2013 Skagit Tulip Festival

Sunday afternoon Justine and I had to be out of the house for another open house, as we try and sell our condo. At the last minute, after finding out it was the last weekend, we decided to head south of the boarder, and check out the 2013 Skagit Tulip Festival.

The festival is held near the town of Mount Vernon, which is about 45 minutes south of the US boarder. While not a great day (weather-wise), it wasn't bad, so we packed up the car and headed south. 

The windmill at Tulip Town.

The windmill at Tulip Town.

This whole area is very agriculture focused, and there are huge fields of flowers this time of year. We drove around the fields for a while, and made our first stop at Tulip Town, the prime attraction. The place was pretty interesting. Huge fields of tulips in every colour imaginable (and some I couldn't have imagined); the usual assortment of gift shops and food; and some nice displays of the different flowers. Mostly it was there to sell bulbs, but as we couldn't have brought them back anyway, we just enjoyed wandering around for a few hours.

I made a short video from some of my pictures as a bit of a different way to display them. I'll also add a few in the main post, as well as add a slide show. The flowers looked amazing, even if we were at the end of the season. 

Justine posing in the tulip fields.

Justine posing in the tulip fields.

Fields of tulips, all sadly coming to the end of their life.

Fields of tulips, all sadly coming to the end of their life.

The pink tulips were particularly vibrant.

The pink tulips were particularly vibrant.

After spending a few hours, it was getting close to the end of the day. We headed out and made a short trip to the outlet mall, before making a stop for dinner before the drive back north. The festival was pretty great, and I'd like to go back and see it when the flowers are at their peak.