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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 OakHarborChamber.com (360) 675-3535 Coupeville Chamber of Commerce 905 NW Alexander Street Coupeville, WA 98239 CoupevilleChamber.com (360) 678-5434 Greater Freeland Chamber of Commerce 5575 Harbor Avenue, #101 Freeland, WA 98249 Freeland-WA.org (360) 331-1980

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Langley Chamber of Commerce 208 Anthes Avenue, Langley, WA 98260 VisitLangley.com (360) 221-6765 Clinton Chamber of Commerce, c/o Dalton Realty 9546 Hwy 525, Clinton, WA 98236 DiscoverClintonWa.com (360) 341-3929 Camano Island Chamber of Commerce 848 N. Sunrise Blvd, #4 Camano Island, WA 98282 CamanoIsland.org (360) 629-7136

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Recreation 8 Coupeville 11 History 15 Greenbank 17 Parks 20 Freeland 22 Island County Map


Wildlife watching


Bayview 29 Whidbey Dining/Food Culture 31 Langley 33 Wineries 35 Clinton 40 Arts/Festivals 42

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Additional copies of the Whidbey and Camano Islander can be obtained by contacting: WHIDBEY NEWS-TIMES | 360-675-6611 SOUTH WHIDBEY RECORD | 877-316-7276 THE WHIDBEY EXAMINER | 360-678-8060 PO Box 1200, 107 S. Main Street, Suite E101, Coupeville, WA 98239

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Oak Harbor




Whidbey's big city has a little bit of everything The commercial center of the island and the home of Whidbey Island Naval Air station, Oak Harbor is unlike anything else on the islands that make up Island County. 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 Office Max. But the city also has a

Magnificent Service by Inspired Professionals Stewart ~ Premier Title of Island County

Stewart ~ Premier Title of Island County

historic downtown area filled with quaint and interesting shops, as well as restaurants and a popular coffee shop. The Pioneer Way area is within easy walking distance of Windjammer Park, a lengthy waterside walking trail and the SEE PAGE 7

60th anniversary

Stewart ~ Premier Title of Island County

florist & nursery 499 NE Midway Blvd, Ste 2 • Oak Harbor (360)240-9610 • (888)240-9610 Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

5589 Harbor Ave., Ste. C • Freeland (360)331-3353 Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

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7208 267th St NW Ste 101, Stanwood (360)-572-4867 Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Indoor/Hydroponic Supplies • Custom Floral Designs

877-855-9222 • 360-675-6668

Great People • Great Service | Stop by and visit the staff and open up a transaction. See what Stewart is all about.


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My favorite thing to do in Oak Harbor is gathering with the people of Oak Harbor and Whidbey Island, no matter what the event or occasion.

SteakS • Seafood • CoCktaILS Whidbey’s Ultimate dining experience dramatic open Chef’s kitchen dinners tues - Sat 4:30-9:30

Visit our full menu at www.frasersgh.com

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Original Paintings Prints • Pottery • Jewelry Blown, Fused & Stained Glass Wood Carving & Turning Custom Furniture Metal Art

830 SE Pioneer Way Daily 10:30 - 5:30 www.garryoakgallery.com

Scott Dudley, Oak Harbor mayor


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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RECREATION Pace ranges for island adventures

Whether it's wild activities for the thrill-seeking adventurer or quiet pastimes for those on the hunt for peace and serenity, Island County is loaded with fun things to do. Skydiving, paragliding, ziplining, hiking, kayaking, diving, bird watching, beach combing hunting and fishing, Whidbey and Camano islands have a little bit of it all. FOR THE WILD AT HEART


There's no better way to get the blood pumping, and get the best view of the county, than by jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. Jet City Skydiving, located at A.J. Eisenberg Airport, about four miles southwest of Oak Harbor, is the only drop zone in the county. The business is seasonal and opens in April. Hours are 9 a.m. to sunset on weekends, and noon to sunset on Fridays. For prices and details, visit www.jetcityskydiving.com Similarly, Whidbey Island is also home to one of Western

Washington's premier paragliding locations at Fort Ebey State Park. The park is open year-round, but it's a bring-your-own-gear location, though lessons may be available by private instructors. While Whidbey is king for soaring the skies, Camano has the edge when it comes to flying through the trees. Canopy Tours Northwest, located at Kristoferson Farm, offers six zip lines, the longest is 660 feet. For details on prices, visit www.canopytoursnw.com BEST OF THE OUTDOORS

For a quieter experience, Island County is home to hundreds of miles of trails. Five state parks on Whidbey and two on Camano are a sure win, but many more miles can be tread on a host of local public and private parks scattered across the islands. Some offer spectacular views of Puget Sound, others cool walks through lush and ancient forests — several areas host old growth SEE PAGE 9

We’ll take you where you need to go! Public transportation throughout Whidbey & Camano Islands. Fare-free & Easy!

Island Transit

Immerse yourself in a world of culture! 5023 Langley Road, Langley, WA 360-321-2101 www.nwlanguageacademy.com

Check out our Google trip planner at www.islandtransit.org Toll-free: 1-800-240-8747 8

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such as South Whidbey State Park's 500-yearold cedar. They are also home to abundant wildlife, and both islands are popular locations for bird watchers. Hit Crockett Lake on Central Whidbey for a diversity of birds, from ducks and shorebirds to large birds of prey, and Deer Lagoon on South Whidbey for song birds and waterfowl. For wildlife harvesters, Whidbey Island is a hunting and fishing hot spot as well. Pheasant release sites in Bayview on South Whidbey; Ebey's Landing, Arnold Farm, and OLF Coupeville on Central Whidbey; and two areas at the Seaplane Base on North Whidbey are open seasonally. Several public forests are open for deer hunting as well. As for fishing, locations such as Bush Point on the west side of the island and Deception Pass on the northern tip have been favorites of anglers for generations.


public beach access points which can be found with a simple web search. WAYS TO THE WAVES Public beaches are great clamming hotspots Of course, Island County offers a multitude as well — Grasser's Lagoon on Central Whidbey of possibilities for getting out on the water. attracts people from as far away as Bellingham. Water lovers can rent kayaks on Whidbey at For a complete list, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/ the historic Coupeville Wharf (Harbor Gift fishing/shellfish/beaches/MapArea/08/ & Kayak Rental, 360-678-3625) and tour the Whidbey Island is also home to what some famous mussel rafts of Penn Cove Shellfish or hail as Puget Sound's best place to surf. rent a wooden boat at The Center for Wooden Located at Fort Ebey State Park, the spot Boats at Cama Beach State Park (cwb.org/loca- breaks best on a west northwest swell. tions/cama-beach/) on Camano Island. Finally, for those looking to duck the waves, Paddle boards and lessons are also now avail- Central Whidbey is renowned for its diving. able for rent at Oak Harbor Marina at Harbor Keystone Underwater Park includes "The SUP. Like skydiving, this is a seasonal voca- Jetty" and "The Pilings," which are recomtion. Visit www.harborsup.net/ for details. mended for divers of all skill levels, though For those with their own watercraft, both beginners should only attempt them at slack islands have a legion of small boat ramps and tide. islander 2014 › experience whidbey and camano

Public, 18-hole, Par-64 course 5023 Harbor Hills Drive, Freeland 360-331-2363 www.holmesharborgolf.com Spectacular Water views are everywhere. Recently reopened and in great shape. Challenging level of play for beginners to pros for all ages.  Summer lessons available. Winter Rates are $25 on weekdays with Cart. Summer Rates are $32 on Weekdays with Cart


Private, 18-hole, par-72 course Country Club Drive, Langley 360-321-5960 www.uselessbaygolf.com A private Club featuring one of the Northwest’s finest 18-hole golf courses. An all-weather, year-round golfing facility on Whidbey Island, the course utilizes the foliage, topography, and natural water hazards of the Island. With par for men a 72 and par for women 74, players of all abilities will be challenged and charmed by the quality golf offered in this beautiful setting. Useless Bay Golf Course offers a full service golf pro shop, driving range, practice putting green, golf carts and cart storage, knowledgeable professionals, lessons, men’s and women’s associations, tournaments and events. Golf and Social memberships available.


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. PAID ADVERTISEMENT


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Small town embraces roots by preserving its history As the second oldest town in Washington state, Coupeville residents embrace its history. Visitors can stroll through the town, which features numerous historical buildings including some 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 12

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. The Island County Historical Museum is just right off Front Street. Guests can get a walking map, which highlights all of the town's history. Just across the highway is Ebey's Prairie, which features Sunnyside Cemetery and Ebey's Landing. Twice a year, a local historian offers a guided tour of the cemetery, on Labor Day and Memorial weekends. Working farms paint the landscape as visitors can view the beautiful countryside from walking trails along the bluff.

My favorite thing to do in Coupeville is live. It's a wonderful place to be. I love living here.

Nancy Conard, Mayor of Coupeville

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Historic Coupeville The Heart of Ebey’s Reserve

360-678-4222 • 8 NW Front Street www.tobysuds.com

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at our Town Shop: Beautiful Plants, Baked Goods, Thoughtful Gifts, Classes, Our products and other local items Town Shop: 15 Coveland St ~ 10am to 5pm daily | Farm: 2530 Darst Rd ~ 10am to 5pm daily, Jun-Aug Coupeville | 360.544.4132 | Learn more at lavenderwind.com


Simply good food www.OystercatcherWhidbey.com

Gifts, Cards, Klutz Books, Toys, Games, Candy, And Lots Of Bears

Karla Mackintosh owner

Have you had your bear hug today? 23 Front St, Coupeville • 360.678.6122 Open Daily 10:30-5:30

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Residents celebrate, preserve ancestry As an island home to the second oldest town in Washington state, Whidbey Island has a long and rich history, dating back to 1848. Though not the first to file a land claim, Colonel Isaac Neff Ebey was the first white settler to permanently move to Whidbey Island, after laying a claim on 640 acres in central Whidbey in 1850. He claimed the area on the west shore of the island, just south of Penn's Cove. Now, that area is known as Ebey's Landing and Ebey's Prairie, and it is a National Historical Reserve. It was because of the efforts of Col. Ebey that Island County came into being

in 1853. Coupeville, where visitors can find Ebey's Reserve, was the first town settled on the island, and the second oldest in the state. It was settled in the early 1850s by sea captains who, after spending years in the waters of Puget Sound, decided to retire there. The town was named for Captain Thomas Coupe, and became Island County's county seat in 1881. Camano Island, the other part of Island County, saw its first white settlers in 1855, who filed timber claims on the island. The earliest inhabitants, though, were the Kikalos and Snohomish

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Indians, who used Camano Island in the summer while gathering seafood and berries. In 1895, the Island County Fair began as a project of the County Horticulture Society. The fair is thought to have been a harvest celebration, and was one of many ways the community came together. Since 1920, the

fair has been held on the south end of Whidbey Island, mostly in Langley. Now, the fair is called the Whidbey Island Area Fair. It's still held in Langley, and will be held Aug. 3, 2014. The people of Whidbey Island are very proud of local history. SEE PAGE 16



There are many sites to see memorializing history. Oak Harbor, on North Whidbey, is home to a Naval Air Station, which was built in 1942. The Navy has been a central part of Whidbey Island communities ever since. The PBY Memorial Foundation's Naval Heritage Center is a museum preserving Oak Harbor's naval history, and features aircraft and artifacts from 1942 to today that have relevance to Whidbey Island. The museum is moving locations to a new site on Pioneer Way, and will be opening there in June, 2014. Central Whidbey, home of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, is filled with historical sites to visit, including Fort Ebey State Park, which was built in 1942 as part of the "Triangle of Death," a trio of forts that were tasked with protecting Puget Sound from invasion in World War II. Now a state park, it offers miles of hiking trails and high-bluff views of Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula. Another part of the "Triangle of Death," Fort Casey State Park, located in Coupeville, was

originally constructed in 1897. This park is best known for its 10-inch disappearing guns, but is also home to the Admiralty Head Lighthouse, which was originally built in 1861, and rebuilt in 1903. The Lighthouse has been open to the public since the mid-1950s. Admission and tours of the lighthouse are offered free, though for tours it's recommended to schedule at least a week in advance. The lighthouse is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day June through August. With the exception of January and February, the lighthouse is open on limited days the rest of the year. For more information, visit the website at www.admiraltyhead.wsu.edu Also in Coupeville is the Island County Historical Society History Museum. The museum features exhibits of Island County history, including a 120,000 year-old Ice Age tree trunk, mammoth remains, rare medical instruments and a canoe that is 170 years old, which was recently restored thanks to the efforts of the historical society and museum director Rick Castellano. These are only a few of many locations in Island County with rich, local history.

THE ISLAND COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, located in downtown Coupeville, always has a main exhibit room featuring Island County history. There is also a Changing Exhibit Room, which features specialized exhibits that rotate throughout the year. The museum is located at 908 NW Alexander St., near the Coupeville wharf. It is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sundays, from October through April. In May through September, the hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sundays. For museum tours, reservations are required for all groups of five or more in advance at least two weeks. Prices vary depending on the type of tour and the number of people. To reserve a time for a tour, call 360-678-3310. For more information about Coupeville's History Museum, visit http://wp.islandhistory.org/

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Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery Services; Our surgeon’s skills are close at hand. An All-Digital Diagnostic Imaging Center; Medical imaging with a difference.


Accredited Cancer Care & Diabetes Education; You don’t have to go off-island. Whidbey Family Birthplace; The closer and better birthing center. Rehabilitation Service Centers; Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy – close to home.

At Whidbey General, we are committed to reducing our use of resources and having less impact on our environment. Physician referral services available. • 101a N. Main St., Coupeville, WA 98239 • www.whidbeygen.org • 360-678-5151 • 360-321-5151


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GREENBANK Farm serves as hub for area

The small community of Greenbank revolves around spacious and scenic Greenbank Farm. The 151-acre farm provides ample space where organic farming is taught and practiced, but is also a popular event center that is home to festivals and provides a picturesque location 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. Several festivals take place at the farm throughout the year. Agriculture still remains a prominent activity on the farm. A farmer trainer center 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 who participate in the Greenbank Farm Sunday market. Every Sunday from noon until 4 p.m., June through August, are "Summer Sundays

Helping to develop a healthy, local food system Owned by the Port of Coupeville. Managed by the non-profit Greenbank Farm Management Group.

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Wine Tasting • Cafe • Art Galleries Cheese Shop • Trails • Gardens Wildlife Viewing • Agriculture Festivals & Events • Facility Rentals Farmer & Artisan Markets

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Holiday & Custom Gift Baskets Local Products & Award Winning Selection Cow, Goat & Sheep milk cheeses Always new gift items to look at! We ship anywhere! Open 7 Days a Week!

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EdiblE Works of Art Fabulous artisan soups, salads, quiche, sandwiches, espresso, select beer & wine, and pies, both sweet & savory!

at the Farm," which feature a farmers and flea market, food vendors and live music. Greenbank Farm also is a hub for some of the island's most knowledgeable gardeners and features demonstration gardens where Master Gardeners with the Washington State University Extension hold workshops and weekly work parties. The Greenbank Garden Club maintains the farm's entry garden and provides seasonal decorations. A leader in renewable energy, the Port of Coupeville, which owns the Greenbank Farm, approved the installation of several solar energy panels that are pumping out power into the power grid and to the monetary benefit of community investors. The farm also has land set aside for dog walkers, and horses and alpacas have grazed on the pasture located next to the highway. The farm, with its large wetlands, also is a prime spot for wildlife enthusiasts to view blue herons. For more information, go to www. greenbankfarm.biz or call 360-678-7700.

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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 28 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 and wedding flower service too. Open April - September 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. 7568 Cultus Bay Rd., Clinton. Sign up for our email newsletter at www.cultusbaynursery.com

2 KIRK’S GARDEN & NURSERY Offering locally grown plants, specializing in varieties that grow well in the Puget Sound area, with a large selection of flowering trees, evergreens, shrubs, ornamental grasses and perennials, as well as the unusual and hard-to-find plants. In our display garden you will find a pond surrounded by water, marginal and bog plants. A fun place to stroll and enjoy the richness of textures and colors. Maxwelton Road at Highway 525 • Langley (360) 321-4340. Now open daily. Call for changing seasonal hours.

Whidbey Island Garden Tour 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. And visit our Flower House Cafe for fresh espresso and more! Just off Hwy 525 at Bayview Road. (360) 321-6789 www.bayviewfarmandgarden.com

4 EARTH SANCTUARY A sanctuary for both people and wildlife, the 72-acre Earth Sanctuary (earthsanctuary.org), near Freeland at 2059 Newman Road, offers nature trails, bird watching, and sacred spaces for quiet meditation.

5 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. A 501(c)3 corporation.

6 LAVENDER WIND FARM Give your senses a treat with stunning vistas, fields of intense color, the heady scent of lavender and mouth-watering ice cream and baked goods we offer. Wander the farm, with lavender labyrinth, pond and gazebo, or visit our Town Shop, residing in a beautifully restored 1916

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

bungalow. Both farm and town shops are filled with gifts, personal care, household products and decor, baked goods and nursery products. Visiting the last weekend in July? Enjoy wine, music, art and our lovely surroundings at our annual Lavender Wind Festival at the farm. Find out more about us and everything lavender, plus shop our products, at www.lavenderwind.com. Farm: 2530 Darst Road,Coupeville. (360) 678-0919 • Open June - Aug 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Town Shop: 15 Coveland St., Coupeville (877) 242-7716 • Daily all year 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

7 GREENHOUSE FLORIST AND NURSERY A family owned and operated business growing plants in Oak Harbor celebrating 60 years of business! Serving our patrons with unequaled service, quality and good old fashioned courtesy. Our Nursery offers varied 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 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., year round. (360) 657-6668 (877) 855-9222 www.thegreenhousefandn.com

8 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. Check our website or Facebook page for classes and other activities offered throughout the year. The Farm offers a Free forum, “Gathering for Gardening/Gardeners Exchange,” last Sundays 1:00-3:00 p.m., through 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

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State parks offer recreation options Island County contains a bushel of parks, each with unique recreational opportunities all wrapped up in the majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Seven state parks highlight the list of places to play. Sitting on the northern tip of Whidbey Island like a tiara, Deception Pass State Park is the crown jewel of Washington's parks and is its most popular, attracting more than 1 million visitors each year. DECEPTION PASS is a 4,134-acre marine and camping park 10 miles north of Oak Harbor and includes 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and three freshwater lakes. Weaving through the park are 38 miles of hiking trails (1.2

miles ADA rated), as well as three miles of bike trails and six miles of horse trails. The park contains two docks, five boat ramps, two amphitheaters, 11 kitchen shelters, an interpretive center and more than 200 camp sites. A hidden treasure is the rental cabin on Ben Ure Island only accessible by a human-powered boat. JOSEPH WHIDBEY STATE PARK is three miles west of Oak Harbor and provides day-use activities, including beach combing, picnicking and birdwatching. About five miles south of Coupeville is Central Whidbey's most prominent park, Fort Casey, SEE PAGE 21

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which features old Army structures and battlements that are a delight to explore. The U.S. Army took over the land in 1890 and began building the fort in 1897. The fort was deactivated after World War II. The original guns were removed, but two 10-inch and two three-inch guns were remounted for visitors to view. The large parade grounds are especially popular with kite fliers. FORT CASEY provides RV and tent camping, a public-assess boat launch and a marine park for scuba divers. Included in the park is the Admiralty Head lighthouse, now an interpretive center. The original structure was removed and in 1903 a new lighthouse was built with 18-inch walls designed to withstand the concussion of Fort Casey's massive guns. About five miles northwest of Coupeville is FORT EBEY STATE PARK, also originally built as part of the coastal defense system. While it provides many of the same recreational features as Fort Casey, it is noted for its trail system (25 miles for biking and 28 miles for hiking) and its opportunities to paraglide. On the lower end of Whidbey Island, 15 miles south of Coupeville, is SOUTH WHIDBEY STATE PARK and its beautiful views, old-growth timber and 4,500 feet of shoreline. The park is open for camping May 1 through September 30. The unique features of CAMA BEACH STATE PARK on the Southwest shore of Camano Island are its rustic rental cabins and Center for Wooden Boats. The park allows visitors to relive the past and experience a 1930s-era fishing resort. The beach cabins and bungalows (refurbished with modern conveniences) are open for rent year round. The Center for Wooden Boats provides

many family activities, including building toy boats. The park also has 15 miles of hiking trails, one leading to CAMANO ISLAND STATE PARK one mile away. Camano Island State Park provides year-round camping and is a short distance from an 18-hole golf course. More information about Washington state parks can be found at www.parks.wa.gov State parks are just a portion of the park fun found on Whidbey and Camano Islands. Among the more popular non-state parks are 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 (tent and RV), hiking, sheltered picnicking and swimming in a saltwater lagoon. Rhododendron Park, about 1.5 miles south of Coupeville, provides a camp area (April 1 to Nov. 1), 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. Just west of Langley is one of the area's top hiking locales, the Saratoga Woods, Department of Natural Resources and Metcalf Trust trail system. For more information, visit www.whidbeycamanoislands.com MEERKERK GARDEN, a private park south of Greenbank, puts nature's beauty on display. Five miles of trails wander through the 53 acre-park and reveal a Pacific Northweststyle woodland garden. Ten of the acres are devoted to display and educational gardens. Visit meerkerkgardens.org for more information.

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Clover Valley Dog Park Next to Clover Valley Baseball Park on the corner of Oak Harbor and Ault Field Roads.

Patmore Pit Located just south of Coupeville off Highway 20. From Highway 20, turn onto Patmore Road, then Keystone Hill Road for a short distance to park entrance.

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Business hub offers dining, shopping, more Just 9 miles from the Clinton-Mukilteo Ferry is a place for robust business and activity on the South End - Freeland. Located between Holmes Harbor and Mutiny Bay, Freeland is filled with boaters and shoppers. The area is unincorporated and has a population of more than 2,000 people. Grab a coffee at one of several coffee busi-

nesses and spend the afternoon strolling through the main shopping center, which includes bustling stores such as Payless Foods, Ace Hardware and Linds Pharmacy. Freeland also has a handful of thrift stores with a guaranteed good find ahead. Senior Services Community Thrift Store, Habitat for Humanity Store and WAIF Thrift Store are

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sure to hold your next treasure. The area also includes many family activities where you can paint your own pottery, go on a hike or visit local farms such as Little Brown Farm to feed baby goats. Enjoy a variety of dining experiences from a new vegan cafe called Thrive Vegan Café, burgers and sandwiches at Freeland Café or Gerry’s Kitchen, Chinese cuisine at the Freeland China City Restaurant or upscale comfort food at Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill or Glass Alley Café. If you don’t want to break the bank, Freeland is filled with areas for a great adventure. Double Bluff Beach, South Whidbey State Park and Freeland Park offer beautiful outdoor scenes to enjoy all Whidbey has to offer.

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WILDLIFE Bird, whales popular for enthusiasts

The biggest lure for wildlife enthusiasts who visit Whidbey and Camano islands are birds and whales. The islands are home to an abundance of bird species that can be viewed year-round, whereas the window for spotting a whale is much tighter. Located in the Pacific Flyway, a northsouth migration path for birds, Whidbey and Camano are popular destination points for birders. Whidbey is dotted with five locations recognized as Important Bird Areas by the National

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place to spot shorebirds at certain times of the year, but is one of the best places to view raptors, including the Northern Harrier, Redtailed Hawk and Bald Eagle. The Deer Lagoon estuary, near Useless Bay, is less accessible to the public but is home to thousands of shorebirds, songbirds, raptors and waterfowl throughout the year. The Great Blue Heron, a large wading bird, can be seen all across Whidbey's shorelines and marshes. The herons can be seen in flight at dusk heading back to their rookeries in trees. A large concentration is near the Greenbank Farm. Whidbey also is home to several owl species, SEE PAGE 28

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woodpeckers and hummingbirds. Although the sighting of a single elk recently created a stir on North Whidbey, deer are in abundance all over the island and can be a hazard on the highways at night. A good place to see deer in large numbers during the daytime is at Fort Casey State Park in Coupeville. A tourist attraction in the waters around Whidbey and Camano are whales. Langley is home to a new whale center that opened in March, run by the Orca Network. It is a place to learn about whales and follow sightings. A bell will be rung when whales are visible from the town. Beginning in March, peaking in April and into May, gray whales are a common sight in waters in Possession Sound. They can be seen near the southern tip of Camano Island, in Port Susan and through Saratoga Passage, often in the shallow water diving after shrimp buried in the sand. Orca sightings around Whidbey and Camano are less dependable and more spread out throughout the calendar. Southern Resident orcas that live in the waters off San Juan Island begin their southern


migration to feed on salmon heading to Puget Sound rivers starting in the late summer. Sightings from Whidbey are most common from the island's west side in October and November. Resident orcas travel in larger schools. Transient orcas also appear in Puget Sound

waters more randomly. These orcas travel in much smaller numbers. Begining in March and April, whale watching tours depart from Langley and Oak Harbor. It's not uncommon to spot schools of Dall's Porpoises or Harbor Porpoises around Whidbey waters as well.


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link and you may miss Bayview, but you’ll wish you had stopped to take in its century-old buildings, and its strong identity with farming and education. Bayview Corner, the site of most of the businesses in Bayview, sits near Highway 525 and Bayview Road. It’s the home of the massive Bayview Farm & Garden, Half-Link Bike Shop, Sojourn Studios and La Salon Bella, as well as Basil Cafe, Fine Balance Imaging Studios and currently Tres Gringos for a short stint as a pop-up restaurant. Across the street, the South Whidbey School District’s oldest building was converted from the site of its alternative school into a continuing education hub. Whidbey Island Community Education Center operates in the renovated space with writing

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Just down Highway 525 is Bayview Center, which offers The Goose grocery store, Neil's Clover Patch diner and several other businesses. Bayview serves a bit as the central hub of the South Whidbey area. Go east and get to Langley. Go south for the public parks and Clinton. Go north to the rest of Whidbey. But if you stay in Bayview, you can have plenty of food and fun.

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Whidbey Island is an epicurean’s playground. The island is surrounded by waters teeming with wild, delectable life. The mild climate is ideal for growing a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, as well as happy, healthy livestock. Many restauranteurs on the island take advantage of the abundance and incorporate the ultra-fresh, quality ingredients into their dishes. Chef Tyler Hansen said he tries to incorporate as many local ingredients as he can into the foodie-friendly menu of the Oystercatcher, the Coupeville restaurant he co-owns with his wife, Sara Hansen. Hansen said he believes in supporting local farmers and growers economically, but he also looks to local ingredients for the quality and incomparable freshness. “It’s special to me to shake the hand of the person who’s growing the food I use in my restaurant,” he said. “It’s important for me to see their passion for what they’re doing.” Though the Oystercatcher’s menu is constantly changing, Hansen incorporates a wide variety of vegetables, for example, from two farms nestled in the fertile soil of Central Whidbey, Willowood Farm of Ebey’s Prairie and Rosehip Farm. Like many restaurants on the island,

Penn Cove mussels are a mainstay on the menu. Penn Cove Shellfish is the nation’s oldest and largest commercial mussel farm. The company sends mussels to restaurants all over the region, but establishments on Whidbey have the advantage of being so close to the sustainable farm. A long list of restaurants include mussels on the menu. In Coupeville alone, they include Toby’s, Front Street Grill, Christopher’s, the Tyee, Captain Whidbey Inn, Ciao and the Oystercatcher. Whidbey Island Grown is a brand created by farmers and residents to increase awareness and consumption of agricultural products grown on the island. The group’s





website contains a long list of restaurants that use local ingredients. They include Braeburn Restaurant, Inn at Langley Restaurant, Prima Bistro, all in Langley; Neil’s Clover Patch in Bayview; the Roaming Radish in Freeland; the Greenbank Grille in Greenbank; Ciao Restaurant in Coupeville; and Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway in Oak Harbor. Just across the water on Camano Island, the Camano Island Inn makes a point of using fresh, local ingredients in its “incredible eclectic menu.” Vegetable and herbs organically grown on the facility’s own farm are incorporated into the menu, according to the Camano Island Inn.


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Markets Clinton Thursday Market July 3 - August 28 Thursdays 3:30-7:00 Come and enjoy the island’s newest and most innovative market. This eclectic indoor/outdoor market includes chef prepared meals, live music, beer and wine garden and a broad range of vendors. Family friendly and always a good time! Clinton Community Hall (HWY 525 - ½ mile from the ferry) 425 791-1192 info@clintonthursdaymarket.com www.clintonthursdaymarket.com Langley Second Street Market Open Fridays June 27 - Sept. 12 from 4 to 7 pm. This year the market is located next to the Langley City Hall. The market offers fresh produce from our local farmers, arts & crafts. E-Mail us at: secondstreetmarket@whidbey.com

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Langley is a mecca for visual artists in all genres, and offers several galleries showcasing local artists’ work, such as bronze sculptor Georgia Gerber, whose “Boy & Dog” life-size sculpture overlooks Saratoga Passage. The Langley Marina now offers additional moorage and services for overnight visitors, including a free shuttle up the hill into town. The Mystic Sea Whale Watching boat offers tours while Gray Whales visit our shores in spring. Musicians and Gypsy jazz appreciators from all over the world convene in Langley for the five-day DjangoFest every September at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, honoring the Gypsy jazz virtuoso Django Reinhardt. Gray whales, which visit our shores in March and April in search of ghost shrimp, are a common sight from Langley. Resident Orcas can be spotted swimming by in Saratoga Passage year-round.

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alkability is a key factor in Langley, South Whidbey’s only incorporated city. The local joke is that parking in Langley, known as the Village by the Sea, can be a pain. City leaders deny that, even once saying that they estimated the downtown commercial area to be shorter than walking from the farthest parking spot of a nearby mall to its closest shop. Langley’s business district essentially covers a dozen blocks between First and Third streets and Park and Camano avenues. And there’s plenty to see in the short walk through the city of less than 1,100 residents. Art galleries, antique stores, boutique shops selling clothing, books, music, home goods, soaps, chocolate and wine abound. Parks dot the city with waterview benches and a children’s playground. Though few are as iconic as Boy and Dog Park on First Street that overlooks Saratoga Passage with a metal sculpture ripe for photos. Or take a seaside stroll during low tide along Seawall Park.

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One of my favorite places in Langley is the new whale center on the corner of Second Street and Anthes. Susan Berta and Howard Garrett are at the heart and center of the Orca Network. Together with a team of dedicated volunteers, they staff the whale center. They provide expert information, data, and research about the key role that gray whales play in our city and in our delicately balanced marine ecosystem. Fred McCarthy, mayor

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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.” While Dusty Cellars is the only winery on Camano, Whidbey Island has several wineries, each offering their own unique flavors. Whidbey Island Winery, started in June 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 local island fare and seafood. Similar to Comforts of Whidbey, another south end winery, and Holmes Harbor Cellars in Greenbank, Whidbey Island Winery’s islandgrown varieties are all white. All three wineries are actively involved in exploring new varieties for the island climate, among them, several very promising reds. Any reds produced by these wineries are currently made with off-island-grown grapes from Walla Walla, Yakima Valley, Prosser and other vineyards. The sole producer of red wine with grapes grown on the island is Spoiled Dog Winery. In operation since 2003, the owners settled on the name after finding that the land name “Krug” and the city name “Langley” were both already widely known in the wine industry. “The dogs helped us name the brand,” said Karen Krug, who owns and operates the winery with her husband, Jack. The dogs are two Australian shepherds who alternately lounge on cushions under wine casks in the

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101 NW Coveland St., Coupeville 360-678-6603 www.bayleaf.us bayleaf provides islanders’ with high quality delicious foods for any occasion. For your everyday culinary needs, cheese, meats, wines, special menu ingredients – we are here for you! Join us for wine flights on Thursday evenings 5-7 or wines by the glass and specialty sandwiches anytime the store is open. We can plan a great picnic for you. Hosting a larger party? We offer Paella catering and tray catering out of our deli. Visit us in Coupeville! Open from 11–4 Sunday thru Tuesday; 11–6 Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11–7 Thursday. SPOILED DOG WINERY

5881 Maxwelton Road, Langley 360-661-6226 www.spoileddogwinery.com Devoted to cultivating the benefits of the rich maritime-influenced climate of our vineyard, the Krug family invites you to expand your experience of


Whidbey wines and savor the pleasures of a small estate winery. Great wines begin in the vineyard. We are committed to sustainable growth at our earth-friendly winery.  Enjoy our fine wines, including estate-grown award-winning varieties at our winery on the farm.  Blue and Sami, our Australian Shepherd dogs love to greet visitors at our farm located just ¼ mile south of Hwy 525 on Maxwelton, a short drive from the Clinton ferry. VINO AMORE WINE SHOP

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


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.


Vino Amore

Your local source for all things delicious

Wine Shop

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

Over 1,300 Wines & Beers from the Northwest & Around the World! We Fill Growlers, too! Glassware • Wine & Bar Accessories Gourmet Goodies • Unique Treasures Tue-Fri 11AM-6PM • Sat 11AM-7PM Sun 12:30PM-5PM • Closed Monday

www.vinoamore.com Join Koa’s Wine Club


Extraordinary Hand-Crafted Pinot Noir 5881 Maxwelton Road, Langley from the Heart of Puget Sound www.spoileddogwinery.com

 Tasting Room Open: Visit us at: 5881 Maxwelton Rd, Langley, WA 98260 Call us at: (360) 661-6226

101 NW Coveland Street • Coupeville 360.678.6603 • www.bayleaf.us

10AM–5PM, Closed Tues.

For hours and upcoming farm events visit:

www.spoileddogwinery.com Summer Concert Series Private Parties Wine Club Gifts & Shipping

5237 Langley Rd., Langley • 360.221.2040


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Good Cheer Thrift Stores Department Store Quality at Thrift Store Prices Good Cheer is a proud participant of the Whidbey Thrift Store Guide and Tours OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Good Cheer Two

7 Days a Week 9:30am - 5:00 pm Hwy 525 & Langley Rd 360-341-2880

Langley Good Cheer 10am - 5 pm Sun - Thur 10am - 6pm Fri & Sat 2nd & Anthes, Langley 360-221-6455

For more information

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Island thrift shops harbor quality treasures

One of the best kept secrets of Island shopping is the quality of merchandise at the thrift stores. Most of the thrift shops on Whidbey and Camano Islands are run by non-profit organizations to raise funds for benevolent causes. Many donations come from folks who are retiring to their summer homes and downsizing their households. This brings many high quality items that are truly gently used. These stores also are the general stores of the more rural areas of Island County. When you go on vacation and forget something important like beach toys, you can generally find what you are looking for at the local thrift shop. The other big draws to our thrift stores are antiques, jewelry, fine art and beautiful furniture. Much of the vintage clothing is complete with original labels. Small groups of vendors sharing space in antique "malls" are also popular on the islands and a great place to find gifts. The quality can only be matched but is usually never surpassed by the big city thrift stores. Islanders highly value reuse and recycling as a way of life. Happy Treasure Hunting!

Antique & Thrift Shop Listings


Discover Our Thrift Store Finds And Antique Treasure Troves

just off State Route 525


350 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor oak harbor - 360.675.8733

Proceeds support the good work of

Mutiny Bay Antiques 26 Charming Shops Vintage Outdoor Garden

210 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor to 6 pm | tue. thur. fri.

hours: 12


Community Thrift

5518 Woodard Ave in Freeland

1592 Main Street, Freeland freeland - 360.331.6272


Shop the largest single thrift store on Whidbey Island. Bargains galore!

•••••• Open 7 Days a week 1612 Main St. Freeland (across from Post Office)








Collectables • Vintage & Cottage Furniture • Home Decor

We're your LOCAL Dealer of Toxic FREE Shabby Chalked Paints

OPEN: Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 1635 Main St., Freeland • 360-331-0150 www.redroosterantiquemall.com

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The Shortest Distance to Far Away ® Visitor Information Centers:

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

Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce 32630 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 OakHarborChamber.com (360) 675-3535 Coupeville Chamber of Commerce 905 NW Alexander Street Coupeville, WA 98239 CoupevilleChamber.com (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.

The Shortest Distance to Happily Ever After

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.

Greater Freeland Chamber of Commerce 5575 Harbor Avenue, #101 Freeland, WA 98249 Freeland-WA.org (360) 331-1980 Langley Chamber of Commerce 208 Anthes Avenue, Langley, WA 98260 VisitLangley.com (360) 221-6765 Clinton Chamber of Commerce, c/o Dalton Realty 9546 Hwy 525, Clinton, WA 98236 DiscoverClintonWa.com (360) 341-3929 Camano Island Chamber of Commerce 848 N. Sunrise Blvd, #4 Camano Island, WA 98282 CamanoIsland.org (360) 629-7136

Free maps and guides plus lodging and event info at


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CLINTON dbey i h W e l Quotab


A gateway to island bliss


linton is the southern gateway to Whidbey Island, but don’t speed too fast through town because this quintessential island community is worth exploring. Bisected by Highway 525, downtown Clinton offers visitors a chance to curb their hunger at island favorites, such as Cozy’s Restaurant, or have fun with the family at scenic areas like Community Beach. Located next to the ferry, the area has sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains, which are hard to beat on a clear summer morning. Clinton’s sprawling rural feel is its signature 40

feature with Fern Ridge Alpacas, Paradise Found I like to stop by an Fiber Farm and The Farmhouse B&B. award winning winery for a Parks are plentiful, too. Deer Lake Park has tasting, visit an alpaca farm a public boat launch and is open to fishing and swimming. Dan Porter Park, just off the ferry, and pick up hand crafted has a playground, a tennis court and a ball field, presents, then go by Pickles perfectly sized for a family game of softball or a for the best deli sandwiches rowdy game of kickball. around. Woodland walkways like the Dorothy Cleveland Trail give visitors a chance to see the southwest area atop Possession Point. Bob Craven, And a few miles up Highway 525, Ken’s chairman, Clinton Chamber of Commerce Korner is host to a variety of shopping venues, from a gun shop to a grocery store. It’s also home to Pickles Deli, a popular eatery with locals. experience whidbey and camano ‹ islander 2014

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ARTS & FESTIVALS Explore the remarkable talent on the island through art


hidbey and Camano islands are full of life with festivals and art celebrated year-round. The thriving art scene on Whidbey features actors, musicians, performers, sculptors, woodworkers, glass blowers, painters and many more artisans throughout the island. Outcast Productions offers the South End edgy theater with a social conscience. Whidbey Playhouse presents live theater to the Oak Harbor community throughout the year. For family and youth performances, Whidbey Children’s Theater and Whidbey Island Dance Theatre showcase the talents of youth on Whidbey Island through acting, music and dance.


Music is always in the air from many island orchestras including the Saratoga Orchestra, Whidbey Island Community Orchestra.

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is a place for festivals, performance and learning on the South End, in Langley. Audiences will be

Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park

OPEN 11 - 5 Sat. & Sun.

weekdays by appt. 360-387-2759

taken with the talents of local actors and musicians who grace the stage to perform. Each year the venue hosts a number of festivals including gypsy jazz festival DjangoFest, PianoFest and a local artist series. Free Shakespeare is hard to find, but if you’re on the South End from late July to early September stop by for Island Shakespeare Festival’s performance of “The Taming of the Shrew” beginning July 25 and “Richard III” beginning Aug. 8. The Choochokam Arts Festival in July gathers artists from around the region to Langley for the yearly festival in the streets. Coupeville offers the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival on Aug. 9 and 10, one of the state’s oldest SEE PAGE 43

Whidbey Playhouse 501 c3 non-profit charitable organization June 6—22, 2014 Matthew Barber “Enchanted April” Dramatic Comedy **** 2014-15 Season Tickets on sale July 16th. September 5—21, 2014 Neil Simon “The Odd Couple “ (female version) Comedy November 7—23, 2014 Ray Cooney “Run for your Wife” British Farce February 6 —March 1, 2015 Monty Python’s “SPAMALOT” Musical comedy April 3—19th, 2015 Paul Rudnick “I Hate Hamlet” Comedy

Glass, paintings, and a ten acre sculpture park with 75 artists.

2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island, WA 98282 • www.matzkefineart.com 42

May 29—21, 2015 Gilbert & Sullivan “Pirates of Penzance” Musical Comedy

Visit our website www.whidbeyplayhouse.com


730 SE Midway Blvd, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

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hosts the annual Sea Float Scramble at Seawall Park. Glass sea floats, provided by Callahan’s Firehouse in Langley, are hidden throughout the park for children and families to take home. Mystery Weekend in Langley is also a popular February event where characters roam the street as participants look for clues around the community to solve the yearly murder mystery. Camano features a wondrous sculpture park on 10 acres featuring 70 artists, called Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park. The island is also home to several galleries and artist studios open to the public.



festivals. Oak Harbor Music Festival celebrates tunes from around the region from Aug. 29-31. The island is filled with galleries featuring Whidbey artists and working artist, tours to visit the experts at their studio. For a self-guided tour, try the Whidbey Art


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Trail, which features painters, weavers, printmakers, potters, glass blowers and woodworkers throughout the island. A few great places to visit galleries are in downtown Langley and Freeland, Greenbank, Front Street in Coupeville, Penn Cove on Highway 525 and Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor. In January, the Langley Main Street Association




Our Season has something for everyone! Visit wicaonline.com for a schedule of events.

(360) 221-8262 (800) 638-7631 565 Camano Ave, Langley, WA 98260

WHIDBEY ISLAND music festival

AUGUST 1 ~10, 2014


Whidbe y Gallery

Celebrating our 9th season of baroque and classical chamber music!

Affordable Original Art! 220 Second St, Langley, WA 98260 (360) 221-7675 www.whidbeyartists.com


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ano m a C e l Quotab

Offering a true island retreat Camano Island is the perfect place for a quiet, weekend getaway for those craving an island experience. Located just off Interstate 5, Camano offers a variety of quiet, yet interactive places to visit. Camano Island history started with the Native Americans who fished, clammed and picked berries on the hillsides. The island takes its name from an early Spanish explorer, and in the 1700s Europeans mapped and named many places in the area. The Douglas firs became very desirable for shipbuilding, and by the 1800s Camano Island was a bustling community with mills, homes and schools, and with tall ships taking cargo from the deep waters at the north end of the island, according to the Camano Chamber of Commerce. Today, Camano offers visitors an authentic island experience. Don't expect shops and gimmicks aimed at tourists, but real people, real products and real passion for island living. 44


If you're looking for fine dining and a unique stay, Camano Inn offers beautiful rooms with a view and spa services as well as a full restaurant. There are several bed and breakfasts and other rental properties on the island. Many of them offer breathtaking views of Saratoga Passage. FEELING ARTSY?

Satisfy your craving for arts and culture by visiting Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park or stop in at one of many artist studios located all over the island. Each year in February, Camano hosts The Great Northwest Glass Quest where plastic "Clueballs" are hidden at a variety of host businesses and in community sites around the Stanwood-Camano area. Find a "Clueball" and SEE PAGE 45

There’s nothing better than to share my love of art with others. It means so much when visitors make a connection with art and the community and Camano Island's surroundings that inspire the artworks. Karla Matzke, Camano artist, owner of Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park

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Camano FROM PAGE 44

return it to the location identified inside for an authentic limited edition glass treasure. LOOKING FOR SOME ADVENTURE?

Camano is home to a unique zip-lining company that offers daily canopy tours. Or visit one of the island's state parks. At Cama Beach, rent a cabin and explore the park's many amenities including the center for wooden boats. Rent a wooden boat and a crab pot, and have some adventure while trying to catch dinner. There are several county parks and Camano State Park, which offers beach access, hiking trails and outdoor recreational space. ITCHING FOR SHOPPING?

Camano Island offers a variety of thrift stores and specialty shops. Explore the island's many treasures including a handful of country-style grocery stores, restaurants. Stop by Camano Coffee Roasters and enjoy a cup of coffee or stop by the island's one winery or brewery for drink.


Check our website for these upcoming Camano Island Chamber events: www.camanoisland.org Port Susan Home Camano Chamber Chili & Chowder & Garden Show Summer Fest Cook Off March June November Camano Island Chamber of Commerce 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., #4, Camano Island, WA 98282 360-629-7136 “The Shortest Distance to Far Away” ®


See if Warm Beach is right for you or your loved one. Contact us today! www.warmbeach.org • 360-652-4593

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The Uff Da Shoppe –Ya Betcha! Stanwood,WA | 360-629-3006 www.uffdashoppe.com


calendar MAY May 17-18: Camano Arts Association Mother's Day Studio Tour. www.camanoarts.org May 23-24: Whidbey Island Surface Design Art Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. whidbeyislandsda.wordpress.com May 24: Wine and Rhodies at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Enjoy the spring splendor of the gardens while sipping wine and nibbling appetizers. www.meerkerkgardens.org May 24: Memorial Day Parade & Remembrance Ceremony, historic downtown Coupeville. A quintessential small-town parade honoring America’s veterans with music, food and celebration. centralwhidbeychamber.com or 360-678-5434. May 31: Spring Case Sale with Whidbey Island Vintners Association. www.whidbeyislandvintners.org May 31: WAIF Spring Fling, Useless Bay Golf and Country Club, Langley. Contact Dawn at waifspringfling@whidbey. com for information and to be a sponsor, or contribute an auction item.

JUNE June 6: First Fridays at the Farm, Greenbank Farm, 5 to 8 p.m., wine tasting, wines, special events, culinary delights, art presentations, through Dec. 7. 360-678-7710. June 7: Camano Chamber SummerFest. www.camanoisland.org

camanocenter.org June 28: Whidbey Island Garden Tour. Proceeds from the garden tour are given to local nonprofits and programs with projects promoting the improvement, restoration and maintenance of common habitat. wigt.org June 28: Dahlia Care Class at Meerkerk Gardens. www. meerkerkgardens.org June 28: Oriental Pearls, classical dance, music and cuisine of China at NW Language Academy. www.nwlanguageacademy.com June 29: Twin City Idlers Car Show. www.twincityidlers.org

JULY July 3: Celebrate America, all day in Freeland Park, culminating with a fireworks show at dusk. July 4: First Fridays at the Farm, Greenbank Farm, 5 to 8 p.m., wine tasting, wines, special events, culinary delights, art presentations, through Dec. 7. 360-678-7710. July 4: Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration; parade, carnival, food, fireworks show at dusk. Downtown Oak Harbor. July 4: Maxwelton 4th of July Parade starts at 1 p.m. featuring an eclectic mix of participants followed by kids' games, food and dessert. July 5: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley. July 5: Fairy House Festival at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Children of all ages bring their imaginations and build fairy houses from natural materials. www.meerkerkgardens.org

June 7: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley.

July 6-12: Isla del Sol, Spanish immersion camp. www. nwlanguageacademy.com

June 14: Whidbey Audubon Wildlife Fair at Greenbank Farm. www.whidbeyaudubon.org

July 12-13: Stanwood Camano Arts Guild Art by the Bay. www.stanwoodcamanoarts.com

June 14: 2014 Deception Pass Challenge, includes swimming, biking and running at Deception Pass State Park. 360-720-2756.

July 11-13: 40th Annual Artists of South Whidbey show and sale, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sat 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Whidbey Island Community Education Center, Old Bayview School in Bayview.

June 14: Stanwood Camano Soap Box Derby. www.camanoisland.org June 15: Fathers' Day Wine and Brats, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Whidbey Island VintnersAssociation. www.whidbeyislandvintners.org June 21: Classic Auto Display at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Whidbey Model A Club and Whidbey Cruisers gather their marvelous machines in the Gardens for your enjoyment. www.meerkerkgardens.org June 21: Camano Center Crab Dash Fun Run. www.

July 12-13: Choochokam Arts Festival, combining juried art exhibitors, musical entertainment and food providers. Langley, www.choochokamarts.org July 18-19: Ragnar Relay begins in Blaine, ends in Langley, www.ragnarrelay.com July 12-13: FiberQuest, visit the island's fiber farms. www. whidbeyfiberquest.com July 19: Friends of Meerkerk at Meerkerk Gardens. www. meerkerkgardens.org July 20-25: Whidbey Island Race Week, Oak Harbor, for all One Design and PHRF sailboats between 19-72 feet long. Five days of racing and six nights of evening entertainment. www.whidbeyislandraceweek.com July 25-Sept. 7: Island Shakespeare Festival, Langley. www. islandshakespearefest.org July 25: Rhody Care Class at Meerkerk Garden. www. meerkerkgardens.org




July 31-Aug. 3: 90th Whidbey Island Fair in Langley, with music, carnival, animals, games and other country fun. 360221-4677. www.whidbeyislandfair.com

AUGUST Aug. 1: First Fridays at the Farm, Greenbank Farm, 5 to 8 p.m., wine tasting, wines, special events, culinary delights, art presentations, through Dec. 7. 360-678-7710. Aug. 1-3: Stanwood Camano Community Fair. www.stanwoodcamanofair.org Aug. 2: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley Aug. 2: Stanwood Camano Community Parade. www.stanwoodcamanofair.org Aug. 2: Shakin' the Vines Concert series, hosted by Whidbey Island VintnersAssociation. www.whidbeyislandvintners.org Aug. 9: Shakin' the Vines Concert series, hosted by Whidbey Island VintnersAssociation. www.whidbeyislandvintners.org Aug. 9: Camano Center Collector's Car Show. www.camanocenter.org Aug. 8: First Fridays at the Farm, Greenbank Farm, 5 to 8 p.m., wine tasting, wines, special events, culinary delights, art presentations, through Dec. 7. 360-678-7710. Aug. 9: Rotary Croquet Tournament at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Sign up, dress up and take part in the fun or just come to watch the second annual Croquet Tournament. www.meerkerkgardens.org Aug. 9: North Whidbey Car Show at Windjammer Park, Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com Aug. 9: Whidbey Island Highland Games at Greenbank Farm, Greenbank. www.wihg.org Aug. 9-10: Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival, Coupeville. 360-678-5116. coupevillefestival.com Aug. 10: Fidalgo Avenue Block Party and Pig Roast, Fidalgo Avenue, Oak Harbor. Free barbecue pork, kids’ games, music, fun for the whole family. Aug. 16-17: Oak Harbor Hydroplane Races at Oak Harbor Marina. Aug. 16: Shakin' the Vines Concert series, hosted by Whidbey Island VintnersAssociation. www.whidbeyislandvintners.org Aug. 16: Soupbox Derby, Langley. Aug. 16: Whidbey Island Triathalon, Langley. www.swparks. org Aug. 23: Shakin' the Vines Concert series, hosted by Whidbey Island VintnersAssociation. www.whidbeyislandvintners.org Aug. 23: Bluegrass Concert at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Bring your blanket, wine & cheese and relax to the music of some of the areas favorite artists. Bluegrass workshop and open mic. www.meerkerkgardens.org

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Aug. 24: 16th Annual Greater Freeland Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic and Dinner at the Useless Bay Golf and Country Club. 360-331-1980. Aug. 24: WAIF's Wag 'n' Walk, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Greenbank Farm. Please email atwoodjm@whidbey.com for information and to participate as a sponsor, vendor, volunteer or to give a demonstration.

Scandivnavia. www.daughtersofnorway.com

May 24: Four non-profits Garage Sale on the grounds of China City, Freeland.

Nov. 8: Camano Island Chamber Chili & Chowder Cook. www.camanoisland.org

Nov 8: Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour, noon to 3:30 p.m. Tour six Whidbey special occasion venues. Call 360-9690337 or go to www.weddingsonwhidbey.net

Aug. 29-31: Oak Harbor Music Festival on Pioneer Way in downtown Oak Harbor. Live music featuring more than 30 bands beginning Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. and running from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Go to www. oakharbormusicfestival.com

Nov. 29: Lighting of Langley, at Langley Park, with carols, Santa and Whidbey's own alpaca-reindeer. www.visitlangley. com


Aug. 30: Shakin' the Vines Concert series, hosted by Whidbey Island VintnersAssociation. www.whidbeyislandvintners.org Aug. 30-31: Woodpalooza, hosted by Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild, noon to 5 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.

Dec. 5: First Fridays at the Farm, Greenbank Farm, 5 to 8 p.m., wine tasting, wines, special events, culinary delights, art presentations, through Dec. 7. 360-678-7710.

Aug. 30-31: Labor Day sale at Meerkerk Gardens. www. meerkerkgardens.org

Dec. 6: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley.

SEPTEMBER Sept. 1: Woodpalooza, hosted by Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild, noon to 5 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. Sept. 5: First Fridays at the Farm, Greenbank Farm, 5 to 8 p.m., wine tasting, wines, special events, culinary delights, art presentations, through Dec. 7. 360-678-7710. Sept. 6: Military appreciation picnic, 12-4 p.m. at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor. Sept. 6: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley. Sept. 12: Stanwood Chamber Annual Golf Classic. www. camanoisland.org Sept. 17-21: DjangoFest. International Gypsy jazz performers and workshops. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, www. wicaonline.org Sept. 20: Tour de Whidbey, starting 7 a.m. at Greenbank Farm. Annual ride benefits Whidbey General Hospital Foundation. www.tourdewhidbey.com Sept. 20-21: Whidbey Island Kite Festival, 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Enjoy color kites flying, competitions, kids kitemaking, teddy bear drop, kite lessons. Saturday evening 7:30 at Coupeville High School free indoor kite flying competition. www.whidbeyfestival.org or 360-678-5434. Sept 20-21: Whidbey Island Farm Tour, 10 am to 4 pm. Explore working farms, purchase farm-grown produce, visit the farm animals, and soak up the rural character of our island home. Visit www.whidbeyfarmtour.com


HOLLAND HAPPENING Oct. 4: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley. Oct. 4-5: Fall Garden Fest at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. The exotic tree collection presents a kaleidoscope of autumn splendor and area nurseries and local craftsmen offer plants and garden art for sale. www.meerkerkgardens.org Oct. 17: Propagation Class at Meerkerk Gardens. www. meerkerkgardens.org Oct. 18: Apple Day & Mutt Strut, Bayview Farm & Garden. www.goosefoot.org

Dec. 6: Greening of Coupeville, all day in Coupeville. Jingle Trail Run, parade, tree lighting. www.centralwhidbeychamber. com Dec. 6: Langley Holiday Parade, 11 a.m., downtown, featuring a float contest and many fun, festive entries. www. visitlangley.com Nov. 7: First Fridays at the Farm, Greenbank Farm, 5 to 8 p.m., wine tasting, wines, special events, culinary delights, art presentations, through Dec. 7. 360-678-7710. Dec. 13: Open house, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with Whidbey Island VintnersAssociation. www.whidbeyislandvintners.org Dec. 14: Holiday party at Meerkerk Gardens. www.meerkerkgardens.org Dec. 20: Langley Holiday Giveaway, wwww.visitlangley.com

Oct. 17-18: Ghost walks through historic downtown Coupeville. www.coupevillechamber.com

Dec. 31: Camano Center’s New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball. www.camanocenter.org

Oct. 18: Great Pumpkin Race, Build your own pumpkin racer and enter. www.coupevillehistoricwaterfront.com

For other holiday events, check www.whidbeynewstimes.com, www.southwhidbeyrecord.com or www. whidbeyexaminer.com closer to the event season.

Oct. 24-25: Ghost walks through historic downtown Coupeville. www.coupevillechamber.com Oct. 25: Midway Monster Mash Street Bash & Zombie Crawl, 4-8 p.m. on Midway Boulevard in Oak Harbor.

A look into 2015:

Oct. 25: Halloween Torchlight Parade through downtown Coupeville. 4 p.m. starting at Cook's Corner Park. www.coupevillehistoricwaterfront.com

Jan. 10: Camano Center’s Crab Fest. www.camanocenter.org

Oct. 25: Great Pumpkin Race, Build your own pumpkin racer and enter. www.coupevillehistoricwaterfront.com Oct. 30-31: Ghost walks through historic downtown Coupeville. www.coupevillechamber.com


All month: The Haunting of Coupeville featuring Scarecrow Corridor, weekend corn maze at Engle Farm, Sherman Pioneer Farm pumpkin patch. www.coupevillechamber.com

Nov. 1: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley.

Oct. 1: Ebey's Forever Conference sponsored by Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. 360-678-6084

Nov. 15-16: Fall Case Sale with Whidbey Island VintnersAssociation. www.whidbeyislandvintners.org

Oct. 3: First Fridays at the Farm, Greenbank Farm, 5 to 8 p.m., wine tasting, wines, special events, culinary delights, art presentations, through Dec. 7. 360-678-7710.

Nov. 8: 15th Annual Nordic Fest, sponsored by Daughters of Norway Ester Moe Lodge 39, at South Whidbey High School, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy the sights, tastes and sounds of

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Feb. 13-22: The Great Northwest Glass Quest. www. thegreatnwglassquest.com Feb. 21-22: Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival. www. snowgoosefest.org Feb. 21-22: Langley Mystery Weekend. www.visitlangley. com March 7: Camano Island Chamber’s 2nd Annual Port Susan Home & Garden Show. www.camanoisland.org March 7-8: Penn Cove Mussel Festival, Coupeville. www. thepenncovemusselsfestival.com April 24-26: Holland Happening, Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com May 16: Penn Cove Water Festival, Coupeville. www. penncovewaterfestival.com


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Linds nautical themed jewelry is created in 14 Karat gold and sterling silver, and features the many colors of sapphire.

Choose from Focus, Cupcake, LuLu B, Parsley & Sage, Tianello, and dozens of other lines of ladies fine clothing.

SIGNATURE SAILBOATS Linds Signature Sailboats are created by our talented goldsmiths. The sailboats and other original designs are cast in 14 or 18 karat gold and feature hand cut gemstones and minerals.

Free Scarf

Receive a FREE scarf with any $50 clothing purchase at Linds. Choose from a special collection of scarves with values up to $2199.

Limit one per customer.

1609 E. Main Street, Freeland ▪ 360.221.6111 ▪ www.lindsjewelry.com

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Whidbey Islander - Whidbey and Camano ISLANDER 2014  


Whidbey Islander - Whidbey and Camano ISLANDER 2014