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					Lamplight   News and Information from the LaConner Country Inn and Channel Lodge                                   •   2002–2003

                                                               Bird Lover’s Getaway
W               hat a                           New!
               onderful                                         From November through March, the Skagit Valley is the
             eekend!                                             winter home to over 300 species of migrating birds, includ-
                                                                 ing raptors (bald eagles to hawks to peregrine falcons),
After experiencing the                                            shorebirds, waterfowl and seabirds migrating from as far
Channel Lodge, I was able to                                      as the chilly Arctic. November also marks the arrival of tens of
fully appreciate its charm and                                   thousands of trumpeter swans and snow geese. Through March, the sky is
comfort. Joann and I arrived after vis-                                 filled with flocks of the once rare birds as they descend each year to the
iting our favorite “look out” at Mt. Erie
                                                                           surrounding farmlands and estuaries.
on a crisp and glorious February day. Our
corner room with the fireplace and jacuzzi                                 Now, amateur ornithologists - or simply anyone who appreciates
tub could not have been more inviting.                                   nature - can witness this remarkable sight from the land and sea, on
After a quick cookie, and                                               a new 3-day/2-night Bird Lover’s Getaway from November through
the usual shopping tour, we                                                         March with Viking Cruises and the LaConner Country Inn
returned in time for the wine                                                       & Channel Lodge.

reception and piano entertain-                                                      This special group package (minimum of 10 people or for
ment. The pianist even let me                                                       smaller groups, call 1.360.466.2639) begins with a welcome
sing a few sour notes.                                   for
                                                                                    reception to meet and get acquainted with your naturalist.
Our dinner at Nell Thorn Res-         that creative and                             Accompanying you on your birdwatching excursions, the
taurant & Pub was perfect.                                                          naturalist will be on hand to identify and explain the many
After, we visited with Tha-           unusual gift for                              species of birds that inhabit the region. That evening, relax
nasios at Contos Restaurant.                                                        in the comfort of the Country Inn or Channel Lodge.
Being of Greek descent, I now        a special occasion,
                                                                                    The next two days will include cruising both Skagit and
have another reason to rec-                                                         Padilla Bays on half day cruises aboard the Viking*Star, the
                                       birthday or for
ommend LaConner and your                                                            perfect platform for viewing the surrounding scenery and
properties.                            the Holidays?                                wildlife. You will also tour the area via private van, explor-
                                                                                    ing nearby farmlands and estuaries for birds.
Sunday morning was equally
relaxing. Following breakfast              Why not purchase a                       The Bird Lover’s Getaway is offered from November
we sat in the lobby, enjoying                                                       through March and includes two half-day cruises, two
                                                                                    nights at the Country Inn or Channel Lodge and homemade

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that last cup of coffee and
thinking about our next visit.                                                      continental breakfasts.
It was not only the facility,          IFT               ERTIFICATE                 Plying the waters of Puget Sound and San Juan Islands for
but also the relaxed, friendly                                                      over 25 years, the Viking*Star is owned and operated by Bob
attitude of your staff, which              for accomodations?
                                                                                    and Marci Plank. Bob and Marci are strong advocates for
added immeasurably to                        1.888.466.4113                         the environment and take great pleasure in sharing intimate
our stay.                                          nature cruises with their passengers.
As you know, LaConner is my                                                          During May and June, guests of the LaConner Country Inn
favorite Washington “getaway.” Now my              & Channel Lodge can take advantage of the Channel Cruise Package (no minimum guest
reasons for recommending it and your proper-       requirement). The package includes an overnight at the Country Inn or Channel Lodge,
ties are even stronger.                            a one hour cruise along the Swinomish Channel aboard the Viking*Star and a homemade
Thank you for your generous hospitality.
                                                   continental breakfast (turn the page and see our Special Packages for more details).
                                                   For groups of 14-40, Viking Cruises offers its well known Old-fashioned Cracked Crab Feast
                                                   year round. It is a relaxing 3 hour cruise through Skagit Bay and Deception Pass while
                                                   enjoying the Pacific Northwest favorite, Dungeness crab.
John S. Nicon
Master Travel Counselor                            For more information or to book your Bird Lover’s Getaway or the Cracked Crab
AAA Washington - Seattle                           Feast, call Viking Cruises at 1.360.466.2639 or visit For
                                                   reservations or more information about the Channel Cruise Package, call the LaConner
                                                   Country Inn and Channel Lodge at 1.888.466.4113 or visit
Specials / Packages
Art festivals, antiques, galleries,
museums, orphan cars, vintage
boats...the reasons for visiting
LaConner are endless. However, to
entice you further, we offer special
packages with extra amenities to make
your visit even more enjoyable.
11th Annual LaConner Shop-
per’s Package From October 1, 2002
through March 31, 2003, stroll through
the exquisite galleries, antique shops and
boutiques that make LaConner so famous.
                                                   ommunity Cal
                                                    September 2002
                                                    September 6 - 8 ~LaConner Quilt Museum’s
                                                    Fifth Anniversary Celebration with a quilt
                                                    walk through town and two showings at the
                                                    museum. 360.466.4288
                                                    September 7- 8 ~ Museum of Northwest
                                                    Art’s, Art & Architecture Tour of Homes,
                                                    11 am - 5 pm
                                                    September 16 ~ Orphan Car Show – A
                                                    unique showing of classics like Studebaker, Kaiser,
                                                    Edsel, Nash and others which no longer have a parent
                                                                                                           October 2002
                                                                                                           October 1~ Start of the 11th Annual

                                                                                                           October 5 & 6 ~ Fourth Annual Festi-
                                                                                                           val of Family Farms
                                                                                                                              Shopper’s Package.

                                                                                                           October 20~ Skagit County
                                                                                                           Historical Museum – Topic: Putting Food
                                                                                                           By in WWII, Vivian Smallwood of the Skagit
Along with your stay at the Country                                                                        County Agricultural Extension shares the secrets
Inn or Channel Lodge, you’ll receive over           company (hence, the odd name).
                                                                                                           of how women preserved family foods on a war-
$200 in amazing discount coupons at more
                                                          September 23~Native                              time budget.
than 50 local shops and services.
                                                          American Days – A celebration of the
    Back by Popular Demand!                              Swinomish Tribal Community with canoe
    Second Annual Antique
     Shopper’s Package For
      anyone who appreciates the excep-

                                                   January 2003                                            February 2003
       tional craftsmanship of antiques,
LaConner is the place to visit. And when
you find that treasure, why not enjoy a dis-
count with your purchase? When you stay             Bird watching ~ An astonishing display of              February 1 ~ Sweetheart
at our lodgings between January 1 through
                                                    nature, when the skies fill with tens of thousands     Month – Romantic Getaway Pkg.
March 31, 2003, you’ll receive exclusive dis-
counts at local antique stores as well as           of trumpeter swans and snow geese returning to
the nearby community of Conway, a short             the Skagit Valley. A spectacular sight for the next    February 22 ~ LaConner
drive on your way to or from LaConner.              two months.                                            Rotary Club 35th Annual
                                                                                                           Smelt Derby
Romantic Getaway Package
Romance never dies at the Country Inn or
Channel Lodge. Year-round, couples can                                                                     February 22 ~ MoNA Style
enjoy a romantic retreat to celebrate a hon-                                                               Wearable art and fashion
eymoon, anniversary, or simply each other.                                                                 show – A fun and festive annual
To make your stay even more special, we’ve                                                                 event, featuring outstanding works of
included some notable amenities like a gas                                                                 art by Northwest artists (all wearable,
fireplace, delectable chocolates, a chilled
                                                                                                           of course).
bottle of champagne or sparkling cider, a
$50.00 dining credit for dinner, and a home-
made continental breakfast - all of the right
ingredients for romance. Some rooms also
feature a jacuzzi tub - just ask us for details.
NEW! Spring Channel
Cruise Package
During May and June at the LaConner
Country Inn or Channel Lodge, enjoy a
                                                   May 2003
                                                    Iris Fields in Bloom
                                                                                                           June 2003
                                                                                                           June 1 ~ Whale Watching
cruise aboard the Viking*Star, exploring            After the Bloom Special ~ Take advantage of            Begins – Local Orca Pods can be spotted in the
beautiful sites such as Hole-in-the -Wall,          lower rates in May and June.                           San Juan Islands from June through September.
Shelter Bay, Eagles Nest, Swinomish Village
and the Skagit Bay, while backdropped by                                                                   June 14 ~ Museum of
the magnificent Cascade Mountains. View             May 1~ Channel Cruise Package Begins
                                                                                                           Northwest Art’s Annual
the abundant wildlife including migratory
birds, river otters and seals. Package rate         May 3 ~ Opening Day of                                 Auction – A museum and yearly auction
includes an overnight                               Boating Season – Parade of Boats at 3pm.               dedicated exclusively to exhibiting, preserving
at the Country Inn or Channel Lodge,                                                                       and collecting contemporary Northwest art.
a 1 hour cruise and a homemade
continental breakfast.
                                                    May 18 ~ Whisker’s Camaro Show –
                                                         LaConner’s annual showing of these                June 14 & 15 ~ LaConner Yacht Sales
For more details about the above packages                    classic cars.                                 6th Annual Boat Show & Swap Meet
including rates and dates, please call us at
1.888.466.4113 or visit our website
                                                                                                           Don’t forget to visit our website at
                                                                                                           updated special packages and events.
lendar of events
  November 2002
  November 1 ~ Bird Lover’s Getaway
  Begins (see front cover story for details).
                                                        December 2002
                                                        December 7 ~ Skagit County His-
                                                        torical Museum “ I’ll Be Home
                                                        for Christmas” 1940’s Holiday Cel-
                                                                                                              D  ear Guests,
                                                                                                               Clients and Friends,
                                                                                                              After such a great response to
                                                                                                              our Lamplight Newsletter, I am
                 November 2-4 ~LaConner’s               ebration – Bring the family to enjoy a
               18th Annual “Arts Alive”                 special salute to the ’40s home front holiday         pleased to introduce our new Lamp-
              Festival and Invitational                 spirit! Festivities include wartime holiday           light Membership Program. With
             Art Show - A festival dedicated to         activities for kids, imaginative gift making for      the Lamplight Membership Program,
            local and regional artists. With excit-     all ages, entertainment and a visit from Santa!       you will be kept up to date on
           ing exhibitions and gallery demonstra-                           any special packages, last minute
           tions plus live music and special work-                                                            deals and upcoming LaConner events
  shops, it’s a true celebration of the arts and        December 7 ~ Santa & Mrs. Claus                       throughout the year. And every three
  its contribution to our community, our history,       Parade to the Fire Museum at 2pm                      months we’ll hold a drawing for a
  and our lives. Call 360.466.4778 for more infor-
                                                                                                              complimentary room at the LaConner
  mation.                                               December 7 ~ Lighted Boat Parade                      Country Inn or Channel Lodge as
                                                        at 6:30pm                                             well as other great prizes. So, the next
                                                                                                              time you visit us at the Lodge or the
                                                                                                              Inn, be sure to sign up at the Front

                March 2003 April 2003
                                                                                                              Desk for a chance to win!
                                                                                                              And don’t forget our special group
                    Daffodils in bloom~                 April ~ Skagit Valley
                                                                                                              rate if you’re planning an event,
                 Before the arrival of the              Tulip Festival ~ Thousands of acres
        ever-popular tulips, the fields are aglow       filled with colorful blooms plus art
                                                                                                              meeting, retreat, wedding or reunion.
        with daffodils, bringing us our first hint      shows, gala celebrations,                             From start to finish, your needs are
         of spring.                                     entertainment and guided                              met by our experienced and pro-
                                                        tours. For more information                           fessional staff. We can accommodate
                                                        call the Tulip Hotline at                             events of up to 100 people, providing
                                                        360.428.5959 or log on                                a pleasant and casual environment
                                                        for dates:                                            in an intimate setting. Call our
                                                                               Group Sales Specialist at 360.466.3101
                                                                                                              or email:
                                                                                                              All of us at LaConner Country Inn
                                                                                                              & Channel Lodge wish to extend our
                                                                                                              warmest thanks for your continued
                                                                                                              patronage and support.

  July 2003
  4th of July Fireworks Show
                                                      August 2003
                                                       August 7 ~
                                                                                                              Best wishes,

  What a Blast!                                        Annual Pioneer
  Second Annual Fourth of                              Picnic – 11:30 am                                      Cindy Nelson
  July Fireworks Special – Whether you                 at Pioneer Park.                                       General Manager,
  stay at the Country Inn or the Channel Lodge,                                                               LaConner Country Inn
  you receive front row ‘seats’ at LaConner’s          August 9 & 10 ~ Vintage & Classic                      & Channel Lodge
  annual fireworks display. You’ll be privy to         Boat Show Festival – A celebration           
  private waterfront space for the spectacular         of LaConner’s maritime history, featuring vintage
  show as well as the friendly atmosphere and          and classic yachts, arts and crafts, music, food and
  cozy ambiance always present at our proper-          children’s activities.
  ties. At the Lodge, champagne and chocolates                                                                Local Legend: It’s been said,
  await you in your room. At the Inn enjoy our         For more details and daily                             the name Lamplight derives from
  family package, where children under twelve          event schedules, visit the LaConner                    a practice common during the
  stay for free and receive a token of celebration.    Chamber of Commerce website at                         last century when ships
                                                                             were directed through the
                                                                                                              Swinomish Channel by
                                                                                                              townsfolk bearing lamps.
                                              Taste of LaConner
                                               Seared Chicken Breast                                   Pickled Fennel
                                                                                                       *One Bulb Fresh Fennel
                                               with Sea Scallops and                                   Pickling Solution:
                                               Pickled Fennel                                          • 1 cup water
                                                                                                       • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
        Dining at the new                      • 2 Skin on, boneless free range                        • 1/3 cup sugar
     Nell Thorn Restaurant                       Chicken Breasts                                       • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
& Pub literally offers                         • 4 Large Sea Scallops                                  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
guests of the Country Inn &                    • Pickled Fennel (recipe follows)
                                                                                                       Bring above ingredients to a boil, lower heat to warm.
Channel Lodge a true taste                     • Clarified Butter for frying                           Slice fennel bulb across the grain as thinly as possible
of Laconner. That’s because                    • 1/2 Pound Spinach                                     (a mandolin can make this easier). Pour warm pick-
the proud new owners, Susan & Casey                                                                    ling solution over fennel and allow to cool. Refriger-
Schanen, use only organic ingredients          Heat frying pan large enough to hold both chicken       ate.
raised and grown on the fertile lands of       breasts without crowding with clarified butter          *Fennel available at co-ops and natural
the Skagit Valley. They invite you to enjoy    until almost smoking. Season the chicken with
                                                                                                       food markets
                                               kosher salt and add to the pan skin side down.
a gourmet dining experience that lights
                                               Baste the chicken as it sears. Don’t turn the
the imagination and whets the appetite,        chicken until the skin is a deep golden.
while supporting our local farmers.            When the chicken is firm remove and
                                               keep warm.
                                                                                                                                    Lamplight is
After exploring the waterfront, galleries                                                                                             published annually
and shops, relax and enjoy a cocktail in       Immediately add the sea scallops with one                                         to inform and communicate
the cozy pub or on the sunny hillside deck     of the two flat sides down (be careful as
                                                                                                                                points of interest in and about
before enjoying one of Nell Thorn’s spe-       they may spatter at first). Sear until you
                                               see browning at the edge of the scallops,                                         the Skagit Valley, for guests,
cialty dishes such as summer vegetable
risotto or pork tenderloin marinated and       turn and cook another minute or so.                                                 clients and friends of the
roasted in a mustard cream and rosemary        Don’t overcook; the scallops should be                                               LaConner Country Inn
                                                                                                205 N. First Street
                                               opaque in the middle retaining their juice.
oil (see below for a sample specialty dish                                                     LaConner, WA 98257                    and Channel Lodge.
                                               In the same pan add the spinach and wilt,          360 • 466 1500
to try at home).                               coating the spinach in the accumulated
Nell Thorn is also perfect for catering        caramelized juices, season with salt
                                               and pepper.                                                                            Melinda Burghduff
meetings, conferences, reunions and wed-                                                                                               Director of Sales
ding parties for the Country Inn & Chan-       Divide the spinach on two warm dinner                                                 Sandy Johnson Itter
nel Lodge. Our groups are praising             plates. Season the scallops lightly with                                    
Nell Thorn’s French Country Picnic             kosher salt and pepper and place around
                                                                                                                                       Brandie Ahlgren
Basket, filled with an appetizer, baguette,    the spinach. Season the chicken with                                                      Writer/Editor
dessert and beverage.                          pepper and place on top of the spinach.
                                                                                              107 S. Second Street
                                               Pour any accumulated chicken and scallop       LaConner, WA 98257
Nell Thorn Restaurant & Pub
                                               juices over and sprinkle some pickled             360 • 466 3101
205 Washington St. LaConner, WA 98257
360.466.4261                 fennel over the whole plate. Serve to                Printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink.

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                  LaConner, WA 98257

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