The Upper Skagit Valley begins just east of I-5 in the town ofSedro-Woolley on State 20, and it ends 61 miles farther east at thesouth end of Ross Lake (where the highway is closed for thewinter). For a travel planner contact the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce (www.sedro-woolley.com,800/225-8365, or 360/855-1841).

ATTRACTIONS

Bald Eagle Interpretive Center. Offers speakers at 11:30Sat-Sun and guided walks at 1:30 Sat-Sun. Open 10-4 Fri-Mon throughFeb 17. At Rockport Fire Hall, one block south of State 20 onAlfred St. in Rockport. (360) 853-7009 (Mon-Fri) or (360) 853-7614 (weekends).

North Cascades National Park. Joint offices with the MountBaker Ranger district. 8-4:30 Mon-Fri. 810 State 20, Sedro-Woolley; www.nps.gov/noca or (360)856-5700.

Oliver Hammer Clothes Shop. If you're out in the mud and themuck, this is the place to get clothes to keep you warm and dry. Closed Sun. 817 Metcalf St.; (360) 855-0395.

Rasar State Park. The 60-acre park has 48 campsites as wellas picnic facilities and a riverside trail. $5 parking fee.Fourteen miles east of Sedro-Woolley, turn south off State 20 ontoLusk Rd. and drive 1 mile. Turn east onto Cape Horn Rd. and drive 1mile to park entrance on right. www.parks.wa.gov or (360)826-3942. Sauk Mountain Pottery. Master potter Stephen Murray produceswood-fired stoneware and porcelain in designs inspired by theCascade Mountains. Call for winter hours. 50303 State 20, Concrete; (360)853-8689.

Sedro-Woolley Museum. Displays logging and farmingimplements plus a collection of photographs by Darius Kinsey, whochronicled valley life a century ago. Closed Mon-Tue; $1.50 suggested donation. 725 Murdock St.; www.sedro-woolleymuseum.orgor (360) 855-2390.

Steelhead fishing. In addition to skill, you need a licenseand the right gear to catch steelhead. To get started, contact Sports and More: 701 Metcalf St.,Sedro-Woolley; (360) 855-0648.

Upper Skagit Bald Eagle Festival. Demonstrations, craftsales, and entertainment Feb 1-2 in Concrete. www.skagiteagle.org or (360)853-7009.

DINING

Hometown Cafe. Gigantic chewy, sugary cinnamon rolls areserved all day. 818 Metcalf, Sedro-Woolley; (360) 855-5012.

Iron Skillet. Start with biscuits and gravy and go fromthere. 132 W. State St., Sedro-Woolley; (360) 855-0080.

North Cascade Inn. Stop here for hearty logger fare: hugestacks of pancakes for breakfast, enormous sandwiches for lunch,thick steaks for dinner, and pie anytime. 44618 State 20, Concrete; (360) 853-8771.

LODGING

Clark's Skagit River Resort. This quaint 125-acre resort 2miles west of Marblemount has 40 accommodations ranging from themedcabins to rooms in the Brookhaven Lodge. The restaurant servesdelicious soups and sandwiches and old-fashioned entrées likemeatloaf with mashed potatoes; leave room for pie. Rooms from $59. 58468 Clark Cabin Rd.; www.northcascades.com or(800) 273-2606.

Ovenell's Heritage Inn. A dozen accommodations are spreadthrough the main house, guest lodges, and log cabins on this580-acre working cattle ranch. You can hike the trails, pet thelivestock, or gather your own eggs for breakfast. From $80. 46276 Concrete Sauk Valley Rd., Concrete; www.ovenells-inn.com or(360) 853-8494.

Three Rivers Inn & Restaurant. Built in 1994, thismodern inn has 40 rooms. From $59. 210 Ball St. (the inn faces State 20), Sedro-Woolley; (360)855-2626.

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