We just returned from a one-week vacation in the Skagit Valley in Washington. We rented an old farmhouse and used it as a base of operations to explore the Skagit Valley, the Cascades, and other points of interest.
Here are some random impressions:
Damn, it’s beautiful there. You can visit mountains, ocean, and rich farmland all in one day.
Organic produce, eggs and cheese are for sale everywhere in the countryside, and nowhere does it feel overly precious or expensive, Napa Valley-style. Among the goodies we bought and ate: fingerling potatoes, local gouda cheese, fresh-baked potato sourdough bread, and local smoked salmon.
As far as dining out, we drove onto Whidbey Island and had local Penn Cove mussels, and on another day, had oysters from Taylor Shellfish of Samish Bay.
We also drove up to Artist’s Point, a nosebleed-high lookout located between Mounts Baker and Shuksan. It was a beautiful clear day and I took many photos and videos.
On another day, we took a different drive into the Cascades and saw the Skagit River, bald eagles, and that huge landslide scar near Oso.
I just learned that Graham Kerr, the TV chef, now lives in Mt. Vernon. He’s an advocate of healthy cooking nowadays and I’m sure he appreciates access to all the good organic produce, too.
Can’t wait until we go back.
ETA: Oh, yeah, the SeaTac airport was socked in with fog yesterday morning, and after several reschedulings, our flight was canceled and we were rebooked onto a different airline. We finally made it out, though.