Springtime in Mount Vernon is vibrant! Travelers from near and far come for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and stay for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Street Fair in historic downtown Mount Vernon. Biking and bird watching are also on the must-do list. On the eastern edge of the county along a magnificent stretch of highway are the North Cascade Mountains where you can view eagles on the Skagit River or hike on 50 miles of trails.
We are proud to bring our tulip fans an electronic passport program that will help you learn all there is to know about the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Use the passport to explore the tulip sites, enjoy the many delicious places to eat around our valley, experience our special events, and enhance your visit with the year-round activities that abound here in Skagit Valley.
Use Passport, Get Points, Win Prizes!
As you navigate our Skagit Valley Tulip Festival using the passport, you can accumulate points toward prizes which include:
- A Tulip Festival holographic sticker
- Entry into a drawing for $25 restaurant gift certificates from Calico Cupboard, Skagit River Brewery or Annie's Pizza
- Entry into a grand prize drawing: a return visit to stay at La Conner's Country Inn with free e-bike rentals from PNW Exploration, and a dining gift certificate from Nell Thorn Restaurant and Pub.
Sign up at: https://tulipfestival.org/passportregistration/
Skagit Chili & Chowder Cook-Off
Enter your favorite recipe or come to sample your way through some of the best chili in the Northwest at the Skagit Chili & Chowder Cook-off where you choose the winner. $15 gets you six samples (a large portion of your favorite) and a vote.
$25 to compete – professionals and amateurs are welcome.
Send your team name and check to PO Box 1007 Mount Vernon, WA 98273 or drop by the chamber office at 301 W Kincaid St., Mount Vernon, WA 98273.
Contact Jeremy Kindlund at jeremy@mountvernonchamber or (360) 428-8547 for more information.
Hillcrest Lodge, 1717 S 13th St., Mount Vernon, WA 98274 Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of April, from 11am – 7pm. Visit www.mvkiwanisclub.org/kiwanis-salmon-barbeque for more information. For 15+ group reservations, call or text 360-708-5550.
Inside the warmth of a heated lodge is served a balanced full plate of traditional PNW wild salmon barbecued over alder, a baked potato, coleslaw, garlic bread and ice cream. Two serving sizes ONLY $20 or $23.
Directions: I-5 Exit 225 or 226, head east and follow signs to historic Hillcrest Park.