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A perfect mini vacation for British Columbians is a visit to Port Townsend which is located on the northeastern corner of Washington's Olympic Peninsula. En route, you can take a short detour and tarry in the quaint town of La Conner.

La Conner and Port Townsend - Washington's Victorian gems

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A perfect mini vacation for British Columbians is a visit to Port Townsend which is located on the northeastern corner of Washington's Olympic Peninsula. En route, you can take a short detour and tarry in the quaint town of La Conner.

Poised at sea level near the mouth of the Skagit River, the picturesque community of La Conner sprawls along the Swinomish Channel. Considering its roots as a trading post dating back to the early 19th century, it should come as no surprise to learn that one of the town's best known attractions is its proliferation of antique stores on Morris Street, the main artery running perpendicular to the waterfront. Many of the stores are located in structures which were crafted in the 1800s and early 1900s because, unlike many other Pacific communities which were decimated by fire, La Conner escaped unscathed.

Local shops feature an array of art galleries, fine wood-working and bunnies (the latter is Bunnies By The Bay, where you can choose from a wonderful selection of appealing, hand-made rabbits).

In April the Skagit Valley is famous for its fields of tulips, daffodils and irises. However, in other months thousands of blooms flourish under glass. The La Conner Flats Display Garden on Best Road can be visited from June till September with ever-changing displays. Make sure you visit the Tillinghast Seed Company, the Northwest's oldest mail order seed house. The business began in 1885 and is easy to spot as it is the first white clapboard building as you enter town via Morris Street. The surrounding garden centre is a great place to purchase unique gifts for friends who have a green thumb.

Museum buffs can visit the 22-room Gaches Mansion which is now home to the La Conner Quilt Museum. This turn-of-the century mansion was used as a hospital for a decade is now on the register of national historic buildings. Another peek into the past can be found ...

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