b'CONWAYIf you are lucky you will catch the spring bulbs in full bloom -making a rainbow of colors across the ground. VISUAL PHOTOGRAPHYDont let the Where the Hell is Conway bumper stickers dissuade youthis town might be small and spirited, but Conway is as vivacious and unique as, well, the bumper stickers on residents vehicles. At the most northern point of the Port Susan area, Conway is the gateway to Skagit F ind your footing in Conway at theAt the end of Main Street, an eclectic andIf you are lucky you will catch the spring bulbs in fullVISUAL PHOTOGRAPHYCounty, home of tulips, birding and a namesake river. Built on hardly more than a quarter mile, Conway proper hosts fewer than 100 residents, but has the attitude and presence of a city at least double its size. Conway Pub and Eatery, a tavern thatnovel business is part of Conways charmis a fraction of the size of its legendarythe Conway Muse. A theatrical venuebloommaking a rainbow of colors across the ground. reputation for barbecued and fried oystersoffering everything from live bands and as well as colossal burgers. An expansiveopen mic nights to readings, art displays,of antique furniture, original art, custom patio lures guests out to the metal chairs andplays and more, lovers of the arts flock tostained glass and heaps of unique goods outdoor bar, equipped with its own grill andthe Muse, a performance institution sincein the 4,500-square-foot show center. Also full-service liquor. Once inside, the tavern2005. Originally a Scandinavian dairy barnmastering the craft of antiquing, Ella Bella offers guests a perfect balance of dive barbuilt in 1915, the Muse has been a numberVintage Finds sells hand-selected items like charm with fresh and flavorful food. of businesses since, such as a glass shop,refurbished furniture, artwork, kitchenware Across Fir Island Road, the highway leading antique market and auction barn. The originaland home dcor. You can lose yourself for to the bridge that connects Conway with hayloft doors and rail were left intact andhours inside Ella Bellayou are guaranteed the island of the same name, the Conwayprovide a rustic and authentic atmosphere toto find the perfect gift for someone special and Skagit Barn hosts the Conway Deli,the performance space. Offering an in-housea couple of items for yourself as well. Whether specializing in roadside sandwiches and icerestaurant and bar, there is plenty of outdooryou are looking for jewelry, antiques, or works cream cones on the go, and also the tastingseating including inside an old stern-wheeledof art, you will not be disappointed with the room and gift shop for Mount Vernon- riverboatin the beer garden. The Muse ishours lost in this gem of a store.based winery Pasek Cellars. Owned andopen Thursday, Friday and Saturday nightsIf you are lucky enough to be in Conway during operated by David James, this winery is thefor Conway-approved, family-friendlythe Spring you are in the heart of Tulip Town largest producer of fruit wines in the stateentertainment. Tickets are sold online atand the Tulip Festival takes place the entire of Washington. Best known for its cranberrybrownpapertickets.com or at the door. month of April (bloom dates according to wine, Pasek also produces a large variety ofBack into the core of the streets main drag,Mother Nature.) Walk through the fields of fruity flavors from loganberry to passion fruit,two antique shops showcase goods uniqueflowers and you will literally feel like you are along with dry reds and dessert wines. Maketo the area. In business for over 15 years,in the middle of a rainbowplus it makes an sure to grab a pack of mulling spices in the giftCurious Goods, sells and shows antiquesamazing backdrop for a family photo. shop to make your own mulled wine.and collectables with a varied selection 18Discover Stanwood-CamanoSpring/Summer 2020'