A local’s guide to Whidbey

We asked three Whidbey locals to describe an ideal day on the Island. Join us as we explore each of their favorite activities, sights, and restaurants!

Rick from Freeland

My day would begin in Langley, with breakfast at The Braeburn because their huevos rancheros are incredible, and afterward I’d wander around downtown for a few hours. Our art galleries are some of the best in Washington and I always enjoy poking my head into all the cool shops. We have super creative local sellers here so it’s always fun to see what’s new around town. Then I’d visit Village Pizzeria for a slice before hitting up The Clyde Theatre; it’s an awesome iconic little spot. At the end of the day, I’d head over to Freeland’s Penn Cove Brewing Company for dinner and drinks with friends. Depending upon the season, they have live music with outdoor heaters, game nights, trivia nights, or karaoke, and their beer is topnotch.

Lauren from Coupeville

My perfect Whidbey day would have to take place during summer, and the first stop would be at Bayview’s Flower House Cafe, part of Bayview Farm and Garden. After breakfast at the café, and with a coffee in hand, I’d wander through the nursery and greenhouse and check out the great variety of plants, gifts, household goods, and books. Next, if it was a Saturday, I’d go next door to the Bayview Farmers Market and stock up on locally sourced produce, cheeses, breads, pie, crafts, and fudge! Then it might be time for some wine. I’d head to Dancing Fish Vineyards where I’d savor a cheese plate and tasting, while walking the grounds or playing bocce ball. A trip to the nearby Mutiny Bay Blues farmstand would follow, and I’d buy as many of their freshly picked blueberries as they’d sell me. The day would end with a sunset view back in Coupeville’s Penn Cove, where I’d dine on local mussels at Front Street Bar and Grill. Summer can’t come soon enough!

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Hiromi from Oak Harbor

I really love the north end of the Island, so my perfect day would keep me right here in Oak Harbor. The morning would begin with coffee and a country fried steak breakfast from Island Cafe, followed by hours of exploring Joseph Whidbey State Park. From the beach you can see Canada, Lopez Island, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Weather permitting, I’d hike the trails, forests, fields, and massive stretch of shoreline before heading to Seabolt's Smokehouse for some amazing beer-battered fish and chips. A double feature at Blue Fox Drive-In Theater would top off my day. They also have an arcade, go-karts, and snack bar. Those, plus the covered and heated Backlot Tavern, always make for a fun night.

Plan your Stay

Whether you love great food, wine tasting, or breathtaking hikes along the coast, Whidbey is calling for you. Explore our vacation rentals, pack a bag, and come create your own perfect day on the Island.