Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tulip Fields of Skagit Valley


Rows and rows of colours, swaying to the winds of pacific north west, setting the ground ablaze in a rainbow coloured flame. The closer you get, the bigger they get – individually enticing you to a flowered land that kind of captures your attention so much that you forget the hordes of people chattering around you. Only two things might break your trance – a view that seems more beautiful or a splash of the puddle you just stepped into because you were focusing on the flowers. But trust me – the view of tulip gardens and just roaming around in the bulb farms surrounded by hills and windmills is totally worth it!


I don’t know about people abroad, but every Indian is surely in love with tulip farms thanks to the elaborate dreamy sequences in Bollywood movies. Of course they were Dutch fields or Kashmiri fields but tulip farms are same everywhere, right? This Saturday, I witnessed the beauty of tulip fields at Skagit Valley, Mt Vernon in the state of Washington, United States and I am still in a spell cast by that place. Acres and acres of blossoms dancing on that priced sunny day. It totally was a sight I would love to go back to any day.



Nestled in a pristine valley surrounded by the Cascadia range, Mt. Vernon has several tulip fields that make it one of the best getaways from Seattle specially during spring. Two very famous tulip fields of the area are – Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde, and I made my way toward RoozenGarde for my flowery day out of Seattle. 



RoozenGaarde was established in 1985 by the Roozen family and Washington Bulb Company. Every spring for about 3 to 4 weeks, the garden is adorned with about 20-30 different variety of tulips (from what I could see), daffodils, iris and lilies. During late April and early may, RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town host the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and this is the best time to visit Mount Vernon to bask in spring’s warmth and walk around the arrays of the flowers.



While RoozenGaarde is a vast area with more flowers, Tulip Town flaunts more variety and ensures more colours in a single picture frame. Sure, for people staying in the North West of the US, sighting a random bunch of tulips at road side is not that uncommon, but the tulip fields of Mt. Vernon give you an experience that is close to the one that one might have if in Netherlands or in Turkey. For once I could say too much of something wasn’t bad at all!


By the way - Trivia! - Even though tulip fields are now a well-known tourist attraction of Netherlands, the flowers and the idea of the fields is native to Turkey, Iran and Lebanon. Anyhow, people who cannot fly to the countries that are famous for the fields, and for people visiting Seattle till the first week of May, look of for sunny days and be sure to pay Mt. Vernon a visit!

How to Get There:
Skagit Valley is about 70 miles north of Seattle (Downtown) and it takes almost 2 hours to get there by road. This is the best way to reach Skagit valley since the buses from Seattle take about 3-4 hours and after a decent number of bus hops.


Where to Eat:
Do not eat at the gardens because it is crazy expensive! Instead make may to Mt Vernon city restaurants. There are plenty of options. 


About Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde:

Both the venues are just 2 miles away and you would require minimum 2 hours at atleast one of the places if you love photography or nature or both. Both places have a 7 USD entry fee which also covers your parking cost. Best time to visit the fields is either early morning or after 4:00 PM. This way you would avoid major traffic. Also the grounds are muddy so you would want to wear water resistant boots and keep your eye out for sunny days.
This week the farms are in full bloom and Friday is sunny – just letting you guys know.


P.S. – Keep a look out for Llamas and horses! I was excited like a child when I saw Llamas for the first time ever.





34 comments:

  1. Such a vibrant post, Vaisakhi! Being bollywood fans, tulip fields resides in everyone's heart here in our part of the world and you have captured the essence of the place beautifully. I'd love to visit it someday. 😊

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    1. Thanks Saumy! Glad you liked the post. Hope you get to visit atleast some tulip field soon!!! :D

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  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE!❤
    Vibrant colors and the tulip fields are so beautiful! The captures, wow! So many beautiful places in Seattle to vist and this one is specially added to my bucket list.Already in LOVE with the pink and red tulips and the place. 😍

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    1. Thank you so much Letizia. Seattle and close by areas are just amazing. I am sure you will love it when you visit. :)

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  3. Oh man! Those glorious tulips distracted me so much from the post that I had to go back to actually read it. Just love the colours!

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    1. Thanks Sid :D Glad you read it even after being distracted! B-)

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  4. Beautiful pics Vaisakhi and the tulips are mesmerizing. Actually , loved all the colors these flowers bring in.

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    1. Thanks Swati! The field was mesmerizing :)

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  5. Beautiful! The bright, vibrant colors and the floral beauty has been captured so well! I am sure the tips shared will help people who plan to visit it be better prepared ...... I have already admired the pics more than 3 times and will surely be back :)

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    1. OMG! Thank you so much! Glad you liked the photos and the post so much :)

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  6. Your beautiful colourful photos made my day! Thank you for that. For the moment I was event tempted to 'borrow' one of the photos for my desktop ;-) The tulips field looks like a great place to spend a spring day!

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    1. Glad the photos made your day! Thank you so much for your kind words.

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  7. I would definitely like to visit these tulip fields. The photos are just amazing. I love all the different colors. And I didn't know that flower fields originated in the Middle East.

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    1. Thank you so much! And o yes they are supposed to be the best in turkey still!

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  8. This is truly gorgeous in every way!

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  9. Oh my this is beautiful! Added bonus animals! Especially llamas. I'm always up for destinations where I can meet and learn about different animals even if it's not the main attraction!

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    1. This place is gold for people in love with Nature! Not just flowers but also animals! Glad you liked the post :)

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  10. Beautiful! The colors are so vibrant. I think the tulip is possibly the most well sculpted flower of them all. And the Skagit valley itself looks stunning.

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  11. Tulips always give such a joy to me! I tried to visit as many tulip gardens as possible in London when I was there in spring. But that's nothing compared to this! This is like acres and acres of tulips in bloom! I'd love to get a romantic photoshoot done here!!!

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    1. There were so many photoshoots going on the day I went to Skagit. You would surely love yours when you do get a chance. :)

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  12. Like nature lover this post is so good for me! Flowers have the power to color the the place where they are. When I was in the Netherlands I visited lots of gardens! - Amalia

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    1. Flowers sure have that power! Glad you liked the post. Thanks :)

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  13. Wow these flowers are absolutely beautiful...they instantly put me in a good mood! I would love to visit these fields!

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    1. That was the aim with this post! To make people smile when they read this and see the pictures :)

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  14. Yeah, one more location to put on my list, what I want to see when I am back to Seattle. I´ve been there two years ago and I had only time for discover the city a little bit. That´s why I definitely need to return and then I want to see those Tulips with my own eyes. The pictures are awesome and so colourful.

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    1. You should definitely return and explore more. Seattle has so much to see and experience!!

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  15. Wow, so much color! I bet the flowers can brighten your day even if you are in a bad mood. It's therapeutic :)

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  16. Nice Photography. Thank you for sharing this post.

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