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A supplement to The Whidbey Examiner

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Table of contents Pg. 3........ History Pg. 5.... Recreation Pg. 7......... Dining Pg. 8 ........... Arts Pg. 9 ....... Lodging Pg. 10 ..... Festivals Pg. 11 .... Calendar


executive editor & Publisher | Keven R. Graves

Associate Publisher | Kimberlly Winjum Editor | Megan Hansen Administrative | Heather Schmidt & Jill Lighty Copy & Photos | Megan Hansen, Ron Newberry & Dan Richman marketing | Phil DuBois, Nora Durand & Teri Mendiola

CREATIVE | Jen Miller, Michelle Wolfensparger & Nick Rouser

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The Coupeville Wharf, built in 1905, is one of the last remaining wharfs of its kind in the country. It is owned by the Port of Coupeville and houses several businesses. The wharf is open to visitors year-round, offering a vantage point of scenic Penn Cove.

History provides backdrop for Central Whidbey communities

Visiting Central Whidbey Island is like taking a step back in time. The Town of Coupeville is the state’s second oldest town and maintains its historic character and charm with a waterfront commercial district lined with restored buildings that still appear much like they did in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some buildings are more modern but most are more than a century old. Coupeville is home to two dozen structures built between the 1850s and 1870s, allowing visitors a unique sense of life during Washington’s Territorial Period. Preserving history in this area is so important that Congress created Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve in 1978. The reserve is a unit

of the National Park Service that is the first of its kind in this country, established to preserve and protect a rural community that provides "an unbroken historic record" from mid 19th century exploration and settlement in Puget Sound to the present time. Here is a look at some of Central Whidbey’s accessible and unique historic features:


The solitary structure, built in 1860, is one of Washington's oldest residential buildings. It rests all alone on a bluff above Ebey's Landing, originally built as an inn to serve travelers near the

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Fort Casey, established in the 1890s, served as one of three World War I-era U.S. coast artillery fortifications aimed at protecting the entrance to Puget Sound. Now the sprawling land that faces Admiralty Inlet is a popular Washington state park with the abandoned fort and its gun batteries serving as a big attraction for children and military history buffs. Guided tours are offered by the Fort Casey Volunteer Battalion. Another onsite attraction is the iconic Admiralty Head Lighthouse, built in 1903, which houses volunteer docents who provide interpretation.

The Ferry House, located near the bottom of Ebey's Landing, is a focal point of Ebey's Prairie.

What was once a loganberry farm is now home to a unique mixture of businesses and outdoor space.

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site of the former ferry landing that transported people between Coupeville and Port Townsend. The former inn was built by Winfield Ebey three years after the brutal murder of his brother, Col. Isaac Ebey, as a source of income for his three orphaned children. Isaac Ebey, Whidbey's first permanent white settler and a prominent territorial figure, was shot and beheaded by raiding northern Indians at his cabin only a couple hundred feet behind where the Ferry House presently stands. The National Park Service currently owns the building and visitors can walk out and explore the site, but the house itself is locked.


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Coupeville's historic waterfront features a variety of businesses housed in historic buildings.


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Fort Casey features a historic lighthouse as well as a large gun battery visitors can explore.

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The historic wharf, built in 1905, is the centerpiece of Coupeville's inviting downtown and once served as Whidbey Island's connection to other Puget Sound destinations via boat travel. The wharf extends 500 feet and is visible from great distances in Penn Cove. The wharf currently houses shops and restaurants and an interpretive area. It connects to historic Front Street, which is lined with shops and restaurants in structures mostly built in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Island County Museum is located near the foot of the wharf. It showcases the Alexander Blockhouse, built in 1855, one of four surviving 19th century blockhouses on the island.

Greenbank Farm was established as a dairy farm in 1904, then in 1943 switched to loganberries, eventually becoming the largest loganberry farm in the United States and later Chateau Ste. Michelle winery. The farm was purchased by the Port of Coupeville, Island County and the Nature Conservancy in 1997 with the port taking ownership of 151 acres, including all of the barns and buildings. Currently, the businesses that lease the buildings include a successful piemaker, cafe, art galleries and a cheese shop. An expansive, off-leash dog park with sweeping Puget Sound views is another big attraction.


With stunning views across the farmscape of Ebey's Prairie and the Puget Sound, Sunnyside Cemetery sits on a hillside, serving as a peaceful, final resting spot for most of Whidbey Island's earliest pioneers. The names on the headstones match names of towns, streets, lakes and prairies. Sunnyside Cemetery is one of the oldest extant cemeteries from Washington’s territorial days, and was once part of pioneer Isaac Ebey’s original donation land claim. Not far from the cemetery is a trail that leads to the Jacob Ebey House, built in 1856, and the Ebey Blockhouse, built in 1854. The Davis Blockhouse rests at the cemetery, built in late 1857 in response to the Isaac Ebey murder.

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Above: Orcas make an appearance in Central Whidbey from time to time. They can be spotted swimming through Admiralty Inlet on the west side of the island and sometimes are found visiting Penn Cove on the east side. Below: Great Blue Herons are abundant in Central Whidbey and can be often spotted at Crockett Lake and at Greenbank Farm.

Outdoors ideal for recreational opportunities

Surrounded by scenic shorelines, abundant natural beauty and open space, Central Whidbey Island is a playground for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. The area features four waterfront state parks with shorelines that bend around the west side of the island; two of them offer overnight camping. Central Whidbey is a place to bike, fish, hike, kayak, fly a kite and watch wildlife. Extreme adventurers find it a place to kite surf, parasail, surf and go scuba diving. Here is a sampling of some of the outdoor recreation opportunities available on Central Whidbey:


HIKING AT EBEY'S LANDING One of Whidbey's most picturesque vantage points, Ebey's Landing State Park draws hikers, photographers and beach watchers year-round. The bluff trails offer stunning views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the island's coastline. On the bluff above Ebey's Landing, hikers can look over the prairie's vast farmlands and see Mount Baker in the distance. Hikers also may follow a trail that will take them to the historic Jacob Ebey House and Ebey Blockhouse and on to Sunnyside Cemetery.

Swim Lessons Public Swim Camp Casey Pool Open June 17th- September 3rd 360-678-5050 www.spu.edu/caseypool

BIRD WATCHING AT CROCKETT LAKE On any given day, bird watchers can spot bald eagles, northern harriers, red-tail hawks and great blue herons, often on the same outing. The massive, shallow lake and surrounding wetlands is a raptor hot spot where 238 bird species have been recorded, including shorebird and duck species in the double digits. It is mixture of salt and freshwater located along the North American Flyway and is designated an Audubon Important Birding Area. The best time to see shoreContinued on page 6

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birds is during the northbound (April and May) and southbound (early July through October) migrations.


There are more than 30 miles of trails in the Kettles Trails system, which cover both Fort Ebey State Park and Island County land. Although a popular hiking place, much of the trails also are used for mountain biking with riders parking their vehicles near trailheads along State Highway 20 or at the state park. Because Central Whidbey benefits from a rain shadow, drier trails make the Kettles system a popular place to ride during the cooler months.


Salmon fishing from the beach is common at Keystone, Fort Casey and Ebey’s Landing state parks during late summer and early fall. Every odd year, pink salmon migrate through Admiralty Inlet in staggering numbers with August generally the peak month to catch them. Coho salmon, or silvers, follow right behind them and are generally caught through October. Silvers return every year, luring some anglers to book overnight camping reservations at Fort Casey, one of the better shores to try to catch them using the bobber-and-herring method.

10 Acres of Display Gardens Specialty Nursery • Dog Friendly 4 Miles of Hiking Trails


3531 Resort Road, Greenbank, WA 360.678.1912


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Greenbank Farm offers acres of off-leash dog park, walking trails mixed in with scenic views and wildlife. Take a walk with your dog after stopping by the farm's shops and cafe.


Dogs are allowed off leash on the expansive, scenic dog park at Greenbank Farm, which is a beautiful place to roam for dogs and people alike. At the crest of the sloping property, a visitor can see Puget Sound on the east and west sides of Whidbey Island. Across State Highway 525 are numerous great blue heron nests high in the trees. Aside from the large open meadow, walkers also may travel along a wooded trail.


The remnants of the old U.S. coastal defense forts provide fun and adventure for children and adults alike. Fort Ebey offers a wooded campground with 39 standard campsites and 11 utility campsites. Fort Casey is known more as a day-use park but offers 21 standard tent sites and 14 utility sites next to the Coupeville ferry landing that are used year-round. Deer are abundant at Fort Casey, particularly around the nearby Camp Casey Conference Center grounds.

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Ebey's Landing offers scenic views with beach access as well as walking trails for hikers of varying experience.

Join Us for Mother’s Day Brunch! 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $35 per person

Breakfast & Lunch Served Daily Special Orders Welcome! Pastries, Bread & Pies 360.678.5431 On the Waterfront • Coupeville

901 Grace St, Coupeville

360.678.0683 www.OystercatcherWhidbey.com

Fish & Chips • Espresso • Soups • Salads Cascade Glacier Ice Cream • Sandwiches • Chowder


Across from the Coupeville Ferry

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Restaurants offer fresh food, waterfront views Central Whidbey is booming with dining experiences from restaurants offering dishes utilizing local ingredients like mussels harvested that day from Penn Cove, to tastes of the world beyond like woodfired pizza featuring ingredients imported from Italy. Many of the restaurants in Coupeville and Greenbank feature fresh produce provided from the area's flourishing agricultural community. It's not uncommon to find dinner salads with local greens and dishes with vegetables grown just down the road. During peak farming season, visitors can stop by one of the area’s many farm stands to pick up produce to take with them.


Coupeville Coffee and Bistro


101 N.W. Coveland St. Open: Year-round hours, expanded in summer and holiday season. Fare: Wine, cheese, deli, gourmet food items. Contact: 360-6786603. www.bayleaf.us

200 S. Main St. Open: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily Fare: Coffee, pastries, breakfast, soups, salads, sandwiches, Thai cuisine. Contact: 360-682-5832. www.coupevillecoffeebistro.com

Christopher’s on Whidbey 103 N.W. Coveland St. Open: Lunch and dinner hours vary. Fare: Northwest cuisine. Contact: 360-678-5480. www.christophersonwhidbey.com


501 N.E. 9th St. Open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday Fare: Woodfired pizza, sandwiches, salads, pasta, seafood. Contact: 360-678-0800. www.ciaocoupeville.com

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Amanda Collins and her children Joshua and Olivia enjoy a meal at Knead & Feed on Coupeville's historic waterfront during a spring break vacation this year.

17 Front St. Open: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Tuesday. Fare: Coffee and bakery items. Contact: www.emilysweetsandtreats.com

At the corner of Front and Alexander streets Open: Seasonally, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Weekend to mid October depending on weather. Fare: Hot dogs, brats, polish sausage and veggie dogs with the fixins. Pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw also available. Contact: 360-320-1143


Classic American grill experience. Contact: 360-682-2551. www.frontstreetgrillcoupeville.com

Emily’s Sweets and Treats

Coupe’s Last Stand

Kapaws Iskreme

21 Front St. Open: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., daily March to December Fare: Ice cream. Contact: 360-929-2122

Front Street Grill

Keystone Cafe

20 Front Street Open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Fare:

12981 SR 20, Coupeville (By Coupeville Ferry Terminal) Open: Hours vary by season. Fare: Soups, salads, wraps, sand-













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Simply Good Food 901 Grace Street | Coupeville 360-678-0683 • www.oystercatcherwhidbey.com RACE RD.















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Large menu, salad bar, Sunday breakfast buffet 405 South Main Street | Coupeville 360-678-6616 • www.tyeehotel.com

26 Front St. (in the Coupeville Wharf) Open: Seasonally Fare: Handcrafted Vietnamese dishes and American cuisine. Contact: 360678-4924. www.whidbey.com/kimscafe/

Old-fashioned family bakery with breakfast, lunch & water views since 1974. 4 NW Front Street | Coupeville 360-678-5431 • www.kneadandfeed.com



Kim’s Cafe



Wines, cheeses and delicacies 101 Coveland Street | Coupeville 360-678-6603 • www.bayleaf.us

wiches, fish and chips, chicken strips, breakfast items, ice cream, coffee. Contact: 360-678-5396

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Knead & Feed

4 Front St. Open: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Fare: Breakfast, bakery items, soups, salads, sandwiches, mussels. Contact: 360-6785431. www.kneadandfeed.com

Lavender Wind

15 N.W. Coveland St. Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily Fare: Coffee, baked goods, hand-crafted chocolates. Contact: 360-544-4132. www.lavenderwind.com

Mosquito Fleet Chili

12 Front St. Open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily Fare: Soups, sandwiches, salads, seafoods, baked goods and specialty items. Contact: 360-678-2900

The Oystercatcher

901 Grace St. Open: 5 p.m. to close, Wednesday through Thursday. 12-3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday for lunch. Fare: High-end dining offering innovative dishes featuring fresh local ingredients. Menu changes frequently. Contact: 360-678-0683. www.oystercatcherwhidbey.com

Pad Thai Restaurant

602 N. Main St. Open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, closed Tuesday. 12-8 p.m. weekends Fare: Authentic Thai food. Contact: 360-678-6963.

Penn Cove Brewing Co.

103 S. Main St. Open: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed Tuesdays Fare: Craft beer, rotating menu of sandwiches and tapas during happy hour. Contact: 360-682-5754. www.penncovebrewing.com

Pizza Factory

107 S. Main St. Open: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., except Sundays 12-9 p.m. Fare: Pizza, pasta, soup, salad, sandwiches. Contact: 360-678-3200. www.pizzafactory.com

The Salty Mug

26 Front St. (in the Coupeville Wharf) Open: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Fare: Coffee, pastries and soups and chowders for lunch Thursday through Sunday. Contact: 360-678-3648

Toby’s Tavern

8 Front St. Open: 11 a.m. to close, daily. Kitchen closes at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday Fare: Fresh local seafood, steak, prime rib, sandwiches, salads, soups, burgers. Daily specials. Contact: 360678-4222

Tyee Restaurant and Lounge

405 S. Main St. Open: 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fare: Diner-style meals featuring full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Contact: 360-678-6616. www.tyeehotel.com

Vail Wine Shop and Tasting Room

22 Front St. Open: 12-5:30 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Open until 7:30 p.m. Fridays. Fare: Washington wine shop, tasting room and wine bar featuring a wide variety of exclusive and hard to find Washington state wines. Contact: 360-632-2227. www.vailwineshop.com


Greenbank Cheese Specialty Foods and Gifts

765 Wonn Road (At Greenbank Farm) Open: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in summer, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in off season. Expanded hours vary in summer. Fare: Cheese, meats, crackers and other specialty food items. Contact: 360-222-3474. Find them on Facebook.

Greenbank Farm Wine Shop

765 Wonn Road (At Greenbank Farm) Open: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Fare: Wines, hard ciders, fruit and dessert wines, loganberry wine, jams and syrups. Contact: 360-222-3797. www.greenbankfarmwineshop.com

Greenbank Store and Grille

25189 SR 525 Open: Hours vary between store, deli and grille. Deli open daily, grille open Thursday through Sunday. Fare: Deli and dinner options include sandwiches, salads and burgers. Contact: 360-678-3300.

Whidbey Pies Cafe

765 Wonn Road (At Greenbank Farm) Open: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Tuesdays. Fare: Coffee, sweet and savory pies, soups, salads, sandwiches, quiche. Menu changes with the season. Contact: 360-678-1288. www.whidbeypies.com

Penn Cove Gallery features art from 26 Whidbey Island artists.

Central Whidbey features art by array of talented artisans The Pacific Northwest Art School is a bit of a hidden gem in Central Whidbey. What started in 1987 as a series of fiber-based workshops has grown into a thriving art school that offers 80-90 workshops each year and brings visitors and art lovers from all over the world. The school features two classrooms and two gallery spaces. Faculty come from all over the world including Finland, Thailand, Australia and Russia. The art school is one of many locations in Central Whidbey where visitors can not only view and purchase art, but can participate in creating. The community has an abundance of artists who create pieces and local wares and sell them in a variety of ways — from the local seasonal farmers market to inside the shops of some of Coupeville’s downtown merchants. Visit Penn Cove Gallery and view a collaborative space featuring art by 26 local artists. Visit three gallery spaces that sit side-by-side at the Greenbank Farm and offer completely different experiences.

Artworks Gallery

765 Wonn Road, Greenbank 360-222-3010 www.artworkswhidbey.com The Artworks Gallery is another of the island's co-operative enterprises. It features an ever-evolving display of pieces in a variety of media.

Island Life Photography Studio 302 N. Main St., Coupeville 360-678-3002

The Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island

Pacific Northwest Art School

15 N.W. Birch St. Coupeville 360-678-3396 pacificnorthwestartschool.org The school offers workshops on mediums including fiber arts, mixed media, photography and painting.

Penn Cove Gallery

9 N.W. Front St., Coupeville 360-678-1176 www.penncovegallery.com This gallery offers pieces from 26 island artists.

Raven Rocks Galleries

765 Wonn Road, Greenbank 360-222-0102 www.ravenrocksgallery.com Artists Mary Jo Oxrieder and Windwalker Taibi are featured at Raven Rocks as are emerging and revered local artists.

Rob Schouten Gallery

765 Wonn Road, Greenbank 360-222-3070 robschoutengallery.com The Rob Schouten Gallery features works from area artists, including co-owners Rob Schouten and wife, poet Victory Schouten.

Area resident for nearly 20 years 18 Years Military Experience Whidbey Island Specialist


Julie Kinnaird 360-632-6619

Bed & breakfast

3475 Christie Road, Greenbank, WA

www.islandlifephotography.com Operated by Sean Callahan, an international, award-winning photographer, and his wife Laura Callahan, the studio displays Callahan’s Island Life landscape photography.

Helping YOU Make the Right Move!

Yoga Classes

WWW.yogAlodge.com 360-929-5985

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Central Whidbey lodging offers unique stays

Coupeville, the “town of sea captains,” is the second-oldest town in Washington state. Greenbank is home to the Greenbank Farm and coastal vistas. Each has a number of unusual inns and bed-and-breakfasts. Some are converted Victorian homes, others are farmhouses, and yet others are cottages tucked away in the woods. Both Coupeville and Greenbank are near shopping, hiking trails and water vistas.

COUPEVILLE Anchorage Inn B&B

Seven rooms, big front porch 807 N. Main St., Coupeville 360-678-5581 or 1-877-230-1313 www.anchorage-inn.com

The Blue Goose Inn

Housed in two restored Victorian homes, near the water 702 N. Main St., Coupeville 360-678-4284 or 1-877-678-4284 www.bluegooseinn.com

Captain Whidbey Inn

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The Compass Rose B&B operates out of an 1890 Queen Anne house, featuring eclectic treasures from around the world collected by owners Marshall and Jan Bronson. Fort Casey Inn

Built in 1907, log walls, waterfront restaurant 2072 W. Captain Whidbey Road, Coupeville 360-678-4097 or 800-366-4097 www.captainwhidbey.com

Two-bedroom houses, next door to 467-acre Fort Casey State Park 1276 Engle Road, Coupeville 360-678-5050 www.fortcaseyinn.com

Compass Rose B&B

The Inn at Penn Cove

1890 Queen Anne house near Ebey's Prairie 508 S. Main St., Coupeville 360-678-5318 or 1-800-237-3881 www.compassrosebandb.com

Built in 1889, it was originally the Jacob Jenne house 602 N. Main St., Coupeville 360-678-8000 www.whidbey.com/penncove

Coupeville Firehouse Inn

Jenne Farm

Stay in a renovated 1937 firehouse! 905 Alexander St., Coupeville 360-678-2184 www.coupevillefirehouseinn.com

1908 house on a 143-acre farm 538 Engle Road, Coupeville 360-678-4433 www.jennefarm.homestead.com

Spinnaker Tea Garden B&B

On five acres of fields and gardens 1872 W. Arnold Road, Coupeville 360-678-4481 stay@spinnakerteabb.com



One cottage, nestled between apple trees Off State Route 525, 1.5 miles south of the Greenbank Store 360-914-6241 www.wildeberry.com/index.html

Guest House Log Cottages

The Yoga Lodge B&B Inn

Five cottages in wooded seclusion — no phones 24371 S. State Route 525, Greenbank 1-800-997-3115 or 360-678-3115 www.guesthouselogcottages.com

Lagoon Point B&B

Log home with water view 3617 Marine View Dr., Greenbank 818-895-7464 or 818-903-1980 www.lagoonpoint-bandb.com

10-acre yoga retreat 3475 Christie Road, Greenbank 360-929-5985 www.yogalodge.com/concrete/index.php


For other Coupeville accommodations, including guest houses and cottages, see www.coupevillelodging.com/lodging/ and www.cometocoupeville.com/coupe ville_lodging.html

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Coupeville festivals draw crowds year-round

March's Musselfest celebrates the briny mollusk farmed in Central Whidbey waters.

restaurants against each other for the coveted Mussel Chowder prize. The competition sells out quickly, so organizers recommend that visitors buy their tickets before noon each day. MusselFest Headquarters is also the center for mussel cooking demonstrations, the daily mussel eating competition and tickets for the mussel farm boat tour. No festival experience is complete without a stop by the Musselfest beer and wine gardens. The Waterfront Wine & Beer Garden provides locally crafted brews with nearby family outdoor dining. Explore the complexity of Coupeville’s historic waterfront while sampling the blue fruits of the sea.

The streets of downtown Coupeville fill with visitors and artist vendors every August.



“Bold, briny and blue,” world-famous mussels are the centerpiece every March of a twoday festival, including chowder tasting and mussel eating competitions, farm tours and activities for all ages featuring locally-flavored fun. Visitors to the festival should start at the MusselFest Headquarters, located at the Coupeville Recreation Hall in the heart of historic downtown Coupeville. Here they can purchase tickets to the festival favorite Mussel Chowder Tasting Competition, which pits local

The Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival is held each summer with Penn Cove as the quaint backdrop. Come experience some of the finest art and crafts with vendors from all over the country. In addition to the vendor booths, the festival also features an art gallery and wine reception, a wine and beer garden, a hands-on children’s activity area, a food court and live entertainment. The Coupeville Festival Association is all about giving back to the local community. It is a 100 percent volunteer run organization and the money raised stays local through annual community grants.



Coupeville embraces its Native heritage each May with canoe races, music and dance performances. PENN COVE WATER FESTIVAL


Fine Art Originals Cards - Prints - Gifts

Distinctive Art by Island Artists Paintings - Photography - Jewelry - Fiber - Pottery

360-222-3010 • www.artworkswhidbey.com Award-Winning Foods & Cheeses Local Products & Picnic Supplies Free Cheese Tasting Unique Gourmet Variety Polish Pottery, Souvenirs & lots more!

(360) 222-3474 ~ Open Daily Year Round

Delicious Food Made Fresh on Whidbey Island House-made soups from scratch. Seasonal and locally sourced salads and sandwiches. Espresso, teas, select wine and beer. Pies, both savory and sweet!

(360) 678-1288 www.whidbeypies.com Open Daily Spring through Fall

Wine Tasting. Local Whidbey Island award-winning wines, hard ciders, fruit and dessert wines, organic and biodynamic wines, and a new selection of craft brew. 360.222.3797 www.gbfwine.com

The mission of the Penn Cove Water Festival Association is to continue an annual revival of the historic Coupeville Water Festival by bringing families together to enjoy Native American canoe racing, entertainment, crafts and culture and by giving them a chance to learn about, appreciate and protect the environment. The annual event features annual tribal canoe races, Native arts and crafts, demonstrations, storytelling, dance performances, artist demonstrations, authentic Native foods, children's activities and exhibits and displays.



Each October a variety of community partners, with the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce at the helm, host a month of Halloween and harvest-related activities. Check out the corn maze during the day and the haunted corn maze at night. Visit Sherman Pioneer Farm’s pumpkin patch complete with trolly rides and a haunted barn. Stop by Front Street for the Great Pumpkin Race and Halloween Torchlight Parade. Events vary week-to-week and by appeal. Check out www.hauntingofcoupeville.com for dates and times as the event approaches.

Penn Cove Water Festival Saturday, May 20th 2017 11am - 5pm

Tribal Canoe Races

Native Arts & Crafts , Music, Dancing Food, Storytelling & Youth Activities

A Free FamilyFestival in Historic Coupeville

See you there!

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Events calendar MAY

May 21: Wine and Rhodies at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Enjoy the spring splendor of the gardens with wine and appetizers. www.meerkerkgardens.org May 28: Memorial Day Parade and Celebration. Parade begins 11 a.m. on South Main Street. Ends at Coupeville Town Park. May 28-Sept.5: Jacob Ebey House open to public, Ebey's Reserve, Coupeville, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 360678-6084.


June 3: First Fridays at the Farm, at Greenbank Farm, 5-8 p.m., wine tasting, special events, culinary delights, art presentations. www. greenbankfarm.com June 4-5: Purple Passion Sale, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www.meerkerkgardens.org June 25-26: Coupeville Lions Club Garage Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Coupeville Elementary School.


July 1: First Fridays at the Farm, at Greenbank Farm, 5-8 p.m., wine tasting, special events, culinary

a.m., 10K/5K begins 9 a.m. at Coupeville Middle School. RaceTheReserve.com

delights, art presentations. www. greenbankfarm.com

Aug. 13-14: Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival, Coupeville. 360678-5116. www.coupevillefestival. com

July 9: Fairy House Festival, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Children of all ages bring their imaginations and build fairy houses from natural materials. www. meerkerkgardens.org

Aug. 20: Bluegrass Concert, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank, bring your 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

July 11-15: Whidbey Island Race Week, Oak Harbor. Watch races from the Coupeville waterfront. www.whidbeyislandraceweek.com

Aug. 21: WAIF's Wag 'n' Walk, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Greenbank Farm. www.waifanimals.org

July 16: Rhodie Care Class, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www.meerkerkgardens.org


July 30-31: Lavender Wind Festival, 2530 Darst Road. www. lavenderwind.com Aug. 5: First Fridays at the Farm, at Greenbank Farm, 5-8 p.m., wine tasting, special events, culinary delights, art presentations. www. greenbankfarm.com Aug. 13: Race the Reserve, half marathon begins 8:30

Sept. 2: First Fridays at the Farm, at Greenbank Farm, 5-8 p.m., wine tasting, special events, culinary delights, art presentations. www. greenbankfarm.com Sept. 3-4: Labor Day Sale, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www.meerkerkgardens.org Sept. 17: Whidbey Island Raptor Day, at the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship.

Sept. 17-18: 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.whidbeykiteclub.org or 360678-5434.


Oct. 7: First Fridays at the Farm, at Greenbank Farm, 5-8 p.m., wine tasting, special events, culinary delights, art presentations. www. greenbankfarm.com Oct. 1-31: Haunting of Coupeville, events all month long throughout Coupeville. Haunted corn maze, haunted barn, pumpkin patch, pumpkin race, Halloween Torchlight Parade and more. www. hauntingofcoupeville.com

Aug. 27: Tour de Whidbey, begins and ends at Greenbank Farm, annual ride benefits Whidbey General Hospital Foundation. www.tourdewhidbey.com

July 23: Friends of Meerkerk Annual Meeting, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www. meerkerkgardens.org



Oct. 1-2: Fall Garden Fest, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Other nurseries and local artist join to present special items for your garden. www.meerkerkgardens.org Oct. 15: Propagation Class, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www.meerkerkgardens.org


Nov. 4: First Fridays at the Farm, at Greenbank Farm, 5-8 p.m., wine tasting, special events, culinary

delights, art presentations. www. greenbankfarm.com Nov. 4-5: Whidbey Weavers Guild Uncommon Threads Sale, Greenbank Farm. whidbeyweavers guild.org Nov. 26: Sip N’ Shop on the Cove, a Small Business Saturday event, in downtown Coupeville. www.coupe villechamber.com


Dec. 2: First Fridays at the Farm, at Greenbank Farm, 5-8 p.m., wine tasting, special events, culinary delights, art presentations. www. greenbankfarm.com Dec. 3: Jingle Trail Run, 5k run or walk through Scenic Camp Casey trails and Fort Casey State Park. Includes a t-shirt and goodie back. www.jingletrailrun.com Dec. 3: Greening of Coupeville, all day in Coupeville. Parade, tree lighting. www.coupevillehistoricwa terfront.com

A look ahead at 2017:

Feb. 11: Coupeville Chocolate Walk, sponsored by The Whidbey Examiner, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Coupeville. Limited number of tickets sold in advance. www.coupevillechamber.com March 4-5: Penn Cove Musselfest, starting 10 a.m. each day in downtown Coupeville. www.thepenncov emusselsfestival.com

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Destination Guides - Central Whidbey Visitors Guide 2016  


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