A Christmas tree provides more than shelter for gifts—it's a convenient hanger for light strings and a shady respite from its own harsh glow. Pick a luminescent present preserver with today’s Groupon: for $18, you get a douglas fir Christmas tree (a $33 value) and netting (a $3 value) at The Berry Barn in Mt. Vernon (a $36 total value).
The Berry Barn, a surviving artifact of 1875, blankets the countryside with 15 acres of firs waiting to be plucked from the earth and festooned with lights and ornaments. Evergreen adopters can pick a douglas fir from a precut selection or scan the verdant landscape for an ideal tree that they can chop down themselves, ask an attendant to cut, or commission a tornado to knock over. Wielding a saw supplied by the farm, visitors can lovingly work away at the fir’s trunk while admiring the qualities that make it a popular tree, such as its bluish-green hue, sturdy limbs, and robotic appendages that manufacture Tickle-Me-Elmos every Christmas Eve. Santa Claus visits The Berry Barn for complimentary photo ops on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until December 18.
The Berry Barn
Stretching across Skagit Valley since 1875, Lenning Farms has seen countless oats, grains, vegetables, and fruit grown and harvested on its land throughout five generations of hard work. The farm’s current operators, Todd and Bev Lenning, erected The Berry Barn more than 10 years ago to house their berry-related goods, then a new endeavor for the farm. The pair stocks the big red barn with dozens of varieties of fresh-picked berries—from strawberries to gooseberries to blueberries—14 types of fresh-baked pies, hand-dipped ice cream, and handmade gifts. To challenge and entertain their visitors, Todd and Bev constructed their mind-exercising hedge maze, which has grown to be one of the largest in North America, where customers search for different stations featuring facts about berries and Lenning Farms. Lenning Farms also has a rope maze available for younger guests.