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Take in tulip season in Skagit Valley, WA

Fields of blooming tulips beckon you to this corner of northern Washington come spring, when acres of multi-colored fields beg for some camera time

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Spend the night in La Conner, WA, the cutest little burg in the Skagit Valley

Sit and sip: After a day on your feet, treat yourself to an espresso and comfy chair by the fire at the Next Chapter Bookstore, where you’ll overhear animated chatter about philosophy, local authors like Tom Robbins, and—no surprise—tulips. A staircase winds up to a wonderful loft of children’s books. 721 S. First St.; 360/466-2665.

Stay for dinner: At Nell Thorn Restaurant & Pub, chef-owners Susan and Casey Schanen change their seasonally inspired menu almost daily. Try the Sichuan duck or any pasta-seafood combination, paired with a wine from the extensive list. $$$; 205 Washington St.; 360/466-4261.

And the night: Hotel Planter is a great place to decompress. The century-old inn’s modern amenities include a steaming hot tub in a sculpture garden. From $109.

More: Great spring trips 

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