TrawlerFest 2015

Trawler Fest 2015

TrawlerFest 2015 is HERE in Anacortes! Get ready and geared up to check out the the impressive in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats! If you are a cruising enthusiast, this event is not one to miss! TrawlerFest Anacortes is not just a boat show, it is where industry, education, and community come together in a relaxed, rendezvous-type atmosphere!

Join the fun and experience the world of powerboats at the Port of Anacortes and Cap Sante Marina!

Boat Show Hours:

Thursday May 14- Saturday May 16

10 am- 5 pm

Sunday May 17

10 am- 3 pm

Ticket Information:

General Admission- $15 in advance, $18 on site

Seminars (2 hours)- $50 in advance, $60 on site

Experience first-class education, demonstrations, and learn the latest in marine products and services; all while enjoying sharing cruising tales and adventures with fellow cruisers! There are many different seminars that you can sign up for that vary in topics to fit your personal interests, make sure to register for a $10 discount in advance! Each seminar is approximately 2 hours. CLICK HERE to register for seminars!

There is so much to do at this amazing annual event, make sure to check out the Welcome Breakfast, lunches, dinners, cocktail parties, and evening activities! Whether you are a novice or an experienced boater this event provides many opportunities for you to speak with professionals and enjoy the world of cruising!

There will be FREE demos that will be on going during the show. Make sure you don’t miss them!!

Are you in the market for purchasing waterfront property? We have several wonderful homes that might catch your eye, CLICK HERE to view our current listings! For more information on the great boating scene and marina living here in Anacortes, CLICK HERE!

Kick Off to Fishing and Boating Season

Boating and fishing season is upon us here in Skagit County! This is an exciting time of the year as more and more outdoor community events kick off in our area!

Get the kids geared up for some fishing and head to Northern State Pond in Sedro-Woolley for the Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday May 2. Children 14 and under will be able to bring their own bait and gear and go crazy fishing! Gates open at 7 a.m. with fishing starting at 8 a.m. This event is sponsored by the Wildcate Steelhead Club, along with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, and General Administration Department of North Cascades Gateway Center. If you aren’t familiar with the area and need directions, here you go..Take HWY 20 East from Fruitdale Road, Left on Fruitdale approximately 1 mile on right hand side, look for signs along the way leading to the gate into the pond.

If you are a boater, the Swinomish Yacht Club in La Conner is holding their 40th Anniversary Opening Day Boat Parade also on Saturday May 2 at 3 p.m beginning at the North Basin. The theme for the parade is celebrating the 70’s and Jaws. If you are interested in participating in the parade, registration is Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse. Following the parade there will be a Potluck and an Awards Ceremony for prize winners. Music will be going all night long! This is event is located at 310 North 1st Street in La Conner.

We hope to see you all enjoying the wonderful events in our community this upcoming weekend!

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2015

It’s that time of year here in Skagit County where the tulip fields are ready to display the beauty of Spring!

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a premiere destination in the Pacific Northwest for many near and far! The breathtaking display of the RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town show gardens are an explosion of color.

If you are interested in admiring these gorgeous gardens, visit the them soon. This year, tulips bloomed way earlier than expected and forced Tulip town to open last weekend. Yes, in mid March!

Events include wine-tasting, viewing of the tulip fields, music, street fairs, tours of local businesses that highlight local agricultural products, self-guided bicycle tours, a fly-in at the local airport, and more!

Tulip Town Events:

Location: 15002 Bradshaw Road Mt. Vernon 98273

Open: 9am-5pm daily – Now through April 30th

Art Gallery, Gift Shops, Kite Flying, Face Painting, Espresso and Snacks, Trolley Rides 10am-4pm (weather permitting)

Admission: $5/person Cash only- Children 6 and under are FREE

Parking: FREE

For more information visit:

RoozenGaarde Events:

Location: 15867 Beaver Marsh Road Mt. Vernon 98273

Open: 9am-7pm daily

Art Gallery, Gift Shop, Food and Drinks, Great Photo Opportunities

Admission: $5/person- $4 with Military I.D.- Children 6 and under are FREE

Parking: FREE

Special Event: Meet Poster Artist- Teresa Saia and get your festival art work signed!

Sunday- 4/5, Saturday- 4/11, Sunday- 4/19, and Saturday- 4/25

From the RoozenGardee Website: As of March 26, 2015 “We have tulips in bloom! Our tulip field at RoozenGaarde (Field 1) is now showing some brilliant and bright colors! Field 2 and Field 3 have also been lit up and are displaying outstanding colors. These fields are nearly in full bloom and we expect the next two weeks or so to be some of the most colorful days of the spring. Plan to be early this year!”

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a great experience that includes beautiful photo opportunities as well as a place where you can order the best bulbs,cut flowers and mementos.

For more information on events please visit

We are excited to view the amazing display of flowers and to check out the many events in Skagit County, we will be enjoying all the beauty this weekend and we hope to see you there!

Skagit Valley Highland Games – July 14-15

Skagit Valley Highland Games – July 14 & July 15
Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon

This weekend, the 18th annual Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival will be held at Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon, WA.

The Skagit Valley Highland Games features bagpiping and drumming competitions, bagpipe bands, fiddling, Highland dancing and of course the traditional Scottish athletics events.  For more information on each day’s schedule of events, visit the Celtic Arts Foundation Booth. The booth is  located by the main gate in the northwest area of the park. The gates to the games open at 8:00 a.m. and events will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Tickets for the Highland Games can be purchased at the gate.

While at the Skagit Valley Highland Games you can also enjoy  plenty of great fair food, Scottish clan arts and crafts vendors, Celtic music, a beer garden, and a Celtic animal farm!

The Skagit Valley Highland Games are for people of all ages and pets too ! Water for pets will be available in the Celtic Farm area.

The Skagit River Shakespeare Festival- June 4th- July 30th

The Shakespeare Festival, is a gathering of poets, actors and actresses, and poetry fans of all kinds! Shakespeare Northwest presents the Skagit River Shakespeare Festivals touring parks show, “Shakespeare’s Fools”.

The Skagit River Shakespeare Festival likes to have one show each year made accessible to all audiences throughout Skagit County, so they put on a touring performance that performs at local parks every Saturday in June.

“Shakespeare’s Fools” will give audiences a taste of several of Shakespeare’s plays, from all genres.  Shakespeare’s plays are still loved today. They are full of many fun and witty  characters that modern audiences can relate to, even 400 years later!

Admission to the plays are free while donations are accepted. Bring your favorite blanket or lawn chair!  The Shakespeare Festival is appropriate for all audiences too.

Show Dates & Locations:

June 4th @ 1pm in Pioneer Park in La Conner, WA.

June 4th @ 3:30pm in Seafarer’s Park in Anacortes, WA.

June 11th @ 1pm at the Mount Vernon,WA  City Library

June 11th @ 4pm at Maiben Park in Burlington, WA

July 30th @ the Blackrock in Mount Vernon, WA for Shakespeare Iron Man!!!

The Skagit River Poetry Festival – La Conner

The 7th Biennial Skagit River Poetry festival will be held May 17-20th, 2012, in La Conner, WA.

Opening night includes a Poet’s Table Dinner from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. for $75 and a Celtic themed night of poetry, music, and storytelling from 8-11 p.m. for $25.  Tickets can be purchased at or at The Next Chapter Bookstore in La Conner.

The Skagit River Poetry Project’s mission is to bring poets into classrooms throughout Skagit County to promote literacy and an appreciation for language.  The Skagit River Poetry Project began in 1998,  as a result of a conversation between leaders from seven rural school districts in Skagit County, Washington. These leaders hoped to create a project that would support our high literacy standards with the arts.  From 1998 to the present, over 50 Skagit county teachers a year have hosted resident poets.

For more information on the festival events, please visit

Have a Heart Run

Do you like to  help others? Do you like to run? Or even take a stroll with the family?  Then join the Have a Heart Run on May 12th, 2012!

This run benefits Community Action, which is a private, non-profit organization helping low-income families throughout Skagit County move towards self-sufficiency for over 30 years.

The timed 5k and 10k (certified) course is fairly flat and runs through beautiful Skagit Valley and  along parts of the Skagit River dikes and farmlands! The cost for pre-registration is $25, and $30 for the day of the race. The cost of registration includes the awards, random prizes for the pre-registered participants, and prizes for the person/team that raises the most donations! For more information, visit

For more information on Skagit County, or homes for sale in the area, contact Jean Groesbeck at or (360) 941-3734


Just yesterday as I drove from Anacortes to La Conner I saw the workers in the fields picking daffodils.  The tulips can’t be too far behind.

It reminded me that the annual Skagit Tulip Festival is just around the corner, April 1-30.  That means I may want to invite family/friends over sometime next month for the added bonus of a trip to the tulip fields.  Or, if I need to do some personal shopping in La Conner, I best do it BEFORE April 1.

At the very least, it did my heart good to realize this special time of year for all of us in Skagit County is just around the corner!

Maybe you’d like to visit Anacortes or La Conner next month and make time for tulips and house hunting!  Just let me know, and we’ll make the necessary plans.

Linda Harris, Real Estate Broker
Cell:  360-202-8888

Coldwell Banker Bain

Anacortes Real Estate Branch