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April 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Tulips are blooming: 3 ideas for your weekend

After all that rain, do you have cabin fever? Need to hit the road? Here are three options for your weekend:

GO NORTH

The skies might be drippy, but the good news is that crowds will be small — relatively — for the first weekend of blooming tulip fields in the Skagit Valley. Washington Bulb Co. on Wednesday “lit up” the first fields on its tulip map of the valley, and now it shows full bloom has begun in five fields.

Here's what a field of tulips looked like last April in the Skagit Valley. (photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Skagit Valley tulips beckon. (photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times, 2012)

It’s a late season for daffodils, which are still in full flower, so you won’t be wanting for fields of color to contrast with gray skies (and, hey, our famous Northwest “sun breaks” are in the forecast for Sunday). There are art shows and special flower displays and other attractions connected with the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, which continues through April.

GO SOUTH

Get cracking, car nuts. Take the specs of whatever fuel pump or crenellated thingamajig or chrome hood ornament you need to finish the restoration on your 1957 Coolmobile and head for the annual Portland International Raceway Automotive Swap Meet, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. It will feature more than 1,500 vendor stalls and more than two miles of automotive-related gear located on the racetrack. $5 a day admission, $10 parking.

GO WEST

Take a day trip to the Kitsap Peninsula, where farmers markets open for the season on Saturday in Poulsbo (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) and Port Orchard (9 a.m.-3 p.m.). Get details here.

Comments | Topics: auto swap meet, farmers markets, port orchard

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