Whidbey Island: A Welcome Winter Escape

The perfect opportunity for a winter escape is just over the water on 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.

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.

Grab breakfast at Sunshine Drip in Coupeville before heading off for the day! This adorable breakfast and lunch spot serves delicious food and has a cool vibe with plenty of fresh breakfast options and outdoor seating.

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

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.

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 homemade local Italian cuisine made with finesse by Mark Laska and the entire Ciao family. They create wonderful meals for takeout or delivery.

For a day excursion, travel to Oak Harbor for a mouthwatering seafood lunch from the Seabolt’s Smokehouse. At Seabolt’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 Pass 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 with a laid back vibe? Whidbey Island is just a short drive and sail away!

MORGAN LUCAS

For Additional Information:
whidbeycamanoislands.com | braeburnlangley.com
sweetmonas.com | sunshinedrip.com | oystercatcherwhidbey.com
ciaocoupeville.com | seabolts.com

CIAO PHOTOS BY KELLY CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY