Whidbey Island

Oak Harbor
Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island is situated in Washington State’s Puget Sound, between the Olympic Peninsula and western Washington. Its location 30 miles north of Seattle makes this peaceful island getaway an excellent addition to any Seattle vacation. Explore the some of Washington State’s most beautiful coastline, enjoying activities such as whale watching, hiking, fishing, and scuba diving.

Whidbey Island Hotels

Whidbey Island Hotels
Whidbey Island Hotels

There are several types of lodging on Whidbey Island. Guests can choose to stay in one of the island’s quaint inns, such as Boatyard Inn (pictured) in the town of Langley. The Boatyard Inn offers oversized rooms with private decks that face Saratoga Passage. Gas fireplaces, flat screen televisions with DVD players, and wireless internet access are two of the inn’s many amenities. Visitors to Whidbey Island can also rent their own space, such as Baby Island Lodge in Langley. Comprised of six rooms, this waterfront lodge can be rented by the room or in its entirety for groups up to ten. In addition to easy beach access, it also boasts a hot tub for guests’ relaxation. Those who prefer a more personal touch can stay in one of the island’s many bed and breakfasts, such as Anchorage Inn in Coupeville. This beautiful Victorian home offers a 128-foot wraparound porch that overlooks Penn Cove. Every room has wireless internet access, cable television, and its own private bathroom. Each morning, guests awaken to a delicious gourmet breakfast, and snacks are available throughout the day.

Whidbey Island Ferry

Whidbey Island Ferry
Whidbey Island Ferry

The only access to Whidbey Island by vehicle is via Deception Pass Bridge, so the Washington State Ferries provide two routes to Whidbey Island. The most convenient ferry route for visitors to Seattle departs from Mukilteo, a 35-minute drive north of Seattle. This ferry carries passengers across Puget Sound to the Whidbey Island town of Clinton, on the eastern coast. Visitors wanting to visit Whidbey Island from the western coast of Puget Sound can catch the ferry out of Port Townsend. This route arrives on the western coast of Whidbey Island in the town of Coupville.

Whidbey Island Beach Vacations

Whidbey Island Beach Vacations
Whidbey Island Beach Vacations

One of the greatest enticements to Whidbey Island’s are its beautiful beaches, many of which have become official state parks. The best known is Deception Pass State Park, which includes the dramatic bridge connecting Whidbey Island to the mainland. During the winter months, many bald eagles can be seen sheltering in the island’s temperate climate. There are 30 miles of hiking trails throughout the park’s old growth forest. The park also includes 19 miles of shoreline, not including 3 freshwater lakes popular for fishing. Camping is also popular, as this park offers 320 campsites. Several proprietors offer cruises in the area, including themes such as sightseeing, dinner cruises, or whale-watching excursions.

Fort Casey

Fort Casey
Fort Casey

History enthusiasts will especially enjoy Fort Casey and Keystone Park. Originally built as one of three military complexes built to protect the waters of the Puget Sound in the late nineteenth century, Fort Casey’s fascinating battlements and guns now serve as a unique outdoor space for visitors to enjoy. The park’s Admiralty Head Lighthouse provides tours of maritime history. The park also includes Keystone State Park, popular for fishing and scuba enthusiasts.

Visitors to Whidbey Island looking for good beachcombing should head to Maxwelton Beach Park or Double Bluff Beach, both littered with seashells and other fascinating geological items. Joseph Whidbey State Park’s position overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca is excellent for watching the migrations of the birds in the spring, and passing winter storms bring excellent surfing waves.

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