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Whidbey Island Weekend Getaways
Weekend getaways and short trips have become an appealing alternative to large family vacations this year. One of the best weekend getaways in the Seattle area is Whidbey Island. Just a short ferry ride from Seattle, Whidbey Island offers charming Oak Harbor - a place where it is easy to while away an afternoon bike riding, shopping or wine tasting.
Disembarking from the ferry at Oak Harbor Marina, your adventure begins. Here, you can rent a paddle craft, kayak or sailboat to spend an afternoon exploring sheltered coves and the abundant wild life of the Puget Sound. If you enjoy watching the annual visits of Gray Whales or the pods of Orca that frequent the Sound, getting out on the water is the way to go. Just a mere 20 feet from shore, you can see sea lions, egrets and eagles sunning themselves.
Moving beyond the marina, find your way to the village of Oak Harbor. Here you will find delightful small boutiques and unique stores to explore and find treasures not available anywhere else.
For locally made products, visit Lavender and Wind Farm, featuring soaps, honey and other items made with lavender. If you enjoy the scent of lavender, spend time strolling through the vast fields of purple, inhaling the relaxing fragrance. Sponsor of the August Taste of Provence art festival, Lavender and Wind Farm is a delightful unique experience.
Another wonderful place to find unique products made on Whidbey Island is Hastie Lake Farms. Here you'll find handmade soaps and other products. Hastie Lake also has a poultry farm and cut flowers available from their own gardens and fresh produce, all raised on this multi-generational family farm.
Oak Harbor enjoys several award winning wineries, including Holmes Harbor Cellars (2006 Northwest Winery of the Year), Whidbey Island Vineyard and Winery and Greenbank Cellars. Each of these delightful family-owned and operated wineries has tasting rooms available for you to sample their annual vintages and the unique wines each makes. To sample a wide variety of wines from Whidbey Island at one place, visit the wine tasting room at Greenbank Farms, where you can also sample wines from Black Diamond Winery, Blooms Winery on Whidbey Island, Fishtalk Vineyards and many others.
Also at Greenbank Farms, you can visit their Cheese and Specialties Store or their famous artisan Pie Cafe.
To top off your weekend getaway to Whidbey Island, stay at the Coachman Inn, one of our best hotels. The friendly Coachman Inn front desk staff will gladly tell you more about all there is to do on Whidbey Island during your stay with them.
Before you check out the great shops, farms, beaches, parks and restaurants 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.