At Hotel Planter, a historic inn in La Conner, Washington, most guests gravitate toward the garden courtyard. Adorned with cedar trees, birdbaths, and bubbling water fountains, it’s a charming spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine. You’ll also find handcrafted sculptures and ornaments strewn throughout, a testament to the town’s love of contemporary art.
Art galleries, antique stores, and museums are all located within walking distance of the hotel.
Renovated guest rooms feature handcrafted furnishings and private bathrooms.
Wine tasting at Hellam’s Vineyard takes place in a Tuscan-themed wine shop with a bar made from wine barrels.
The North Cascades mountain range offers opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and river rafting in the area.
La Conner, Washington: Historic Waterfront Town with Strong Contemporary-Arts Scene
Situated halfway between Seattle and Vancouver, La Conner is a small waterfront town surrounded by tulip and daffodil farms. It's the oldest town in Skagit County, originally thriving as a fishing village thanks to its location at the tip of the Swinomish Channel, a saltwater slough that connected local fishermen to the Puget Sound. Today, you're more likely to see recreational boaters sailing the channel; the bright-orange Rainbow Bridge offers one of the best views.
Following the Great Depression, La Conner became a haven for writers and artists who found inspiration in the picturesque scenery and quiet lifestyle. By 1970 the town was home to one of the most vibrant artists' communities in the Northwest. You can glimpse this legacy at the Museum of Northwest Art, where exhibits highlight work from the region's many contemporary artists including Walter Isaacs and Morris Graves.
For a living history lesson, check out the 19th-century homes and wood false-front buildings that line the streets of downtown La Conner, which has more than 160 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among them, the restored Gaches Mansion houses the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. It's one of the few such museums in the country and features three stories of locally made quilts that range from traditional to contemporary.
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What You Get
Stay for two in a queen or full room
Option 1: $69 for a 1-night stay, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday (up to a $139 value)
Option 2: $79 for a 1-night stay, valid for check-in Friday or Saturday (up to a $159 value)
Option 3: $129 for a 2-night stay, valid for check-in any day (up to a $288 value)
Included in all options:
$10 dining credit for La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House
Wine tasting for two at Hellam's Vineyard (closed Tuesdays)
Policies and Fees
Book by: 12/27/13
Travel by: 3/16/14
Blackout dates: not valid 11/27/13-11/28/13, 12/24/13-12/25/13, and 12/31/13.
Cancellation policy and fees: 72-hour cancellation notice required or fee up to the Groupon price applies