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CONTENTS 3 ..... Welcome to Whidbey Island 4 ..... Accommodations 7 ..... Seasonal events calendar 12 ..... Island shopping venues 16 ..... Great places to eat 17 ..... Wines, spirits and brews 23 ..... Fun on Whidbey 26 ..... Galleries, visual arts 30 ..... To the theatre

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Anna and Roman Novitskyi, of Everett, share a moment together while enjoying the view from Deception Pass Bridge on Whidbey Island.

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If you're thinking about a trip to Whidbey, there's something you should know: visitors are highly susceptible to falling in love with this island paradise. Whether you're doing holiday shopping in Oak Harbor, welcoming in the new year by hopping into Puget Sound during Freeland’s Polar Bear Plunge, sleuthing through clues during Langley’s Mystery Weekend in February or celebrating the bounty of the seas in Coupeville during the Penn Cove Musselfest, you'll find Whidbey charming, rural and romantic. Rich history, creative atmosphere and unparalleled natural beauty are all found here, and each community has a distinct character that offers a little something for everyone. Oak Harbor, a vibrant community, offers everything from great shopping and dining to military history and golf. It is the largest city on Whidbey and is a great base for exploring the North End. Coupeville is a quiet town by comparison. It still reflects the character of a frontier seaport when Puget Sound was first settled. Yet, it offers both great food and shopping. It's also situated within Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, a one-of-a-kind national treasure that offers visitors a rare glimpse of the past. Greenbank is another lovely locale, and home to the historic Greenbank Farm. It's a place for long walks or learning about sustainable energy. Eat some of the tastiest pie you’ll ever have at Whidbey Pies and stroll through the small shops and galleries. Nestled between Holmes Harbor and Mutiny Bay, Freeland is an active community and South Whidbey's commercial hub. Downtown offers shopping and dining all within walking distance. Freeland also offers some of the finest beaches on

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the island, such as Double Bluff Beach Park (pictured above). Langley, also known as the Village by the Sea, is a charming community home to inns and restaurants of national recognition. There's also a lot to do: wander through galleries and shops, watch master glass blowers at work, visit the Langley Whale Center or observe sea life in person from a kayak. Rub elbows with artists, winemakers and coffee roasters and shop, shop, shop. Finally, Clinton is the gateway to Whidbey Island for many visitors. It is the landing for one of two ferry routes serving the island. Host to a wonderful artist community, Clinton also offers lovely parks, beaches and an innovative business community. Located at the heart of Puget Sound, just northwest of Seattle and southwest of the San Juans, a Whidbey Island getaway is closer than you think, and getting here is half the fun. Whether you’re crossing breathtaking Deception Pass Bridge or arriving by ferry from Mukilteo, the island is about one hour from the heart of Seattle. From the Olympic Peninsula, Whidbey is only a 30-minute ferry ride from Port Townsend. A little known fact about Whidbey Island that should not go unmentioned — situated in the rain shadow of the Olympics, parts of the island receive less than half the average rainfall of Seattle. This winter, leave the umbrella at home and stroll the county’s beaches, hike the trails, explore charming stores, eat locally grown food, sample wine and watch a show produced by one of our many performing arts companies. By the time you leave, you’ll know why Whidbey Island is one of the gems of Western Washington.

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hether it be for Langley’s bunnies, the scenic view of Deception Pass, or the sites and serenity of Ebey’s Landing, there are plenty of reasons to visit Whidbey Island. If visitors plan to make the favorite getaway more than a temporary luxury, options for lodging are plentiful. Starting at the island’s most southerly tip in Clinton, visitors can stay at the Whidbey Island Vacation House (425-802-0868, www.whidbeyvacationhouse.com) with a view of the Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route. Just up the road is the Sweetwater Cottage (360341-1604). There is also the Hummingbird’s Nest, which can be rented through AirBnB or by calling 425-502-2352, and the Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast which is situated on 2.5 acres of pasture, garden and orchard. The B&B offers four garden-themed suites for guests, each of which has its own fireplace and private entrances. If your travels take you to Langley, affectionately known as the Village by the Sea, there are several options for lodging in this quiet, artsy town. One in particular, the Inn at Langley

(360-221-3033, www.innatlangley.com), offers both a glimpse of what it’s like to live in the community but also provides a stunning view of Saratoga Passage. The upscale waterfront hotel is considered to be among the top-500 in the world, according to Travel & Leisure. Matt Costello, general manager, co-owner and chef, said that while the inn is not the cheapest on the South End, it delivers an experience that allows visitors to immerse themselves in activities in Langley. He said they give out free movie tickets to the Clyde Theatre, a historic venue for moviegoers that is located nearby, as well as free yoga, pilates and discounts with a kayaking company. “We want people to see what Langley has to offer,” Costello said. “It sort of shows the whole community. It’s not just about us.” “Rack rates” are between $345-360, depending on the time of year, he said. Other places to stay include the Boatyard Inn (360-221-5120), which is located near the Langley Marina and has luxe accommodations with water views, the Saratoga Inn (360-221-5801) and the Country Cottage of Langley Bed and Breakfast (360-221-8709). Helping YOU Helping YOU Make the Right Move! Make the Right Move! Helping YOU Helping YOU Helping YOU Make the Make Right Move! the Right Serving ALL of Whidbey Island Move! Serving of Whidbey Island Make the RightALL Move! Area resident for nearly years Area resident for nearly 20 years Serving ALL ofServing Whidbey Island ALL of20 Whidbey Island

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For those looking for a hilltop retreat, there is the Eagles Nest Inn (360-221-5331), which offers water views as well as a free gourmet breakfast and hot tub. Traveling to Central Whidbey Island, Coupeville, visitors have their choice between a taste of farm life and the town’s historic downtown district, as well as everything in between. In a converted 1937 firehouse, visitors can stay at the Firehouse Inn ($185 per night from October to May and $205 between June and September, 360-678-2184, www. coupevillefirehouseinn.com). Pets are welcome, though some breed restrictions may apply and it costs an additional $15 per night as well as approval via the inn’s telephone number. There are also several B&Bs, two of which are located on North Main Street. There is the Blue Goose Inn (360-687-4284, http://bluegooseinn) and the Anchorage Inn (360-678-5581, www.anchorage-inn.com), which fulfill historic and modernized tastes. An area icon is the 108-year-old historic Captain Whidbey Inn (www.captainwhidbey.com), which is located on Penn Cove. It has waterfront views, a bar and restaurant. In addition to suites in the lodge, the inn also offers private cabins. For those looking to get a taste of country life, the Crockett Farm Bed and Breakfast (360-678-2036) has five rooms and is one of the oldest farmsteads on Whidbey Island. Oak Harbor, the island's biggest and busiest city, offers is a mixture of inns and modern hotels. There is Best Western (360-679-4567, http://bestwesternwashington.com), which can accommodate the whole family and serve as a home base for activities in the area. It also has an exercise facility, 37-inch flat-screen televisions and a heated pool that is open seasonally. The city is also home to the Auld Holland Inn (360-675-2288, www.auld-holland.com) and Coachman Inn (360-675-0727, www. thecoachmaninn.com). The Auld Holland Inn features an iconic Helping YOU Helping YOU windmill. The Whidbey Make theBluff Right Move! Make the on Right Move!(408-497-7753, www.thebluffonwhidbey.com) is a bed and Serving ALL ofALL WhidbeyWhidbey Island Island Serving breakfast that of offers views of Mount Baker, Area resident for nearly 20 years Area resident for nearly 20 Island years and the footSaratoga Passage, Hope 18 Years Military Experience 18 the YearsCascade Military Experience hills of Mountains. There is also military lodging for visiting familiesJulie of servicemen Kinnaird and servicewomen, including Navy Lodge Whidbey Island Julie Kinnaird 360-632-6619 (360-675-0633) and Navy Gateway Inn & 360-632-6619 JulieKinnaird@windermere.com Suites (360-257-2529). JulieKinnaird@windermere.com

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The annual Lighting of Langley is a cheery seasonal event, bringing out smiles and good cheer.

NOVEMBER Nov. 23-Dec. 17: Toy soldier voting, cutouts on display down Pioneer Way with votes cast at 830 SE Pioneer Way, Suite 103, Oak Harbor Nov. 4-20: "Boeing Boeing," Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor. www.whidbey playhouse.com Nov. 19: Walker Family Thanksgiving Concert, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wica

online.org Nov. 25-30: Country Christmas at the Fair, Island County Fairgrounds, Langley. www.whidbeyislandfair.com Nov. 25: Holiday Market, weekends Nov. 25-Dec. 18 at 749 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor. Nov. 26: Sip N’ Shop on the Cove, 4-7 p.m. in downtown Coupeville. Sample wines and food from local caterers and restaurants, enjoy music and friends. A Small Business Saturday event. www.coupevillechamber.com

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www.whidbeyislandfair.com Dec. 1-18: Christmas at the Playhouse, Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor. www.whidbeyplayhouse.com Dec. 2-17: White Christmas directed by Michael Morgen, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org Dec. 2-3: Whidbey Allied Artists Art Show, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Coupeville Rec Hall. Dec. 3: Jingle Trail Run, 10-11 a.m. at Camp Casey. 5K fun run. www.jingle trailrun.com Dec. 3: Holly Jolly Holiday Parade, 11 a.m. at First and Second streets in Langley. www.visitlangley. com Dec. 3: Saratoga OrchesRon Newberry photo tra presents "Peter and the Wolf," 2 p.m. at First The annual polar bear plunges in Oak Harbor and on South Whidbey attract participants from Reformed Church, Oak across Western Washington. Harbor. www.sowhidbey.com Dec. 10: One Heck of a Holiday Ride, 4 p.m. at Oak Harbor Main Street AssoDec. 3: Home for the Holidays, 4-8 p.m. in downtown Oak Harbor. paddleboarding event, Oak Harbor. www. ciation office, 830 SE Pioneer Way, Suite 103. Tickets promotion runs Nov. 25 to Choral groups, parade with Santa and tree oakharborchamber.com Dec. 10: Saratoga Orchestra presents Dec. 17. lighting. Dec. 18: Red Ticket Drawing, noon on Dec. 3: Greening of Coupeville Parade "Peter and the Wolf," 11 a.m. at Coupeville steps of Island County Historical Museand Tree Lighting, 4 p.m. along Main High School. www.sowhidbey.com Dec. 10: Saratoga Orchestra presents um, Coupeville. www.coupevillehistoricwa Street to downtown. Tree lighting at "Peter and the Wolf," 3 p.m. at Island terfront.com Cook’s Corner Park to follow. Dec. 18: Jose Gonzales Trio plays Vince Dec. 3: Oak Harbor Yacht Club Lighted Church, Langley. www.sowhidbey.com Dec. 11: Christmas Bells Are Ringing Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Boat Parade, starts at Oak Harbor Marina near sunset and travels through Penn Cove. with English Handbell Ensemble, 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org Dec. 3: Late Night shopping in at Coupeville Rec Hall. Dec. 26-31: Island Ice, Oak Harbor’s ice Dec. 17: A Very Merry $1,000 GiveCoupeville. Dec. 10-11: The Thanks Given’er, cyc- away, 1 p.m. at Boy & Dog Park, Langley. skating adventure, 2-7 p.m. at Windjamlo-cross races at Ft. Nugent Park, Oak www.visitlangley.com Dec. 17: Green Ticket Cash Giveaway, Harbor. www.cascadecross.com/races SEE MORE CALENDAR, PAGE 9

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MARCH March 2-5: "Into the Woods," Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor. www.whidbey playhouse.com March 4: Russel Clepper & Sarah Primrose, 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org March 10: WOW! Stories 6, 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org SEE EVENTS, PAGE 10

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Jan. 1: New Year's Day Resolution 5K, starts 11 a.m. at the Windmill at Windjammer Park, Oak Harbor. Jan. 1: First Day Hike, 10 a.m. at South Whidbey State Park. Jan. 1: Polar Bear Plunge, noon at Windjammer Park, Oak Harbor. Jan. 1: Polar Bear Plunge, noon at Double Bluff Beach, Freeland. www.swparks.org Jan. 7: Sea Float Scramble, 11 a.m. at Seawall Park, Langley. www.langleymainstreet.org Jan. 7: Tingstad and Rumbel —Twelfth Night Tradition, 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org Jan. 20: Northwest Film Center Filmmaker’s Festival, 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org Jan. 21: Saratoga Orchestra Justin Burnett photo presents ABCees of ChamKids and adults alike look forward to the annual Sea ber Music, 2:30 p.m. at Island Church, Langley. www.sowhid Float Scramble, a dash for glass balls hidden at a bey.com seaside park in Langley. Jan. 22: Saratoga Orchestra presents ABCees of Chamber MORE CALENDAR, FROM PAGE 8 Music, 2:30 p.m. at Nordic Hall, Coupeville. mer Park. Cost is $7 per person for two www.sowhidbey.com hours of skating. Dec. 31: Can Can Confetti — A New FEBRUARY Year’s Eve Burlesque, 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www. Feb: 10-26: Into the Woods, Whidbey wicaonline.org Playhouse, Oak Harbor. www.whidbey Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Fireworks, 9

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For those who make their way onto the island via Deception Pass, your first stop should be in Oak Harbor. Whidbey’s largest city, it’s a booming commercial enterprise that offers big-box stores and small businesses alike — a little something for everyone. Just off the beaten path is the city’s historic downtown shopping district on Pioneer Way. Recently redone, the area features a collection of shops and merchants.

At The Jewelry Gallery one can find an assortment of gems sure to bring a sparkle to any woman’s eye. Just Because, a consignment store, contains everything from furniture to Seahawks apparel. Shoppers will also find portrait photography by local photographer Sean Callahan. For younger customers, Gizmo’s Skate Shop sells decks, wheels, trucks, bearings, stickers, cloths, shoes and more. It’s a one-stop-shop for all your skateboarding needs. Farther down the street is the Garry Oak Gallery, which features local artists’ collections of wood works, pottery and paintings. Also on Pioneer Way is Whidbey Wild Bird, which offers a variety of products such as birdseed and bird feeders to attract beautiful birds to your backyard. And for those with a sweet tooth, swing by

Popsies, the shop that “inspires people of all ages to become a kid in a candy store again.” Owner Kay Coolidge’s caramel popcorn is a community favorite. The city offers a host of other great shops outside the historic shopping district as well, from Gerald's Jewelry on N.E. Midway Blvd. and Whidbey Jeweler on S.W. Barlow to an array of corporate retailers.

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Rocks Studio, and the Rob Schouten Gallery. Up the hill from the farm is the famed Greenbank Store, which features a general store with a range of necessities.

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Freeland is the commercial hub of South Whidbey, complete with a large grocery store, retail shops and merchandise to buy. For the technology consumers, be sure to explore Whidbey Telecom’s technology store, located in the phone company’s customer experi-

ence center on Main Street. The store has modern gadgets for all your digital needs. On the other side of the building are the WiFire Café, offering a selection of food, and Webb's Department store, where you can find all the necessary clothing to bundle up for the winter. Freeland also offers a number of small stores and an antique mall, which sell everything from apparel to tea. There are thrift stores that support local nonprofits such as the island’s animal shelter program, Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation. The area is also home to Napa Auto Parts and Whidbeytronics, a former Radio Shack dealer.

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Langley, or more affectionately known as The Village by the Sea, features a lovely selection of small stores. Find rugs, carpets and textiles from all around the world at Music for the Eyes, located on First Street. There are second-hand clothing and other items to be discovered at Good Cheer Thrift Store, where many unexpected treasures can be found. The town also features sparkling attractions such as Whidbey Island Gem Gallery on First Street, and Moonraker Bookstore on First Street and Gregor Rare Books on Second Street. Clothing and accessories can be found at First Street shops like In the Country, Knitty Purls and the Sassy Siren. Whidbey Island Natural features luxurious organic soaps and lotions which infuse plant oils with healing and fragrant essential oils. Mona’s Sweets is Langley’s prime jewel for the sweet tooth consumers and chocolate lovers. Nearby is the Star Store, which is half grocery store, half department store with specialty clothing items. Just up the road from Langley is Bayview, which offers bike rentals at the Half Link Bicycle Shop. Bayview Farm and Garden with its Flower House Cafe is another mustnot-miss, as is Side Market, a collaboration between a fabric designer, a fine art conservator and two lifetime artists and makers.

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As the southernmost gateway to Whidbey Island, this ferry town should not be passed by. The community has two major shopping areas, a small collection of businesses that can be found right off the ferry and Ken’s Korner, a commercial center a few miles north. In Clinton proper, MAKE Whidbey is a one-of-a-kind coffee shop that offers a retail selection of stunning woodworks made by the owners and other assorted gift items. Next door is Cadée Distillery, a Whidbey operation that produces and sells award-winning spirits. Located near Ken’s Korner is Sherren’s Glassworks, which features orca whale glass art, as well as garden art, wind chimes, fused plates and bowls, night lights and dichroic jewelry. Across the street from the shopping center is North Star Trading Company, which offers premium sheepskin slippers that are guaranteed to last for years and perfect for bundling up for the cold winter.

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Starting in Oak Harbor, Seabolt’s Smokehouse Fresh Seafood & Restaurant is a familyowned local favorite that’s served the community for 30 years. Located on Highway 20, the eatery is best known for its smoked salmon, but is also renowned for its clam chowder and fish and chips. Oak Harbor is home to multiple quality Asian food digs, including Jeda’s Thai Kitchen on Cabot Drive. Come here to satisfy your craving for Thai curries, pad thai and pad see ew. There is also Tamayo’s (800 SE Pioneer Way), an eatery serving up a mixture of Vietnamese and Laos plates, including Lao curry noodles. Oak Harbor is also home to some of Whidbey’s best Mexican food. El Cazador (32195 Highway 20) boasts a selection of classics such as enchiladas, fajitas and shrimp dishes. There is also a full bar and a south-of-the-border motif to boot. Jumbo Burrito (31780 Highway 20 Suite 2) offers fare for reasonable prices, including two dollar tacos and burritos that would make the name proud. The BBQ Joint (601 NE Midway Boule-

vard) brings the flavors of the South to North Whidbey diners. The local favorite boasts Southern hospitality and “real sweet tea.” They also offer Southern classics such as ribs, brisket and pulled pork, of course. Other g r e a t places to chow down include Zorba’s (32955 Highway 20), which offers hearty servings of mediterranean food, Louie-G’s New York Style Pizza (31359 Highway 20) if you’re craving a slice, and Flyers Restaurant & Brewery (32295 Highway 20). And if you’re hungry for fine dining, head downtown to the shopping district on Pioneer Way and Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway on SE Dock Street.

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At Fraser's you’ll find succulent steaks, shellfish and wine flights. It’s perfect for couples looking for a romantic evening out and food to remember. Standards are high at China City as well. The Chinese fare is phenomenal, but this is upscale eats in a casual environment. The restaurant has locations in Oak Harbor and on the South End in Freeland.

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In Coupeville, Oystercatcher (901 Grace Street NW) is another local favorite that has called Central Whidbey home since 1998. A rotating menu keeps diners on their toes, and vegetarians and vegans can be comfortable knowing they will have options upon walking through the door. Christopher’s on Whidbey (103 NW Coveland Street) is a must for those looking for a fine dining experience. Start off with a heap of Penn Cove mussels (the mussels don’t have to travel far!) and top it off with pasta or a pork tenderloin. Ciao (701 Main Street N.) serves up Neapolitan-style pizza and other Southern Italian fare in a contemporary restaurant atmosphere. Toby’s Tavern (8 Front Street NE) boasts casual pub bites and brews in a historic shoreline building. Knead & Feed Restaurant (4 Front Street NW) offers up some of Coupeville’s best breakfast and lunch. Expect products from the bakery inside, scrambles and hearty sandwiches in case you’re caught in between breakfast and lunch. Another good sandwich option, Bayleaf (101 NW Coveland Street) is stocked with breads, cheese and sandwiches in their deli. On the more upscale side of things, Front Street Grill offers new American surf ’n’ turf, a variety of mussel dishes and a wonderful view of Penn Cove. To satisfy a craving for Asian food, Pra Nakorn (602 N. Main Street) offers all the classic dishes, like satay and pad thai, from the kitchen of a Victorian home. Head down south to Greenbank Farm, where one can follow the fresh baked smells that lead to Whidbey Pies (765 Wonn Road).

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WINES & SPIRITS The winter season is magical on Whidbey Island. There’s a chill in the air. The wine dark sea churns, but pebbly beaches and rural landscapes seem especially hushed and unexplored. The world is calm. Distinct from the bustle of the summer tourist season, wintertime is a delightful time to explore Whidbey Island’s small, family wineries and craft distilleries. “It’s actually a really wonderful time,” said Karen Krug, a winemaker who owns Spoiled Dog Winery with her husband. “We’re not as busy and we have more time to talk to people.” Whidbey Island wineries and a couple of small distilleries are, for the most part, scattered around the southern end of the island. But several brew pubs and some fantastic wine shops are located up and down the long, skinny island. Each winery has its own ambiance. Spoiled Dog focuses on the countryside atmosphere; the Krugs even have cows that love to eat grape skins and seeds left over from pressing. Ott & Murphy Wines, located in the town of Langley, features live music and a relaxed atmosphere. Useless Bay Wines

has a tasting room overlooking the water on First Street in Langley. Blooms Winery’s tasting room is inside the historic Bayview Corner store. Comforts of Whidbey is on a family farm, features a large vineyard and has a tasting room overlooking Saratoga Passage. Dancing Fish WINERY WINERY WINERY

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9324 State Route 525 | Clinton 360-341-2828 www.hkgardenrestaurant.com

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2780 Marshview Ave | Langley 360-321-6789 www.bayviewfarmandgarden.com

14485 State Route 525 | Langley 360-321-4120 www.facebook.com/Neilspatch

NEIL’S CLOVER PATCH

8872 State Route 525 | Clinton 360-341-2838 www.cozysroadhouse.com

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31640 State Route 20, #3 | Oak Harbor 360-675-6485 www.seabolts.com

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705 SE Pioneer Way | Oak Harbor 360-240-0250

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880 SE Pioneer Way | Oak Harbor 360-679-5100 www.off-the-hook.biz

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31780 State Route 20 | Oak Harbor 360-682-5857

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551 NE Midway Blvd | Oak Harbor 360-679-2899

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32760 State Route 20 | Oak Harbor 360-675-3103 www.baskinrobbins.com

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9324 State Route 525 | Clinton 360-341-2828 www.hkgardenrestaurant.com

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2780 Marshview Ave | Langley 360-321-6789 www.bayviewfarmandgarden.com

14485 State Route 525 | Langley 360-321-4120 www.facebook.com/Neilspatch

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8872 State Route 525 | Clinton 360-341-2838 www.cozysroadhouse.com

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1642 East Main St | Freeland 360-331-9945 www.whidbey.com/freelandcafe

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3219 Commercial Ave | Anacortes 360-293-1000 www.pizzafactory.com

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419 Commercial Ave | Anacortes 360-299-1400 majesticinnandspa.com

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15 NW Coveland St | Coupeville 360-544-4132 www.lavenderwind.com

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885 SE Pioneer Way | Oak Harbor 360-679-8268 www.facebook.com/SweetRiceThaiCuisine

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31640 State Route 20, #3 | Oak Harbor 360-675-6485 www.seabolts.com

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RIVERSIDE CAFE

705 SE Pioneer Way | Oak Harbor 360-240-0250

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880 SE Pioneer Way | Oak Harbor 360-679-5100 www.off-the-hook.biz

710 SE Fidalgo Ave | Oak Harbor 360-240-8888 www.facebook.com/Lotus-Tea-Bar-Studio

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JUMBO BURRITO

31780 State Route 20 | Oak Harbor 360-682-5857

FRASERS GOURMET HIDEAWAY 1191 SE Dock St | Oak Harbor 360- 279-1231 www.frasersgh.com

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32195 State Route 20 | Oak Harbor 360-675-6114 www.el-cazador.com

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270 SE Cabot Dr, Suite 1 | Oak Harbor 360-679-4141 www.dominos.com

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551 NE Midway Blvd | Oak Harbor 360-679-2899

601 NE Midway Blvd | Oak Harbor 360-679-3500 www.thebbqjoint.com

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32760 State Route 20 | Oak Harbor 360-675-3103 www.baskinrobbins.com

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Winter also is a time to visit typically crowded destinations in more solitude. State parks matching that description would be Deception Pass, Fort Casey, Fort Ebey and Ebey’s Landing. “You have most of it to yourself,” said Jon Crimmins, area manager of Central Whidbey State Parks. Hiking trails at South Whidbey, Fort Casey and Fort Ebey state parks remain open during the winter, but Crimmins advised that visitors err on the side of caution during windy and stormy days, especially on wooded trails. The trails at Fort Ebey are popular because they connect to the expansive Kettles Trails system in Central Whidbey. Jack Hartt, manager of Deception Pass State Park, the state’s most visited state park, said he enjoys getting out and taking in some of his favorite winter-time hikes such as Goose Rock, Lighthouse Point, Kiket Island and Dugualla. He said these lowland SEE FUN, PAGE 24

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hikes range from one to three hours on mostly good terrain.

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ing in the late fall, and sometimes stretching into December, the wind invites kiteboarders to Crockett Lake in Coupeville and Double Bluff Beach in Freeland. Another opportunity to get out on the water is kayaking. The Whidbey Island Kayaking Company, based at the Langley Marina, is open year-round for kayak tours, weather permitting. Whidbey also is home to four 18-hole golf courses and two 9-hole, par-3 courses. The 18-hole courses open to the public are Whidbey Golf Club and Galley Golf Course in Oak Harbor and Holmes Harbor Golf Club in Freeland. Useless Bay Golf & Country Club is a private course in Langley. The par-3 courses are Island Greens in Clinton and Lam’s Golf Links in Oak Harbor. If wildlife viewing is part of your outdoor recreation pursuit, Whidbey has no shortage of blacktail deer. A can’t-miss place to see them during the winter is Fort Casey State Park or nearby Camp Casey. The best opportunity to spot a Southern Resident Orca whale from Whidbey shores happens during the late fall and early winter. This often occurs on the island’s west side as resident orcas pursue migrating salmon from October to late December. Transient orcas show up year-round and it’s possible, though more rare, to spot a humpback whale during the winter. Whale watching trips begin in early March when gray whales start arriving in waters around Whidbey as they have for decades in search of ghost shrimp to feed on. This goes on for about two months before they continue their northern migration to Alaska. “The same whales come by every single year to Langley and the Coupeville area,” said Monte Hughes, who runs Mystic Sea Charters. “Every once in a while, they’ll bring a few strangers with them. Anywhere SEE RECREATION, PAGE 25

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from 10 to 15 whales come back every year.” Mystic Sea Charters starts its gray whale watching cruises March 1 out of Langley. Deception Pass Tours also starts March 1 out of Oak Harbor. The best spots for birding on Whidbey are Crockett Lake, Deer Lagoon and the Crescent Harbor Marshes. They are sites identified as Important Birding Areas by the National Audubon Society because of their pristine habitat. Whidbey is located in the Pacific Flyway, a north-south migration path for birds. In the fall and winter, a variety of birds arrive from Alaska, British Columbia and other northern reaches. Steve Ellis, a long time birding enthusiast from Coupeville who leads field trips with the Whidbey Audubon Society, said that Whidbey Island also receives birds from Eastern Washington and Idaho for the winter as well as those that come from high-

er elevations in the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges — all with the common goal of fleeing the freeze. “In a lot of ways, winter birding is superior to summer birding because of your ability to see a lot of birds,” said Whidbey Audubon member Sarah Schmidt. Whidbey is home to a healthy population of bald eagles that will travel to rivers in search for spawning salmon but tend to return to the island during the winter months. Other raptors, waterfowl and seabirds are common sights during winter. The Whidbey Audubon Society participates in weekly birding field trips on the island through the winter and offers a monthly guided field trip. One of the biggest winter-time attractions is the red-throated loon that can be seen near Deception Pass in December and January. “It attracts just about every birding group around,” birder Steve Ellis said. Thousands of snow geese and trumpeter swans also frequent the river deltas around

North Puget Sound during the late winter with some stopping over at Dugualla Bay on North Whidbey. The best bet for fishing around Whidbey in the winter is blackmouth in Admiralty Inlet (Marine Area 9) in November. Blackmouth is an immature, Puget Sound resident Chinook salmon. November also can be a good month to catch chum salmon in Admiralty Inlet. Whidbey offers limited hunting opportunities; deer hunting is allowed but highpowered rifles are not permitted. Through the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, the Trillium Community Forest on South Whidbey offers a shortened deer season starting in October with some opportunities in November. Island County has properties on Whidbey designated as hunting areas for deer. For more information about these opportunities, call Island County Public Works at 360679-7331. Through the Western Washington Pheasant Release program, there also are places to hunt for pheasants at various release sites throughout Whidbey Island through November. For more information on that program and sites, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/ pheasant/western/

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private studios and the artists themselves. The trail lists 19 public and private galleries from Oak Harbor to Clinton. Some studios are by appointment only, so call ahead. More information about the trail can be found at WhidbeyArtTrail.com or you can Michael Watkins photo pick up a brochure at most major island Steve Nowicki’s finished steel art hangs galleries. on display at the Garry Oak Gallery in Oak Heading south from Deception Pass Harbor.

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is the city of Oak Harbor and the first of several cooperative art galleries on the island. The Garry Oak Gallery, located on Pioneer Way, features a stunning showcase of mediums and works by 25 different artists. Among them are metal artist Steve Nowicki, abstract acrylic painter Mike O’Connell, photographer Beth Johnson, painted fused glass artist Janine SEE GALLERIES, PAGE 29

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Onffroy Shelley and metal and stone jewelry artist Shaun Marie Graham. Continuing on about 15 minutes south is the historic waterfront town of Coupeville and Whidbey’s oldest co-op, The Penn Cove Gallery. The spacious mixed media gallery features 26 island artists, such as Dennis Hill, a Coupeville resident who is well known for his breathtaking island landscapes. You’ll also find wearable art, pottery, gifts, and decor for your home or work. “The changing landscapes of Whidbey Island really make the art more varied,” artist Lizbeth Cort said. Coupeville is also home to the Pacific Northwest Art School. For 30 years, it has hosted workshops in visual arts such Michael Watkins photo as painting, fiber arts, mixed media and Whidbey is home to many artists whose work can be found in galleries up and down photography. the island. The jewelry above was made by Ron Apgar of Oak Harbor. Greenbank Farm in Greenbank is located in the central part of the island and is visiting Whidbey art lovers. The Whidbey stop. Watch glass being blown by profesanother great place to stop if you’re looking Art Gallery, Museo Gallery and Bracken- sional artists or take a lesson and make wood Gallery offer a wide variety of fine your very own masterpiece. for fine art. Of course if your own skills are in quesThe Rob Schouten Gallery features the art photography, paintings, and various tion, the studio is loaded with stunning work of 27 of the island's professional art- three dimensional art. Callahan’s Firehouse Studio Gallery, pieces that could easily find a place in any ists and includes a sculpture garden with located in the heart of town, is another fun home or office. work ranging from colorful handblown glass ornaments to striking garden center pieces. This gallery showcases top quality paintings and sculpture, as well as fine art glass, jewelry, ceramics, encaustics, woodworking, printmaking, and fiber arts. Also located at Greenbank Farm is Artworks Gallery, another co-op offering a wide variety of artists with a regular art rotation. South Whidbey has much to offer as well. Freeland Art Studios is comprised of 12 working local artists from various disciplines who produce original works of art in stone, bronze, metals, clay, glass, mixed The greatest treasure hunt in the Pacific Northwest! Search for and media, and water in motion. What’s cool The greatest treasure find unique “Glass Treasures” about this place is it’s a “working environhunt in the Pacific hand-blown by Mark The greatest treasure hunt in theEllinger, ment” — visitors can see artists in action. Northwest! Search atworld-renowned theSearch 8thAnnual glass Pacific Northwest! for andartist. for and find unique Also in Freeland is Island Art Glass. find unique Great “Glass Treasures” Northwest Quest “Clueballs” will be hidden at aGlass variety of host businesses “Glass Treasures” Artists Robert Adamson and Janis Swalhand-blown by Ellinger, sites around the Stanwood-Camano area. andMark in community hand-blown by Mark FEB 17-26, 2017 world-renowned artist.and return it to the location identified inside well have been pursuing their passion for Findglass a “Clueball” Ellinger, worldan authentic edition “Glass Treasure.” Thefor greatest treasurelimited hunt in the more than 40 years. Adamson has exhibrenowned “Clueballs” Pacifi will cbeNorthwest! hiddenglass at aartist. variety Search for and of host businesses ited his handblown and carved glass all find unique “Glass Treasures” and in community sites around the Stanwood-Camano area. hand-blown by Mark across the United States and is represented “Clueballs” willEllinger, be hidden at a variety ofed host Find a “Clueball” and return it to the location identifi inside world-renowned glass businesses andartist. in“Glass community sites around the in numerous private and public collections, Details at www.TheGreatNWGlassQuest.com for an authentic limited edition Treasure.” Stanwood-Camano area. Find a “Clueball” “Clueballs” will be hidden at a variety of host businesses and including the renowned Corning Museum andreturn in community siteslocation around the Stanwood-Camano area.an it to the identifi ed inside for in Corning, New York. Find a “Clueball” and return it to the location identified inside authentic limited edition “Glass Treasure.” for an authentic limited edition “Glass Treasure.” Hank Nelson’s interesting Cloudstone Sculpture Park is also in Freeland, visit Details but at www.TheGreatNWGlassQuest.com www.cloudstonesculpture.com as you’ll need Details at www.TheGreatNWGlassQuest.com an appointment. Finally, Langley is a must-not-miss for

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Nov. 19, the Walker South Whidbey, and Family will take to the most notably Langley, is stage for their annual arguably the core of the Thanksgiving concert, island’s performing arts a celebration of harvest, scene. life cycles and family. Here, visitors will find “White Christmas,” the island’s largest venue, a musical based on the Whidbey Island Center Paramount Pictures for the Arts (WICA), as 1954 film of the same well as Whidbey Chilname, will gift audiences dren’s Theater, Whidbey a taste of holiday whimsy Island Dance Theatre during December. and two of the island’s The show runs Friorchestras. day-Sunday, Dec. 2-17. Whidbey Island On Dec. 18, the Dance Theater’s annual Seattle-based jazz group rendition of the fanciful Jose Gonzalez Trio will Christmastime classic “The Nutcracker” is a Ron Newberry photo perform Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown mainstay in the island Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor presented a rollicking production of Christmas.” holiday arts scene, fea- Boeing, Boeing this past fall. The performing arts thrive on Whidbey Island. WICA will then kick turing both local and off the new year with Can Can Confetti — A New Year’s Eve off-island talent. The show runs Dec. 9-18. Performances will be held at the South Burlesque. All seats cost $25; $50 tickets include champagne and a Whidbey High School Performing Arts Center. SEE PERFORMING ARTS, PAGE 31 Visit www.widtonline.org for more information.

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Later in the month, the Portland-based Northwest Film Center will present The Best of the 42nd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, featuring works by some of the region’s most talented independent filmmakers. Tickets to the Jan. 20 show cost $15 for adults, $12 for students. For more information on WICA events, visit www.wicaonline.org Ron Newberry photo Children of all ages can Actors Kevin Wm. Meyer and Caroline Jungmann perform expect to enjoy Whidbey in "Little Women, the Musical" at the Whidbey Playhouse Children’s Theatre’s winin Oak Harbor in September. ter productions, beginning with “The Secret Garden.” This musical adaptation PERFORMING ARTS, FROM PAGE 30 of the literary favorite runs Nov. 11-20. In December, WCT teens will perform “Hinterland,” a philosophical, satirical comdressing room tour before the show. In January, arts continue to abound with edy which runs Dec. 9-16. Tickets generally cost $8 for youth; $16 events such as The Round Whidbey Island Jan. 13, a multi-artist event showcasing for adults. Visit http://wctmagic.org for more inforpoets, live painters, musicians and other cremation. atives performing simultaneously on stage. The New Year starts off at WICA with All seats cost $12. the Tingstad and Rumbel: Twelfth Night

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Edward Elgar. Tickets cost $25 per adult and $20 per senior or military member. Youth and students under age 18 are free. For more information, visit www.sowhid bey.com.

Central Asian Bazaar

Music for the Eyes 360.221.4525 • 314 FIRST STREET, L ANGLEY

Exceeding Your Expectations

SHARON BOYLE REALTOR®, ABR, IMS, SRES, CNE

360-224-5266

sharonboyle@windermere.com

5531 Freeland Ave., Freeland • SharonBoyle.withwre.com Windermere Real Estate/South Whidbey

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It’s All Here.

Make Port Ludlow your basecamp for exploring the Olympic Peninsula

THE RESORT AT PORT LUDLOW, is nestled on the shores of the Puget Sound, less than 10 minutes from the west

end of the Hood Canal Bridge. The Resort is home to beautiful residential neighborhoods, a 37-room boutique waterfront inn, a 300-slip marina, and a championship 18-hole golf course, recognized as the “Most Scenic in the World” by Esquire Magazine. Whether you’re looking for a get-away or a new place to call home, explore Port Ludlow.

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Karen White, Broker Your Whidbey Connection

360-544-2380 cell 360-221-1828 office KarenWhite@johnlscott.com

A quote I truly believe in, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou

I look forward to assisting you in making your Whidbey Island real estate experience an exciting and memorable one that you will feel good about for years to come.

John L. Scott Real Estate • Whidbey Island South 216 1st Street • PO Box 1532 • Langley, WA


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