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THE PREMIER GUIDE FOR VISITORS TO WHIDBEY ISLAND activities | events | maps | local know-how | lodging dining | recreation | arts | shopping | recipes | history


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table of contents Pg. 4 Explore the Island Pg. 5 Transportation Pg. 5 Dockside Details Pg. 6-7 Events Calendar Pg. 8 Oak Harbor Profile Pg. 9 Take a Hike Pg. 10 History Walk Pg. 12 Coupeville Profile Pg. 13 Whidbey Weather Pg. 14 Tee Off on Island Pg. 16 Greenbank Profile Pg. 16 Fido Friendly Spots Pg. 18-19 Whidbey Map

Pg. 20 Pg. 21 Pg. 22 Pg. 24 Pg. 26 Pg. 28 Pg. 30 Pg. 32 Pg. 33 Pg. 34

Freeland Profile Arts Excursions Whidbey Wineries Bayview Profile Tour the Gardens Langley Profile Taste of Whidbey Recipe Clinton Profile Reasons We ♥ Whidbey Directory of Advertisers

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EVERYTHING'S WITHIN CLOSE DRIVING DISTANCE Highway 20 and 525 serve as the main thoroughfares on the island. Swantown, Libbey and Engle roads lead to miles of hiking, biking and beach combing opportunities. Stop by the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce at 32630 Highway 20, or call 360-675-3755 for more recreation ideas.

NO NEED FOR A CAR — RIDE THE ISLAND FOR FREE Since 1987, the island-wide Island Transit bus system provides free, eco-friendly rides to work, school and local business districts. Routes link islanders to the mainland, and mainlanders to the island, with stops at the Coupeville and Clinton ferry terminals and

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via the Deception Pass Bridge. The program began with five buses and catered to 247,794 riders in its first year. Now, Island Transit runs 200 vehicles and transports more than 1.5 million riders annually.

PLANNING YOUR TRIP INTINERARY IS A BREEZE During the early days of Island Transit, riders relied on posted paper schedules. Now, riders can chart their trips online through a trip planner powered by Google. Tech-savvy transit riders who own java supported mobiles can even plan their trip via cell phone. Visit http:// to plan your next excursion with Island Transit.



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NORTH END — The Deception Pass Bridge, built in 1935, allows motorists to connect directly with the mainland, keeping towns like Anacortes, Mount Vernon and Bellingham within an hour's drive. SOUTH END — The Clinton-to-Mukilteo route, which connects South Whidbey Island to the mainland, is by far the busier of the two ferry routes serving the island. In 2010, approximately 3.8 million riders used the Clinton route while 560,000 riders used Coupeville. Two ferries continually operate across Puget Sound from Clinton and Mukilteo with 20-minute sailings beginning at 4:40 a.m. and wrapping up at 1:05 a.m. WEST SIDE — Riders using the Coupeville ferry route from Keystone Harbor are enjoying improved service on the long-beleaguered route. In November 2010, the newly built Chetzemoka started sailing across Admiralty Inlet. A second ferry, the Salish, is scheduled to start service this summer and travel between Port Townsend and Keystone during the busy months. To best ensure a spot on the Chetzemoka or the Salish, go to and click "Vehicle Reservations Planning."




ike much of Whidbey, the island's boat havens are as varied as they are different. The three public facilities, which range from the ultra modern to one more than 100 years old, are conveniently located in the north, south, and central parts of the island.


Âť Harbormaster: Chris Sublet 1401 Catalina Dr. Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-279-4575 The Oak Harbor Marina is a 420-boat facility with 217 open and 135 covered permanent slips, limited side-tie moorage and 96 dry storage garage type sheds accommodating boats less than 20' in length. The facility offers fuel, electricity, showers, storage sheds, laundromat, small recreation and picnic area,

volleyball court and fire pit, free pump out, boat launch and hoist. The marina is also home to the Oak Harbor Yacht Club, which hosts a number of boating-related activities open to members and the public. The facility was recently renovated with a new gangway, electrical transformers, and dredging work.

LANGLEY MARINA Âť Harbormaster: Rick Brewer 202 Wharf Street Langley, WA 98260 360-221-1120 The Port of South WhidbeyLangley Marina has space for 40 boats, transient or permanent. There are showers, laundry, restrooms, electricity, and water on the dock. A boat ramp is available and the marina is close to nearby restaurants. A facelift of the marina is in the works as the port dis-

trict is in the process of getting permits, planning and funding a future expansion. Marina staff monitors radio channel 66 alpha.


Âť Harbormaster: Long Bechard 24 Front Street Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-5020 For more than 100 years, recreational and commercial boats have been pulling up to the Coupeville Wharf in picturesque Penn Cove. The facility has been modernized and offers a variety of amenities. The dozen or more boats that can snug up to the wharf have access to gasoline and diesel fuel, pump out service, bathrooms, a restaurant, gift shop and espresso cafe. Kayaks are available for rent and buoys are available for docking.

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May 28: Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony, Coupeville. Parade at 11 a.m., then patriotic music and picnic, phone 360-678-5434 or May 28: Old Time Radio—Live on Stage, Oak Harbor High School Auditorium, 360-320-9877 or email:

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july '11 July 1: First Fridays at the Farm, Greenbank Farm, 360-678-7710. July 2: Coupeville Lions Club Garage Sale, elementary school, through July 3. 360-678-4105. July 3: Celebrate America at Freeland Park, family fun at 2 p.m. followed by fireworks at dark, 360-331-1980 or July 4: Oak Harbor Old Fashioned 4th of July, parade, carnival, fireworks. Carnival opens July 1: www. or 360-6753755. In Clinton, Maxwelton 4th of July Parade, 360-579-2030. July 8-10: 35th annual Whidbey Island Pony Club horse trials, at Zylstra and Van Dam roads, Coupeville, www. or 360929-3607. July 9-10: Choochokam Arts Festival, Langley; artistic street fair, entertainment, food, 360-221-6765. July 9: Sixth annual Summer Swing Dance, 7 p.m., Crockett Barn, Coupeville, 360-678-6821 or 360-678-5581. July 15: Whidbey Working Artists Summer Tour reception, 6 p.m., Pacific NorthWest Art School, 15 NW Birch St., Coupeville, 360-678-3396. July 16: Second annual Summer Art Studio Tour, with studios open to the public, through July 17, www. July 23-24: Artists of South Whidbey Show and Sale at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley. For information, email July 23: Greenbank Farm Loganberry Festival, continuing July 24, emphasizing agriculture, kids games, pie eating contests and more, 360-678-7710. July 29-30: Whidbey Island Naval Air Station celebrates the 100th anniversary of naval aviation with special displays and events open to the public. Visit

June 3-4: Relay for Life of North Whidbey, North Whidbey Middle School, to raise funds to fight cancer. 360-6324946 or June 3-5: "Quilters" at Whidbey Childrens Theater in Langley. Call 2212282 for tickets and info. June 4-5: Relay for Life, South Whidbey High School, to raise funds to fight cancer, www.relayforlifeofsouthwhidbey. org. June 18: Beachcombers Bazaar held all day in Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor. June 25: Whidbey Island Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with tours, gardens, flowers. 360-321-4191. June 25: Eighth annual Spirit of the Northwest Art Show, benefitting Whidbey General Hospital Foundation, through June 26, in the Coupeville Recreation Hall, www.whidbeyartshows. com. June 30: SKIMusicFEST at Double Bluff Beach combines skim boarding and music; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Aug. 2: Natl. Night Out, Oak Harbor, fun & safety tips for families, 360-279-4500. Aug. 6: The 15th annual Whidbey Island Triathlon starting at Goss Lake and ending at South Whidbey Community Park, 360-221-5484. Aug. 6: Island Shakespeare Festival's "Romeo and Juliet" on the Storyhouse Stage in the woods in Clinton, running Aug. 6-7, 12-14 and 19-21, 360-221-1710 or Aug. 12-14: Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival. Street fair, food, entertainment, artists in action, 360-678-5116 or www. Aug. 13: Oak Harbor Rotary Club Car Show, Windjammer Park, 360-679-1595. Aug. 13: Highland Games — Whidbey Island Celtic Society's annual celebration of all that is Scottish at Greenbank Farm; 360-331-5437. Aug. 13-14: Juried art show at the Pacific NorthWest Art School, in conjunction with the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival, at 15 NW Birch St. Aug. 14: Fidalgo Avenue Block Party & Pig Roast including barbecue competition, Oak Harbor. 260-279-1231. Aug. 16: Free presentation by National Geographic photographer Sam Abell, 7 p.m., Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center. Contact Pacific NorthWest Art School, 360-678-3396. Aug. 18: Island County Fair in Langley begins, continuing through Aug. 21. Animals, fun, food, entertainment and more, 360-221-4677. Aug. 21: Walk 'n' Wag Fest, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Greenbank Farm, benefits Whidbey Animals' Improvement Foundation. 1-888-747-7777. Aug. 23-27: Plein Art Painters' U.S. Open, sponsored by Pacific NorthWest Art School. Live auction Aug. 27 5-7 p.m., Coupeville. Call 360-678-3396. Aug. 27-28: Second annual Whidbey Regional Arts Exhibit, to benefit WAIF animal shelters,

Sept. 2: First Friday at the Farm, Greenbank Farm. 360-678-7710. Sept. 2: Eighth annual Woodpalooza, showcase of the Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild, through Sept. 11 at the Open Door Gallery, Bayview Corner. Free admission. 360-678-1347. Sept. 6: Free art demonstration by mixed media artist Wendy Lee Lynds, 5:30 p.m., Pacific NorthWest Art School, 15 NW Birch St., Coupeville. Call 360-678-3396. Sept. 10: Military Appreciation Picnic, Windjammer Park, Oak Harbor. Visit www. Sept. 17: "Soup" Box Derby in Langley; 360-221-6765. Sept. 17: Whidbey Island Farm Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Sept. 18. Visit a variety of farms around the island: www. or 360678-4708. Sept. 17: Annual Mammoth Day, Island County Museum, Coupeville, 360-6783310 or Sept. 21: 11th annual DjangoFest NW at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley, continuing through Sept. 25. International gypsy jazz festival including shows and workshops. 360-221-8268. Sept. 24: Tour de Whidbey, the 10th annual bicycle event to benefit Whidbey General Hospital. Courses for all skill levels. 360-678-7656. Sept. 25: Whidbey Island Kite Festival, Camp Casey Conference Center, Coupeville. Fly kites for fun and competitively, for all ages. 360-678-9358. Sept. 25-26: Whidbey Open Studio Tour sponsored by the Whidbey Island Arts Council. Go to for more about the tour.

october '11 Oct. 1: Native Plant Education Day with information fair, tours and demonstrations along with a fundraiser plant sale. 360-6784281. Oct. 1: OKTOBERFEST Langley; call the chamber at 360-221-6765. Oct. 2: Oktoberfest fundraiser, 7 to 11 p.m., Greenbank Farm. 360-6787700 for tickets. Oct. 7: First Friday at the Farm, Greenbank Farm. 360-678-7710. Oct. 8: Fin Fest, a celebration of whales and salmon. 360-579-1272. Oct.22-23: Fun & Fashion Langley Style, including wedding expo, sponsored by the Langley Chamber of Commerce: www.

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he commercial heartbeat of the community and the home of Whidbey Island Naval Air station, Oak Harbor is unlike anything else from Deception Pass Bridge to the Clinton ferry dock. In fact, it has just a little bit of everything, from recognizable lodging options on the north end to camping on the city's waterfront. Restaurants range from fine dining to fast food, and recreation opportunities abound at every corner. It's one experience you can't afford to miss!



Start the day with a cup of coffee brewed by Honeymoon Bay Coffee Roasters on SW Bowmer Street. Sit, relax and read up on events in the cozy cafe, which offers free WiFi. Or get a cup to go — and a free newspaper — from one of two Whidbey Coffee drive-throughs, on Pioneer Way and Highway 20.


Take a stroll down Pioneer Way and have a bite to eat at any of the downtown restaurants. Shoppers will enjoy a variety of shops, from those offering the latest in fashion to island antiques. For those who want to get in a little nature after lunch, try the city's waterfront trails.

The Oak Harbor Marina will host Whidbey Island Race Week this summer beginning July 17.


There's something for every taste, whether it's fine dining at Frasers Gourmet Hideaway, wine tasting at Bayleaf, or a barbecue at Windjammer Park. Find a movie at the Blue Fox Drive-In, located just south of town, or catch a live show at the Whidbey Playhouse.

getting here ... Oak Harbor is the northern most city on Whidbey Island. It can be accessed from the Burlington area by Highway 20, which crosses onto the island via the Deception Pass Bridge. From anywhere south on the island, follow Highway 20 until you reach Whidbey's "mini metropolis."


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ne of the greatest things about Whidbey Island is all the vast outdoors and wooded areas to explore. Island County Government, as well as preservation groups such as the Whidbey Camano Land Trust work to support the island's trail

systems. In recent years, great efforts have been taken to set aside large parcels of land for preservation and public use. Among these are the giant Trillium Woods, Goss Lake and Saratoga Woods areas, the Metcalf Trust and more acreage that's being bestowed for public preservation and use each day. When exploring these areas everyone should abide by trail safety and have respect for the area. The Island County website http://www. htm has links to downloadable, high-quality maps, such as the one to the left, of the island's most popular trail systems. Download a map and hit the trails today!


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The Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey opened in 1903 and has seen many renovations since. LEFT: Automobiles built before 1935 streamed across Deception Pass Bridge during a 2010 celebration.

Take a tour of the past that lives on today


n affordable way to learn about the storied history of Whidbey is to walk through the towns and take time to notice the past that continues to live on today. Depending on how much time is available, a walking tour of Coupeville or Langley — two of the island's most quaint cities — can be done in as little as a half hour. Stop by the Island County Historical Society Museum in Coupeville (Front & Alexander streets) or the South Whidbey Historical Society Museum in Langley (on Second Street) to pick up pamphlets for your own walking tour or tag along on one of the museums' guided tours. Some highlights include:

DECEPTION PASS BRIDGE ÂťBuilt 1935. The Deception Pass Bridge is one of the most iconic structures in the Northwest. About 20,000 cars cross the bridge daily, some stopping so occupants can stand on its scenic walkway 180 feet above the Puget Sound. The bridge, which links three islands, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today, more than 2 million people visit Deception Pass State Park each year.

WHARF & WAREHOUSE Âť Built 1905. Located at foot of NW Alexander Street on the waterfront. Coupeville has seen five wharfs out in Penn Cove

throughout its history. The red structure stands as a reminder that Coupeville was once a major seaport. At the time, all goods in and out of Central Whidbey passed through the wharf and it was a popular place for gatherings. Today the wharf is a site for gift shops, a restaurant, coffee house and the home to skeletons of Rosie the gray whale and Rudy the Dall's porpoise.

HISTORIC FRONT STREET Coupeville's Front Street looks much like it did in the early 20th Century. It was the center of commerce on Whidbey Island. People would come to Front Street to buy groceries, hardware, medicine and conduct personal business.



Âť Located on the corner of Northwest Coveland and Colburn Streets. Town Park is a 3.8acre community park in northwest Coupeville that contains a 440-foot trail leading to the beach. The land for the park was donated by the Ladies of the Round Table. Today the park serves as a meeting place and houses a cookhouse, picnics tables, barbecue pits, playground equipment, shuffleboard and a tennis court. Additionally, the park has a pavilion used for live music and events. The pavilion was donated to the city in 1992 by the nonprofit organization Concerts on the Cove.

Âť Opened in 1903. The Admiralty Lighthouse opened in 1903 and served as a home to several light keepers and their families until it was closed in 1922 due to advancing technology. Five years later the lantern house was transferred to a lighthouse on the Dungeness Spit in Sequim. After Washington State Parks acquired the Admiralty Lighthouse in 1956 and opened it to the public, they replaced the lantern house with a replica. Currently, welding students from all three island high schools are working to restore the latern house to its original glory.


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MORE HISTORY, FROM PAGE 10 Âť SUNNYSIDE CEMETERY Âť Est. in 1865. Sunnyside Cemetery, located on Central Whidbey, became the final resting place for many local legends and pioneers. Its first burial was in 1865 with the funeral of Winfield Ebey. In 1869, Ebey's sister, Mary Ebey Bozarth, sold the one and a quarter acre where he was buried to the county for $1. Some members of Whidbey pioneer families actually had their loved ones dug up and transferred to the cemetery, which is why some gravestones date back to the early 1850s. Today many acres have been added to the cemetery.

WHIDBEY PLAYHOUSE ÂťActive since 1966, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Since its first performance

of "Madame President," this amateur, live theater venue in Oak Harbor has seen more than 200 musicals, dramas, comedies, melodramas, mysteries, youth productions and original reviews on its boards since opening in 1966. A fundraising drive led to their own building in the 1980, a classic old Dutch Reformed church which was converted to a theater.


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Hedgebrook, a women writers' retreat located near Langley, provides a place of residence, comfort and solitude for women writers of all ages, backgrounds and visions. At the same time, the retreat promotes a philosophy of environmentally sound land use at the campus (organic farming and natural land management), while also continuing its goal to envision new ways of fostering change

in the community.

CLYDE THEATRE Âť Built 1937. Located at 217 First St. The Clyde was built at the height of the Depression by movie lover Norman Clyde. It continues in Langley.

LANGLEY CITY HALL Âť Built 1948. Located at 112 Second St. This brick building was originally built as a Masonic Temple and was remodeled to accommodate offices in the early 1990s, while retaining its historical appearance.


 Est. 1880s. Located 202 Wharf St. Saratoga Passage, Camano Island and the Cascade Mountains can be viewed from the bluff along Camano Avenue. From the 1900s through the 1970s the marina was the hub of the city’s commerce.

At a play rehearsal for "The Sunshine Boys," Al Lewis (played by Jack McPherson), left, sits while being examined by Willie Clark (played by Jack Sondericker) during a doctor’s office comedy sketch. "The Sunshine Boys" was one of the many plays that opened at the Whidbey Playhouse this season. A night at the theater is a popular activity.

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he seaside, farming community in Central Whidbey is best known for its history. The quaint town, dotted with Victorian homes, is the second oldest town in Washington state and is at the heart of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. The Keystone ferry landing is located nearby.



Walkers can enjoy a safe, peaceful hike by walking on the various trails that have been developed in recent years on the sides of the town's streets. During low tides, a walk on the shoreline might be the perfect way to start the morning. A quick drive from Coupeville is the bluff at Ebey's Landing along with Fort Casey and Fort Ebey state parks, which provide picturesque views.


Historic Front Street provides many shops and restaurants that are sure to entertain visitors. A stop in Coupeville wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Island County Historical Society Museum. The town is a bustling place throughout the year thanks to the numerous festivals that celebrate everything from Penn Cove's world famous mussels to the island's Native American heritage.


Enjoy some mussels, which are a staple of the restaurants in the historic town. The extensive restaurant scene expanded with the Front Street Grill, which opened in 2010, and an Italian restaurant which will open in 2011. Coupeville's restaurants provide a relaxed atmosphere for people to try a microbrew or a nice glass of wine while eating meals fresh from Puget Sound or grown right here on Whidbey Island.

Coupeville hosts several unique festivals throughout the year such as the Harvest Festival in October. TOP: At the Penn Cove Water Festival in May, visitors enjoy Native arts, story telling and tribal canoe races.

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Coupeville is located half way up Whidbey Island, along Highway 20. Aside from the Front Street area, this tiny town is sprawled across rolling prairie land. Visitors can also access the town across the water via the Coupeville-Port Townsend Ferry Route.

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WEATHER ON WHIDBEY Nestled in just the right place, Whidbey Island enjoys some of the best weather in Western Washington. The Olympic Mountains create special conditions that alter the rainfall considerably on Whidbey, creating what is known as a "rain shadow." The region just north of Coupeville is heavily impacted by this and is subsequently one of the driest areas in Island County, receiving an average of 18 to 19 inches of rain per year. Temperatures can swing wildly throughout the islands, but the weather is typically a few degrees cooler than the mainland. In Coupeville, average temperatures range from the low 70s in the heat of summer to the mid 30s during the winter. Generally, Old Man Winter's grip is gone by mid-April and doesn't return until the end of October with the arrival of the fall's first frost. Before you plan your next trip, check for the latest updates.

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ith its mild temperatures, wide range of courses and breathtaking backdrops at every turn, Whidbey Island is considered a golfer's dream. Offering a truly diverse selection of courses, golfers have their choice of leisurely 9-hole afternoons to daylong forays on technically challenging 18-hole courses. Whatever the choice, expect to be wowed by some of the most scenic courses in the Northwest.

LINKS sign, from its emerald greens surrounded by woods and spectacular water hazards, make this a challenging, yet fun, experience for all.


Âť Public, 9 Hole, Par-3 Course Ducken Road, Oak Harbor 360-675-3412 Lam's Links near Deception Pass is the perfect course for beginners to learn the finer points of the game and is the farthest north of any island golf course. Developed in the early 1970s, every tree on the property was hand-planted on the former lush farm and pasture land.


Âť Private, 18 Hole, Par-72 Course S. Country Club Drive, Langley 360-321-5960 Watch out for the 400-yard par-4 15th hole, almost impossible to reach in less than two shots without a strong and true drive. The club is noted for flawless greens, roughs, water hazards, sand traps and tee boxes.



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nce the largest loganberry farm in the United States, the Greenbank Farm has become a community hub, farmer training center and recreation destination. The 522-acre farm is home to art galleries, small businesses and the always-popular Loganberry Festival, which takes place in July. Located up the hill from the Greenbank Farm, is the Greenbank Store, a post office, a nail salon and a restaurant.

getting here ... Greenbank is at the heart of Whidbey Island. From the Coupeville Ferry or any point north on the island, head south on Highway 525 until you spot the distinctive red barns of the Greenbank Farm. The tiny town surrounds this area.

Mike Seraphinoff tends to his garden at the Greenbank Farm



Dog lovers can take their pet to the 40-acre, offleash area located just north of the farm fields, which expanded recently to accommodate farmer trainees and folks who want to grow crops to sell at farmers markets. The trail system throughout the farm provides stunning views of Saratoga Passage and the Cascade Mountains.


Whidbey Pies Cafe, several art galleries and a cheese shop provide a place to enjoy lunch and shop for a unique gift. The farm is home to a farmers market that takes place on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located near the Farm is the picturesque and aromatic Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens featuring hundreds of beautiful plants.


First Fridays at the Farm provides a jovial kickoff to the weekend. Visit with winemakers as they lead the group with a tasting and a discussion about wine. The shops and restaurant operating at the farm stay open late to accommodate. The Greenbank Farm provides a tranquil place to gaze at the stars, which is always awe-inspiring on a clear night.

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oes your dog need a little vacation time of its own? Whidbey Island is home to several off-leash dog parks. Dog parks are a great way for people to socialize too. Devotees of just about every breed of pup often use the parks as a place to mingle. Check out these great places where a dog can run with abandon and sniff a few hind quarters without judgment.

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Greenbank farm trails

 Located off Highway 525 on Wonn Road. On the central part of Whidbey Island you’ll find the Greenbank Farm, comprising 522 acres of fields, forest and wetlands. The farm features miles of trails where families and their dogs can enjoy walks through the fields and forests, wetland bird watching and picnics on the lawns. In mid-September, the farm hosts the annual Wag 'n' Walk, a fun-filled day for your canine pals and families sponsored by the Whidbey Animals' Improvement Foundation, the festival is also an opportunity for people to connect with dogs WAIF has up for adoption.

Âť North of Oak Harbor, about seven or eight miles south of Deception Pass. From Highway 20, go west on Ault Field Road about .75 of a mile to Goldie Road. Turn left on Goldie Road and go about one-half mile to Technical Drive and turn left again. Go all the way to the end of the lane.

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Clover Valley Dog Park

Âť Next to Clover Valley Baseball Park on the corner of Oak Harbor and Ault Field Roads. The park is three acres, is partially fenced and has some wooded areas for the dogs that really like to sniff. Water and refuse containers are provided, and there is also a covered pavilion to protect dog owners from the elements.

Patmore Pit

Âť Located just south of Coupeville off SR 20. Patmore Pit is a 40-acre, partially-fenced meadow with plenty of room for dogs to run. The location has a separate fenced agility area with toys, water and refuse bags provided. From Highway 20, turn onto Patmore Road, then Keystone Hill Road for a short distance to park entrance.


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Âť Located about a half-mile south on Bayview Road off Highway 525. The park offers 13 acres of meadow and woods that is completely fenced. The meadow portion of the park is approximately two acres in size and includes a covered picnic shelter and the 11-acres of woods are chriscrossed with well-maintained trails. Toys and bags for waste disposal are provided, as well as fresh water. The park is lighted for folks who want to take their dogs on early morn-




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ounded as a socialist community in the early 1900s, Freeland has transformed itself into the commercial hub of South Whidbey, with banks, businesses and a shopping center all nestled on both sides of the highway. Shops and cafes are within walking distance of each other in this fast-growing community.


Morning in Freeland Park along tranquil Holmes Harbor is a great place for a walk. There's a playground for the kids and picnic tables for seaside lunching. With a hike over the hill to the west past the historic Freeland Hall there's some heavy duty nautical creativity going on at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders.


An afternoon at Double Bluff Beach is a great place for a picnic, or building a sand castle.The vast stretch of sand and tide pools make for terrific beachcombing. Visit Island Art Glass where artists Rob Adamson and Jan Swalwell create some of the most beautiful glass pieces this side of Murano, Italy.

ABOVE: A woman walks her dog in Freeland Park along peaceful Holmes Harbor.


When dinnertime calls, there are plenty of places to satisfy one's palette in or around Freeland, including Gordon's on Blueberry Hill overlooking Holmes Harbor which provides a romantic experience with its culinary excellence. If you want to go a bit more casual, try Gerry's Kitchen on Main Street.

getting here ... Highway 525 runs through the commercial hub of Freeland. The crossroads of Fish and Main Street signal you've arrived in Freeland. The majority of the official city hugs Holmes Harbor, but many consider "Freeland" to include areas such as Double Bluff Beach Park and Bush Point.

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arts excursions

ith an abundance of grassy fields, thick forests, roaming wildflowers and picturesque views of the Olympic Mountains and surrounding waters, it's no mystery why scores of artists choose Whidbey Island to be the backdrop for their work and lives. Many artists spend their time capturing the rustic atmosphere at Ebey's Landing or the graceful movement of sailboats as they tread through Saratoga Passage. Visitors to Whidbey are captivated by its beauty. No matter the season, a trip to the island guarantees opportunities to witness first-hand the creativity and friendly nature of its artistic residents.

all genres, dance performance, movie festivals and much more. On South Whidbey, Whidbey Children's Theater and Whidbey Island Dance Theatre entertain audiences of all ages with their standout performances and classics like WIDT's "The Nutcracker." And now, Island

Potter Dan Ishler creates an automobile at the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival.

Shakespeare Fest offers free plays in the woods in Clinton on its Storyhouse Stage in midAugust. Entertainment opportunities are found just about everywhere from coffee shops to black box theaters inside business complexes.


Everything you need to live on Whidbey is located here in... Fr eeland!

TAKE A TOUR Spend a day or two traversing the island during the Whidbey Island Arts Council's Open Studio Tour when nearly 100 artists open their studios to visitors for the art fix of a lifetime. The tour allows the public to watch the artists in action, to buy art and to ask questions about technique. This all-island tour is held in the fall, while smaller, additional tours sponsored by Whidbey Working Artists are held in the spring and summer.



Welcome to Whidbey Island, We have everything you need for your stay!

WHIDBEY'S STAR SCENE The movie "Practical Magic" was filmed in Coupeville. The beginning of "War of the Roses" was also filmed there. Independent and major films have taken over the streets of Langley. Most recently, hometown boy Jordan Albertsen directed "The Standard" at South Whidbey High School and surrounding area in 2006. Deception Pass Bridge has been the scene for many a filmed advertisement and it even made a cameo appearance in the film "The Ring." Numerous TV commercials are filmed on Whidbey's scenic byways.

STEP AWAY FROM THE TV Live theater and music are abundant on Whidbey. The two biggest venues are the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley and Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor. These locations host everything from regular seasons of community theater to live music of









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The local schools, including the Whidbey Island Campus of Skagit Valley College in Oak Harbor, help keep the performance arts schedule full.

Display your gallery savvy Not only local artists, but regional as well, have their works on display at the island's galleries. Langley's First Street, the Greenbank Farm, Coupeville's Front Street and Oak Harbor's

Pioneer Way, are the hot spots to find art on display and available for purchase. Often the artists themselves are present for you to ask questions about the art scene.

Occasions to celebrate A number of Whidbey Island festivals are focused around the arts. The biggest are the Choochokam Festival of Arts held in Langley each July and the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival held in August. The Island County Fair, also held in August, boasts an impressive

line up of entertainment acts. No matter the festival though, you're likely to see live performances by dance troupes, singers and more. One of the biggest art productions to take over Whidbey is the annual Mystery Weekend in Langley. Shopkeepers wear costumes and actors wander the streets in this annual tradition that happens the final weekend in February. It's become a favorite for islanders and mainlanders alike who try to solve a "murder," adding to the already charming enchantment that Langley exudes.

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OTT & MURPHY WINES 204 1st Street, Langley 360 221-7131 Ott & Murphy’s award winning winemakers hand-craft & age wines based on ancient French wine traditions. O&M Wines' exciting waterside tasting room in Langley offers wine by the taste, flight, or glass along with a breath-taking view of Saratoga Passage and the Cascades. Sample the light fare and unique treats we’ve created to pair with our sumptuous wines. You’ll meet the winemakers most weekends. Open daily 1 to 9:30pm. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday.

VINO AMORE WINE SHOP 5575 Harbor Ave. Ste. 102, Freeland 360-331-7661 Vino Amore is a full service retail wine and gift shop featuring over 1,200 different wines from around the world. We carry wine accessories, gourmet food products, stemware, barware and custom gift baskets. Join us Saturdays and Sundays for wine tastings. We offer case discounts, special tasting events, and we’re happy to help with food and wine pairing. Open 11 - 6 Tues. - Fri., Saturday 11 - 7 and Sunday 12 - 5. Join us on Facebook!

WHIDBEY ISLAND VINEYARD and WINERY 5237 Langley Rd., Langley 360-221-2040 Whidbey Island Vineyard and Winery owners and winemakers Greg and Elizabeth Osenbach have gained a reputation for wines of outstanding quality, balance and value. Visitors are welcomed in a warm and friendly tasting room overlooking the 24 year old vineyard and can enjoy a stroll around the grounds or a picnic in the old apple orchard. In addition to the estate grown wines an extensive list of both red and white wines are produced from grapes grown in some of eastern Washington’s finer vineyards. Open 11 – 5. Closed Mon. & Tues. in winter, and closed Tuesdays in summer.

Open for tours and wine tasting every Wednesday ~ Sunday 11AM-5PM or by appointment

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PAINT IN PLEIN AIR Each summer, more than 100 painters from across the United States descend upon Whidbey Island as participants in the Plein Air Painters’ U.S. Open sponsored by the Pacific NorthWest Art School. The event honors the plein air tradition, which was started by 19th-century impressionist masters, such as Renoir, Monet and CĂŠzanne. Today their modern contemporaries continue to paint en plein air, meaning “in the

open air.� During the event, attendees watch as painters find inspiring island scenes and bring them to life on their canvases. It’s a race against the light and the weather. During the weekend, there's an art sale and live auction. Visitors are encouraged to talk with artists about their work and what motivates them. The event awards top prize money, ensuring collectors that the available works for sale represent plein air at its finest. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Pacific NorthWest Art School and its efforts to bring quality art education to the region.

Whidbey artist Kay Parsons looks over her painting entitled Honey and Perfume.

HOLMES HARBOR CELLARS 4591 Honeymoon Bay Road Greenbank 360 331-3544 A place to celebrate wine and the wine experience. Holmes Harbor Cellars is nestled on scenic Whidbey Island with stunning views of Holmes Harbor Bay. Feel free to come and share a taste, a glass, or a bottle. The estate is pleasing and enjoyable, situated on 20 wooded acres. We will strive to make your experience enjoyable and memorable. Open every Wednesday through Sunday 11am – 5pm or by appointment.

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ayview is one of South Whidbey’s oldest communities, and the historic crossroads is anchored by a must-visit mecca for gardeners — Bayview Farm & Garden — and the Cash Store, a local institution since 1924.


The Bayview Shopping Center allows visitors to stock up on supplies at the Goose Community Grocer to fill up the fridge or satisfy their hardware needs at Sebo's Do-It-Center. There is also a fun craft store, Casey's Crafts, that will keep the children busy on rainy days.


With the old Bayview Community Hall situated on a grassy field, and its Cash Store that's more than 100 years old, the corner gives visitors a taste of what Whidbey must have been like when farming was the main profession. At Bayview Corner Half Link Bicycle Shop visitors can rent bikes.

The Bayview Good Cheer Harvest Fest takes place each year near the beginning of fall.


Taste 4 Wines is a tasting room where several Whidbey Island wineries offer bottles to buy and wines by the glass, appetizers and a gallery of local art in addition to the Open Door Community Gallery also in the Cash Store. Upstairs, see more art at Fine Balance Imaging Studios.

getting here ... Bayview Corner is just a stone's throw off Highway 525. From the south, turn right off the highway onto Bayview Road at the traffic light and you'll immediately see Bayview Community Hall. Coming from the north, turn left at Marsh View Avenue —right next to Whidbey Telecom where the flagpole looms over Highway 525 — and follow the road up to the next corner.

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Start at either end of the island & take a scenic tour: Visit all the beautiful places showcasing different aspects of Northwest gardening. 4 3 2 1

For a detailed map showing roads, please see the centerfold gloss map.

1 CULTUS BAY NURSERY A gorgeous 25-year-old display garden and nursery specializes in the best perennials, shrubs, trees, grasses, vines and herbs. Inspiring potting shed, lathe house, and Victorian home set the scene. Featured in The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset, Country Home, Country Gardens, Gardeners on the Go, N.W. Best Places, etc. Expert help, design consultations, and wedding flower service available. 7568 Cultus Bay Road, Clinton. (360) 579-2329. April-Sept., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday.

2 KIRK’S GARDEN & NURSERY Offering locally grown plants, specializing in varieties that grow well in the Puget Sound area, with a large selection of flowering trees, evergreens, shrubs, ornamental grasses & perennials, as well as the unusual and hard-t0-find plants. In our display garden you will find a pond surrounded by water, marginal and bog plants. A fun place to stroll and enjoy the richness of textures and colors. Maxwelton Road at Highway 525, Langley (360) 321-4340. Now open daily. Call for changing seasonal hours.

3 BAYVIEW FARM & GARDEN 5 LAVENDER WIND FARM Award winning Bayview Farm & Garden is pleased to be an integral part of Island life, serving up beautiful gardens to Whidbey Island and the mainland. Voted Whidbey’s favorite place to buy plants, we are two and a half acres of gardener’s paradise. With trained and experienced staff, we are equipped to advise you in gardening, landscaping, pet and livestock care. Treat your senses as you wander through our extensive nursery yard and display gardens. Choose from an abundance of healthy and vigorous plants. From the classic to the extraordinary, you will be pleased to find what you need to create the garden of your dreams. Just off Hwy 525 at Bayview Road. (360) 321-6789.

4 MEERKERK GARDENS Meerkerk Gardens, Whidbey Island’s peaceful woodland garden, features 10 acres of display gardens enveloped by a 43 acre nature preserve with hiking trails. The Gardens are open year ‘round from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meerkerk is known for its spring season when thousands of rhododendrons bloom in harmony with over 100,000 spring bulbs, magnolias, cherry trees and native understory shrubs and groundcovers, nestled among the second growth forest. Summer features the Lily Show augmented with colorful waves of companion plantings. Meerkerk is located just south of Greenbank off HWY 525 at 3531 Meerkerk Lane. (360) 678-1912.

Wander our beautiful lavender fields, herb gardens, lavender labyrinth, pond, and gazebo. Enjoy our gift shop, have a picnic, enjoy the view of the Olympics and Strait of Juan de Fuca, do U-pick in season. We have wonderful plants for your garden. In addition to our own lavender & herb products we have books, cards, t-shirts, & household linens. Come anytime of the year. 2530 Darst Road (off West Beach Road), Coupeville. Toll Free (877) 242-7716. June - Aug 10-5 • Sept - May 10-4 Order online anytime at

6 HUMMINGBIRD FARM NURSERY AND GARDENS “The Gardening and Gift Shop Gem of Whidbey Island” Known for its great selection of unusual plants, this nursery specializes in growing and selling both familiar and rare varieties of perennials. Select vegetables, herbs, shrubs, vines, roses, and trees are also offered. The popular display gardens are being rejuvenated. “Calliope’s Craft Corner,” held the first and third Saturdays May through August, features craft classes for “children creating art from nature’s garden.” The Farm offers a free “Gathering for Gardening” forum the first Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. The garden-themed gift shop is a treasure trove for the garden, home, or bath, showcasing iron, stone, wood, fiber, and glasswork crafted by Northwest artists. Hours: Wed-Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open year round. (360) 679-5044.

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Artistic, Historic, Relaxing

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Now Open Mon-Sat 10-6 Sunday 10-4

New and Vintage Guitars and Amps CDs, DVDs, Books and Accessories Lessons, Instrument Service and Rentals Special Orders Welcome

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Handblown Glass Original Art Featuring Local Artists

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ounded in 1890 by young German immigrant Jacob Anthes, who wanted to avoid military service back home, Langley maintains its seaside village charm, with an emphasis on history, culture, education, music, the arts, and boutique shopping and dining at its best.


Build up an appetite with a stroll along Seawall Park, entering and exiting at First Street and Anthes Avenue. Next, do some shopping on First and Second streets, then stop in the shops for some pastry, chocolates and coffee.


Visit the historic Star Store on Second Street for groceries or lunch at Mike's Place on First Street. Spend the afternoon at the old fire house, which features handson glass-blowing demonstrations, a gift shop and Whidbey ales tastings.

The popular DjangoFest usually sells out all of the available hotel rooms in Langley for five days in September. TOP: Whidbey photographer Ron Roesler took this photo of Langley known as "The Village By The Sea."


Fuel up with a fancy pie from Village Pizzeria on First Street or the new Mo's English Pub on Second Street, then ease your digestion with a stroll along the bluff next to Camano Avenue. Top off the evening with a first-run movie at the historic Clyde Theatre.

getting here ...

Access Langley by many arterial roadways off Highway 525. The main routes are: from the north, turn onto Bayview Road and follow what will turn into Brooks Hill Road all the way into downtown. From the southern direction, turn east onto either Maxwelton Road or Langley Road and follow signs until you reach the seaside town of Langley.

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The Village By The Sea Where clothing & yarns commingle in a creative, fun environment...

Colors to delight the eye... Fibers to delight the touch... Come enjoy the experience!

Artistic, Historic, Relaxing

TIMELESS TREASURES So Many Hidden Treasures!

In the Lane at Langley Clock & Gallery

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Antique & Modern Dolls

Custom Design and On-site Jewelry Repair

• Watch Batteries and Repair • Fine Cutlery and Flatware • Unique Scandinavian and Celtic Gifts

Bret Christensen, Goldsmith

216 First St, Langley

360-221-5505 Tues. - Sun. • 10am - 5pm


Collectible Dolls

STAR STORE! — In Langley —

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(360) 221-3747

Antique Doll



Madam Alexander Mark Roberts Fairies Kringlekin Elves Wee Forrest Folk Mice Byers Choice Carolers Bearington Bears Kathe Kruse Corolle Dolls



202 First Street


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he Greenbank Farm in Greenbank was once hailed as the largest loganberry farm in the country. The loganberry is a blackberry/ raspberry hybrid and, though it doesn't hold as much fame as its berry cousins, the delectable fruit is certainly cherished on Whidbey. Each summer the farm hosts a weekend festival dedicated to the loganberry drawing hundreds of visitors. The farm's bakery shop, Whidbey Pies Cafe, has been baking delicious pies with the berry since 1986. The pies are hand-crafted and feature only locally grown, natural ingredients. Here's a loganberry pie recipe straight from Whidbey Pies Cafe's owner, Jan Gunn:

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INGREDIENTS: 9-inch double pie crust » 2 cups unbleached pastry flour » 1 tsp. salt » 1/2 cup unsalted butter » 3 Tbs. coconut oil » 1/4 cup cold water

Loganberry Pie Filling

»20 oz. berries (fresh or frozen) »3 tbls. granulated tapioca »1/4 cup cane sugar »1/8 tsp. salt


Blend the flour, butter and coconut oil together until the mix has the consistency of coarse corn-

meal. Add ice water slowly until pastry just holds together. Do not over work. Roll out on a marble or floured board to a 10-inch diameter. Use long spatula to loosen pastry, fold over in half and slide into pie tin. Mix together filling ingredients and dot the top with butter. Top pie with a lattice or make a full top with a holes for ventilation. Place the pie in a 400-degree oven and bake for 45 minutes or until the dessert is browned and bubbling.

In addition to loganberry pies, visitors can find black raspberry, boysenberry, cherry, granny apple and marionberry pies year-round at Greenbank Farm.

Cultus Bay


Perennials Grasses Shrubs Herbs Vines

Visit our enchanting Display Gardens As featured in the New York Times, Sunset Magazine & Country Living Open Thurs-Mon 10am-5pm Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays

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n o & s B B

Easy to get to, Events all year ’round

Y E D B I WH ♼

An Island for escape



♼ Romantic Suites, Jacuzzis ♼ ♼ Private Entrances & Baths ♼ ♼ Fireplaces, Kitchens, Decks ♼ ♼ Water & Mountain Views ♼ ♼ Quiet Privacy ♼ Hot Tub & Gardens ♼ ♼ Donkeys, Bunnies & Sheep ♼


Stay with the best...

Guest House Log Cottages

Anchorage Inn Bay Breeze Cottages Blue Goose Inn B&B Carol Lee’s Attic Cliff House & Cottage Country Cottage of Langley Eagles Nest Inn Farmhouse B&B Guest House Log Cottages Smuggler’s Cove Haven Spinnaker Tea Garden B&B

A Couple’s Romantic Retreat

Stewart Hopkins

with 25 acres of woodsy seclusion. Each luxurious cottage is unique and features an in-room jacuzzi, fireplace, kitchen and selfserve breakfast. Swimming pool & spa outdoors. Rest, relax, come and visit us on beautiful Whidbey.


Angels Guest Suite

A Little Bit of Heaven Overlooking the Saratoga Passage � Located near Langley’s quaint shops � Convenient to wineries, hiking, biking & golf � Partial water/mountain view & beach access � Secluded, relaxing garden suite




Whidbey Is�and

Bed & Breakfast Association

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nce a refueling stop for Puget Sound's Mosquito fleet, Clinton has been welcoming visitors to Whidbey Island for more than a century. Ferries arrive from the mainland at Mukilteo every half-hour seven days per week.



Disembarking the ferry in Clinton, watch for the quick right turn to Clinton Beach Park, home to the whimsical sculptures of Georgia Gerber. Let the children play in the sandbox, complete with toys, and check out the unique picnic shelter sporting a "living roof " of native, droughtresistant plants.


Get off the beaten track by visiting Possession Point Waterfront Park. Kayak with friends, or enjoy a few hours of serene beach walking, fishing or boating. Keep an eye out for destroyers and aircraft carriers transiting Possession Strait en route to the Navy base in Everett. Hunt for seashells and stones.

ABOVE: A performance of "As You Like It" during the Shakespeare Fest held in the woods each summer in Clinton. LEFT: The Maxwelton Fourth of July parade has been a family traditionfor nearly 100 years in Clinton.


Check out another unique Gerber sculpture, a story told by a rabbit to chipmunks at the entrance to the Clinton Library, then take in a ball game next door at Dan Porter Park. While waiting for the ferry to Mukilteo, enjoy the sunset over Saratoga Passage and Possession Strait.

getting here ...

The ferry terminal will deliver visitors from Mukilteo directly into the main commercial hub of Clinton. This is the last Whidbey city before departing the island and the first to greet you when you return. The town sprawls out from there, as far reaching as Maxwelton and Scatchet Head. Further north, up Highway 525, is Ken's Korner Shopping Complex, another major landmark for Clintonites.

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Watch the amazing fireworks display at Holmes Harbor during Freeland's Independence Day celebration, held July 3 annually.




reasons to ♥ whidbey

In no particular order — we love them all & too many more to count!

1 » Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve is the nation's first historical reserve. It protects a working agriculture landscape with 400 historic buildings and two state parks over a giant swath of Central Whidbey. 2 » Soaring bald eagles are nearly omnipresent in the skies over Whidbey. 3 » If you want to be alone, just go swimming along the shoreline in the frigid waters surrounding Whidbey Island. 4 » Toby's Tavern on Front Street in Coupeville may be

small, but it sells more of the famous — and tasty — Penn Cove mussels than any other restaurant in the world. 5 » Hundreds descend on the island each September to bike the stunning Tour de Whidbey route. 6 » It's fun to try to identify the Navy aircraft flying overhead. 7 » Watch the races at the Soup Box Derby in Langley in September as locals guide their homemade, nonmotorized racers down one of the town's steepest hills. 8 » The Greenbank

Farm has wine tasting, pie, cheese, art, plenty of friendly ducks, trails through stunning scenery and plenty of festivals. 9 » Watch the impressive fireworks display at Windjammer Park for Oak Harbor's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July. 10 » Island Transit offers free bus trips to anywhere on the island. 11 » Climb the staircase at Admiralty Head Lighthouse and soak up the history of Fort Casey, built as a defense against invasion in the 1800s.

12 » A pocket park at Bush Point offers stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and passing looks at huge container ships and the occasional aircraft carrier and killer whales. 13 » The Roller Barn in Oak Harbor is not only a historic barn, it's a skating rink and a club for kids. 14 » Stroll through the shops at Bayview Corner and head next door to see the perennials at Bayview Farm and Garden. 15 » Fair food on the midway! There's curly fries, corndogs, onion burgers and more.


We specialize in plant varieties that grow well in the Puget Sound area

Large selection of flowering trees, evergreens, shrubs, ornamental grasses & perennials. Now open daily.

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Anchor Books & Coffee Quality Used Books & Book Exchange Mukilteo Roasters Coffees Island Tea Co. Loose Teas Sweet Mona’s Candies Chocolates by George Island Artists Whidbey Pies Locally Baked Pastries Whidbey Island Ice Cream

Used Books…New Coffee! Open Daily- 7 to 7 9289 Hwy. 525, Clinton 360.341.3343

Artisan Sandwiches Creative Wraps House-made Soups Decadent Salads Delicious Paninis Party Platters Premium Hard Ice Cream Shakes & Smoothies Organic Beers Washington Wines Quick Take Out Great People Experienced Catering Complimentary Wireless Internet Flat Screen TV

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EXIT 229

Burlington, WA 98233

(360) 588-4281

S. Burlington Blvd.

1830 S. Burlington

E. George Hopper Rd. Lighting Universe

Hampton Inn & Suites

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Specializing in guided tours and rentals on South Whidbey Visit our website at:

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Beautiful Lavender Fields Plant Nursery Strait of Juan de Fuca View 2530 Darst Rd. - North of Coupeville off West Beach Road

*Must present coupon to receive discount. 1 coupon per person and/or family up to 10. Restrictions may apply.

Lavender Labyrinth Gift Shop Classes & Demonstrations 360.678.0919 or 877.242.7716

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Historic Shops and g Award-Winnin Restaurants!

Come and

Mill Around

Downtown Oak Harbor!


Our newest designer, Carina, uses recycled silver and natural minerals in her organic creations.


The micro-crystalline structure of Drusy gives it a sugar sparkle effect. We have rings, pendants and earrings in many colors.

Signature Sailboats

Linds nautical themed jewelry is created in 14 Karat gold and sterling silver and features the many colors of sapphire and opal.

Linds Signature Sailboats are created by our talented goldsmiths. The sailboats and other original designs are cast in 14 or 18 Karat gold and feature hand cut gemstones and minerals.


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Photos by Michael Stadler

Nautical Jewelry

2011 Whidbey Islander  

The premier guide for visitors to Whidbey Island, Washington