The cute and quaint downtown Mount Vernon features small town charm, with some big city shopping and dining opportunities. Everything from the hole-in-the-wall historic diner, to a modern brewery exists, attracting a variety of locals and travelers alike.
The Skagit Valley has long been known for its history of organic farming, with most granola munchers recognizing Cascadian Farm Cereal, which has its birthplace in the Skagit Valley.
To experience the true aura and essence of the traditional PNW granola munching-hippie, be sure to stop for lunch or some bulk foods from the Skagit Valley Food Co-Op in downtown Mount Vernon. They also sell a large variety of local beers and wines, which are the perfect souvenir to enjoy at home.
If you're into health, and looking for a local greasy spoon, curb your cravings at The Lunchbox. This old-fashion diner serves up a variety of breakfast, sandwich and burger options to get you through the day. The best part is that the prices are what sandwiches used to cost in Seattle in the early millennia. Stay posted to their Facebook page about closures during COVID 19.
Walking around downtown can take one to two hours if spending time inside the shops. If you love antiques stop at Babe Rainbow Antiques.
Whether you want to marvel at the theater's architectural design, or actually watch a movie or a play if you have time, be sure to stop at Lincoln Theater. In operation since 1926, the theater's origins began as a silent movie house and vaudeville theater. Today it operates as a multi-purpose theater showcasing movies, concerts and plays. It is most known for its spectacular ornate interior design and is home to one of less than 100 20th-century Wurlitzer organs located in their original installation locations.
During COVID, for only $200, the theater will allow you to host your own movie party with up to six household residents to watch a private screening chocked full of snacks and concessions.
Located in downtown, this is my top choice of brewery / pub in Mount Vernon. The interior is gorgeous between the exposed wood planks and tufted brown leather chairs, ignites a cozy modern-vintage aura and atmosphere. This brewery is created by two pharmacists, both women, who understands the chemistry behind good brewing. With a mission to support a fun and relaxing atmosphere, the owners have certainly done that.
At the north end of Lion's Park, the trail shifts to gravel and dirt. The riverwalk provides a nice outlet to enjoy the local scenery without going too far from the downtown.
After walking, or before leaving Mount Vernon, be sure to visit The Old Town Grainery Tea Room for either a light meal or a cup of tea from one of over 40 teas listed.
How do you spend your afternoon in Mount Vernon?