10 Things To Do Before Summer Ends

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1. Go for a picnic
It seems a little old-fashioned, but a picnic can still be a lot of fun. Put some food in a basket or a cooler, go find a grassy spot somewhere, plop down, and have a meal. Take your friends or your family along and make an experience that you’ll remember.

2. Go find your nearest body of water
Water is an amazing thing and you can do a lot with it. Go visit a body of water this summer like a lake, an ocean or a river. Go fishing, swimming, lying on the beach or go on a boat ride. There are a hundred things you can do once you hit the water. Visit Double Bluff Beach down in Freeland or Rocky Point in Oak Harbor, just to name a few.

3. Walk somewhere
We are always sitting in front of our computers or sitting down on the couch after a long day, but why not switch your routine around and go for a walk somewhere! We have legs that we are using less and less these days. Do your body a favor and pound some pavement this summer. Find a park or a trail and walk around while enjoying the outdoors. Whatever it may be, a little exercise won’t hurt. Visit one of our parks in Anacortes such as Cap Sante Park, Washington Park or John Storvik Playground.

4. Try something you’ve never tried before
When we were kids, summer was a time of exploration. We took the time off of school to try a lot of new things and begin to compile the experiences that would eventually become treasured memories. That doesn’t stop there just because we are adults right now! There are a lot of things left to experience and you have one more month to do them! Take a road trip somewhere or take a ferry to the San Juan Islands. The possibilities are endless, and they’ll be your treasured memories years from now.

5. Have a BBQ
Fire up the grill and the smoker because it’s summer! There is no better time to have a BBQ and invite your friends, neighbors, and family over. It’s a fun time and it’s a great way to bond with the people you care about. BBQ is also delicious and with all of the activities you’ll be doing, it’ll be easy to keep the weight off too.

6. Go hiking and camping
Enjoying the great outdoors is always a good suggestion. Grabbing the old tent and sleeping bag, trekking out to the middle of nowhere, and sleeping there can be a liberating and refreshing experience. You’ll be away from civilization, away from the internet and cellphone, and bonding with nature. It’s great exercise too! Try checking out the Deception Pass Bridge or hike down on Bowman Bay on Whidbey Island.

7. Volunteer
It’s never too late to help those in need or to volunteer in places around your community. Volunteer to be a lifeguard or to help clean up trash out of your local parks and woods. It’s your community, so why not help keep it safe and clean? We’re sure your local church and school have an activity list long enough to fill your entire summer.

8. Have a garage sale
During the winter, there Is no doubt that you stocked up on stuff during the holiday season. That means it’s time to climb into the attic, venture into the garage, and dive into the basement to find all the old junk you don’t need anymore. You could throw it away, but one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Drop it out on the lawn, put some for sale signs on it, and make yourself a few bucks while you remove some clutter from your house. Try visiting Stanwood, Washington at the NOAH Center to donate your things for the Howling Garage Sale!

9. Go to an outdoor concert
Summer is a great time to go see an outdoor show. A lot of artists tour during the summer and most large cities have an outdoor venue. There is even a boatload of festivals available where you can go see acts from multiple genres. Outdoor shows have more freedom than indoor shows and there is nothing that isn’t enjoyable about sitting in the grass with a beer and listening to music you enjoy. Make sure to come into Anacortes, Washington for a FREE summer concert series on Friday and Saturday nights in August!

10. Find a movie drive-in
You can find your local drive-in theater at the Blue Fox Drive-In Theatre in Oak Harbor, Washington, and the Wheel-In-Motor Movie Drive-In in Port Townsend, Washington. If you’re up for it, it’s totally worth driving out a couple of hours. There is something that is just fun about lying on your car or the bed of your truck while you watch a movie on a gigantic screen. It’s an experience that won’t be around for much longer, so it’s recommended you try it at least once.

Those are our top 10 things to do before the summer ends and we hope these ideas help you enjoy the rest of the summer!

If you would like any information about Anacortes or any other questions, please contact us: (360) 899 – 5027 or jean@jeangroesbeck.com.

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Best Spray Parks in the Skagit County Area

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There are tons of parks in the Skagit County area, but there are also spray parks that you should visit during this summer. There are currently four spray parks in the Skagit County area – Kiwanis Spray Park, Storvik Park, Maiben Spray Park, and Jungle Playland. They are open every day this summer and is recommended for all families to bring their kids to enjoy and experience Skagit County Parks.

Kiwanis Spray Park is located in the Mount Vernon area. It has a fantastic playground, picnic tables, restrooms, a softball field, basketball courts, and an amazing spray park. There is also a boardwalk trail through the wetland area that connects the park to surrounding neighborhoods. This particular park opens daily from 11am to 8pm from June 1st through September 30th.

Storvik Park is located in the Anacortes area. It is about 8.7 acres which includes picnic tables, a reserved picnic shelter, restrooms, one game field and two basketball courts. Storvik Park also has a huge children’s playground. This spray park just recently opens since the summer of 2017 and is open for this summer daily from 11am to 6pm on May 25th through September 3rd.

Maiben Spray Park is located in the Burlington area and it is a terrific neighborhood park! Along with a large, covered picnic shelter that is available for rent, you’ll find tennis and basketball courts at the park and lots of wide-open grassy areas. Children especially will enjoy the playground area and the Kiwanis is for Kids Water Park. This spray park is open daily for the summer from 9am to 9pm on June 6th through September 9th.

Jungle Playground is located in the Mount Vernon area and includes admission to the Spray Park with admission to the Playland. Highly recommended to bring a towel to dry off with and socks for the Playland. Spray Park requires kids to wear swimwear (no undies) and before heading to the Playland, you must be dry with socks on. Bring your kids along to a wild, adventure to the Jungle Playland for an entire day of summer fun! They are open daily on Wednesday through Friday: 1pm to 5pm, Saturday: 10am to 7pm and Sunday: Noon to 5pm on June 23rd through closing, depending on the weather.

Those are the four best spray parks in the Skagit County area while you enjoy a small picnic with some friends and don’t forget your sunscreen! We hope you and your family are able to visit one of them to enjoy a lovely day at the parks if you’re in the area!

If you would like any more information about other local events in Anacortes, please contact us: (360) 899 – 5027 or jean@jeangroesbeck.com.

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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2015

It’s that time of year here in Skagit County where the tulip fields are ready to display the beauty of Spring!

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a premiere destination in the Pacific Northwest for many near and far! The breathtaking display of the RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town show gardens are an explosion of color.

If you are interested in admiring these gorgeous gardens, visit the them soon. This year, tulips bloomed way earlier than expected and forced Tulip town to open last weekend. Yes, in mid March!

Events include wine-tasting, viewing of the tulip fields, music, street fairs, tours of local businesses that highlight local agricultural products, self-guided bicycle tours, a fly-in at the local airport, and more!

Tulip Town Events:

Location: 15002 Bradshaw Road Mt. Vernon 98273

Open: 9am-5pm daily – Now through April 30th

Art Gallery, Gift Shops, Kite Flying, Face Painting, Espresso and Snacks, Trolley Rides 10am-4pm (weather permitting)

Admission: $5/person Cash only- Children 6 and under are FREE

Parking: FREE

For more information visit: TulipTown.com

RoozenGaarde Events:

Location: 15867 Beaver Marsh Road Mt. Vernon 98273

Open: 9am-7pm daily

Art Gallery, Gift Shop, Food and Drinks, Great Photo Opportunities

Admission: $5/person- $4 with Military I.D.- Children 6 and under are FREE

Parking: FREE

Special Event: Meet Poster Artist- Teresa Saia and get your festival art work signed!

Sunday- 4/5, Saturday- 4/11, Sunday- 4/19, and Saturday- 4/25

From the RoozenGardee Website: As of March 26, 2015 “We have tulips in bloom! Our tulip field at RoozenGaarde (Field 1) is now showing some brilliant and bright colors! Field 2 and Field 3 have also been lit up and are displaying outstanding colors. These fields are nearly in full bloom and we expect the next two weeks or so to be some of the most colorful days of the spring. Plan to be early this year!”

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a great experience that includes beautiful photo opportunities as well as a place where you can order the best bulbs,cut flowers and mementos.

For more information on events please visit TulipFestival.org

We are excited to view the amazing display of flowers and to check out the many events in Skagit County, we will be enjoying all the beauty this weekend and we hope to see you there!