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Welcome Island County W H I D B E Y

Getting Here Whidbey Island From East and North: Follow I-5 to Exit 230 in Burlington and continue West on SR 20 onto Whidbey Island From South: I-5 to exit 182, Hwy 99/Mukilteo and follow the signs to Mukilteo Ferry. Board Washington State ferry to Clinton. From the Olympic Peninsula: Take the Port Townsend Ferry to Coupeville. Camano Island From North and South: Follow I-5 to exit 212. Head west toward Camano Island. Ferry, bus, air and private boat service to Island County is also available.

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ross over by bridge or ferry and find yourself in a different world. A short drive from Seattle or Vancouver, BC, Whidbey and Camano Islands are called “the Shortest Distance to Far Away®. ” Loaded with first rate lodging, dining and shopping options; visitors may wander miles of beaches, state parks, forests and farmland. Surrounded by mountains, the rain shadow creates a picturesque and pleasant year round climate. We invite you to dine on food and wine from local farms and the surrounding waters, including famous Penn Cove mussels. Both islands offer historic places to explore like Ebey’ Landing, Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Deception Pass Bridge, Fort Casey and the state’s second oldest town of Coupeville. A haven for artists, enjoy festivals and galleries, including those in the seaside town of Langley and on Camano Island. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy cycling, diving, kayaking, zipping, horseback riding, hiking, and kite boarding. Oak Harbor is home to NAS Whidbey and the new Naval Heritage Center. Antique stores and thrift shops are abundant in Freeland and Clinton. We invite you to explore the beauty of Whidbey and Camano Islands, and find out why we love them! Helen Price Johnson, Chairman Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism, and her husband David.


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Table of Contents Welcome to Island County Ferry Transportation ........................5 Places to Eat....................................3 Places to Stay..................................4 Things to Do Art Scene.......................................16 Bird/Whale Watching .....................10 Camping & Parks......................12-14 Events Calendar .............Center Map Water Activities ................................9 Indoor Activities ........................15-17 Outdoor Activities........................6-14 Running & Biking .............................8 Libations ........................................17 Community Profiles Bayview .........................................32 Camano Island...............................40 Clinton............................................38 Coupeville......................................24

Freeland.........................................30 Greenbank.....................................28 Langley ..........................................34 Oak Harbor ....................................18 NAS Whidbey Island......................22 Community Maps Bayview .........................................33 Camano Island...............................41 Clinton............................................39 Coupeville......................................26 Freeland.........................................31 Langley ..........................................36 Oak Harbor ....................................20 Demographics & Health Care Health Care....................................43 Employment...................................43 Public Service, Schools ................43 Weather .........................................43

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Welcome to Island County – Places to Eat

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Swinomish Casino You’ll find the perfect meal in one of our relaxed, enjoyable settings. 12885 Casino Dr. 360 293-2691 See our ad on page 17

The Skagit Casino Resort – Your Best Bet for FUN! Just off I-5, Exit 236. Three great restaurants: The Five Onion Grill, Market Buffet, and The Skagit Express Deli. Two hotels, indoor pool, over 900 of the most popular slots, table games, monthly headline entertainment and exciting promotions! 5984 Darrk Ln. 360 724-7777 See our ad on outside back cover

Additional Dining Experiences Camano Island Camano Island Inn 1054 S. West Camano Dr 360 387-0783 Cama Beach Café 1880 SW Camano Dr 360 387-3266 Diamond Knot Camano Lodge 170 E Cross Island Rd 360 387-9972 Elger Bay Café 1994 Elger Bay Rd 360 387-2904 Jasmin Thai Express 370 N East Camano Dr., #3 360 926-8688

Bayview Basil Café 5603 Bayview Rd 360 321-7898 Neil’s Cloverpatch 14485 SR 525 Ste 3 360 321-4120

Clinton Cozy’s Roadhouse 8872 Hwy 525 360 341-2838 Hong Kong Gardens 9324 Hwy 525 360 341-2828

Patron Mexican Restaurant 11042 SR 525 360 341-4101 Pickle’s Deli 11042 SR 525 360 341-3940

Coupeville Christopher’s on Whidbey 103 NW Coveland St 360 678-5480 Ciao 701 N Main St 360 678-0800 Ebey Bowl 1203 W Terry Rd 360 678-2255 Front Street Grill 20 NW Front St 360 682-2551 Knead & Feed 4 NW Front St 360 678-5431 The Captain Whidbey Inn 2072 W Captain Whidbey Inn Rd 360 678-4097 The Oystercatcher 901 Grace St. Suite B 360 678-0683 Toby’s Tavern 8 Front St 360 678-4222 Tyee Restaurant 405 S Main St 360 678-6616

Freeland China City 1804 E Scott Rd 360 331-8899 Coaches Pizzeria 5575 Harbor Ave, Ste. 103 360 331-2345 Freeland Café 642 E Main St 360 331-9945 Gerry’s Kitchen 1675 Main St 360 331-4818 Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill 5438 Woodard Ave 360 331-7515

Greenbank Greenbank Store & Grille 25189 SR 525 360 678-3300 Whidbey Pies & Café 765 Wonn Rd 360 678-1288

Langley Braeburn, The 197 D Second St 360 221-3211 Cafe Langley 113 First St 360 221-3090 Inn At Langley 400 First St 360 221-3033

Mo’s Pub & Eatery 317 2nd Street 360 221-1131 Prima Bistro 201 1/2 First St 360 221-4060 Village Pizzeria 108 First Str 360 221-3363

Oak Harbor BBQ Joint, The 601 NE Midway 360 679-3500 Cameron’s 830 SE Pioneer Way, #106 360 240-1222 China City 33185 SR 20 360 257-6429 El Cazador Mexican Grill 32195 SR 20 360 675-6114 Flyers Restaurant 32295 SR 20 360 675-5858 Frasers Gourmet Hideaway 1191 SE Dock St. Ste 101 360 279-1231 Sweet Rice Thai Cuisine 885 SE Pioneer Way 360 679-8268 Zorba’s Greek & Italian Restaurant 32955 SR 20 360 279-8322

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Complete listing of Island County Lodging.

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Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast Near Langley. Water, Mt views. Hot Tub, Gardens, Donkeys, Bunnies. www.farmhousebb.com 360-321-6288 See our ad on page 39

Guest House Log Cottages A couple’s romantic retreat. 25 acres. 6 cottages. Jacuzzi. Fireplace. Kitchen. 800 678-3113

Coupeville Anchorage Inn B&B A victorian B&B just steps from town. All 7 rms w/baths. TV, WiFi. Full gourmet brkfst. $99-$159 & cottage. www.anchorage-inn.com 360-678-5581 See our ad on page 25 Blue Goose Inn B&B Spacious rooms, water views, private baths, scrumptious breakfast! www.bluegooseinn.com 877-678-4284 See our ad on page 27

Langley Carol Lee’s Attic Private spacious room with water view. King bed ,wifi,kitchenettebreakfast items provided. 360 730-1955 Country Cottage of Langley Six Private Cottages, full Breakfast, water view,three with Jacuzzi, deck, fireplace, tv/dvd,Wi-Fi, ref, coffee 360 221-8709 Eagle Nest Inn Surround yourself in Nature. Hilltop panoramic views. Wonderful Suites.

Compass Rose B&B Idyllically situated in Coupeville, the heart of Ebey's Landin www.compassrosebandb.com 800 237-3881 See our ad on page 27 Jenne Farm Gathering House Historic 4 bedrm farmhouse on Ebey's Prairie. Sleeps 8-10. WiFi. $300+ www.jennefarm.com 360 678-4433 Spinnaker Tea Garden B&B Tranquil view of Penn Cove framed by the Olympics and Cascades. www.spinnakerteabb.com 360 678-4481

Freeland Bay Breeze Cottages Two spacious private cottages. Jacuzzi tubs,fireplace. Full breakfast. baybreezecottages.com 888 547-4179

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www.eaglesnestinn.com 800 243-5536 See our ad on page 35

RV Parks & Campgrounds Deception Pass State Park 143 utility spaces. Max length 60’. Fort Casey Historical State Pk 14 utility spaces. Max length 40’. Fort Ebey State Park 11 utility spaces. South Whidbey State Park Eight utility spaces. Max length 50’. North Whidbey RV Park 100 full hookups and cabins. Whidbey Island Fairgrounds RV hookups and tent camping. Camano Island State Park RV and tent camping. Max length 40’.


Welcome to Island County – Ferry Transportation

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Ferry Transportation Copyright Notice: Unauthorized reproduction of these maps and/or indexes by any means without written permission from the copyright holder, grafixCORP, is prohibited and will be prosecuted under Title 17 of the US Copyright Laws. These maps are provided as general reference to assist in the locating of businesses advertising herein. As such, they are not to scale and some streets may not be depicted or named.

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The Washington State Ferry System is the third largest in the world and the largest in the United States. Island County is served by two ferry runs year-round: Coupeville– Port Townsend and Clinton–Mukilteo. Both ferries operate seven days a week, offering a variety of sailing times. As ferry schedules and rates change seasonally, please obtain a current schedule at any local chamber of commerce office or visit the Washington State Ferries web site. Sailings leave each terminal approximately every 90 minutes. During peak season, reservations for the Coupeville–Port Townsend ferry route can be made and are recommended. The Steilacoom II will take both passengers and vehicles on the route until new ferries are built and put into service. Drivers of vehicles over 6,000 gross vehicle weight are required to reserve space for a particular sailing because space for large vehicles is limited. Washington State Ferries 800 843-3779 www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries

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License Plates Support Washington’s Lighthouses Nothing says “I Love Island County” quite like owning a “Washington Lighthouses” specialty license plate available through Washington State DOL. Demonstrate your love for lighthouses and be recognized as someone who financially supports lighthouse preservation. 2013-14 I Love Island County Guide | iLoveWhidbeyCamano.com

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Garden Tours Farmers’ Markets Garden Tours The Whidbey Island Garden Tour is a much-anticipated yearly event that gives the garden lover a taste of Whidbey Island’s wonderful gardens. The tour raises funds for a number of organizations working toward the improvement of Whidbey Island's common habitat.

Meerkerk Gardens Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, founded in the 1960’s. The Meerkerks created a Northwest style woodland garden in the midst of a 43 acre forest preserve. Today, Meerkerk Gardens is a not for profit garden open to the public yearround for enjoyment, instruction and illumination. For hours of operation and more information, please visit www. meerkerkgardens. org or call 360 678-1912.

The Earth Sanctuary The Earth Sanctuary combines a 72acre nature reserve with a sculpture garden of stone circles and other sacred spaces to create a place of peace and spirit. Currently more than 80 species of birds live and breed on Earth Sanctuary, including great blue herons, osprey, great horned owls, woodpeckers, and many more. Earth Sanctuary can be reached at

360 331-6667 or online by visiting www. earthsanctuary. org

A Knot In Thyme A Knot In Thyme will bring you to the holidays no matter what season of the year it is. Everything that you love about the holidays is available in one location. The shop will warm you up with warm refreshment and you can take a look at all of the holiday items that are available. When it is the time of the year to buy a Christmas tree, you can do it with a wagon ride to the Christmas tree farm. There will be carolers for you to listen to as you enjoy all the festive holiday events. A Knot In Thyme can be reached at 360 240-1216 or online at www.aknotinthyme.com.

One Spirit Garden Stroll delightful garden and forest paths. Sit amidst the flowers and have tea with an array of homemade baked goods and soup in a relaxing, natural setting. It is recommended that you call for a reservation. 360 341-4217. www.onespiritgarden.com

U-pick berry fields, and throughout the island, farmers’ markets. Farms and nurseries take pride in their work. It’s a labor of love producing high-quality products while being good caretakers of the environment.

Islands Farms There are no shortage of farms in Island County, many of which are open to the public to enjoy. Each farm is different – some provide recreational opportunities and some provide locally produced items to try and enjoy. For a fun family outing and a chance to meet the farmers on their own turf, take the Whidbey Island Farm Tour. For information, visit www.whidbeyfarmtour.com or call 360 679-7327. The Camano Island Harvest Jubilee is another opportunity for you to experience farming on the islands. More info can be found by visiting www.portsusan.org. FiberQuest is a 4-day event promoting natural fiber and fiber farms on Whidbey Island. This fun filled event, provides the opportunity to visit participating Whidbey Island fiber farm stores and yarn shops from Clinton to Oak Harbor.

Farmers’ Markets(Seasonal) The farming tradition continues on Whidbey Island. Along the rural roads, you’ll find large and small farms, roadside stands,

The Whidbey Island Grown logo only appears on agricultural products that are grown on the Island or on processed products that contain a large portion of Whidbey Island Grown ingredients.

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Please join us in this effort to promote locally grown products and help preserve the rural character of the Island. www.whidbeyislandgrown.com


Things To Do – Outdoor Activities Display Gardens 1. A Knot In Thyme 4233 DeGraff Rd, Oak Harbor 360 240-1216 2. Chocolate Flower Farm 5040 Saratoga Rd, Langley 360 221-2464 3. Hummingbird Farm Nursery & Gardens 2319 Zylstra Rd, Oak Harbor 360 679-5044 4. Kirk’s Garden & Nursery Maxwelton Rd & Hwy 525, Langley 360 321-4340 5. Lavender Wind Farm 2530 Darst Rd, Coupeville 360 242-7716 5 6. Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens 3531 Meerkerk Ln, Greenbank 360 222-0121 7. The Earth Sanctuary 2059 Newman Rd, Freeland 360 331-6667 8. One Spirit Garden 7131 Holst Rd, Clinton 360 341-4217

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Biking Running/Hiking Biking Island County is a great place to cycle. Enjoy a variety of terrain, biking challenges, and spectacular views of farmland, water, and scenic towns. It is best to stay off SR 20 when possible. The annual Tour de Whidbey bike ride to raise funds for the Whidbey Island Hospital Foundation is held each year. Choose among rides ranging from 10 to 100 miles. All routes begin at Greenbank Farm. Maps

provided at check-in. For more information, call 360 678-7656 or visit www.whidbeygen.org

Running There are two main running events for the competitive runner held on Whidbey Island every year. The Whidbey Island Marathon and Half-Marathon is held in April on the north end of the island. The Whidbey Island Triathlon is held in August on South Whidbey. Additionally, the Camano View Dash is held annually and is a 5K run/walk and 10K run taking place in February. For the more casual runner, you can find many quiet country roads to stretch your legs. You’ll enjoy listening to nature’s sweet sounds as the local wildlife accompanies you on your run.

Hiking There are plenty of hiking and walking trails available throughout Island County. Relaxing hikes are available at Deception Pass State Park, Ebey’s Landing, Greenbank Farm, Saratoga Woods and Camano Island State Park. You can find additional parks with hiking trails on page 14 or by visiting www.whidbeycamanoislands.com/todo/hiking/

Whidbey Walks Trail Guide Use a Whidbey Walks Trail Guide or join a walking group to enhance your walking experiece. Guided walks can feature: fitness tips, natural history with native plant and woodland information, or cultural history. Great for visitors! Visit www.whidbeywalks.com and for more information and a calendar of outings

Hiking & Cycling Maps (PDF format maps.) DNR and Metcalf Trust Trail Map

Fort Ebey & Kettles Park Trails

Whidbey & Camano Bicycle Map -North

All maps are also available for download at www.whidbeycamanoislands.com/ outdoor_adventure/cycling/

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Water Activities Beach Life Getting to know Whidbey and Camano Islands means spending time on its beaches. Island County has miles of shoreline for walking, crabbing, clamming, fishing, beachcombing, exploring tidepools, and taking photos. Plenty of water-based activities await the adventurous. Sailboats, powerboats, kayaks, canoes, and kiteboards can be seen making use of the waters around Whidbey and Camano Island. Whether this is your first visit to Island County or your annual getaway, visit a local chamber of commerce to help plan your stay.

Boating Chart your own exploration of Island County. You can cruise around the islands, explore the protected waters of Penn Cove and Holmes Harbor, or ride the troughs and waves of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Saratoga Passage. If you’d rather leave the skippering to someone else, whale watching, sightseeing, and dinner cruises are available. Boat charter rentals, with or without crew, are an option as well.

Fidalgo and the San Juan Islands are only a short hop away.

Swimming Freshwater swimming is a popular pastime at several lakes on the islands. See Parks grid on page 14 for a listing of parks with swimming.

Kayaking Whidbey Island is part of the Cascadia Marine Trail, a 150-mile water trail from Olympia to Point Roberts. This Puget Sound water trail is a National Recreation Trail and designated one of only 16 National Millennium Trails by the White House. Suitable for day or multi-day trips, the Cascadia Marine Trail has over 50 campsites to visit. People can boat to the campsites from many public and private launch sites or shoreline trailheads. www.wwta.org

Fishing The islands are teaming with seafood whether you’re a freshwater or saltwater fishing enthusiast. Numerous lakes await you for fishing for largemouth bass or trout. Lone, Deer, Goss, Cranberry and Pass lakes are all stocked annually. Catch-and-release fly fishing at Whidbey’s Pass Lake is for serious fly fisher folks.

Scuba Diving Scuba diving is a popular activity along the shores of Whidbey and Camano islands. You will enjoy the diverse sealife such as octopus, wolf eel, lingcod, sea cucumber, crab, scallops, and much more can be seen. Be sure to pack your waterproof camera. Open Water Certification is required before you start, but dive shops offer easy introductory lessons in diving and snorkeling and can help you gear up. Whidbey and Camano island waters have strong tides and short slack times, so divers should plan their dives carefully. Here is a list of a few diving spots around Island County. • Deception Pass North of Oak Harbor on SR 20. • Ebey’s Landing South of Coupeville on EBey Road. • Keystone Underwater Park In Fort Casey State Park, southwest of Coupeville. • Langley Tire Reef At the Marina in Langley.

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Bird Watching Bird watching can be pursued year round, and bird watching enthusiasts can see something different every season. During the summer in their haying season, eagles can be seen circling the fields looking for their next catch. Visitors can also find plenty of long-legged heron on the shoreline of the island. Some birding locations include Fort Casey State Park, Fort Ebey State Park, Joseph Whidbey State Park, Oak Harbor City Beach, Dugualla Bay, Deception Pass State Park, and more. Freeland and Port Susan both host annual bird festivals. For more information on other special birding spots, visit: www.whidbeycamanoislands.com/todo/birding/.

Whale Watching Whale season is late February through late May, when the large gray whales come into Saratoga Passage, the beach near Langley, and Useless Bay, to feed. They come into shallow waters and can easily be seen from shore by lucky whale watchers. Due to the decline of wild chinook salmon - a major orca food source - as well as global warming, toxic pollution, and vessel noise, members of the Southern Resident Orca Community - or Salish Sea Orcas - (pods J, K, and L) have been declared federally endangered by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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Other Outdoor Activities To learn where to look for Orcas and gray whales around the islands, or to report sightings of whales while you are here, call the Orca Network at (866) ORCA-NET. www.orcanetwork.org

• Whidbey Golf and Country Club Private, 18-hole, par 72 course 2430 SW Fairway Ln, Oak Harbor www.whidbeygolfandcc.com 360 675-4546

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Island County offers plentiful and varied golfing experiences for those of all playing levels. Get out and enjoy a round! • Camaloch Golf Course Public 18-hole, par 72 course. 326 NE Camano Dr, Camano Island www.camalochgolf.com 360 387-3084 • Gallery Golf Course Public, 18-hole, par 72 course. NAS Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor Open to the military and the public. 360 257-2178 • Island Greens Public, 9-hole, par 3 course. 3890 E French Rd, Clinton www.islandgreens.com 360 579-6042 • Lam’s Links Public, 9-hole, par 3 course Open spring & summer 597 W Ducken Rd, Oak Harbor 360 675-3412 • Useless Bay Golf & Country Club Private, 1 8-hole, par 72 course 5725 S Country Club Dr, Langley www.uselessbaycc.com 360 321-5958

At first glance, Camano Island’s Kristoferson farm looks much like any other farm in the area. But looks can be deceiving. Visitors looking to find cows and sheep in the lofty Swedish barn instead find helmets and harnesses and the shouts and woops of excitement in the woods. The woops come from those enjoying the unique family adventure created at the Kristoferson Farm; Canopy Tours NW, a zipline course suspended in the trees. Six ziplines, a log bridge and a 47-foot final rappel are what await those ready for both an adventure and a learning experience. The zipline experience is engineered for safety and can easily be done by people of most sizes and shapes. Along with amazing photos and videos, visitors will leave with an appreciation for the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest. The tour operates year-round, giving return zipliners a chance to see how the forest changes from season to season. Tour reservations can be made by visiting the Canopy Tours NW Web site at www.canopytoursnw.com.

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Camping Parks Featured State Parks

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Cama Beach State Park Washington State’s newest park offers visitors a chance to step back in time to a 1930s-era Puget Sound fishing resort complete with waterfront cedar cabins and bungalows available for rent year round to individuals and groups. The Center for Wooden Boats is also located within the park grounds.

Camano Island • 360 387-1550 • www.parks.wa.gov © Sherrye Wyatt

Fort Casey State Park A 645-acre camping park originally built as a coastal defense fort in World War II. Concrete platforms mark the gun locations. The park has three miles of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Coupeville • 360 902-8600 • www.parks.wa.gov

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A 467-acre marine camping park with a lighthouse and sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A coast artillery post features two 10-inch and two 3-inch historic guns on display.

Coupeville • 360 902-8600 • www.parks.wa.gov

Deception Pass State Park © Rick Lawler

A 4,134-acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline, and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. Rugged cliffs drop to meet the turbulent waters of Deception Pass. The park is outstanding for breath-taking views, old-growth forests and abundant wildlife. Cabins are also available for rent.

Oak Harbor • 360 902-8600 • www.parks.wa.gov

City Parks Coupeville 360 678-4461 www.townofcoupeville.org Captain Coup Park One acre park located northeast of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and provides Coupeville’s only low and no bank waterfront access.

Cooks Corner Park This mini-park was renamed in 1997 from Triangle Park to honor Eileen Cook.

Coupeville Town Park 3.8 acre park located in the northwestern part of Coupeville on land donated by the Ladies of the Round Table.

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Langley marina. Fishing from dock is permitted.

Sixth Street Park Corner of NE 6th and NE Haller. Day use only.

Langley 360 221-5484 www.swparks.org Community Park Park area and Sports Complex. Castle Park fantasy themed playground.

Seawall Park Great views along the beach on 1st Street.

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Oak Harbor 360 279-4500 www.oakharbor.org Fort Nugent Park 40 acre park located at 2075 SW Ft. Nugent St.

Kimball Memorial Park On the corner of SW Heller St and SW 6th Ave.

Neil H. Koetje Park 3.6 acres of open area.

Ruth Cohen Park 1678 SW 8th Ave.


Things To Do – Outdoor Activities Scuttlebutt Park (Flintstone Park) SW Bayshore Dr. Fishing is allowed.

Rhododendron County Park Campground

Shadow Glen Park

20265 SR 20., Coupeville. 10 pay sites.

NW Clipper Drive and NW Dory Dr.

Smith Park SE Midway Blvd. Large oak trees and benches.

Windjammer Park (City Beach) 28.5 acres located at 1600 S. Beeksma Dr, along the harbor in the downtown area. Staysail RV Park is also located here with 56 full hook ups and 26 tent sites.

County Parks 360 678-5111 www.islandcounty.net Camano Park

Saratoga Woods 120 acres. Hwy 525 to Bayview Rd, turn North and travel 3 miles to De Bruyn Ave. Turn then left on Saratoga Rd.

Ustalady Point 398 Shore Dr., Camano Island.

Walter G. Hutchison Park 3227 S. East Camano Dr., Camano Island.

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Clover Valley Park

An area mostly privately owned but dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of historic lands. Beach, bluff, trails and magnificent views of farms, prairie, Admiralty Inlet, the waters of Penn Cove, and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains.

799 Ault Field Rd., Oak Harbor. Off leash area.

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Dan Porter Park

Camano Island

6 acre park located at 141 E. Camano Dr.

Cavalero Beach 1013 Simonsen Pl., Camano Island

7490 S. Deer Lake Rd., Clinton. Children’s play area set amid tall fir trees.

Dave Mackie Park 7490 Maxwelton Rd., Clinton. Four acre park area. Beach access.

Deer Lake Park West of Clinton. Good public access fishing lake.

Driftwood Park 399 Keystone Ave., Coupeville.

Freeland Park 1535 E. Shoreview Ave., Freeland.

Island County Fairgrounds 40 RV hook-ups.

Libbey Beach Park

360 387-1550 www.parks.wa.gov Camano Island State Park

Park features include old-growth forest, campsites secluded by lush, forest undergrowth and breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains.

Oak Harbor 360 902-8600 www.parks.wa.gov Cornet Bay Part of Deception Pass State Park. Cornet Bay Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is set deep within the evergreen forests. The ELC is a reservable rental facility.

Joseph Whidbey State Park A 112-acre park with 3,100 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Juan De Fuca. The scenery is beautiful, views are magnificent, wildlife is everywhere and the beach is one of the grandest on Whidbey Island.

Other Clinton 360 331-5494 www.portofsouthwhidbey.com Bush Point Day use park area.

Clinton Beach

A 134-acre camping park with 6,700 feet of rocky shoreline and beach. The park provides sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and offers opportunities for shellfish harvesting. Cabins are also available for rent.

Day use park area. Docks are available spring of each year.

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360 902-8600 www.parks.wa.gov South Whidbey State Park A 347-acre camping park with 4,500 feet of saltwater shoreline on Admiralty Inlet.

Possession Beach Waterfront Park A small, intimate park that is very peaceful. Day use only. 700 feet of beach waterfront.

360 221-5484 www.swparks.org South Whidbey Community Park Fun activities are available for both children and adults.

2750 Libbey Rd., Oak Harbor. No beach access.

Marguerite Brons Park 13 acre park. From Hwy 525, turn South at Bayview Rd for 1/2 mile.

Mutiny Bay This access has close neighbors. Please respect private property

Patmore Pit 530 Patmore Rd., Coupeville. Off leash area.

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5302 S. East Harbor Rd., Freeland 360 321-4084 www.bloomswinery.com 2. Comforts of Whidbey Wine Label 4361 Witter Rd., Langley 360 221-4912 www.comfortsofwhidbey.com

529 Michael Way, Camano Island 360 387-2171 www.dustycellars.net 4. Greenbank Cellars 3112 Day Rd., Greenbank 360 678-3964 www.greenbankcellars.com 5. Holmes Harbor Cellars 4591 S. Honeymoon Bay Rd., Greenbank 360 331-3544 www.holmesharborcellars.com 6. Ott & Murphy Wines 204 First St., Langley 360 221-7131 www.swedehillcellars.com

5881 Maxwelton Rd., Langley 360 661-6226 www.spoileddogwinery.com 8. Useless Bay Winery & Live Edge Farm 7030 Sills Rd., Clinton 360 632-4976 www.uselessbaywines.com 9. Whidbey Island Vineyards and Winery 5237 S. Langley Rd., Langley 360 221-2040 www.whidbeyislandwinery.com See our ad on this page 10. Whidbey Island Distillery 466 Craw Rd, Langley 360 321-4715 www.whidbeydistillery.com

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Other Indoor Activities Performing Arts The Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor as well as Whidbey Island Center for the Arts and Whidbey Children’s Theatre, both in Langley, perform live theater shows. Visitors and residents of Camano Island can enjoy a show at the Pavillion and the Camwood Players, both in nearby mainland town of Stanwood The Whidbey Playhouse The Whidbey Playhouse has been presenting live shows and original musical reviews in Oak Harbor for 45 years. For more information, visit: www.whidbeyplayhouse.com.

Artists Island County finds itself home to creative people of all types. The

Island’s beauty and laid back nature provide a perfect backdrop for the artist community. Whidbey Art Trail This self-guided artist studio tour will lead you through some of the most scenic parts Whidbey Island. The Whidbey Art Trail features an eclectic mix of contemporary artists. You’ll have the opportunity to go “behind-the-scenes” to interact with the artists and gain insight into their creative process. Visit www.whidbeyarttrail.com for more information. Glass Blowing The Great Northwest Glass Quest joins an elite community of glass art treasure hunts. Search for and find unique Glass Treasures. Visit

www.thegreatnwglassquest.com for more information. Want to experience blowing glass yourself? Venture to Callahan’s Fire House in Langley for a first hand adventure.

Museums Explore our wonderful museums and learn about how Whidbey and Camano Islands were formed and who has occupied these lands. • Island County Historical Society, Coupeville, WA 360 678-3310 • South Whidbey Historical Society Museum, Langley, WA 360) 221-2101 • The Stanwood Area Historical Society, Stanwood, WA 360 629-6110

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Community Profile – Oak Harbor

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Just a Splash Past Deception Pass

ake in our views of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, boat or sail from our harbor along Whidbey or into the San Juan Islands, bike or hike along our waterfront to Deception

Pass or Fort Casey State Park, shop and stroll through our historic downtown and waterfront parks. Whatever your recreational interests,

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Community Profile – Oak Harbor Oak Harbor Just a splash past Deception Pass is Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island’s and Island County’s largest incorporated city. It has a little bit of everything. Approximately seven miles south of the Deception Pass bridge, the community is surrounded by stunning mountain views, incredible vistas created by the waters of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and lush, rolling farmlands and forests. In fact, the city gets its name from the Garry Oak trees so plentiful on the island. Deception Pass Bridge, a National Historic Monument since 1982, is actually two spans that link Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island over Canoe Pass and Deception Pass. The bridge, one of the scenic wonders of the Pacific Northwest, was a Public Works Administration project built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Deception Pass State Park, Washington’s second most popular state park, has over 4,100 acres of forest, campsites, trails, and scenic vistas of the San Juan Islands, Victoria (British Columbia, Canada), Mount Baker, and Fidalgo Island. The easier access and the presence of the Navy helped push the community to grow and today its population is well over 22,000. That figure does not include approximately 7,000 active duty Navy personnel and their families. Today Oak Harbor is the commercial hub of Whidbey Island, as it boasts a historic shopping district filled with unique and interesting shops, as well as major retailers, small shopping plazas and a full range of dining opportunities, from fast food to family and ethnic restaurants to familiar restaurant chains. NAS Whidbey Island is a major economic contributor to

both Oak Harbor and Whidbey Island. It is the island’s largest employer with a nearly $600 million impact on Island County. As might be expected, patriotism soars in Oak Harbor all year long, in part because of the proximity of the Naval Air Station, but nothing can compare to the old fashioned Fourth of July activities the community hosts each year. People of all ages come from all over to share in the fun, including a parade, carnival, food and fireworks, which are set off high above Crescent Harbor. Crowds also turn out no matter the weather for the city’s new Veterans Day Parade, now held the Saturday before Veterans Day each year. The community also celebrates its Dutch heritage each spring, when tulips are blooming and Klompen can be heard click-clacking down the street as participants in the annual Holland Happening Festival wear the traditional wooden shoes in the grand parade. Whidbey Island Race Week, which takes place each year in July, has been rated among the top 20 yachting regattas in the world and draws hundreds to Oak Harbor every summer. The full service marina is complimented by 30 parks and hundreds of feet of public beaches, all with panoramic views of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Oak Harbor is easily accessible by bridge or ferry. The city is just two hours north of Seattle and south of Vancouver B.C. but feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of urban living. The town features an abundance of public waterfront, a historic downtown with charming shops, flavorful local restaurants, and lodging affordable enough to put a Whidbey Island vacation within reach.

Don’t Miss This! • Pack a lunch and spend a day at City Beach. Many activities are available for you and your family to enjoy. • Take in an outdoor movie at the Blue Fox Drive-In, one of the last remaining outdoor drive-in in the state. • Check out a live musical, drama, or comedy presentation at the Whidbey Playhouse. • Explore the waters around Whidbey Island on a Whale watching trip. For more information, call the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce 360 675-3755 or www.oakharborchamber.com.

Vibrant and progressive, Oak Harbor is bursting with opportunities for businesses, families and individuals. Life here is good and the advantages are hard to miss. People are warm, enthusiastic and genuine. They give generously to the community and are committed to ensuring Oak Harbor is wonderful place to visit and a great place to call home. continued on page 21

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Community Profile – Oak Harbor Windjammer Park/City Beach

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Park Windjammer Park (commonly known as City Beach), is the city’s premier waterfront park that is located in the downtown and waterfront district. The park provides playgrounds, picnic tables, barbecue pits, gazebos, other covered picnic facilities and a windmill landmark. City Beach is a family - and petfriendly place perfect for birthday parties, barbecues, walks and exercise. An exercise course includes Maylor Point Trail, a three-mile trail that starts at City Beach to Maylor Point on the Seaplane Base.

Located three miles west of Oak Harbor, this 112-acre day-use park has 3,100 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Juan De Fuca in northern Puget Sound. Visitors can enjoy beautiful sceneries, magnificent views, wildlife, and the beach, which “is one of the grandest on Whidbey Island.”

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Oak Harbor’s historic downtown district houses local boutiques, restaurants, wine shops, coffee and dessert cafes, artisan outlets, and other specialty retail and entertainment stores for locals and visitors alike. Several community events take place throughout the year. Pioneer Way is a small yet unique downtown district located minutes away from Windjammer Park on the waterfront.

Blue Fox Drive-In Established 53 years ago, the family-owned Blue Fox Drive-In is one of the only five drive-in theaters remaining in the state of Washington. Visitors can enjoy double features on a gigantic movie screen, food and beverages from a 1950s style snack bar, arcade games and go-karts. For more information, visit: www.bluefoxdrivein.com

Penn Cove Mussels About six miles south of Oak Harbor you will find America’s oldest and largest commercial mussel farm, in Penn Cove since 1975. Penn Cove mussels typically spawn in the early spring and are ready for grubbing during the summer and winter months. The fast growth rate in the nutrient rich waters of the Puget Sound insures a firm texture with a flavor sweeter than any other mussels. Penn Cove mussels are a musttry, especially after winning several international mussel taste contests!

HISTORY FACT Oak Harbor has a rich history that dates back to the early 1850s, when three settlers staked claims where the city now stands — Martin Taftezon, a shoemaker from Norway; Clement W. Sumner from New England, and Ulrich Freund, a Swiss Army officer. Freund retained part of his claim, which today is home to his descendants. Houses and businesses sprouted up along the shores of Oak Harbor as the pioneers relied entirely on water transportation until the 1900s. For the next thirty years, steamers and freighters carried passengers and freight from the Island to the mainland and back. The Irish came in the late 1850s, making Oak Harbor grow and prosper as they fished and farmed the area. The city’s Dutch heritage arrived in the 1890s when Hollanders were disillusioned with the northern Midwest U.S. and came to Whidbey Island. The community’s Dutch roots are evidenced by several windmill structures and by the annual Holland Happening Festival, which takes place every April. Churches, schools, and more businesses followed the arrival of the Hollanders. A high school was built in 1906. Oak Harbor was incorporated on May 14, 1915 and flourished as a small country town until two major things happened: the completion of the Deception Pass Bridge in July, 1935 and the commissioning of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on September 21, 1942.

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Community Profile – Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

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aval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) Established in 1942, NAS Whidbey Island is the premier naval aviation installation in the Pacific Northwest. NAS Whidbey is comprised of two bases:

the Seaplane Base and the Naval Air Station (also known as Ault Field). *The base is not opened for tours. Visitors can get on base with a military sponsor.

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Community Profile – NAS Whidbey Island Whidbey Island Military History The island's military history runs just as deep as the history of the quaint settlements by pioneers and explorers looking to make Whidbey home. With almost 20,000 military and civilian personnel and family members supporting Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island has long been viewed as a key defense site. In 1890, construction of, Fort Casey, the last fort of its kind began on the bluffs west of Coupeville. As part of a three-fort defense system, the fort was built by the U.S. Army to protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Along with Ft. Casey, the other two forts – Fort Flagler and Fort Worden on the Olympic Peninsula – made up the “Triangle of Fire;” Fort Casey was best known for its 10-inch disappearing guns that sat high above the head of Admiralty Inlet. After Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor’s attack set off the construction frenzy with almost 200 men working through all weather conditions to finish the base. Farmers even turned over titles to ancestral farmlands so that runways and hangars could be built. With the military’s use of aircraft the disappearing guns became obsolete and the fort was later decommissioned. During World War II, the guns were removed and melted down for their metal; however, similar guns brought in from the Philippines were reinstalled when Fort Casey became a state park in the 1950s. Today the fort is open to the public. Visitors can climb on the ladders to inspect the guns, and walk along bluff-side bunkers and through the dark tunnels that seem to carry the echoing voices of the past. The original officers quarters and bunkhouses, now owned by Seattle Pacific University, remain on the grounds as a conference center.

Moving North Fort Ebey, just north of Fort Casey, was built in 1942-43 to help protect Puget Sound military bases from the Japanese Imperial Navy. Battery 248 was in a perfect position for gun emplacements and provided an important radar site. Six-inch guns were installed to help defend ships heading toward Deception Pass, although no enemy ships ever entered the Sound. Ft. Ebey was decommissioned shortly after the war but remained a place to conduct training. Efforts to prepare the fort as a state park began in 1965.

Air attack arrives Just prior to the U.S.’s involvement in World War II, the Office of Chief Naval Operations charged the local naval district with finding the perfect location to re-arm and refuel planes defending the Northwest. Among five contenders, Crescent Harbor in Oak Harbor was chosen as the spot because PBY seaplane takeoffs and landings would be a breeze. Construction of Ault Field, just north of downtown Oak Harbor, began in March 1942. NASWI was commissioned Sept. 25, 1943 as a base for seaplane patrol operations, rocket firing training, torpedo overhaul, and both recruit and petty officer training. It was later named Ault Field in memory of Cdr. William B. Ault, who went missing in action in the Battle of the Coral Sea. Since the early 1960s, the Naval Air Station has been primarily an attack

/electronic warfare base, best known for the arrival of the Grumman EA-6B Prowler in the '70s. In 2008, the EA-18G Growler, the newest tool in the Navy's airborne electronic attack fleet, built by The Boeing Company, arrived on Whidbey. Today, during regular training, Navy jets can be seen circling above Coupeville and Oak Harbor; the most exciting viewing spot is alongside Highway 20 at the Outlying Field where planes do touch-andgo maneuvers.

PBY Memorial Foundation Established in 1998, the Memorial Foundation Naval Heritage Center is located at the Seaplane Base. The PBY Memorial Foundation, which is dedicated to preserve the PBY and all seaplanes once based at the seaplane facility on Whidbey Island, as well as all aircraft that have been based and flown from NAS Whidbey Island from 1942 to today. Visitors young and old alike can enjoy display rooms dedicated to all wars and conflicts from WWII to the present, artifacts, a flight simulator and more. *To access the Main gate, present your military I.D. card or driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. For more information, visit: www.pbymf.org.

Rocky Point Recreation Area Adjacent to Gallery Golf Course, and located just footsteps from the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Rocky Point beach. Facilities available at Rocky Point Recreation Area include an indoor sheltered building (Can-DoInn) with picnic tables and restrooms. The facilities can accommodate events such as changes of command, family functions, weddings and other special events. Reservations for the exclusive use of these areas can be made through the Navy by visiting ww.navylifepnw.com

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Community Profile – Coupeville

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oupeville, the oldest town on Whidbey Island, is situated on the east side of the Island, overlooking Penn Cove. This small but intriguing town hosts numerous community festivals and is a

popular destination among tourists. Part of Coupeville’s charm is in its’ 19th-century homes and storefronts, of which more than 50 are listed on the National Historic Register. Coupeville is filled with a variety of restaurants, specialty shops, and fine art galleries, all within walking distance of the oldest surviving wharf in Puget Sound. The wharf was built when all traffic to and from Coupeville was by its waterways.

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18-20 State H.O.G. Rally Oak Harbor Harley riders converge on Oak Harbor for a weekend of fun, food and rides. North Cascade Harley Owners Group www.nchog.com

27 Cama Quilt Show Camano Island See quilts on display along the beach of Cama Beach State Park. 10am – 4pm 360 387-1550 Cama Beach State Park www.parks.wa.gov/CamaBeach/events

27-28 Loganberry Festival Greenbank Celebration of the land, programs and relationships the Greenbank Farm serves. 360 678-7700 Greenbank Farm www.greenbankfarm.biz

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2-4 Stanwood Camano Fair Stanwood The ‘Best Lil Fair in the West’! 360 629-4121 Stanwood Camano Community Fair www.stanwoodcamanofair.org

10 Collector’s Car Show Camano Island Outdoor Market and Poker Run. Free live entertainment, a children’s area, and food and beverages available. 10am 360 387-0222 Camano Center www.camanocenter.org

Oak Harbor Fidalgo Ave comes alive with free barbecue pork, kids games, and music. 12pm – 5pm Fidalgo Avenue Merchants Association www.oakharborpigroast.com

15-18 Whidbey Island Fair Langley 4-H showcase. Exhibits of local residents. 360 221-4677 Whidbey Island Fair www.whidbeyislandfair.com

17 CamOcean Camano Island Learn about healthy waters and oceans in a day of family fun. 12pm – 4pm 360 387-1550 Cama Beach State Park www.parks.wa.gov/CamaBeach/events

24 Beach Art Festival Camano Island Create drawings or sculptures using objects found on the beach. 10am – 1pm 360 387-1550 Cama Beach Foundation www.camabeachfoundation.org.

24-25 Art Studio Tours Whidbey Island Free tour of local artists and studios from Deception Pass to Greenbank. Also held on August 31-Sept. 2. Whidbey Working Artists www.whidbeyworkingartists.com Whidbey Island Arts Council www.whidbeyopenstudiotour.com

30-2 Oak Harbor Music Festival Oak Harbor Annual festival in historic downtown. Live music on various stages. 850 485-4256 Fidalgo Avenue Merchants Association www.oakharbormusicfestival.com

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6-8 Whidbey Walking Festival Coupeville Walk on paths and along country roads, across Ebey’s Landing Historical Reserve. 360 679-3638 NW Tulip Trekkers Volkssport Club www.nwtrekkers.org

18-22 DjangoFest NW Langley Enjoy gypsy jazz at its finest at this annual festival, held at in Langley. 360 221-8268 Whidbey Island Center for the Arts www.wicaonline.com

21 Tour de Whidbey Whidbey Island Six routes to choose from, each with a hospitality breakstation every 10-12 miles. 360 68-7656 Whidbey General Hospital www.whidbeygen.org/wgh-foundation

21-22 Whidbey Island Farm Tour Whidbey Island Something for everyone! 360 678-4708 10am–4pm Whidbey Island Conservation District www.whidbeyfarmtour.com

21-22 Whidbey Island Kite Festival Camp Casey Conference Center. 360 675-4768 Whidbey Island Kite Festival Association www.whidbeykites.org

27-28 Harvest Jubilee Farm Tour Stanwood and Camano Island Annual event celebrating our rich and diverse farming heritage. 360 629-0562 Harvest Jubilee www.portsusan.org

30-2 Woodpalooza Langley Art + Wood = Woodpalooza at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. 360 678-1347 Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild www.woodpalooza.com

5 Langley Harvest Fest Langley Community gathering with wine, beer, sauerkraut, oompah band, games and fun. 360 221-6765 Lamgley Chamber of Commerce www.visitlangley.com

12 HarvestFest Coupeville Enjoy music, fun, and activities for the whole family. 10am–2pm 360 678-5434 Coupeville Chamber of Commerce www.coupevillechamber.com

26 Harvest Festival and Haunted Boooathouse Camano Island Embrace autumn at Cama Beach State Park. Activities for the whole family. 12pm – 4pm 360 387-1550 Center for Wooden Boats www.cwb.org

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9 Autumn Wine on Whidbey Whidbey Island Various locations showcase their wares. Whidbey Island Vintners www.whidbeyislandvintners.org

9 Chili & Chowder Cook Off Camano Senior and Community Center Meet local businesses and vote for your favorite Chili or Chowder! 3pm–7pm 360 629-7136 Camano Island Chamber of Commerce www.camanoisland.org

9 Veterans Day Parade Oak Harbor Parade winds its way through downtown honoring veterans of the Armed Forces. 360 675-3755 2pm Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce www.oakharborchamber.org

9 Weddings on Whidbey & Events Tour Coupeville Tour six Whidbey venues near Coupeville. Begins at historic Crockett Barn. 11:30am 360 969-0337 Whidbey Party Girls! www.weddingsonwhidbey.net

Camano Island Enjoy vendors food and plenty of fun! 360 387-0222 Camano Center www.camanocenter.org

30 Lighting of Langley Langley Park Carols, Santa and alpaca-reindeer 360 221-6765 Lamgley Chamber of Commerce www.visitlangley.com

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7 Clinton Holiday Bazaar Clinton Community Hall Local arts, crafts, gifts and food. 360 341-3929 Clinton Chamber of Commerce www.discoverclintonwa.com

7 Greening of Coupeville, Coupeville Annual parade, Christmas carols, tree lighting, art and antique walk. 4pm 360 678-5434 Coupeville Chamber of Commerce www.coupevillechamber.com

7 Langley Holiday Parade Langley Features a float contest with festive entries. 360 221-6765 11am Lamgley Chamber of Commerce www.visitlangley.com

10 Afternoon with Santa Camano Island Drop by the Center for a visit with Santa. 360 387-0222 2pm Camano Center www.camanocenter.org

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14-23 Great Northwest Glass Quest Stanwood and Camano Island Search for unique hand-blown glass treasures. www.thegreatnwglassquest.com

22-23 Langley Mystery Weekend Langley Wannabe gumshoes swarm Langley to uncover the perpetrator of the dasterdly deed. 360 221-6765 Lamgley Chamber of Commerce www.visitlangley.com

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1-2 Penn Cove Mussel Festival Coupeville Taste our world famous mussels! Chowder tasting and activities for all ages. 360 678-5434 www.thepenncovemusselsfestival.com

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10 Mother’s Day Weekend Sail Camano Island Free, donations accepted. 360 387-1550 Center for Wooden Boats www.cwb.org

12-13 Whidbey Island Marathon Whidbey Island Marathon & Half Marathon www.whidbeyislandmarathon.com

13 Meerkerk Magic Greenbank Enjoy bloom season as children make forest fairies from woodland materials. 12pm – 4pm 360 678-1912 Meerkerk Gardens www.meerkerkgardens.org

19-20 Welcome the Whales Langley Celebrate the return of our beloved whales. 360 678-3451 Orca Network www.orcanetwork.org

25-27 Holland Happening Oak Harbor Celebrate the unique Dutch Heritage of Oak Harbor. Parade, carnival and much more. 360 675-3755 Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce www.hollandhappening.org

26-27 Annual Plant Sale Coupeville Recreation Hall Includes bake sale and raffle. Coupeville Garden Club www.coupevillegardenclub.org

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Camano Island Sailing races and many types of small boats to view. Cama Beach State Park Boat House. 360 387-1550 Center for Wooden Boats www.cwb.org

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3-5 Whidbey FiberQuest with a Twist Whidbey Island Port Townsend Visit participating farms, yarn shops 20 and specialty shops. www.whidbeyfiberquest.com

10-12; 18-19 Studio Tour Camano Island Join us in our studios, share our art passion,19 and explore our community. 10am – 5pm 425 478-0777 Camano Arts Asociation www.camanoarts.org

12 Mother’s Day Concert Greenbank Gather for a performance of harp music in celebration of Mother’s Day. 12pm – 4pm 360 678-1912 Meerkerk Gardens www.meerkerkgardens.org

18 Penn Cover Water Festival Coupeville Tribal canoe races, native arts and crafts, and children’s activities. 360 682-5250 Penn Cover Water Festival Asociation www.penncovewaterfestival.com

25 Coupeville Memorial Day Parade Coupeville One of the oldest Parades on the west coast. 360 678-5434 Coupeville Chamber of Commerce www.coupevillechamber.com

25 Mayfest Clinton Community Hall Food, music, beer, wine and more. 12pm Clinton Progressive Association www.clintoncommunityhall.org

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1 The Art of Beer, Brats, Biz & More Camano Island Discover the real Camano Island. Held at The Commons at Terry’s Corner. 11am – 4pm 360 629-7136 Camano Island Chamber of Commerce www.camanoisland.org

8 Youth Fishing Derby Camano Island FREE! Prizes for top contestants per age groups. No fishing license required! 360 387-1550 Center for Wooden Boats www.cwb.org

22 Crab Dash Fun Run Camano Island Come out and walk, jog, or run to support the Camano Center. 360 387-0222 7am Camano Center www.camanocenter.org

22 Deception Pass Challenge Deception Pass State Park Swim 1/2 mile in Cranberry Lake. Bike 13 miles. Run 4 miles. 8am 360 675-3767 Deception Pass Park Foundation www.deceptionpassfoundation.org

22 Whidbey Island Garden Tour South Whidbey Island Mukilteoprivate gardens. Tickets include map, Tour locations and 526 directions. 360 321-4191 5 52 Whidbey Island Garden Tour www.wigt.org

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3 Celebrate America Freeland Park All day event culminating with a fireworks show at dusk over Holmes Harbor. 360 221-1656 South Whidbey Assembly of God www.swag-online.org

4 Old Fashioned 4th of July Oak Harbor Parade, family carnival, pancake breakfast, and arts & crafts booths. City Beach Park. 360 675-3755 Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce www.oakharborchamber.org

6-7 Langley Festival of the Arts Langley One of Washington’s oldest juried festivals. Live music, entertainment and street dance. 360 914-1863 Langley Chamber of Commerce www.choochokamarts.org continued on next page

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Community Profile – Coupeville Today, the wharf is home to Rosie, the only known gray whale skeleton on public display. Just steps from the wharf is the Island County Historical Society Museum. Because of its central location on Whidbey Island, Coupeville is the seat of Island County government and home to numerous government offices. The town is also the home of Whidbey General Hospital, the island’s only full service hospital and emergency room. Central Whidbey residents are a preservation-minded bunch do to their residing within a historic reserve. Because of this commitment, several renovation projects have been completed to help ensure the reserve’s historic integrity is maintained. Projects have helped improve such landmarks as the Jacob Ebey House, the Ferry House and the Sheepherders House. The Jacob Ebey House will be a focal point for hikers visiting the Reserve. Officials transformed it into a Visitors Center that overlooks Ebey’s Prairie.

Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve Coupeville, which is Washington’s second oldest city, is both part of and surrounded by the 17,000-acre Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, which is

dotted by numerous historic barns, homes and blockhouses that were built in the mid-1800s. The area has been preserved much as it appeared when settled and tells a dramatic story of Northwest history, Native American culture, European settlement, historic forts, and more. Amid the government buildings and the hospital which provides modern health care to Whidbey Island residents, are numerous historic commercial buildings and homes that are still in use to this day. Many retail businesses and restaurants thrive in historic building on famous Front Street. Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve has established the “Ebey’s Forever Fund,” which is a fund of money owners of historic building can access to undertake improvement projects on their structures.

Fort Casey and Fort Ebey State Parks Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve is home to two state parks, Fort Casey and Fort Ebey. Visitors to both parks will note the gun emplacements left behind from the days when army bases protected the entry into Puget Sound. There are also miles of hiking trails, and both parks are

Don’t Miss This! • Take a tour of Admiralty Head Lighthouse, located within the Fort Casey State Park. • Explore Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, the first historical reserve in our nation. • Don’t miss the oldest arts and crafts fair in the State of Washington, a tradition of great family entertainment and shopping opportunities. • Take a short ferry ride over to historic Port Townsend and enjoy an afternoon of shopping and eats. For more information, call the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce 360 678-5434 or www.coupevillechamber.com.

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Community Profile – Coupeville popular with kite enthusiasts and paragliders. Also located within Fort Casey is the Admiralty Head Lighthouse, which was built in 1861. It’s open for tours, offering an outstanding view of Admiralty Inlet west to Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula.

Recreation Coupeville and its surrounding area is known for being an outdoor recreation destination. Kayaking, hiking, biking, whale watching, birdwatching, clamming, crabbing, and fishing is all here. Launch your Kayak right at Captain Thomas Coupe Park in Coupeville or rent one at the Coupeville Wharf. The calm waters of Penn Cove are ideal for

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Pass or take a short ride to Anacortes for year round tours. Mystic Sea Charters offers Gray Whale Watching Tours and Historic Coupeville Dinner Cruises March through May from the Port of Coupeville. Deception Pass Boat Tours takes visitors under the bridge at Deception Pass April through October. Island Adventures and Mystic Sea Charters both offer Whale Watching tours out of Anacortes, WA, their guests get the chance to see Orcas, Gray Whales, and Humpbacks.

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Ocean Kayaking. Central Whidbey is home to the Kettles Trails and Fort Ebey State Park. Here you will find miles of varied terrain hiking and bicycle trails. The Town of Coupeville, the Admiralty Head Lighthouse and Fort Casey State Park, and Greenbank Farm are all home to scenic walking trails with ocean, and prairie views. Washington Scenic Byway, SR 20 passes through the Central Whidbey area. The Main Highway and the scenic loops draw road cyclists from all over the Northwest. If the trails are more to your speed, just North of Coupeville are the Kettles Trails and Fort Ebey State park, home to miles of trails of various terrain. Whale Watching and Boat Tours are available seasonally from Coupeville and Deception

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Community Profile – Coupeville in the region. Coupeville’s Concerts on the Cove sponsors a series of outdoor concerts throughout the spring, summer and fall, which feature a variety of music styles and a wide range of musicians and bands. The Pacific Northwest Art School, a private, non profit visual arts education center, with an established national and international reputation, offers workshops in the visual arts for aspiring artists or just for fun.

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ping opportunities. This Festival is the oldest arts and crafts fair in the State of Washington featuring nearly 200 of the Northwest’s finest arts and crafts vendors. Numerous other festivals take place throughout the year. The festivals kick off with the Penn Cove Mussel festival, an event in March that celebrates the island’s worldfamous mollusk. The Penn Cove Water Festival honors the island’s Native American heritage and the Harvest Fest celebrates a successful growing season. The Greening of Coupeville provides a festive holiday celebration in a relaxing, small-town atmosphere while a Christmas parade features fire engines, local groups and, of course, Santa Claus. The town’s Memorial Day celebration also features a parade. Its Arts and Crafts Festival in August is one of the most popular

HISTORY FACT Coupeville is one of Washington’s oldest towns and the seat of Island County. Situated on Whidbey Island, at Penn Cove on Saratoga Passage, the town was once the site of three permanent Lower Skagit tribal villages. Named for pioneer Thomas Coupe, it was settled by sea captains and farmers in the 1850s. Whidbey Island narrows near Coupeville; nearby Ebey’s Landing and Ebey’s Prairie share a common history. The activation of Fort Casey in 1901 spurred efforts for Coupeville incorporation in April 1910. During the Great Depression, Whidbey Island utilized government funds for building projects such as Deception Pass Bridge (1935). Many of Coupeville's older structures survived into the 1970s and Whidbey Island support for the arts and tourism at that time gave impetus to formation of a National Historic Preservation District and the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, the first of its kind recognized in the U.S. Continued support of tourism has preserved four blockhouses, historic buildings and homes, and most significantly, the prairie itself. Gift shops, restaurants, businesses, and boutiques in heritage buildings now line Coupeville’s Front Street and the Island County Historical Museum on Main Street interprets Whidbey Island’s past. Source: HistoryLink.com

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Community Profile – Greenbank

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reenbank, which was named by Calvin Philips after his homestead in Delaware, is the heart of this quaint Central Whidbey Island community. Greenbank Farm, once the largest loganberry farm

in Washington state, has been transformed into a community hub. It is a home to farmers, artist galleries, small businesses and a solar power array. A thriving community supported-agriculture training center is thriving. It

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Community Profile – Greenbank a 43-acre woodland preserve complete with nature trails. Greenbank was once a port for the Mosquito Fleet of ferries that transported people and goods throughout the Puget Sound. Approximately 1,400 people live in the area on small farms, full-time homes and weekend retreats.

South Whidbey State Park Nearby South Whidbey State Parks offers breathtaking views of the Puget Sound. The park is a 347acre camping site with 4,500 feet of saltwater shoreline on Admiralty Inlet, perfect for swimming and fishing. Park features include oldgrowth forest, tidelands for crabbing and clamming, campsites secluded by lush, forest undergrowth and breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. The park offers a unique outdoor experience. For more information, see our Parks Guide beginning on page 12.

Don’t Miss This! • Check out what’s happening at Greenbank Farm, a community-founded organization situated on 151 acres of publicly owned space and an historic farm. Gift shop, artist studios, a wine shop and more are on location. • View the unique peaceful woodland gardens at Meerkerk Gardens. Ten acres of display and educational gardens await you! Forty-three acres of woodland preserve with 4+ miles of nature trails. • Grab a spot along the shore to view the Whidbey Island Race Week regatta.

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Island Community Solar has installed solar arrays in front of the buildings of the publicly owned farm. Island Community Solar recently raised enough money to install four solar arrays that produce 50 kilowatts of energy. The group has space to install two more arrays while other businesses can build up to six additional arrays at the farm. The former berry fields at Greenbank farm now have walking trails and behind the barns at the Greenbank farm is a small marsh with a viewing platform. The farm is home to several small businesses located in a red barn that was built in 1904, including the farm’s wine shop, which features locally produced wines. The historic barn is also home to a large hall where community events, weddings and parties take place. The farm is also home to Greenbank Cheeses and several art galleries located in a building constructed several years ago. Greenbank farm was owned by Ste. Michelle Wineries until 1996. Back then, winery leaders wanted to sell the historic farm to developers to build homes on the beautiful and peaceful 522 acres. Instead, the Port of Coupeville, Island County and The Nature Conservancy teamed up to purchase the farm and place it in public ownership. The Greenbank Farm is a popular location for the numerous community events that rake place throughout the year. The Loganberry Festival is just one of the larger events. The farm is also home to First Fridays at the Farm, and markets that take place in the winter and summer. Besides the farm, Greenbank is also home to the Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens. The 53-acre garden includes 10 acres of display and educational gardens surrounded by

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Community Profile – Freeland

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casual and fine dining options, lodging, services and activities. Its south location keeps it easily mainland accessible. Holmes Harbor, Mutiny Bay and Bush Point make beach access, fishing, boating, and sailing opportunities convenient.

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Community Profile – Freeland Located 10 miles from the Clinton ferry to the mainland, this unincorporated area boasts more than 6,500 residents, 2,500 people within its- “non-municipal urban growth area,” making it one of the fastest growing communities on South Whidbey. New construction and facelifts of some older existing buildings are enhancing the look of the active business core. Stop at the Visitor Center in the middle of town for information on the many attractions the area holds, including local parks, shops, wineries, restaurants, services and activities for the whole family. Visit Freeland Park, the site of the annual Harborside 3rd of July Festival. This park has playground equipment, picnic sites, boat launching ramp, and restrooms. Double Bluff County Park, which is just a

few miles south of town, has a spectacular beach with glorious sunsets and an off-leash dog area, perfect for man’s best friend. Additional boating and fishing access can be found on the west shore at Mutiny Bay’s public boat launch, or do some hiking, picnicking or camping at Bush Point State Park a few miles north of town. Other outdoor treasures, both public and private, allow access to nature preserves for bird watching and quiet walks. There are several lakes close by for swimming and boating and public trail systems to explore. For those looking to shop, in addition to grocers, auto parts and hardware there is a small local department store, collectible and antique stores and thrift shops, gift shops, florist, nursery, jewelry and others. You can be creative and

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Freeland got its name from its origins as a commune in the early 1900s. It was free land that originally enticed settlers to homestead this section of Whidbey Island. In 1899, Seattle visionaries Henry L. Stevens, George Washington Daniels and Henry A. White formed the Free Land Association to establish a utopian culture in which their communal socialistic ideals could be advanced. The association platted a town made up of five-acre lots, and on Jan. 12, 1900 filed the incorporation papers for the town of Freeland. The land, unfortunately, is no longer free, but many people are still finding it a good place to settle.

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paint some pottery to take home, or visit an art center and see sculptors, potters and painters in action. Stop in at the local wine shop for some wine, including those made at one of the eight wineries located here on Whidbey Island. Or take the wine trail and visit some of those tasting rooms yourself! Some of the Island’s best food can be found in Freeland’s many restaurants, both fine dining and casual family fare. You can even visit a goat dairy and creamery! If you find yourself in need of services, whether to fax or ship, repair eyewear, visit a medical clinic, do banking or fill other needs, Freeland is a center for financial, business and personal services.

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Community Profile – Bayview

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Community Profile – Bayview In 1999, the historic Bayview building was in serious disrepair, and in danger of being sold and demolished. A group of philanthropists realized this couldn’t happen and formed the non-profit Goosefoot to help save this landmark. From the beginning Goosefoot’s mission was focused on much more than simply giving people a nice place to shop and mingle at Bayview Corner. The goal was to work in partnership with the community to enhance the cultural, environmental and economic vitality of South Whidbey. The end result is a beautiful complex of shops, outdoor and indoor art, entertainment venues and environmental demonstration projects.

Bayview Farmers Market Located at Bayview Corner –

the new town square of South Whidbey - the Bayview Farmer’s Market runs from late April through the end of October every Saturday, rain or shine, from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Bayview Community Hall Home of Whidbey Island’s most celebrated dance floor, the Bayview Community Hall was built in 1927 and has been in continuous service for over seventy-five years. Owned by the residents of the South Whidbey School District, the Hall is a non-profit organization. Visit www.bayviewhall.org for complete schedule of events.

whole day. The shallow tide flats provide bountiful opportunities for exploration. Journey out to the water and splash around in the shallow water, check out the pools that are left behind by the retreating tide, pick through sand dollars that litter the beach or find a spot in the sand and warm yourself. Useless Bay is fun for all ages!

Useless Bay Useless Bay has four miles of state tideland and is a wonderful place to spend a few hours or the

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Community Profile – Langley

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angley overlooks the Saratoga Passage. Historic buildings, fine restaurants, and eclectic shops, make this quaint waterfront town an enjoyable place to explore. Search out handmade clothing,

jewelry, art, glass and furniture, gourmet items, books, and antiques. Many country inns, B&Bs, and guest cottages dot the surrounding area.

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Community Profile – Langley Don’t judge Langley by its size. There’s much more here than meets the eye. Historic elegance and charm intermingle with quirky artistic flair in the South End's largest and only incorporated city. South Whidbey’s seaside village, known as “The Village by the Sea,” is gearing up this year to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2013. Mindful of the past, the city has put much work in to preserving and acknowledging its historic past. Five entries have been made on the Historic Preservation Commission’s new Register of Historic Places: Langley City Hall, the South Whidbey Historical Museum, the old section of Woodmen Cemetery, the Wylie hospital-birthing house on Edgecliff Drive and the old section of the Langley Library.

City hall, on Second Street across from the post office, was built in 1948 by the Langley Masons Lodge for its Masonic Temple. The South Whidbey Historical Society Museum, the former bunkhouse, is at 314 Second St. It was constructed in 1902 on its current site by settler Jacob Anthes as shelter for his brush cutters. The original Woodmen Cemetery on Al Anderson Avenue was established by the Modern Woodmen Lodge. It is the oldest cemetery on South Whidbey, containing the remains of many of Langley’s founding families. But much of the town’s activity still remains centered around First and Second streets. You can browse through charming stores on First Street and the surrounding downtown area. Langley’s coffee shops and restaurants appeal to visitors of many tastes, offering everything from Mediterranean cuisine and freshly-caught salmon to New York-style pizza. The Whidbey Island Winery, just outside of town on the way to the ferry in Clinton, sells a

Don’t Miss This! • Each year during Langley Mystery Weekend, a murder most grand takes place Langley-style. The tiny seaside village can use all the help it can get to solve this latest mystery. • Combining ecology with art and spirit, the Earth Sanctuary Nature Reserve & Retreat Center is a peaceful place for personal renewal and spiritual connection. • Take in a Northwest Language Academy Open House Happy Hour. For more information, call the Langley Chamber of Commerce 360 221-6765 or www.visitlangley.com.

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ous working studios, including a glass-blowing hot shop in the city’s former fire station, also on Second Street, right next to Useless Bay Coffee Company, another local hangout and excellent place to eat, and get coffee. The deep artist community celebrates its 38th annual Choochokam Arts festival, an event that happens every summer on the weekend following Independence Day and includes a rock ‘n roll street dance party on that Saturday night. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts features a lineup of live theater, music, and dance productions. You can also catch a movie at the Clyde, an historic 1930s

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funky clothing and chocolate, among other specialty shops. People looking for a good read will find not only an excellent bookstore, but two rare booksellers as well, and there’s Living Green the natural foods and apothecary just up the hill from downtown. More than 60 country inns, bed-andbreakfasts and guest cottages are in the surrounding area. The Langley area has one of the highest density of guest lodging in the state. Second Street is considered by residents to be the “locals’ street,” with its offices, banks, the post office, the cozy library and city hall. The work of some of the region’s best-known artists is displayed in galleries throughout Langley’s downtown. Langley is home to numer-

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number of island vintages that can be sampled in the winery’s tasting room. If shopping is more up your alley, browse Langley’s art, antiques, Persian rugs,


Community Profile – Langley movie house. Between Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Bayview Community Hall, Deer Lagoon Grange, South Whidbey High School’s auditorium and Whidbey Children’s Theater, all performing arts find a stage in or near the village. Langley Park a sweet little respite with an artistic touch, where travelers can sit and admire the old blockhouse building that houses the informative South Whidbey Historical Museum just across the street. It features public art and unique benches, and the South Whidbey Historical Museum is just across the street. Langley is also a place where you can find country roads for riding bikes and miles of shoreline for walking. Take a walk along the beach, acces-

Through the study of languages, cultural enrichment and foreign travel, the Northwest Language Academy preserves and honors diversity while building bridges of understanding and appreciation between people of different cultures. In this way we hope to contribute to a more peaceful and harmonious global community as well as a richer local one.

sible from Seawall Park, and look for resident populations of bald eagles, herons, and sea lions. You may be lucky enough to spot a migrating gray whale (most often in the spring) or a pod of orcas feeding in the waters off Whidbey Island. Langley Marina’s small-boat harbor provides overnight moorage to all comers. It is within walking distance of downtown shops, restaurants and overnight accommodations. The Port of South Whidbey hopes to start an expansion project for the small-boat harbor in the next few years. During the third weekend of each August, Langley hosts the Whidbey Island Area Fair. It’s one of the biggest community gatherings of the year, with animals, booths, shows of various kinds and a midway featuring rides, games and musical entertainment.

We hold language camps for children and families, adding new languages, serving multi-age groups and offering generous scholarships. We also offer intensive language weekends for adults. These include five different languages. We host teacher retreats and trainings, as well as programs for students from abroad who wish to study English.

HISTORY FACT Langley – often referred to as the “Village by the Sea” – is a South Whidbey Island town situated on a bluff overlooking Saratoga Passage and the Cascade Mountains. German settler Jacob Anthes and the Langley Land and Improvement Company platted the town in 1890 (filed 1891), naming it for Seattle Judge James Weston Langley (1836-1915), the company’s president. Incorporated as a fourth-class town in 1913, Langley celebrates its Centennial this year with special programs throughout the year sponsored by the Langley Main Street Association. www.mainstreetlangley.org. Langley was reclassified in 1975 as a Noncharter Code City and is the only incorporated city on South Whidbey Island. In its early years, the town was an important trade center on the island for agriculture, fishing and logging but, when these industries declined, South Whidbey became a recreation and vacation retreat for both visitors and island residents. The threat of large-scale development in the 1980s led Langley residents to grow their economy based on their best assets: the island’s natural beauty, its rural character, its heritage and the arts. Source: HistoryLink.com

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Community Profile – Clinton

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that serve visitors and the local community.


Community Profile – Clinton Beachcombing and bird watching are favorite pastimes in this peaceful sanctuary of simple pleasures. This area envelopes a large portion of the southern end of Whidbey Island. It features restaurants and shops off the main highway, and acres and acres of beautiful beaches, woods and island homes. Clinton remains a quiet and homey destination for both those who call it home and tourists.

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On Highway 525, a short distance from the ferry landing, is Anchor Books and Coffee, a local gathering place which also is a great source of visitor information. A few miles up the highway is the area’s largest shopping center, Ken’s Korner. This commercial center provide a variety of goods and services, including a grocery market and dining, an auto-repair shop, a gym, a deli with fabulous gourmet sandwiches and fare, a community based thrift store and several specialty shops. A strong Norwegian heritage influences many of the activities in Clinton, including a traditional lutefisk dinner during the winter holidays. By far the most famous event that happens every year is the Maxwelton Fourth of July Parade, held at Clinton’s Maxwelton Beach area. Islanders converge on the beachfront every Independence Day to watch friends, family and visitors enjoy a parade filled with veterans, oldtimers, kids, community organizations, government officials and the colorful theatrical characters that make South Whidbey unique, all costumed in their best 4th of July attire.

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In 1870, Frank Ball first settled the area now called Clinton. The town was first named Phinney, but was renamed Clinton in the 1880s after the hometown of H. C. Hinman, a store owner from Michigan. Farms, orchards, and logging enterprises spurred Clinton’s growth. By the early 1900s Clinton was a regular stop on the steamer runs.

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Community Profile – Camano Island

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views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains across Saratoga Passage.


Community Profile – Camano Island Cama Beach State Park, a restored 1930’s fishing resort with yearround cabin rentals, offers a unique chance to step back in time to a simpler, slower paced lifestye and enjoy nature. The unique appeal of Camano Island is that it offers visitors a real-life island experience. If you’re looking to raise your heart rate a bit, pay a visit to Canopy

Tours Northwest at Kristoferson Farm. There are six zip lines and a 47-foot rappel to test your nerves. Another fun-filled venue for those of all ages is the Stanwood/Camano Fair. This ‘Best Lil Fair in the West’ is the largest community fair in Washington State and strives to showcase the StanwoodCamano community’s past, present and future. The fair runs the first Skagit Bay

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In 1791, Great Britain had sent Captain George Vancouver to search for a northwest passage to the Atlantic Ocean. Vancouver, with the aid of Peter Puget and Captain Whidbey, named the west coast areas of North America as far as Cooke Inlet - unaware that the land on the west side of Port Susan Bay was an island. In 1838, Lieutenant Charles Wilkes of the United States Navy was to chart southern waters, including Puget Sound. Lieutenant Wilkes’ titled this small island Macdonough Island – to honor Master Commandant Thomas Macdonough. However, in 1847, British navy Captain Kellett dropped the name Macdonough for the island in his effort to restore Spanish names to the area. He bestowed the present title of Camano Island to honor Lieutenant Don Jacinto Caamano of the Spanish Navy

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Community Profile – Camano Island Shopping

Don’t Miss This! • The Largest Community Fair in Washington State, the Stanwood-Camano Community Fair – the ‘Best Lil Fair in the West’! • Canopy Tours Northwest offers “Breathtaking Forest Adventures.” • Cama Beach State Park Relax in a cozy historic cabin that offers the best of both camping worlds – the feel of earlier times and the ease of modern conveniences. For more information, call the Camano Island Chamber of Commerce 360 629-7136 or www.camanoisland.org.

Blending country store and public market, Camano Island Marketplace at Terry’s Corner provides an affordable venue for local artisans and great food too. Camano Island Marketplace provides year-round access to freshroasted coffee and Washington-produced artisanal gifts, jewelry and decorative wares. It is a blend of a public market and country store with a walkway of vendor booths, granting access to beautiful Washington-produced goods. All just a short drive across the bridge to Camano Island. Not only is Camano Island Marketplace the island’s hub for locally produced gifts, but also an affordable dining alternative. It offers daily deals on espresso drinks, coffee beans, and barbecue to create a warm welcome to all visitors. Be sure to check out this fun, affordable stop when crossing the bridge to beautiful Camano Island.

Art Step into another world as you enter the ten acre grounds of the Matzke Sculpture Park, nestled among evergreen trees and the natural northwest fauna, the diversity and quality of the three-dimensional works are of world class significance. Sculptures by prominent and emerging American and international artist, utilize bronze, stainless steel, stone, wood and glass. The Matzke Sculpture Park is a remarkable work of art itself. The graceful site embodies “a geometry of playfulness,” as trees, walls, lawns and flowers come together to form a brilliant frame for outdoor sculptures. New seasons and different times of day make the Sculpture Park an ever changing background for art

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and a welcoming destination for visitors. The Mission of Matzke Fine Art is to promote, encourage and serve as an advocate for sculptors and to make contemporary sculpture a relevant part of our cultural experience. For more information and hours, visit www.matzkefineart.com.

Golf If you’re looking for a round of golf when on Camano Island, Camaloch Golf Course is your destination. Camaloch’s golf course is a par 72 golf course measuring 6,237 yards from the back tees. The golf course is well known for having the very best greens in the area. Very smooth, very consistent and pretty quick as compared to others in the area. And because Camano Island is located in the “sunbelt” it receives less than 1/2 the annual rainfall of the nearby Arlington/Marysville area. Visit www.camalochgolf.com for more information about the course or to reserve a tee time.


Demographics – Health Care Health Care Island County is serviced by two stateof-the art hospitals – one public and the other serving personnel and families of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Island County also hosts a wide range of health care clinics and businesses that cater to the health and well-being of residents and visitors. The nearest hospital for those on Camano Island is Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington.

Whidbey General Hospital Whidbey General Hospital has been serving the Whidbey Island community since 1970. WGH is located in Coupeville, just off of State Route 20 and is a full-service hospital with 24-hour emergency care. WGH is the focal point of health care for the community. Whidbey General’s furnished inpatient and outpatien care, family birthplace, CT scan and MRI imaging, nuclear medicine, Lifeline® Emergency Response, cancer care, coronary and intesive care. Two physical orthopedic rehabilitation centers are located in Coupeville and Oak Harbor.

For more information on Whidbey General Hospital visit www.whidbeygen.org.

Whidbey General North Whidbey General Hospital’s northern satellite clinic is located at Goldie Road in Oak Harbor and offers services to the entire family of low to moderate income. Whidbey General North provides x-ray, mammography and outpatient laboratory services. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy are also offered, and is home of the Sleep Disorders Center.

Whidbey General South Whidbey General South is the home of the South Whidbey Community Clinic and is located in Clinton. Whidbey General South provides primary care for the entire family of low to moderate income. The facility offers essential services for the fast-growing south-island population. Those services include: X-rays, EKGs, mammograms, laboratory work, immunizations, preventative care, and periodic examinations. The Life Center for Essential Wellness focuses on cardiac and pulmonary wellness.

Island County Hospitals & Clinics Whidbey General Hospital 101 Main St N, Coupeville 360 678-5151 whidbeygen.org Naval Hospital-OAK Harbor 3475 N Saratoga St, Oak Harbor 360 257-9500 www.med.navy.mil North Whidbey Community Clinic 1300 NE Goldie St, Oak Harbor 360 679-5590 whidbeygen.org

Whidbey Navy Hospital Island County is also home to an additional state-of-the-art hospital. Navy Hospital Oak Harbor (NHOH) serves the needs Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The fully accredited community hospital was built in 1969 and is staffed by milliary, civil-service personnel and contract employees.

Skagit Regional Clinics Skagit Regional Clinics – Camano Island opened in October 1999 in response to a need for accessible, affordable, quality health care for the nearly 15,000 residents on Camano Island. Services available include: Primary health care diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness, prevention, disease management, referrals, arrangements for inpatient admissions and followup for specialty diagnostic treatment, physical examinations, well child care, well woman care, family planning and immunizations, and basic laboratory services. Skagit Regional Clinics – Oak Harbor offers comprehensive dermatology services.

Whidbey Medical Clinic 231 SE Barrington Dr, Oak Harbor 360 679-3161 Skagit Regional Clinics - Camano Island 127 N. East Camano Dr, Camano Island 360 387-5398 www.srclinics.org Skagit Regional Clinics - Oak Harbor 275 SE Cabot Drive, Oak Harbor 360 814-6210 www.srclinics.org Sea Mar Community 31775 Sr 20 # A3, Oak Harbor 360 679-9216 www.seamarchc.org

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Demographics – Island County Government Island County Whidbey Office PO Box 5000, 1 NE 7th St Coupeville Coupeville 360 678-5111 South Whidbey 360 321-5111 Camano Office 121 NE Camano Dr Camano Island, WA 98282 360 629-4522 www.islandcounty.net

Cities & Towns Coupeville 4 NE 7th St, Coupeville 360 678-4461 www.townofcoupeville.org Langley 112 2nd St, Langley 360 221-4433 www.langleywa.org Oak Harbor 865 SE Barrington Dr

Island County Schools Public Schools Oak Harbor School District #201 Superintendent .............360 279-5000 Elementary Schools Broad View Elementary 473 SW Fairhaven Dr ...360 279-5250 Crescent Harbor Elementary 330 E Crescent Harbor Rd 360 279-5650 Hillcrest Elementary 1500 NW 2nd Ave.........360 279-5200 Oak Harbor Elementary 151 SE Midway Blvd.....360 279-5100 Olympic View Elementary 380 NE Regatta Dr........360 279-5150 Middle Schools Oak Harbor Middle School 150 SW 6th Ave.............360 279-5300 North Whidbey Middle School 67 NE Izett St ................360 279-5500 High School Oak Harbor High School 1 Wildcat Way ...............360 279-5400

Coupeville School District #204 Superintendent .............360 678-4522 Elementary Schools Coupeville Elementary 6 S Main St ....................360 678-4551

Oak Harbor 360 279-4500 www.oakharbor.org

Port Districts Port of Coupeville 24 Front St NW Coupeville 360 678-5020 www.portofcoupeville.org Port of South Whidbey Island 1804 Scott Rd Freeland 360 331-5494 www.portofsouthwhidbey.com

Public Service Airports Whidbey Air Park Langley 360 321-1537 A.J. Eisenberg Oak Harbor 866 429-2132 Middle School Coupeville Middle School 501 S Main St ................360 678-4409 High School Coupeville High School 501 S Main St ................360 678-4409

Camano Island Airfield Stanwood 360 629-4812

Libraries Camano Island Library ...360 387-5150 848 N Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island Oak Harbor Library.360 675-5115 1000 SE Regatta Dr, Oak Harbor Clinton Library.............360 341-4280 4781 Deer Lake Rd, ClintonCoupeville Library........360 678-4911 788 NW Alexander St, Coupeville Freeland Library .............877 766-4753 5495 Harbor Ave, Freeland Island County Law Library.......................360 240-5522 101 NE 6th St # 204, Coupeville Langley Library.............360 221-4383 104 Second St, Langley

Elementary Schools Elger Bay ......................360 629-1290 1810 Elger Bay Rd, Camano Island Utsalady Elementary ....360 629-1260 608 Arrowhead Rd, Camano Island

College South Whidbey School District #206 Superintendent .............360 221-6100 Elementary Schools South Whidbey Elementary School 5380 Maxwelton Rd, Langley ..........................360 221-4600 Whidbey Academy........360 221-7879 5476 Maxwelton Rd, Langley Middle Schools Langley Middle School ...360 221-5100 723 Camano Ave, Langley High School South Whidbey HS .......360 221-5797 721 Camano Ave, Langley Bayview School .............360 321-2343 5611 S Bayview Rd, Langley

Stanwood-Camano School District #401 Superintendent .............360 279-5000

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Skagit Valley College www.skagit.edu Oak Harbor Campus........360 675-6656 South Whidbey Campus ..360 341-2324

Private Schools Camano Lutheran School ...360 629-4592 Wellington Day School.....360 341-1252 Whidbey Island Waldorf School............................360 341-5686 Island Christian Academy........................360 221-0919 Bible Baptist Church School............................360 679-6497 Der Kinderhuis Montessori ....................360 675-4165 North Whidbey Christian School............................360 675-5352 Oak Harbor Christian School............................360 675-2831 Whidbey Christian School............................360 279-1812


Demographics – Island County Climate / Weather Monthly Temperature (°F) Averages for Island County.

Senior Citizen Services Social Security Administration 8625 Evergreen Way #250, Everett 301 Valley Mall Way, Mouny Vernon 800 772-1213 Senior Services of Island County 14594 SR 525, Langley 360 321-1600 Senior Nutrition Program for Whidbey (Meals on Wheels) 360 321-1600 360 678-3373

Senior Centers

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Population Island County 18+ 65+ Camano Island Coupeville Langley Oak Harbor

South Whidbey Senior Center 14594 SR 525, Langley 360 321-1600 Camano Senior and Community Center 606 Arrowhead Rd, Camano Island 360 387-0222 Oak Harbor Senior Center 51 SE Jerome St, Oak Harbor 360 279-4580

Wage and Salary Employment 78,506 62,212 14,439 6,157 1,831 1,035 22,075

2010 Annual monthly employment and total wages in covered employment.

(Jan. – Mar. 2013) Area Median Sale Price Camano Island $230,000 North Whidbey $204,000 Central Whidbey $264,000 South Whidbey $225,000

Industry Employers # Employed Percent Agric., Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 179 2,815 6.2 Agric., Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 31 155 1.0 Construction 310 710 4.8 Manufacturing 53 617 4.2 Wholesale/Retail Trade 254 2,215 14.9 Transp. & Warehousing 23 198 1.3 Information 18 195 1.3 Fin., Ins., & Real Estate 121 570 3.8 Professional & Tech. Services 153 548 3.7 Administrative & Waste Services 107 495 3.3 Educational Services 30 243 1.6 Health Care & Social Assistance 139 1,481 10.0 Arts, Entertainment,& Recreation 42 327 2.2 Accommodation & Food Services 137 1,625 10.9 Other Svcs, except Public Admin. 425 733 4.9 Government 59 4,597 30.9 Not Elsewhere Classified 19 149 1.0 Total 1,921 14,857 100.0

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Community Profile – Stanwood

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tanwood is the gateway to beautiful Camano Island. It has everything you need combined with the rural ambiance you desire. Stanwood is the northernmost city of Snohomish County, and is the only com-

munity servicing Camano Island, a “bedroom community” west of Stanwood. Stanwood is a unique town that everyone should experience. With three in-town shopping districts featuring antiques, gifts, quilting, crafts, home decor, gardening, nurseries and thrift stores, you’re sure to find what you need. Stanwood is surrounded by local farms with fresh local produce, a winery, and multiple galleries and art studios.

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Community Profile – Stanwood Activities in and around town include a movie theater with arcade, bowling, billiards, paintball, museum tours, library, boating, camping, golfing, hiking, kayaking, swimming, athletic clubs, skateboard park, playgrounds, birdwatching and more! Many of the area’s artifacts are located at The Pearson House Museum and coupled with the Floyd Norgaard community center is a must see place. Many festivals and musical events are held at the”Floyd”. A new train station opened in the fall of 2009. Near the station, you can find unique shops and places to eat. Sample our expansive selection of culinary choices from around the world including American, Chinese, East Indian, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Malaysian, Mexican and Thai. We even have lefse! The Viking Village is the site for a farmer’s market throughout the summer. The first weekend in August is devoted to the Stanwood/ Camano Fair, a country fair with all the animals and exhibits you would expect from a quality event. Some exciting community events include The Great Northwest Glass Quest, The Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival, Soap Box Derby, Community Fair & Parade, Harvest Jubilee, and the world famous Warm Beach Camp’s The Lights of Christmas.

History Originally named Centerville, the first Post Office at the mouth of the Stillaguamish River was established in 1870. In 1877, D.O. Pearson opened the town's first general store, built a wharf, and, as Postmaster, renamed the town Stanwood after his wife, Clara Stanwood Pearson. Early Stanwood area settlers logged, cleared, and diked the river delta in order to farm. Two large lumber mills operated on the river until the 1930s. Their lumber products were shipped by steamboat and by the notably temperamental one mile long H & H Railway, which carried goods between the waterfront and the Great Northern Railroad station.

Don’t Miss This! • More than 1 million Christmas lights are displayed at Warm Beach Camp’s “The Light’s of Christmas.” A truely spectacular display. • Harvest Jubilee Farm Tour, a 1-day event in September, offers a chance to experience the area’s rural character. Participants will see examples of working farms • Wenberg State Park – a 46-acre camping park with 1,140 feet of freshwater shoreline on Lake Goodwin. For more information, call the Stanwood Chamber of Commerce 360 629-0562 or www.stanwoodchamber.org

Stanwood Demographics Population in 2011 6,247. Population change since 2000 +59.2% 2009 median household income $56,175 ($44,512 in 2000) 2009 median house or condo value $264,422 ($161,300 in 2000) Location 44 miles north of Seattle on I-5 Average Temperatures 33F - 71F Rainfall 30” - 35” annual

Elevation Sales Tax Unemployment in 2012 For population 25 years and over: High school or higher Bachelor's degree or higher Graduate or professional degree Unemployed Mean commute time to work

5’ to 150’ 8.6% 8.3% 84.2% 18.1% 5.1% 6.5% 28.7 minutes

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