me dreaming, Ellen! Thank you for taking us along! :o) Happy Weekend ((HUGS))

  6. Thank you for all your wonderful photos and all the
    great things you write about. I just recently started
    reading…Have been reading Lovella’s blog for several
    months now and thought it was time to check out
    the rest of the “sisters” from MGCC. I am so
    blessed that I did.
    Sandy in NC

  7. going to be booking my first ever overnight at a B&B later this week. (booking not going, I”ll go after Easter)….hubby suggested I run away for a night to be by myself. (yes, he’s a good egg)

    whatwords of wisdom would you share with a B&B rookie?

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