Made on Whidbey Island: Your Guide to Local Food Products

You don’t have to travel far to find farm-fresh, homemade, and high-quality food products when you live on Whidbey Island! From mouthwatering jams and artisanal chocolates to local grass-fed meats and island-made sauces and seasonings, Whidbey Island is home to some people who are seriously talented in the kitchen.

When you’re trying to find a gift for someone, we all know how hard it can be to shop for that person who “has everything.” Giving the gift of food makes it easier—who wouldn’t want a bread subscription (keep scrolling!) or a bar of handcrafted, single origin chocolate?

(For more local shops, click here to check out indie businesses on Whidbey Island.)


Whidbey Island Cocoa Company

Kitchen located at 819 Camano Ave, Langley, WA 98260

This Whidbey business is really something special. Started in 2017, Whidbey Island Cocoa Company offers “single source, bean to bar chocolate, beautifully wrapped in an elegant gold foil silhouette of Whidbey Island for long-lasting memories.” Their decadent creations are a great way to bring a piece of Whidbey with you when you visit faraway friends—who doesn’t love chocolate?

Whidbey Island Cocoa Company’s chocolate is available for purchase at several locations—click here to see what’s closest to you!


Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher has a restaurant component to it, but they also bake several different types of breads that you can buy from 3 Sisters Market, The Star Store, The Goose Community Grocer, Payless in Freeland, and at the Port Townsend Co-Op. Their bread varieties include Rosemary Olive, Sourdough, Molasses Oat, Barley Walnut, Buckwheat, Ebey’s Reserve, Sprouted Wheatberry, Rye, and Cider Oat. Thank you for the recommendation, Tacey Jungmann! (Tacey also recommends slathering the bread with 3 Generations jam. Yum.)

Tip: Want bread delivered to you? Oystercatcher offers a bread subscription for people who live on Whidbey Island! Click here for details.


3 Generations

Handmade on Whidbey and Fidalgo Island, 3 Generations offers premium jams and syrups. The creations are made by mother-daughter duo Jan and Becca, and Becca’s daughters are the official tasters and “jam makers in training”! Their list of jam flavors is impressive—in addition to classics like strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry, you’ll find more unique flavors like Apricot Balsamic, Chipotle Nectarine, Peach Bourbon, and Blueberry Spice in the mix as well. (Click here for a list of flavor options.)

You can order the sweet creations online, but you can also find 3 Generations at several farmers markets and shops—click here for the complete list!


Whidbey Beer Works

Located at 710 SE Fidalgo Ave, at the corner of Dock St.

According to their website, “Whidbey Beer Works is Oak Harbor and Whidbey Island's only specialty beer store.” You’ll find a mouthwatering selection of over 600 beverages (!!!), with beers, ciders, meads, and wines all in the mix. (Their website even has a list of every single item they offer… it’s seriously impressive. And maybe a little overwhelming, in the best way.) Thank you for the rec, Julie Christine!

Tip: On the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, stop by Whidbey Beer Works for beer tastings from 11am-4pm. Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook for updates on what’s on tap so you can bring in your growlers.


Cornet Bay

Located at 251 Cornet Bay Rd. Oak Harbor, WA 98277

This family-owned business has a story that’s just as impressive as their delicious products. Cornet Bay’s wide range of creations are sure to excite your taste buds—choose from a large selection of sauces, mustards, seasonings, and more. Sauces include options like Zesty Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, Sweet Bourbon Sauce, and Louisiana Steak Sauce, just to name a few. The perfect gift for anyone who loves to cook (or just eat!), Cornet Bay offers something to suit every taste! (Thanks for the rec, Kareena Gonzalez!)

Tip: If you need any inspiration in the kitchen, you can find recipes on their website.


3 Sisters Market

Located at 779 Holbrook Road Coupeville, WA 98239

A Whidbey icon, 3 Sisters Family Farms has been in the same family for over 100 years now. Their farm produces all natural grass-fed beef, all-natural pork, grass-fed lamb, all-natural chicken, and chicken eggs, all of which you can purchase at the 3 Sisters Market.

High-quality, local meats aren’t the only thing they sell though—the 3 Sister Market’s selection of goods is impressively eclectic—click here for a list of their vendors.

Kim Graves adds that “their pies are amazing! But I love that they have such a wide variety of gift items. I’m making northwest baskets for my in-laws and my dad this year for Christmas & I know I’ll be able to get almost everything at 3 Sisters. I also love their humanely raised & butchered meat.”


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5 Must-Visit Shops on Whidbey Island Recommended by Locals

If you’re on the hunt for a gift that’s extra special or unique to Whidbey Island, this guide to 5 must-visit shops on Whidbey Island not only offers some ideas that are sure to inspire… but shopping at each of these independent businesses means that you’re supporting our local economy, too! (For more local shops, click here to check out locally made food products.)

Whether you’re looking for a simple housewarming gift, a sweet stocking stuffer, or something handcrafted by local artisans, the Whidbey Island shops in this guide will help you find that *perfect* present:

Seaside & Sylvan

Located at Greenbank Farm

Showcasing an eclectic selection of home goods, Seaside & Sylvan is ta not-to-miss shop if you’re searching for a housewarming gift or looking for something unique to Whidbey Island. In addition to furniture, decor, textiles, luxe candles, bath products, and children’s items, according to their website, you’ll also find “locally-focused gifts, activity kits, custom gift baskets featuring items from fellow Whidbey Island makers, and exclusive Whidbey memorabilia.”

Tip: Follow Seaside & Sylvan on Facebook and Instagram for updates on new inventory, special events, and sales!


Aqua Gifts

Located at 2 Front St NE, Coupeville, WA 98239

Nestled in historic Coupeville, according to their website, Aqua Gifts is located “in the original Puget-Race Drug Store building which was erected in 1890.” Today, this gift shop features things like jewelry, accessories, bath and body care, apparel, shoes (including TOMS and Klogs Footwear), fun Whidbey Island-themed items, and sooo much more. (Thanks for the recommendation, Julie Christine!)

Click here to browse a few of Aqua gifts’ products!


The Salty Keel

Described as offering “a collection of wood crafts inspired by and created for those who serve or have served and who support our great country,” The Salty Keel comes highly recommended by Whidbey local Kristen Stavros. These artisans create some truly one-of-a-kind pieces that people are sure to cherish for a lifetime.

Take a moment to check out a few of their unique creations on their Facebook page!


Forage

“[Forage has] the most amazing floral arrangements. I have never seen anything like it. Absolutely stunning!” says Kara Vallejo. “Lexi and her mom own the business and are killing it.”

A floral design business based on Whidbey Island, Forage is a local go-to when you need a floral arrangement to make a lasting impression. Whether you want something special for a wedding, anniversary, a party, banquet, home staging, or a breathtaking creation for a special someone, they’ve got you covered. Check out their gallery to browse a view of their gorgeous floral arrangements, and view even more of their unique creations on their Instagram.


Uniquely Put

Located at 41 NE Midway Blvd #105, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Tacey Jungmann recommends this fabulous Oak Harbor shop, and she describes it as being “a thrift shop with style that’s owned and managed by a 19-year-old girl.”

Featuring a great variety of quality second-hand and vintage clothing (as well as a selection of vintage homeware), if you love thrifting or scoring a deal, Uniquely Put is a must-visit spot on any Whidbey shopping excursion. Its dynamic range of styles and represented time periods makes it easy to get lost exploring this local gem!

Tip: Follow Uniquely Put on Facebook for updates on new items, fun “outfit of the day” posts, and sales!


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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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6 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays on Whidbey Island

Especially during the holiday season, many people are wondering how they can give back to their communities and help those in need. Whidbey Island is home to some wonderful organizations that are working to help our neighbors, and below you’ll find 6 great ideas for spreading cheer and giving back to the Whidbey community!

North Whidbey Community Harvest’s Thanksgiving Dinner

“Every year for Thanksgiving we spend the day volunteering at the Community Harvest Feast put on at the Elks Club and the gift that Scott Frazier has given to the community,” shares Tacey J. “They're always looking for volunteers, and the food is always awesome!”

According to this article on the Whidbey News-Times, they expect to have 3,000 people attend the meal this year. If you’d like to request a meal or are interested in volunteering, you can find contact information at the bottom of this article. You can also follow North Whidbey Community Harvest on Facebook so you can stay in the loop and plan for next year!


Toys For Tots in Langely

Back in 2006, Ed Donery & Tom Keltner (two local marines) formed an official Toys of Tots site with the Toys for Tots Foundation and the South Whidbey Marine Corps League. Their goal is to make sure no child is without a Christmas gift, and the effort has expanded each year to reach thousands of local children.

If you would like to contribute to Toys For Tots, you can find more information about how to donate here. Thanks to Julie C. for sharing this great idea!


Holiday House by Readiness to Learn

Help income-eligible families shop for gifts for their kids this season! Every year, the Holiday House creates a “store” where families can come and select gifts for their children. In 2018, the shop will be open from December 11-18th at the South Whidbey Community Center. You can learn more about donating or volunteering HERE.


Good Cheer Food Bank Garden

This wonderful organization offers relief to our community in so many ways, and they serve an average of 850 families each month (and even more in the winter months). There are several ways to contribute: You can donate food, make a monetary donation, donate to their thrift stores that in turn support the food bank (household items, clothing, furniture, and working appliances are all accepted), or volunteer in the food bank or garden. Click here for more information.


The Forgotten Children’s Fund

The FCF works to bring Christmas to families in need each year! This organization serves families in several counties in Washington State (including Island County), and delivers items like toys/gifts, books, warm clothing and blankets, and food (including both staples and supplies for Christmas dinner) to families.

If you’d like to contribute to their efforts, they’re always in need of monetary donations and volunteers! Help wrap gifts, assist with logistics, and help make special Christmas deliveries. Click here to learn more about different ways to volunteer.


Whidbey’s Hope 4 Christmas

This wonderful organization works to provide children in need with gifts for the holiday season. Applications to participate have ended for 2018, but you can follow Whidbey’s Hope 4 Christmas on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity for next year. The application process typically begins in September, so mark your calendars to be on the lookout for notifications when next year rolls around! (Thanks for the tip, Julie C.!)


And of course, the holiday season isn’t the only time we can give back! Erica W. has some great ideas that she shared with me on Facebook: “I would suggest volunteering time! Coach a youth sports team, become a big brother/sister, help serve food at the community harvest! There are so many ways for everyone to support the community. Support what you’re passionate about too!”


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6+ Fun Things To Do With Out-of-Town Guests on Whidbey Island

Whether you have guests coming into town for the winter holidays or you have visitors over summer break while the kids are out of school, this guide is here to help you keep everyone busy and entertained!

I asked my friends on Facebook what their tips were, and I love all of the ideas I received! Local Aliea-Mikel Peabody especially knows how to show off Whidbey Island and all it has to offer—her comment on my post really captured the Whidbey spirit:

Our markets, shops, and restaurants featuring local fish and local farm produce are truly special. People can’t believe the range of bounty here. I do some gallery hopping w/my artsy visitors—[they’re] always impressed by the caliber and variety of our local artists and makers (me too!️).

The honesty flower/farm stands and the movie drive-in and arcade are really charming and nostalgic. Something visitors comment on at the store is how many festivals we have—it’s true we love to gather and celebrate!

Many visitors comment on how laidback and c h i l l Whidbey is—jeans to dinner? Yup. No makeup? You’re fine. Hours rolling by doing nothing but lazy beach-combing? A must! Cell phone not getting service? Put it down. They don’t want to leave behind our “island time” mindset. A big attraction!

Love it—thank you Aliea-Mikel Peabody! (She also happens to own an amazing shop in Greenbank called Seaside & Sylvan. Find unique furniture, beautiful home goods, decor, textiles, beauty products, children’s items, and several handmade items from local Whidbey residents here!)

For even more ideas for things to do with out-of-town guests, keep scrolling!

Coupeville Wharf

Recommended by Nikki T., the Coupeville Wharf is an iconic Whidbey location that makes for a memorable afternoon! The wharf was built in 1905, and today, visitors can check out the restaurant, coffeeshop, gift shop, and boat dock that now occupy the historic wharf. While you’re there, spend some time browsing the shops on Front Street, too!


The Farm Stand by K & R Farms

If your guests have a sweet tooth or want to pick up some local treats to take home, a stop by The Farm Stand is in order! Fresh waffle cones, a heavenly variety of ice cream flavors that’ll keep everyone happy, seasonal produce, and locally made foods are all there to tempt and tantalize your taste buds.


The Machine SHOP Arcade

If the weather isn’t great when your guests are in town, The Machine SHOP is the perfect way to spend a few hours. This community-focused arcade boasts 65+ classic arcade and pinball machines with some dating all the way back to 1964. They also have 20+ virtual reality games, and they occasionally host bands, comedians, and other performers.

Follow The Machine SHOP on Facebook for updates on upcoming events!


Blue Fox Drive-in Theater

Open all year long, the Blue Fox Drive-in Theater is a treat that the whole family can enjoy together. Not only do they show movies, they also have go-karts and an arcade. Click here for tips on enjoying the drive-in, and check out their show schedule here!


Deception Pass State Park

According to the Washington State Parks website, “Deception Pass is Washington’s most-visited state park.” Karon D. highly recommends bringing visitors to explore this breathtaking destination, and her favorite thing to do is to hike on the trails and in the surrounding areas. Adventure out on 38 miles of hiking trails, 6 miles of horse trails, 3 miles of bike trails, and 1.2 miles of ADA hiking trails.

But hiking isn’t the only thing to do here—the 3,854-acre park also offers water-related activities, from fishing (both freshwater and saltwater) and crabbing to swimming and diving. You’ll even find 1,980 feet of moorage for boating, and there are also opportunities for white-water kayaking. In addition to all of this, visitors can camp, enjoy bird watching and observing other wildlife, picnic, enjoy fire circles, and so much more!

Nikki T. especially recommends checking out West Beach where you’ll find photo-worthy views of the Olympic Mountains and the San Juan Islands as well as some excellent beachcombing. And of course, the bridge is a must-see spot for out-of-towners, too!

The park is open all year long—click here for all of the info you’ll need for your visit.


Fort Casey State Park

Highly recommended by Vanda C., Fort Casey State Park transports you back in time to when the fort was first built. Constructed in the late 1800s, Fort Casey was designed to be part of a “Triangle of Fire” that could protect the entrance of the Puget Sound.

Visitors can take advantage of 999 acres along the waterfront and go camping, boating, diving, fishing, hiking, bird-watching, and more. There’s also a lighthouse to explore, and here you’ll also find educational exhibits to make the most of your time there. Click here for all of the details you’ll need to visit!


We're lucky that there are SO many things to do on Whidbey Island! Not everything could be included here (not even close!) but hopefully these ideas will jumpstart the planning process as you prepare for your guests to visit our beautiful island. 


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What's Happening on Whidbey: November 2018

Get ready to mark your calendars! November brings some fun, festive, and educational events to Whidbey Island, and you won’t want to miss out. Follow the links below the graphic for more details on each event. Happy November!

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Whidbey Island Trick-or-Treating Guide

Looking to make some awesome memories and satisfy that serious sweet tooth this Halloween? Whidbey Island is home to some fantastic trick-or-treating experiences, and while my son and I have our own favorite spots, I asked to around to see where other people like to go trick-or-treating on Whidbey Island.

If you’re on the hunt for some prime people watching and full-sized candy bars… read on!

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OAK HARBOR

Every year, we head to Fireside to trick-or-treat. The Fireside community in Oak Harbor is nestled right between Fort Nugent Road and Swantown Road and is next to the Whidbey Golf Club. There are homes here that not only have those coveted full-sized candy bars, but some even offer hot cocoa and games. (Thanks to Brian and Kristina for also recommending this neighborhood!)

After making our way through Fireside, we stop by Shannon Forest on our way home. These two Oak Harbor neighborhoods are just the right amount of Halloween fun for us. Shannon Forest is located just north of Fireside, and is the neighborhood that surrounds Ruth Cohen Park. (Thanks Brian and Tacey for this suggestion, too!)

Crosby Commons (thanks for the tip Kristina!) is another great choice, and this Oak Harbor neighborhood is just north of Oak Harbor High School and south of NW Crosby Ave. And Mandy recommends the Cherry Hill/Glen Neighborhood, just east of Living Word Oak Harbor. “There are a few people here that give out full-sized candy bars, hot cocoa and donuts!”

You could also head over to Pioneer in Oak Harbor for a “no tricks, safe treats” event! The event takes place from 5-7pm on Halloween, and there will be a costume contest, haunted school bus, and more!


COUPEVILLE

Tacey highly recommends Pennington Loop in Coupeville, which is conveniently searchable via Google maps in case you’re unfamiliar. It’s not far from the waterfront, meaning you could grab dinner in Downtown Coupeville before heading out on the hunt for candy!

“The neighborhood behind the Coupeville Library is a great one!” says Amanda. “They give you full-size candy bars! And Admirals Cove is great because it’s so big, you can go for as long as you want to and not run out of houses.”


LANGLEY

You can also go trick-or-treating in Downtown Langley on Halloween from 2:30-5:00pm. You could start the evening out here, grab dinner, and then trick-or-treat the rest of the evening away!


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Whidbey Island Ghost Stories: 3 Places Rumored to be Haunted

Whether or not you believe in ghosts, it can be fun to tell a ghost story or two as All Hallows’ Eve approaches. And on Whidbey Island, you don’t have to travel far to check out some haunted houses for yourself—that is, if you believe the rumors!

Whether fact or fiction, these stories of supposedly haunted houses and places on Whidbey are all best read with the light on. ;)


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Location: Colonel Walter Crockett House

Rumors: Built in the 1850s, it’s no wonder why this historic Whidbey home is rumored to be haunted. One of Colonel Crockett’s sons, Charles Crockett, committed suicide in the home in 1893, and apparently his blood still stains the floorboards where he ended his life. Over the years, the home has gone through several phases, falling to disrepair until the Whitlow family transformed it into a bed and breakfast in 1984.

Strange, unexplained movement has been observed by a guest in the room where Charles died, and Whitlows have their fair share of spooky stories as well. Random crashing glass, a hand-sized blood stain on a ceiling, and uncomfortable feelings are among some of their experiences.

Today, you can host events at the Historic Crockett Barn, and there are also 5 guestrooms. It’s nestled in a gorgeous, bucolic setting that’s not at all creepy… that is, until the sun goes down!


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Location: Fort Casey

Rumors: Construction on Fort Casey began in the late 1800s, and this Whidbey attraction is the site of a long list of supposedly paranormal occurrences. The 1890-built Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey is said to be haunted—although deactivated in the 1920s, the ghostly figure of a woman has been spotted at the top in recent years.

Throughout the rest of Fort Casey, people have reported hearing “a disembodied female voice,” scratching sounds, figures that disappear without a sound, and more. Something to keep in mind as you head to Fort Casey for their “Haunted Fort” event!


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Location: The Navy Exchange Building on the Seaplane Base

Rumors: For years, people have reported unexplainable happenings at the Exchange that have been attributed to “the Lurker.” According to this article on the Whidbey News-Times website, a janitor had a man chase him up some scaffolding only to disappear. One of the other more notable happenings was reported by someone who worked in the children’s department—they claimed to find baby outfits laid out neatly on the floor when they arrived in the morning from time to time.

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Whidbey Island is teeming with good old-fashioned ghost stories. You can find more Whidbey Island ghost stories here and here! Reddit also has a paranormal subreddit with a section just for Whidbey Island, too. Proceed with caution!


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3 Must-Visit Pumpkin Patches on Whidbey Island

One of the very best things about autumn on Whidbey Island is being able to support all of our local farmers! Whether you’re looking for a new Whidbey Island pumpkin patch recommendation or you’re new in town and want to start a new tradition, you’ll find 3 excellent choices right here:


The Farm Stand at K & R Farms

Located at 36699 SR 20 Oak Harbor, Washington

Every Friday and Saturday night throughout October 2018, you can embark on The Farm Stand’s Flashlight Corn Maze. The maze is open from dark until 10pm, it’s $5/person, and children under 2 are free. (A limited number of flashlights are available to rent if you don’t have one.) RSVP on Facebook here so you don’t forget! You can also stop by for fresh produce and of course, make time to go for a walk in the pumpkin patch.


Case Farm

Located at the end of Case Road Oak Harbor, Washington

Case Farm has been around since 1898, and they have been proud farmers for 5 generations now. This year, they started drop-in visits on October 10th. They shared that 2018 is more of a low-key year because of the dry summer, but it still sounds like it will be wonderfully festive and memorable!

You can stop by to say hello to their animals (cows, turkeys, ducks, chickens, cats, and dogs!), enjoy picking out a pumpkin, and buy some harvest decor and fresh fall produce while you’re at it. Plus, littles ones can take a turn at a toddler-friendly bale maze.

Case Farm also hosts educational visits for school and preschool groups to teach them about farming—visit their Facebook page for contact info!


Sherman’s Pioneer Farm

Located at 46 S Ebey Rd Coupeville, Washington

Established all the way back in 1852, this Whidbey staple shines extra bright when October comes around. Visit Sherman’s Pioneer Farm to stock up on pumpkins, edible squash, and gourds; go for a trolly ride to the pumpkin patch; pick up fresh pies and other baked goods; visit their cows, and more. In previous years they’ve had a hay bale maze and a haunted house too—and of course, there are photo ops around every corner!


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5 Adults-Only Halloween Events on Whidbey Island

The kids aren’t the only ones having fun this Halloween. Whidbey Island is home to some unique, memorable events for adults to partake in as well, like murder mystery dinners where you get to dress up in costume and professional ballet performances of Frankenstein!

Read on for adults-only Halloween activities on Whidbey Island:

October 5 & 6, 2018

Oktoberfest & 3rd Year Anniversary Celebration

Located at Double Bluff Brewing Co. 112 Anthes Avenue Langley, WA 98260

Head to Double Bluff brewing for a weekend of traditional Oktoberfest tunes and other artists, traditional German Oktoberfest eats by The Big W Food Truck, and 5 German beer styles on tap! Click here for the schedule of events. Also, even though only adults 21+ can enjoy the German brews on tap, kids and dogs are also conveniently allowed at Double Bluff.


October 18, 2018

Crime & Punishment Mystery Dinner Theater

Located at 20 Front Street, Coupeville Wa 98239

The crowd is filled with suspects in this whodunnit extravaganza. Get dressed up in your finest flapper dresses and pinstriped suits and come out for this immersive mystery dinner theater performance put on by The Murder Mystery Co. and hosted by Front Street Catering. Trade clues with guests and work together to solve the mystery before the murderer gets away! Click here for tickets.


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October 24, 2018

Harry Potter: Dark Arts Dinner Party

Located at 20 Front Street, Coupeville WA 98239

Put on your finest wizard and witch attire for this Dark Arts dinner party hosted by Front Street Catering. Harry Potter fans, Deatheaters, muggles, house elves, etc. are all welcome! Click here for tickets.


October 27, 2018

Beer & Fear HaLLowEEn Party & Brewers Night

Located at Penn Cove Taproom 103 S Main St Coupeville, Washington

Hosted by Sumerian brewery in the Penn Cove Taproom, this festive happenin’ is the perfect spot to show off your sweet or scary Halloween costume. Dress up, get ready to dance, and enjoy craft beer from Sumerian Brewery. (Plus, there will be prizes & giveaways!) RSVP on Facebook here.


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Ballet Victoria's Frankenstein

November 2, 2018

Located at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts 565 Camano Avenue Langley, WA, 98260

Join in on the Halloween festivities with something completely different this year—a fabulous ballet based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The description of the story ballet performance says “think Corpse Bride meets Frankenstein.” Click here for more info on performance times and tickets.


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What's Happening on Whidbey: October 2018

October 2018 brings some spectacularly spooky events and festivities to Whidbey Island! Enjoy the fruits of a bountiful harvest, take little ones trick-or-treating, and take part in some of Whidbey’s unique offerings, like the Haunted Fort at Fort Casey State Park.

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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! 


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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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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!


FREELAND

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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Your Guide to Whidbey Island Preschools

When it’s time for your little ones to head off to preschool, finding a place that your whole family loves helps to make the transition as easy as possible! Here you’ll find a guide to get you started in choosing a preschool on Whidbey Island, and it’s conveniently organized by town.

OAK HARBOR

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Little Britches

  • Located at 1508 SE 8th Ave, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
  • Registration begins in February

Little Britches is all about preparing kids for kindergarten, and little ones “are offered hands on opportunities to explore & experiment with language, art, science, math as well as proper classroom manners to ease their integration into the mainstream of the public school system.” They offer morning and afternoon preschool sessions 3 or 5 days per week, and a summer camp as well.

Oak Harbor Christian School (Little Eagles Preschool)

  • Located at 675 East Whidbey Avenue Oak Harbor, WA. 98277
  • Registration begins in February

The Little Eagles Preschool is part of the K-6 Oak Harbor Christian School, and you can find preschool information, the application, and tuition rates here. The Little Eagles teacher “share a common commitment to helping children develop in all areas—socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically and spiritually.” They offer 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day programs.

All About Kids Preschool

  • Located at 390 NE Midway Blvd, Oak Harbor, WA
  • They welcome parents to call or stop by to learn more about their programs

All About Kids Preschool “endeavors to provide children with every opportunity for them to explore and discover by setting up a child centered environment that promotes play.” They offer a very flexible schedule, so you can choose how many days per week is right for your child. Children ages 12 months through 6 years are welcome!

Der Kinderhuis Montessori

  • Located at 900 SE Dock Street, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

At Der Kinderhuis Montessori, “Our goal is not to fill children with facts, but to cultivate your child's own natural desire to learn and help them develop a love of learning.” This school offers both preschool and Kindergarten classes, and they have a flexible schedule that includes both half days and full days, making it easy to cater the experience to what your child needs.


CLINTON

Whidbey Island Waldorf School

  • Located at 6335 Old Pietila Road Clinton, WA  98236

With programs offered from nursery-aged children through 8th grade, at the Whidbey Island Waldorf School, children have the potential to attend the same school for several years. There are several different programs available, and the school believes that “The preschool years are of great importance in laying the foundations for healthy adult creativity and intelligence.” This particular school is surrounded by 100 acres of woods that children get to explore and enjoy, in addition to lessons in music, language, creative play time, story time, and more. Click here for more information on Waldorf schools.


COUPEVILLE

Central Whidbey Cooperative Preschool

  • Located at 105 NW Broadway Ave Coupeville, WA 98239

This non-profit preschool not only helps children with their “social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative growth,” but they do so with the opportunity for parents to be involved.  Parents are required to assist in the classroom 3-4 times per month, volunteer for one committee or the co-op board, help with fundraising, and attend parent education meetings. There are several class types, and registration is on a first come basis. Click here to learn more about class options and registration dates!


FREELAND

Trinity Preschool

  • Located at 18341 State Route 525, Freeland WA

Trinity Preschool is all about providing “enriching educational experiences for preschoolers in a Christian environment.” They offer a variety of programs based on age, and you can choose between morning or afternoon sessions. A typical day includes free play, circle time, lesson time, snack, playground time, and singing!


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The South Whidbey Childrens Center

  • Located at 120 Sixth Street Langley, Washington 98260

With programs for children 12 months through 5 years, the South Whidbey Childrens Center is all about providing “developmentally appropriate, progressive, curriculum-based early learning and childcare.” They also offer before and after school programs for kids up through 5th grade, as well as summer programs. Programs are flexible, and you can choose however many days per week is best for you and your child.

Island Christian Academy

Whether you’re looking for something half day, full day, 2 days per week or 5 days, this flexible preschool is for children who are 3 years old. This preschool offers a “well-balanced program with developmentally appropriate activities to help build a solid foundation for your child’s academic years. All curriculum is developmental and Christian-based by design.” You can find information on tuition and scheduling here.

Island Church Preschool

  • Located at 503 Cascade Ave. | Langley, WA | 98260

This Langley preschool is focused on providing a “safe, Christ-centered, positive and nurturing environment” and is all about preparing little ones for kindergarten. They offer classes in the mornings on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. Learn more about tuition and scheduling here!

Wellington Day School

  • Located at 5719 Pioneer Park Place Langley, WA 98260

This school’s Montessori-style preschool program encourages students to attend the same number of days per week as their age. Their school programs extend through 8th grade, ensuring children can stick with the same school for several years if you choose. Click here to learn more about tuition, scheduling, and programs.


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7 Restaurants for Waterfront Dining on Whidbey Island

Gorgeous backdrops, unique histories, and fresh, delectable dishes ensure you’re in for a treat! Looking for a special date night spot, or want to impress out-of-town guests with one of the best views in town? These Whidbey Island restaurants promise waterfront dining at its finest!

Here’s a look at 7 awesome restaurants for waterfront dining on Whidbey Island:

Captain Whidbey

  • Located at 9702, 2072 W. Capt. Whidbey Inn Rd. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 12:00pm-3:00pm Wednesday-Friday (Lunch); 11:00am-3:00pm Saturday-Sunday (Brunch); 5:00pm-9:00pm Wednesday-Sunday (Dinner)
  • Happy Hour: 3:00pm-6:00pm Wednesday-Sunday (click here for their happy hour menu)

Set on the idyllic shores of Penn Cove, Captain Whidbey Inn’s restaurant is a not-to-miss Whidbey treasure. You can enjoy fresh seafood for brunch, lunch, dinner, or happy hour, including steamer clams and Penn Cove mussels, salmon, cioppino soup, and more. Enjoy it in the dining room or outdoors overlooking Penn Cove; either way, it will be a meal you won’t soon forget!


Toby’s Tavern

  • Located at 8 Front St. N.E. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday

Steeped in Pacific Northwest tradition, Toby’s Tavern is a must for local history buffs, or anyone looking for a great burger. Built in 1890, this building houses a ton of local memorabilia, including the old 5 man racing shell hanging from their ceiling. In addition to fascinating decor, Toby’s also boasts a delicious selection of fresh seafood, steaks, prime rib, and the “best burgers on the planet.” The next time you’re in Coupeville, make sure to stop by Toby’s for a bite.


Front Street Grill

  • Located at 20 Front St. N.W. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Monday-Thursday & Sunday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday; 11:00am-9:00pm

Not even a decade old, the Front Street Grill has already made a name for itself as a premier local dining experience. Catch breathtaking views of the Coupeville Wharf and Mount Baker while enjoying one of their 6 different types of fresh local mussels, mouthwatering burgers and steaks, or seafood pastas. With a cocktails and a kids menu, this is a spot the whole family will love.


Knead & Feed

  • Located at 4 Front St. N.W. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday; 8:00am-3:00pm Saturday-Sunday

If you’re looking for a light breakfast or a simple lunch on the water, Knead & Feed is sure to become your next go-to spot. Drop by for a “Front Street Lunch,” which is their most popular combo of a bowl of soup, a green salad, a thick slice of bread, and a piece of pie. Homemade comfort food, friendly service, and a waterfront view... perfection!


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Alfy’s Pizza at Water’s Edge

  • Located at 916 S.E. Bayshore Dr. Oak Harbor, WA 98277
  • Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm Monday-Friday; 11:00am-9:00pm Saturday-Sunday

For pizza with a scenic view, Alfy’s is the place to go. Voted “Best Pizza and Salad Bar,” Alfy’s has a wide selection of pies (including a build your own option), as well as sandwiches, pastas, sides, and desserts. For a look at their full Water’s Edge menu, click here.


The Cove Cafe

  • Located at 26 Front St. N.W. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 11:30am-4:30pm 7 days a week

Located right on Coupeville’s historic wharf, the Cove Cafe is a great spot for a casual meal. Enjoy fresh fish and chips, steamed Penn Cove Mussels, or more unique items like their “Not-Your-Average BLT,” and wash it all down with a refreshing hard cider, beer, or wine. With indoor and outdoor seating available, the Cove Cafe allows you to experience Whidbey Island at its finest.


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Prima Bistro

  • Located at 201 1/2 1st St. Langley, WA 98260
  • Hours: 11:30am-9:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:30am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday
  • Happy Hour: 3:00pm-5:00pm 7 days a week

For a taste of Paris and a splash of Pacific Northwest flair, no place beats Langley’s own Prima Bistro. Try one of their elegant small plates or a French-inspired salad or burger. Beautiful outdoor deck seating, a kids menu, and a variety of gluten free and vegan options make this a fun and welcoming place for all.  


The Beer Lover’s Guide to Breweries on Whidbey Island

Whether you’re on the hunt for the best brew in town or want to find a new spot to meet up with friends at, Whidbey Island has some top-notch choices! Read on to find just what you’re looking for (plus happy hour times + tips on how to make the most of each experience).

Here are 4 breweries to check out on Whidbey Island:

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Flyers Restaurant and Brewery

  • Located at 32295 WA-20 Oak Harbor, WA 98277
  • Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday; 10:00am-11:00pm Saturday; 10:00am-10:00pm Sunday
  • Happy Hour: 2:00pm-6:00pm 7 days a week

If you’re looking to taste an award-winning brew, stop by Flyers Restaurant and Brewery. This place has an extensive selection of signature and seasonal beers that you can pair with their menu of seafood, wings, tacos, and other pub fare. They’re also family friendly, and you can enjoy patio season when the weather permits!


Wicked Teuton Brewing

  • Located at 1341 S.W. Barlow St. Oak Harbor, WA 98277

  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday-Saturday; 11:00am-7:00pm Sunday
  • Happy Hour: 3:00pm-5:00pm Monday-Wednesday

Wacky, fun, and inviting, Wicked Teuton Brewing has recipes and events that will keep you coming back for more. Stop by their Homebrew store, taste one of their delicious beers, and then take the recipe home to brew yourself! With art nights, happy hours, and much, much more, Wicked Teuton is a must for local beer lovers. You can also check their website (updated regularly!) to see what they currently have on tap.


Double Bluff Brewing Company

  • Located at 112 Anthes Ave. Langley, WA 98260
  • Hours: 3:00pm-8:00pm Monday-Thursday; 12:00pm-9:00pm Friday-Saturday; 12:00pm-8:00pm Sunday

Named after one of the most beautiful spots on Whidbey Island, the Double Bluff Brewing Company was founded with the goal of making the island a top destination for craft brew lovers. Created with the highest quality ingredients, their beers are perfect for enjoying on a warm summer night. Stop by for their Back Alley Summer Jam Concert Series and feel free to bring your own food! They’re also kid and dog-friendly, and there’s a newly expanded outdoor patio.


Penn Cove Brewing Company

  • Located at 103 S. Main St. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 2:00pm-10:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday-Saturday; 11:00am-10:00pm Sunday
  • Happy Hour: 3:00pm-5:00pm 7 days a week; $1.00 off all craft beer

Started by brothers Marc and Mitch, the Penn Cove Brewing Company is all about bringing successful business back to Whidbey Island. Their list of rotating brews and munchable snacks offer the comfort of a laid-back bar, while their weekly events show off the best of the community they call home. With plans already in the works for the future, this is one brewery that won’t be going away anytime soon.


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5 Fun Ways to Keep Cool This Summer on Whidbey Island

When the weather heats up on Whidbey Island, we’ve got you covered with some fun ways to keep cool! From the best swim spots to the tastiest sweet treats, these ideas aren’t only good for beating the heat, but they’re perfect for your summer bucket list.

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Beach Bums

Pack your bag and head to the beach for a day of swimming, sunbathing, beachcombing, and just plain fun. Monroe Landing in Oak Harbor and Double Bluff Beach in Freeland are both safe bets for swimming and recommended by locals.


Out on the Water

One of the best ways to explore Whidbey Island is by water, and that sea breeze is sure to keep you cool! Kayaking is a great place to start, and Whidbey Island Kayaking is ready to help you get started on your kayaking adventures. They offer a variety of tours (beginners welcome!), or you can rent a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard and set out on your own.

If you’d like to charter a Penn Cove tour, rent a sailboat, take sailing lessons, you’ll want to check out Penn Cove Sailing and Leisure Yacht Charter in Coupeville. You can even rent the sailboats for multiple days at a time if you want to head out on an grand adventure!


Dive Deep

Get a new perspective and explore Whidbey Island’s underwater treasures! Whidbey Island Dive Center offers a wide range of instruction, “from snorkeling through professional dive leadership.” If you’re a beginner, they can help you start your diving journey, and they even host a “Splash Night” that’s in a pool so you can check it out and see if it’s for you. They also offer a huge range of specialty courses—see all of their offerings here!


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Cool Treats

After a day at the beach or out on the water, an icy cold treat is the cherry on top! Here are a few favorites:

  • Kapaw’s Iskreme by the Coupeville Wharf is known for their generous scoops and fresh waffle cones.
  • Popsies (located in Oak Harbor’s historic downtown) not only has ice cream, but their shop is filled with other sweet treats and they’re especially known for their different flavored popcorn.
  • Toppins Frozen Yogurt in Oak Harbor is known for, you guessed it—their huge selection of toppings!
  • K & R Farms is not only the perfect spot to grab an ice cream cone, but you can get fresh local produce, meat, and other homemade goods there too!
  • Sprinklz in Langley has 16 flavors of ice cream to choose from, plus specialty milkshakes, specialty blended coffee drinks, retro toys and candy, and more.

Pool Day

For those who want to stay active but get out of the sun for awhile, the Island Athletic Club in Freeland features a 25-yard pool. They offer swim lessons, water exercises classes (like Aqua Zumba!), and lap swimming. Another great pool option awaits at the Admirals Cove Beach Club, and here members can enjoy an outdoor pool. (However, the pool has been closed recently due to a remodel. Check their website for updates on when it’s scheduled to open again!)


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