About the Area
Whidbey Island Places to See
Close to Seattle and Vancouver, Whidbey Island is a quick weekend getaway destination that offers unique shopping and eating experiences that can only be found here. Our small island paradise offers quiet bike paths, oceanfront paddling and boutique shopping for even the most discerning weekender visitor who wants a respite from the busy city and hurley burley activities of the mainland.
Places to See
Oak Harbor is a delightful village that has a good deal of Whidbey Island's shopping and restaurants tucked away among quiet streets and wine tasting rooms. Stop in at Greenbank Farms to sample numerous wines from award winning wineries like Blooms Winery, Holmes Harbor Cellars, Greenbank Cellars and more. Greenbank Farms is a delightful experience all on its own, with a wonderful artisan pie shop that has divine pies like cherry and marionberry, which use locally grown fruits and are handmade right on-site. Long famous for the loganberry, Whidbey Island's Greenbank Farm is home to one of the largest loganberry farms in the world.
If you enjoy all things related to lavender, sneak in a visit to Lavender and Wind Farms. Offering lavender honey, scones and jams, Lavender and Wind Farms also hosts the annual Taste of Provence in August, an annual art festival that celebrates the scents and tastes of everything related to lavender.
If you enjoy farmer's markets, don't miss out on the weekly farmer's market at Oak Harbor. Here you can find locally grown fruits and vegetables like yellow pear tomatoes, kale, carrots, strawberries and loganberries. Many local restaurants, like Flyer's Pub, use local ingredients bought daily from local farms in their menu items and are frequently featured in Seattle Magazine and Sunset Magazine. Spending an afternoon sampling fresh ripe Sweet 100 tomatoes or summer strawberries bursting in your mouth is a great way to while away an afternoon. Purchase an armful of fresh produce and enjoy it for snacking later in the day.
Year-round there are events to be enjoyed around Whidbey Island, particularly the Oak Harbor area. In April, enjoy the annual Holland Happening (April 24-26, 2009), a celebration of the founding of Oak Harbor by Europeans in the 1860s. Events include the annual Oak Harbor Garden Show, a grand parade and a food and art booth display.
If you are lucky enough to be visiting during the month of July, make sure and catch the annual July 4th celebration at Windjammer Park. This annual event features a huge fireworks display and family carnival and games for the entire family. Food and art booths show off the variety of wares and foods available from locals.
The friendly Coachman Inn front desk staff will gladly tell you more about Whidbey Island places to see during your stay with them.
Before you check out all there is to see and do on Whidbey Island, check into the nearby 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.