For those of you coming from the Seattle area, we offer a downtown hotel pickup at the Sheraton and Westin hotels for free. We also offer pickups at local Park and Rides for those of you who live in the Seattle area. Please click on our booking button to learn more about the different options and pickup times. All garden admission fees are included in your ticket price.
Approximate Pickup Times
7:30-7:45 AM - Downtown Seattle Westin and Sheraton hotels (no Seatac or Bellevue pickups) - 8:00-8:15 AM - Swamp Creek Park and Ride at 164th Street in Lynnwood, WA - 9:00 AM - Stanwood, WA Park and Ride
Approximate Dropoff Times
5:00 PM - Stanwood Park and Ride - 5:30 PM - Swamp Creek Park and Ride - 6:00 - 6:15 PM Downtown Seattle Hotel
Mt. Vernon Tulip Fields
Our tour begins in our comfortable 14 passenger mini coach in the small Scandinavian town of Stanwood, Washington. We journey through scenic farmlands and across the Skagit River with Mount Baker as a backdrop. Our first destination will be the tulip fields in Mt. Vernon Washington. Here we will spend time at pre-selected vantage points to help you get the best photo based on the current light and colors of the tulip and daffodil fields.
We then visit the beautiful flower gardens at Roozen Gaarde, owned by the Roozen family – bulb growers in Holland and the United States since the early 1700s. Growing in their display Garden you will have the opportunity to photograph 90+ tulip varieties in addition to many more varieties of daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, iris, & specialty flowers. Planted just behind the garden is a 15-acre tulip field filled with seemingly endless rows of color. Don't forget to pick up their free catalog where you can buy over 140 varieties of bulbs. Shutter Tours includes the admission fee to this garden as part of your tour price.
La Conner, Washington
Avoiding the large, mid-day crowds at the gardens we then set out to historic waterfront village of La Conner, Washington. This picturesque town was voted both the "Most Romantic Getaway" and "The best town to capture the Northwest spirit". Here you will have time to shop at many of the interesting stores including a glass blowing studio, The Woodworking Merchant, and enjoy a meal at one of the many award wining restaurants.
Tulip Town is a perfect place to stop after lunch with a wonderful indoor display, art gallery and and multi colored fields that explode with colors. The fields planted here have alternating colors about every ten rows to make your afternoon one you will not forget.
Snow Goose Produce & Ice Cream
Working our way back through the tulip fields, if time allows our last stop is Snowgoose Produce, famous for their "Immodest Ice Cream Cones" along with jams, produce and flowers.
Along the way we might have the opportunity to stop and see the Snow Geese as they make their way back towards Canada for the summer. This is a sight in itself and we'll be sure to scout ahead of time to see where the geese might be.