All About La Conner
La Conner was established in the 1860s by the first white settlers to reach the Skagit Valley. By the time Skagit County was established in 1883, the town had grown into the area’s leading community, boasting a post office, trading post and the first federal court north of Seattle. The population peaked at more than 1,000 in about 1900 but tailed off during the Great Depression. It was at this time that La Conner began attracting artists who were inspired by the natural beauty of the area and appreciated the town’s relaxed lifestyle. By the 1960s, La Conner had begun transforming itself into the vibrant community we know today.
Shopping — La Conner features 10 blocks of locally owned boutiques and galleries.
Dining — From gourmet fare to snack food, La Conner’s 15 or more restaurants and cafes have something to please every palate.
Lodging — Whether you prefer waterfront accommodations, a cozy bed and breakfast or something in between, La Conner offers charming choices.
Museum of Northwest Art — MONA displays paintings, sculpture, glass and works on paper by members of the famed Northwest School and by emerging Pacific Northwest artists in an elegant 12,000-square-foot gallery building on First Street. The museum store is a highlight as well. For more information, call 360-466-4446 or visit www.museumofnwart.org
La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum — A short hike up Second Street leads to the quilt museum, located in the historic Gaches Mansion. One of only 14 quilt museums in the nation and the only one in Washington, it features new quilt shows every three months. For more information, call 360-466-4288 or visit www.laconnerquilts.com
Skagit County Historical Museum — From its perch on top of the La Conner hill at 501 S. 4th Street, the historical museum features three large galleries of fascinating Skagit Valley history. Its deck offers a spectacular view of Skagit farmland and the Cascade Mountains beyond. For more information, call 360-466-3365 or visit www.skagitcounty.net/museum
La Conner Sculpture Walk — Every year, the town of La Conner and its Arts Commission assemble a noteworthy collection of outdoor sculptures that are on view throughout La Conner‘s business district. Guide maps are available from the Visitor Center or Town Hall.
La Conner Classic Boat & Car Show -- More than 100 cars and boats are on display during the first Saturday of August every summer at the marina for the La Conner Classic Boat and Car Show. Wooden boats tie up at the Guest Dock F, and notable trailered boats are parked in the yacht club parking area. Cars on display include everything from antiques of the 1920s to all manner of hot rods and street rods, and even modern sports cars. Visitors and show entrants vote for people’s choice winners, and the boats and cars were judged in a variety of categories. Proceeds from the event help to support the La Conner Chamber of Commerce.