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Winter on Whidbey & CAMANo

Welcome to an Island Wonderland 2013-2014

A supplement of THE South Whidbey Record & the Whidbey News-Times

The Shortest Distance to Far Away ÂŽ 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 (360) 675-3535 Coupeville Chamber of Commerce 905 NW Alexander Street Coupeville, WA 98239 (360) 678-5434

Congratulations to Jen and Scott, married on July 27, 2013 at the Inn at Langley on Whidbey Island. Photo by Jason Koenig with JKOE Photo.

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Cross over by bridge or ferry and find yourself in a different world. This is the ideal place for your perfect day. Life is less complicated here. You’ll find everything you need for your gathering or group getaway.

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WINTER on Whidbey & Camano

A joint Publication of — The South Whidbey Record 877-316-7276 and Whidbey News-Times 360-675-6611 107 S. Main Street, Suite E101 Coupeville, WA 98239 Executive Editor & Publisher: Keven R. Graves Associate Publisher: Kimberlly Winjum Editor: Justin Burnett Reporting: Ben Watanabe, Celeste Erickson, Megan Hansen, Jessie Stensland, Janis Reid, Ron Newberry & Nathan Whalen Ad Design: Rebecca Collins & Jennifer Miller Marketing Representative: Kimberlly Winjum Copyright 2013 Sound Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.

Contents 3 ..... Welcome to Island County 4 ..... Accommodations 6 ..... Seasonal Events Calendar 10 ..... Island Shopping Venues 14 ..... Visual Arts Are Flourishing 16 ..... Weddings on Whidbey & Camano 18 ..... Island Spirits 29 ..... Performing Arts & Theater 32 ..... Fun on Whidbey

ON THE COVER Photo by Rick Lawler

The historic Coupeville Wharf on Central Whidbey sits bathed in color from a typical island-winter sunrise. The image is not a painting but is a photograph that was edited for color enhancement.


Welcome … … to a paradise close to home Thinking about a trip to Island County? There is something you should know first: people who visit are highly susceptible to falling in love with Whidbey and Camano islands. After a few days, you may just discover that you never want to leave. While rural, charming and romantic, they are anything but sleepy and boring. Island County stands out as Puget Sound’s best island getaways because it never falls into a winter slumber. Do your holiday shopping in Oak Harbor, welcome the new year by hopping into Puget Sound during Freeland’s Polar Bear Plunge, sleuth through clues during Langley’s Mystery Weekend in February or celebrate the bounty of the seas in Coupeville during the Penn Cove Mussel Festival in spring. Rich history, creative atmosphere and unparalleled natural beauty are all here for the taking. Each community has a distinct character, making it location that has a little something for everyone. Oak Harbor, a vibrant waterfront city, offers everything from great shopping and dining to military history and golfing. It is the largest city on Whidbey and is a great base for exploring North Whidbey. Coupeville is a quiet community that still reflects the character of a frontier seaport when Puget Sound was first settled. Yet, it offers great food and shopping right on the waterfront. Throughout Ebey’s Reserve, from the shoreline of Penn Cove to the bluff at Ebey’s Landing, Coupeville visitors will enjoy nature at its best with bald eagles soaring and gray whales and otters frolicking in the water. Greenbank, at the heart of the island, is home to Greenbank Farm, where visitors can enjoy long walks or learn about sustainable farming. Eat some of the best pie you’ll ever have at Whidbey Pies Cafe and stroll through the small shops and galleries. Love lush gardens? Then a stop at Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens is a


must. Nestled between Holmes Harbor and Mutiny Bay, Freeland is an active community in which many people want to live and play. Downtown Freeland offers shopping and dining all within walking distance. Antiques and technology shops can be found across the street from each other, and it is home to some of the finest beaches on the island. Celebrating its 100th birthday in 2013, Langley is bustling with activity. With its inns and restaurants that have earned national recognition, the seaside village is

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Fog enshrouds Hill Road on Central Whidbey.

home to many creative minds. Visitors can experience everything from blowing glass to watching sea life from a kayak. Rub elbows with artists, wine makers and coffee roasters and shop, shop, shop. Last but not least, Clinton is the gateway to Whidbey Island for many visitors, as it is the landing for one of two ferry routes serving the island. Clinton has a wonderful artist community and is home to beautiful parks, beaches and an innovative business community. And then there is Camano, beautiful Camano. The island has no incorporated cities, but its raw rural beauty makes it a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle See welcome, page 5


Winter lodging Cozy or spacious, the islands have what you seek A leisurely adventure through Island County will be a bit more relaxing with a stay at one of the quaint bed and breakfasts or small inns that dot Whidbey and Camano islands. There are several resources available to help visitors find a nice place to stay. Island County’s tourism site at www.whidbeycamanoislands. com provides a comprehensive lodge listing along with lists of activities, attractions and festivals that are sure to be popular with visitors to Whidbey and Camano islands.

The Whidbey Island Bed and Breakfast Association, www., provides information of establishments located on Central and South Whidbey Island. It also gives availability and contact information about member bed and breakfasts. The Central Whidbey town of Coupeville, located on the shore of Penn Cove, has a smattering of bed and breakfasts and inns operating in historic buildings, which helps provide a 19th-century charm for visitors. There are also small inns oper-

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A polished and cozy room awaits guests at the Anchorage Inn, a bed and breakfast in Coupeville on Whidbey Island.

ating in and around the historic town. Coupeville is located in the heart of Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve and the accommodations are a close drive to two popular state parks. The town is home to such events as the Coupeville Arts

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and Crafts Festival, the Penn Cove Water Festival and the Penn Cove Mussel Festival. Go to for more information. Several award-winning bed See lodging, page 11

Not just for summer Anchorage Inn Bay Breeze Cottages Blue Goose Inn B&B Carol Lee’s Attic Country Cottage of Langley Eagles Nest Inn Farmhouse B&B Guest House Log Cottages Spinnaker Tea Garden B&B Wildwood Farm B&B

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of urban life. Just a short drive from Stanwood, the island has gorgeous state parks, such as the renowned Cama Beach State Park, shopping outlets, a small but vibrant performing arts community and memory-making attractions like the zipline company Canopy Tours Northwest. Located at the heart of Puget Sound just northwest of Seattle, and southwest of the San Juan Islands, an Island County getaway is closer than you think — and getting here is half the fun, particularly on

Whidbey Island. Whether you’re crossing Deception Pass or arriving by ferry from Mukilteo, the island is about one hour from the heart of Seattle. The Olympic Peninsula is only about a 30-minute ferry ride from Central Whidbey. Similarly, Camano is just a short drive from Interstate 5 via Stanwood. There is another little-known fact about Island County that should not go unmentioned. Situated in the rain shadow of the Olympics, parts of Whidbey receive less than half the average rainfall of Seattle. Camano, which is tucked neatly behind

the island, is unusually dry as well, receiving about 20 inches less rain than neighboring Snohomish County and parts of King County. So this winter, leave the umbrella at home, stroll down Whidbey and Camano's beaches, hike their trails, explore and shop charming stores, eat locally grown food, sample wine and watch a show produced by one of the community's many performing arts organizations. You won't be sorry you did. In fact, by the time you leave, you’ll know why people who visit Island County have so much difficulty saying goodbye.

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Events calendar NOVEMBER

Nov. 1-24 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor. whidbeyplay Nov. 1-2 Uncommon Threads, Greenbank Farm Nov. 1-Dec. 31 Camano Marketplace Holiday Market at Terry’s Corner, Camano. Nov. 2 Holiday Bazaar at Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland. Nov. 1-3 Fiber Quest With a Twist, free event takes you on a journey through fiber farms and shops www.whidbeyfiberquest. com Nov. 8-17 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Whidbey Island Children’s Theater, Langley. Nov. 9 Wolf College Fall Workshop, Wild Edible & Utilitarian Plants for Food & Fiber Crafts. Shambala Farm on Camano Island, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 9-11 Autumn on Whidbey Wine and Art Tour. www.whidbeyisland Nov. 9 Weddings on Whidbey and Event Tour, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Crockett Farm on Central Whidbey. Nov. 9 Annual Camano Chamber Chili Chowder Cook Off, 3 to 7 p.m. at 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano. camano

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Glass balls sit on display during the Great Northwest Glass Quest on Camano Island.


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Santa Claus, aka Paul Messner, a Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue commissioner, floats down Front Street in Coupeville during the town's annual greening parade. Nov. 10 Whidbey Quilters’ Shop and Show, starting at 10 a.m. at the Greenbank Progressive Hall. Nov. 10 to Dec. 20 Green Ticket Cash Giveaway and Dollars for Kids Coloring Contest in historic downtown Oak Harbor. Nov. 14 Great Wish List Assist, 7 to 9 p.m. at participating businesses. Do some window shopping for the holiday season. Nov. 16 23rd Annual Camano Island "Honey, I Shrunk The Art", small works show at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park. Show continues throughout Jan. 19. Nov. 16 23 Annual Camano Island "Honey, I Shrunk The Art," small works show at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park. Show continues throughout Jan. 19. Nov. 23-24 Holiday Craft and Gift Bazaar, Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead


Road on Camano. Nov. 26 Artists “Deck the Doors” of Langley with innovative holiday designs. Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 Holiday market on Pioneer Way. Nov. 29 -30 Santa visits Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island. Nov. 29-30 Country Christmas at the Fair holiday bazaar, 2 to 7 p.m. Nov. 29 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 at Island County Fair Grounds, Langley. Shop for one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts and vintage collectibles in a gift boutique format. Nov. 29 -30 Santa visits Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island Nov. 29-30 Greenbank Farm Holiday Market, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Nov. 30 Bayview Holiday Market, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Bayview Hall. Nov. 30 Small Business Saturday. Nov. 30 Holiday Magic on Pioneer Way featuring Oak Harbor Tree Lighting and See CALENDAR, page 7


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arrival of Santa in historic downtown Oak Harbor. www.ohdown Nov. 30 Lighting of Langley, complete with Santa and his Rein-alpacas. 4 p.m. Langley Park. Nov. 30 Magical Strings, a Celtic yuletide festival sponsored by Concerts on the Cove — Annual Pre-Greening Concert at Fort Casey, Coupeville Town Park, 7:30 p.m.


Dec. 1 Greenbank Farm Holiday Market, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dec. 1 Country Christmas at the Fair holiday bazaar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Island County Fair Grounds, Langley. Shop for one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts and vintage collectibles in a gift boutique format. Dec. 3 Clinton Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Clinton Community Hall, 601 Commercial Ave. in Clinton. Dec. 3-22 "The Nutcracker," pre-

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Whidbey Island Dance Theater's Nutcracker is a must not miss performance.


sented by Whidbey Island Dance Theater. Showings at South Whidbey High School Performing Arts Center, Langely. Dec. 6 First Friday at the Farm, Greenbank Farm. Wine and cheese tasting, art, music. 360-678-7700 or green Dec. 6 First Friday Art Walk and latenight shopping in historic downtown Oak Harbor. Dec. 5-8 The Lights of Christmas, 5 to 10 p.m. at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood. Dec. 6-21 “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley. Dec. 7 Langley Holiday Parade, 11 a.m. Dec. 7 Jingle Trail Run and Walk, Camp Casey, Coupeville. 5K run and 1-mile walk through pretty forest trails. 360-678-5434 or Dec. 7 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. Treelighting and caroling follow. Weather permitting, there is also a Christmas Boat Parade of Lights and late-night shopping 5-8 p.m. central or 360-678-5434. Dec. 7 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. 360-678-6821 or concertsonthe Dec. 7 Langley Artwalk, 5 to 7 p.m., Langley galleries Dec. 7-8 Country Christmas at the Fair holiday bazaar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Island County Fair Grounds, Langley. Shop for one of a kind handcrafted gifts and vintage collectibles in a gift boutique format. Dec. 7-8 Holiday market on Pioneer Way. Dec. 8 Mandolin Messiah holiday con-


cert, 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley. Dec. 10 Afternoon with Santa, 2 to 6 p.m. at Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano. Dec. 12-15 The Lights of Christmas, 5 to 10 p.m. at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood. Dec. 12-21 Christmas Snapshots, a revue of Christmas songs and celebration. Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor. Dec. 14-15 Holiday market on Pioneer Way. Dec. 18-23 The Lights of Christmas, 5 to 10 p.m. at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood. Dec. 20 Green Ticket Cash Giveaway and Dollars for Kids Coloring Contest awards in historic downtown Oak Harbor. Dec. 21 Langley White Ticket Drawing for $1,000 at 3 p.m., Boy & Dog Park Dec. 22 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. 360-678-5434 or Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Bash in downtown Langley. Meet in the street at 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the new year. See CALENDAR, page 8

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Jan. 1 Polar Bear Plunge, noon at Double Bluff Beach, Freeland. Jan. 3 First Friday at the Farm, Greenbank Farm. Wine and cheese tasting, art, music. 360-678-7700 or Jan. 4 Langley Sea Float Scramble, 11 a.m. at Seawall Park. Jan. 4 "Tingstad and Rumbel in Twelfth Night Concert" at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley, Jan. 11 Kitsch ‘n Bitch: Chocolate and Whidbey Liquor at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. wicaonline. com Jan. 12 Island Consort Chamber Series, 2 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. Jan. 18 Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound, at Island County Historical Museum on Whidbey Island. Jan. 24-Feb. 2 Disney’s "101 Dalmatians" at Whidbey Island Children’s Theater, Langley. whidbey Jan. 24-Feb.9 "The Book of Days," A mystery by Lanford Wilson, Whidbey Playhouse, Langley, Jan. 25 The Way of the Whale, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Coupeville Middle School Performing Arts Center, Jan. 26 Shanty Fest hosted by the Shifty Sailors, 6:30 p.m. at Greenbank Farm in Greenbank. Cost is $20. Proceeds go to


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Isis-Angellica enjoys a spin above the water at Double Bluff Beach with her dad, Trever McGhee, during a past Polar Bear Plunge.

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Feb. 1 Sound Waters Conference, one day university on things of importance about the Puget Sound, presented by Beach Watchers. Feb. 7 First Friday at the Farm, Greenbank Farm. Wine and cheese tasting, art, music. 360678-7700. Feb. 7 Opening night art exhibit at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. Feb. 8-17 Red Wine & Chocolate Tour runs two weekends Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 15-17. Feb. 9 Great Balls of Fire, Geocashing Event at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island. Feb. 12 South Whidbey High School Jazz Concert at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. Feb. 13-23 "Love Letters," a couple’s correspondence between each other, Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor. Feb. 14-23 The Great Northwest Glass Quest in Stanwood and on Camano. Feb. 15-17 Whidbey Island Vintners Red Wine and Chocolate Tour. www. Feb. 22 Whidbey Wedding Inspirations bridal show, Best Western in Oak Harbor. Feb. 22 Camano Island "100 Northwest Artists" at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park.


Feb. 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 businesses, the scene of the crime, and 25 to 30 suspects wandering around available to be interrogated. www. Feb. 22-23 Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival in Stanwood and on Camano Island.


March 1 Mussels in the Kettles, non competitive mountain bike ride for all ages. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. near Coupeville March 1-2 Coupeville Mussel Festival in downtown Coupeville. thepenncove March 1-2 Whidbey Island Working Artists Winter Studio Tour. whidbey

March 1 Kitsch 'n Bitch: Pans Across Boarders (Canada), Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. wicaonline. com March 7 WICA Local Artist Series: Troy Chapman Group, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.

March 7 First Friday at the Farm, Greenbank Farm. Wine and cheese tasting, art, music. or 360678-7700. March 8 Port Susan Home & Garden Show presented by the Camano Island Chamber of Commerce. www.camano

March 14 WICA Local Artist Series: Siri Bardarson and Steve Trembley, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.

March 15 WICA Local Artist Series: Bahia, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. March 22 WICA Local Artist Series: Weatherside Whiskey Band, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.


Island Thrift Shops Harbor Quality Treasures The other big draws to our thrift stores are antiques, jewelry, fine art and beautiful furniture. Much of the clothing comes complete with Most of the thrift shops on Whidbey the original labels. and Camano Islands are run by The quality can only be matched but non-profits who are raising funds never surpassed by the big city thrift for benevolent causes. shops. Many donations come from folks who are retiring to their summer Happy treasure hunting! homes and downsizing their households. This brings many high quality items that are truly gently used. One if the best kept secrets of Island shopping is the quality of merchandise at the thrift stores.

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A shopper's dream and much more. It is owned by Brenda Pike and Sandy Merriman. Some of the more colorful stores include Popsies, which specializes in popcorn, ice cream and sweets, and Whidbey Wild Birds, where enthusiasts can find great gifts along with bird houses and feeders. One business that has stood the test of time is the Casual House, a clothing boutique on Pioneer Way that is turning 50 years old.

After combing windswept beaches or exploring the craggy depths of an expansive park, taking time out to shop at some of Camano and Whidbey’s welcoming and unique shops has a certain appeal.

A bit of everything found in Oak Harbor

For those who come to Whidbey Island across picturesque Deception Pass Bridge, the first shopping stop is Oak Harbor. It also happens to be one of the island's best. The city is Island County’s largest municipality and is a vibrant community in which small boutiques and big name retailers coexist for your shopping pleasure. Once you venture off the main road, you will find the newly-remodeled downtown shopping district on Pioneer Way. Here you will discover a fine collection of small businesses offering custom jewelry, books, fine art made by local artists, unique gifts, antiques, home decor and more.

Mary Jo Lambert, owner of the Rusty Chandelier on Pioneer Way, said a trend is to purchase items that appear traditional or vintage for the holidays. “We cater to the vintage feel,” Lambert said. “It’s funky, hip and retro.” Customers visit the Rusty Chandelier for special items to entertain guests or personal gifts for family and friends. Lambert said she also sells a lot of paint for people who want to repurpose items for personal use or gifts. Wild Magnolia is a boutique with an array of items such as scarves, jewelry, candles, tea

Coupeville offerings: Candies to fine art

Visitors who venture to historic Coupeville’s Front Street waterfront can shop inside of buildings that were raised on the scenic waterfront two centuries ago. The stroll back in time is accentuated by the eclectic nature of the stores. Shoppers can find everything from souvenirs and unique See shopping, page 12

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and breakfasts are also located on South Whidbey Island. Freeland is home to a small but growing business community that provides services to surrounding residents and visitors alike. It is also a stone’s throw to Freeland Park on Holmes Harbor and Double Bluff Park on the Useless Bay tidelands — a place to play, walk dogs and dig clams. Plenty of cottages and bed and breakfasts

feature amenities such as jacuzzi suites, fireplaces, views of Puget Sound and the Olympic and Cascade mountains. The quaint village of Langley is home to art galleries, gift shops and antique stores. Many bed and breakfasts, bungalows and cottages in and around the city feature pristine views and are tucked away from the hustle-and-bustle of the main roads. For those arriving by boat, several inns and bed and breakfasts are within walking distance of the marinas in Coupeville and Langley.

Camano Island is home to several small inns and bed and breakfasts, some of which have breathtaking waterfront views. Cama Beach and Camano Island state parks have cabins available. Cama Beach is a former fishing resort and has bungalows and cabins that are available for rent year-round. Camano Island State Park has five cabins available for rent. With hundreds of warm, friendly rooms available, there’s no reason not to make a night of it on Whidbey or Camano islands.

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decorations to serious works of art and clothing. One of the newest businesses is the Handbag Consignment Shop, where shoppers can buy their very own Louis Vuitton or other high-end designer bag. The store has already been featured on TV. Some shops, such as Aqua Gifts, offer tasteful, out-of-theordinary gifts for home and garden. Across the street, Far from Normal specializes in items that make you laugh. A favorite of locals is the Honey Bear, a toy store packed full of unexpected, educational, oldfashioned and even odd things for children to play with, though it also has random items for the curious adult. Up one street is the Bayleaf, which is “where foodies unite in the search for wines, cheeses, meats, artisan bread and other necessities.”

Small treasures in Greenbank

Don't blink or you'll miss it. The small community of Greenbank is located smack-dab in the middle of the island. The famous Greenbank Store is like a step back in time to the days when a general store offered a wide range of necessities, but also was the community gathering place. The store now has a restaurant, a deli and a few small treasures. Just up the road is the Greenbank Farm, where a mix of businesses blend seamlessly with the rural character of the historic farm. Whidbey Pies Cafe is baking some of the best pies customers will ever have, they can sample international and local cheeses at the Greenbank Farm Cheese shop and find a nice wine pairing for your cheese at the Greenbank Wine Shop. Then stroll through the art

galleries that include Raven Rocks Studio, Artworks Gallery and the Rob Schouten Gallery.

Freeland transformed

If you have visited before, Freeland is not the same sleepy town you saw a few years ago. It has evolved into a bustling retail hub on the South End. Among the newest of businesses is Wild Birds Unlimited. Whidbey Telecom's technology store is located in the company's brand-new customer experience center. There you can find any modern gadget that you ever dreamed of and some espresso at WiFire Cafe. Tina Beard, owner of the Paint Escape pottery painting shop, said Freeland has become a vibrant place to eat and shop — a huge transformation in just the last few years. "We have a wider variety of places now. It's a place to cre-

ate memories," she said. Beard said the whole family could find something to do. Freeland is home to South Whidbey's biggest grocery store, Payless Food Store, and Linds Pharmacy, which also features gift items and a jewelry store. Not far away is an antique mall and a collection of small stores that sell everything from shoes to tea. Freeland's thrift stores support local non-profits. In recent years, small cafes and coffee shops have sprung up among the longtime restaurants. This combination invites you to shop, dine and stay a while.

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Island artists know no limits Every day on Whidbey and Camano islands, it seems the skies, water or rural landscapes reveal a visual snapshot that’s different than any other time. It’s no wonder then there are so many types of art created by a diverse and large number of artists. From potters, painters, photographers and glassblowers, all of Whidbey’s artists draw

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Breathtaking scenery, smalltown charm, historic buildings and lots of winter sunshine are a few of the many things that make Whidbey and Camano islands one of Washington’s leading wedding locales. Just a 15-minute ferry ride from the greater Seattle area or a few miles west of Stanwood, Island County has the raw beauty, related support services and romance to fit any wedding needs, according to Gloria Mickunas of Whidbey Party Girls!, an event planning firm. “It’s definitely a destination and it’s a destination that’s growing,” Mickunas said. Island County’s reputation as a premier wedding hot spot has grown so much that Mickunas is co-producing the first Wed-

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Destination Weddings on Whidbey A destination event is any event over 50 miles away from your home. Look no further than Whidbey Island as the choices are abundant from the rustic chic barn to the quintessential waterfront hotel where your seaplane or boat leaves you at the front door. On Saturday, November 9, 2013, we invite anyone who is planning an event, wedding, family reunion, gathering or corporate retreat to join us in Coupeville for our fall wedding and event tour. Come see all that Whidbey Island has to offer! Bring your friends and families and spend the afternoon touring some of Whidbey’s perfect venues, sampling great food, wines, spirits, beer and cider. At each stop on this chauffeured tour, you will find a showcased venue decorated to inspire by one of our creative teams. Let us show you why Whidbey Island is the perfect place to host an event. The 2nd Annual Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour will showcase and highlight venues all across Whidbey Island with Fireseed Catering and Events playing host to the Tour on November 8, 2014. No tickets will be sold day of event. This is a 21+ event. To purchase your tickets go to Eventbrite, 16



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Comforts of Whidbey, all of which are open for tasting during the winter months. A few miles north is Holmes Harbor Cellars in Greenbank, and over on Camano Island is Dusty Cellars Winery. Whidbey Island Winery, started in June

Jack and Karen Krug, owners of Spoiled Dog Winery, are often joined by their Australian shepherds.

1992 with 400 cases of wine, now produces 3,500 cases per year and distributes throughout Western Washington. The resulting wines are delicate, crisp and fragrant concoctions that are outstanding accompaniments to standard island fare like seafood. Similar to Comforts of Whidbey and Holmes Harbor Cellars, all of Whidbey Island Winery’s island-grown varieties

are white. All three wineries are actively involved in research exploring new varieties for the island climate, among them, several very promising reds. Any reds produced by these wineries are made with off-island grown grapes from Walla Walla, Yakima Valley, Prosser and See spirits, page 22

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other vineyards. Camano Island’s Dusty Cellars Winery is a small, family-owned and operated winery that offers unique and hand-crafted boutique wines. Founded in September 2006, their philosophy is simple: “Find the best fruit we can, put all the energy possible into each and every lot, and enjoy these fine wines with some of the best people in the world.” The islands are also home to Whidbey Island Distillery and two breweries: Diamond Knot Craft Brewing on Camano Island, and Flyers Restaurant and Brewery in Oak Harbor. Whidbey Island Distillery is a familyowned business run by three generations of the Heising family. Starting in 2009 they make a world class spirit on Whidbey Island, and in September 2011 they sold the first bottle of Loganberry Liqueur. The distillery now sells a raspberry liqueur and is rolling out a blackberry liqueur in November. Bev Heising said they wanted to “let Whidbey take some ownership and some pride” in being a part of a locally-made spirit at their idyllic nine-acre farm that includes Super Quiet, Portable Power. the “bunk house,” a tasting the “bunker,”


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For more than 40 years, he's been at work designing, creating and marketing functional and art pottery. He's made a living out of a passion that started when he departed from his architectural studies and took an elective class at a community college in Whittier, Calif. Ishler’s latest project is woodfired pottery in a wood-fired kiln. As a working artist, Ishler’s work can be viewed and purchased at his home studio in Oak Harbor.

municates a joyous affirmation of life. Spencer said her work has become more "quiet" as she became more tuned into her surroundings. "There is an abundance of birds here which I have found I am drawn to and love carving on a regular basis. Anytime I am away from my carving for any length of time I begin again by carving a bird of some kind," she said. "Because of my daily walks with my dog Boo at Greenbank Farm, I have been inspired to create nests out of natural materials. Some of those have become one-of-a-kind bronze pieces as well." She also said that the support she finds among other visual artists is affirming and inspiring. "I love my life as a working artist on Whidbey,” she said. “The hardest part is having to leave in order to attend shows, but coming home is pure joy after being out in the other world.”

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Nature in sculpture

Sculptor Sharon Spencer has her studio in Greenbank. "There is always a magical quality to living on an island like Whidbey," she said. Spencer’s art has been featured in galleries and numerous private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe. She received countless awards of excellence in juried exhibitions and shows. Yet, she feels most at peace on Whidbey. "The beauty and light of Whidbey draw artists in," she said. "We tend to be very visual and visionary, so we thrive in this kind of environment. It feeds our soul." Her sculpture captures the fragility of existence, and com-


Oak Harbor's Dr. Gary Berner is a busy dentist, yet he has made a name for himself among glass artists. Berner makes little distinction between his labor and his leisure, as dentistry and glass blowing are two of his favorite passions. He is inspired by their similarities of color, shape and form. "People often ask about the connection between dentistry and glass art," he said. "In both, color and translucency are key elements. I want patients to make the connection that if I can do something like this, they can have confidence that I can make their smile beautiful." Berner said the definition of a master in the art of living is "one who pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing." To him,

he's always doing both. Berner's work has been displayed at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner as well as the Garry Oak Gallery in Oak Harbor and galleries in Port Townsend and La Connor.

Cooking up creativity

Another artist who has successfully married practicality and creative expression is Robbie Lobell of Coupeville. She brings her art to the table, making pots, creating usable art and teaching young potters. "I am enamored with the endless possibilities and challenges inherent in making high-fire flameproof cooking pots," she said. "Because of the many considerations I must entertain while designing and making my flameware pots that include utility, ruggedness, simple practicality, beauty, and elegance of form. I am engaged in thoughts of cooking methods, local foods, international recipes and tabletop culture." Her art brings together many of Lobell's favorite things. "Borrowing from centuries of tradition and adding simple modern design elements, I make pots to celebrate cooking and eating," Lobell said. She was introduced to flameware clay in 2001 during a sixweek residency in the studio of Karen Karnes. With this new material and ideas of cooking in clay pots, a new vocabulary of function and form evolved as she explored the needs and aesthetics of a pot used from the oven to the table. Her studio is located in


Coupeville and she opens it for classes and visitors.

Can you hear the color?

Langley artist Kim Tinuviel's artwork reflects the abstract textures and colors of her everyday world. The intensity of what she observes often comingles in sounds and color. "I can hear color," Tinuviel said. She associates this rare trait with synesthesia, a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sensory pathway leads to involuntary experiences in a secondary pathway. But it may also be a natural pairing, considering her background. While a photographer and encaustic painter now, Tinuviel began her creative career as a classical musician. As she sees colors through music, the melodies of her life are captured in her art. She too draws inspiration from her surroundings. "Mutiny Bay sunsets are probably visually the thing I would show my guests first on Whidbey," she said. She explores multiple media and orchestrates a complex interplay of cameras, computers, traditional art-making processes and found objects to create her distinct imagery work. Alternative surfaces and processes such as printing and painting on metal are of particular interest. Her singular artistic goal is to find the extraordinary within the ordinary. Her newest work is threedimensional. She calls them “Light Sculptures.” They are hand cut, welded and painted on steel, copper, paper and encaustic. Brackenwood Gallery in Langley might show some of her light sculptures during the See artists, page 25


artists, from page 24

holiday season. A pop-up gallery at Bayview Corner also is showing her work through December.

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Tinuviel's and the other artists' works can be found in the many island galleries. Touring galleries give a glimpse at the variety of art produced locally.

The best way to sample the full range of art forged on Whidbey, however, is to embark on the Whidbey Art Trail. The self-guided studio tour covers the length of the island. The trail features a wide array of contemporary artists including painters, weavers, printmakers, potters, glassblowers, woodworkers and more, offering a unique look “behind-the-scenes.” As a program of the Whidbey Island Arts Council, the art trail is a non-profit venture celebrating art and its creators. For information, go to www.whidbeyart

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A Washington State Ferry glides through Puget Sound, providing just another gorgeous backdrop on Whidbey Island. Weddings, from page 16

or via ferry, it is the beginning of a special journey. But enchantment aside, for a small island, Whidbey has an amazing collection of event venues to choose from. No matter if you envisioned yourself tying the knot in a rustic barn, at a country club, or with your toes in the sand at the beach, there is a perfect location just waiting to be discovered. Whidbey’s unparalleled natural beauty makes for an unforgettable backdrop, Mickunas said. Atop her list: Whidbey State Parks and Ebey’s Bluff for ceremonies. Followed by a plethora of private venues on the island. Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island is another popular wedding destination, so much so that Cama Center, a large meeting space, was recently constructed to Christmas Tree Recycling Jan 1st-15th by donation

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have no shortage of culinary masterminds catering to any wedding vision, among them Dave and Dawn Noble of Fireseed catering. The husband and wife team, like many vendors, share a passion for bringing local, sustainable foods to your table. Besides their wonderful food, they offer their guests their extensive outdoor gardens and more than 4,000-square-foot heated indoor space that clients are free to decorate in a way that reflects their style. “Our approach to hosting weddings is to present each client that bit of magic that Whidbey offers and make sure that the whole event runs smoothly,” Noble said. And what would the wedding be without a masterpiece of a cake. One of the go-to guys for island weddings is none other than John Auburn of J.W. Desserts. His creations have been featured in “Modern Bride” magazine, and dazzled viewers of TLC’s “Ultimate Cake-off,” where he walked away the winner. Noble added that no matter if you come to Whidbey this winter to scout a location for a summer wedding or if you plan a winter affair, it is worth a trip to check out what the island has to offer.

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“The winter months offer guests the additional treat of seeing the island at its true pace; without the rush of tourist driven summers, the local flavor truly comes through,” he said. “Guests are always enticed and feel as if they have discovered this private little hideaway of an island.” Explore the charming communities and visit the many historic sites. Cozy up in a romantic inn and watch waves splash on the beach from your window. Spend time with friends at a spa while the boys hit the golf course. Hike one of the many trails or stroll along pristine beaches. As you discover Whidbey and Camano, you’ll come to understand why so many people in love have fallen in love with these magical islands.


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acres of plants and flowers. Across the highway at Bayview Center, visitors can find a hardware store, a community-run grocery store, a restaurant and a crafts store.

Gifts and art in Langley

Langley features an eclectic selection of small stores to get lost in. Every store has a story and the business owners who are often found behind the counter are happy to share those with customers. From a rug store that also sells exotic jewelry and treasures from around the world, to a store that lovingly pairs children's books with puppet characters, it's all within walking distance in Langley. The "Village by the Sea" also features an exciting collection of art galleries that reflect the artis-

tic energy in town. At Good Cheer Thrift Store people find second-hand clothing and other items. Many have stumbled upon unexpected treasures in this well-stocked shop. There are clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, bookstores and a small shop that produces handmade soap and lotions. You’ll also find a cupcake shop, two boutique pet stores, as well as a grocery store, coffee roaster, bakery, wine shops, salons and spas.

Clinton is the gateway

For many visitors to Whidbey, the location of the ferry terminal makes Clinton both a gateway and departing point. Curious shoppers will find a collection of small stores welcoming them to the island. One local favorite is Anchor Books and Coffee with its great variety of new and used books and tasty java. There are two major shopping stops in Clinton: downtown, right when you come off the ferry; and Ken's Korner shopping center a few miles north.

Camano Island focus on local

Just east of Whidbey is Camano Island, which can be reached from the Interstate 5 corridor. It’s mainly a residential area, but there are notable shopping opportunities. Camano Island Marketplace is a joint venture between businesses and artists, coming together

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When Old Man Winter knocks, Whidbey Island’s performing arts community answers with a smile and a host of seasonal selections. Classic holiday theater and performances fill the island as dance companies, choral groups, theater companies and performers take the stage. “Whidbey Island draws artists  from all genres. Whidbey Island has an abundance of community festivals, parks and historic sites, which draw the creative type. Many people come to visit Whidbey Island, then later find themselves coming back to make the island  their home,” said Janis Powell, manager of Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor. Powell added that it is amazing what the community and amateur actors pull off year after year. “Volunteers from our community bring their acting, singing, dancing,  carpentry, painting, arts and craft, sewing, musical, baking, lighting, sound and computer skills to the Whidbey Playhouse to mount a show,” Powell said. All this brings forward strong productions that can stand up to the critical local audiences that are used to quality shows.

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“Wonderheads, Grim and Fischer” will be featured on Nov. 15 at WICA.


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Victoria Lacey, left, gets a reaction out of Cori Siggens in the play "Too Soon for Daisies" that was performed at the Whidbey Playhouse in September.

Ned Farley, co-founder of Whidbey’s latest theater success story, Outcast Productions, said that the island has audiences that expect high-quality work. “When we started tossing the idea around of starting our own theater, it was really because we both had some work we wanted to do, primarily as directors; work that was a bit edgier and more often than not had a socially relevant focus,” Farley recalled. “This was theater that wasn’t really finding a niche here on the island.” Outcast launched three years ago and has since established a new theater at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley. Farley and co-founder Sandy O’Brien believed that they had a well-educated potential patron base that was interested in theater that not only entertained but made you think — that dealt with some real-world issues, and sometimes was just a little “off.” “Beyond our mission of ‘theater on the edge,’ we wanted to produce consistent quality theater,” he added. “While not every show in our season might appeal to every potential patron, at the least we want them to walk away saying ‘it was well done.’ ” This winter, Outcast Productions is featuring a comedic work called “The Language Archive” by Julia Cho from Feb. 28 to March 15.


The Playhouse crew in Oak Harbor is pleased to provide theater entertainment, starting with the off-season production “Christmas Snapshots” from Dec. 12 to 21. Opening Jan. 24 is “The Book of Days,” which will run through Feb. 9. In time for Valentine’s Day, the theater will show another off-season production called “Love Letters.” Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley continues its long-standing tradition of a season rich with entertainment. Its productions range from the musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” to holiday productions such as “Holiday Concert: Mandolin Messiah.” The theater’s family series features a fantastical production of “Wonderheads, Grim and Fischer” on Nov. 15 that includes masked performances and visual storytelling. WICA’s newest addition, Island Consort Chamber Series, will open Nov. 24 with an afternoon of Witt, Vivaldi, Mozart, Brahms, and Allard. The series will continue Jan. 12 with the works of Handel and Mozart. The island's performing arts scene is fed with rising new stars who are homegrown. For the past 41 years, the Whidbey Children’s Theater has trained the island’s See performing arts, page 30


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Island Consort Chamber Series will open Nov. 24 as WICA’s newest addition. The chamber will feature music from Witt, Vivaldi, Mozart, Brahms, and Allard. performing arts, from page 29

youngest performers and boosted selfesteems while exposing children to theater. Over the years the theater has brought forward generations of young thespians who succeeded beyond Whidbey’s shores. This year, the children’s theater moved to a larger venue in Langley. Between November and March, productions include “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” showing Nov. 8 to 17 and Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” showing from Jan. 24 to Feb. 2. Another hotbed of young talent is Whidbey Island Dance Theater. Now in its 21st season of producing Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” with an island twist, the dance theater gives young dancers the stage experience of a professional production. This year, the production features new choreography, sets, costumes and new characters.


“It’s very exciting and all fresh. We have new people from the community dancing in the party scene,” said Artistic Director Charlene Brown. “I think it’s exciting to see how it will come together.” Professional dancers mentor and support the aspiring ballet dancers, and year after year the production grows and becomes more refined. This year also features the most children in the production, with 38 young cast members. The ballet blends traditional and imaginative choreography to tell the story of Clara’s enchanted Christmas Eve when her mysterious godfather’s magic leads her into a wonderland of fantasies. In the Whidbey version, Clara journeys to a place where snow flakes dance, and mermaids and even a dragon come to life. Of course, a handsome prince comes to her rescue. This year’s “Nutcracker” runs on Friday, Saturday and Sundays Dec. 13-22. Across the water, Camano Dance Academy leads the way for performing arts on


Camano Island. The academy will perform on Dec. 19 for the “Lights of Christmas” at Warm Beach Camp on Camano Island. Camano Dance Academy currently trains over 425 student enrollees, young and old alike, from Stanwood, Camano Island and surrounding areas. Camano Island is 'Where Dreamers Become Dancers' through involvement with the CDA. Students receive a top quality dance education from professional teachers who have danced at Cornish, performed at Disneyland and appeared on television. For adults who want to indulge their dreams of dance, Hip Hop, Tap, Yoga, Ballet and Scottish Highland classes are offered. It's a great way to have a great time, burn calories and improve muscle tone in a supportive nurturing environment. Camano Island invites old and young alike to put on their dancin' shoes.


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From treetops to greens Golf clubs always swinging on Whidbey, Camano Even when the weather turns, there are few excuses for boredom on Whidbey and Camano islands this winter. Both islands of Island County offer plenty to do, from beach activities — not necessarily touching the water — and golf to ziplining through the treetops. “It’s experiencing a Pacific Northwest forest from a different perspective,” said Mona Campbell, Canopy Tours Northwest’s director of marketing. “It’s great for all ages.” Harnessing up for an aerial tour of a Camano Island forest is a sure bet in winter. When rain becomes more common, the zip lines are plenty safe to use, and being under the tree canopy keeps guests mostly dry. “It’s rare that we get just pouring rain,” Campbell said. “Being in the tree canopy, we’re a little bit protected.” The tour includes six ziplines as high as 60 feet and as long as the Space Needle is tall, a couple of trail walks, crossing a log bridge and rappelling 54 feet at the end. It takes up to two and a half hours, depending on how brave people are once they see that first platform. Cruising along, people travel

On Whidbey and Camano, golfing remains one of the favored winter sports. Once summer ends, the tourism draw recedes and the courses are up for grabs. With the recent reopening of the Holmes Harbor Golf Course in Freeland, there is another option for putting 18 holes.

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up to 30 mph on the zipline. The speed is controlled by the course’s design, which uses gravity to slow the rider, though the two guides per group are able to control brakes when needed.

Tours cost $95 for adults and $64 for children ages 12 and younger, which can be booked at tour.php or by calling 360-3875807.

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Public, 18-hole, Par-72 course 3065 N. Cowpens Road, Oak Harbor 360-257-2178 Located on North Whidbey Island, the Naval Air Station course is open to the public. It has tournaments and offers lessons on the course overlooking Puget Sound. Cost: $16 for military members, $22 for Department of Defense employees, $28 for guests; between $12 and $22 for nine holes. Power carts — $27 for 18 holes.

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Holmes Harbor Golf Course

Bill Pickens chips up a slope on the ninth hole at Holmes Harbor Golf Course while his wife, Cindy Pickens, and friend, Suzy Johnston, wait their turn. island fun, from page 32

Whidbey Golf Club

Private, 18-hole, Par-72 course 2430 S.W. Fairway Lane, Oak Harbor 360-675-5490 This private course allows public play for non-members. The well-manicured course sprawls across an old dairy farm surrounded by trees and peppered with water hazards, providing a challenge. Whidbey Golf Club offers a deal for golf and dinner on Fridays after 1 p.m. for $60. Cost: $30 for 18 holes after noon from November through March, $20 for nine holes.

Lam’s Golf Links

Public, 9-hole, Par-3 course 597 Ducken Road, Oak Harbor 360-675-3412 Developed on farmland south of Deception Pass, this nine-hole links course is designed to focus the golf game with narrow fairways. It also lends itself to private rentals for birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations that might make use of the course’s 18-hole miniature golf course. Cost: $5 for adults and children on weekdays from November through March, weekends for $10; miniature golf — $4 for adults, $3 for children 8 years old and under, children ages 3 and under play free.


Public, 18-hole, Par-64 course 5023 Harbor Hills Drive, Freeland 360-331-2363 Water views are everywhere on this recently reopened course that borders Holmes Harbor. Take in the calm harbor from the 11th to 18th hole on the links-style course. A bit hilly, carts are available for rent for $18 in the winter. Cost: winter rates vary from $18 for youths to $25 on weekends or a weekday 1:30 p.m. start with a cart.

Useless Bay Golf and Country Club

Private, 18-hole, Par-72 course 5725 South Country Club Drive, Langley 360-321-5960 Tee off looking out toward the Olympic Mountains at this private, 18-hole course. The club also has a notable dining room and two tennis courts. Strictly there to golf? Take to the driving range or the putting green before swinging for the full course. Cost: $44 for guests with a member on weekdays, $65 on weekends, $38 from Nov. 1 to Feb. 29 after noon; junior guests 17 and younger cost $19 on weekdays and $22 on weekends for 18 holes.

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Island Greens

Public, 9-hole, Par-3 course 3890 E. French Road, Clinton 360-579-6042 Island Greens in Clinton offers a ninehole, links-style and one of the quirkier courses around. Tee off from an old boat, up a vast hill and around the massive trees on South Whidbey Island. Cost: $10 on weekends, $9 for nine holes on weekdays; pull carts are available for $2.

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Tee to Green' Golf Simulation Studio

Public, indoor practice venue on simulators 181 NE Midway Blvd. Oak Harbor 360-682-2338 Always dreamed of playing golf at Pebble Beach or St. Andrews, but still just dreaming? Well now you can, just in Oak Harbor. Beau Bayliss opened' Tee to Green' Golf Simulation Studio, this past June and the facility allows golfers to tee off year-round, rain or shine. 'Tee to Green' provides golf simulators for people to use for practice. From the driving range to putting, golfers can work on every aspect of their game, inside and sheltered from Old Man Winter. 'The unique and well received 'Tee to Green' facility is the only one of it's kind in the entire state and has quickly become recognized as a top-notch golf simulator facility. "From professionals, to scratch golfers, to duffers; anyone can have a good time here," Bayliss said. "Golf is a great game for everyone because you can play it at any age," he added. "From 9 to 90 years old, you can play golf forever."

Camaloch Golf Course

Public, 18-hole, Par-71 course 326 N.E. Camano Drive, Camano Island 360-387-3084 Camaloch touts being within Puget Sound’s sun belt, which receives half the annual rainfall of the surrounding area. Being a short drive from Interstate 5 means a quick turn off the busy freeway for 18 holes of forested golf. A phone at the tee of the ninth hole allows hungry or thirsty golfers to call ahead and order food. It also has a 30-tee driving range. Cost: $10 for an afternoon start on weekdays, $15 for a morning tee-off, $15 for a weekend afternoon start and $20 for a prime time weekend start. Carts are available for rent for $7.50.






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