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WELCOME to an island paradise

107 S. Main Street, Suite E101 Coupeville, WA 98239 EXECUTIVE EDITOR & PUBLISHER Keven R. Graves ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Kimberlly Winjum EDITOR Justin Burnett MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES Nora Durand, Eryn Navarro, Jocelyn Ialacci Copyright 2017 Sound Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.

CONTENTS Welcome to Whidbey Island Accommodations... 6 Seasonal events calendar... 8 Island shopping venues... 12 Great places to eat... 16 Wines, spirits and brews... 20 Fun on Whidbey... 21 Galleries, visual arts... 26 To the theatre... 30

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Thinking about a trip to Whidbey? There is something you should know first: people who visit here are highly susceptible to falling in love with this island paradise. But don’t just take our word for it. Reader’s Digest Magazine recently crowned Whidbey one of the “nicest” places in America, and Coastal Living magazine named it one of the “happiest” coastal cities in the United States. Rural, charming and romantic, yet anything but sleepy and boring — Whidbey Island stands out as Puget Sound’s best getaway because it never falls into a winter

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slumber. You can do your holiday shopping in Oak Harbor, welcome the new year by hopping into Puget Sound during Freeland’s Polar Bear Plunge, sleuth through clues during Langley’s Mystery Weekend in February or celebrate the bounty of the seas in Coupeville during the Penn Cove Mussel Festival. Rich history, creative atmosphere and unparalleled natural beauty are all found here. Each community has a distinct character and offers a little something for everyone. Located at the heart of Puget Sound, just northwest of Seattle and south of the San Juans, a Whidbey Island getaway is closer than you think. Whether you’re crossing breathtaking Deception Pass Bridge or arriving by ferry from Mukilteo, the island is about one hour from Seattle. A little known fact about Whidbey Island is that it's situated in the rain shadow of the Olympics; parts of the island receive less than half the average rainfall of Seattle. So leave the umbrella at home this winter and visit one of Western Washington's best kept secrets. You won't be sorry you did.

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ACCOMMODATIONS vicewomen, which Whidbey Island includes Navy Lodge is the rural, winter Whidbey Island retreat you’ve been (360-675-0633)and searching for. It’s Navy Gateway Inn home to awesome & Suites (360-257restaurants, fantastic 2529). shopping and plenty Traveling to Cenof places to rest your head. Contributed images tral Whidbey and Coupeville, visitors Starting in have their choice Whidbey Island’s The Bluff on Whidbey offers breathtakbetween a taste of most populated area, ing views and cozy rooms. farm life and the town’s Oak Harbor offers a mix of inns and modern hotels. There is The historic downtown district, as well as everyBest Western (360-679-4567, http://bestwest- thing in between. In a converted 1937 firehouse, visitors can ernwashington.com), which can accommodate the whole family and serve as a home base for stay at the Firehouse Inn ($185 per night activities in the area. It also has an exercise from October to May and $205 between facility, 37-inch flat-screen televisions and a June and September, 360-678-2184, www. coupevillefirehouseinn.com). Pets are welcome, heated pool that is open seasonally. Also in town are the Auld Holland Inn though some breed restrictions may apply (360-675-2288, www.auld-holland.com) and and it costs an additional $15 per night Coachman Inn (360-675-0727, www.the- as well as approval via the inn’s telephone coachmaninn.com). The Auld Holland Inn number. There are also several B&Bs, two of which features an iconic windmill. The Bluff on Whidbey (408-497-7753, are located on North Main Street: The Blue www.thebluffonwhidbey.com) is a bed and Goose Inn (360-687-4284, http://bluegoosebreakfast that offers views of Mt. Baker, inn); and the Anchorage Inn (360-678-5581, Saratoga Passage, Hope Island and the foot- www.anchorage-inn.com). They fulfill historic and modernized tastes. hills of the Cascade Mountains. An area icon is the historic Captain There is also military lodging that accommodates families of servicemen and ser- 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 farm life, there is the Crockett Farm Bed and Breakfast (360-678-2036). The bed and breakfast has five rooms and one of the oldest farm-

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The Best Western in Oak Harbor is an easy choice for comfort and convenience. steads on Whidbey Island. If your stay takes you to South Whidbey, Clinton is home to Whidbey Island Vacation House (425-802-0868, www.whidbeyvacationhouse.com) with a view of the Clinton-toMukilteo ferry route. Just up the road is the SEE ACCOMMODATIONS, PAGE 7

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Sweetwater Cottage (360) 341-1604). There is also the Hummingbird’s Nest, which can be rented through Airbnb or by calling 425502-2352. 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 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. They give

The Someday Farm Vegan B&B is off the beaten path, but it has fun accommodations, from standard rooms to bunkhouses like this converted bus. out free movie tickets to the Clyde Theater, a historic venue for movie-goers that is located down the street and offer 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.”

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). 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. A few miles up the road in Freeland is the Harbor Inn Motel (360-331-6900), an affordable overnight stay that’s close to Highway 525 and restaurants. There are also several eclectic alternatives such as the Someday Farm Vegan Bed and Breakfast (360-331-2864). This B&B is a bit off the beaten path, located near Goss Lake and nestled on 70 acres, but it’s a perfect place to get away and experience rural Whidbey — the farm animals are pretty fun. It’s great for bicyclists and other groups looking for affordable overnight accommodations.

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Nov. 24-26: Country Christmas at the Fair, Island County Fairgrounds, Langley. www.whidbeyislandfair.com Nov. 25-Dec. 2,9,16: Holiday markets at Bayview Hall. Nov. 26: Gingerbread Workshop,

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tree lighting and boat parade, 4 p.m. in Coupeville. Dec. 2-3: Country Christmas at the Fair, Island County Fairgrounds, Langley. www.whidbeyislandfair.com Dec. 3-4: Two-day annual Clinton Winter Market, includes a visit by Santa; 10 a.m., Clinton Community Hall. Dec. 7-17: A Christmas Carol musical, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays; Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor. www.whidbeyplay house.com Dec. 8-9: Light up Your Holiday, all day at Fort Casey State Park. http://coupevil lechamber.com/event/light-up-your-holiday/ Dec. 9, Dec-16: Saratoga Orchestra presents Peter and the Wolf Family Holiday Concerts with an instrument Petting Zoo: 2 p.m., at Island Church of Whidbey in Langley on Dec. 9, 11 a.m. at Coupeville High School and 3 p.m. at First Reformed Church in Oak Harbor on Dec. 16. www. sowhidbey.com/ Dec. 15-16: Cyclocross by Whidbey Island Bicycle Club, at the Kettles Trails in Coupeville. www.whidbeybicycleclub.org Dec. 17: Seattle Mandolin Orchestra presents the Mandolin Messiah, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org Dec. 26-31: Island Ice, an ice skating adventure, 2-7 p.m. at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor. Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Fireworks, 9 p.m. at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor.

JANUARY

Jan. 1: Polar Bear Plunge, 10:30 a.m. at Double Bluff Beach in Freeland. Jan. 1: Resolution 5K Run, 11 a.m. at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor. A polar bear plunge follows the race. Jan. 6: Tingstad and Rumbel — Twelfth Night Tradition, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www. wicaonline.org Jan. 6: Sea Float Scramble, 11 a.m. at Seawall Park in Langley. www.langleymain street.org Jan. 6: First Saturday Art Walk, 5 p.m. at Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley. www. SEE CALENDAR, PAGE 10

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whidbeyartists.com Jan. 6: All That (Baroque) Jazz, an informal cabaret concert, 7:30 p.m. at St. Augustine’s-in-the-Woods Episcopal Church in Freeland. Jan. 12: Living Voices, “The Right to Dream,” 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org Jan. 13: Dance of Hope with Kinobe Herbert, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org Jan. 14: Robert Merry in “Conversation on the State of American Politics” with David Horsey, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org Jan. 18-28: Island Shakespeare Festival presents “Shakespeare’s Other Women,” 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org Jan. 27-28: Saratoga Orchestra presents Basically Baroque, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at South Whidbey High School, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at Oak Harbor High School. www.sow hidbey.com

FEBRUARY

Feb. 2: Bad Paintings by Great Artists with Gary Fagin, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www. wicaonline.org Feb. 3: Sound Waters 2018, a one-day university with more than 60 classes, 9 a.m. at South Whidbey High School. https://soundwaterstew ards.org/sw/ Feb. 3: First Saturday Art Walk, 5 p.m., Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley. www.whid beyartists.com Feb. 9-March 4: The Producers musical, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays; Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor. www.whidbeyplayhouse.com Feb. 9-24: Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www. wicaonline.org Feb. 10-11: Red Wine & Chocolate Tour. www.whidbeyislandvintners.org/ Feb. 10: Coupeville Chocolate Walk. www.coupevillechamber.com Feb. 14: Jose Gonsales Trio Valentine’s Day Concert, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island

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Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wica online.org Feb. 17-18: Red Wine & Chocolate Tour. www.whidbeyislandvintners.org/ Feb. 21: Whidbey Island the Round 3, a multi-artist event showcasing musicians/ songwriters, slam poets and a live painter on the stage simultaneously, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org Feb. 24-26: Langley Mystery Weekend, a whole town whodunit, 11 a.m. in downtown Langley. http://visitlangley.com Feb. 25: Sacred Sensuality, an informal cabaret concert, 3 p.m. at St. Augustine’s-inthe-Woods Episcopal Church in Freeland.

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March 2: Repertory Dance Theatre, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org March 2: First Friday, 3-7 p.m. at Greenbank Farm in Greenbank. March 3: Local Artist Series — The Secrets and Friends, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www. wicaonline.org March 3-4: Penn Cove Musselfest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Coupeville. http://thepenncovemusselsfestival.com/ March 3: First Saturday Art Walk, 5 p.m. at Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley. March 9: WICA Lecture Series #1, based on last year’s Constitution Lecture Series, 7 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org March 10: WICA Lecture Series #2, based on last year’s Constitution Lecture Series, 2 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org March 10-11: Saratoga Orchestra presents American Classics, 7 p.m. March 10 at South Whidbey High School, and 2:30 p.m. March 11 at Oak Harbor High School. www.sowhidbey.com March 17: Local Artist Series — Weatherside Whiskey Band, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www. wicaonline.org March 23: Local Artist Series — Songs for Challenging Times, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www. wicaonline.org March 24: Local Artist Series —  Soul Songs from the Heart and Bones of the World, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org March 25-31: Bunny Daze, a celebration of bunny fever in downtown Langley. www. langleymainstreet.org

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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. Just north of the shopping center on Highway 525 is North Star Trading Company, which offers premium sheepskin slippers that are guaranteed to last for years.

As the southern 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 Corner, a commercial center a few miles north. In Clinton proper, MAKE Whidbey is a oneof-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.

Langley, or more affectionately known as The Village by the Sea, features a lovely selection of small stores. One can find rugs, carpets and textiles from all around the world at Music for the Eyes, located on First Street, or peruse 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 bookstores such as Gregor

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Freeland is the commercial hub of South Whidbey, complete with a large grocery store and host of retail shops. For the latest gadgets, be sure to explore Whidbey Telecom’s technology store, located in the phone company’s customer experience center on Main Street. Across the lobby is WiFire Cafe, offering a cafe selection of food. Next door is Webbs Department store, the place to find all the necessary clothing to bundle up for the winter. Freeland also offers a number of small shops and an antique mall, which has 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 tech store.

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offers a healthy selection of locally made cheeses as well as some of the finest from around the world. To complement the menu, swing by the neighboring Greenbank Wine Shop; it’s the perfect pairing. For the sweeter side of life, try Whidbey Pies Cafe. The cafe also serves lunch — the grilled turkey sandwich with house-made chutney is awesome! The farm also features two art galleries, including Artworks Gallery and Raven Rocks Studio. Up the hill from the farm is the famed Greenbank Store, which features a general store with a range of necessities, including a grill.

COUPEVILLE About 15 minutes north, visitors will roll into Coupeville, Whidbey Island’s historic

heartbeat. One of Washington’s few remaining “towns,” this small community is nestled within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, which is a unit of the national park system. This waterfront community is home to century-old buildings, a museum and enough small-town shops to keep shoppers browsing for hours. On Front Street, visitors will find souvenirs and knickknacks, decorations, gifts, clothing and locally made treasures galore. Starting with a bit of fun, swing by Far From Normal, the shop with an inventory so wacky that it’s guaranteed to make you grin. Across the street is Aqua Gifts, a home decor and accents, gifts and antiques shop. Elkhorn Trading Company is another great place to find treasures from the past. One of downtown’s newest businesses is Posh Upscale Resale. Think elegance, style and affordability. Similarly, the Handbag Consignment Shop is a place where visitors can purchase high-end designer purses. A Touch of Dutch features clothing as well

as art, delicacies and souvenirs. For playful children hoping to snag a few toys, be sure to check out local favorite the Honey Bear. It’s a toy and candy heaven packed with a rainbow of selections from the educational and old-fashioned to the colorful and tasty. If you’re thinking you may have missed out on Coupeville’s unique shopping experience, try One More Thing. The shop on Main Street offers clothing, quilts and gifts.

OAK HARBOR

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. It’s the one place that has a little something for everyone. Just off the beaten path is the city’s historic downtown shopping district on Pioneer Way. Recently remodeled, the area features a collecSEE SHOPPING, PAGE 15

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tion of shops and merchants. For the latest in women’s fashions and footwear, Casual House is an easy choice. At The Jewelry Gallery one can find an assortment of sparkling gems. Just Because, a consignment store, contains everything from furniture to Seahawks apparel. Shoppers will also find portrait photography by local photographer Sean Callahan. Fantasia offers dance apparel and the only ballerina shoes around, plus some authentic Italian foods. For younger customers, Gizmo’s Skate Shop sells decks, wheels, trucks, bearings, stickers, cloths, shoes and more. It’s a one-stop-shop for skateboarding needs. Further down the street is the Garry Oak Gallery, which features local artists’ collections of wood works, pottery and paintings. Directly across from the gallery is the Purple Moon, an eclectic and colorful shop that sells rocks, jewelry, antiques, funny signs and indoor decor. 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.

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ood food and rural getaways are like wine and prime rib — they just go together. Whidbey Island is no exception. Be it fine dining in a casual atmosphere or holes in the wall with recipes guaranteed to top grandma’s best, Whidbey has what you’re hungry for. The South End boasts a number of restaurants that are sure to whet any appetite. Orchard Kitchen (5574 Bayview Road) serves up a one-of-a-kind farm-to-table experience, where Chef Vincent Nattress serves multi-course meals from their 5-acre farm in Bayview. The restaurant often has pairing events with local wineries and breweries, and locally sources its food. In Freeland, Charmers Bistro (1675 East Main Street) offers Italian and seafood bites in an intimate space. Island Nosh (8898 Highway 525), a restaurant steps away from the ferry in Clinton, serves up noodles of all kinds in a laid-back setting. Think Vietnamese noodle dishes, crab mac ’n’ cheese and angel hair pasta.

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To Freeland residents, Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill (5438 Woodard Avenue) is a fine dining classic. The restaurant, complete with sweeping views of Holmes Harbor, offers delectable bites of Cajun-Creole food with local ingredients. In Langley, the Saltwater Fish House & Oyster Bar (113 First St.) opened this year and offers a stellar seafood menu. The oysters rock and the scallops are out of this world. Nearby, the Prima Bistro (201 1/2 1st Street) plates French-inspired Northwest eats in their cozy upstairs location with a view of Saratoga Passage. Down the street, Portico (220 1st Street) offers unique Latin American food with roots in various countries to our south. Village Pizzeria (106 First St.) is awesome too — their New York-style pies are difficult to top and their pasta is as good as it looks. South Whidbey is home to plenty of great cafes, some of which serve up equally good bites to eat. Useless Bay Coffee Company (121 Second Street, Langley) has sandwiches

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and baked goods, and of course stellar coffee. Mukilteo Coffee Roasters (5331 Crawford Road) is tucked away into the South Whidbey woods, but boasts quality food and coffee. For some hearty breakfast, The Braeburn (197 Second Street) makes breakfast until they close their doors at 4 p.m. Steps away, Sweet Mona’s (221 Second Street, Suite 16) has your sweet tooth covered. The shop has chocolate, coffee, toffee and more. The award winning Pickles Deli (11042 Highway 525) has so many sandwiches to choose from, it can be hard to pick out a favorite. A selection of paninis, cold subs and Strombolis will make your mouth water. Another great pizza place is Joe’s Wood Fired Pizza (2815 Howard Road); their huge oven produces a truly special slice. Other well-known eateries include Neil’s Clover Patch (14485 Highway 525 #3), Freeland Café (1642 East Main Street) and Cozy’s Roadhouse (8872 Highway 525). All three are a sure win. In Oak Harbor, Seabolt’s Smokehouse, SEE MENU, PAGE 17

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Fresh Seafood & Restaurant is a family-owned 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. It also offers custom smoking services to customers. Oak Harbor is home to multiple quality Asian food digs, including Jeda’s Thai Kitchen. 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 noddles. What shakes off the winter blues better than a steaming bowl of pho? Oak Harbor is also home to El Cazador (32195 Highway 20), which boasts classics such as enchiladas, fajitas and shrimp dishes. There is also a full bar and a south-of-theborder motif. Jumbo Burrito (31780 Highway 20 Suite 2) offers fare for reasonable prices, including $2 tacos and burritos that would make the name proud. The BBQ Joint (601 NE Midway Boulevard) 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. Zorba’s (32955 Highway 20) offers hearty servings of Mediterranean food, Louie-G’s New York Style Pizza has great pie (31359 Highway 20), and Flyers Restaurant & Brewery (32295 Highway 20) is a kid and dogfriendly brew pub. 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. Here 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 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. 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. The famous 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 brunch. 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.

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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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830 SE Pioneer Way #106 |Oak Harbor (360) 682-6119

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

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

FRASERS GOURMET HIDEAWAY

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

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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11042 State Route 525 | Clinton 360-341-3940 www.picklesdeliwhidbey.com

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

HONG KONG GARDENS

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

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197 Second Street | Langley 360-221-3211 www.braeburnlangley.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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830 SE Pioneer Way #106 |Oak Harbor (360) 682-6119

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

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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

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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11042 State Route 525 | Clinton 360-341-3940 www.picklesdeliwhidbey.com

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

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

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197 Second Street | Langley 360-221-3211 www.braeburnlangley.com

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istinct from the bustle of the summer tourist season, wintertime is a delightful chance to explore Whidbey Island’s small, family wineries and craft distilleries. Places like Dancing Fish Vineyards provide a charming venue not just to buy some of the best wines in the state, but a place to drink them as well. “This is more of a destination for people to come and hang out rather than to just buy wine,” vineyard owner Brad Thompson said. Dancing Fish is more than just a tasting room, it's a place to enjoy live music, play outdoor games, even get hitched or rest your head for the night. And of course it offers top notch wines from grapes grown right here on Whidbey. Wineries and a couple of small distilleries are, for the most part, scattered around the South End. But several brew pubs and some fantastic wine shops are peppered up and down the island.

Each winery has its own ambiance. Spoiled Dog Winery focuses on countryside atmosphere and Ott & Murphy Wines features live music in a relaxed setting. Blooms Winery’s tasting room is inside the historic Bayview Corner store, while Comforts of Whidbey is on a family farm, features a large vineyard and has a tasting room overlooking Saratoga Passage. Holmes Harbor Cellars is on a 20-acre wooded estate, and Whidbey Island Winery has picnic tables under a century-old apple tree with views of the vineyards. Whidbey is also home to a host of great craft distilleries. Whidbey Island Distillery creates award-winning spirits, including the famous loganberry liqueur made from local wines and berries. Cultus Bay Distillery is about as local as it gets — spirits are made in a homemade distillery in a renovated boathouse. The business is open to tours; its products are available in all the major grocery stores on

the island and in several restaurants. Mutiny Bay Distillery is another family affair, being owned an operated by the Stallmans. Mutiny Bay has a tasting room that’s open Thursday-Monday where their whiskeys are available for purchase; they can be found at South End grocers as well. Those who enjoy something a little more frothy will enjoy the brew pubs on the island. Flyers Restaurant and Brewery and the Loakal Public House are both in Oak Harbor at the north end of the island. Penn Cove Brewing Company Taproom is centrally located in Coupeville. And you can find Double Bluff Brewing Company and Spyhop Public House in Langley. And there's always beer at the Taproom@Bayview Corner. The website http://whidbeycamanoislands. com is a great resource for finding out more about Whidbey’s wineries, wine shops, distilleries and brew pubs.

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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 advises 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 hikes range from an hour to three hours on mostly good terrain. Whidbey’s winter winds, par-

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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 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 yearround and it’s possible, though more rare, to spot a humpback whale during the winter. SEE RECREATION, PAGE 25

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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 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 PROCEEDS GO The Store with a TO COMMUNITY Big Heart PROGRAMS Patricia Duff - gallery associ

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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, though no high-powered rifles are allowed. 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 360-6797331. 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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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 pick up a brochure at most major island galleries. Starting on the South End, Langley is a must-not-miss for visiting Whidbey art lovers. The Whidbey Art Gallery, Brackenwood Gallery and Museo Gallery offer a wide variety of fine art, photography, paintings, and various three-dimensional works of art. Callahan’s Firehouse Studio Gallery, located in the heart of the recently renovated Second Street, is a fascinating and fun stop. Watch glass being blown by professional artists or take a lesson and make your very own masterpiece. Of course if your own skills are in question, the studio is loaded with stunning pieces that could easily find a place in

any home or office. The city is also home to the Rob Schouten Gallery, featuring the work of dozens of the island's professional artists. This gallery showcases top quality paintings and sculpture, as well as fine art glass, jewelry, ceramics, encaustics, woodworking, printmaking and fiber arts. Just up the highway is Freeland and a special treat — Freeland Art Studios. Comprised of 12 working local artists from various disciplines, the studio produces original works of art in stone, bronze, metals, clay, glass, mixed media, and water in motion. What’s cool about this place is it’s a “working environment” — visitors can see artists in action. Also in Freeland is Island Art Glass. Artists Robert Adamson and Janis Swalwell have been pursuing their passion for more than 40 years. Adamson has exhibited his handblown and carved glass all across the United States and is represented in numerous private and public collections, including

the renowned Corning Museum in New York state. Hank Nelson’s interesting Cloudstone Sculpture Park is also in Freeland, but visit www.cloudstonesculpture.com as you’ll need an appointment. Continuing north, Greenbank Farm is located in the central part of the island and is another great place to stop if you’re looking for fine art. Artworks Gallery is a co-op offering a wide variety of artists with a regular art rotation. About 20 minutes up the road 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. There are impressive photographic prints from Denis 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. Coupeville is also home to the Pacific Northwest Art School. For 30 years, it has hosted workshops in visual arts such as painting, fiber arts, mixed media and photography. It also has a gallery. Finally, Oak Harbor is home to several cooperative art galleries on the island. The Garry Oak Gallery, located on Pioneer Way, features a stunning showcase of mediums and works by more than 20 artists. gmail

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Tickets cost $20. February brings other musical delights, from Jose Gonsales Trio Valentine’s Day Concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts to Sacred Sensuality, an informal cabaret concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at St. Augustine’s-in-the-Woods Episcopal Church in Freeland. Several orchestras will ring in the season with a number of winter performances. Saratoga Orchestra and musical director Anna

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