5 Delicious Restaurants on Whidbey Island with Vegetarian & Vegan Meals

Whether you have a new year’s goal to eat less meat or you’re a longtime dedicated vegan, you’ll find something delicious to try at one of the fine establishments on this list!

From grab-and-go protein-packed vegan breakfast bowls to sit-down meals you can take your time on, these Whidbey Island restaurants offer plenty of meat-free dishes that will keep you coming back to try something new.

OAK HARBOR

Island Açaí Bowls: Blended w/Almond Milk & Vegan Protein Add-on Available

Eating fresh, healthy foods really doesn’t get easier than this! Island Açaí Bowls are easy to grab and take on the go, and with whole food ingredients like açaí, berries, bananas, coconut, chia seeds, hemp seeds, peanut butter, honey, agave and more, they’re thoroughly delicious as well. Add whey protein OR vegan protein, too!


China City Restaurant: Veggie & Tofu Entrée Heaven

  • Website / Menu

  • Located at 33185 WA-20 Oak Harbor, WA 98277

  • Located at 1804 Scott Road Freeland, WA 98249

In addition to vegetarian appetizers like garlic green beans, lettuce wraps, lumpia, and brussel sprouts, you’ll find plenty of other tantalizing menu items for a vegetarian or vegan diet. Just a few of the choices include things like egg flower soup, Szechuan tofu, garlic broccoli, Kung Po Tofu, and more. (Thanks for the awesome recommendation, Kelly N.!)


COUPEVILLE

Phad Thai Restaurant: Tofu Curries, Fresh Spring Rolls & Mixed Veggie Dishes

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  • Located at 602 N. Main St Coupeville, WA 98239

Phad Thai Restaurant’s mouthwatering curries, soups, and fried rice dishes are ready to be enjoyed by meat lovers and veggie enthusiasts alike. Tofu is an option whether you opt for Panang curry or pineapple fried rice, and vegetarians and vegans will find choices like fried tofu and fresh spring rolls to be ideal options as well.


Sunshine Drip: Superfruit Smoothies, Salads, Avocado Toast & More

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  • Located at 306 N. Main Street Coupevillle, WA 98277

Whether you’re in a hurry and need to pick up a quick breakfast or you have some time to linger, Sunshine Drip offers a few satisfying vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options. Their made-to-order smoothies are reasonably priced ($5.75 for a 16-oz. & $6.75 for a 20-oz.), and their other breakfast menu items include veggie favorites like a vegetarian bagel sandwich, avocado toast, vegetarian quiche, oatmeal, a veggie sandwich, a spicy veggie wrap, and a selection of salads.


LANGLEY

Ultra House: Vegan Kale Noodles, Vegan Ramen, Vegan Mochi Dessert & More!

  • Website / Menu

  • Located at 221 Second Street #9A, Langley, WA 98260

A must-visit Whidbey Island restaurant for vegans, Michael A. recommends this delicious spot that serves classic ramen staples plus some impressive vegan options. You can add vegan kale noodles to any ramen bowl for an extra 50 cents, and the Creamy Veg/Vegan Ramen bowl with veg broth is sure to be a favorite. They also have gluten-free noodles!


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Meet the Newest Member of the Team, Buyer’s Agent Christine Cooper (& 3 Big Reasons Why Having a Buyer’s Agent is Awesome!)

Meet the Newest Member of the Team, Buyer’s Agent Christine Cooper (& 3 Big Reasons Why Having a Buyer’s Agent is Awesome!)

If you’ve ever been through the process of buying a home, then you know it can take time and lots of it! Often, when a new listing comes on the market, we have to jump on it FAST. Especially in Whidbey Island’s current real estate market, homes are sometimes going pending before people even have a chance to tour. (Great for sellers… not so great for buyers.)

What's Happening on Whidbey: December 2018

December brings us a calendar filled with fun, festive, and unique events on Whidbey Island! Follow the links below the graphic for more details on each event. Happy holidays!

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Why You Should Use Professional Photos If You're Selling Your Home

We’ve all seen bad real estate listing photos—either the lighting was terrible, the angle was all wrong, or there was something strange or questionable in the photograph! Avoiding these things are probably common sense to most people, but I like to make sure that my real estate photography isn’t just “good enough.” I want it to show off a home at its very best for my clients, and even though getting the perfect image for each room is harder than it looks, it’s SO worth it!

Here are a few big reasons why you should *always* use professional photos if you’re selling your home:

1. Make a strong first impression.

When someone is scanning through the results of a home search, you might only have one featured photo to grab their attention. You want to make sure that you’ve captured their attention enough to make them click on your home and see how beautiful the rest of it is!

2. List your home right the first time.

You want to make sure that your home is positioned for success straight out of the gate. People can start to get nervous about a home that’s been on the market for too long, even if there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it! Having clear, high-quality images will help to show off your home in the best light from day #1.

3. Homes professionally photographed can sell for more $$$.

 Depending on the unique market you’re in (location, price point, time of year, etc.), having professional photography can be the difference between your home selling vs. the similar home down the street selling instead. In other markets, it can mean your home sells for more money if it inspires enough interest and competition. The few extra bucks you invest on photography can pay off in a big way down the line!

 4. Show your home in its best light.

 Real estate photography is an art—you want to be sure to capture the best angle of each room to show off its best attributes. You don’t want a space to look too small or dark, and you want to highlight its most valuable characteristics. Lighting is also another huge factor in real estate photography—the time of day can significantly affect photo quality, as well as the professional lighting equipment that a photographer will most likely utilize. Photographing small spaces like bathrooms and closets are especially challenging, but being able to show these essential spaces off will be the mark of a great real estate photographer.

5. Use staging to create an emotional connection and visual intrigue. 

It’s much more fun and captivating to look at homes that have cute and attractive decor! When homes aren’t staged with furniture and a few eye-catching decor touches here and there, they can end up looking sterile and unwelcoming in photos. Part of selling your home is creating an emotional connection with potential buyers—they should be able to envision themselves living in the home, and seeing a home staged will help immensely with that process. Staging can also show them the potential in a home, and can actually make a home look bigger!

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9 Instagram Photos of Gorgeous Fall Scenes on Whidbey Island

Pumpkin spice lattes, cozy scarves, leaves crunching under your boots… fall is in the air on Whidbey Island! I love seeing everyone’s gorgeous Instagram photos that show off this time of year on Whidbey, and below are a few of my favorites (plus some info on where each photo was taken!).

Sherman’s Pioneer Farm

This treasured piece of Whidbey Island history has been a working farm for over 100 years now. Located in Coupeville, Sherman’s Pioneer Farm offers some not-to-miss spooky events throughout the month of October. But most importantly, their October Produce Stand is something special this time of year. Stop by to pick up pumpkins and squash (there are SO many varieties to choose from!), a huge selection of fruits and veggies, baked foods (Fireball Whiskey Sugar Hubbard Pie! Squash Bread! Strawberry Rhubarb Pie!), and gorgeous fall decor.

Greenbank Farm

This Whidbey Island icon is a must-visit spot for locals and out-of-town visitors alike. Not only is it home to some stunning scenery, but its festive autumn offerings are perfect if you’re looking for a memorable way to spend a crisp fall day out and about. The Greenbank Farm Wine Shop is also a treat—stock up on holiday gifts while you’re there!

Willowood Farm of Ebey’s Prairie

Located in Coupeville, this 20-acre farm grows over 200 different varieties of veggies, herbs, and beans—wow! Willowood Farm was established in the late 1800s, and there was a time when the farm was 400+ acres. The farm has a fascinating history, they supply several restaurants in Seattle with ingredients, and they even have a holiday market. I recommend checking out their website for more info on how to get their fresh produce, volunteer, and support this Whidbey wonder.

Eckholm Farm

This small family farm grows several tree fruits and berries, and they also offer farm-fresh eggs, pastured pork, and honey from their bees. Learn more about Eckholm Farm here.

Bell’s Farm

This family farm is made up of three generations of the Bell family, and together they grow vegetables, berries, and flowers on their 65 acres of land. For the last couple of summers they’ve also hosted “Strawberry Daze,” an event that celebrates “all things berry.”

Spoiled Dog Winery

This small family-owned winery is home to award-winning wines and an idyllic setting. Their beautiful vineyard is made all the more charming with their cute “spoiled dogs” who will likely greet you upon your arrival, and you can enjoy an afternoon sipping on their latest creations in the tasting room. On November 10-11, 2018 they’re participating in the “Autumn on Whidbey” event—find more details and get tickets here!

(To learn more about wineries on Whidbey Island, take a look at my Whidbey Island Guide to Wine!)


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Kid-Friendly Autumn Events on Whidbey Island

This year, Autumn *officially* starts on September 23rd, and these kid-friendly autumn events on Whidbey Island are sure to help your little ones embrace this crisp and cozy time of the year!

From harvest fairs to Halloween-themed festivities, Whidbey Island has it all—be sure to whip out your calendars so you don’t miss out in 2018! 


September 30

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Greenbank Farm’s 2018 Harvest Faire

  • Located at Greenbank Farm (765 Wonn Rd. Greenbank, WA 98253 United States)

  • Time: 12pm-5pm

  • Cost: Free!

Get ready for a day of food trucks, live music, antique cars, arts and crafts, local produce, wine, and more! Located on the beautiful grounds of Greenbank Farm (built in 1904!), the Harvest Faire is all about celebrating Whidbey’s rich farming heritage and community. Click here for more details on this family-friendly event.


October 1-29

Haunting of Coupeville

  • Located at: Around Coupeville

  • Cost: Most events are free

During the month of October, Coupeville is home to some spooky, haunted happenings! In addition to events on specific days, you’ll find “silent sentinels of fall” take up post around the town, and you can pick up a map and vote for your favorite characters at Chamber offices or at the Coupeville library. Click here to read about everything to expect!


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During the month of October

Sherman’s Haunted Barn & Hay Bale Maze

  • Located at Sherman’s Haunted Barn at 46 S Ebey Rd, Coupeville, WA 98239

  • Haunted Barn is family friendly during weekdays 3-6pm, open weekends 10am-11pm (haunting after dark)


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October 21

Apple Day and the Mutt Strut

  • Located at Whidbey Island’s Historic Bayview Corner, 5603 Bayview Road, Langley

  • Time: 10am-2pm

  • Cost: Free

The main attraction of the day is, of course, the Dog Parade & Costume Contest! Dress up your pooch and parade them in front of the town, with registration beginning at 11am. The day also includes apple pressing and tasting stations—get ready to drink some fresh, delicious cider!


October 26-27

Haunted Fort

  • Located at Fort Casey State Park 1280 Engle Rd. Coupeville, WA 98239

  • Time: 6:30pm-10pm

  • Cost: $8 per person, $30 for a family up to six people

Kids can enjoy a bounce house, ghost stories, games, and a special trick-or-treat lane just for children! Click here for all of the details.


October 27

Halloween Torchlight Parade

  • Costume Contest is right before the parade at Cook’s Corner Park

  • Time: 4:45pm Costume Contest; 5pm Parade

  • Cost: Free!

Dress up in costume or come as you are for this family-friendly parade! Enjoy seeing everyone’s creativity as downtown merchants pass out fun surprises for everyone.


October 28

Trick or Treat Bike Ride

  • Located at Fort Ebey State Park 400 Hill Valley Dr. Coupeville

  • Time: 1pm

  • Cost: Free


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Photo Credit Ron Newberry – Whidbey Examiner

October 29

Coupeville's Great Pumpkin Race

  • Located at 908 Alexander St. in front of the Island County Historical Society Archives and Museum

  • Time: 1pm

  • Cost: Free

Put wheels on your painted pumpkins and get ready to race ‘em down the street! Come out to see all of the unique creations and see which speedy squash comes in first. Click here for all of the details!


October 31

Langley Spooktacular

  • Located in Downtown Langley

  • Time: 2:30-5pm

  • Cost: Free

Get ready for an afternoon of trick-or-treating with the whole town! Merchants are dressed up in costumes and ready to hand out treats to little ones at this family-friendly community event.


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November 2

Día de los Muertos Celebration

  • Located at the Oak Harbor Library at 1000 SE Regatta Dr, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

  • Time: 3:30-5:30pm

  • Cost: Free

Ideal for ages 5 and up, this exciting afternoon is filled with Mexican crafts and a family-friendly movie. Wear your best calavera or Catrina costume!


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Your Whidbey Island Guide to Wine (Wineries, Wine Shops, Wine Bars, & More!)

Before I dive into all of the amazing opportunities to enjoy wine on Whidbey Island, I want to be sure and take a moment to share the “Autumn on Whidbey Wine & Art Tour” event taking place on November 10 & 11th. This weekend is all about celebrating harvest, and in addition to sampling some of the best wines and spirits on Whidbey, you can go on studio tours and enjoy shopping for arts and crafts. Click here to get your tickets!

And now… it’s time to take a look at some of Whidbey’s best destinations for wine enthusiasts!

OAK HARBOR

The Terrace Wine Bar & Bistro

Located at 791 SE Fidalgo Ave Ste 104 Oak Harbor, Washington

Boasting a selection of over 60 wines from around the world (plus 20 beers and ciders too choose from, too!), The Terrace Wine Bar & Bistro in Oak Harbor is a charming spot with old world vibes. Their impressive menu is reason enough to come back again and again—dishes like braised pork belly and nacho cheese mac, brie and roasted garlic bisque, and Moroccan curry stew is just a preview of what you can expect to indulge in.

TIP: For updates on events (like bingo nights!) and menu specials, follow The Terrace Wine Bar & Bistro on Facebook!


COUPEVILLE

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Bay Leaf

Located at 101 NW Coveland St, Coupeville, WA 98239

Call all food and wine lovers! Bay Leaf is *THE* go-to spot for foodies and wine lovers! Whether you’re looking for a local gift for a friend or wanting to get plugged into a community of foodies just like yourself, Bay Leaf is well-stocked with it all. In addition to their various wine clubs, their cafe has indoor and outdoor seating where you can indulge in their rotating selection of wines and tantalizing plates. Pick up locally made gourmet food items and carefully selected bottles of wine, stop by the deli to pick up snacks before hosting your next get-together, or even hire them to cater your event with their stunning signature cheese trays or huge batches of Paella.

TIP: Shopping online makes it easy to spread the Bay Leaf joy! And if you want to stay updated on new product arrivals, events, and DEALS, be sure to follow Bay Leaf on Facebook.


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Vail Wine Shop & Tasting Room

Located at 22 NW Front Street Coupeville, WA 98239-1393

Nestled right on the waterfront, the Vail Wine Shop & Tasting Room is a must-visit spot in Coupeville for wine connoisseurs. Featuring wine from all over Washington state, they especially pride themselves on stocking hard-to-find wines. You can enjoy daily tastings in the comfortable and welcoming shop, and they even have a wildly popular Washington Wine-of-the-Month Club you can join!

TIP: Want to stay awhile? They have a vacation rental located *right above* the wine shop, showcasing fabulous views of Penn Cove and Mt Baker!


GREENBANK

Holmes Harbor Cellars

Located at 4591 South Honeymoon Bay Road Greenbank, WA 98253

Perched on a 20-acre estate that looks out over Holmes Harbor in Greenbank, Holmes Harbor Cellars doesn’t just offer excellent wine, but it’s an entire experience. The captivating setting and welcoming atmosphere is a joy to visit, whether it’s a stop on a wine tour or you plan to make an afternoon of it. Their grapes are sourced from vineyards in Washington state, and their most recent released feature grapes from the Yakima and Walla Walla valleys.

TIP: Follow Holmes Harbor Cellars on Facebook for a behind-the-scenes look, AND to be sure you don’t miss out on their sales and memorable events.


Greenbank Farm Wine Shop

Located at A101, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank, WA 98253

This is no ordinary wine shop! In addition to local and award-winning wines, you’ll also find a delicious selection of fruit and dessert wines, organic and biodynamic wines, hard ciders, jams, syrups, and the famous Loganberry Wine! Greenbank Farm has been around since 1904, and over the years, the farm has seen all types of iterations and owners (and was even owned by Chateau Ste. Michelle for time). In the 1940s, the farm began growing loganberries (a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry), eventually becoming our country’s largest producer of loganberries. The berries were used to make Loganberry Wine and Loganberry Liqueur, and you can still pick up a bottle today!

TIP: The shop is perfect for stocking up on wine, but it’s also a great spot to pick up a gift. Need a housewarming gift, or visiting someone who would enjoy having something local to Whidbey? This is a one-stop shop for it all!


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Comforts of Whidbey

Located at 5219 View Rd Langley, Washington

Not only does this Whidbey destination have a tasting room, but they’re also home to a bed & breakfast and they’re a gorgeous wedding venue. Enjoy their Comforts of Whidbey signature wines, and stay overnight in the B&B to really take in the picturesque scenery. (On Saturday and Sunday mornings, you even get to enjoy a full farm fresh breakfast!). Located just a short drive from the ferry, their wedding venue amenities make for an ideal getaway that’s not too far off the beaten path.

TIP: Enjoy live music with your wine? Interested in taking classes on wine? Want to attend a wine wellness retreat? Be sure to follow Comforts of Whidbey on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss out on events like these.


 

Spoiled Dog Winery

Located at 5881 Maxwelton Rd, Langley, WA 98260

This small family-owned boutique winery produces a limited number of cases per year that you can find at their winery and in select local restaurants. The scenic Whidbey Island farm is a delight to visit, and their friendly dogs are ready to greet you! You can even bring your own pup to join in on the fun. Learn more about visiting in person here!

TIP: Become a wine club member for FREE! Membership gets you 20% discounts on cases and other perks!


Village Wine Shop Tasting Room

Located at 221 2nd Street, #2A Langley, WA

Specializing in “small production, handcrafted wines within Washington state,” Village Wine Shop Tasting Room is self-described as being an “intimate place where you can gather with friends.” They stock everything from affordable wine that pairs perfectly with pizza, to higher-end choices for serious collectors on the hunt for something rare.


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Photo courtesy of the Whidbey Island Vineyard and Winery Facebook page

Whidbey Island Winery

Located at 5237 Langley Rd Langley, Washington

This award-winning gem produces 3,500 cases of wine a year, and not only is it a treat to sip on, but Whidbey Island Winery is a joy to visit in person! Relax on the patio or at a picnic table while you take in views of the vineyard and apple orchard in a peaceful setting. They grow their own grapes right on Whidbey Island, and also source grapes from vineyards in eastern Washington.

TIP: The Whidbey Island Winery’s Facebook page is consistently updated with events, new wine offerings, and sales, so be sure to follow them if you’re a fan!


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Dancing Fish Vineyards

Located at 1953 Newman Road Freeland, WA 98249

The Dancing Fish Vineyards is a Whidbey Island destination, with stunning grounds to explore and enjoy as you sip on their carefully crafted wines. You can stop by for a few hours of wine tasting, stay the night in their charming accommodations, or even host events and weddings here. Whether you’re hosting a crowd in the Hospitality Barn or holding a smaller event in The Barrel Room or in the Tasting Room, they have a variety of venue spaces to suit your needs.

TIP: You can regularly enjoy live music here! Check out their schedule of events to stay in the loop.


Blooms Winery on Whidbey Island

Located at 5603 Bayview Rd, Langley, WA 98260

Blooms Winery is moving to a brand new location in Freeland soon, but no matter where their address is, you can always expect the same internationally recognized wines. They’ve received several awards and have been featured in too many publications to name. Blooms Winery also hosts several musicians throughout the year—RSVP on Facebook so you don’t miss out!


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Ott & Murphy Wines

Located at 204 1st St. Langley, Whidbey Island Washington 98260

Traditional French and artisan techniques go into each batch of handcrafted Ott & Murphy Wines, and their Swedish Arts and Crafts-inspired winery takes advantage of some of the best wine technology out there. In addition to their tasting room, they also offer private wine tastings, private catered wine events, special wine wedding packages, estate rental, and their wine club.

TIP: If you’re a fan of enjoying live music along with your wine, Ott & Murphy hosts several musicians each month. Click here to see the upcoming lineup!

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What's Happening on Whidbey: September 2018

Get out your calendars—you won't want to miss out on all of the fun, festive, and interesting events happening on Whidbey Island this month! Autumn is right around the corner, but September still offers a few fantastic opportunities to celebrate those final days of summer, beginning with the Oak Harbor Music Festival. I'm also a proud title sponsor of the event—click here to check out the music festival's schedule! 

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