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Things to Do Around Bow-Edison

Nestled at the end of the beautiful Chuckanut Drive are the small flourishing towns of Bow-Edison. Over the last few years, the area has slowly transformed into a foodie paradise. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find new, delicious dishes to try, usually incorporating elements gathered from the local farms. It’s well worth a day trip out to the rural communities to explore everything they have to offer. We’ve put together a list of some of the main attractions should you choose to take the adventure.

Things to do Around Bow Edison

Take Chuckanut Drive

If you’re coming from the North, you can reach Bow Edison a couple different ways. The quickest route is whipping down I-5 to the Bow Hill Exit 236, but the more rewarding path can found down Chuckanut Drive’s winding road. The historic, century old highway offers views galore of the bay and a dappled, tree lit ambiance, both of which will make even the journey to Bow Edison unforgettable. If you’re the outdoor type, a trip down Chuckanut Drive also offers the opportunity to climb our beloved Oyster Dome Trail whose peak offers a stunning view of the Puget Sound.

Visit Gothberg Farms

Get the authentic farm experience at Gothberg Farms, a must for anyone who loves cheese…and goats! On site, you’ll discover 40 or so LaMancha goats, which the family milks twice a day to create their award winning cheeses. Overall, the farm produces over 32 different varieties of cheeses, including some seasonal varieties. The farm swears you can “taste the essence of our Valley: the sea breezes, the grasses, & the surrounding farm activities.” Yum!

Check Out Bow Hill Blueberries

Bow Hill Blueberries is the oldest blueberry farm in Skagit Valley. The family run farm grows their heirloom blueberries using organic methods, offering a positively delightful eating experience. Best of all, the farm is open year round and offers organic blueberry jam, frozen blueberries, blueberry marinade and more!

Grab a Meal at The Oyster Bar

Whether it’s for a hearty lunch on your way in to Bow Edison,  or a steak-and-seafood ending to a great day, you’ll find extraordinary service set to a stunning view at The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive. Our fine dining restaurant has been an attraction on Chuckanut Drive for nearly as long as the highway has been open for travel. We curate seasonal dishes using local ingredients and offer a selection of oysters pulled straight from the bay you can see outside our windows. After a long day exploring Bow Edison, you’ll find our award winning wine cellar to be welcome attraction as well!

We hope you’ll make your way to Bow Edison soon and explore everything the area has to offer! The country side is a fantastic escape from the day-to-day. If you plan on visiting, give us a call at (360) 766-6185 and we’ll make sure to have a table waiting for you.

 

 

Elkhorn Oysters

Grown in Willapa Bay on the Washington coast, the Elkhorn Oysters have a firm meat with a high brininess and sweet flavor. This rustic-looking oyster spend part of everyday in the open air as the tide recedes. Their hard sturdy shells and barnacles protect them from predators and rough tides. You put your work in opening these shells, but the melon finish is worth the fight. The season for this particular oysters runs September through July.

The Elkhorn is a must try this spring season. We typically have 6-8 oyster varieties on hand and rotate throughout the season, here are those we carry most often.

Oyster Menu
Raw Oysters

Skagit Tulip Festival 2019

In celebration of Spring, Skagit Valley blooms are taking over the fields this April. The annual Tulip Festival commemorates the valley’s annual harvest. You don’t have to travel to the Netherlands to experience the spring bloom. As one of areas most colorful agricultural gems, the tulip fields set the stage for festivities for all.

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Washington Wine – 2012 Quilceda Creek

#2 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015

Quilceda Creek 2012 Cabernet Seuvignon

“A great bottle of wine is one that keeps your interest from the first glass to the last, leaving you wanting more.”

Founded in 1979, Quilceda Creek wines are an expression of five vineyards; Champoux, Galitzine, Lake Wallula, Palengat and Wallula Vineyards.

The 2012 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley is a seamless wine that coats the entire palate with copious amounts of blackberry, blueberry and cassis fruit with complex soy, smoke, graphite, spice and mineral undertones. All of this deep and rich fruit is perfectly complemented by additional floral suggestions of Hyacinth and Lavender. This classic wine should age effortlessly for 20+ years.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Learn More about this vintage from Quilceda Creek

Or Join us for a bottle from our wine cellar.

Tasting Notes and Estate Information curated from Quilceda Creek Winery

Winter is for the Eagles

Early winter is prime season for eagle watching in the Pacific Northwest. With a number of prime viewing locations located right in Skagit and Whatcom counties. The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center is an amazing resource for planning your next adventure.

The flats and fields around the rural Skagit County towns of Edison, Bow and Bay View are good for raptors in general. Take an afternoon and meander the back roads surrounding Farm to Market and Bay View-Edison roads. Then join us for a sunset over Samish Bay.

We invite you to warm up your toes with a bottle of vino from our award-winning cellar and taste the local flavors prepared specially for you by our Chef.

10 Must Do’s on Chuckanut Drive

1. The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut: Easily our top recommendation for lunch or sunset dinner.

2. If bird watching strikes your fancy, we recommended extending your drive south to the Samish Flats, prime turf for birding. See if you can spot bald eagles, red-tail hawks, at least a half dozen rough-legged hawks, falcons, merlin, peregrines, kestrels or prairie falcon. In the winter this area offers spectacular showings of snow geese and flocks of trumpeter swans.

3. Samish Overlook & Oyster Dome Trailhead. Gear up for at 5 mile round-trip excursion that is sure to lift your heart rate or skip the hike and get right to the top.

4. Say Cheese! Samish Bay Cheese is owned and operated by Suzanne and Roger Wechsler. This 200 acre farm is home to a mixed herd of Milking Shorthorns, some crossed with Jersey, Holstein, or Dutch Belted

5. Taylor Shellfish: “From tide to table, they’ve been farming high quality, sustainable shellfish
in the Pacific Northwest since the 1890’s.

7. Opt to Stop! Chuckanut drive is a curvy and narrow 2 lane road hugging the cliff line over looking Samish bay. This is a common destination or training ride for road bikers. We’ve identified two designated pull-outs to stop and take in the bay view.

8. Fill your day with adventure accessing the beaches near Larabee State Park or the moderate to steep hiking trails on the east side of the road. We’d recommend the Fragrance Lake look for casual hikers. Don’t forget your Discovery Pass if you plan to park here.

9. Chuckanut Bay Gallery offers a variety of artisan crafted infused and etched glass, beautiful glazed pottery, fine handmade jewelry, wooden crafts, cookware, games, textiles, art prints, handcrafted soaps and lotions; or peruse the gardens overflowing with sculpture, water features, lanterns, wind chimes, and bird houses/feeders.

10. Blueberry picking is the perfect activity and Skagit County is home to a number of farms producing some of the Washingtons’ finest blues.

Featured Winery: Leonetti Cellars

Loess Vineyard at the Figgins Family Wine Estate -(photo from Leonetti Cellars)

 

The Figgins Family Wine Estate has a deep history spanning over a century in Walla Walla Washington. The Leonetti Cellar was founded in 1977 as the valley’s first commercial winery. We’ve curated a collection of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vintages ranging from 2004 to 2016. Join us for a bottle!

 

Flavor profiles from our Leonetti Cellars Merlot Collection:

Leonetti Cellars 2016 Merlot Wine2016:

“A classic vintage for Merlot. This wine has a delicious, creamy nose with jammy black fruits and mixed florals. It is incredibly broad on the palate–a distinctive characteristic of Washington Merlot. The finish is spicy, sweet, lively, and lengthy.”

2012:

“The wine is dark and saturated. In the glass, the wine explodes with an ethereal, complex nose of cinnamon, plum, pomegranate, clove, and a hint of spring pine forest. On the palate, the wine has delicious fresh ripe fruit, reminiscent of berry pie filling. Incredible richness but with a stunning levity that lifts. Quite simply an incredibly sexy, hedonistic wine.”

2008:

“The nose leads with complex spice, ripe fruits including strawberries, raspberries, and other bramble fruits, and has background aromas of mint, pine, white pepper, and juniper berries. Searching harder, there’s just a hint of earthy mushroom or forest floor. It is deeply lush, soft, and packed with caramel, vanilla, fruit, and chocolate on the palate. Its tannin and acid are in perfect balance and will help this wine age for at least ı5 years, though it is already drinking wonderfully.”

 

Flavor pofiles from our Leonetti Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Collection:

2016 Leonetti Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Wine2015:

“Nearly black in the glass. Intricate nose of licorice, lavender, dried herb, cold black coffee mixed with caramel, black fruits, and elderberry. Incredible purity of fruit. Massive, but plush, with a core of mouthwatering acidity and a polished finish.”

2013:

“Dark and brooding, the Cabernet has a beautiful nose of blackberries, blue fruits, spices, and black tea, perfectly framed by a light touch of toasted French oak. As a warm year in the Walla Walla Valley, Cabernet truly shined and yielded deliciously generous wine with a long, pure finish. This is a classic Leonetti Cabernet from a remarkable vintage.” 

2010:

“Saturated dark ruby to the rim. This  Cabernet has a tremendously pleasing nose of mixed berries, crème brulee, cassis, baking spices, and cinnamon. The palate is tightly wound yet plush, having simply perfect balance and length. There is a lot of ripe tannin here, but not a rough edge to be found. After 5 days open, the wine continues to develop and display remarkable purity of fruit.”

-tasting notes and wine descriptions sourced from Leonetti Cellars

2018 Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator

Best of Excellence Award

Each year Wine Spectator awards a number of restaurants honoring wine programs by recognizing lists that display excellent breadth across multiple regions and/or significant vertical depth of top wines, along with superior presentation. Each wine lists selected features a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Ranging in size from 90 selections to several hundred, these lists are well-focused and tend to emphasize discovery.

This marks the 28th year the Chuckanut Oyster Bar has received this honor. Each wine is carefully chosen and covers every major wine producing region in the world.

Explore our wine list here.

Join us for a taste on our patio overlooking Samish Bay this season.

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For Your Favorite Foodies

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Featured Wine: Woodward Canyon 2016 Nelms Road Cabernet Sauvignon

Enticing aromas of black currant, olive, spices, tobacco, and lead pencil. Deep red in color. In the mouth the wine offers savory blueberry fruit, mature tannins, beautiful texture and a long generous finish.

Closing times may vary seasonally so please call for a reservation if wishing to dine after 8pm.

It is our policy not to seat parties with children under 9 years of age unless our downstairs dining room is unoccupied.