There aren’t many places that rival the beauty that Skagit County has to offer. Whether you are hiking in the North Cascades, tiptoeing through the tulip fields, or kayaking around Fidalgo Island, you will never lack opportunity to enjoy the scenery. This county offers a growing job market along with a geographically diverse lifestyle that you won’t find most places.
Anacortes allows you to experience the island life without having to rely on a ferry. There are beaches, lakes, and marinas all around the island providing endless opportunity for boating, fishing, kayaking and other sea adventures. The Anacortes Community Forest Lands, situated in the heart of Fidalgo Island, gives access to hundreds of trails. Along with an abundance of water and land recreation, Anacortes’ school district ranks highly, making this a desirable place to raise kids.
Mount Vernon is the biggest city in Skagit County. The Skagit River flows through the picturesque downtown filled with boutiques and artisan restaurants. Farmland stretches across the westside and comes alive with colorful tulip fields every spring during the famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Mount Vernon offers the best transportation hub in the county with the transit center downtown, allowing you to easily access trains bound for Vancouver, B.C. or Seattle. This city gives you more conveniences and commerce options than other parts of the county.
Sitting at the foot of the North Cascades, Sedro Woolley’s popularity has grown the years as one of the best spots to live in Skagit County. This small town is full of parades and festivals throughout the year, including the Loggerrodeo which displays the town’s long history and involvement in the lumber industry. It’s also home to Janicki Industries, one of Skagit County’s largest employers. The sense of community along with the affordable housing market make this town an attractive place to live.