Town of LaConner

LaConner is known as the most romantic getaway in Washington State. Although that may be debatable, LaConner is certainly is a enchanting little 1800s waterfront community. LaConner is also known as an artist enclave with many galleries to browse. If you enjoying boating, there are many opportunities for some rather unique experiences around the Swinomish Channel. The hotels along the water have kept the coastal-community feel by not building too large and looking more like mountain chateaus. At just an hour from Seattle, LaConner is definitely one of the closest places to feel like you have gotten away from everything. This historic community has restored many of the homes and buildings around town. Each year, thousands come for the annual Tulip Festival with its fields of daffodils, tulips and iris.
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Located on the delta near the mouth of the Skagit River, La Conner is a premier Northwest destination providing the best that Washington has to offer with luxury accommodations, unique shopping and dining experiences, boating, hiking, biking and much more. When you are ready to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, if just for a little while, come refresh yourself in La Conner. Spend time in our award-winning spas, or take a cruise on our salt water channel and marvel at the view of the famous Rainbow Bridge, town shops and neighboring Swinomish Indian Reservation. Located in a rural agricultural setting, the La Conner area offers some of the most fertile farmland in the world. In the 1930's and 1940's, renowned artists like Guy Anderson and Morris Graves moved to town. As a result, La Conner is known as the birthplace of the Northwest School art. Even today, we are defined by our extensive art offerings and artists. Founded in the 1860's, La Conner offers wonderful visual architecture and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. One can easily walk the town in just a matter of a couple of hours. We invite you to come, stroll through our town, meet our citizens and find out why La Conner is one of the foremost places on the west coast to live as well as to visit.
The Mayors Invite
Directly across the salt-water channel form La Conner lies Fidalgo Island, home of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Since the arrival of the first non-native settlers in the 1860's, Swinomish and the town have been closely linked through strong bonds of friendship as well as by the Rainbow Bridge, which connects the two communities. The three structures seen form the town side of the channel, are pavilions built to resemble the traditional cedar hats worn by the many Coast Salish tribes of the Pacific Northwest. The hat pavilions, on the shore at Swadabs Park, were built to welcome the 2011 Canoe Journey. In the heart of Swinomish Village stands a 61.5 foot carved cedar totem pole erected in 1938, by a crew led by well-known carver Charlie Edwards, who was in his 70's. Besides representing teachings that inspire Swinomish families, the totem also reflected the world of the 1930s and was topped with an eagle and a likeness of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The original pole had to be taken down in 1981 but it's carved images have been restored and are on display on the wall inside the Swinomish Social Services building, where they can be seen today.
This link takes you to an unusual kayaking trip I did from La Conner through the Swinomish Channel to Ika Island.
Swinomish Kayaking Trip
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La Conner from Rainbow Bridge
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Looking south from Rainbow Bridge
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