Day Trip to Whidbey Island
Growing up, I certainly did not appreciate Whidbey Island. Because I had to take a ferry to get anywhere exciting, I felt cut off from the “real world.” As an adult, however, I feel very differently. Whidbey Island is now a place I go when I need some peace in my life, and it has a lot of unappreciated beauty. Returning and seeing things with fresh eyes has energized me and reminded me how much the island has to offer.
Whidbey Island has always been a popular tourist destination, but with the Amazon and Microsoft boom in Seattle, there are a lot more individuals in the Pacific Northwest than there were 20 years ago, which means more people visiting the island for a weekend getaway. When I was in high school, Oprah said she’d love to visit, and the ferry lines were insane that summer. She now owns a home on Orcas Island, proving that she wasn’t lying when she said she loved the Puget Sound area.
As a woman who spent the first 18 years of her existence on the island and now enjoys returning to see her family, I have some recommendations for you, particularly for the spring and summer. In truth, you should just not visit the island in the winter because it becomes desolate. But when the sun begins to shine more brightly, the magic begins.
Bayview Farm and Garden
When the weather warms up, this lovely Bayview gardening store comes to life. To make it even more appealing, beginning in May, there is a floral arch that goes through the grounds. If you get tired of shopping for plants, the Flower House Cafe serves coffee and other treats.
If they’ve decided to visit the area, most people have heard of Deception Pass. One of the most photogenic bridges joins Whidbey to the remainder of the world at the top of the island. Hiking, boating, and viewing points are available in this area.
Lavender Wind Farm
Coupeville’s lavender farm opens in mid-June. It’s a great place to go smell the flowers, buy some lavender, and walk through the purple rows.
Whidbey Island is small, but its residents are proud! In June, Langley hosts a small parade and other fun events around town.
Drive-In Blue Fox
Blue Fox in Oak Harbor is one of the final drive-in movie theaters in America, and it’s worth a visit just for the nostalgia. The prices are extremely low, and there are usually two or three movies playing every night. There is also a go-kart track, an arcade, and a food bar.
Whidbey Island Ferry Ride
You’ll wish you’d taken a ferry to Whidbey Island in the first place. These jaunts are always enjoyable and a pleasant way to travel to a new location. The main route connects Mukilteo and Clinton, but there is also a ferry from Port Townsend to Coupeville.
Shopping for a Deal
Whidbey has an eclectic population, so it stands to reason that they will eventually part with some of their oddball possessions. Unique goods that have been discarded can be found at Island Recycling. There are numerous thrift stores where you can find clothing, vintage items, and inexpensive furniture. On weekends, there are so many garages, yards, estate, and lawn sales that you can fill an entire day.
K and R Farms
K & R Farms is located just past Oak Harbor and features a lovely ice cream stand as well as a sunflower field that blooms in late summer.
A walk around Langley is always a good idea. It truly is a tourist destination. The Clyde Theater has $7 movies, Village Pizzeria has the best pesto pizza in the universe, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts has top-notch performances, and there is a slew of adorable shops and eateries that will warm your heart.
Coupeville is a town similar to Langley, but it is situated in the center of the island. It’s another place to go if you want to eat and shop. There’s a lovely waterfront with a long boardwalk and many things to do.
This long stretch of beach on the opposite side of the road from downtown is ideal for walks and exploring. If you have the time, watching the sunsets is a must.