Whidbey Island: A Welcome Escape

The perfect opportunity to escape is just over the water to Whidbey Island. As you drive onto the ferry from the mainland to the island, you are transported across the sound to a true adventure that is close to home but feels much farther away.  Start your journey with majestic outdoor activities, shopping and stay safe while enjoying the true beauty of Whidbey Island.

To start your journey, be sure to stop by the adorable artist town of Langley. There are plenty of local boutique shopping options in town, as well as places to grab a bite to eat, like Braeburn Cafe. This eclectic bistro offers vibrant food that is sure to please, and owner Lisa Carvey and her staff know how to make guests feel at home in the café.

After shopping downtown, make a stop at Sweet Mona’s for handmade chocolates, caramels and truffles. Sweets are made in-house, and the owner invites visitors to try her artistic creations. 

Don’t forget to grab breakfast at Sunshine Drip in Coopeville before heading off for the day! This adorable breakfast and lunch spot serves delicious food and and has a cool vibe with plenty of fresh breakfast options and outdoor seating. 

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Enjoy shopping and galleries along front street, followed by lunch at the Oyster Catcher. This restaurant serves up savory, sustainable, farm to table dining options created by owners Chef Tyler and Sara Hansen. The Oyster Catcher also produces in-house breads made from local wheat, which are then featured at their sister location, the Little Red Hen House.

For a creative way to relax, try your artistic hand at Marbley, where you can create your own silk scarf with water marbling. It’s an intuitive, fun, grounding, and mesmerizing art form where you float colors on water and move them with a comb or stylus. Then, when you have a pattern you want to save, you capture it on a silk scarf to take home.

After stopping for lunch, hike Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail, a beautiful nature preserve trail with varying lengths that take you out on a bluff and along the beach. 

There are plenty of fantastic dining options on Whidbey Island, and if Italian food is on your wishlist, check out Ciao during your vacation time. This family owned business offers handmade local Italian cuisine made with finesse by Mark Laska and the entire Ciao family. They create wonderful meals for take out or delivery. 

For a day excursion, travel to Oak Harbor for a mouth-watering seafood lunch from the Seaboldt’s Smoke House. At Seaboldt’s, seafood is smoked and processed daily in the open-air kitchen for a wonderful smell and fresh taste. 

This escape would not be complete without exploring the trails and beaches at Deception State Park where beautiful vistas and beaches await you.

Looking for an easy escape that is safe and has a multitude of options for food, art, shopping and outdoor activities and a laid back vibe. Whidbey Island is just a short drive away.

For Additional Information: Visit whidbeycamanoislands.com

Braeburn Cafe 197 2nd Street Langley 360-221-3211 braeburnlangley.com

Sweet Mona’s   221 2nd St Ste 16 Langley sweetmonas.com

Roberts Bluff 781 Roberts Bluff Rd, Cooperville Robert Bluff

Sunshine Drip  306 North Main Street, Coopville   Sunshine Drip 

Oyster Catcher 902 Grace Street, Coopville Oyster Catcher

Marbley 7 front street., Coupeville Marbley

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Ciao 701 N Main St, Coupeville Ciao

Seaboldt’s Smoke House 31640 Sr 20, Oak Harbor Seaboldt’s Smoke House

Blue Fox Drive 1403 Monroe Landing Rd, Oak Harbor 360-675-5667 reservations required Blue Fox Drive

Wine & Spirits Tasting whidbeyislandvintners.org