Fall on Whidbey Island is absolutely gorgeous, and we hope you can take some time to relax and enjoy it! Keep reading for some fun ways to help you make the most of this festive season.
Whidbey Island is home to a *thriving* visual arts scene. Whether you’re an artist looking for an active community or you’re someone who appreciates the arts and loves going on art walks and studio tours (or of course, both!), you’ll find plenty to keep you busy. Keep reading for a quick look at where to get started on your Whidbey Island art adventures!
It’s no secret: Whidbey Island is a gorgeous place to call home. From forests where sunlight streams through the trees to views of the shimmering Puget Sound with the majestic Olympic Mountains in the distance… we’ve got it all right here! If you’re looking for a scenic spot for a photoshoot or just somewhere you can enjoy a relaxing picnic with a picture-perfect setting, here’s a list of some of the most Instagram-worthy views right here on Whidbey Island.
You don’t need to own a boat or have years of sailing experience to get out on the gorgeous water that surrounds Whidbey Island! This post is all about helping beginners “get their feet wet” and learn how to take advantage of one of the very best things about living on Whidbey—having the shimmering Puget Sound right at your fingertips.
Whether you’re looking for ways to get outside and enjoy the sunshine or you want to get out and meet your neighbors (or both!), the rest of summer beings us some fabulous events and happenings on Whidbey Island! And, of course, at the end of the month we have the Oak Harbor Music Festival to look forward to, which I’m proud to be the title sponsor of for the third year in a row. Happy Summer!
If you have kids, then you’re bound to hear “I’m bored” once the newness of summer vacation wears off! We’re lucky that our island is packed with fun things to do, and we even have some fun options that are conveniently free. Keep reading for things you can do with your kiddos this summer on Whidbey Island, all without breaking the bank!
Parks and playgrounds are aplenty on Whidbey Island—you won’t struggle to find a scenic picnic spot, a grassy field to toss around a football in, or a fun playground to help little ones get out all of that extra energy. But there are a few stand-out, must-visit playgrounds on Whidbey Island that are *definitely* worth going out of your way for!
Sometimes a small, intimate live concert is just the perfect way to spend an evening—and it’s even better when you’ve got delicious beverages and treats within reach! When you’re in the mood for some live music, there’s no need to head to a huge concert hall thanks to our many coffee shops, bistros, and taprooms that regularly host local musicians. Here are just a few of the places on Whidbey Island that frequently host live music. Be sure to get out your calendar in case a few upcoming shows strike a chord!
With June comes the official start to summer, and Whidbey Island is packed with fun events to help you take advantage of the beautiful weather that’s headed our way! From camping events and 5Ks to garden tours and community celebrations, you’ll find several opportunities this month for getting out and about and enjoying all that our island has to offer.
Whether you’re coming in from out of town or you live on Whidbey Island and are looking for a scenic getaway that’s close to home, our island offers some prime opportunities for camping. From waterfront vistas to woodsy retreats that’ll feel like you’re miles and miles deep into the wilderness, Whidbey Island’s state parks offer a little bit of everything to discover and explore. Plus, a range of campsites means that both tent campers and RV “glampers” are all welcome!
Whidbey Island is home to dozens and dozens of charming and classic bed and breakfasts, and you’ll find even more (as in literally hundreds!) and when you search for homes to rent on Airbnb!
Here we’ve rounded up a few of the most unique bed & breakfasts on Whidbey Island, each one offering a fun experience in addition to a comfy place to cozy up in at the end of the day.
Summer is right around the corner, and now is the time to sign kids up for summer camps on Whidbey Island! There’s something for every age and interest, and summer is the perfect time for kids and teens to try something new and maybe even pick up a new hobby. (Plus, these camps are sure to keep kids busy and prevent the inevitable “I’m bored!” comments from happening!)
Nothing says spring is here quite like your local farmers market starting back up again! Whidbey Island has 6 main farmers markets that happen each year, and 2019 brings us another season of delicious local produce, homemade treats, live entertainment, beautiful handmade creations, and of course, the perfect time to get out and meet your neighbors.
Whether you’re in spring cleaning mode or feeling inspired after watching “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” on Netflix, giving your home a deep clean can often mean accumulating a pile of stuff to donate! Luckily, Whidbey Island has several donation opportunities that make parting with things you no longer need or use as easy as possible. And not only will you end up with a tidy home, but you’ll be able to help those in need along the way!
This month brings us a full calendar of events and happenings on Whidbey Island! Get out and celebrate our local culture, learn something new, and join the community in popular events like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Oak Harbor.
Be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out on the fun!