About the Area
Whidbey Island Things to Do and Restaurants and Dining
Oak Harbor offers numerous reasons to visit our little slice of heaven on Earth. If you enjoy sipping fine wine, eating good food and relaxing, you'll definitely enjoy spending time in our sanctuary here in the Puget Sound
Whidbey Island Things to Do
Oak Harbor is the small, quaint heart of Whidbey Island. Here you'll find a shopper's delight of little shops and boutiques to while away an afternoon, or two or three, poking around in antique shops, artist's galleries and gourmet food shops. Visit Tastefully Simple and sample the gourmet foods and gifts or have an afternoon picnic basket prepared for you while you wait.
Another great afternoon activity is to rent a bicycle and tour our marina or cycle past quiet farms and waterways. The annual Tour de Whidbey is in September and for more adventurous mountain bikers, the annual Whidbey Island Mudder event is held during May. Both road biking and mountain biking are very popular activities on Whidbey and allow visitors to enjoy the scenic offerings of our fair island paradise.
If you enjoy interacting with the local wildlife found in the Puget Sound, rent a kayak and see Gray Whales, Orca, sea lions and otters. Watch with wonder as these amazing animals frolic and swim and see eagles, osprey and other waterfowl.
Whidbey Island Restaurants and Dining
After a relaxing afternoon of bicycling, kayaking and antique shopping, visit one of our fine restaurants in Oak Harbor. Choose from Frasier's Gourmet Hideaway, where you can dine in a romantic setting of comfortable leather seating and warm wood floors. Taste the authentic Chinese offerings of China City. If your tastes run more toward seafood and steaks, try La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib or Lava Steakhouse and Grill. If you would rather dine in a more casual environment, try Pami's Restaurant and Potbelly Deli.
After you've had a wonderful dinner, stop by Greenbank Farms to have a slice of Whidbey Island pie in their tasty pie cafe - their granny smith, wild huckleberry and marionberry pies are divine.
If you enjoy wine tasting try visiting one of our numerous vineyards and wineries to taste the local wines. Several of our wineries are award winning, including Holmes Harbor Winery (2006 Northwest Winery of the Year Winner), Blooms Winery and Whidbey Island Vineyards and Winery. You can visit these wineries for wine tasting and talk to the vintners about their wine offerings or stop by the tasting room at Greenbank Farms to compare them side-by-side in a select wine tasting.
Whidbey Island Lodging
The best place to stay at Whidbey Island is the Coachman Inn. This wonderful hotel offers rooms and suites that take advantage of old world charm, while offering modern conveniences like free high-speed wireless Internet access, hot tubs and a movie library.
The friendly Coachman Inn front desk staff will gladly tell you more about Whidbey Island during your stay with them.
Before you check out Whidbey Island, 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.