Up until last week, 75 percent of our family had never been to the Skagit Valley tulip fields. Bryce had seen the tulips from afar while driving by but had never actually been to the fields in his +15 years of living in Seattle. Seeing that baby is well, a baby, and our dog had previously not been allowed at the fields, this number checks out. (In case you’re new here, I’m a lifelong Seattleite so of course I have been to the Skagit Valley tulip fields, numerous times. It’s officially called the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.)
New this year was the addition of a tulip field/garden that allows dogs! Of course this meant we had to check it out as a family.
Garden Rosalyn is set up differently than the other tulip fields in Skagit where instead of rows and rows and rows of tulips in muddy fields, theirs is arranged, well, like a garden. There are various garden beds of tulips within a large grassy area to walk around and view the tulips. Yes, grass! This means that your pup’s paws — and your own shoes! — won’t get muddy. Garden Rosalyn is much smaller than the other fields but having grass was a big plus for us because that meant we could let baby sit on the lawn and see the tulips up close. (Muddy paws is not really a worry for us since shiba inus are known for being very clean. Our pup always cleans herself in the car ride back from hikes/outdoor outings so that by the time we’re back home, it doesn’t look like she needs a bath!)
Another fun thing we liked about Garden Rosalyn is that the tulips are arranged to create various designs or shapes, according to the different colored flowers. This is something that wasn’t advertised so we actually “saw” a few of these designs later at home when scrolling through our photos.
Baby was more interested in trying to pull the grass from the lawn whenever we’d set her down — because we wouldn’t let her pick the tulips, which she tried to numerous times!
Our dog was having a field day sniffing all around and genuinely looking so happy the entire time. She got mistaken to be a corgi by a boy yelling “Look! A corgi!” to his family. I didn’t have the heart to tell him she is a shiba inu. Plus, he was kind of far away sooo, maybe next time?
When we drove back out to the freeway to head home, we took the “tulip route” and drove by the many fields of tulips where you just see layers upon layers of reds and yellows.
It wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned that people come from all around the world to see the tulips here. Unless you’re seeing the “legit” tulips in The Netherlands, you’ll probably want to go to Skagit. We’re pretty lucky to live so close.
Can’t wait to return next year to really look for all the different tulip designs. Baby will no longer be a baby then, and can probably help seek out the various animals and shapes!
And, maybe next year I will actually be on top of blogging and post things in a timely manner. It’s too late for you to visit tulips this season. The tulip festival technically went through the end of April, and as you’re aware, today is the last day of April.