About the Area
Introduction to Whidbey Island
Whidbey Island is an island in a group of nine islands north of Seattle in the Puget Sound. The island is one of three inhabited islands in the group. Home to approximately 58,000 people, the island has a Naval Air Station on the northern end, near Oak Harbor, and a thriving tourist industry surrounding its lovely scenery and unique art community.
There are lovely options for visitors all year round on Whidbey, from outdoor activities such as fishing and boating, camping, hiking, SCUBA diving, and bicycling, to fantastic festivals throughout the year.
You'll find that creating a base in an Oak Harbor hotel such as the Coachman Inn will put you close by every convenient amenity that you may need during your trip, and will make it easy to plan your fabulous vacation, regardless of the length of time you are able to stay.
Two hours south of Vancouver, Canada and one hour north of and Seattle, Washington, Whidbey Island feels far from everything, but is actually very close by. It's an easy drive over bridge or by ferry to arrive at the island. Once you're there, a bike or a car or your own feet will get you around the state parks, hiking trails and art studios of the island.
Beginning in Whidbey's largest town, Oak Harbor, home of the Coachman Inn, you'll find one end of the first Washington State Scenic Byway designated on an island - Whidbey Scenic Isle Way. Perfect for a leisurely drive and postcard moments, the Scenic Way travels from Deception Pass. When you travel through, you'll feel as though you've left civilization and are in a separate world that time forgot.
The other end of the drive is at Clinton, where the Washington state ferry can take you to the mainland city of Mukilteo.
Shopping is a pastime that many visitors to Whidbey find both relaxing and fascinating. The shopping in Oak Harbor includes the usual necessities at national discount, office supply, and grocery stores, and delightful, unique items at our little island stores of crafts, antiques, and regionally produced art. A little trip will take you past the beautiful beachfront parks and authentic windmill.
If you turn off of Highway 25 and onto Pioneer Way, you'll find small shops full of unique and memorable shopping. From antiques to specialty boutique clothing to paint it yourself pottery, Oak Harbor offers the range of quaint and exciting shopping options. The two thrift stores are noted for their eclectic collections.
Another benefit of staying in Oak Harbor's Coachman Inn is the access to a later nightlife. While many find dining restaurants close at 9 p.m. on the island, you'll find many cozy bars open in the Oak Harbor area into the evening.
Whidbey is a center for the arts, with both performance arts at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts and the Whidbey Playhouse as well as the Whidbey Island Children's Theater, and visual arts with potters, painters and sculptors all over the island.
The friendly Coachman Inn front desk staff will gladly tell you more information about Whidbey Island during your stay with them.
Before checking out all that Whidbey Island offers, check into the centrally-located Coachman Inn, where we have been voted Best of Whidbey Island for two years running and awarded the AAA Three Diamond rating, their highest rating for vacation lodging. To check availability, call the Coachman now at 800-635-0043 or click here.