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



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tee time


island arts


coupeville 11 greenbank 14 events calender


north dining island county map

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south dining


freeland 28 park paradise


bayview 32 park paradise


langley 37 reasons to love whidbey 39 fido-friendly paradise

The Shortest Distance to Far Away ®


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Publisher & Executive Editor Keven R. Graves Whidbey news-Times GenEral Manager Lee Ann Mozes South Whidbey Record Associate Publisher Kimberlly Winjum Assistant Editor Jessie Stensland Copy & Photos Jim Larsen, Justin Burnett, Ron Newberry, Jessie Stensland, Jim Waller, Megan Hansen, Ben Watanabe & Nathan Whalen marketing Gail Rognan & Teri Mendiola PRODUCTION Manager Michelle Wolfensparger

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CREATIVE Rebecca Collins, Adine Close & 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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Oak Harbor

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he commercial center of the island and the home of Whidbey Island Naval Air station, Oak Harbor is unlike anyplace else from Deception Pass Bridge to the Clinton ferry dock. In fact, it has just a little bit of everything, from recognizable lodging options on the north end to camping on the city’s waterfront. Restaurants range from fine dining to fast food, and recreation opportunities

abound. The city has many parks, including the waterfront Windjammer Park and the adjacent RV park. Oak Harbor is the only place on the island that has big chain stores, like Walmart, Home Depot and Kmart. But the city also has a historic downtown area filled with quaint and interesting shops, as well as restaurants and a popular coffee shop, Angelo’s Caffe. The Pioneer Way area is within easy walking distance

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to Windjammer Park, a lengthy waterside walking trail and the Oak Harbor Marina. The Oak Harbor community is very active and hosts many events throughout the year. In April there’s Holland Happening, which celebrates the community’s Dutch roots. There’s also the Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration, the nationally known Race Week sailboat regatta, a music festival and the Whidbey Marathon



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rom seasoned golfers to beginners, Whidbey Island offers variety and challenges as well as some spectacular scenery. One of the best places to enjoy the beauty of the island is along one of its five golf courses. Whidbey Island features three full-length golf courses and two pitch-and-putt par 3 layouts. Each course offers a unique landscape, backdrop and charm. On some courses, deer, bald eagles and hawks are a common sight. Tee Time, page 46 ››

• RV camping on the water’s edge and affordable lodging in town • Two 18-hole golf courses • Historic downtown shops featuring flavorful restaurants, charming shops and specialty stores • Hiking, biking, boating, fishing, whale watching, bird watching, and much more!

idbey h W e l b Quota I love Oak Harbor because people here are engaged and involved. They care about their community. I don’t think I’ve ever seen another community with such spirit. Kathy Reed, Director of Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce

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Admiralty Head lighthouse

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Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class Musical June 14-30, 2013 The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown August 15- 24, 2013 Too Soon for Daisies by William Dinner & William Morum September 6- 22, 2013 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Musical by Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber. November 1-14, 2013 Christmas Snapshots December 12 -21, 2013 Book of Days by Lanford Wilson January 24 – February 9, 2014 Love Letters February 13 – 23, 2014 1776, Musical history April 4 – 27, 2014 Enchanted April by Matthew Barber June 6 – 22, 2014.

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Take a tour


hidbey Island is rich in history. And not the kind you view through a glass case but history you get to know by touch and feel.

Whether you're peaking down the barrels of Fort Casey's 10-inch "disappearing guns," testing your bravery by walking over the bridges at Deception Pass, or wandering through the 1904-built Greenbank Farm, Whidbey has a past you can physically connect with. Of course, it also has its fair share of museums; one is conveniently located in every major city and town on the island. Offering everything from one of the oldest known Native American-carved canoes in the state to physical remains of woolly mammoths that once wandered the area's glacial landscape, they are a must-not-miss for any history buff. Beginning on North Whidbey, a stop at the PBY Memorial Foundation's Naval Heritage Center is a surefire way to learn about Oak Harbor's 71-year-long history with the U.S. Navy. Specializing in aviation, visitors will be rewarded an authentic World War II-era bird

of war – the revered PBY Catalina, or "flying boat." One of the historic aircraft has been restored and is on display in front of the museum. Inside you'll find 11 display rooms, featuring artifacts and educational information about all U.S. wars and conflicts, models of every plane stationed at the airbase, a working flight simulator and video about the Navy's history on the island. "Everybody is welcome here," curator George Love said. Open Wednesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the center is located in Simard Hall on the Seaplane Base. A driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance is required to get through the gate. For details, call 360240-9500. Moving south, additional military history can be found at Fort Casey State Park. Featuring battlements built in 1897, the park makes real the military might of a fascinating but bygone era.

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One highlight is the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. It actually predates the fort as the original structure was constructed in 1861. Rebuilt in 1903, the structure that stands today is right out of a storybook and is likely one of the most photographed buildings on Whidbey. "It reminds us of our heredity and stirs our imagination," said Julie Pigott, coordinator of the Washington State University Island County Lighthouse Docent Program. "You just imagine yourself on a long-ago day," she said. Scale the spiral staircase for a breathtaking view of Admiralty Inlet or gaze into two fine examples of Fresnel lenses on display. Also offered are several educational displays and a gift shop.

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During the summer months – June, July and August – the lighthouse is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For other hours, call 360- 2405584. Also on Central Whidbey is Sunnyside Cemetery. Overlooking hundreds of acres of farmland and home to a historic blockhouse, it's the final resting place for many of the area's earliest settlers. That includes Isaac Ebey, who in 1850 was the first European American to stake a land claim in the state. Although he was beheaded by Native Americans, his colonization of the area would lead to Coupeville's incorporation as second oldest town in Washington. Ebey was originally buried elsewhere but his remains were exhumed and moved to Sunnyside Cemetery after its creation in 1865, according to Roger Sherman, a cemetery district commissioner. "Most of our pioneers are buried there," Sherman said. It is also the last resting place of numerous veterans, including men who fought in the Civil War. All were Union soldiers and their headstones are clearly marked. Those with an eye for the past will also enjoy the museums on Central and South Whidbey. The Island County Historical Society is Coupeville is filled with impressive displays of Native American life and culture as well as glimpses of the areas pioneering forebears, such as Isaac Ebey. Sure to impress is an approximately 170-year-old canoe that once belonged to renowned Central Whidbey tribal leader Chief Snakelum, and later his equally famous son

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Charlie Snakelum. Restoration of the canoe was ongoing as of April, but museum leaders are hopeful it will be on display by summer of 2013. Located at 908 N.W. Alexander St, the museum is open from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. daily. For details, call (360) 678-3310. The South Whidbey Historical Society has a museum as well. Located in the sleepy city of Langley, the building is in fact a historic structure. Constructed in the 1890s by the city's founder, Jacob Anthes, the old bushwhackers’ or loggers’ bunkhouse was recently added to the Washington State Heritage Register of historic places. Packed with history, the museum features displays with artifacts from communities throughout the area, making it a true window in time for all of South Whidbey. Located at 312 Second St., hours are limited, from 1 to 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday during the summer months. The museum is available for touring, however, by special appointment.

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Arts Overload explore the island’s artistic scene

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ith scenic backdrops along virtually every country road, prairie or shoreline, it’s no wonder artists are drawn to Whidbey Island. Painters, potters, carvers and sculptors join glassblowers, metal artists and photographers in making the island both their home and their canvas.

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Other forms of art that flourish on Whidbey Island are music, theater and dance. Stage performances by local residents can be seen on both ends of the island at all times of the year.


Visitors to Whidbey Island get two chances this summer to get an intimate look at artists’ creations. The first of two self-guided tours of artists’ studios is Aug. 24-25, featuring artists from South Whidbey to Greenbank. The second tour is Aug. 31-Sept. 2, with this tour stretching from Greenbank to North Whidbey. These self-guided tours lead guests through scenic country side to the Puget Sound shoreline. Studios range from renovated barns to garages. The tours feature a wide array of contemporary artists, including painters, weavers, woodworkers and more. It is an opportunity to watch artists at work, talk to them about their craft, and support their creative work by purchasing original art pieces.


There are no shortage of art galleries on the island displaying works of both local and regional artists. Langley’s First and Second streets, Greenbank Farm, Coupeville’s Front Street, Highway 525 at Penn Cove and Pioneer Way in downtown Oak Harbor are spots to find artworks to view and purchase. Often, artists will be present in galleries to answer questions about their work. Explore the Arts, page 22 ››

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thriving small town with a big sense of history

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Protecting the Environment Promoting EcoTourism portofcoupeville.org • 360-678-5020

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Explore Central Whidbey Island’s peaceful landscapes and stroll its quaint historic villages.

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I love Coupeville because of its scenic beauty, history and our community. We are all invested in preserving our quality of life. It’s a very special and unique place to live. Lynda Eccles, Executive director of the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce

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s the second oldest town in Washington state, Coupeville is known for its history. Visitors can stroll through the town, which has numerous historical buildings built in the mid-1800s. These historic structures are well maintained and still used to this day. Coupeville is quickly becoming known as a foodie town, featuring many restaurants, gourmet food and wine shops. A main staple in Coupeville are Penn Cove mussels, harvested from the town's waters. Each year in March most of the businesses in town participate in a mussel chowder contest, aimed at publicizing the popular mullosk. What once started as a small food festival has turned into what is now known as the Penn

Cove Mussel Festival, one of Coupeville's most popular events. Visitors can see the mussel flats to the north as they stroll out onto Coupeville Wharf. On a good day, wildlife such as otters, birds and whales can also be seen in the cove. When the tide is out, there are several beach accesses from Front Street where visitors can stroll the shoreline. Once visitors have gotten their fill of Coupeville cuisine, there are many shops and galleries to explore. Island County Historical Museum is housed right on Front Street. Guests can get a walking map, which highlights all of the town's history. Just across the highway is Ebey's Prairie,

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which features Sunnyside Cemetery and Ebey's Landing. Working farms paint the landscape as visitors can take the beautiful countryside from walking trails along the bluff.

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he highlight of the small community of Greenbank is the famous and scenic Greenbank Farm.

The property provides a utilitarian space where agriculture is alive and well, but is also a popular event center that is home to festivals and provides a picturesque locale for weddings, reunions and more. What was once the largest loganberry farm in the United States is now a community center that boasts art galleries, a cheese shop and a popular pie shop. With its historic barn and stunning pastoral landscapes, the farm is a popular event location for locals and tourists alike.


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Agriculture still remains a prominent activity on the farm. A farmer training center Greenbank, page 16 ››

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Several large festivals take place at the farm throughout the year. The Loganberry Festival, which takes place July 27 and 28, celebrates the farm's heritage as a large-scale berry grower. The two-day event features live music, wine tastings and the ever-popular pie eating contest.

Whidbey Island Highland Games, which is a celebration of Celtic culture that features athletic games, dancing, bagpipe competitions, takes place Aug. 10 on the grounds of the publicly owned farm.

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Wine Tasting • Cafe • Art Galleries • Cheese Shop • Trails Gardens • Wildlife Viewing • Agriculture Festivals & Events • Facility Rentals Farmer & Artisan Markets I love Greenbank because ... it’s the narrowest and one of the lowest spots on the island. ... You can watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the same spot up on the ridge at the farm. Judy Feldman, Greenbank Farm Manager

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is up and running at the Farm. Around a half dozen or so students spend a growing season at the Greenbank Farm. They learn about organic growing practices, the types of crops that will thrive in Whidbey’s climate and learn how to sell and market their crops. They are just some of the farmers that participate in the Greenbank Farm Sunday market, which is one of five markets that take place throughout Whidbey Island during the warm summer months. Students can be seen tending their fields located north of the building complex and parking lot at the Greenbank Farm. They are wedged between the community garden and the market patch. A leader in renewable energy, the Port of Coupeville, which owns the Greenbank Farm, recently approved the installation of several solar energy panels that is pumping out power into the power grid and to the monetary benefit of community investors. As of mid-April, half of the panels had been installed. The farm also has land set aside for dog walkers and horses and alpacas have grazed on the pasture located near the highway. For more information about the Greenbank Farm, go to www.greenbankfarm.biz or call 360-678-7700.

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29-30 World’s Biggest Garage Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Coupeville Elementary School. Get there early for the adrenaline rush when the starting gun blasts. coupevillelions.org or 360-678-4105.

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Penn Cove Water Festival , Coupeville waterfront. Free family festival with Northwest tribal canoe races, native arts and crafts, cultural demonstrations, storytelling, dance performances, artist demonstrations, grilled salmon and other native and Northwest foods and children's activities. Visit penncovewaterfestival.com or 360-682-5250. Memorial Day Parade & Remembrance Ceremony, historic downtown Coupeville. A quintessential small-town parade honoring America’s veterans with music, food and celebration. Visit coupevillechamber.com or 360-6785434. History of the Marina Talk 7 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall, Methodist Church, Third Street and Anthes Avenue, Langley. A dock for the mosquito fleet steamers was essential for Langley to grow during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A functional marina continues to be an important element of the city. Bob Waterman will illustrate and discuss the changes at the marina from 1890 to present.

25-26 Whidbey Island Surface Design Annual Fiber Art Show and Sale in Zech Hall at WICA in Langley. Find wall art, wearable art and unique gifts. Featuring dyeing, quilting, weaving, knitting, felting, beading and paper making — all from the studios of this talented group of local artists. Visit whidbeyislandsda. wordpress.com 25

Late Night Shopping, historic downtown Coupeville. Enjoy refreshments as you wander the galleries and shops late into the evening. Visit coupevillechamber.com or 360-678-5434.


May Flowers and Treasures in historic downtown Oak Harbor. Visit www. ohdowntown.com


Relay for Life's 26th Year in Oak Harbor, opening ceremony at 6 p.m. at North Whidbey Middle School. Call Karla Sharkey at 360-675-8091 to learn more.

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Antique auto display at Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens in Greenbank. Visit meerkerkgardens.org. 360-6781912.


First Friday at the Farm, 5-8 p.m. at Greenbank Farm. Wine and cheese tasting, art, music. Visit greenbankfarm.biz. 360-678-7700.


First Friday Art Walk and late night shopping in historic downtown Oak Harbor. Visit www.ohdowntown.com

14-29 Whidbey Playhouse presents "Sister Robert Anne's Cabaret Class," Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 23 at 2:30 p.m. Come ready for a rollicking good time for this audience participation production. Contact 360-679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com 22

Deception Pass Challenge, 8 a.m. at Deception Pass 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 deceptionpassfoundation@gmail.com

22-23 Visual Voices, an art show, at the Coupeville Recreation Hall, featuring 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 http:// visualvoiceswhidbey.com 22

Whidbey Island Garden Tour boasting a wide array of fascinating Whidbey gardens. Contact 360-321-4191 or www. wigt.org


Strawberry Social , 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coupeville United Methodist Church. An honest-to-goodness old-time social featuring waffles, shortcake or sundaes made with fresh strawberries from Bell’s Farm near Coupeville. Call 360-678-4256.

July 3

Celebrate America, fair and professional fireworks, 5-11:15 p.m., at Freeland Park. Contact 360-221-1656.


Oak Harbor Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration downtown at Windjammer Park and Pioneer Way, featuring food, carnival, parade and a grand fireworks show at dusk.


Maxwelton Fourth of July Parade, 1 p.m., at Maxwelton Beach in Clinton with entertainment and other family fun. Contact 360-579-2030 maxweltonclub@whidbey.com


First Friday at the Farm, 5-8 p.m. at Greenbank Farm. Wine and cheese tasting, art, music. Visit greenbankfarm.biz 360-678-7700.


First Friday Art Walk and late night shopping in historic downtown Oak Harbor. Visit www.ohdowntown.com


Cool Bayview Nights Car Show at Bayview Hall, 5642 Bayview Road in Langley. Visit www.bayviewhall.org


Fairy House Festival at Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens in Greenbank. Visit meerkerkgardens.org or 360-678-1912.


Choochokam Festival of the Arts in Langley. Booths featuring the work of more than 100 premier artists, with

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Summer Swing Dance, 7 p.m. at Crockett Barn, Coupeville. Enjoy music from the seven-piece Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band. Sponsored by Concerts on the Cove. Visit concertsonthecove.org or 360-678-6821.


First Friday Art Walk and Late Night Shopping in historic downtown Oak Harbor. www.ohdowntown.com


Summer Street Dance featuring local band PeTE, 6-8 p.m. at Bayview Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Road in Langley. www.goosefoot.org


Whidbey Island Highland Games, Greenbank Farm. Bring the kids and check out the Whidbey Island Celtic Society’s annual celebration of all things Scottish. Enjoy pipe bands, pipers, dancers and athletic events along with sheepdog demonstrations and plenty of food and fun. wihg.org or 360-3315437.

Summer Street Dance featuring African and world music, 6-8 p.m. at Bayview Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Road in Langley. Visit www.goosefoot.org


14-19 Whidbey Island Race Week Whether you’re a sailor or you just enjoy watching the action from the Coupeville Wharf, you’ll enjoy these annual sailboat races from Oak Harbor to Coupeville on the scenic waters of Penn Cove. Visit whidbeyislandraceweek.com 27-28 Loganberry Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Greenbank Farm. A free annual wine-tasting, food, music and art extravaganza with activities for kids and a lip-smacking loganberry pie-eating contest. Visit greenbankfarm.biz or 360678-7700. 27-28 Artist Invasion 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lavender Wind Farm, 2530 Darst Road. 31

Summer Street Dance featuring original rock n' roll, 6-8 p.m. at Bayview Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Road in Langley. www.goosefoot.org

August 2-25 Shakespeare Festival at the Langley Middle School Campus. The festival is in its third year and will show Much ado about Nothing. www.island shakespearefest.org 3

First Friday at the Farm at the Greenbank Farm, held monthly featuring wine, art, music and food. Call 360-678-7710.

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Oak Harbor Music Festival, 5:3010:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday on Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor. www.oakharborfestival.com


Late Night Shopping, historic downtown Coupeville. Enjoy refreshments as you wander galleries and shops late into the evening. coupevillechamber.com. 360-678-5434.

Bluegrass Concert at Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens in Greenbank. meerkerkgardens.org or 360-678-1912.

10-11 Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival, historic downtown Coupeville. Artists and craftspeople fill the streets for this community celebration, held annually since 1964. The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will visit Coupeville Wharf and stage an exciting battle sail on Penn Cove. coupevilleartsandcraftsfestival.org or 360-678-5116. 11

Fidalgo Avenue Block Party and Pig Roast, located on Fidalgo Avenue in Oak Harbor. Free barbecued pork, kids' games, music, fun for the whole family. www.oakharborpigroast.com


Summer Street Dance featuring local band Deja Blooze, 6-8 p.m. at Bayview Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Road in Langley. www.goosefoot.org

Wag & Walk, Greenbank Farm. Bring your four-legged, tail-wagging best friend for an afternoon festival celebrating all things canine. Benefits the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation. wagnwalk.org or 360-678-7700.

31 and Sept. 1

Summer Art Studio Tour, Greenbank to Deception Pass. More than 25 artists open their art studios to the public. whidbeyworkingartists.com

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Labor Day Nursery sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens in Greenbank. meerkerkgardens. org or 360-678-1912.

15-18 Whidbey Island Area Fair , Langley. Bring the whole family to our old-fashioned country fair, where you’ll enjoy music, carnival games and rides, food booths and lots of animals. whidbey islandfair.com or 360-221-4677. 24-25 Whidbey Open Studio Tour, Greenbank to Deception Pass. More than 25 artists open their art studios to the public. whidbeyworking artists.com

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Whidbey Open Studio Tour, Greenbank to Deception Pass. More than 25 artists open their art studios to the public. Visit whidbeyworkingartists.com


First Friday at the Farm at the Greenbank Farm, held monthly featuring wine, art, music and food. Call 360-678-7710.


First Friday Art Walk and Late Night Shopping in historic downtown Oak Harbor. Visit www.ohdowntown.com


The Art of the Boat, a new celebration 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Coupeville. For more information as it grows go to coupevilleartoftheboat.blogspot.com


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.whidbey farmtour.wordpress.com

Soup Box Derby Centennial Edition. Time TBD. The Soup Box Derby will once again roll down First Street in Langley. Anybody who has built a great racer can participate. This year the theme honors Langley’s Centennial. Visit www.langley mainstreet.org for more information.

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Whidbey Island Kite Festival , This colorful event colors the sky with all kinds of kites, single line, dual and quad line. There is a sportkite competition, mass ascensions, kite lessons, a teddy bear drop, kids kite-making and more. On Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. there is an amazing Indoor Kite Flying event at the Coupeville High School gym. Call 360-678-7052 or Visit www. whidbeykites.org for more information.

Coupeville Halloween Torchlight Parade. A colorful children’s costume party by torchlight (flashlight) begins at dusk. Trick-or-treating and kids’ activities follow the parade. Visit coupevillehistoric waterfront.com or call 360-678-3310.


Spooktacular Langley trick-or-treat fun and Light the Night. Kids are invited to trick-or-treat in a safe environment in downtown Langley after 2:30 p.m. Join the Langley Main Street Association for the lighting of the Centennial Oak at Whale Bell Park at dusk. The tree will once again brighten the dark winter nights.


No Tricks-Safe Treats in historic downtown Oak Harbor. Visit www. ohdowntown.com for more information.



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First Friday at the Farm, 5-8 p.m. at Greenbank Farm. Wine and cheese tasting, art, music. Visit greenbankfarm.biz or call 360-678-7700.


First Friday Art Walk and late night shopping in historic downtown Oak Harbor. Visit www.ohdowntown.com

5-31 Scarecrow Corridor , Coupeville. Vote for your favorite scarecrow on display all month in front of homes and businesses throughout historic Coupeville. Visit coupevillechamber.com or 360-678-5434.




Fall Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, Greenbank. Buy all sorts of lovely rhododendrons and more. Visit meerkerk gardens.org or 360-678-1912.


The Mutt Strut, at Bayview Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Road in Langley. Dress up your favorite canine to win one of several prizes. Live music, children’s activities and more. Visit goosefoot.org


Apple Day , at Bayview Farm and Garden, 2780 Marshview Avenue in Langley. Celebrate the apple harvest with apple tasting, fresh squeezed cider, music, and more. Visit www.bayviewfarmandgarden.com


First Friday at the Farm, Greenbank Farm. Wine and cheese tasting, art, music. greenbankfarm.biz or 360-6787700.Nov. 10: Whidbey Quilters' Shop and Show, starting at 10 a.m. at the Greenbank Progressive Hall.


First Friday Art Walk and late night shopping in historic downtown Oak Harbor. Visit www.ohdowntown.com


Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve annual conference and celebration, Coupeville. Bring the family for a weekend of hands-on farming and historic preservation workshops Saturday and a community potluck Friday. Visit nps.gov/ebla or call 360-678-6084 for more information.

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Weddings on Whidbey and Event Tour, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on South Whidbey. Visit www.weddingsonwhidbey.net


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Oak Harbor Tree Lighting and arrival of Santa in historic downtown Oak Harbor. Visit www.ohdowntown.com for more information.

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10 to Dec. 20:

Green Ticket Cash Giveaway in historic downtown Oak Harbor and Dollars for Kids Coloring Contest in historic downtown Oak Harbor. Visit www.ohdowntown.com

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First Friday at the Farm, Greenbank Farm. Wine and cheese tasting, art, music. Visit greenbankfarm.biz or 360-678-7700.

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Jingle Trail Run and Walk, Camp Casey, Coupeville. 5k run and 1-mile walk through pretty forest trails. coupevillechamber.com or 360-678-5434. The Greening of Coupeville and annual Christmas Parade in historic Coupeville. Stake out your spot along Main Street or Front Street to watch an old-fashioned holiday parade led by Santa Claus aboard a decorated fire truck. Tree-lighting and caroling follow. Weather permitting, there is also a Christmas Boat Parade of Lights and late-night shopping 5-8 p.m. Visit coupeville chamber.com or 360-678-5434.

First Friday at the Farm, Greenbank Farm. Wine and cheese tasting, art, music. Visit greenbankfarm.biz or 360-678-7700.



The Greening Concert  in Coupeville. A Celtic yuletide concert featuring the Magical Strings performing with Irish instruments, step dancing and vocals. Sponsored by Concerts on the Cove. Visit concertsonthecove.org or 360-678-6821.


Holiday market on Pioneer Way. Visit www.ohdowntown.com

First Friday at the Farm, Greenbank Farm. Wine and cheese tasting, art, music. greenbankfarm.biz. 360-678-7700.

22-23 Langley's Mystery Weekend , features a suspicious death in the small seaside village on Whidbey Island and consists of printed clues "hidden" around town in various different businesses, the scene of the crime, and 25 to 30 suspects wandering around available to be interrogated. Learn more at www.visitlangley. com

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Green Ticket Cash Giveaway and Dollars for Kids Coloring Contest awards in historic downtown Oak Harbor. Visit www.ohdowntown.com


Red Ticket $1,000 Drawing, historic downtown Coupeville. Shop, dine and stay with participating merchants and earn red tickets that are entered into a drawing for $1,000 cash. The drawing is held Dec. 18 on the front steps of the Island County Historical Museum, and you must be present to win. Visit coupevillehistoricwaterfront. com or 360-678-5434.

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Coupeville Mussel Festival in downtown Coupeville. Visit www.thepenncove musselsfestival.com to find out more!


First Friday at the Farm, Greenbank Farm. Wine and cheese tasting, art, music. Visit greenbankfarm.biz or 360-678-7700.

New Year's Eve Bash in Downtown. Meet in the street at 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the New Year.

April For upcoming holiday events check www.whidbeynewstimes.com, www. southwhidbeyrecord.com and www. whidbeyexaminer.com closer to the season, or pick up a copy of our Holiday Guide and November newspaper editions.

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First Friday at the Farm, Greenbank Farm. Wine and cheese tasting, art, music. Visit greenbankfarm.biz or 360-678-7700.

26-27 Holland Happening, featuring a parade, carnival and other festivities in downtown Oak Harbor. Visit www.hollandhappening. org

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By several accounts, actress Sandra Bullock seemed to bump into many islanders during the 1998 filming of the romantic comedy film, “Practical Magic,” filmed in Coupeville. The beginning of “War of the Roses” also was filmed in Coupeville. Independent films have taken

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over the streets of Langley. Most recently, Langley’s Jordan Albertsen directed “The Standard” at South Whidbey High School and surrounding area in 2006. The Deception Pass Bridge has been the scene for filmed advertisements and also made a cameo appearance in the 2002 horror film, “The Ring.”

ing, Whidbey Center for the Arts and Whidbey Children’s Theater.


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 the island.

Live theater and music are abundant Whidbey Island. The island is home to Island Shakespeare Festival with performances during August and September in Langley. Langley is home to community theater and other live performances at OutCast Productions, the Island County Fairgrounds fine arts build-

Whidbey Playhouse is an entertainment venue 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.


A number of Whidbey Island festivals are focused around the arts. The biggest of them are Choochokam Arts in Langley and the Loganberry Festival at Greenbank Farm, both held in July, and the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival and the Scottish Highland Games at Greenbank Farm, both held in August. The Whidbey Island Fair, also held in August, boasts an impressive lineup of entertainment acts. In its second year, a large gathering of bands will converge on the Oak Harbor Music Festival in downtown Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Explore the Arts, page 27 ››

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“I chose to practice at Whidbey General because of its talented, caring staff, the breadth and depth of services offered, and the fact that I can offer the kind of personal care that every patient deserves.”

Mary Leah Oman, M.D., is Board Certified in General Surgery and a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

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One of the biggest art productions to take over Whidbey Island is the annual Mystery Weekend in Langley. Shopkeepers wear costumes and actors wander the streets in this annual tradition that happens the final weekend in February. It’s become a favorite for islanders and mainlanders alike who try to solve a “murder,” adding to the already charming enchantment that Langley exudes. Another big Langley takeover is DjangoFest Northwest, which invites gypsy jazz musicians from all over the world to perform, teach workshops and spontaneously jam in the streets during the five-day period in late September. Musicians love the event and lodgings fill up quickly, so plan ahead.

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isit Freeland and take in the surrounding harbor and bay.

Basically an isthmus, the narrow stretch between Holmes Harbor on its east side and Mutiny Bay on the west means it sees a lot of sun and surf. The unincorporated area is well-known as South Whidbey Island's financial center with six banks, three escrow companies and a thriving shopping center complete with Payless Foods, Ace Hardware and Linds Pharmacy. Freeland also boasts three thrift stores that all benefit social services: Community Thrift for

senior services of Island County, WAIF for an animal shelter and Habitat for Humanity. In addition to it vast beaches at Double Bluff and Freeland Park, commonly called Purple Dinosaur Park for its children's play area, South Whidbey State Park is a short drive north. The state park has one of South Whidbey's hidden gems, an ancient cedar tree only 100 yards off Smugglers Cove Road. Dining options are plentiful: Asian cuisine at China City, deli sandwiches from Payless, fine dining at Gordon's on Blueberry Hill and onthe-go shakes and burgers from Shell Shack.

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ive state parks and numerous county and city parks dominate Whidbey Island's 169 square miles. From Deception Pass State Park at the island's northern tip to the Community Park in Langley down south, park lovers can find what they are looking for throughout Whidbey. Here's a look at some of the most popular parks:

Deception Pass State Park, the most-visited park in the state system, is over 4,000 acres and includes 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline. The park features a large campground; fresh and saltwater swimming, fishing and diving; and over 40 miles of trails. The trials include six miles for horseback riders, three miles for bikers and 1.2 miles that are ADA approved. Within the park are seven boat ramps and 1,980 feet of saltwater moorage. Fort Casey State Park, a 467-acre marine camping park west of Coupeville on Central Whidbey, offers the unique opportunity to explore a former Army base complete with

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battlements that once held disappearing guns. Fort Casey is one of a trio of forts dubbed the "Triangle of Fire" designed to protect Puget Sound from enemy ships from 1900 through World War II.

In addition to the former fort, the park features a retired lighthouse, which now serves as an interpretive center, trails, a marine park and a camping area. Fort Ebey State Park, just north of Coupeville, has smaller gun battlements which were part of the Camp Casey complex. The dominant feature of the park, which is linked to the Kettles Park trail system, is its 50 miles of hiking trails; many are open to bikes and horses. Fort Ebey is also a popular paragliding area. Fifteen miles south of Coupeville is South Whidbey State Park, known for its camping among old-growth forest and tidelands for crabbing and clamming. Among the more popular non-state parks are

A Discover Pass is required for motorvehicle access to state parks and recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. An annual pass costs $30 and a one-day pass $10. (Transaction and dealer fees may apply.) A Discover Pass is not required if you are camping or renting overnight accommodations for the duration of your stay at that state park. For additional information, please visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov

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Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor, Rhododendron Park in Coupeville and South Whidbey Community Park in Langley. Windjammer Park sits along Oak Harbor’s waterfront and offers camping, hiking, swimming picnicking. Rhododendron Park, about 1.5 miles south of Coupeville, provides a camp area, three ball fields, restrooms, picnic area, playground, trails and sheltered barbecue area.

South Whidbey Community Park includes ballfields, tennis and basketball courts and a large wooden play structure that provides the little ones with hours of climbing entertainment. A good place to get more information about Whidbey Island County parks is islandcounty. net/publicworks/parks. For state park information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/parks. To visit Washington State Parks, visitors need a Discover Pass. (See sidebar on page 30.)

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ayview Corner is owned by a funny-sounding nonprofit called Goosefoot, a collection of individuals to whom community means everything. Goosefoot has four goals: Building place and community, preserving rural traditions, enhancing local commerce and creating a sustainable future.

All are evident at and surrounding the historic Bayview Cash Store, which this year is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its makeover. While keeping the traditional country store image and feel, the two-story structure is packed with woodworking wizardry, a small deli and grocery, a wine shop, restaurant, and various other small businesses, many focused on improving one's appearance and health. How about a massage, sauna and spray tan? Goosefoot lives the future in environmentalism, with Bayview Corner using sustainable materials and porous paving, and featuring a waterless urinal, solar energy and rainwater collection system, among other earth-friendly attributes. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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throughout the summer and fall, the Bayview Farmers Market brings the community together in an open area between the Cash Store and historic (an adjective fit for everything at Bayview) Bayview Hall, The market attracts the island's finest small farmers selling their organic products, plus a selection of homemade arts and crafts and food, ranging from barbecue to African fare. Visitors instantly get a taste of what Bayview is all about. Across the country road is the (historic, or course) Bayview School, and old school house converted into a community education center. Walk the grounds, see what's in the garden, perhaps go inside and see if artists are at work. In a small square outside the Cash Store is a huge outdoor chess set, and next to it a square that hosts summer street dances from 6 to 8 p.m., scheduled this year for July 10, July 31, Aug. 7 and Aug. 14. Debbie Torget, executive director of Goosefoot, is a long-time islander who has found her place in life. "I can have my cake and eat it too," she laughed, holding a slice of coveted Star Store chocolate cake while enjoying the

surroundings. "I love these people so much. We're at the crossroads of community and commerce." Bayview Corner boasts 18 tenants, among the Half Link bicycle shop, a good place to get air in your tires and see the latest and greatest in bicycle products. Fragrant scents waft in the wind from Bayview Farm & Gardens, connected to Bayview Corner by trails lined with flowers. Indoor and outdoors, public art attracts the attention and amazement of visitors. There's more to Bayview just across Highway 525. Goosefoot owns a major grocer called The Goose, featuring local produce and organic foods. Also in the small shopping center is Neil's Clover Patch restaurant, owned by a former Langley mayor and famous for its coupon dinners and Sunday morning breakfasts. "Everything I need is right here," beamed Torget. Exactly the sense of community Goosefoot set out to create. Bayview Corner is located a stone's throw from Highway 525 5603 Bayview Road. Call 360-321-4145 or visit www.goosefoot.org.

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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! SPOILED DOG WINERY

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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 27 year old vineyard and can enjoy a stroll around the grounds or a picnic in the old apple orchard with a glass or bottle of wine. 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.

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Come sail Whidbey WHIDBEY IIsland SLAND M USIC F ESTIVAL Whidbey Music Festival August 2, 2, 3, 3, 44 2013 2013 August Tekla Cunningham, Director

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Three marinas are thriving on Whidbey Island ready to attract the seafaring visitor. Marinas located in Coupeville, Oak Harbor and Langley tend to the needs of boaters while providing easy access to the beautiful vistas of Whidbey Island. The Oak Harbor Marina, located on Catalina Drive near the Seaplane Base, is the largest marina on Whidbey Island. The marina, built in 1974, has space for 420 boats that includes 217 uncovered slips and 135 covered slips along with ample slips for guest moorage. The marina offers a plethora of facilities including permanent moorage, fuel, propane, electricity, showers, storage, laundromat, boat launch and a hoist. Oak Harbor's marina is located next to the Oak Harbor Yacht Club.

Three concerts of captivating music theBaroque Baroque Three concerts of captivating music ofofthe Handel's Heroines, Bach arias, and much more! Handle’s Heroines, Bach arias, and much more! Concerts at St. Augustine's, Freeland and Greenbank Farm Concerts at St. Augustine’s, Freeland and Greenbank Farm. Complete artist, program, ticket and venue information at: Complete artist, program, ticket and venue information at: www.whidbeyislandmusicfestival.org www.whidbeyislandmusicfestival.org Tickets $25 at the door/$20 advance purchase

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The Oak Harbor Marina is the home of Race Week, a series of boat races that take place around Oak Harbor and Penn Cove during the summer. The historic Coupeville Wharf is located at the end of the pier adjacent to the town's Marina, page 41 ››

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a beautiful village by the sea

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photo by Sharon Lundahl

LANGLEY Arts mecca offers fine dining, shopping


he city of Langley in South Whidbey Island packs a lot into a town with a population of only 1,200. "The Village by the Sea" sits atop a bluff overlooking beautiful Saratoga Passage and, to the east, the stunning Cascade Mountains. A visitor might see a whale or beautiful sailboats in the sea, or a stunning sunrise lighting up the snow covering the distant mountains. Shopping is the number one activity for visitors to Langley. Fine clothing, antiques, books new and vintage, and unique jewelry are just a few of the popular items to peruse. For a unique experience, stop by Callahan's Firehouse on Second Street and blow your own art. For dining, choose Mediterranean cuisine at the Langley Cafe on First Street or the outstanding and newly expanding Village Pizzeria. If the weather's nice, have a glass of wine and fine food outdoors at Primo Bistro above the Star Store, enjoying the open air and view. On Second Street, the Braeburn Cafe, Useless Bay Coffee Company and The Commons offer a variety of choices, depending on on mood. Chocolate lovers will swoon over the offerings at Sweet Mona's.

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Fun for kids or people who feel like kids is available at Seawall Park, just below First Street, where there's room to picnic, roam the beach or wade in the water. Bring a fishing pole to Langley Marina at the foot of Wharf Street or do some crabbing. Rent a crab trap and bait from the harbormaster and enjoy the scenery while hoping a fat Dungeness will try to devour the bait. At night, enjoy a movie at the historic Clyde Theatre, catch live entertainment at

the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, or enjoy a brew at Mo's Pub. If spending the night, pick any of dozens of area bed and breakfasts or, for true luxury, the Inn at Langley offers unmatched personal attention, luxury and dining. For information, go to www.visitlangley. com or call 360-221-6765. The chamber office, at 208 Anthes Ave., has a wealth of information about Langley, Whidbey Island and surrounding areas.

idbey h W e l b Quota I love Langley because it’s very concentrated, everything you need to see is on First and Second streets. It offers some pretty unique and upbeat choices for people. Marc Esterly, Executive Director, Langley Chamber of Commerce.

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1913 1. The pie and wine at Greenbank Farm. The publicly owned farm has a wine tasting room stocked with local vintages. Next door is Whidbey Pies Cafe, which serves artisan pies and food with locally made ingredients. 2. Festivals galore. The communities up and down the island hold festivals throughout the year. The biggies include the Choochokam Arts festival in Langley, the Celebrate America festival in Freeland, the Arts and Crafts Festival in Coupeville and Holland Happening in Oak Harbor. 3. 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. 4. Downtown Langley. It's the perfect place for a leisurely stroll, a cup of coffee and lunch with a good friend. It's a place where the arts are celebrated, the cool vibe is complemented by warm hospitality and unique shops beckon browsers. 5. Downtown Coupeville. You'll find 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. 6. Downtown Oak Harbor. The newly renovated Pioneer Way area is also a historic district. Merchants offer a unique assortment of gifts, artwork, decorations, antiques and much more. 5. 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. 6. 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. 7. The drive-in is a blast from the past. Catch a movie at the Blue Fox Drive-in south of Oak Harbor. 8. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley "inspires and nurtures the artistic spirit of our community" with quality productions. 9. Central Whidbey is steeped in history. Visit the Jacob Ebey House on Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve to hear the stories of the island's earliest pioneers. The Island County Historical Museum in Coupeville can answer any more questions. There's also Fort Casey and Admiralty Head Lighthouse. Coupeville is lined with historic homes and buildings. 10. Penn Cove mussels are world famous. Try them at Captain Whidbey Inn, Toby's Tavern and other restaurants in Coupeville for a true taste of Whidbey Island.




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Chocolate Loop Whale Loop Spa Loop


Fashion Loop

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Holiday Loop

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An exciting waterfront village just minutes from the Clinton ferry, 30 miles north of Seattle.


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Ott & Murphy’s

Winery Tasting Room

On the waterfront in historic downtown Langley, on Whidbey Island Sun - Thur: Noon to 8PM Fri & Sat: Noon-10 PM 204 1st Street, Langley 360 221-7131 www.ottandmurphywines.com

The Village By The Sea Artistic, Historic, Relaxing www.visitlangley.com

Sweet Mona’s.com

Award Winning 2nd St Langley 360-221-2728 Where clothing & yarns commingle in a creative, fun environment...

We’ve been listed in Northwest Best Places 315 First St., Langley 360-221-8202

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Handblown Glass Original Art Featuring Local Artists Paintings Ceramics Jewelry 360-221-2067 ❦ www.helleboreglass.com

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A Fun place you DON’T want to miss!

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historic downtown and offers the only public moorage in Penn Cove. The pier at the wharf has space for a dozen or so power boats. Mooring buoys are available during the summer months. The wharf also has fuel available for purchase. The Coupeville Wharf, which is owned by the Port of Coupeville, is a quick walk from restaurants, galleries and antique shops that line the town’s historic downtown area. The Victoria Clipper makes regular stops in Coupeville. The town provides a quaint place for whale-watching tourists to stop, grab a bite to eat and shop in the small shops. Saratoga Passage, located off the eastern shore of Whidbey Island, is visited by gray whales each spring as they stop to feed during their migration route. Penn Cove is also home to the Penn Cove Water Festival, which takes place in May and features Native American canoe races. The Langley Marina, operated by the Port of South Whidbey, located in the visually stunning Village by the Sea, has space for about 40 boats, depending on size. The marina offers showers, restrooms, electricity, pump-out equipment and the marina is close to restaurants and a laundry mat.

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11. Deception Pass Park and Deception Pass Bridge are among the most visited tourist attractions in the state. 12. A wide variety of art is available in numerous 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. 13. Whidbey Island, particularly South Whidbey, is home to wineries. Stop by to taste the local goodness, or join the educational tastings at the First Friday events at the Greenbank Farm. 14. It’s an easy trip from North Whidbey to South Whidbey via Island Transit, which offers free rides all over the island. 15. 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. 16. 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. 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. 18. Getting here in fun. Not only do the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend and Clinton-to-Mukilteo 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. 19. Birds. Whidbey Island is a popular spot to spot birds of many feathers.

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For more information:

Coupeville Wharf: 360-678-5020, www.portofcoupeville.org


idbey Island

Oak Harbor Marina: 360-279-4575, www.whidbey.com/ohmarina Langley Marina: 360-221-1120, www.portofsouthwhidbey.com

The Village By The Sea Artistic, Historic, Relaxing www.visitlangley.com



✦ Fine Gemstone Jewelry ✦ Crystals, Precious Stones, Gems ✦ Fossils, Petrified Wood ✦ Dishes, Lamps, Candleholders

360-221-0393 • 206 First St. Langley


Langley Clock & Gallery Timeless Treasures

Two Unique Shops featuring collections of vintage and new clocks, and professional repairs, along with hand-crafted twig furniture, fine collectibles, cards, flags, & local art. south whidbey’s LONE LAKE

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Down the Lane at 220 2nd St. in Langley Open by chance or appointment 360-221-3422

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hidbey Island is the perfect vacation spot for anyone who enjoys traveling with man's best friend. The island has dozens of beaches and parks where dogs are welcome to walk on leash, as well as five popular off-leash dogs 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 and sniff a few hind quarters without judgment. Oak Harbor Dog Park » North of Oak Harbor, about seven or eight miles south of Deception Pass. From State 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 three acres, is partially fenced and has some wooded areas for the dogs that really

like to sniff. Water and refuse containers are provided, and there is also a covered pavilion to protect dog owners from the elements. Patmore Pit » Located just south of Coupeville off SR 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 State Highway 525.The park offers 13 acres of meadow and woods that is completely fenced.

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The meadow portion of the park is approximately two acres in size and includes a covered picnic shelter and the 11-acres of woods are chris-crossed 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. Greenbank farm trails » Located off State Highway 525 on Wonn Road. On the central part of Whidbey Island you’ll find the Greenbank Farm, comprised of 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. experience whidbey 〈〈 islander 2013


easy trip from the mainland to paradise

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Relax, Refresh, Renew Tea with homemade soup and cake in a delightful garden in Clinton Sun-Thurs, 11-4:30 June 17-Sept 12

Summer Language Camps & Classes • Chinese • French • Japanese • Spanish • 5023 Langley Road., Langley • (360)321-2101 www.nwlanguageacademy.com

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Reservations recommended 360-341-4217 7131 Holst Road

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t’s easy to find and enjoy Clinton

Perhaps Clinton’s greatest asset is the easiest to access — Community Beach.

The little beach next to the ferry dock has sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains, hard to beat on a clear summer morning. Clinton’s sprawling rural feel is its signature feature with Fern Ridge Alpacas, Paradise Found Fiber Farm and The Farmhouse B&B.

Parks are plentiful, too. Deer Lake Park has a public boat launch and is open to fishing and swimming. Dan Porter Park, just off the ferry, has a playground, a tennis court and a ball field, perfectly sized for a family game of softball or a rowdy game of kickball. Woodland walkways like the Dorothy Cleveland Trail give visitors a chance to see the southwest area atop Possession

Point. Possession Beach Park owned by the Port of South Whidbey also offers beach access, a boat launch and picnic tables. Along State Highway 525 coming off the ferry are popular local hangouts like Anchor Books and Coffee, Dairy Queen and Cozy’s — a combination tavern and family restaurant. Further along at the Ken’s Korner Mall is popular Pickles Deli, a major grocery store, pet shop, drug store and even a gun shop for those so inclined. Turn onto Cultus Bay Road and follow the signs to Island Greens, a par 3 gem on French Road. Or stay on Cultus Bay and stop at Bailey’s Corner Store, an island landmark, before heading over the hill to Possession. Clinton’s broad postal area includes Dave Mackie Park at the end of Maxwelton Road, with a beach on Useless Bay, boat launch, children’s playground, and a ballfield right out of Field of Dreams, minus the corn.

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4081 Springwater Lane Clinton, WA 98236 360-579-1906 www.paradisefoundfiber.com Fern Ridge Alpacas

• alpaca yarn, roving, clothing • farm store/fiber studio in a yurt • free tours, open most days

I love Clinton because the character of the community has remained largely rural; the diversity of people in the community ranging from long time residents to newcomers from around the country; the wide range of talents, including musicians, authors, doctors; and the extent to which residents are willing to volunteer in behalf of the community, exemplified by the Clinton community library and the Clinton Community Hall.

7343 Holst Rd Clinton, WA 98236 206-778-9619 www.FernRidgeAlpacas.com Pronkin’ Pastures 2582 North Bluff Road Greenbank www.pronkinpastures.com info@pronkinpastures.com 360-678-0481

Farmers Markets South Whidbey Tilth Farmers Market 2812 Thompson Road Langley, WA 98260 360-544-2278 www.southwhidbeytilth.org Clinton Thursday Market July 11-August 29 3:30 - 7:00 at Clinton Square (just up the hill from the ferry behind the Chevron Station)

Eclectic outdoor market with vendors including local farmers, baked goods, health and beauty products, arts, crafts, collectables and more. Live music, great food, beer and wine garden. clintonthursdaymarket@gmail.com

www.discoverclintonwa.com www.communityofclinton.org

Cheese Little Brown Farm

• Goat and Cow Creamery • Farm Store • Tours/Animals

1377 Barr Road Freeland, WA 98249 360-331-2237 www.littlebrownfarm.com

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Tee Time, From page 7 ›› Whidbey Golf Club

GALLERY GOLF COURSE Public, 18-hole, Par-72 course North 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. Arguably the prettiest hole is a par-3 No. 15 with a view of Mount Baker.


Public, 9-hole, Par-3 course French Road, Clinton 360-579-6042 www.islandgreens.com Hundreds of rhododendrons decorate this challenging course, rated as one of the best par-3's in the region by The Seattle Times. The intimate, woodsy course is demanding, yet is a good place for beginners or for those who want to work on their short game. No. 5 is particularly challenging 225-yard hole as golfers need to shoot over a pond to get on the green. The course has a driving range.


Public, 9-hole, par-3 course Ducken Road, Oak Harbor 360-675-3412 www.lamsgolflinks.com On the site of a former poultry farm, this family-owned course just south of Deception Pass is a great spot to sharpen your game. It is also a good place for private rentals to

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celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and family gatherings. Want charm? The clubhouse was converted from a chicken coop. Lam's Links also offers an 18-hole mini-golf course.


Private, 18-hole, par-72 course 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 views of the bay and two mountain ranges. It all starts with a challenging 509-yard par-5 on hole No. 1. The greens are tricky on this course, which features protected wildlife areas. The club features fine dining,

two tennis courts, a swimming pool open during the summer months and a fitness room.


Private, 18-hole, par-72 course Fairway Lane, Oak Harbor 360-675-5490 www.whidbeygolfclub.com The course is private yet allows public play after 1 p.m. during peak season. Formerly the Whidbey Golf & Country Club, the club shortened its name this year to try to eliminate the misconception that the public couldn't play there. The club now offers a variety of memberships. Carved out of an old dairy farm, the course is surrounded by woods and sprinkled with spectacular water hazards. No. 10 is a scenic, intimidating, 442-yard, par-4 hole with water on both sides of a narrow fairway.

South Whidbey’s Department Stores Filled with Gently Used Inventory Conveniently Located

LANGLEY - 2nd & Anthes CLINTON - Ken’s Korner Shopping Hwy 525 & Langley Rd

Shopping to Feed Families

Whidbey Island’s Premiere Wedding Venue 360 321 4748 Langley, WA www.fireseedcatering.com

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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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For a detailed map showing roads, please see the centerfold gloss map.


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1 CULTUS BAY NURSERY A 27 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

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 lily 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

2 BAYVIEW FARM & GARDEN 4 LAVENDER WIND FARM 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

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 growing plants in Oak Harbor for almost 60 years! Serving our patrons with unequaled service, quality and good old fashioned courtesy. Our Nursery offers large displays and selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, pottery, gifts, bonsai (resident bonsai expert), hydroponic and indoor growing supplies and much more! Our Florist offers fresh cut flowers, custom designs, bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, weddings, gifts, unusual and familiar houseplants and more! The Greenhouse Florist and Nursery is located at 555 NE 7th Ave. in Oak Harbor Open Monday - Saturday 9AM to 5:30PM and Sunday 12PM to 4PM, year round. (360) 657-6668 (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 Garden Forum first Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., April-September. Guest speakers always welcome. The garden themed 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

Handcrafted Custom Jewelry Created on Whidbey Island by Linds goldsmiths Patrick Koughan and Carrie Saunders

1609 E. Main Street, Freeland www.lindsjewelry.com 360-221-6111

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Whidbey Islander - 2013 Visitor Guide  


Whidbey Islander - 2013 Visitor Guide