Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: North of Seattle
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Mt Vernon has some of the best places I know of, actually...
There's the Porterhouse, the Skagit River Brewery, The Empire Alehouse, and the Trumpeter Public House.
I've had multiple great experiences at them all. They are all within a couple blocks of each other, too.
Any part of Hwy 9 north of Arlington is really nice. the Loop from Arlington, Darington, Concrete and back to Sedro is about 100 miles and although I've never done it, it is a favorite for many local cyclists.
Going east on hwy 20 won't disappoint, either. You could just head out and when you get tired/run out of time, just turn around. The return trip would be easier.
Skagit Cycling Club might be able to help you find some nice rides. Great group.
There's lots of stellar cycling to be had in Skagit county. There are definitely some rough chipseal in places, though.
The ride up to Lake Cavanaugh is really nice, but don't try to make it a loop... the southern route is all gravel.