From my private balcony at the La Conner Channel Lodge, I take in the pastel painted sunset as it dances across the Swinomish Channel. To my right, are glimpses of the south basin guest moorage docks at La Conner Marina. Even on a chilly winter day, boats are docked at the marina which is only a short walk away.
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La Conner Channel Lodge and La Conner Country Inn
La Conner Channel Lodge’s sister property is La Conner Country Inn, which is a couple of short blocks away from the lodge. Each property has a slightly different style. La Conner Channel Lodge is on the more luxurious side and mostly geared toward couples. La Conner Country is more family-oriented with larger and pet-friendly rooms. Both locations are ideal for boaters as the south basin dock is less than a two-minute walk, and the north basin dock is around a nine-minute walk.
Shared amenities include:
- Within walking distance of the docks and downtown La Conner
- Complimentary continental breakfast, including their famous homemade granola
- Gas fireplaces
- Complimentary WiFi
- Bike lockers
- In-room service from Oyster & Thistle
- Cozy common areas with river rock fireplaces
- Room packages like Couple’s Retreat, Spa Basket, and Flowers by Surprise
- Pet-friendly rooms (La Conner Country Inn)
- Private balcony with channel view (La Conner Channel Lodge)
- Complimentary wine tastings with room (La Conner Channel Lodge)
La Conner Channel Lodge Rooms & Amenities
The boutique 40-room lodge is the only waterfront hotel in La Conner, and almost all of the lodge style decor rooms have a view of the Swinomish Channel. The lodge has a range of king and queen rooms, some with Jacuzzi tubs. Rooms include Queen Jacuzzi Rooms, Queen Rooms, a Captain’s Suite which has a room with twin bunk beds, the Navigator Suite which has an attached room with a queen bed, King Parlor Suites, and a Bridal Suite. The continental breakfast is served on the second floor and has a selection of cold meats, pastries, yogurt, granola, fruit and hard-boiled eggs with indoor and outdoor seating.
The rooms have a gas fireplace, flat screen TV, down bedding, refrigerator, coffee, tea, and for those with balconies, foldable chairs. Each room comes with a complimentary wine tasting at Hellam’s Vineyard, which is next store in the Lime Dock Building. If you decide to purchase wine there, you’ll receive 10% off.
Reception has a welcoming seating area with fireside couches and chairs and a cozy sitting room with a gift display area. Outside is a channel facing patio with tables and lounging chairs (firepit coming soon) to enjoy a favorite beverage or the water view. At mid-afternoon, you’ll find a variety of cookies near the coffee and tea in the lobby. And, on Friday and Saturday nights, there is live piano music. The La Conner Waterfront Spa is off-site, but a very short walk away.
Tip: Wine is available for purchase at both locations.
Tip: If you want a room that is all to yourself with no neighbors, choose the Bridal Suite.
Tip: If you want to be as close as possible to the marina, dock in the south basin.
La Conner Channel Lodge Review
I stayed at the La Conner Channel Lodge for two nights in a very comfortable second floor Queen Room. It had a private balcony, a desk, and a fireside sitting area, which I used quite a bit. During my stay, the weather was on the chillier side, so I ventured out on the balcony during the warmer parts of the day and early evening to watch the sunset. In fact, the first thing I did when I got to my room was head out to the balcony to admire the water view. The lodge is steps away from downtown La Conner and walking about town was very easy.
La Conner Country Inn
While I didn’t stay at the La Conner Country Inn, I did get to tour the property and some of the rooms. La Conner Country Inn has:
- 28 rooms with eight pet-friendly ground floor rooms
- $35 pet fee includes a dog bed, treats, doggie bags and a ball
- Contemporary and spacious rooms
- Large reception area with fireplace and library
- Steps away from downtown
- Same excellent service
- No Swinomish Channel view
The biggest difference besides the location was the spaciousness and room size. If you like a lot of space or need a lot of space, consider the La Conner Country Inn. Also, this is the only property that allows pets, and the $35 pet fee includes some niceties like a ball, a bed, and dog treats.
Tip: No elevator to the second floor.
Tip: The inn is great if you are traveling with kids or pets.
La Conner Channel Lodge and La Conner Country Inn Highlights
Channel view rooms: For me, the highlight of the La Conner Channel Lodge is its luxurious coziness and water views. The lodge is built very close to the water and at times you can hear the current lapping against rocks. Also, the balconies give taking in the sunset or enjoying a quite moment alone a more special touch.
Family and pet-friendly: Being a pet owner, I was impressed with La Conner Country Inn’s spacious and pet-friendly rooms.
Location: Both locations walking distance from the marina and steps away from downtown. La Conner is a small town and very easy navigate. There are lots of great restaurants like Oyster & Thistle, Nell Thorn Resturant, La Conner Brewing Company, La Conner Seafood & Pub, Aneila’s Kitchen & Stage, and the town’s newest restaurant Whitey’s BBQ. There are also shops, tasting rooms like Silver Bell Winery and La Conner Sips, galleries, and museums like the Museum of Northwest Art, Skagit County Historical Museum and the La Conner Quite & Textile Museum. In March is the La Conner Daffodil Festival, and in April is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary accommodations and meals for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.
Lara Dunning is a member of the Waggoner Cruising Guide team and has made one trip up the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, AK. She is enthusiastic about small town living, and you can read more about her discoveries at Small Town Washington. She has been published in Bainbridge Island Magazine, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine, Wander With Wonder, and Whidbey Life Magazine.