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THE PREMIER VISITORS GUIDE TO WHIDBEY ISLAND A SUPPLEMENT TO THE WHIDBEY NEWS-TIMES, SOUTH WHIDBEY RECORD AND THE WHIDBEY EXAMINER


The Shortest Distance to Far Away 速 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

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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

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Islander WELCOME contents to a little piece of paradise 2015

Whidbey Island is a magical place, unique in that it's accessible by a scenic bridge to the north, and state ferries to the south. It's just a short drive from Seattle and other metropolitan areas, making it an ideal getaway for a day or a weekend. Millions of visitors come to the island every year, drinking in the scores of scenic vistas, grabbing the endless photo opportunities and enjoying the many great events held throughout the course of the year. The Islander is the premier visitors' guide for Whidbey Island. Published for nearly 30 years now, it is produced on-island by the staff of the Whidbey News Group. The Islander is found at visitor centers along the Interstate 5 corridor, from Canada to the Oregon border, as well as on state ferries. Peruse your Islander, find great ideas for things to do and places to see, and start thinking about your next visit. Send us your stories about your time on Whidbey, we'd like to share them with others. You can email them to me at kgraves@whidbeynewsgroup.com Enjoy your visit to our island paradise. — Keven R. Graves, Executive Editor and Publisher

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Clinton 5 Whidbey Spirits/Wineries 6 Langley 8 Whidbey Dining/Food Culture 10 Bayview 11

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Freeland 16 Greenbank 18

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History 29 Oak Harbor 31

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Cover Photo: Coupeville ferry, taken by Ron The Gardening and Gift Shop Gem of Whidbey IslandTheme Display Gardens • Whimsical Newberry of the Whidbey News-Times • Certified Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary www.hummingbirdfarmnursery.com • Victorian Colorwheel Cutting Garden 2319 Zylstra Rd • Oak Harbor • 360.679.5044 • Bocce Court/Picnic Area PUBLISHER & EXECUTIVE EDITOR 2319 Zylstra Road (at Fort Nugent by Road) Wed-Sun • 10am-6pm (Mon&Tues chance/apptmt) Keven R. Graves • School Field Trips/Farm Tours Oak Harbor WA 98277 • 360.679.5044 • American Barn Quilt Trail Stop ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Wed–Sun: 10:00AM–6:00PM (Mon–Tue by chance/appm’t)

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Kimberlly Winjum EDITOR Megan Hansen STORIES & PHOTOS Justin Burnett, Ron Newberry, Jessie Stensland, Janis Reid Jim Waller, Ben Watanabe, Kate Daniel & Kelly Pantoleon SALES CONSULTANTS JoAnn Baker, Phil DuBois, Nora Durand & Teri Mendiola CREATIVE MANAGER Renee Midgett CREATIVE TEAM Rebecca Collins, Jen Miller, Michelle Wolfensparger & Jeremiah Donier Additional copies of the Islander can be obtained by contacting: WHIDBEY NEWS GROUP | 360-675-6611 P.O. Box 1200 | 107 S. Main Street, Suite E101, Coupeville, WA 98239

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CLINTON It's easy to drive through Clinton, but don't. Whidbey Island's southern gateway to the mainland via the ferry terminal, the unincorporated area is home to agriculture, beaches, arts and business. Residents in Clinton are working diligently to create lively, festive events such as the Clinton Town Picnic, a free community potluck in Dan Porter Park, Clinton Thursday Market and its annual Easter egg hunt. Just off the ferry terminal is the Clinton Beach Fishing Pier-Dock Facility. Its day-use dock lets people tie up for a bit, though there is no boat launch ramp. Above, the fishing pier is a hot spot for landlocked crabbers to throw their nets and pots. Some of Clinton's best-kept secrets are well off the highway. Toward the island's southern tip is Possession Beach Waterfront Park, commonly used for anglers to launch their boats during the fishing season. Also in the area is Dorothy Cleveland Trail, about 3 miles roundtrip. Recently, the Whidbey Camano Land Trust received a $1 million grant to purchase waterfront property on Possession Sound, just north of the ferry terminal and east of the highway. Included in the purchase are 2,000 feet of shoreline, 33 acres of forest and wetlands and 26 acres of beach and tidelands. The commercial core of Clinton is all within view of the highway. Stops for dining dot the highway, including the locals' haunt of Cozy's Restaurant and Hong Kong Gardens, which has one of the best views in Clinton atop a bluff. On Thursdays, pop off the main drag for the farmers market for fresh-cut flowers, artisan goods, farm-fresh produce and culinary creations

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at the Clinton Community Hall. Other popular spots include Deer Lake, which has a small boat ramp and dock, useful for fishing and swimming alike. A collection of farmstands also exist across the sprawling area, but the search can be made easy by viewing a pamphlet at www.goosefoot.org/pdf/

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farmstands.pdf For arts, head southwest off Highway 525 on Deer Lake Road and turn onto Harding Avenue for the collective inside Blueschool Arts. The studio/classroom/gallery hosts several events each month, including exhibits and classes.

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WHIDBEY SPIRITS Whidbey Island Distillery: Liqueurs offer the 'cure' for what ails you

Bev and Steve Heising's South Whidbey distillery seems more like a mad scientist's laboratory than a moonshiner's still. The distillation process happens on Whidbey Island Distillery's sprawling campus off Highway 525 between Langley and Bayview, and it happens in what they affectionately call "The Bunker." The building is built into a small hill on the property, and that's where Steve Heising operates as master distiller. Back in 2011, the Heisings opened the distillery as Whidbey Island's first legal still. Since then, they have continued to produce their award-winning loganberry liqueur and ventured into other berries and even rye whiskey, though it isn't available since selling out the first 150 bottles in November 2014. "Our only problem with that is we still have a really big waiting list," Bev Heising said. The distillery's growth has continued, seeing a 74 percent production increase in the past year. Inside the tasting room and store, however, the bottles and decor shine in the light from outside. Across the acreage, barrels of neutral spirits mix with loganberries, raspberries and, occasionally, blackberries to create the liqueurs as rich in color as they are in taste. An acclaimed musician, Bev Heising also hosts plenty of live performances both planned and impromptu to entertain visitors. Anyone curious about how to use the loganberry liqueur need only ask someone at Whidbey Island Distillery or visit their website, which features nine different drinks. All are easily mixed and made, such as Berry Royal, a take on the Kir Royal with Champagne or sparkling wine and the liqueur, or Sunlight Beach Breeze of lemonade, rum and loganberry liqueur. Bev Heising recommended a blackberry Manhattan, which would replace the vermouth with the Whidbey Blackberry Liqueur. This August, the distillery will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a to-be-determined celebration. Heising said it would likely be a community potluck with hamburgers and hot dogs provided by them.

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Vintners partner for island wine tour events A number of wineries dot Whidbey Island, with a larger concentration on the South End, in Central Whidbey and around Greenbank. Tasting rooms can be found across the island, both in retail locations and at the wineries and vineyards. The Whidbey Island Vintners and Distillers Association puts on a wine tour and seasonal events, such as the Red Wine & Chocolate days in time for Valentine's Day in February, and Savor Spring, featuring wines and appetizers for $25 May 16-17. Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com WHIDBEY ISLAND WINERY

SPOILED DOG WINERY

5881 Maxwelton Road, Langley 360-661-6226 www.spoileddogwinery.com Open noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday BLOOMS WINERY TASTES FOR WINE

5603 Bayview Road, Bay 2, Langley 360-321-0515 www.bloomswinery.com Open noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Monday HOLMES HARBOR CELLARS

5237 Langley Road, Langley 360-221-2040 www.whidbeyislandwinery.com Open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday

4951 Honeymoon Bay Road, Greenbank 360-331-3544 www.holmesharborcellars.com Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday

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4361 Witter Road, Langley 360-969-2961 www.comfortsofwhidbey.com Open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday OTT & MURPHY 204 First St., Langley 360-221-7131 www.ottmurphywines.com Open 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

765 Wonn Road, Greenbank 360-678-7700 http://greenbankfarm.biz/wine-shop/ Open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday WHIDBEY ISLAND DISTILLERY

3466 Craw Road, Langley 360-321-4715 http://whidbeydistillery.com/contact/ Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

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�ines BAYLEAF

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 Spoiled Dog Winery, a destination worth discovering. We are a small, family-owned

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business. We believe great wines begin in the vineyard and our grapes are our passion. Using sustainable growing practices we are committed to provide our customers with a selection of high quality wines sourced from our own vineyard (Pinot Noir) and select Washington & Oregon vineyards utilizing biodynamic or certified organic growing practices. Our boutique winery produces a limited number of cases per year that are only available at our winery and select restaurants in the local area. Open Sat-Sun 12-5 and we enjoy appointments for other times (360-6616226). 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,

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and we’re happy to help with food and wine pairing. Open 11–6 Tues.– Fri., Saturday 11–7 and Sunday 12:30–5. Join Koa’s Wine Club! WHIDBEY ISLAND VINEYARD and WINERY

5237 Langley Road, Langley 360-221-2040 www.whidbeyislandwinery.com Whidbey Island Vineyard and Winery owners and winemakers Greg and Elizabeth Osenbach have gained a reputation for wines of outstanding quality, balance and value. Visitors are welcomed in a warm and friendly tasting room overlooking the 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. PAID ADVERTISEMENT

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Over 1,200 Wines from the Northwest & Around the World! Tastings: Saturdays 12-6pm & Sundays 12:30-4pm

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LANGLEY An enchanting Village by the Sea

Choochokam Art Festival

Langley, known as the Village by the Sea, is well-known for its vibrant arts scene and stunning vistas. The South End's only incorporated city, Langley's business district encompasses about 12 blocks between First and Third Streets and Park and Camano Avenues. The city boasts a plethora of art galleries and features shopping opportunities for every taste. Whether you're in the market for specialty chocolates, an imported rug, a knit alpaca cap or some gear for your next outdoor adventure, Langley has a shop to suit your needs. For those looking to imbibe spirits, Langley's Ott and Murphy Wines offers a large selection of wines and Mo's Pub and Eatery, a full-service tavern, brings a bit of Britain to the island with its English-style menu and decor. The Tipsy Gourmet also sells a variety of wines. Dining options include everything from pizza to spanakopita with restaurants like Cafe

Langley, Prima Bistro, Village Pizzeria and the Braeburn Cafe. For visitors in need of a caffeine boost, Useless Bay Coffee Company, Mukilteo Coffee Roasters and Kalakala Co. Mercantile provide coffee and tea, as well as a variety of dishes. The South Whidbey Commons, a non-profit established to train young adults for the workforce, also offers beverages. Sweet Mona's Chocolate Boutique offers espresso along with the sweet shop's handmade confections — including chocolates, caramels and gelato — all aimed at satisfying visitors' sweet tooth. For seafaring visitors, South Whidbey Harbor at Langley offers a space to accommodate large and small boats. Boy and Dog Park on First Street is the city's most iconic park, with its view of Saratoga Passage and metal sculpture. Seawall Park is SEE PAGE 9

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Langley is a mecca for visual artists in all genres, and offers several galleries showcasing local artists’ work. The Boy & Dog bronze sculpture (right) by local artist Georgia Gerber overlooks Saratoga Passage on First Street. It’s just one of many outdoor sculptures gracing the village by the sea. 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 of Saratoga Passage while gray whales visit our shores in March and April. These annual visitors come here to snack on the ghost shrimp in the shallows near Langley. The new Langley Whale Center at Second and Anthes offers visitors information about the resident orcas and visiting gray whales. Langley offers visitors and residents a walkable, welcoming business district with unique shops and several restaurants offering outdoor dining spaces as well as exceptional food. Musicians and Gypsy jazz appreciators from all over the world convene in Langley every September for the five-day DjangoFest at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts honoring Gypsy jazz virtuoso Django Reinhardt. “Djammers” can be heard playing together all over town during this special week of “Le Jazz Hot.”

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ideal for a stroll during low tide. Entertainment is also plentiful. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts shows various performances ranging from standup comedy to plays and music, while the nearby Whidbey Children's Theater also produces a handful of performances each year. Look no further than the historic Clyde Theater to catch a flick. The Clyde shows a variety of independent and thought-provoking films, as well as a number of current popular favorites. There are also a number of fine overnight accommodations, including the Inn at Langley, Saratoga Inn and Boatyard Inn.

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TASTE OF WHIDBEY Island-fresh products featured on many local menus

Seabolt's Smokehouse in Oak Harbor offers a menu filled with fresh seafood dishes.

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YOUR FULL-SERVICE WEDDING AND EVENT VENUE Ten acres of natural beauty on Miller Lake A state-of-the-art licensed, commercial kitchen A charming 4,000 square-foot indoor hall Two chefs creating culinary delights of your choice Sweeping manicured grounds and organic kitchen gardens (360) 321-4748 www.FireseedCatering.com

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Rich with farms and waters that provide a vast array of produce, livestock and seafood, Whidbey Island is a cornucopia for the creative chef or restaurateur. The island is surrounded by waters teaming with wild, delectable life. The mild climate is ideal for growing a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, as well as livestock. As a result, many local chefs take advantage of the abundance of fresh local products. Island-wide, locally grown Penn Cove mussels are a mainstay on many a menu. Penn Cove Shellfish is the nation's oldest and largest commercial mussel farm. The company sends mussels to restaurants all over the world, but establishments on Whidbey have the advantage of having close access to fresh, sweet mussels. A long list of restaurants include mussels on the menu. In Coupeville alone, they include Toby's, Knead N' Feed, Front Street Grill, Christopher's, the Tyee, Captain Whidbey Inn, Ciao and the Oystercatcher. Other stellar restaurants include Braeburn Restaurant, the Inn at Langley Restaurant, Neil's Clover Patch, Prima Bistro, all in Langley; the Roaming Radish in Freeland; the Greenbank Grille in Greenbank; and Fraser's Gourmet Hideaway in Oak Harbor. Many restaurateurs on the island take advantage of the abundance and incorporate the ultrafresh, quality ingredients into their dishes. The island also grows 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. 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, www.whidbeyislandgrown.com, contains a long list of restaurants that use local ingredients. There's a camaraderie among Whidbey chefs who believe in supporting local farmers and growers economically, and encouraging ingredients for their quality and incomparable freshness.

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Food and fun for the entire family Blink and you may miss Bayview, but you'll wish you had stopped to take in its century-old buildings and strong identity with farming and education. Bayview Corner, the site of many of the businesses in Bayview, sits on Highway 525 and Bayview Road. It's the home of Bayview Farm & Garden, Half-Link Bike Shop, Sojourn Studios and La Salon Bella, as well as Basil Cafe, Fine Balance Imaging Studios, Tres Gringos and the Taproom@Bayview Corner. The area is also home to the Bayview Farmers Market, which is open from May through October. Crisp, fresh Whidbey produce and locally made goods make the the market a mustnot-miss and fun experience for the whole family. 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 workshops, photography classes, art instruction, history lessons and social media training. And across the highway sits The Goose grocery store, Sebo's Do-It-Center, a gas station and several eateries offering tasty South End favorites. Nearby, Lone Lake offers anglers a chance for a tangle with stocked rainbow trout. Bayview serves a bit as South Whidbey crossroads. Go east and get to Langley. Go south for public parks and Clinton. Go north to the rest of Whidbey. But if you stay in Bayview, you'll have plenty of food and fun.

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Serving up beautiful gardens on Whidbey since 1993 Specials, Promos & Garden Advice on our E-Newsletter. Sign-up at:

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WILDLIFE WATCHING Birds, marine life plentiful on Whidbey

A sea lion rests on a buoy in the Salish Sea.

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Whidbey's forests, shores and surrounding ocean waters are home to an abundance of wildlife. Everything from Northern Saw-whet owls to orcas can be spotted around the island. While bird-watching in general is a yearround activity, certain birds, as well as whales, make their way through the sound seasonally. Whidbey's location within the Pacific Flyway makes it an ideal spot for amateur and expert ornithologists to get a peek at a plethora of avian species. Migratory birds typically travel through the Pacific Flyway migratory path during spring and fall, following food sources and heading towards warmer climates and breeding grounds. The island has five locations which the National Audubon Society has deemed important bird areas. These are Crockett Lake and Penn Cove in Central Whidbey; Deer Lagoon in South Whidbey; and the Crescent Harbor marshes and Deception Pass on North Whidbey. Crockett Lake, which is located near the

Coupeville to Port Townsend ferry, is one of the best places to spot both migratory shorebirds and raptors. Commonly sighted raptor species include bald eagles, northern harriers and red-tailed hawks. The Deer Lagoon estuary, near Useless Bay, is home to thousands of shorebirds, raptors, waterfowl and songbirds year-round. Some of the more common bird species sighted on Whidbey include Surf Scoters, Greater Scaups, Great Blue Herons, Pelagic and Double-crested Cormorants, Pacific and Red-throated Loons, Gadwalls, Gulls, Pigeons, Belted Kingfishers, Hummingbirds and Woodpeckers. Greenbank Farm, in Central Whidbey, is home to a large concentration of Great Blue Herons. The island is also populated with a number of deer, including Columbian blacktails, a rare white deer species. The white deer's complexion is not due to albiSEE PAGE 14

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Whidbey Island Garden Tour 1 CULTUS BAY NURSERY A 29 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

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3 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.

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2 BAYVIEW FARM & GARDEN Award winning and nationally recognized Bayview Farm & Garden is pleased to be an integral part of Island life, serving up beautiful gardens to Whidbey Island and the mainland. Voted Whidbey’s favorite place to buy plants, we are two and a half acres of gardener’s paradise. With trained and experienced staff, we are equipped to advise you in gardening, landscaping, pet and livestock care. Treat your senses as you wander through our extensive nursery yard and display gardens. Choose from an abundance of healthy and vigorous plants. From the classic to the extraordinary, you will be pleased to find what you need to create the garden of your dreams. And visit our Flower House Cafe for fresh espresso and more! Just off Hwy 525 at Bayview Road. (360) 321-6789 www.bayviewfarmandgarden.com

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4 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.

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 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.

6 HUMMINGBIRD FARM NURSERY AND GARDENS Hummingbird Farm Nursery and Gardens is a family owned and operated Farm. On our Farm, we maintain a specialty Retail Perennial Plant Nursery, Display Gardens, and Gift Shop. Use our site to see what to grow, find out more about the Farm, who we are, and get hours and directions. Please remember to check our calendar and classes or activities pages frequently to keep up to date. www.hummingbirdfarmnursery.com 2319 Zylstra Road, Oak Harbor, WA 360-679-5044 Using the Map Start at either end of the island & take a scenic tour: Visit all the beautiful places showcasing different aspects of Northwest gardening. For a detailed map showing roads, please see the centerfold map.

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nism but to a recessive genetic trait. Some islanders have also caught a glimpse of "pinto" deer with white spots. Fort Casey State Park is one of the best locations to view deer during the daytime, and several can be seen around South Whidbey State Park during the afternoon and evening in particular. The most popular Whidbey-area wildlife species are likely the orcas and gray whales that regularly make their way through Puget Sound. Orca Network, headquartered in Langley, provides a wealth of information regarding the marine mammals and the best places to

view them. Langley also hosts a Welcome the Whales parade each spring, in which community members don marine-themed costumes and parade through the town in celebration of the whales' arrival. If a whale is spied off the shores of Langley, a bell is rung in announcement. Gray whales begin swimming through the sound in March with peak sighting season beginning in April and going through May or early June. ® The region is also home to the endangered Southern Resident orca community, that feed almost exclusively on salmon and do not eat other mammals. Four new orca calves have been

born to the Southern Resident orcas recently, a cause for celebration amongst marine biologists and community members. Orca sightings are most common from mid-May through October, though some are spotted ® throughout the year. The Southern Residents are most commonly seen off the San Juan Islands, and make their way south to feed on salmon in late summer. Transient orcas can also be seen from Whidbey and the surrounding waters, though these are less ® predictable and travel in smaller groups than the Residents. Dall's porpoises and harbor porpoises, as well as seals and sea lions, also frequent Whidbey's waters.

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Whale watching Whale-watching is a prime attraction for tourists as well as a favored activity for Whidbey residents. Orcas and gray whales make their way through Puget Sound as a part of their annual migration and can be spotted from a number of locations on the island's shorelines and within the surrounding waters. Orca Network has outlined the best whale-watching points on a map which can be viewed via the website at orcanetwork.org or at the

Whale Center in Langley. Howard Garrett, co-founder and co-director of Orca Network, said there are over 120 designated spots from Olympia to Possession Pass that are ideal for sightings. The San Juan Islands are also an excellent spot.

Locations on Whidbey include Boy and Dog Park, Cascade Avenue and Seawall Park in Langley, Shore Meadows in Freeland, Posession Point, Possession Point State Park, Greenbank and Penn Cove as well as Fort Casey State Park and Joseph Whidbey State Park. Whale-watching charters depart from Langley and Oak Harbor beginning in early spring through early October. Deception Pass Tours' boat the Island Whaler departs from Deception Pass for gray whale sightings in the spring and sets sail for orca, minke and humpback sightings during the summer. More information about Deception Pass

Tours can be found at deceptionpasstours.com Mystic Sea Charters' boat the Mystic Sea departs for gray whalewatching from Langley in the early spring through mid-May and departs from Anacortes for orca, humpback and minke whale watching tours from mid-May through early October. More information can be found at mysticseacharters.com Clipper Vacations offers whalewatching excursions departing from Seattle going north through Deception Pass to Friday Harbor. Clipper Vacations also offers tours from Seattle to Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. More information can be found at clippervacations.com

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FREELAND

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Bustling with business, Freeland is South Whidbey's one-stop shop for just about everything. This unincorporated area of more than 2,000 souls is located nine miles north of the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry, and seven miles south of Greenbank on Highway 525. Widely regarded as the South Whidbey's commercial hub, available services range from groceries and building supplies, to pharmaceutical needs and myriad dining opportunities. A day in Freeland is a chance to pick up the latest technological gadget at Radio Shack, swing by the WiFire Cafe for a cup of joe, or get needed automotive supplies at Napa. One recent commercial addition to the area is Rite Aid Pharmacy, located in the shopping complex that's also home to Payless Foods, Ace Hardware and Linds. 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 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 culinary experiences from fine dining at Gordon's on Blueberry Hill and first-class Chinese food at China City Restaurant to home-style meals at Freeland Cafe and healthy alternatives at Thrive Vegan 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.

Freeland has several shopping centers in its business district.

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GREENBANK Rural charm,

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While the small community of Greenbank revolves around a historic farm, its restaurants and stores offer community gathering places enjoyed by its residents and tourists alike. The 151-acre former loganberry farm provides space where organic farming is taught and practiced, but is also a popular event center that is

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home to festivals and provides a picturesque location for weddings, reunions and more. Onsite is Whidbey Pies and Cafe, a lunch venue for locals looking for fresh fare and legendary pies. Visitors can also peruse the nearby art galleries and sample cheeses at Greenbank Cheese Specialty Foods and Gifts. Open year-round, the quirky specialty shop offers raw, organic, sheep, goat, and cow cheeses; picnic foods and dried meats; candy, gifts and more. Every Sunday from noon until 4 p.m., June through August, "Summer Sundays at the Farm," features a farmers and flea market, food vendors and live music. 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. They are often seen crossing State Route 525 at dusk to roost at a massive rookery in the fir trees across the highway. A short distance south of the farm on State Highway 20 sits the Greenbank Store and Grill, a community center that wears many hats as a grocery, coffee shop, restaurant, bar and general gathering place. Next door to the store is a new addition to Whidbey, Deano's Diner, a retro-style hot dog and burger shop where visitors can find affordable fare in a causal atmophere. For more information about the Greenbank Farm, go to www.greenbankfarm.biz or call 360678-7700.

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Where Islanders go to Meet and Eat •Historic Washington Store •Family Friendly Bar & Grille •Great Food for Every Taste •Groceries~Sundries~Snacks •Deli Open Daily •Essential Whidbey Island Call 360•678•3300 for hours, info & directions On the Highway at Milepost 25 0n 525

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�hidbey �sland �arms, Vineyards & �arkets 10th Annual Whidbey Island Farm Tour Saturday & Sunday, September 12 & 13, 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Explore 12 working farms, purchase locally-grown produce, visit the farm animals, enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations, and soak up the rural character of beautiful Whidbey Island. The tour is FREE! You can start anywhere and take in as many or as few farms as you like. Download or open the map from the web site – www.whidbeyfarmtour. com – and make your plans to tour Whidbey farms! Contact: Sarah Cassatt Whidbey Island Conservation District 360-678-4708, sarah@whidbeycd.org www.whidbeyfarmtour.com

Chocolate Flower Farm The nursery is open 10-5 May through September and our store in Langley is open year-round 10 A.M.-5 P.M. daily. Visit our online store: www.chocolateflowerfarm.com Our store, The Garden Shed, is in downtown Langley on First Street next to The Dog House Restaurant. 5040 Saratoga Road, Langley, WA 98260 360-221-2464 www.chocolateflowerfarm.com

Clinton Thursday Market July 3 - August 28 Thursdays 3:30 P.M.-7:00 P.M. 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

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Fern Ridge Alpacas

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• Alpaca yarn, roving, clothing • Farm store/fiber studio in a yurt • Local fiber artists’ knitwear • Free tours, open most days Come nose to nose with a sweet alpaca. Learn about raising alpacas and what can be made from their luxurious fleece. Just 3 miles from Clinton ferry. Best to call ahead. Cell: 206-510-0434 7343 Holst Road, Clinton, WA 98236 www.FernRidgeAlpacas.com

7½ month long “triple bottom line” organic farm training program. It’s like a farm internship on steroids (except steroids aren’t organic). Becoming a successful organic farmer today takes a wide variety of skills… from tillage and harvesting to marketing and business planning. At the Organic Farm School (OFS), our goal is to give you a strong foundation in the broad range of skills and topics you need to achieve your small-farm goals at the Greenbank Farm. 765 Wonn Road A201, Greenbank, WA 98253 360-678-7700 www.greenbankfarm.com

Hummingbird Farm Nursery & Gardens Hummingbird Farm Nursery and Gardens is a family owned and operated Farm. On our Farm, we maintain a specialty Retail Perennial Plant Nursery, Display Gardens, and Gift Shop. Use our site to see what to grow, find out more about the Farm, who we are, and get hours and directions. Please remember to check our calendar and classes or activities pages frequently to keep up to date. 2319 Zylstra Road, Oak Harbor, WA 360-679-5044 www.hummingbirdfarmnursery.com

Langley 2nd St Market Open Fridays, June 27 - Sept. 12 from 4 to 7 P.M. 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

Meerkerk Gardens In the mid 60’s, the Meerkerks began hybridizing rhododendrons and collecting unique specimens of rhododendrons, exotic trees and conifers. Specimens are displayed from world renown hybridists and historic leaders such as Lem, Brandt & Ostbow and modern hybridists: Fujioka, Watson, Barlup, Simmons-Otness, O’Donnell, Berg, Stipe, Workman, Hachman and others. The 10-acre display Gardens, 43 acre forest preserve, and specialty nursery is open to the public and operates as a 501(c)3 organization. The Meerkerk is a four-season attraction. 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank, WA 98253 360-678-1912 www.meerkerkgardens.org

Paradise Found Fiber Farm Llamas, Alpacas & Pygora Goats. Yarn, Hats, Scarves, Roving, PLUS Educational farm visits. Open every Saturday & Sunday Monday-Friday call or by chance. 360-579-1906 lamalou@whidbey.com www.paradisefoundfiber.com

South Whidbey Tilth Farmers’ Market May 3 to October 25 Open Sundays 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. GMO-free, local produce, artisans, live music, picnicking, farm skilling, children’s activities. 2812 Thompson Road, Langley, WA 98260 360-381-0012 market@southwhidbeytilth.org www.southwhidbeytilth.org/market

Whidbey Island Distillery and Tasting Room Island produced Loganberry Liqueur, Raspberry and Blackberry Liqueurs Suggested use: Great added to Champagne. Open Tuesday 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. 3466 Craw Rd., Langley WA, 98260 360-321-4715 bev@whidbeydistillery.com www.whidbeydistillery.com

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Tasting room, Wine Bar & Evening Cabaret 204 First St | Langley www.swedehillcellars.com

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Vintage meets modern, art meets cuisine 5575 Harbor Ave | Freeland 360-331-0343

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1675 East Main St | Freeland 206-353-0721

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Beer-battered fish & chips and other seafood. Fresh, wild caught, and made from scratch. Served with cole slaw, seasoned fries choice of regular or chili lime tartar. 31640 State Route 20 #3 | Oak Harbor 360-675-6485

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CENTRAL WHIDBEY BAYLEAF

2072 W Captain Whidbey Inn Rd | Coupeville RD. 360-678-4097 | 800-366-4097 OLD ARN DARST RD. DARS www.captainwhidbey.com COVE RD. PENN

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hether you’re looking for outdoor activities to get your heart pumping, serenity in a majestic location or a romantic getaway, Whidbey Island has it all. There’s skydiving, paragliding, hiking, kayaking, diving, bird watching, beach combing hunting, fishing, scuba diving and much more.

Under the sea Puget Sound offers scuba divers some of the best dive sites in the nation and beyond. The large tidal exchanges provide a wealth of nutrients that feed a diverse ecosystem of undersea creatures, from such oddities as sea cucumbers to slow-moving ling cod to frisky seals and otters. Perhaps the most popular for divers to encounter is the giant Pacific octopus, the largest octopus in the world. Fortunately, Whidbey Island has some of the best dive sites around. Keystone Underwater Park in Central Whidbey is one of the most popular shore dives around. It’s located on the other side of a rocky jetty from the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend ferry dock and is positively teaming with life. There’s schooling perch, tube snouts, a plethora of crab, a cascading wall of anenomes and — if you’re lucky — a wolf eel or octopus. Other popular shore and boat dives include the Possession Point Ferry Wreck, the Langley Tire Reef, Strawberry Point and Ebey’s Landing. There’s also Deception Pass, a legendary dive site where currents are strong and divers should use caution.

Kayaking is a popular activity across the island and there are several places visitors can rent kayaks or take kayaking tours.

For equipment, lessons and good advice, visit Whidbey Island Dive Center in Oak Harbor. Check out www.whidbeydive.com or call 360-6751112.

Best of the Outdoors For a quieter experience, Whidbey Island is home to hundreds of miles of trails, five state parks as well as bountiful county, municipal and community parks and beaches. Some offer spectacular views of Puget Sound, others cool walks through lush and ancient forests — several areas host old growth such as South Whidbey State Park's 500-year-old 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 other 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 angles for generations.

Ways to the waves Keystone is home to an underwater dive park. Photo provided

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Of course, Island County offers a multitude of possibilities for getting out on the water. Water

lovers can rent kayaks on Whidbey at the historic Coupeville Wharf (Harbor Gift & Kayak Rental, 360-678-3625) and tour the famous mussel rafts of Penn Cove Shellfish. On the South End, Whidbey Island Kayaking offers sea kayaking tours and kayak rentals. The tours are by reservation. The company offers tours out of the Langley Marina, Possession Beach as well as custom or group tours. Located at the Langley Marina in the warmer months, the company also offers paddle board rentals and bike tours. The website is www.whidbeyislandkayaking. com or call 360-632-9754. Paddle boards and lessons are also now available for rent at Oak Harbor Marina at Harbor on a seasonal basis. Visit www.harborsup.net for details.

Other stuff

For those with their own watercraft, Whidbey has a legion of small boat ramps and public beach access points which can be found with a simple web search. Public beaches are great clamming hotspots as well — Grasser's Lagoon on Central Whidbey attracts people from as far away as Bellingham. For complete list, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov Whidbey Island is also home to what some hail as Puget Sound's best place to surf. Located at Fort Ebey State Park, the spot breaks best on a west northwest swell. Finally, for those looking to duck the waves, Central Whidbey is renowned for it's diving. Keystone Underwater Park includes "The Jetty" and "The Pilings," and is recommended for divers of all skill levels, though beginners should only attempt them at slack tide.

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BARGAIN HUNTING Island thrift shops offer opportunity to discover treasures

One of the best kept secrets of Whidbey Island shopping is the quality of merchandise at the thrift stores. Most of the thrift shops on Whidbey Island are run by non-profit organizations to raise funds for benevolent causes such as local food banks. 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 act as 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 very popular on Whidbey Island and a great place to find unique gifts. Islanders highly value reuse and recycling as a way of life. Happy Treasure Hunting!

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COUPEVILLE

Hike Ebey's Bluff and bask in the beautiful landscape. Much of the property is privately owned and features 17 working farms.

Town rich with history, agriculture

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Coupeville

As the second oldest town in Washington state, Coupeville residents embrace its history. In the heart of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, 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. Each year the community raises funds, which are awarded to historic building owners for continued preservation and restoration projects. Coupeville is quickly becoming known as a foodie town, featuring restaurants and gourmet food and wine shops. A main staple in Coupeville are Penn Cove mussels, harvested from the town's waters. Mussels are popular on most restaurant menus in town. Each year in March most of the businesses in town participate in a mussel chowder contest, aimed at publicizing the popular Mollusk. What once started as a small food festival has SEE PAGE 28

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Historic Coupeville The Heart of Ebey’s Reserve Breakfast & Lunch Served Daily Special Orders Welcome! Pastries, Bread & Pies 360.678.5431 On the Waterfront • Coupeville

Open Monday-Friday, 8am - 5pm

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Restaurant & Motel 405 S Main St • Coupeville, WA www.tyeehotel.com 360-678-6616

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

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Whidbey Island Lodging & Dining Bed & Breakfasts Cottages Inns Guest Houses • at our FARM: Fields of color, U-Pick, Lavender Labyrinth and Shop at our Town Shop: Beautiful Plants, Baked Goods, Thoughtful Gifts, Classes, Our products, other local items and our Patio Tea Room Town Shop: 15 Coveland Street in Coupeville | Farm & Shop: 2530 Darst Rd., June-August

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What is Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve? Ebey's Landing is a unique part of the National Parks system which is comprised of a partnership between the National Park Service, Washington State Parks, Island County and the Town of Coupeville. More than 85 percent of the property within the reserve is privately owned. When visiting the reserve, please be mindful that not all the property is accessible to the public. Visitors may hike designated trails, such as the trail that runs along

Ebey's Bluff and down along the waterfront. One trail passes by the Jacob Ebey House, which is open through the spring and summer for tours. There are 17 working farms within the reserve complete with historic homes and barns. There is no entrance fee and visitors can explore the area year-round. Fort Casey and Camp Casey can be found within the reserve. Both feature historic structures such as the gun battery and Admiralty Head Lighthouse. The reserve is managed by a Trust Board, which has representation on the local, state and national level.

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turned into what is now known as Penn Cove Musselfest, one of Coupeville's most popular events. An estimated 10,000 people visited the tiny town over two days in 2015, making it the most successful Musselfest to date. Visitors can see the mussel flats to the north as they stroll out onto Coupeville Wharf. On a good day, wildlife such as otters, birds and whales can also be seen in the cove. When the tide is out, there are several beach accesses from Front Street where visitors can stroll the shoreline. Once visitors have gotten their fill of Coupeville cuisine, there are many shops and galleries to explore. The Island County Historical Museum is housed right on Front Street. Guests can get a walking map, which highlights all of the town's history. Just across the highway is Ebey's Prairie, 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 Day weekends. Working farms paint the landscape as visitors can take in the beautiful countryside from walking trails along the bluff.

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Admiralty Head lighthouse

Island rich in historical destinations to explore

ome 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 Cove. Now, that area is known as Ebey's Landing and Ebey's Prairie, and it is now a National Historical Reserve. It was because of the efforts of Col. Ebey that Island County came into being in 1853. Coupeville, the heart of 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. The town was named for Captain Thomas Coupe, and became Island County's county seat in 1881. In 1895, the Island County Fair began as a

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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. 6-9, 2015. The people of Whidbey Island are very proud of local history. There are many sites to see memorializing history. Oak Harbor, in North Whidbey, is home to a naval air station, which was opened 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. It is located on Pioneer Way. 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. 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 170-year-old canoe, 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.

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Island abundant with outdoor space to explore Visitors can enjoy the majestic beauty of Whidbey Island while recreating in one of its many parks. The island is interlaced with state, community and county parks, each offering a unique opportunity to explore the natural and man-made wonders of Whidbey. Headlining the list of places to play is DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK, which rests on the northern edge of Whidbey Island. It is Washington's most popular park, attracting more than 1 million visitors each year. The park, which is 10 miles north of Oak Harbor, offers nearly 80,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and three freshwater lakes. It is also home to almost 50 miles of trails (1.2 miles ADA rated), including 38 for hiking, three for biking

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ARTS&FESTIVALS Events fill island calendars

Whidbey Island is 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 and Whidbey Island Community Orchestra. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley is a place for festivals, performance and learning on the South End. Audiences will be 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 mid-July to midSeptember stop by for Island Shakespeare Festival performances. The Choochokam Arts Festival July 11-12 gathers artists from around the region to Langley for the yearly festival in the streets. Coupeville offers the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival Aug. 1-2, one of the state's oldest festivals. The Oak Harbor Music Festival celebrates with bands from around the Puget Sound area Sept. 4-6. The island is filled with galleries featuring Whidbey artists and working artist tours to visit the experts at their studios. For a self-guided tour, try the Whidbey Art Trail, which features painters, weavers, printmakers, potters, glass blowers and woodworkers throughout the island. A great place to visit galleries are in downtown Langley and Freeland, Greenbank, Front Street in Coupeville and Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor. In January, the Langley Main Street Association 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.

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50 years of live theater in Oak Harbor A half a century ago, an Oak Harbor community gem was formed with the creation of the Whidbey Playhouse. The community theater organization celebrates 50 years in February, 2016, with the past 36 years of its existence spent performing inside the venerable playhouse on Midway Boulevard in Oak Harbor. Before settling into its present home, the former Christian Reformed Church, in 1979, the Whidbey Playhouse was somewhat of a traveling show. Roughly 300 plays have been performed by Whidbey Playhouse actors at a variety of different venues, starting with the Kathryn Johnson School of Dance in 1966 before soon moving to a Christian school building for a six-year stretch starting in 1967. But when that building was destroyed by fire,

the playhouse hit the road again and performed at different schools in the city. "We had our lights on poles anchored in tires that had cement in them," said Nancy Fey, former president of the playhouse's board of trustees. "We were totally mobile. We put on plays where ever we could find space and people would allow us to put on rehearsals and productions." Ultimately, a permanent home was sought for the Whidbey Playhouse, the Christian Reformed Church building was available and a fundraising campaign led by Wallie Funk, Bill Massey and Fey helped pay off the debt in four years. The new venue kicked off with "Man of LaMancha" Nov. 29, 1979 and hasn't slowed down since. For 50 years, the playhouse has been an artistic escape for the public and performers.

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Calendar

July 4: Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration; parade, carnival, food, fireworks show at dusk. Downtown Oak Harbor.

Aug. 1: Shakin the Vines Summer Concern Series, featuring 3 Cent Stamp, at 6 p.m. at Whidbey Island Winery, Langley.

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July 4: Maxwelton 4th of July Parade starts at 1 p.m. featuring an eclectic mix of participants followed by kids' games afterwords, with ice cream and pie.

Aug. 1: Race the Reserve, Ebey's Landing National Historial Reserve. Half marathon, 10K and 5K. www.racethereserve.com

May 16: Penn Cove Water Festival, Historic Front Street, Copueville, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrating Coupeville and its native American heritage. www.penncovewaterfestival.com

July 11: Fairy House Festival, Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Children of all ages bring their imaginations and build fairy houses from natural materials. www.meerkerkgardens.org

May 16-17: Savor Spring with Whidbey Island Vinters and Distillers Association. www.whidbeyislandvintners.org

July 11: Quilters on the Rock Quilt Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Coupeville High School. Challenges, vendors and demonstrations.

May 22-24: 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. www.whidbeyislandsda.wordpress.com

July 11-12: 40th Langley Choochokam Arts Festival, combining juried art exhibitors, musical entertainment and food providers. www.visitlangley.comJuly 18-19: Ragnar Relay begins in Blaine, ends in Langley, www.ragnarrelay.com

May 23: Memorial Day Parade & Remembrance Ceremony, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., historic downtown Coupeville. A quintessential small-town parade honoring America’s vets with music, food and celebration. www.coupevillechamber.com

July 17 to Sept. 13: Island Shakespeare Festival, Langley, shows start at 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. www. islandshakespearefest.org

May 23: Wine and Rhodies at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Enjoy the spring splendor of the gardens with wine and appetizers. www.meerkerkgardens.org

July 18-24: Whidbey Island Race Week, Oak Harbor, dinghy, small boat racing July 18-19; large boat racing July 20-24. www.whidbeyislandraceweek.com

May 23-Sept.7: Jacob Ebey House open to public, Ebey's Reserve, Coupeville, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 360-678-6084 or www.nps.gov/ebla

July 25: Renaissance Festival, at Greenbank Farm, equestrian events and period costumes. www.greenbankfarm.biz

May 30: WAIF Spring Fling, Useless Bay Golf and Country Club, Langley. Contact Dawn at waifspringfling@whidbey.com for info, to be a sponsor or contribute an auction item.

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Aug. 1-2: Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival, Coupeville. 360678-5116. www.coupevillefestival.com Aug. 2: Queer Pride Parade, downtown Langley. Aug. 8: 30th Annual North Whidbey Car Show, Windjammer Park, Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com Aug. 8: Shakin the Vines Summer Concern Series, featuring Pearl Django, at 6 p.m. at Whidbey Island Winery, Langley. Aug. 8: Whidbey Island Highland Games, at Greenbank Farm, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.wihg.org or www.greenbankfarm. biz Aug. 9: Oak Harbor Pigfest, Fidalgo Avenue, Oak Harbor, free barbecue pork, kids’ games, music, fun for the whole family. www.oakharborpigfest.com Aug. 6-9: Whidbey Island Fair, Langley, with musical, carnival, animals, games and other country fun. 360-221-4677. www. whidbeyislandfair.com Aug. 14-16: Oak Harbor Hydroplane Races, Oak Harbor Marina, weekend includes hydroplane races, live entertainment, family activities, food vendors, beer garden and more. www.oakharborhydros.com or info@oakharborhydros.com Aug. 15: Shakin the Vines Summer Concern Series, featuring Janie Cribbs & The T.Rust Band, at 6 p.m. at Whidbey Island

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June 13: Midsommarfest at the Northwest Language Academy, Langley. www.nwlanguageacademy.com June 20: Classic Auto Display, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Classic car owners invited to join the Whidbey Model A Club and Whidbey Cruisers to display their machines in the Gardens. www.meerkerkgardens.org June 20: Whidbey Island Garden Tour. Tour four or five of the island's finest gardens. www.wigt.org

JULY July 3: Celebrate America, all day in Freeland Park, culminating with a fireworks show at dusk.

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CALENDAR FROM PAGE 37 Winery, Langley. Aug. 23: Annual Greater Freeland Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic and Dinner at the Useless Bay Golf and Country Club. 360-331-1980. Aug. 30: Soupbox Derby, Langley.

Sept. 12-13: Whidbey Island Farm Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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

Oct. 24: Halloween Torchlight Parade through downtown Coupeville, 4 p.m. starting at Cook's Corner Park. www.coupevillehistoricwaterfront.com

Sept. 17-20: DjangoFest. International Gypsy jazz performers and workshops. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, www. wicaonline.org

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Aug. 16: WAIF's Wag 'n' Walk, at Greenbank Farm. www. greenbankfarm.biz

Sept. 18-20: Artists of South Whidbey 41st Annual Show and Sale, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20, Island County Fairgrounds, Langley.

Aug. 22: Bluegrass Concert, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank, bring a blanket, wine and cheese, and relax to the music of some of the area;s favorite artists. Bluegrass workshop and open mic. www.meerkerkgardens.org

Sept 19: Tour de Whidbey, begins and ends at Greenbank Farm, annual ride benefits Whidbey General Hospital Foundation. www.tourdewhidbey.com

Aug. 29-30: Whidbey Working Artists Studio Tour, various studios, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. lookingglasscottage@gmail. com Aug. 29: Island Classic Mustang Club Car Show & Shine, City Beach in Oak Harbor. www.islandclassicmustangclub.com

SEPTEMBER Sept. 4-6: Oak Harbor Music Festival, downtown Oak Harbor, live music on various stages. www.oakharborfestival.com Sept. 5-6: Labor Day Sale, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www.meerkerkgardens.org Sept. 5-7: Woodpalooza, hosted by Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild, noon to 5 p.m., at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. Sept. 6: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley.

Sept. 19-20: Whidbey Island Kite Festival, at Camp Casey. www.whidbeykiteclub.org Sept. 25-27: FiberQuest, visit the island's fiber farms. www. whidbeyfiberquest.com

Oct. 31: Spooktacular Langley. www.langleymainstreet.org

Nov. 6: Friends of Ebey's Community Potluck. 360-678-6633. Nov. 6-7: Whidbey Weavers Guild Sale, at Greenbank Farm. www.greenbankfarm.biz Nov. 7-8: Autumn on Whidbey with Whidbey Island Vinters and Distillers Association. www.whidbeyislandvintners.org Nov. 14: 16th 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 Scandinavia. www.daughtersofnorway.org

OCTOBER

Nov 7: Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour, tour Whidbey special occasion venues. 360-969-0337 www.weddingsonwhidbey.net

All month: The Haunting of Coupeville and HarvestFest, featuring Scarecrow Corridor, weekend corn maze at Engle Farm, Sherman Pioneer Farm pumpkin patch, ghost walks through historic downtown and the great pumpkin race. www.coupevillechamber.com

Nov. 28: Lighting of Langley, Langley Park, with carols, Santa and Whidbey's own alpaca-reindeer. www.visitlangley.com

.Oct. 3-4: Fall Garden Fest, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Other nurseries and local artist join to present special items for your garden. www.meerkerkgardens.org

Dec. 5: Greening of Coupeville, all day in Coupeville. Jingle Trail Run, parade, tree lighting. www.coupevillehistoricwaterfront.com

Oct. 24: Midway Monster Mash Street Bash & Zombie Crawl, 4-8 p.m. on Midway Boulevard in Oak Harbor.

Dec. 5: Langley Holiday Parade, 11 a.m., downtown, featuring a float contest and festive entries. www.visitlangley.com

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Dec. 13: Holiday Party, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www.meerkerkgardens.org Dec. 19: Langley Holiday Giveaway, wwww.visitlangley.com Dec. 19: Christmas Bird Count, North Whidbey. South Whidbey count is Jan. 2, 2016. www.whidbeyaudubon.org For other holiday events, check www.whidbeynewstimes. com, www.southwhidbeyrecord.com or www.whidbeyexaminer.com closer to the event season.

ONGOING Fridays: First Fridays at the Farm, at Greenbank Farm, 5 to 8 p.m., wine tasting, special events, culinary delights, art presentations, through Dec. 4. 360-678-7710. Saturdays: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley.

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ARTFUL CLOTHING Choose from dozens of clothing lines in an affordable range of prices.

WHIDBEY ARTISTS CARDS You’ll love the artistic flair of over 20 Whidbey artists represented in a greeting card format. Send to a friend or frame up for your home.

Style, beauty and craftsmanship define the jewelry from Phillip Zahm. Come in today to try on the ring that won the prestigious JCK Jewelers Choice Award.

CUSTOM JEWELRY DESIGNS Come in today to work with Linds highly skilled goldsmiths Pat and Carrie. They will help you design the jewelry of your dreams.

Distinctive Giftware Choose from a large collection of giftware and jewelry including Pandora, Baggallini, Fiestaware, Brighton, Boma… Plus much more and the added service of FREE GIFT WRAPPING!

We have catalogues for Fiestaware, Baggallini & Art Glass

1609 E. Main Street, Freeland ▪ 360.221.6111 ▪ www.lindsjewelry.com ▪ Mon-Sat 9-6, Sun 10-5

Whidbey Islander - 2015 Visitor Guide  

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Whidbey Islander - 2015 Visitor Guide  

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