With Thanksgiving leftovers still in the fridge, holiday season is already in full swing. That means it's tree time. The Clark W. Griswolds among us may head into the woods (literally) for their tannenbaum, but for the rest of us, there are Christmas tree farms aplenty.
Exclusive? Tree shopping? Yep. Available by appointment only (book online), the trees come in an array of seven types of fir to liven up a living room, and all are 100 percent organic and free from pesticides. Wreaths and delivery are available, and most trees are seven foot or above, within the $100 to $200 range.
Coates, unlike many other farms, opts to slap a single price on their U-cut trees as opposed to scaling them by height; most are $99 with a small discount for cash purchases, though Douglas firs are cheaper. There are six types of fir here just off Route 18, including the elusive Korean variety.
Greeters supply customers with the necessary materials to cut down the perfect tree, and after all the hard work, the gift shop stocks wreaths and ornaments. Sometimes there's even free hot cider. Just make sure to get there before their fixed number of trees sells out.
Sellouts aren't a problem at this festive Snohomish County spot. In addition to the 32 acres of trees to comb through, including six different fir species, the whole property is open to the public with a bonfire area and a wishing well, plus Christmas music playing over loudspeakers. There are also picnic tables to enjoy the hot chocolate, cider, and hot dogs available to purchase.
For the industrial types, Hunter Farms offers U-cut trees at its home base on the Olympic Peninsula. With a saw and gloves, hardy souls can search through a selection of firs; weekends only or by appointment on weekdays. Otherwise, the tree lot in Wedgwood makes it easy to pick up a pre-cut tree and skip all the grunt work.
Long's doesn't mess around in the Christmas tree game. Trees are minimally sheared in pursuit of a "more natural look," with all manner of accoutrements (ornaments, tree stands, something called Tree Life Liquid) available to purchase. It's not all business and no play, though, with warm drinks and candy canes served. Choose between U-cut and fresh-cut options, but call ahead to make sure there are still trees in stock; they expect to have a smaller number than usual this year.
At the base of Mount Si, take in a view while choosing a Christmas tree. Mountain Creek offers five kinds of fir, with some as tall as 18 feet, though they ask shoppers to bring their own crews to handle the big guys. The U-cut experience is available by appointment only until December 4, but no appointment required after that.
Pfaff's offers, count 'em, 12 species of tree to choose from in the U-cut section. With a little dirty work, customers can score a less common variety like a Corkbark fir. The pre-cut options only encompass five types, but Pfaff's offers seasonal decor like wreaths and garlands too, plus a Santa's Cottage and cookies and ciders to fuel the search.
This farm embraces Christmas tree shopping as a seasonal activity, not just a simple transaction. A professional photographer does Santa or tree pics, and the farm boats a communal fire pit. They offer six types of fir, from nobles to Nordmanns, with free baling, as well as wreaths and seasonal treats like jams and butters.
Nobles, Grands, and Nordmanns make up the eponymous trio of trees at this Maple Valley farm. They serve complimentary hot chocolate and cider around the fire. After opening on Black Friday, the farm is open weekends only.