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hidbey Island is a magical place, unique in that it's accessible by scenic Deception Pass Bridge to the north and iconic state ferries to the south. Just a quick drive from Whidbey is equally beautiful Fidalgo Island and Anacortes. The two islands are just a short drive from Seattle and other metropolitan areas, making them an ideal getaway for a day or a weekend. Millions of visitors come to the islands 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 and Fidalgo islands. Published for nearly 30 years now, it is produced by the award-winning staff of 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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The Clinton Ferry Terminal serves as a gateway to Whidbey Island. The busy route ferries commuters daily and may get congested during peak tourist season, so plan your time accordingly.

Gateway to South Whidbey a peaceful getaway Clinton is near the southern tip of Whidbey Island and is the entryway to the island’s bountiful happenings. Many who arrive in Clinton likely traveled by way of the Clintonto-Mukilteo ferry, which provides safe passage across Possession Sound. The unincorporated area offers beaches, arts, restaurants and businesses, all within short driving distance. Just off the ferry on Clinton Beach is the Fishing Pier-Dock Facility. It is a day-use dock that allows people to tie up their boats, though there is no launch ramp. Another fishing pier is also located nearby and is a popular spot for crabbers using nets and pots.

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The commercial core of Clinton is up the road from the ferry terminal. For those who are hungry from traveling, there are several options for dining: Cozy’s Roadhouse, Island Nosh, Dairy Queen and Hong Kong Gardens. New to the area since October 2016, Island Nosh adds a worldly edge to the Clinton food scene. Across from Cozy’s Roadhouse and Island Nosh is the Clinton Foodmart, where everything from meats, gift cards and pizza can be purchased. Fresh-cut flowers, artisan goods, farm-fresh produce and culinary creations can also be found during the market season at the Clinton Community Hall. Festive events such as the

Fishing and crabbing from the docks at the ferry terminal is a favorite pastime for some. Maxwelton July 4th Parade and Clinton Town Picnic are beloved by many. The parade on July 4 draws thousands to the Maxwelton

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The Maxwelton 4th of July Parade is held every year in Clinton. The community celebrates after the parade with a community picnic. The event draws large crowds each year. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4

of community-oriented games and activities following the parade. The town picnic held in September features food, music, games, prizes and a large outdoor scrabble game. There is also a free community potluck at Dan Porter Park, the Clinton Thursday Evening Market held in July and August and the annual Easter Egg Hunt held the Saturday before Easter at the park. The evening market features local artists, craftsmen, food, music and fun.

Finding Clinton’s best-kept secrets requires some traveling off the beaten road. For those who enjoy some peace and quiet, Clinton has a few areas to check out. One of the most serene locales on Whidbey Island can be found at Deer Lake. There is a small boat ramp and dock that is used for both fishing and swimming on one end of the lake, while there is also a swimming area used by the public. Possession Beach Waterfront Park is commonly utilized by anglers for boat launches during fishing season, while Dorothy Cleveland Trail is also nearby.

The trail offers plenty of exploration space, as it spans three miles roundtrip. The Whidbey Camano Land Trust also purchased 33 acres of forest and wetlands, 26 acres of beach and tidelands and 2,000 feet of shoreline, which can be accessed just north of the ferry terminal and east of the highway. A gathering space for curious and creative exploration can also be satisfied at Blueschool Arts, where event venue, classroom space and studio spaces for artists are rentable. It is also host to several events each month, such as exhibits and classes.

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Whales and birds steal the wildlife show on Whidbey

The biggest draw for wildlife enthusiasts who visit Whidbey Island are birds and whales. The island is home to a wide range of bird species that can be viewed year-round, whereas the window for spotting a whale, particularly a gray, is much tighter. Located in the Pacific Flyway, a north-south migration path for birds, Whidbey is a popular destination for birders. The island features five locations recognized as Important Bird Areas by the National Audubon Society. Shorebirds are often the most sought after among bird watchers and Whidbey offers prime habitat for several species with western sandpipers and dunlins among the most common. Many birders come in hopes of catching a rare sighting of a particular shorebird along the migration path. Whidbey's prime bird spots with important designation are Crockett Lake and Penn Cove in the central part of the island, Deer Lagoon in the south and Deception Pass and the Crescent Harbor marshes on North Whidbey. The marshes are located on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island near the Seaplane Base. Crockett Lake, located next to the Coupeville ferry terminal, is not only a top place to spot shorebirds at certain times of the year but is one of the best places to view raptors, including the bald eagle, northern harrier and red-tailed hawk. The Deer Lagoon estuary, near Useless Bay, is less accessible to the public but is home to thousands of shorebirds, songbirds, raptors and waterfowl throughout the year. The great blue heron, a large wading bird, can be seen all across Whidbey's shorelines and marshes. The herons can be seen in flight at dusk heading back to their rookeries in trees. A large concentration is across the highway from Greenbank Farm. Whidbey also is home to several owl species, woodpeckers and hummingbirds. On North Whidbey, Deer are abundant around Whidbey a lone six-point bull elk and are often seen near Coupeville. has taken up residence since the fall of 2012. Bruiser, the name Strawberry Point residents affectionately call him, is believed to have swum across Skagit Bay to reach the island. Black-tailed deer, meanwhile, are all over the island and can be a hazard on the highways, especially at night. A good place to see deer in large numbers during daytime hours is at Fort Casey State Park near Coupeville. A growing tourist attraction in the waters around Whidbey are whales. Langley is home to a whale center, run by the Orca Network. It is a place to learn about whales and follow sightings. A bell will be rung when whales

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Hawks and other birds can easily be spotted while perched and soaring around Whidbey. are visible from the town. Beginning in March, peaking in April and into May, gray whales are a common sight in waters in Possession Sound. They can be seen near the southern tip of Camano Island, in Port Susan and through Saratoga Passage, often in the shallow water diving after shrimp buried in the sand. Orca sightings around Whidbey are less dependable and more spread out throughout the calendar. Southern Resident orcas that live in the waters off San Juan Island begin their southern migration to feed on salmon heading to Puget Sound rivers starting in the late summer. Sightings from Whidbey are most common from the island's west side in October and November. Resident orcas travel in larger schools. Transient orcas appear in the waters around Whidbey more randomly with sightings not uncommon during the summer. These marine mammal eaters travel in much smaller numbers. Beginning in March and April, whale watching tours depart from Langley and Oak Harbor. It's not uncommon to spot schools of Dall's Porpoises or Harbor Porpoises around Whidbey waters as well, especially in Admiralty Inlet. Humpback whales made a comeback in the Salish Sea in 2016 with more sightings than usual.

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Participants march down First Street during the Whidbey Queer Pride Parade in Langley. The event, part of a larger festival, is held during summer and is well supported.

Village by the sea vibrant in diversity and celebrating all things

Langley is a busy little town with waterfront views, charming shops and good food. It’s no wonder it’s known under the moniker, the Village by the Sea. The incorporated city’s business district spans roughly 12 blocks between First and Third Streets and Park and Camano Avenues. It’s small but makes up for it in variety. Langley offers a wide array of shopping opportunities, from gift shops with island knick knacks to home decor and fine art galleries. Those looking to indulge in spirits, Langley’s 2nd St. Wine Shop & Tasting Room and Ott and Murphy Wines offer a large selection of wines. The Tipsy Gourmet dabbles between wine and cheese as well. Dining options include Prima Bistro, Village Pizzeria, the Braeburn Cafe and Portico Latin Bistro. Coffee shops include Useless Bay Coffee Company, the South Whidbey Commons and Sprinklz Ice Cream Parlor and Coffee Shop. To satisfy a sweet tooth, there’s no better place than Sweet Mona’s Chocolate Boutique. There are also boutique pet stores as well as a grocery store, coffee roaster, bakery, wine shops and more. A half-grocery, half-department store in the Star

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Store fulfills a variety of shopping needs and offers specialty clothing items. A vibrant arts community allows for plenty of entertainment opportunities. The city features galleries, shows at a performing arts center, children’s theater, dance theater, Island Shakespeare Festival and various other locales. It is also home to beloved events like DjangoFest Northwest. One of Langley’s biggest attractions occurs during the summertime when it hosts the Whidbey Island Area Fair, which draws thousands of visitors over a week-long span. The city is also a mecca for whale lovers, both orcas and grays. The Langley Whale Center is located on Anthes Avenue, Whale Bell Park is down the street (ring the bell if you see a whale!) and the Welcome the Whales Festival and parade is held every year in April. Community gatherings and celebrations held annually include Deck the Doors at Christmas time, Halloween trick-or-treating, Art Walks, Sea Float Scramble and parades, such as the Holly Jolly Parade, held in early December. Langley is also home to the Whidbey Queer Pride Festival and parade, now several years running. It’s been held in the summer and is a

celebration of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community. For those who fancy a sit down movie, The Clyde Theatre is a destination for many locals, being a beloved movie theater that’s served Langley for 80 years. It’s known for its showings of both independent and critically acclaimed movies. A public beach is accessible to pedestrians walking the streets of downtown. The recently expanded South Whidbey Harbor, commonly known as Langley Marina, has a boat launch and provides easy access to the water. The post office, library and Star Store are each centrally located to provide visitors with quick access points for convenient basic needs. Those looking to spot Langley’s healthy bunny populations should look to the Langley Middle School, the fairgrounds or nearby neighborhoods. Bunny Daze, a shop hop to help drive business in the city’s downtown business core held in March, came as a result of the bunnies bringing the town national recognition in recent years. Populations have stabilized in recent years, however, though eagle-eyed visitors are likely to still spot a few.

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Island offers fun to be had all throughout year Whidbey Island's social calendar is jammed packed throughout the year with events, festivals and other offerings sure to entertain any visitor. Guests are welcomed and encouraged tocome and partake in all of the fun.

FOURTH OF JULY

Go back in time when small towns everywhere wished the nation “Happy Birthday” with patriotic parades and old-fashioned fun. That’s the kind of Independence Day spirit to expect around Whidbey Island. Oak Harbor sports one of the largest celebrations, running July 1-4, at Windjammer Park with a beach-side carnival, vendors and many food choices. A grand parade winds its way through downtown on July 4. Be sure to plan to stay into the evening when fireworks shimmer off the water in a spectacular closure to the long weekend. Thousands of people attend Clinton's Maxwelton Fourth of July Parade and community picnic each year. At Freeland Park, Celebrate America takes place July 3rd. It features all kinds of games and activities for children, food vendors and a fireworks display at dusk.

JULY 10-14 WHIDBEY ISLAND RACE WEEK

Colorful spinnakers, jibs and other sails surround Whidbey Island July 10-14 during the premier sailboat-racing regatta of the Pacific Northwest. Racing and cruising sailboats can be seen from many vantage points around Oak Harbor, Penn Cove near Coupeville and from the shores of Saratoga Passage. Thousands of sailors participate in this week-long event that’s anchored at Oak Harbor Yacht Club and Oak Harbor Marina.

JULY 20-23 WHIDBEY ISLAND FAIR

Farm animals, a carnival, games, music and other events are the annual attractions at the Whidbey Island Fair on the historic and picturesque Langley fairgrounds. It’s a throwback to county fairs of simpler days. Barnyard critters, weird vegetables and 4-H projects are among many exhibits.

JULY 14-SEPT. 3 ISLAND SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

The Bard is not hard to find on Whidbey, at least during the summer months. Founded in 2010, this open-air Shakespeare stage features three productions running in repertory Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 14 through Sept. 3. The plays are performed outdoors in an old-world style tent and the casual atmospheres is family friendly. So’s the price — it’s free but donations keep it afloat. The outdoor stage at Maxwelton Road is near Langley.

AUG. 12-13 COUPEVILLE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL

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 grants given to various community organizations and projects.

AUG. 12 OAK HARBOR PIGFEST

Get high on the hog at the Aug. 12 Oak Harbor Pigfest that features free barbecue pork, kids games, music and lots of family fun. In its 10th year, the annual event is Scott Fraser’s way to say thanks to the community. Fraser is the chef and owner of

Frasers Gourmet Hideaway, a fine-dining experience in Oak Harbor. A professionally-sanctioned barbecue competition is part of the Pigfest with more than two dozen cooks vying to be the tastiest, tangy crowd favorite. Be prepared to wait in line for that free meal as some 10,000 people come out.

SEPT. 1-3 OAK HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVAL

This free three-day event is becoming known as a great place to hang over Labor Day weekend and take in a diverse gathering of bands and jams. More than 30 bands perform with acts spanning just about every genre from country to rock ’n’ roll and electronica. Bands from across the country are vying to be on the play list and be part of the music scene that takes over Oak Harbor’s downtown Pioneer Way.

SEPT. 16-17 WHIDBEY ISLAND KITE FESTIVAL

Whidbey’s winds whip without respite. So naturally, one of the premier kite competitions in the Pacific Northwest takes flight here at Camp Casey. The festival on Sept. 16-17 features impressive ground and air displays of color and imagination. The annual event features competitive kite flying, kite making and beginning sport kite lessons. The highlight of the weekend is the Whidbey Island Sport Kite Championships. Competition takes place both Saturday and Sunday on the field at Camp Casey and Saturday night an indoor events take place at the Coupeville High School Gym.

SEPT. 20-24 DJANGOFEST NORTHWEST Celebrating more than 16 years of gypsy jazz, DjangoFest attracts performers come from around the world and packs in the music lovers to Langley. One of the longest established Gypsy Jazz festivals in North America, it features performers at various venues, workshops and impromptu Djams that springup everywhere over five days of unforgettable guitar virtuosity, Sinatresque crooning and experimental offerings, such as ‘Gypsy meets Flamenco.’

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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. Events vary from week-to-week and by appeal. Some events cater to children and families, while others appeal to adults. Check out www. hauntingofcoupeville.com for all of the dates and times as the event approaches. CONTINUED ON PAGE 17

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CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS

During November and December, all the island communities create their own special holiday ambiance. On Nov. 25, the annual Lighting of Langley features singing carols, sipping hot cider and cocoa, Santa and Whidbey’s own alpaca-reindeer. On Dec. 2, Langley’s Holly Jolly Holiday Parade takes place in the morning; On Dec. 2, The Greening of Coupeville is jam packed with activity. The morning’s Jingle Trail Run sees residents brave the cold for a rush of exercise adrenaline through Fort Casey and Camp Casey. In late afternoon, people gather downtown for the annual Greening of Coupeville Parade. Post parade, head to Cooke’s Corner Park for caroling and a tree lighting. Downtown businesses stay open for late-night shopping while boats from the Oak Harbor Yacht Club cruise through Penn Cove for the Lighted Boat Parade. From Dec. 26 to Jan. 3, Oak Harbor features Island Ice at Windjammer Park, with ice skating, hot cocoa and coffee. For New Year’s Eve, check out Oak Harbor’s annual Fireworks celebration, also at Windjammer Park.

JAN. 6, 2018 SEA FLOAT SCRAMBLE

Join in and try and find gleaming glass sea floats made and donated by artist Callahan McVay, who owns a glass-blowing studio set up in Langley’s old fire station. Called Callahan’s Firehouse, just a short walk from the scramble, it provides a front-row view of how the floats are made. The scramble is 11 a.m. the first Saturday after the New Year weekend. Everyone, young and old, can join in the hunt for free and go home with their own treasure.

APRIL 27-29, 2018 HOLLAND HAPPENING

There’s much Dutch at Oak Harbor’s annual celebration of its farming pioneers who emigrated from Holland in the late 1800s. Tulips sprout up on all corners and wooden shoes, licorice and other Dutch treats and touches take over downtown during the four-day festival. A carnival, street fair, traditional dinner and Grand Parade are the main attractions. Downtown’s Pioneer Way is closed Saturday and Sunday to make room for the music, food, and a beer garden in the historic waterfront area. A classic car show is also staged.

MAY 12, 2018 PENN COVE WATER FESTIVAL

The one-day May 12 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. Tribal canoe racers come from all over the region to compete in races from the Coupeville Boat Launch to the Coupeville Wharf. Spectators can view the races from viewpoints along Front Street and at the wharf. Vendors line Front Street selling Native items and food. Tribal performance demonstrate tribal music and dances for spectators.

ARTS ON WHIDBEY

The Whidbey Art Trail is a self-guided visit to art spaces throughout the island. Whidbey Working

Artists Studio Tour, Aug. 26-27, provides a chance to chat with artists at their studio. Front Street in downtown Coupeville, Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor, Greenbank Farm and downtown Freeland are excellent places to stroll and check out galleries and shops featuring local artists. Additionally, Langley features First Saturday Art Walks, which are a nice way to stroll the two-block town in the evening and check out many local artists showcased at numerous galleries. Various artisan groups hold shows throughout the year like The Whidbey Island Woodworker’s Guild's Woodpolooza, Sept. 2-4 in Langley. Other arts groups like Whidbey Weavers and Whidbey Allied Artists hold shows throughout the year as well.

THEATER AND DANCE

Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor is the North End’s main performing arts venue, and produces about seven shows each year, including musicals and dramas. Langley is home to many live theater venues: The largest is Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, or WICA, the main theater on South Whidbey. It offers a wide variety of plays, live music, talks and many other events. Whidbey Island Children’s Theater provides opportunity for youth ages 4-19 to experience community, connection and creativity through theater programs. At Whidbey Island Dance Theater, many young dancers learn at its studio and perform in number of seasonal productions. Outcast Productions, also in Langley, offers socially conscious, edgy and thought-provoking theatrical experiences.

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FEB. 24-25, 2018 LANGLEY MYSTERY WEEKEND

Every February someone commits a notorious crime in Langley and it takes a village to solve it. Billed as the longest running Mystery Weekend in the United States, going on 34 years, young and old can sign-up for a fee and join in the who-dun-it fun. Clues are left everywhere around local Langley shops and stops. A cast of characters hang out on street corners, getting grilled by wannabe detectives looking for suspects. Sleuths successfully solving the dastardly deed may win prizes. Better than any TV prime time crime.

MARCH 3-4, 2018 PENN COVE MUSSELFEST

“Bold, briny and blue,” world famous mussels are the centerpiece of the March 3-4 Coupeville festival. There’s chowder tasting, 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.

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Cozy community small, but packed with big offerings Bayview may be easy to miss for those traveling up and down the highway on Whidbey Island. Doing so, however, would be missing out on all it has to offer. Bayview is home to one of the strongest farming and gardening communities on South Whidbey, as well as a hub of thriving businesses. Perhaps the most recognizable commercial area is Bayview Corner, the crown jewel of the area that is just off Highway 525 on Bayview Road. Patrons who peruse the collection of businesses, known as the Bayview Cash Store, can purchase everything from Asian cuisine at the Basil Cafe, to a pint at the Taproom. Also nearby is the Bayview Farm and Garden, a 2 1/2-acre CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

Bayview has a vibrant farmers market which runs every Saturday from the end of April through mid-October.

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full-service center and cafe. It has a gift department, tools, foods, a houseware section and house plants, as well as locally roasted and organized foods and fair trade coffee at the Flower House Cafe. The farm and garden is also host to the weekly Bayview Farmers Market from May to October. Whidbey produce and locally made goods make up the bulk of products, which combines to make the experience very Whidbey-centric. Popular events such as the Mutt Strutt Parade are also held at Bayview Corner, which offers the public a chance to dress their fuzzy companions in creative costumes. Whidbey Telecom, the South End’s well known telecommunications company, is also not far from the Bayview Corner. Just down the road is the Good Cheer Food Bank and the food bank’s garden. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to creating a hungerfree community and does so through donations and through crops at its garden. In addition to the farm and garden in front of the food bank, a collaboration between the South Whidbey School District and Good Cheer led to “The Big ACRE.” The farm and garden is located adjacent to the food bank and its acre of crops serves as another abundant resource for both the community and schools. There are several businesses in the area that sell consumer goods. The Goose grocery store, Sebo’s Do-It-Center and a gas station can all be found in the same vicinity just up the road from the Bayview Corner. There are also two dining options: Neil’s Clover Patch Cafe, beloved by community members for its breakfasts, and Joe’s Wood Fired Pizza. Finally, for those who want to catch their own meals, there is Lone Lake located nearby. It is stocked annually with rainbow trout.

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Busy hub offers things to see and activities to do

The fact that some bankers call Freeland “Bank Alley” is testament to the busy nature of this unincorporated area, which has become South Whidbey’s defacto commercial center. Freeland has more than 2,000 residents and is located nine miles north of the Clinton ferry terminal and seven miles south of Greenbank on Highway 525. The area offers everything from amenities to fine dining, health clinics, waterfront parks and one of Whidbey Island’s largest employers in Nichols Brothers Boat Builders. The shining light for Freeland is Nichols Brothers, a shipyard that has manufactured superstructures for ferries used by Washington State’s ferry system, as well as projects for the likes of the American Samoan government. It is also home to CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

It's a thrilling sight to see if you can catch Nichols Brothers launching one of the many boats the building company ships from Holmes Harbor every year.

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one of two locations for the local telecommunications company, Whidbey Telecom. The office is situated next to Wifire Cafe, where baristas crank out sandwiches and a mix of grounds. Those looking to spend an afternoon in Freeland can go about their leisurely way while also picking up necessary supplies for home. The unincorporated area is home to multiple spots for coffee, higher end restaurants such as Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill and Charmer’s Bistro, and reasonably-priced eateries including Freeland Cafe, local favorite Bubba’s Burger, China City and the new Rocket Taco. A centrally-located Freeland Plaza Shopping Center houses a grocery store, hardware store, pharmacy and jeweler for household needs. Before heading elsewhere, activities such as perusing the antique malls and a waterfront stroll at Freeland Park are good ways to pass time. Freeland is also home to a handful of thrift stores that fund admirable causes. The Habitat for Humanity Store and WAIF thrifts stores are filled with treasures that benefit low-income housing and an animal shelter. Just up Highway 525, Senior Thrift has

two stories of goods that benefit Island Senior Resources, a nonprofit that organizes programs for the elderly. If you’re looking to save some cash, the Freeland area has a plethora of outdoor activities to explore that are chock full of gorgeous views and scenic walks. Double Bluff Beach is a longtime favorite among locals looking to take advantage of the large stretch of sand, let their dog off their leash or dig for clams. The beach looks south toward Kitsap County, and if the skies are clear enough, Mount Rainier is visible in all its glory. Visitors can also get a feel of Whidbey’s heavily-wooded natural environment at South Whidbey State Park, which has old-growth forests and scenic vistas that look out to the Olympic Peninsula and Strait of Juan de Fuca. For a leisurely stroll through nature trails, just south of Freeland on Highway 525 is the Earth Sanctuary, a nature reserve and Buddhist retreat center. Whether you’re looking to grab a bite to eat, run errands or get your fill of Whidbey’s nature, Freeland has a little bit of everything.

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Whidbey Island Distilleries Association

Craftsmanship and ownership are at the Owned and run by the Stallman family, heart of every bottle produced at Whidbey we make artisan whiskey and liqueurs Island Distillery. from Washington sourced ingredients. Each handmade small batch reflects the The highest rated spirits in the world are character of the produced right here on Whidbey Island. Our Blackberry Liqueur has been awarded grains, the aging the prestigious Platinum Medal (98 points) process and the distiller's imprint. by the Beverage Testing Institute We are proud to Our logo is your assurance that every drop produce the first was crafted entirely onsite using the best aged whiskey on ingredients Whidbey Island, sourced from the salty sea the state of breezes of Mutiny Washington Bay and Holmes Harbor working their Whidbey Island magic on the barrels. Come visit, taste, and meet the distiller behind Palouse Gold, Distillery is Bayside, and Sweet Lulu! more than a distillery— it's a destination. With 9 acres to roam, the distillery is a family-friendly Tasting Room venue where everyone is welcome. Opens Memorial • Open daily 11am Weekend! – 5pm Thurs-Mon • Free tours and 12pm-5pm or by tastings appointment. • Rated #1 thing to do in Langley by Tripadvisor©

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5490 Cameron Rd., Freeland, WA 98249 360-331-3797 www.mutinybaydistillery.com

Truly a craft distillery using local Washington barley. We are completely grain-to-glass and small batch with hands on cuts to ensure traditonal quality. Cultus bay distillery's stills are designed by Bob Brunjes and made by Kathy Parks and Harry Sloan. We are located on Cultus Bay. We don't have a tasting room and would like to invite YOU to have us come to your next event for a tasting presentation. (yacht club? book club? or social club) Call us for a private tour at 360 579 5632. Our products include: award winning te’ Absolvo vodka, Mortal gin, Poitin whiskey, and Mulligan xxx, a single malt triple-potstilled whiskey. We also produce bitters: ginseng, orange, lemon and ginger. ASK for Cultus Bay distillery products. We are sold at all discerning stores and restaurants.

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Double Bluff Brewing Company owner Daniel Thomis holds a handful of hops at his Langley brewery.

Island plentiful with craft brewers, distillers and vintners When thinking of Whidbey Island, some may think of nature, the arts or maritime activities, but many might miss the island’s growing beverage, wine and spirits scene. And according to Blooms Winery co-owner Virginia Bloom, the island’s wine scene doesn’t get the statewide credit it deserves. Whidbey Island is home to a number of breweries, wineries and distilleries that typically craft

their beverages in smaller batches and serve their product to local businesses. Some of the craft makers ship their goods off-island, but for the most part these alcoholic beverage connoisseurs keep their product only on Whidbey Island. The extensive farmland and climate, particularly the South Whidbey microclimate, make for an ideal place to grow certain types of grapes that can later be used in wines. The wet and temperate 3466 Craw Rd, Langley,WA 360.321.4715 www.whidbeydistillery.com

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climate is great for white varietals that originate from the cooler parts of France’s Loire Valley and Alsace region. But some wineries, including Spoiled Dog Winery off Maxwelton Road, have managed to grow pinot noir grapes when it was previously thought that Whidbey Island was too cold to grow red varietals. Given the climate, Whidbey’s seven winerCONTINUED ON PAGE 25 G R E E N BA N K FA R M

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ies are located on South Whidbey, while wine bars such as Vail or bayleaf in Coupeville and The Terrace Wine Bar in Oak Harbor offer tastes further north. The wineries include: Spoiled Dog Winery, Comforts of Whidbey, Blooms Winery, Swede Hill Cellars, Whidbey Island Winery, Holmes Harbor Cellars and Dancing Fish Winery. While Whidbey’s wine scene has been around for years, the brewery and distillery scenes are more recent developments. The last year has seen two new distilleries sprout up: Mutiny Bay Distillery in the Freeland area and Cultus Bay Distillery. Both distilleries hone their own unique craft, with Mutiny Bay Distillery specializing in a variety of whiskeys and the crafters in Cultus Bay distilling a range of spirits, including a traditional poitin, or Irish moonshine. Neither have tasting rooms yet,

but the Mutiny Bay Distillery owners intend to open one come summertime. Their spirits can be found at grocery stores on South Whidbey. Whidbey Island Distillery, located off Craw Road, was the island’s first distillery and is more established. The crafters have won awards for their spirits, including a platinum medal awarded by the Beverage Testing Institute for their Blackberry Liqueur. The platinum medal is the highest honor. The island is also home to a number of breweries that craft their own sudsy delights. In Oak Harbor, the aviator-themed Flyers Restaurant and Brewery serves up a plethora of beer options in a brewpub that’s fitting for Oak Harbor, considering the close proximity of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Further south in Coupeville, Penn Cove Brewing Company is celebrating a year of serving up brews in their cozy taproom. South Whidbey is home to three

Bottles of wine are filled at Whidbey Island Winery's bottling facility in Langley. breweries: Thirsty Crab Brewery, Double Bluff Brewing Company and Ogre Brewing. Thirsty Crab doesn’t have seating for guests, so those looking to try their brews will have to find them at a local pub such as Cozy’s Roadhouse in Clinton. Downtown Langley is home for Double Bluff Brewing Company, which has back patio seating and an indoor space in an industrial

setting. Further south down Cultus Bay Road, next to Bailey’s Corner Store, the two friendly fellas who operate Ogre Brewing are making suds out of an old garage. The brewery opened last fall, and visitors are able to sit in a designated area in front of the brewery. Visiting Ogre Brewing is like going over to a friend’s house and chatting over a few beers, except the beers are made in-house.

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Dancing Fish Vineyards captures the spirit of Whidbey Island, the name inspired by salmon dancing across the island’s inlets and bays. Discover a “five star” winery experience, taste locally-produced wines, and the beauty of an Italian-inspired farm and vineyard.

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Southern BBQ, hospitality, & real sweet tea 601 NE MIdway Blvd | Oak Harbor 360-679-3500 • www.thebbqjoint.com

THE BBQ JOINT

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

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CHARMERS BISTRO

“Since 1974” 1642 East Main Street | Freeland 360-331-9945 • www.whidbey.com/freelandcafe

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112 Anthes Ave | Langley 360-341-2838 • www.dblfbrewing.com

DOUBLE BLUFF BREWING CO

8872 WA 525 | Clinton 360-341-2838 • www.cozysroadhouse.com

COZY’S ROADHOUSE

American Chinese style cuisine 1804 Scott Road | Freeland 360-331-8899 • www.chinacityrestaurant.com

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1675 E Main St | Freeland 360-331-2123

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1594 E Main St | Freeland 360-331-0760 • www.rocket-taco.com

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Classic French inspired bistro 201 ½ First Street | Langley 360-221-4060 • www.primabistro.com

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11042 WA 525| Clinton 360-341-3940 • www.picklesdeliwhidbey.com

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Fine Dining, Steak and Seafood 1191 SE Fidalgo Avenue, #101 | Oak Harbor (360) 279-1231 • www.frasersgh.com

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Southern BBQ, hospitality, & real sweet tea 601 NE MIdway Blvd | Oak Harbor 360-679-3500 • www.thebbqjoint.com

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Community filled with unique offerings and creative vision South of Coupeville you’ll find the small unincorporated community of Greenbank. Within this community, is the unique publicly-owned historic Greenbank Farm that offers dining, retail and a variety of public rental and outdoor space. The 151-acre former loganberry farm, which was purchased by the Port of Coupeville in 1997, provides space for a popular event center and provides a picturesque location for weddings, reunions and festivals. Onsite is Whidbey Pies & Cafe, a lunch venue for locals looking for fresh fare and legendary pies. Visitors can also shop the nearby art galleries and sample treats at

Greenbank Cheese Specialty Food & Gifts. If in the mood for a bit more of an adult libation, the wine shop offers tastings and even has the farm's standard loganberry wine available. The farm is seeing some new life and vibrancy this year and may see some businesses and also new events. The nonprofit group Friends of Greenbank Farm formed this year and is busy planning ways to support the farm and bring renewed interest and events to the farm. The farm also has an expansive area set aside for offleash dog walkers, and horses and alpacas have grazed on the pasture located next to the highway. A short distance south of the farm

Mary Jo Oxreider makes gift cards at her Greenbank Farm art gallery, Raven Rocks. on the highway sits the Greenbank Store & Grille, a community center that features a grocery store, coffee shop, restaurant and bar. It also serves as a general gathering place and provides sometimes the only nightlife in the Greenbank area.

Just down the road a bit further is the popular Meerkerk Garden, which features 50 acres of woodland gardens and forest preserve run as a nonprofit organization. The gardens are open to the public year-round, but bloom season is April 1 to May 31.

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There's no shortage of parks to explore all over Whidbey Visitors can enjoy the many wonders of Whidbey Island by taking in the beauty and recreational opportunities offered by the many parks that nestle among the splendor of the island. DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK, 10 miles north of Oak Harbor, is on of the most spectacular parks in the state of Washington. It encompasses the northern end of Whidbey Island and draws more than 1 million visitors a year, the highest attendance in the state’s park system. Its three freshwater lakes, 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline, two docks and five boat ramps make it a water-lover’s dream. It also includes nearly 50 miles of trails — 38 for hiking, three for biking and six for horseback riding. Onepoint-six miles are ADA-rated. The park includes 300 camp sites, an interpretive center and 11 kitchen shelters. Three miles west of Oak Harbor is the home of JOSEPH WHIDBEY STATE PARK, a day-use facility that offers birdwatching, beach combing and picnicking. Five miles northwest of Coupeville is FORT

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EBEY STATE PARK, which, along with Fort Casey, was part of the WWII coastal defense system and houses several small battlements. The park offers a vast trail system for hiking, biking and horseback riding, as well as camping sites and paragliding opportunities. You will find the island’s most entertaining state park, FORT CASEY, in Central Whidbey. The former U.S. Army base opened in 1897 and was decommissioned after World War II. The park, which is five miles south of Coupeville, features old Army structures, battlements and a lighthouse. Although Fort Casey’s original guns have been removed, two 10-inch and two three-inch guns were re-installed so visitors could picture what the fort looked like during its early years. The park includes an interpretive center in the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. The lighthouse, decommissioned like the fort, was built in 1903 and remodeled several years later with 18-inch walls to handle the concussion of the fort’s cannons. A marine park for scuba diving, two boat launches, and RV and camping sites are other features of Fort Casey. Seattle Pacific University owns CAMP CASEY CONFERENCE CENTER, a private portion of what was once part of Fort Casey. The

property has many historic buildings that housed officers and enlisted men. The property is now used to offer outdoor education classes, camps and to host other public and private events. Trails along the bluff and shoreline do link Fort Casey and Camp Casey together so guests may find themselves on the private portion. SOUTH WHIDBEY STATE PARK, a dayuse park, is 15 miles south of Coupeville and is known for its spectacular views and old-growth timber. Parks near the island’s three towns offer additional recreational opportunities. Oak Harbor’s beachfront WINDJAMMER CONTINUED ON PAGE 32

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There are plenty of dogfriendly parks on the island for four-legged pals to romp around.

PARK features swimming in a saltwater lagoon, hiking and picnicking. The park includes several play fields, basketball courts and sheltered kitchens. RHODODENDRON PARK, a county park, is 1.5 miles south of Coupeville and offers ballfields, hiking trails, picnic areas and a sheltered barbecue area. Camping is available April 1 to Nov. 1. A large wooden play structure for children to explore is the centerpiece of Langley’s SOUTH WHIDBEY COMMUNITY PARK. Visitors will also find tennis and basketball courts as well as playfields. South Whidbey is also the home of SARATOGA WOODS. The park, just west of Langley, is a popular spot for hiking in the Department of Natural Resources and Metcalf Trust trail system. Another jewel on the island is the privately owned MEERKERK GARDENS just south of Greenbank. It offers five miles of trails through 53 acres of woodland gardens. These are just some of the parks that dot the length of Whidbey Island. Visit the Island County, Oak Harbor, Coupeville and Langley websites for more information.

Dog-friendly parks Whidbey Island is also for the dogs. The OAK HARBOR DOG PARK is located just north of town at the end of Technical Drive off Goldie Road. Also north of Oak Harbor is the CLOVER VALLEY DOG PARK at the corner of

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Oak Harbor and Ault Field roads. Coupeville’s canine stop, PATMORE PIT, is south of Coupeville and is the island's largest dog park with 40 acres. From Highway 20, turn on Patmore Road, go past Keystone Hill Road and turn left on the drive leading to the parks maintenance facility. Dogs and humans will find two miles of shore-

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 10am-5 pm Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. 7568 Cultus Bay Rd., Clinton. Sign up for our email newsletter at www.cultusbaynursery.com

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line at DOUBLE BLUFF BEACH on Useless Bay. From Highway 525, go south to the end of Double Bluff Road. MARGUERITE BRONS MEMORIAL PARK, a 13-acre park on South Whidbey, is a half mile south on Bayview Road; and dogfriendly hiking trails can be found at the GREENBANK FARM off Highway 525 on Wonn Road.

and species particular to the Pacific Northwest. Our trees and shrubs selection is one of a kind, from Japanese Maples to Monkey Puzzle Trees. Alongside our plant offerings, we also specialize in landscape. We design and implement beautiful and unique landscapes. We showcase our landscaping talents on site in our nursery. Come check us out! 3693 Scriven Lane, Langley, WA Nursery Manager – Eric Studebaker Phone | 360-321-9931 Monday | 9am – 4:30pm Tuesday | by appointment Wed – Sat | 9am – 4:30pm Sunday | 10am – 4pm www.ventureoutnursery.com

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Town straddles line of modern living with historic shell Stroll through the streets of Coupeville and you’ll find a community that cares about protecting its rural charm and historic character. The town’s waterfront features a shopping district housed in buildings dating back to the late 1800s. Shoppers have a variety of unique stores to explore and when they start to get hungry, they can dine on fresh Penn Cove mussels while looking out on the scenic shores and one of the country’s last standing wharfs. The Coupeville Wharf, owned by the Port of Coupeville, is a community treasure and often the center of many community events. Each May, spectators watch tribal canoe races from its docks during the Penn Cove Water Festival. During the annual Arts and Crafts Festival in August, visitors stroll out and tour the sometimes visiting Lady Washington sailing ship. In March, lines stretch by the hundreds to venture out on tour boats during the Penn Cove MusselFest.

The Coupeville Wharf was built in 1905 and is one of the last remaining wharfs of its kind in the country. In between festivals, visitors can be found strolling out on the wharf’s aged planks to see if they can catch a rare glimpse of a visiting orca. New this year, the Coupeville Historic Waterfront

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well beyond its waterfront. Buildings are lovingly restored and cared for throughout town and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. With the help of a community grant program, historic building owners can even get assistance in maintaining these historic gems. Not only is the community working to protect its historic infrastructure, but it also works to protect its historic and rural landscape. Just outside of town limits is Ebey’s Prairie. Within the prairie is land that is still farmed to this day by many of the same families that have farmed it for generations. Coupeville embraces that agricultural community with a thriving farmers market, and many of the restaurants in town utilize fresh locallygrown ingredients. Part of Coupeville’s character is its small-town charm and all of the outdoor recreational opportunities it provides. When heading up to Ebey’s Landing for a bluff hike, it’s not uncommon to run into your neighbor. And in Coupeville, everyone’s your neighbor.

Island rich in history and places to explore Whidbey Island was first settled by members of the Lower Skagit, Snohomish, Suquamish and Swinomish tribes, among others. Its first white settler appears to have been Thomas Glasgow, who arrived in the spring of 1848 after exploring Puget Sound in a canoe. He took a Native American wife, planted peas, potatoes and wheat and built a cabin on the island's west side near Penn Cove. When a huge gathering of Native Americans nearby agreed that summer that white men posed a threat to their existence, Glasgow and fellow settler Antonio Rabbeson abandoned their cabin. Though not the first to file a land claim, Colonel Isaac Neff Ebey was the first settler to permanently move to the island, after laying claim to 640 acres in central Whidbey in 1850. He claimed the area on the west shore of the island, just south of Penn Cove. That area is now known as Ebey's Landing and Ebey's Prairie, and both are part of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. It was through the efforts of Col. Ebey that Island County came into being in 1853 — though his shooting death, and subsequent beheading, by a raiding party of northern Indians in 1857 prevented him from enjoying his accomplishments. Coupeville was the first town settled on the island and is 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. Oak Harbor, in North Whidbey, is home to a Naval Air Station, which was built in 1942. The Navy has been a central part of Whidbey Island communities ever since. The PBY-Naval Air Museum, on Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor, preserves the city's naval history, featuring aircraft and artifacts from 1942 on that are relevant to Whidbey Island. Central Whidbey 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. 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 was 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 on Island County history, including a 120,000-year-old Ice Age tree trunk, Mammoth remains, rare medical instruments and a 170-yearold canoe that was recently restored.

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Island rich in fresh local foods, goods Over the years, farming on Whidbey Island has become smaller-scale and more diverse, yet it remains an important part of the island way of life. As a result, wide swaths of land on the island remain undeveloped, offering beautiful views of farmland and beyond. Locals and visitors can take advantage of the island’s bounty by visiting farmers markets, roadside stands and local grocery stores. The epicenter of farming on the island is Central Whidbey’s prairies, where agriculture is encouraged and protected by the establishment of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. The working rural landscape encompasses thousands of acres of rich and scenic farmland, much of which is privately owned but permanently protected from development. Throughout the island, smaller farms and niche enterprises flourish. The island’s natural prairies, rich loam, marine air and a temperate climate make it a perfect place for growing vegetables and berries. In fact, the Greenbank Farm once was home to more than 100 acres of loganberries, making it the largest grower of the raspberry-

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blackberry hybrid in the country at the time. The mild climate, lack of pesky bugs and open spaces also makes the island a great place to raise animals. Cows, horses, pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, llamas, goats, sheep, bees and even bison call Whidbey home. Since it’s an island, a different kind of farmer harvests the water of Puget Sound. Penn Cove Shellfish grows and harvests Penn Cove mussels, clams and oysters. Farmers and growers across the island have taken advantage of people’s renewed interest in locally grown food. One of the best ways to get your hands on vegetables grown on Whidbey Island — and to eat with the season — is to go to one of the many farmers markets that run from spring to fall each year. Dozens of growers and farmers bring their best produce to the markets. Many restaurants on the island incorporate local vegetables and meats into their menus. Some notable examples include Frasers Gourmet Hideaway in Oak Harbor, the Oystercatcher in Coupeville, Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill in Freeland and the Inn at Langley.

Come join your friends and neighbors each Saturday from 10am to 2pm at Bayview corner and enjoy fresh locally grown produce, baked goods, artisan products, flowers, local music and great selections for lunch! Whether you live here in our community, call Whidbey your “weekend home”, or are just visiting for the day, you’re sure to find just what you need at the market, rain or shine. www.bayviewfarmersmarket.com WSFMA member, EBT, FMNP authorized.

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We are a small family farm located on beautiful Whidbey Island, WA. We began as a roadside flower stand and market garden in 1997. Since then the Farm has grown into a full time working farm, floral design and event services with a self-serve shop open March-December, 7 days a week. Forget Me Not Farms Floral Design is passionate about growing flowers naturally and creating beautiful and unique floral designs. We offer flowers by the bucket, youpick flowers from our cutting garden, and beautiful, seasonal floral design!

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South Whidbey Tilth

South Whidbey Tilth Farmers’ Market, Sundays 11 am–2 pm, April 30–October 1 Enjoy our village green and shop for local, organically-grown produce and plants, arts and crafts and concessions. Dine at picnic tables and listen to live music while children play. More than a market, South Whidbey Tilth is 11 acres of gardens, orchard, forest trails, classroom, parking, restrooms, WiFi. Frequent classes or activities offered. Nutrition coupons accepted, SNAP benefits doubled. Contact us at 360-321-0757, market@southwhidbeytilth.org; or visit www.southwhidbeytilth.org. Look for the scarecrow on Hwy 525 at 2812 Thompson Road,Langley, WA 98260.

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Whidbey Island’s largest city, with a population of about 22,000, offers visitors a perfect blend of urban services and small-town charm. It is the retail center of the island and home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Don’t be surprised to see men and woman in uniform at local stores or military aircraft flying overhead. The city on the north end of the island perfectly situated for people who want to explore scenic Deception Pass State Park — the most popular state park — and the rest of the island. The city offers a range of lodging choices for people on a budget or those who want something a little more fancy. Visitors who forgot to pack something can CONTINUED ON PAGE 39

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probably find it in Oak Harbor. The city is the only place on the island that has big chain stores, like Walmart, Walgreens and Big Five Sporting Goods. The city has three large grocery stores and a couple of Starbucks. Oak Harbor is also a destination in itself. The city has a historic downtown area filled with quaint and interesting shops, as well as restaurants and a popular wine bar. The Pioneer Way area is within easy walking distance to Windjammer Park and a lengthy waterside walking trail. The Oak Harbor Marina is popular with Puget Sound boaters and sailors. The unique, city-owned facility has 420 slips with 230 open and 122 covered permanent slips, ample guest moorage, limited side-tie moorage and 96 dry storage sheds. There’s a full range of services, including showers, a laundry room and even a playground. More and more people are traveling to Oak Harbor to see the PBY-Naval Air Museum, where visitors can see a PBY-5A Catalina seaplane and a variety of static and interactive exhibits celebrating Navy history. Restaurants range from fine dining to fast

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Whether it's water, wind or woods, island has the setting for adventure in the great outdoors Whidbey may seem sleepy and rural, but it can be a blast, a place where fun abounds. Kite surfing, first-rate diving, kayaking, salmon fishing and crabbing, whale watching, hiking, bird watching, hunting, skydiving, paragliding; whether it’s by sea, land or air, the list goes on and on.

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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 South Whidbey Harbor, Possession Beach, and new this year, Penn Cove. Custom or group tours are also available. Located at the Langley Marina in the warmer months, the company rents paddle board as well as kayaks. Visit www.whidbeyislandkayaking.com or call 360-2210229 for details. Langley is also home to whale watching opportunities. Gray whale season is hot in the spring

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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 are home to old growth such as South Whidbey State Park's 500-year-old cedar. Wildlife is abundant, 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 are located in Bayview on South Whidbey; Ebey's Landing, Arnold Farm and OLF Coupeville

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For those with their own watercraft, both islands have 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 a complete list, visit /wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/ shellfish/beaches/MapArea/08. Whidbey Island is also home to what some hail as Puget Sound's top surf spot. Located at Fort Ebey State Park, the spot breaks best on a west, northwest swell.

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Northern seaside neighbor a destination spot for boaters tourist attractions include tour boats that allow people to get up-close views of orcas, gray whales and other sea life, depending on the season. Kayaking is also popular, as is fishing, crabbing, clamming and more. Local businesses offer kayak tours and fishing charters. The city has a bustling downtown. Shoppers can explore art galleries galore, as well as antique shops, books stores, quirky businesses and other unique offerings. Many fine restaurants are serving up seafood, Mexican cuisine, cafes, pub food and much more. At night the street is hopping with people enjoying live music and camaraderie at busy taverns. Anacortes has many opportunities for people who love the outdoors. The Community Forest Lands covers

The lively seaside city of Anacortes lies on Fidalgo Island, which is just across Deception Pass Bridge from Whidbey Island. The city of 16,000 people has a strong connection to Whidbey Island as many people who work on Whidbey live in Anacortes and vice versa. It’s also the gateway to the San Juan Islands, one of the most popular and beautiful tourist destinations for boaters on the West Coast. Anacortes itself is also a destination spot for boaters and those traveling on wheels. The city is strongly connected to the water. It was once home to a thriving fishing industry, beginning in the 19th Century and at one point had 11 canneries. Today, Anacortes has two ferry terminals and three marinas. Popular

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MAY

May 20: Penn Cove Water Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historic Front Street, Coupeville, celebrating Coupeville and its Native American heritage. www.penncovewaterfestival.com May 20-21: Savor Spring with Whidbey Island Vintners and Distillers Association. www.whidbeyislandvintners.org May 23: Tuesday on the Town, 5-9 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharbor chamber.com May 27-Sept. 4: Jacob Ebey House open to public, Ebey's Reserve, Coupeville, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Open through Labor Day. 360-678-6084. May 27: Memorial Day Parade, Picnic and Concert, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at historic downtown Coupeville. A quintessential smalltown parade honoring America’s veterans with music, food and celebration. www. coupevillechamber.com May 29: PAWZ by the Sea 5K Run/Walk, Langley. Bring your two-or four-legged friends for a beautiful run or stroll. www. pawzbythesea.com

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June 2-3: Relay for Life of Whidbey Island, 6 p.m. opening ceremony, at North Whidbey Middle School, 67 NE Izett St., Oak Harbor. www.relay.acsevents.org June 2: First Fridays at the Farm, 5-8 p.m., Greenbank Farm. Includes wine tasting, special events, culinary delights and art presentations. 360-678-7710. June 2: First Friday Gallery Art Walk, 6-9 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, Anacortes.

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July 1: First Saturday Art Walk, downtown Langley. July 3: Celebrate America, all day in Freeland Park, culminating with a fireworks show at dusk. July 4: Old-Fashioned 4th of July; parade, carnival, food, fireworks show at dusk. Windjammer Park. www.oakharborchamber. com July 4: Town Photo, 10 a.m., Fifth & Commercial, Anacortes. www.anacortes.org July 4: 4th of July Parade, 11 a.m., starting at Third and Commercial, Anacortes. www. anacortes.org July 4: Patriotic Program, 12:30 p.m., Causland Park, Anacortes. www.anacortes. org July 4: Maxwelton 4th of July Parade starts at 1 p.m. featuring an eclectic mix of participants followed by kids' games afterward, with ice cream and pie. July 4: Fourth of July Festival, Oak Harbor, parade and fireworks. www.oakharborcham ber.com July 7: First Fridays at the Farm, 5-8 p.m., Greenbank Farm. Includes wine tasting, special events, culinary delights and art presentations. 360-678-7710. July 7: First Friday Gallery Art Walk, 6-9 p.m., Anacortes, Chamber of Commerce. www. anacortes.org CONTINUED ON PAGE 48

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 47 July 8: Rhodie Care Class, 10 a.m. to noon, Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. $10 a person. www.meerkerkgardens.org July 8: Blooming Season Concerts: Choro, 1-3 p.m., Lavender Wind Farm, Coupeville. www.lavenderwind.com/2017/bloomingseason-concerts July 8: Kids 'R Best Fest, Storvik Park, Anacortes. www.anacortes.org July 10-14: Whidbey Island Race Week, Oak Harbor. www.whidbeyislandraceweek.com July 14-Sept. 3: Island Shakespeare Festival, Langley, shows start at 5 p.m. ThursdaySaturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays. www.island shakespearefest.org July 14-15: Ragnar Relay begins in Blaine, ends in Langley, www.ragnarrelay.com July 15: Annual Shipwreck Day Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Anacortes. www.anacortes. org

July 15: Fairy Making Magic, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Meerkerk Gardens in Greenbank. Children of all ages bring their families, grandparents too, and create a fairy from natural materials. $10 per adult or $20 per family. www.meerkerkgardens.org July 15-16: Whidbey Island’s Quilters on the Rock guild presents “Peace, Love, Quilt” quilt show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Coupeville High School. $5 suggested donation. www.quiltersontherock.com July 15: Blooming Season Concerts: Trio Nouveau, 1-3 p.m., Lavender Wind Farm, Coupeville. www.lavenderwind.com/2017/ blooming-season-concerts July 20-23: Whidbey Island Fair, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Langley fairgrounds, with music, carnival, animals, games and other country fun. 360-221-4677. www.whidbeyislandfair.com July 22: Yogafest, Windjammer City Beach Park, Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber. com

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Best Western Plus Oak Harbor Hotel & Conference Center Our inviting lodge-like setting is the perfect place to host your special day. Our ballroom can accommodate up to 200 guests and features over 2,900 sqft of banquet space, complete with catering and banquet facilities. Located on beautiful Whidbey Island in the town of Oak Harbor, this hotel offers lovely grounds close to island recreation and is centrally located between Vancouver, British Columbia, Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula.

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Aug. 4: First Friday Gallery Art Walk, 6-9 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, Anacortes. www.anacortes.org Aug. 5: Blooming Season Concerts: Triptych, 1-3 p.m., Lavender Wind Farm, Coupeville. www.lavenderwind.com/2017/ blooming-season-concerts Aug. 5: First Saturday Art Walk, downtown Langley. Aug. 11-13: Queer Pride, downtown Langley. Aug. 12-14: Annual Eagles Bar-B-Q, Eighth and Q Avenue, Anacortes. 360-293-3012. www.anacortes.org Aug. 12: Wine and Rhodies, 6:30-9 p.m. at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Enjoy the spring splendor of the gardens with wine and appetizers. www.meerkerkgardens.org Aug. 12: 32st Annual North Whidbey Car Show at Windjammer Park, Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com Aug. 12: Race the Reserve, event-day registration opens 5:30 a.m., Aug. 12, Coupeville Middle School. Friday packet pick-up is 3-6 p.m., Aug. 11, Coupeville Middle/High School

gymnasium. Races include a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 10k and 5k. RaceTheReserve.com Aug. 12-13: Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival, Coupeville. 360-678-5116. www. coupevillefestival.com Aug. 12: Oak Harbor Pigfest, Fidalgo Avenue, Oak Harbor, free barbecue pork, kids’ games, music, fun for the whole family. www.oakharborpigfest.com Aug. 19: Bluegrass in the Gardens, noon to 4:30 p.m., 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 Aug. 19: Tour de Whidbey, begins and ends at Greenbank Farm, annual ride benefits Whidbey General Hospital Foundation. www.tourdewhidbey.com Aug. 22: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharbor chamber.com Aug. 26: Fidalgo Bay Day, Anacortes. www. anacortes.org

Aug. 26-27: Whidbey Working Artists Studio Tour, various studios island-wide, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. www.whidbeyworkingartists.com Aug. 26: Fidalgo Bay Day, Anacortes. www. anacortes.org Aug. 26: Island Classic Mustang Club Horsepower at the Harbor show, at City Beach in Oak Harbor. www.islandclassicmus tangclub.com Aug. 27: Soup Box Derby, First Street, Langley. visitlangley.com

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 1: First Fridays at the Farm, 5-8 p.m., Greenbank Farm. 360-678-7710. Sept. 1: First Friday Gallery Art Walk, 6-9 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, Anacortes. www.anacortes.org Sept. 1-3: 6th annual Oak Harbor Music Festival, Labor Day weekend, historic downtown Oak Harbor, live music on various stages. www.oakharborfestival.com CONTINUED ON PAGE 50

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 49 Sept. 2: First Saturday Art Walk, downtown Langley. Sept. 2-3: Fall Plant Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www. meerkerkgardens.org Sept. 2-4: Woodpalooza, hosted by Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild, noon to 5 p.m., at WICA’s Zech Hall, 565 Camano Avenue, Langley. Sept. 9: Military appreciation picnic, 11-4 p.m. at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor. Sept. 9: The Megan McClung Memorial Run/ Semper Fi Fund is a non-profit sponsoring its 9th annual run in Oak Harbor. In conjunction with Oak Harbor Military Appreciation Days and will include a 1k run for children, a 5k, 10k and a half-marathon. www.mega nmcclungmemorialrun.com Sept. 10: Antique Machinery Show, Anacortes. www.anacortes.org Sept. 16: Whidbey Island Raptor Day, at the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship. pacificriminstitute.org Sept. 16-17: 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.whidbeykites.org or 360-678-5050. Sept. 18: Annual Dr. Brooks Guild Home & Boat Tour, Anacortes. www.anacortes.org Sept. 18: Artists of South Whidbey 43nd Annual Show and Sale, Island County Fairgrounds, Langley. Sept. 20-24: DjangoFest Northwest, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. DjangoFest Northwest is the premier showcase of Gypsy Jazz in North America. www. wicaonline.com Sept. 25: Oyster Run Motorcycle Rally, Anacortes. www.anacortes.org

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The Great Pumpkin Race will be held Oct. 29 as part of the month-long Haunting of Coupeville promotion. Coupeville hosts a month of harvest fun. Sept. 26: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharbor chamber.com

OCTOBER

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 Oct. TBA: Island Chicks Fall Vintage Market, Port Transit Shed, Anacortes. www.anacortes. org Oct. 6-7: Bier on the Pier, Port Transit Shed, Anacortes. 360-293-7911. www.anacortes.org Oct. 6: First Fridays at the Farm, 5-8 p.m., Greenbank Farm. Includes wine tasting, special events, culinary delights and art presen-

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tations. 360-678-7710. Oct. 6: First Friday Gallery Art Walk, 6-9 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, Anacortes. www. anacortes.org Oct. 7: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley. Oct. 24: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharbor chamber.com Oct. 28: Monster Mash. 5-8 p.m., Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. Live music, jack-o'-lan·tern decorating contest and zombie crawl. www. oakharborchamber.com Oct. 29: Pumpkin Races, 4 p.m. Coupeville. www.coupevillehistoricwaterfront.com/events/ pumpkin-races/ Oct. 31: Spooktacular Langley. www.langley mainstreet.org Oct. 31: Trick or Treat Downtown Anacortes, Commercial Avenue between Second and 10th, Anacortes. Must be accompanied by an adult inside stores. www.anacortes.org

NOVEMBER

Nov. 3: Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve and the Friends of Ebey's Annual Community Potluck. 360678-6633. Nov. 3: First Fridays at the Farm, 5-8 p.m., Greenbank Farm. Includes wine tasting, special events, culinary delights and art presentations. 360-678-7710. Nov. 3: First Friday Gallery Art Walk, 6-9 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, Anacortes. www.anacortes.org CONTINUED ON PAGE 52

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 50 Nov. 4: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley. Nov. 4: Friends of the Forest Annual Fall Event, Anacortes. www.anacortes.org Nov. 10: Veterans Day Ceremony, Anacortes. www.anacortes.org Nov. 10-11: Autumn on Whidbey with Whidbey Island Vinters and Distillers Association. www.whidbeyislandvintners.org Nov. 11: Veterans’s Day Program, 11 a.m., Oak Harbor High School Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by the Oak Harbor Area Council of the Navy League of the United States. www.oakharborchamber.com Nov. 11: 18th Annual Nordic Fest, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at South Whidbey High School. Sponsored by Daughters of Norway Ester Moe Lodge #39. Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Scandinavia. www.daughtersof norway.org Nov. 22: Deck the Doors invites artists to go wild with imagination and creativity and decorate downtown shops in Langley for the holidays. Cash prizes are given for the best displays. www.langleymainstreet.org Nov. 25: Lighting of Langley, at Langley Park, with carols, Santa and Whidbey's own alpaca-reindeer. www.visitlangley.com/lp/

december-to-remember/ Nov. 28: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharbor chamber.com

DECEMBER

Dec. 1: Tree Lighting, 6 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, Anacortes. Free photos with Santa, Christmas carols and music. www. anacortes.org Dec. 1: First Fridays at the Farm, 5-8 p.m., Greenbank Farm. Includes wine tasting, special events, culinary delights and art presentations. 360-678-7710. Dec. 1: First Friday Gallery Art Walk, 6-9 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, Anacortes. www. anacortes.org Dec. 2: Breakfast with Santa, Anacortes. www.anacortes.org Dec. 2: Chamber Gallery Art Walk, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, Anacortes. www.anacortes.org Dec. 2: Annual Lion's Club Christmas Parade, 11 a.m., starting at Third and Commercial, Anacortes. www.anacortes.org Dec. 2: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley.

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Dec. 2: Greening of Coupeville, all day in Coupeville. Jingle Trail Run, parade, tree lighting. www.coupevillehistoricwaterfront. com Dec. 2: Holly Jolly Holiday Parade, 11 a.m., downtown Langley, featuring a float contest and many fun, festive entries. www.visitlang ley.com/lp/december-to-remember Dec. 2: Lighted Boat Parade, Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com Dec. 8-9: Wonderland Walk, Washington Park, Anacortes. 360-293-1918. www.ana cortes.org Dec. 9-10: Thanks Given’er Cyclocross Race, noon, Fort Nugent City Park, Oak Harbor. Organized by Cascade Cross Series and Whidbey Island Bicycle Club. www.cascadecross.com or www.whidbeybicycleclub.org Dec. 16: Anacortes Community Christmas Concert, Port Transit Shed, Anacortes. www. anacortes.org Dec. 16: Whidbey Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count North — occurs north of the Greenbank Farm to Deception Pass, except Crockett Lake. Contact: Jay Adams at protectionisland8.9@gmail.com or visit www. whidbeyaudubon.org CONTINUED ON PAGE 54

Oak Harbor Lutheran Church

NW 2nd Avenue & Heller Road Across the street from OHHS Stadium

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Christian Science Church

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 52 Dec. 16: Lighted Boat Parade, Guemes Channel, Anacortes. www.anacortes.org Dec. 23: Langley Holiday Giveaway, “A Very Merry $1,000 Giveaway!” www.visitlangley. com/lp/december-to-remember Dec. 26: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com Dec. 26-31: Island Ice, 2-7 p.m., Windjammer

Park. Hot cocoa, coffee and ice skating in the park. $7. www.oakharborchamber.com Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Fireworks. www. oakharborchamber.com A LOOK INTO 2018: Jan. 1: Polar Bear Plunge, Langley. www. visitlangley.com Jan. 6: Sea Float Scramble, Langley. www. langleymainstreet.org

Feb. 10: Coupeville Chocolate Walk, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Coupeville. Tickets sold in advance. www.coupevillechamber.com Feb. 24-25: Langley Mystery Weekend. www.visitlangley.com March 3-4: Penn Cove Mussel Festival, Coupeville. www.thepenncovemusselsfestival. com April 27-29: Holland Happening, Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber. com

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Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce 32630 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 OakHarborChamber.com (360) 675-3755 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, #102 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

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