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THE PREMIER GUIDE FOR VISITORS TO WHIDBEY ISLAND activities | events | maps | local know-how | lodging dining | recreation | arts | shopping | recipes | history A Publication of the Whidbey News-Times & South Whidbey Record


Oak Harbor.

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Ride the Tide.

Oa Har or CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WHIDBEY ISLAND, WASHINGTON

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Jill Johnson and Jason McFadyen, Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce

The Community of Oak Harbor Welcomes You To Whidbey Island.

m Just seven miles south of Deception Pass Bridge, Oak Harbor is an active, vibrant, and family friendly community nestled at the water’s edge. We warmly invite you to explore our historic downtown, indulge at one of our flavorful local restaurants, and discover our miles of public waterfront. Oak Harbor is the perfect starting point for your Whidbey Island vacation. On behalf of Jill, Jason and all the members of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, we welcome you to “Ride the Tide” into Oak Harbor.

m On opposite page: Moon Waves sculpture on Pioneer Way.

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table of contents Pg. 4 Wander Over Pg. 5 Ferry Ashore Pg. 6-7 Events Calendar Pg. 8 Clinton Profile Pg. 9 Tee Off on Island Pg. 10 History Walk Pg. 12 Langley Profile Pg. 13 Arts Excursions Pg. 14 Tee Off on Island Pg. 16, 29 Places to Stay Pg. 18-19 Map of Whidbey Pg. 20 Bayview Profile Pg. 21 Whidbey Weather Pg. 22 Freeland Profile

Pg. 23 Pg. 24 Pg. 25 Pg. 26 Pg. 27 Pg. 28 Pg. 29 Pg. 30 Pg. 31 Pg. 34

Take a Hike Greenbank Profile Taste the Island Recipe Pet Friendly Places Whidbey Wineries Coupeville Profile Dockside Details Reasons We ♥Whidbey Oak Harbor Profile Directory of Advertisers

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Publisher | Marcia Van Dyke

Editors | Jim Larsen & Jessie Stensland PRODUCTION Manager | Michelle Wolfensparger Copy & Photos | Justin Burnett, Patricia Duff, Rebecca Olson, Kathy Reed, Jessie Stensland, Ben Watanabe & Nathan Whalen AdVERTISING Manager | Lee Ann Mozes marketing | Gail Rognan, Leanne VanZanden & Lee Ann Mozes CREATIVE | Rebecca Collins, Ginny Tomasko & Leslie Vance Additional copies of the Whidbey Islander can be obtained by contacting: WHIDBEY NEWS-TIMES | 360-675-6611 SOUTH WHIDBEY RECORD | 877-316-7276 PO Box 1200, 107 S. Main Street, Suite E101 Coupeville, WA 98239

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Sailing Swallow by Rebecca Collins, fine artist resident of Whidbey Island and marketing artist for the South Whidbey Record.


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whidbey island Everything's within close driving distance Historic homes, picturesque hiking trails and a plethora of outdoor activities are easily accessible by taking one of the ferries that serve Whidbey Island, or drive over the historic Deception Pass Bridge on the north end. The Mukilteo-to-Clinton ferry route on the south end runs every 30 minutes and the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend ferry route runs every 90 minutes in the winter and spring and every 45 minutes in the summer and fall when a second ferry serves the route. Highway 20 and Highway 525 provides the main thoroughfares on Whidbey Island stretching from Deception Pass in the north to the Clinton ferry terminal in the south. The two connected highways provide access to Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Greenbank, Freeland,

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whidbey islander 2012 « www.southwhidbeyrecord.com More ways ashore, from 4 » Langley and Clinton. The numerous state parks that dot Whidbey Island are a short drive from the main highway, which means a quick trip to camping, hiking, fishing and outdoor activities that make Whidbey Island a popular place to relax. Highway 20 goes through Deception Pass State Park on the north end and Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve on Central Whidbey Island. Highway 525, which starts south of Outlying Field, goes through Greenbank and Freeland before ending in Clinton.

affordable Transit Whidbey's bus system offers an affordable way to tour Whidbey Island. Island Transit is one of the few transportation systems around that provides fare free service. Funded by a voter-approved sales tax, Island Transit buses provide connections from neighboring counties along with the ferry terminals on South and Central Whidbey Island. Tech savvy riders can plan their bus trip online through a Google-powered trip planner, which can be found at islandtransit.org/using_ google_transit to plan an excursion through Island Transit.

Getting ashore on Whidbey Island North End — The Deception Pass Bridge, built in 1935, provides motorists with a direct way to drive on and off of Whidbey Island to Skagit County, with a short jaunt to nearby Anacortes, La Conner, Mount Vernon and Bellingham. Central Whidbey — Riders sailing the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend route are enjoying restored service for the first time in nearly four years. Recent ferry construction means two vessels will serve the route across Admiralty Inlet during the summer. Despite the expanded service, reservations are still recommended on the route. Information for reservations can be found at www.wsdot. wa.gov/ferries. For a different way to venture to Whidbey Island, the Victoria Clipper, based in Seattle, stops off in Coupeville for a couple of hours during the spring as the boat transports sightseers through Saratoga Passage to the annual gray whale migration. South End — The Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route is by far the busier of the two ferry routes serving Whidbey Island. Millions of

riders use the route each year. Two ferries generally serve the route year round, and they typically run every half hour.

Stay awhile and explore Lodging opportunities on Whidbey Island are varied. Oak Harbor, the largest city, has everything from affordable chain hotels to vacation rental homes. Coupeville, Langley and Freeland also offer a myriad of lodging opportunities from waterfront accomodations to restful retreat lodges. There are many bed and breakfasts on the island. including some on beautiful farms and in historic homes of early pioneers. Check out pages 16 and 29 for some excellent choices. Call ahead or check the websites for the latest offerings and rates. For other information visit www.whidbeyislandbandb.com. Deception Pass Bridge is one of the most visited sites, not only in Washington state, but in the United States as well.

The Shortest Distance to Far Away ®

Visitor Information Centers:

For in-person help and detailed information, call or stop by one of the many visitor centers located throughout the islands.

Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce 32630 SR 20 Oak Harbor, WA 98277 OakHarborChamber.com (360) 675-3535

Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce

905 NW Alexander Street Coupeville, WA 98239 CentralWhidbeyChamber.com (360) 678-5434

Greater Freeland Chamber of Commerce

5575 Harbor Avenue, #101 Freeland, WA 98249 Freeland-WA.org (360) 331-1980

Langley Chamber of Commerce 208 Anthes Avenue Langley, WA 98260 VisitLangley.com (360) 221-6765

Clinton Chamber of Commerce

Anchor Books & Coffee 9289 Highway 525, Clinton, WA 98236 ClintonChamberofCommerce.org (360) 341-3929

Camano Island Chamber of Commerce

SR 532 & North Camano Dr. Camano Island, WA 98282 CamanoIsland.org (360) 629-7136

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calendar

May 4: First Friday at the Farm at the Greenbank Farm, held monthly featuring wine, art, music and food. Call 360-678-7710. May 4: Art Walk and Late Night Shopping, in Oak Harbor's historic district on Pioneer Way, 5 to 8 p.m.; music, food, gifts, art fashions and more. Visit www.ohdowntown.com. May 13: Mother's Day at Meerkerk Gardens, noon to 4 p.m. Treat mom to a relaxing and inspiring afternoon as Harper Tasche performs on folk harp, weaving songs and tales throughout the afternoon. Bring a quilt and enjoy the concert on the lawn, surrounded by rhododendrons in full bloom, then stroll through the gardens and breathe in the fragrance and beauty. Visit www.meerkerkgardens.org or call 678-1912. May 17-20: Fiber Quest, for Yarn and More. Visit five Whidbey Island fiber farms and a knit shop. Visit www. whidbeyfiberquest.com. May 19: Penn Cove Water Festival: Coupeville, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free authentic Native American events: canoe races, food, children’s activities, environmental displays and arts and craft vendors. Entertainment includes native story telling, music and dance and watching the races. Also there will be a Native American Art Show at the Coupeville Recreation Hall May 18, 19 and 20. Contact 360-720-6848 or lisarene_e@yahoo. com. May 26: Memorial Day Parade down Main St. in Coupeville, see www. centralwhidbeychamber.com.

june '12 June 1: "Remember the Magic," Relay for Life's 25th year in Oak Harbor, opening ceremony at 6 p.m. at North Whidbey Middle School. Visit www.ascan.org to learn how to make a difference. June 1-24: Whidbey Playhouse presents "Man of La Mancha," Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy the musical performed by community members. Contact 360-6792237 or www.whidbeyplayhouse.com. June 1: First Friday at the Farm, monthly at Greenbank Farm, featuring wine, art, music and food. Call 360-678-7710. June 2: Whidbey Island Backyard Wildlife Habitat Fair, Freeland Park and Hall, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free family fun, interactive booths, kids’ activities vendors, demonstrations, speakers, display gardens, plant sale, food. Contact wiwhp@whidbey.net. June 2: 15th Annual Chum Run sponsored by South Whidbey Parks and Recreation, running fun for the whole family. Contact 360-221-5484 or www.swparks.org. June 3: Taste of Whidbey, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Freeland Hall. Local chefs, farmers, vintners and brewers serve tastes for your enjoyment. Contact SFWIFeedback@whidbey.com. June 16: Deception Pass Challenge, 8 a.m. at Deception Pass State Park. As a fundraiser, the Deception Pass Park Foundation is holding a triathlon event of swimming, mountain biking and trail running through the park for all ages. Contact 360-679-5504, ext. 31 or deceptionpass foundation@gmail.com. June 22-23: Visual Voices, an art show, at the Coupeville Recreation Hall, featuring 11 women artists from Whidbey Island, and benefiting the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.visualvoicesart.com. June 23: Whidbey Island Garden tour boasting a wide array of fascinating Whidbey gardens. Contact 360-321-4191 or www.wigt.org.

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july '12 July 3: Celebrate America, fun fair and professional fireworks, 2 p.m. to dark, at Freeland Park. Contact 360-221-1656. July 4: Oak Harbor Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration, featuring food, carnival, parade and a grand fireworks show at dusk. July 4: Maxwelton Fourth of July Parade, 1 p.m., with entertainment and other family fun. Contact 360-579-2030 maxweltonclub@whidbey.com. July 6: First Friday at the Farm at the Greenbank Farm, held monthly featuring wine, art, music and food. Call 360-678-7710. July 7: Choochokam Festival of the Arts in Langley, through July 8. Booths featuring the work of more than 100 premier artists, with food, music, dancing, children's art. Visit www. choochokamarts.org. July 15-20: Whidbey Island Race Week, featuring sailboats of all sizes as participants race, party and amaze onlookers with their colorful sails and impressive skills. Visit www. whidbeyislandraceweek.com. July 21: Loganberry Festival at the Greenbank Farm, through July 22. Enjoy vendors with farm-related themes or handmade local arts and crafts plus food, entertainment and pie eating contests. Contact 360-678-7710 or www. greenbankfarm.biz. July 28: SKIMusicFEST at Double Bluff Beach, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn skimboarding, win a homemade glass trophy, enjoy snacks and live music. Visit www.jackdskimboards.com. July 28-29: Artists Invasion of Lavender Wind Farm, featuring live music, artists in action and art for sale at 2530 Darst Rd., Coupeville. Contact Lyla Lyllis at lillis55@comcast.net. Colorful Native American masks are seen on dancers during the Penn Cover Water Festival in Coupeville.


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Sept. 7: First Friday at the Farm at the Greenbank Farm, held monthly featuring wine, art, music and food. Call 360-6787710. Sept. 15: Whidbey Island Farm Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience over 50 working farms; drive to u-pick berries, horse powered tractors, alpacas, highlighting local agriculture past and present, through Sept. 16. Visit www. whidbeyfarmtour.wordpress.com. Sept. 16: Community Concert and Lion's Club Salmon Barbeque at Coupeville Town Park. Free outdoor concert is sponsored by Concerts on the Cove. Call 360-678-6821 or concertsonthecove.org. Sept. 22-23: Whidbey Island Kite Festival at historic Camp Casey Conference Center. Kite making, children's activities and displays of kite flying prowess fill the skies. Contact 360-678-9358 or www. whidbeykites.org.

october '12 Oct. 4: Native Plant Stewards' nursery opens with plant holding facilities and information library; also, native plant sales. Other dates are Oct. 11, 18 and 25. Call 360-678-4281. Oct. 5: First Friday at the Farm at the Greenbank Farm, held monthly featuring wine, art, music and food. Call 360-6787710. Oct. 6-7: Whidbey Open Studio Tour sponsored by the Whidbey Island Arts Council. For more information, go to www.islandartscouncil.org. Oct. 13: HarvestFest, Coupeville Farmers Market celebration of the end of the season with a giant pumpkin contest, food, art, music, relay races and more. www.coupevillefarmersmarket.com.

november '12 Nov. 2: First Friday at the Farm at the Greenbank Farm, held monthly featuring wine, art, music and food. Call 360-678-7710. Nov. 10: Whidbey Quilters' Shop and Show, starting at 10 a.m. at the Greenbank Progressive Hall. Contact knelson2007@gmail.com. Nov. 10: Nordic Fest, starting at 9:30 a.m. at South Whidbey High School. Sponsored by Daughters of Norway Ester Moe Lodge 39; entertainment, demonstrations, shopping, mouthwatering food and baked goods, and a celebration of all things Nordic. Contact Marcia Jacobsen Comer at mljchome@cablespeed.com or 425308-7860.

Alpacas are a favorite on the Whidbey Farm Tour in Sept.

december '12 Dec. 1: The Greening of Coupeville and annual holiday parade along downtown historic Front Street and Main Street in Coupeville. Santa Claus, tree lighting and caroling are all part of the fun. Many holiday events have yet to have dates announced for 2012. Check the local chamber of commerce websites to see the latest island events: centralwhidbeychamber.com visitlangley.com freeland-wa.org oakharborchamber.com

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Aug. 3: First Friday at the Farm at the Greenbank Farm, held monthly featuring wine, art, music and food. Call 360-678-7710. Aug. 11: 27th Annual North Whidbey Car Show, Windjammer Park, Oak Harbor, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring hundreds of street rods, stock cars, trucks and even motorcycles, plus music, food and free parking. Find it on Facebook. Aug. 11: 14th annual Whidbey Island Highland Games, Greenbank Farm, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scottish music, culture, food and contests. Visit www.wihg.org. Aug. 11-12: Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival takes over Front Street and more with dozens of arts, crafts and food booths, plus a variety of entertainers. Fun for the whole family. Visit coupevillefestival.com. Aug. 12: Figaldo Avenue Block Party and Pig Roast, located on Fidalgo Avenue in Oak Harbor. Free barbecued pork, kids' games, music, fun for the whole family. Aug. 16-19: Whidbey Island Fair at the fairgrounds in Langley, featuring animals, agricultural displays, 4-H competitions, entertainment, carnival, tasty fair fare, a Saturday morning parade, log show and much more. Visit www.whidbeyislandfair.com. Aug. 26: Wag 'n' Walk presented by Whidbey Animals' Improvement Foundation at the Greenbank Farm, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 360-320-2988. Aug. 21-25: Plein Air Painters' U.S. Open, attracting artists from around the world to paint the scenery on Whidbey Island. Purchase paintings at juried live and silent auctions, sponsored by the PacificNorthwest Art School, Coupeville. Contact 360-678-3396 or visit www. pacificnorthwestartschool.org.

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nce a refueling stop for Puget Sound's Mosquito fleet, Clinton has been welcoming visitors to Whidbey Island for more than a century. Ferries arrive from the mainland at Mukilteo every half-hour seven days per week.

set your itinerary

MORNING

Disembarking the ferry in Clinton, watch for the quick right turn to Clinton Beach Park, home to the whimsical sculptures of Georgia Gerber. Let the children play in the sandbox, complete with toys, and check out the unique picnic shelter sporting a "living roof " of native, droughtresistant plants.

MIDDAY

Visit Possession Beach Waterfront Park. Kayak with friends, or enjoy a few hours of serene beach walking, fishing or boating. Hunt for seashells and stones. swim and relax with views of the Olympic Mountains at Maxwelton Beach park. In the summer, cruise ships sail by, heading to Alaska.

EVENING

Check out another unique Gerber sculpture, a story told by a rabbit to chipmunks at the entrance to the Clinton Library, or take in a ball game next door at Dan Porter Park. Enjoy the sunset over Saratoga Passage and Possession Strait. Grab a bite at Cozy's Roadhouse and enjoy live music.

Maxwelton's Fourth of July parade brings out the most patriotic and artfully costumed folks, and their feathered and furry friends too!

getting here ...

The ferry terminal will deliver visitors from Mukilteo directly into the main commercial hub of Clinton. This is the last Whidbey city before departing the island and the first to greet you when you return. The town sprawls out from there, as far reaching as Maxwelton and Scatchet Head. Further north, up Highway 525, is Ken's Korner Shopping Complex, another major landmark for Clintonites.


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links One of the best places to enjoy the beauty of Whidbey Island is on one of its five golf courses. Blend the breathtaking backdrops of each course with Whidbey’s mild temperatures and the variety of challenges offered by the different courses, and you have an ideal setting for any golfer. You can kick back and enjoy a pair of pitchand-putt par-3 layouts or kick it up a gear or two and face the challenges of three, fullsized courses. One thing is certain regardless of your choice, you will be treated to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Gallery Golf Course

» Public, 18 Hole, Par-72 Course N. Cowpens Road, Oak Harbor 360-257-2178 www.navylifepnw.com/site/71/Golf.aspx The NAS Whidbey Island course is open to the public and offers a wide range of services and events, from tournaments to lessons, on a challenging course that looks out at Puget Sound. Golf Digest called it one of the best places to play in Washington.

Island Greens

» Public, 9 Hole, Par-3 Course French Road, Clinton 360-579-6042 www.islandgreens.com Rated as one of the best par-3s in the region by the Seattle Times, this intimate course is a great place to learn the game or enjoy a quick round after work. You can also work on your long game at the course’s driving range.

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Lam’s Links

» Public, 9-hole, par-3 course Ducken Road, Oak Harbor 360-675-341 www.lamsgolflinks.com This family-owned course developed on farmland just south of Deception Pass is a great spot to sharpen your game. It is also the perfect place for private rentals to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and family gatherings. or added enjoyment, Lam’s Links also offers an 18-hole mini-golf course.

Useless Bay Country Club

» Private, 18 Hole, Par-72 Course S. Country Club Drive, Langley 360-321-5960 www.uselessbaygolf.com This is the only 18-hole course on South Whidbey, and it offers a round of golf on a noted course with stellar views of the Olympic Mountains. The club also features fine dining, two tennis courts, a swimming pool open during the summer months and a fitness room.

Whidbey Golf & country Club

» Private, 18 Hole, Par-72 Course Fairway Lane, Oak Harbor 360-675-5490 www.whidbeygolfandcc.com This private course, which allows public play, has been a golfing jewel for over 50 years. Carved out of an old dairy farm, the course is surrounded by woods and sprinkled with spectacular water hazards, which make a round both challenging and fun.

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Take a tour of the past that lives on today

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hether its Deception Pass or the rolling plains of Ebey's Landing, Whidbey Island has the buildings, land and character that is sure to wow history buffs. A bridge built in 1935 in Deception Pass State Park provides a gateway to Whidbey Island while the 17,000-acre Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve provides a snapshot into 19th-century life. In addition to the popular tourist destinations, Whidbey Island has numerous sites highlighting various aspects of American history. Historic barns, a drive-in movie theater, antiquated cemeteries and a lighthouse are also scattered throughout Whidbey. Some highlights include:

Deception Pass Bridge » Built in1935 The Deception Pass Bridge is one of the most iconic structures in the Northwest. About 20,000 cars cross the bridge daily, many stopping so occupants can stand on its scenic walkway 180 feet above the oftentempestuous Puget Sound. The bridge, which links three islands, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today, more than 2 million people visit Deception Pass State Park each year.

Roller Barn Join us for a complimentary lunch, call (360) 679-1400 to make a date!

Whidbey Island's roller skating hub is currently a 100-year-old barn located in the heart of Oak Harbor. The Roller Barn, which was built in 1912, was originally built as a dairy barn. Then in 1950, Soren Rasmussen and Darrell Ellis transformed the farming facility into the beloved roller rink. While the barn is the home of the Boys and Girls Club of Oak Harbor and the Whidbey Roller Girls, it still retains its historic appearance and character.

Whidbey Playhouse Since its first performance of "Madame President," this amateur, live theater venue has seen more than 200 musicals, dramas, comedies, melodramas, mysteries, youth productions and original reviews on its boards since opening in 1966. A fundraising drive led to their own building in the 1980, a classic old Dutch Reformed church which was converted to a theater.

Admiralty Head Lighthouse The Admiralty Head Lighthouse opened in 1903 and served as a home to several light keepers and their families until it was closed in 1922 due to advancing technology. Five years later, the structure at the top of the tower

The Seaside Dining Room at Summer Hill Chef Shelly provides our residents with nourishing menu choices in our new Seaside Dining Room. Each day, she and her staff create delicious specials that our residents love, including:

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Above, The Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey State Park is a historic landmark. At left, The Jacob Ebey House near Coupeville was recently transformed into a visitor's station. known as a lantern house, was transferred to a lighthouse on the Dungeness Spit in Sequim. After Washington State Parks acquired the Admiralty Head Lighthouse in 1956 and opened it to the public, they replaced the lantern house with an affordable replica. Currently, welding students from all three of the island's high schools are working to restore the lanternhouse to its original glory.

Island County Museum Located in historic downtown Coupeville, the Island County Museum offers exhibits to educate folks about Island County's history, from its Native American origins to the mid20th Century. In chronicling more that 150 years of history, the museum contains more than 19,000 objects, photographs and materials, according to the Island County Historical Society website. The current exhibition, Industrious Islanders, Oak Harbor resident Mary Fuller shows the program of the original Deception Pass Bridge dedication 75 years ago. She was 5 years old when the bridge opened.


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whidbey islander 2012 « www.southwhidbeyrecord.com history, from 10 » features the ingenuity of Island County residents from Woolly Mammoth hunters to telecommunications pioneers. The exhibition continues throughout 2012 and is sponsored by the David Henny Family, Puget Sound Energy, the Whidbey News-Times and the South Whidbey Record. The museum itself is housed in a historic building located at 901 NW Alexander St. The building was constructed in 1870 and known at Mother Fay's Hotel. Over the years, the historic building has been known as the State Hotel, The Pioneer, The Starwana and The Blockhouse Inn. The Island County Museum opened in its current location in 1991. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays from October through April. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday from May through September. For more information about the museum, call the Island County Historical Society at 360-678-3310.

Classic U Forest In 1977, a small contingent of environmental activists entered an area of forest north of Freeland to stop active clearcutting of trees. They were members of Save The Trees organization who sought to protect the old growth in Classic U, an area owned by the University of Washington at the time. They succeeded, and the area has been incorporated into the idyllic South Whidbey State Park. Viewing exhibits at the Island County Museum.

Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve On Dec. 12, 1978, the National Park Service listed Central Whidbey Island — also known as Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve — on the national register as a historic district. This was the first unit of its kind in the National Park system, and it's unique in that much of the land not only remains in private hands, but people continue to farm and live on the land.

Experience the Loop

Hedgebrook Retreat » Established 1988 Hedgebrook, a women writers' retreat near Langley, provides a place of residence, comfort and solitude for women writers of all ages, backgrounds and visions. At the same time, the retreat promotes a philosophy of environmentally sound land use (organic farming and natural land management) at the campus, while also continuing its goal to envision new ways of fostering change in the community and abroad.

Sunnyside Cemetery

» Established in 1865 Located on Central Whidbey, Sunnyside Cemetery became the final resting place for many local legends and pioneers. Its first burial was in 1865 with the funeral of Winfield Ebey. In 1869, Ebey's sister, Mary Ebey Bozarth, sold the one-and-a-quarter acre where he was buried to the county for $1. Some members of Whidbey pioneer families actually had their loved ones dug up and transferred to the cemetery, which is why some gravestones date back to the early 1850s. Today many acres have been added to the cemetery.

Greenbank Farm Having been an historical icon of farming through its early stages as a dairy farm and later, growing its famous loganberries, the Greenbank Farm was almost lost to developers in 1995 when its owner, Chateau Ste. Michelle

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lso known as the Village by the Sea, Langley is a charming waterfront community with a population just over 1,000 people. Established by German immigrant Jacob Anthes in 1890, the town has grown to include a marina, a variety of shops and restaurants and offers several events that appeal to both the retreating couple or the whole family.

langley set your itinerary MORNING Fuel up for your day at Useless Bay Coffee Co. on Second Street, South Whidbey's own premiere coffee brewer. From there, take a stroll around town for an eclectic shopping experience, ranging from art galleries to clothing boutiques and rare bookstores.

MIDDAY

For bite to eat, head up First Street to the Village Pizzeria or down Second Street to the Braeburn. Next door is the old fire house, which features handson, glass-blowing demonstrations and a gift shop in the front, Don't forget to visit the South Whidbey Historical Society museum on Second Street.

Children march down First Street in the ninth annual Welcome the Whales Day Parade and Festival.

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Before wrapping up your day, take a walk along the waterfront through Seawall Park as the sun sets, splashing color over the snow-capped Cascade Mountains and the waters of Saratoga Passage. Finally, hit the Prima Bistro or head West up Second Street to Mo's Pub and Eatery for a brew and a bite.

Above, nestled in along the water front, the marina in Langley before a breathtaking view of the Cascade Mountains.

getting here ...

Access Langley by many arterial roadways off Highway 525. The main routes are: from the north, turn onto Bayview Road and follow what will turn into Brooks Hill Road all the way into downtown. From the southern direction, turn east onto either Maxwelton Road or Langley Road and follow signs until you reach the seaside town of Langley.


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whidbey islander 2012 « www.southwhidbeyrecord.com Max Cole-Takanikos and K. Olena Hodges take the title roles in last summer's Island Shakespeare Festival's production of "Romeo and Juliet." Look for the Storyhouse Stage in the woods at Chinook for this summer's offering of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Visit www. islandshakespearefest.org for all the info.

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isitors to Whidbey are captivated by its beauty. But before the tourists, came the artists, who have settled on the island to create art, music, theater and dance, and thrive on the community that supports all of it. No matter the season, a trip to the island guarantees opportunities to witness first-

hand the creativity and friendly nature of its artistic residents.

Take a tour for fine art

Spend a day or two traversing the island on the Whidbey Island Arts Council's yearround Whidbey Art Trail. This self-guided artist studio tour will lead you through some of the most scenic country side in the Puget Where clothing & yarns commingle in a creative, fun environment...

Sound area. The Trail features a wide array of contemporary artists including painters, weavers, print makers, potters, glassblowers, woodworkers and more. You'll find the artists working in unique and spectacular studios located in renovated barns or adaptively reused buildings in the small towns along the way. You'll have the opportunity to go "behind-the-scenes" to interact with the artists and gain insight into their creative process, as well as help support the artists'

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Whidbey's Star Scene The movie "Practical Magic" was filmed in Coupeville. The beginning of "War of the Roses" was also filmed there. Independent and major

films have taken over the streets of Langley. Most recently, hometown boy Jordan Albertsen directed "The Standard" at South Whidbey High School and surrounding area in 2006. Deception Pass Bridge has been the scene for many a filmed advertisement and it even made a cameo appearance in the film "The Ring." Numerous TV commercials are filmed on Whidbey's scenic byways" Photo courtesy of Fine Balance Imaging

Musician Levi Burkle was just one of several local artists who performed at Choochokam Arts in Langley in summer's past. Look for a list of this year's performers at www.choochokamarts.org.

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Whidbey Playhouse

On a stage nearby Live theater and music are abundant on Whidbey. The island is home to Island Shakespeare Festival with performances during August in Clinton, OutCast Productions at the Island County Fairgrounds fine arts building, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts and Whidbey Children's Theater all in Langley. Whidbey Playhouse is another for folks in Oak Harbor. These locations host everything from regular seasons of community theater to live music of all genres, dance performances, movie festivals and other events. Entertainment opportunities are found just about everywhere from coffee shops to the long roster of summer festivals, which invite acts all through the summer season to play on Whidbey.

“Murder at the Howard Johnsons” July 12-22, 2012 “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” August 2-12, 2012 “Gypsy” September 28-October 21, 2012 “Fruitcakes” November 30-December 22, 2012 “It Runs In The Family” February 1-17, 2013 “Ain’t Misbehavin” March 1-17, 2013 “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” April 26-May 19, 2013

Galleries abound Not only local artists, but regional as well, have their works on display at the island's galleries. Langley's First and Second streets, the Greenbank Farm, Coupeville's Front Street, off Highway 525 at Penn Cove and on Oak Harbor's Pioneer Way, is where to find the hot spots for art to peruse and purchase. Often the artists themselves are present for you to ask questions about their art and the scene.

A young girl enjoys one of the many children's activities provided at Choochokam Arts this past summer in Langley. This year's festival of fine art, music, theater, food and fun is July 7 and 8 in downtown Langley.

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Saratoga Woods In a remarkable effort sparked by a small group of dedicated women, a historic forest

in the Saratoga area of Whidbey Island was purchased in 2001 from private ownership, protected through a conservation easement, and made into a nature preserve instead of a large resort. It was one of the first of many significant land conservation efforts on both Whidbey and Camano islands.

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Coupeville Wharf

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Start at either end of the island & take a scenic tour: Visit all the beautiful places showcasing different aspects of Northwest gardening.

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1 CULTUS BAY NURSERY A 26 year old Whidbey treasure come find out why Cultus Bay Nursery has been written up in so many national and regional publications - The New York Times, Sunset, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Homes, Country Gardens, Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine, Northwest Best Places, etc. A destination nursery with Victorian style farmhouse, lathe house, potting shed and summer house with pizza oven make this a Whidbey must. Inspiringly arranged shrubs, perennials, herbs, trees, vines and grasses will give you ideas for your own plantings and expert help for making informed choices. Garden design & wedding flower service too. Open April - September 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. 7568 Cultus Bay Rd., Clinton. Sign up for our email newsletter at www.cultusbaynursery.com

2 BAYVIEW FARM & GARDEN

Award winning Bayview Farm & Garden is pleased to be an integral part of Island life, serving up beautiful gardens to Whidbey Island and the mainland. Voted Whidbey’s favorite place to buy plants, we are two and a half acres of gardener’s paradise. With trained and experienced staff, we are equipped to advise you in gardening, landscaping, pet and livestock care. Treat your senses as you wander

through our extensive nursery yard and display gardens. Choose from an abundance of healthy and vigorous plants. From the classic to the extraordinary, you will be pleased to find what you need to create the garden of your dreams. Just off Hwy 525 at Bayview Road. (360) 321-6789. www.bayviewfarmandgarden.com

3 MEERKERK GARDENS Whidbey Island’s unique and peaceful woodland garden features ten acres of display gardens enveloped by 43 acres of second growth nature preserve with trees over 100 years old. The Garden is open year ‘round from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meerkerk is known for its spring season; thousands of rhododendrons bloom with over 100,000 spring bulbs, magnolias, cherry trees and native understory shrubs nestled within the forest. The summer months feature lilly and dahlia beds in colorful waves of companion plantings. Fall is spectacular with the colors of exotic trees from all parts of the earth. Meerkerk’s nursery offers a variety of species and hybrid rhododendrons from one gallon to 7' mature plants for sale. Meerkerk is south of Greenbank, from HWY 525, take Resort Road to 3531 Meerkerk Lane. www.meerkerkgardens.org meerkerk@whidbey.net (360) 678-1912

4 LAVENDER WIND FARM Come to our farm or our shop in town. Wander our beautiful lavender fields, herb gardens, lavender labyrinth, pond, and gazebo. Enjoy our gift shop and have a picnic at either place, enjoy the view of the Olympics and Strait of Juan de Fuca, do U-pick in season. We have wonderful plants for your garden. In addition to our own lavender & herb products we have many other lavender and herb products and baked goods at the shop. Farm: 2530 Darst Road,Coupeville. (360) 678-0919 • Open June - Aug 10-5

Shop in Town: 15 Coveland St., Coupeville (877) 242-7716 • Daily all year 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Order online at www.lavenderwind.com

5 GREENHOUSE FLORIST AND NURSERY A family owned and operated business since 1954 serving our patrons with unequaled service and quality with good ol’ fashioned courtesy. We’re both a florist and nursery offering hydroponic supplies as well as indoor gardening plants, gifts and books. The Greenhouse Florist and Nursery is located at 555 NE 7th Avenue in Oak Harbor, Washington on beautiful Whidbey Island. (360) 675-6668 (877) 855-9222 www.thegreenhousefandn.com

6 HUMMINGBIRD FARM NURSERY AND GARDENS “The Gardening and Gift Shop Gem of Whidbey Island” Known for its great selection of unusual plants, this nursery specializes in growing and selling both familiar and rare varieties of perennials. Select vegetables, herbs, shrubs, vines, roses, and trees are also offered. “Calliope’s Craft Corner,” held Saturdays June through August, features craft classes for children and adults. The Farm offers a free “Gathering for Gardening” forum/workshop first Tuesdays March through October. The gardenthemed gift shop is a treasure trove for the garden, home, and bath, showcasing iron, stone, wood, fiber, and glasswork crafted by Northwest artists. Picnic area and bocce court. Hours: Wed-Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open year round. (360) 679-5044. www.hummingbirdfarmnursery.com www.facebook.com/hummingbird.farm.nursery. and.gardens

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Pop into one of Whidbey's mainstay eateries, Neil's Clover Patch, and taste some of the down-home fare featuring delicious local ingredients. Sip coffee, try the pie and hang out with some local characters.

Check out the Bayview Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. It sits in a parking lot adjacent to the Bayview Community Hall. Gourmet cupcakes, artisan breads and other baked goods, flowers, plants and handwrought crafts can all be purchased there.

Bayview Community Hall is an historic building that has been used over the years for a variety of events including dances, poetry readings, workshops, movie nights and ice cream socials.

EVENING Taste for Wines is a tasting room where several Whidbey Island wineries offer bottles to buy, wine by the glass, and appetizers. A gallery of local art is on display in the Cash Store hub. The wine tasting room closes by 6 p.m., so get there early.

Above, the Bayview Cash Store at Bayview Corner has been a local institution since 1924.

getting here ... Bayview Corner is just a stone's throw off Highway 525. From the south, turn right off the highway onto Bayview Road at the traffic light and you'll immediately see Bayview Community Hall. Coming from the north, turn left at Marsh View Avenue —next to Whidbey Telecom where the flagpole looms over Highway 525 — and follow the road up to the next corner.


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ounded as a socialist community in the early 1900s, Freeland has transformed itself into the commercial hub of South Whidbey, with banks, businesses and a shopping center all nestled on both sides of the highway. Shops and cafes are within walking distance of each other in this fast-growing community.

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Visit Freeland Park along tranquil Holmes Harbor for a great place to walk. There's a playground for the kids and picnic tables to accommodate some seaside lunching. Hike up and over the hill to see some heavy duty nautical creativity going on at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders.

Double Bluff Beach, just south of Freeland, is a great place for a picnic, strolling on the beach, building a sand castle or watching the kayakers. Double Bluff is known locally as the best dog beach on South Whidbey. The vast stretch of sand and tide pools make for bountiful beachcombing.

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There are plenty of places to satisfy one's palette in and near Freeland, including Gordon's on Blueberry Hill. The restaurant overlooks Holmes Harbor and provides a romantic experience with its culinary excellence which has garnered rave reviews. For a more casual evening out, visit Gerry's Kitchen on Main Street.

Ride a dinosaur in Freeland park. Above, Honeymoon Bay in Holmes Harbor is a picturesque mooring spot for sailors.

getting here ... Highway 525 runs through the commercial hub of Freeland. The crossroads of Fish and Main streets signal you're arrived in Freeland. The majority of the city hugs Holmes Harbor, but many consider "Freeland" to include areas such as Double Bluff Beach Park and Bush Point


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go ahead, take a hike Despite it's robust population, Whidbey Island continues to offer some the best island hiking around. Eager woodland explorers can pick from miles and miles of trails in a handful of state and local parks to large tracts of preserved land, such as the newly acquired Trillium Woods property along Highway 525, just north of Freeland. Locations such as Deception Pass State Park are crisscrossed with trails that lead to the truly unique views of the famous bridge while beachcombers will have a field day rock hunting on public beaches, such as the Keystone Spit in Central Whidbey or Double Bluff Beach in Freeland. For a comprehensive list of maps of hiking trails and beaches, visit www. islandcounty.net/publicworks/trailsmain.htm. Another good site to visit for day hike ideas is www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes. Check at the gateway to parks, such as Deception Pass State Park, in case a day pass is required for parking during your stay while hiking there.

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Maps like these of hiking trails and parks can be downloaded from the Island County website before heading out to explore Whidbey's natural wonders.

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nce the largest loganberry farm in the United States, the Greenbank Farm has become a community hub, farmer training center and recreation destination. The 522-acre farm is home to art galleries, small businesses and the always-popular Loganberry Festival, which takes place in July. Located up the hill from the Greenbank Farm is the Greenbank Store, a post office and a restaurant.

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Take advantage of the sunrise and hike the extensive trail system that winds through the farm. Enjoy stunning views of Saratoga Passage, the Cascade Mountains and, on a clear day, Mount Rainier — be sure to bring a camera! Stroll through the Master Gardeners' Display Gardens and take in the gorgeous roses, rhododendrons, espalier and more, then enjoy barn the ducks splashing in the pond.

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Gather a picnic for an afternoon hike from the delicious treats at Whidbey Pies Cafe and the gourmet cheese shop, or eat in and meet someone new. With the unique, locally made gifts available in the cheese shop and at several art galleries, you'll want to get your Christmas shopping done early. The farm is home to a farmers market that takes place on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features fresh produce, live music, food and classes.

Joan Chochon, Island County Master Gardener since 2004, helps clean up the Greenbank Farm Master Gardener Display Garden for spring. Below, pie eating is a highlight of Loganberry Festival each July.

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Wine tasting, local art, tasty treats, and socializing — get into the life of the Greenbank Farm with the First Fridays at the Farm celebration, which takes place the evening of the first Friday of each month. Local winemakers lead groups with a tasting and a discussion about wine. The shops and restaurant operating at the farm stay open late to accommodate visitors attending First Fridays.

getting here ... Greenbank is located on Central Whidbey Island. From Keystone Harbor or any point north, head south on the island's only highway until you reach the distinctive red buildings that have been a hallmark of the historic farm for decades.


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island Whidbey Island has 160 miles of shoreline, so there's plenty of beaches for clamdiggers to hunt tasty Puget Sound mollusks. Dozens of people carrying shovels and buckets descend on popular beaches during low tides in the summer months. You'll find steamers, butter clams, cockles and the occasional geoduck hiding in the sand. Here's a clam recipe from Margaret Walton, the South Whidbey Record's food columnist.

are naturally salty) » ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese Preparation: Beat together milk and eggs; add crumbled crackers and soak for 15 min. Add all remaining ingredients except cheese. Mix gently; turn into a 1½ qt. casserole and refrigerate until ready to bake. (Can be made at home and taken to party or to boat and baked.) When ready to bake, place casserole in a preheated 300-degree oven and bake, uncovered, for 50 min. Sprinkle cheese on top and continue baking just until cheese melts, about 10 min. Allow to sit for a few minutes before serving. Serves 6.

CLAM FRITTERS Ingredients » 1½-2 cups ground clams, with their juice » 1½ cups flour » 1 T. melted butter » 3 eggs, beaten » 2 t. baking powder » Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional) » Sour cream and minced chives or green onions, for garnish Preparation: Combine the above ingredients, except sour cream and chives/ onions, mixing well. Drop into a preheated non-stick skillet or onto a griddle. Cook until golden brown; flip and brown on other side. Don’t overcook; have the skillet/ griddle hot enough to brown quickly but not burn. Serve hot, with sour cream and chives or minced green onion and a tossed green salad. If you have some steamed clams left over after a clam feed, pluck the clams from their shells, refrigerate and decide what you want to do with them the next day (chowder? fritters? pasta with clams? etc.) Or use them in a special dish, such as this soufflé.

CLAM & Corn SoufflÉ Ingredients » 1¼ cup crumbled soda crackers » 2 eggs, beaten » 1 cup milk » 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed but not cooked » 2 T. minced onion » ½ t. Worcestershire sauce » 1 cup (more if you have them) minced cooked clams, with about a ¼ cup of their broth » 3 T. melted butter » ¼ t. salt, or to taste (remember, the clams

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Does your dog need a little vacation time of its own? Whidbey Island is home to several off-leash dog parks. Dog parks are a great way for people to socialize too. Devotees of just about every breed of pup often use the parks as a place to mingle. Check out these great places where a dog can run with abandon

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Oak Harbor Dog Park

» North of Oak Harbor, about seven or eight miles south of Deception Pass. From Highway 20, go west on Ault Field Road about .75 of a mile to Goldie Road. Turn left on Goldie Road and go about one-half mile to Technical Drive and turn left again. Go all the way to the end of the lane.

Clover Valley Dog Park

» Next to Clover Valley Baseball Park on the corner of Oak Harbor and Ault Field roads. The park is 3 acres, is partially fenced and

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Patmore Pit » Located just south of Coupeville off Highway 20. Patmore Pit is a 40-acre, partially-fenced meadow with plenty of room for dogs to run. The location has a separate fenced agility area with toys, water and refuse bags provided. From Highway 20, turn onto Patmore Road, then Keystone Hill Road for a short distance to park entrance.

Double Bluff Beach

» On Useless Bay, east of Freeland and south of Bayview off Double Bluff Road. At the base of the bluffs, enormous tangles of driftwood make great doggie jungle gyms. When the tide is out the beach is hundreds of feet wide giving canines plenty of room to romp but even at high tide, there is plenty of room to run.

Marguerite Brons Park

» Located about a half-mile south on Bayview Road off Highway 525. The park offers 13 acres of meadow and woods that is completely fenced. The meadow portion of the park is approximately 2 acres in size and includes a covered picnic shelter and the 11 acres of woods are chriscrossed with well-maintained trails. Toys and bags for waste disposal are provided, as well as fresh water. The park is lighted for folks who want to take their dogs on early morning or late evening excursions.

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» Located off Highway 525 on Wonn Road. On the central part of Whidbey Island you’ll find the Greenbank Farm, comprising 522 acres of fields, forest and wetlands. The farm features miles of trails where families and their dogs can enjoy walks through the fields and forests, wetland bird watching and picnics on the lawns. In mid-September, the farm hosts the annual Wag 'n' Walk, a fun-filled day for your canine pals and families sponsored by the Whidbey Animals' Improvement Foundation, the festival is also an opportunity for people to connect with dogs WAIF has up for adoption.


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5881 Maxwelton Road, Langley 360-661-6226 www.spoileddogwinery.com Devoted to cultivating the benefits of the rich maritime-influenced climate of our vineyard, the Krug family invites you to expand your experience of Whidbey wines and savor the pleasures of a small estate winery. Great wines begin in the vineyard. We are committed to sustainable growth at our earth-friendly winery. Enjoy our fine wines, including estate-grown award-winning varieties at our winery on the farm. Blue and Sami, our Australian Shepherd dogs love to greet visitors at our farm located just ¼ mile south of Hwy 525 on Maxwelton, a short drive from the Clinton ferry. VINO AMORE WINE SHOP

5575 Harbor Ave. Suite 102, Freeland 360-331-7661 www.vinoamore.com Vino Amore is a full service retail wine and gift shop featuring over 1,300 Wines from the Northwest and around the world as well as Specialty Beers & Ales. We carry wine & bar accessories, gourmet food products and stemware. Join us Saturdays and Sundays for wine tasting. We offer case discounts, special tasting events, and we’re happy to help with food and wine pairing. Open 11–6 Tues.– Fri., Saturday 11–7 and Sunday 12:30 - 5. Join Koa's Wine Club!

WHIDBEY ISLAND VINEYARD and WINERY

5237 Langley Road, Langley 360-221-2040 www.whidbeyislandwinery.com Whidbey Island Vineyard and Winery owners and winemakers Greg and Elizabeth Osenbach have gained a reputation for wines of outstanding quality, balance and value. Visitors are welcomed in a warm and friendly tasting room overlooking the 24 year old vineyard and can enjoy a stroll around the grounds or a picnic in the old apple orchard. In addition to the estate grown wines an extensive list of both red and white wines are produced from grapes grown in some of eastern Washington’s finer vineyards. Open 11– 5. Closed Mon. & Tues. in winter, and closed Tuesdays in summer. HOLMES HARBOR CELLARS

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4591 Honeymoon Bay Road, Greenbank 360-331-3544 ‘08 Cab Sauv Gold Medal ‘08 Petit Verdot Double Gold www.holmesharborcellars.com ‘08Awards Cab Sauv Gold Medal San Francisco Int’l Seattle Wine Awards A place to celebrate wine and the wine experience. San Francisco Int’l Awards Holmes Harbor Cellars is nestled on scenic Whidbey Open 11am–5pm•Summer•Wed-Sun/Winter•Fri-Sun ‘08 Petit Verdot Double Gold Island with stunning views of Holmes Harbor Bay. Feel (360) 331-3544 • 4591 Honeymoon Bay Rd Seattle Wine Awards free to come and share a taste, a glass, or a bottle. holmesharborcellars.com The estate is pleasing and enjoyable, situated on 20 wooded acres. Summer • Wed-Sun/Winter • Fri-Sun We will strive to make your experience enjoyable (360) 331-3544 and memorable. Open 11am-5pm. 4591 Honeymoon Bay Road Summer: Wed-Sun. Winter: Fri-Sun.

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Weekend Wine Tasting 5575 Harbor Ave., Suite 102 Freeland (360) 331-7661

Over 1,300 Wines from the Northwest & around the world. Now offering specialty beers & ales Glassware • Wine & Bar Accessories Gourmet Goodies • Unique Treasures Tue-Fri 11AM-6PM • Sat 11AM-7PM Sun 12:30PM-5PM • Closed Monday

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Visit us at: 5881 Maxwelton Rd, Langley, WA 98260 Call us at: (360) 661-6226 For hours and upcoming farm events visit:

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he quaint, waterfront town of Coupeville is known for its history. As the second oldest town in Washington state, Coupeville has numerous historical buildings, some of which were built in the mid-1800s, that are still standing. More than that, they are used as homes, galleries and businesses. Coupeville is located in the heart of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve

coupeville set your itinerary MORNING Enjoy a hike. Walkers can enjoy a safe, peaceful stroll in the Coupeville area by walking on the various trails that have been developed in recent years on the sides of the town's streets. During low tides, a quiet walk on the shoreline around Coupeville might be the perfect way to start the morning.

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Historic Front Street provides shops and restaurants that are sure to entertain visitors. A stop in Coupeville wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Island County Historical Society Museum. The town is a bustling place throughout the year thanks to the numerous festivals that celebrate everything from Penn Cove's world famous mussels to the island's Native American heritage.

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Coupeville's restaurants provide a relaxed, low-key atmosphere for people to try a microbrew or a nice glass of wine while eating meals fresh from Puget Sound or grown right here on Whidbey Island. One of the oldest and best loved is Toby's Tavern with its succulent mussels and juicy burgers.

The Admiralty Head Lighthouse cutline goes here. Above, The Penn Cove Water Festival's canoe races attract competitors from across the Puget Sound region.

getting here ... Coupeville is located half way up Whidbey Island on Highway 20. Boaters can access Coupeville by sailing and mooring their vessels at the Coupeville Wharf. Riders and motorists can get to Central Whidbey by taking the Port Townsend-to-Coupeville ferry route located at Keystone Harbor next to Fort Casey State Park.


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Oak Harbor Marina

» Marina Manager: Chris Sublet 1401 Catalina Dr. Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-279-4575 • www.whidbey.com/ohmarina The Oak Harbor Marina is a 420 boat facility with 217 open and 135 covered permanent slips, ample guest moorage slips, limited side-tie moorage and 96 dry storage garage type sheds accommodating boats to 21' in length. The facility offers fuel, electricity, showers, storage sheds, laundromat, a small recreation and picnic area, boat launch and hoist. The marina is also home port for the Oak Harbor Yacht Club which hosts a number of boating related activities open to members and the public.

Langley Marina » Harbormaster: Rick Brewer 202 Wharf St. Langley, WA 98260 360-221-1120 • www.portofsouthwhidbey.com The Port of South Whidbey - Langley Marina has space for 40 boats, transient or permanent. There are showers, laundry, restrooms, electricity, and water on the dock. A boat ramp is available and the marina is close to nearby restaurants. The marina will be getting a facelift this year as the port district goes through the process of permits, planning and funding a future expansion. Marina staff monitors radio channel 66 alpha.

Coupeville Wharf

» Harbormaster: Long Bechard 24 Front St. Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-5020 • http://portofcoupeville.org Overseen by the Port of Coupeville, the town’s wharf is the only public moorage in Penn Cove. A dozen or more power boats and sailboats can tie up at the wharf, as well as four buoys near the wharf. Both unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel can be purchased at the fuel dock. Kayak rentals available. Whale watching tours leave daily during whale migration season. Shopping and dining available on the wharf and in town.

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Charm & comfort Cape Cod charm are found in and spectacular WWI officer’s sunsets over the housing. The Straight of Juan row of cottages de Fuca. 1 BR overlook Puget sleeps 4. Full Sound. kitchen, Jacuzzi 360.678.5050 • fortcaseyinn.com 206.259.8854 • cozyharborretreats.com Spacious rooms, water views, private baths, scrumptious breakfast!

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1 » You're never more than a few miles from the beach. The long, skinny island is ringed by beaches, many of which are open to the public. 2 » The Roller Barn in the middle of Oak Harbor is not only a historic barn, it's a skating rink and a club for kids — until its transformation into the scariest haunted house around at Halloween. 3 » Stroll through downtown Coupeville for locally made gifts, seafood and beautiful views. Head out onto the wharf and rent a kayak, then stop for ice

cream at Kapaw's for an afternoon treat. 4 » Check out the history Coupeville has to offer. Visit the Jacob Ebey House on Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve to hear the stories of the island's earliest pioneers. 5 » There's nothing like Race Week in Oak Harbor. Watch the hundreds of multi-colored sailboats race through Penn Cove in one of the top regattas in the world. 6 » Central Whidbey also offers the history of Fort Casey and Admiralty Head Lighthouse. The fort was

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build as a defense for the Puget Sound in the 1890s, but makes a great place for hide-and-seek today. 7 » The Greenbank Farm is rich with scenic hiking trails, art, pies and the gorgeous Master Gardeners Display Gardens, a heaven of blooming roses, rhododendrons and more. 8 » Where else can you experience the dying tradition of the drive-in theater? Catch a movie at the Blue Fox Drive-in south of Oak Harbor, or stay late for the double feature. 9 » Whidbey is home to various wineries. Stop by to taste the local goodness, or join the educational tastings at the First Friday events at the Greenbank Farm.

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well-known plays, ranging from the hilarious to the dramatic, and everything in between. This volunteer theater offers some of the least expensive entertainment around.

10 » Celebrate the Fourth of July in style with Oak Harbor's annual parade and family festival, where greasy, sugary foods abound, along with countless smiles. The fireworks show at Windjammer Park is a spectacular family event.

13 » You can hunt for seashells and interesting stones at Maxwelton Beach park, swim or relax on the beach that has amazing views of the Olympic Mountains. In the summer, huge cruise ships sail by majestically, heading north to Alaska.

11 » Ebey Bowl offers bowling in Coupeville the classic way. This historic building was recently remodeled, bringing the game back to Coupeville like it once was.

14 » It's an easy trip from North Whidbey to South Whidbey via Island Transit, which offers free rides all over the island. For a route schedule, check www. islandtransit.org.

12 » Drop by the Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor to see locals perform

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set your itinerary

MORNING

Start the morning off right with a cup of coffee and a light breakfast at one of the city's many coffee shops. Then take a drive through the scenic countryside surrounding the city. Make sure to head to Deception Pass State Park to walk the historic bridge before going into the famous 4,124-acre park.

MIDDAY

Take a stroll down Pioneer Way and have a bite to eat at any of the downtown restaurants. Shoppers will enjoy a variety of shops. For those who want to stretch their legs and get in a little nature after lunch, try the city's lengthy waterfront trail that leads through a marsh, Windjammer Park and the marina.

When a squadron comes home to NAS Whidbey it's always an reason to celebrate!

NIGHTTIME

Hang out with locals while enjoying fine pub food and awardwinning craft beer at Flyers Restaurant and Brewery. Follow dinner with a movie at the Blue Fox Drive-In, located just south of town off Highway 20, or catch a live show at the Whidbey Playhouse community theater on Midway Boulevard.

getting here ... Oak Harbor is the northern most city on Whidbey Island. It can be accessed from the Burlington area by Highway 20, which crosses onto the island via the Deception Pass Bridge. From anywhere south on the island, follow Highway 20 until you reach Whidbey's "mini metropolis."


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whidbey islander 2012 « www.southwhidbeyrecord.com More Reasons, from 30 » 15 » South Whidbey is host to pods of whales, mainly gray whales, that are visible in Saratoga Passage and various other areas. Or, take a whale watching cruise by Deception Pass Bridge in Oak Harbor.

17 » A wide variety of art is available in numerous art galleries across the island. Open studio tours also take place throughout the year, allowing people to watch artists working in their studios on everything from textile arts to ceramics to painting.

16 » Penn Cove mussels are world famous. Try them at Captain Whidbey Inn, Toby's Tavern and other island restaurants for a true taste of Whidbey Island.

18 » The beautiful, pristine forests of Whidbey make for great places to hike, picnic and, in some areas, camp. Step away from busy city life and take a

deep breath of clean, pure, pine-scented air. 19 » Whidbey Island is the place to bring your camera. From the majestic Deception Pass Bridge north of Oak Harbor to beautiful Admiralty Head Lighthouse in Coupeville to the scenic views on South Whidbey, Whidbey is the place to come to take award-winning photographs, or to fill a scrapbook with photos representing all the fun

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times you've had on the island. 20 » Not only do the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend and Clinton-toMukilteo ferries get you where you need to go, but

they offer a fun journey while you travel. Enjoy gorgeous views, watch the porpoises and feel the breeze from the bow of the ship.

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