La Conner is a quaint town located along Shelter Bay just north of Puget Sound. The town was founded in the 1860s but little happened until the late 1870s. Fishing and canaries were the main economic force up until the 1910s as was supporting the rich farms in the area. The population peaked at just over 1,000.
During the teens and through the 1960s, La Conner struggled with decline, however this may have been a blessing as it saved much of the historic business and homes in the area. The early 1970s brought artists and writers, who re-discovered the town and promoted its historic charm and beauty. The town is located close to the Skagit Valley tulip fields and is a popular tourist destination.