Last Saturday morning, we were awake at 3:45am so we could meet up with friends and head up to the Skagit Valley before sunrise. We wanted to catch some photos of the tulips in the morning light. I thought I’d be miserable and bleary-eyed, but it turned out to be a gloriously beautiful morning and it was great staying ahead of the crowds. We were the only people in a massive tulip field as the sun rose over the Cascades. What a sight!
We caught lunch in La Conner at the Calico Cupboard Cafe and Bakery. They packed nine of us, including two kids, around a table in the corner. Lunch was casual and the food was tasty. We had to use willpower to avoid the yummy-looking baked goods in the display case. We were trying to postpone dessert until the ride back to Seattle, when we planned to stop off at Snow Goose Produce. Although we’ve passed by this place a number of times over the years, we’ve never stopped in. But we wanted to try the ice cream that Catherine mentioned on her blog.
What she didn’t mention is just how enormous these waffle cones are! We waited in a long line for at least 20 minutes before we got up to the ice cream counter, watching happy face after happy face disappearing behind gargantuan ice cream cones. It was so worth the wait! The waffle cones were made right in front of us, and were incredible with Lopez Island ice cream.
We also bought some of the Gothberg Farm Chevre that Catherine mentioned (she is the cheese goddess, after all), some Skagit pickles, and an extra bottle of Cornelia’s Apricot Syrup. And on the way back, we stopped at Silvana Meats and picked up some of their gourmet jerky for the road.
Note: If you’re interested in seeing our tulip photos, they are here.