On Sunday morning we woke up thinking it was going to be a rainy day filled with chores and prepping for the week ahead but upon seeing a sliver of blue in the sky, we decided that it was a sign to go exploring. Does everyone in Seattle behave this way or is it just because we’re new? I had been wanting to venture up to Mount Vernon to see the daffodil fields and lucky for me, Clayton was down for the adventure. After doing a little research, he planned the ultimate loop around the islands.
DESTINATION #1: Tulip Town
Known for their annual Tulip Festival, the area features “millions of tulips bursting into bloom” throughout April. While the tulips haven’t quite bloomed yet, the daffodils are on display. We drove through fields of yellow flowers throughout Skagit Valley before stopping to snap a few pics. The main festival areas require $7.00 admission for each adult and feature gift shops, tours, flowers for purchase, and more. We just parked along the road (along with hundreds of others) and explored for free.
DESTINATION #2: Deception Pass
Deception Pass State Park is comprised of 4,134 acres of ancient forest with saltwater shores, freshwater lakes, camping and 38 miles of trails. We stopped for a picnic lunch at one of the many viewpoint pullouts near the bridge and hiked down the hill to find a break from the wind. Talk about lunch with a view. There is a ton to do in the area, in fact Deception Pass is Washington’s most-visited state park. If you find yourself staying for a while, enjoy camping, hiking, boating, kayaking, mountain biking, etc. – we even passed a few signs for jet boat tours.
DESTINATION #3: Double Bluff Beach
Our timing was perfect and we arrived to the beach during low-tide, allowing us to walk for miles (if we wanted). It’s dog-friendly and was Tex’s first time on a proper sandy beach, safe to say – he absolutely loved it. There are mounds of driftwood, some of which have been made into forts, shells for collecting, and gorgeous mountain views. We’re not sure if it was just the time of day (4:30 pm) but there was no wind, making for a seriously warm and enjoyable trek around the sand.
After exploring the beach, we drove a few short miles to the Clinton Ferry Terminal. After waiting for two ferries (they run every 30 minutes and Sunday evenings are quite busy as it turns out) we embarked on our trek across the water to Mukilteo before driving south to Seattle. I know we’ll be back, especially to Deception Pass State Park, so let me know if I missed any of your favorite stops on Whidbey Island. In the meantime, cheers to your next adventure.