b'STANWOODWild flowers growing along the slough in Stanwood make a perfect bouquet.VISUAL PHOTOGRAPHYThe City of Stanwood is a step back in time. This small town just an hourGardens, a 20-acre garden containing all north of Seattle is still firmly rooted in its Scandinavian and farmingof Western Washingtons indigenous trees, shrubs, vines and more, along with three history. Stanwood bridges the gap between beautiful pastoral farmlandstypes of wetlands. Walk through the groomed and Camano Islands beaches. Blessed with a diversity of dining, vintagetrails and absorb the wetland beauty while and boutique shops, Stanwood is a destination on its own.reading the interpretive kiosks which explore a variety of interesting topics. In spring, take lodging are plentiful. Hike on a top of a berm (flatin the cheerful beauty of more than 400,000 gravel path 0.7 miles long) that leads intonarcissus bulbs in bloom on Daffodil Hill, also the newly restored tidal marsh on Lequetended by the church. Packaging local history with beddingIsland. Enjoy the sights and sounds of accommodations is the historic Stanwoodhawks, ducks, and other birds, in addition toKayak Point County Park includes walking Hotel & Saloon. Built in the late 1890s, it hasbreathtaking views of the North Cascadestrails, a saltwater beach, and a 300-foot pier. housed loggers, mill workers, hunters andand Olympics. There are several benchesPilchuck Glass School was founded in 1971 tourists. The structure of the building has beenalong the trail to stop and enjoy the scenery.on a serene sixty acres, surrounded by the preserved despite changes in ownership andThis past fall the dike was removed thatPilchuck Tree Farm. (Pilchuck is on the east renovations. Charming hallways lined withsurrounded the site to restore the tides toside of I-5 between Stanwood and Mount antiques, artwork and cozy period furnishingsthe 250-acre area in order to benefit salmonVernon off Exit 215.) The school was founded take you back in time. Recently, the hoteland other species that rely upon tidal marshby legendary glass artist Dale Chihuly renovated the rooms to include period dcorhabitat. At Church Creek Park, one of theand patrons. Each year beginning in April, and modern bathrooms, televisions andtwo city parks in Stanwood proper, visitorsPilchuck offers over 35 intensive residential WiFi. Located three minutes off Interstate 5,can enjoy the 16.5-acre park with tall trees,sessions. The school opens the campus to Angel of The Winds Casino Resort featuresan 18-hole newly-expanded disc golf course,public tours and demonstrations twice per 125 beautiful and luxurious hotel rooms.baseball field, basketball court, playgroundyear. (Check their website for dates,Relax in your room after a fun-filled day ofarea, rolling grounds and picnic facilities.www.pilchuck. org, where you can alsoentertainment inside the casino. Kayak PointHeritage Park, includes a playground area,pre-register for tours.)County Park offers a unique three-bedroom,three baseball/ softball fields, three soccer/Craftsman-style vacation house situated onlacrosse fields and four miles of walking/ Pilchuck Tree Farm is a great year-round a hill overlooking Puget Sound. Explore thebiking trails on the 62.5-acre park. Also withinhiking destination. Open to hikers and wonders of the beach, take a hike and enjoyHeritage is the Stanwood Vito Z Memorialequestrian, this is a working tree farm so the comforts of home, including Mission-styleSkate Park with modular-style steel ramps.be sure to observe the signs and read the furnishings, pellet stove, flat panel TV and The skate park provides a mix of grades andguidelines posted at trailheads. Sign a release DVD player.materials for skateboard enthusiasts to cruiseform (http://www.pilchuckra.org) and get moving. These trails open up to some of the on. Keep it simple by embarking on a tour of the great outdoors Stanwood on the Lindstrom Walking Path,best hilltop views of Port Susan. a 1.4-mile loop that circles the citys easternPort Susan Bay Preserve located on farmland Whether you stay the night or visit for thebusinesses. The Freeborn Lutheran Churchjust south of town holds some of the finest day, Stanwoods parks and outdoor activitieshosts the beautiful Bonhoeffer Botanicalestuarine habitat in Puget Sound. Its marshes, 4Discover Stanwood-CamanoSpring/Summer 2020'