Vibrant Anacortes (located on a drive-to island) in the Pacific Northwest offers small-town coastal charm, a warm community, and a ton of recreational opportunities! Nearby La Conner is its mainland counterpart, a traditional fishing town situated along the Swinomish Channel. Between these two popular towns, you will find historic city centers, quaint museums, and the popular Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (held each April). The area packs a big punch year round: in spring explore acres of beautiful blooms, in summer sample fresh local produce, in the fall celebrate the family farms, and in winter enjoy the migrating snow geese, trumpeter swans, and the bald eagle festival. The area is also one of the best gateways to the popular San Juan Islands.