Welcome to La Conner
Home of outlandishly colorful tulip fields and an out-of-the-box artists' community (countercultural writer Tom Robbins lives here if that's any measuring stick), La Conner is the region's most enticing small town, full of riverside charm, classy B&Bs and arty, boutique-style shops. Once a forgotten port, it's now a favorite rural retreat for nature-loving Seattleites.
The zenith of La Conner's cultural calendar is the annual tulip festival in April. This is either the best or worst time to visit, depending on your traffic tolerance levels.