DAY FIVE: Bellingham Bay, La Conner, and Beyond
We woke up on Saturday morning and hit the ground running. We stopped by Bellingham Cider Company for breakfast with our friends and amazing Washington state hosts, Sarah and Phil! If you’re into breakfast cocktails, this is your place. We took full advantage of the bloody mary and mimosa bar––Allen was a huge fan of the candied bacon. Plus, the food was delicious and the view of Bellingham Bay was incredible.
Frolic Through the La Conner Daffodil Fields
Okay, maybe we’re just a little crazy, but after we wrapped up breakfast, we decided to hit the road again for a mini-day trip. Yes, four days of driving hadn’t worn us down yet! So, we went south on an adventure to the town of La Conner. We drove the scenic route, hugging cliffs and gazing out over the Chuckanut and Samish Bay. Then, as the route turned inland, our view transformed into flat farmland covered with endless miles of daffodil fields. Obviously, we had to pull over! Surrounded by more yellow than I’ve seen before in my life, we meandered up and down the neatly planted rows of daffodils snapping photos of these cheery beauties.
Still giddy from our folic through the flower fields, we headed into La Conner. We moseyed around for a bit, popped in a few thrift stores, and even spotted a poster for the show that Sarah was performing in that evening! We indulged our sweet tooth with a ice cream and sodas from La Conner Ice Cream Tower and caffeinated at the Stomping Grounds Coffee.
Our hosts had to run so that Sarah could get ready for her show, which we were attending later, but, they recommended that we stop by Deception Pass before making our way to the theater.
Deception Pass is a waterway that separates Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island, and the bridge that connects the islands is fittingly named Deception Pass Bridge.* I am not someone who considers themselves afraid of heights, but, as we were walking (inching?!) across that bridge, staring down 180 feet to the water below, I’ll be honest, I was starting to feel a little weak in the knees.
Take in a Performance at McIntyre Hall
Having 100% hit our adventure quotient for the day, we hopped back in the car, made a quick pit stop at Jersey Mike’s for dinner, and headed over to McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon to see Sarah’s standout performance in Mamma Mia. I am always so stoked to watch my friends perform––I am so lucky to know the most talented people (not that I’m biased at all!) and this was no exception. Allen and I were totally blown away by Sarah and her castmates. We were up out of our seats and dancing in the rows by the end of the show!
*The Deception Pass area has a dark history, but, if that’s your thing, you’ll definitely want to read up on it here!
DAY SIX: Mount Baker to Seattle
The next morning, we grabbed some amazing coffee drinks from Woods Coffee and were back on the road in no time. Sarah and Phil recommended heading a few hours east to check out Mount Baker as the finale on our time in Washington.
Play in a Late Spring Snow on Mount Baker
I did a little research on AllTrails, found a hike that looked fun, and off we went! As we made our way towards the mountain, we ran into something we didn’t expect––SNOW! Not only was it late March, but it was warm outside! As two Florida natives, we aren’t sure we’ll ever understand these PNW weather patterns.
Snow aside, we made it to our trail. But, there was just one problem. I had purposefully chosen a scenic lakeside trail…and there was no lake to be found. We looked around for no less than 15 minutes before realizing that the lake was right in front of us––covered in several feet of snow. Well, when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade, and when March hands you snow…we made snowballs. And snow angels.
Get Lost in the Magic of Whatcom Falls Park
On our way back from a snowy excursion, we spotted a hula hooping deer crossing sign on the side of the road. (How could we not stop to get a photo?!) We then went to Whatcom Falls Park, which was one of the most magical places I’ve ever visited. With gorgeous farmhouses, farm animals (remember, I’m a sucker for animals!!), trails, and waterfalls, it was the perfect place to wander about and reflect on the incredible beauty of Washington state.
Stop for Sushi and Sleep in Seattle
As the sun set, we made our way south to our next stop, Seattle. We found a cool late-night sushi place in the Belltown neighborhood, Umi Sake House, that struck the exact balance of modern and relaxed that I expected (hoped!) to find in Seattle. After dinner, we retreated back to our Airbnb to rest up and prepare ourselves for what lay ahead the next day…heading BACK to LA.