Whidbey Island is home to an impressive list of festivals and annual happenings, and when our calendars start to fill up, it can be all too easy to miss out on some of this island’s special events. If you’re planning for the year ahead, take a glance at each month to see what Whidbey Island festivals and special events are happening when!
This February brings some unique events to Whidbey Island, and the calendar of events this month offers something fun for a wide variety of interests! Want to expand your theater horizons, or spend the month getting in shape for the run at Fort Ebey? You’re in luck this month! Follow the links below the graphic for more details on each event. Hope your 2019 is off to a great start!
You won’t struggle to find a highly rated gym to join on Whidbey Island, whether you’re looking for a personal trainer or a one-stop-shop with tons of classes and equipment. But if you’re looking to mix up your workout a bit, Whidbey Island is home to some other workout options that are sure to get your heart rate going!
Whether you have a new year’s goal to eat less meat or you’re a longtime dedicated vegan, you’ll find something delicious to try at one of the fine establishments on this list! From grab-and-go protein-packed vegan breakfast bowls to sit-down meals you can take your time on, these Whidbey Island restaurants offer plenty of meat-free dishes that will keep you coming back to try something new.
If you’ve ever been through the process of buying a home, then you know it can take time and lots of it! Often, when a new listing comes on the market, we have to jump on it FAST. Especially in Whidbey Island’s current real estate market, homes are sometimes going pending before people even have a chance to tour. (Great for sellers… not so great for buyers.)
You don’t have to travel far to find farm-fresh, homemade, and high-quality food products when you live on Whidbey Island! From mouthwatering jams and artisanal chocolates to local grass-fed meats and island-made sauces and seasonings, Whidbey Island is home to some people who are seriously talented in the kitchen.
December brings us a calendar filled with fun, festive, and unique events on Whidbey Island! Follow the links below the graphic for more details on each event. Happy holidays!
Find more information on each Whidbey Island event here:
Nov. 30 - Dec. 2: Whidbey Allied Artists Art & Gift Show at Coupeville Rec. Hall
Nov. 30 - Dec. 15: Owen Meany's Christmas Pageant @ Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
Nov. 30 - Dec. 15: The Santaland Diaries @ Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
Nov. 30 - Dec. 16: Best Christmas Pageant Ever & Jingle Bell Jukebox
December 1: Clinton Winter Market @ Clinton Community Hall
December 1: First Saturday Langley Art Walk
December 7, 8, 9, 10: 8th Annual Coupeville Holiday Market at Coupeville Rec Hall
December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16: Whidbey Island Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker
December 8 & 15: Saratoga Orchestra – Peter and the Wolf
December 8: Port, Cheese, & Chocolate Tasting at Bayleaf
December 15: Champagne Tasting at Bayleaf
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Especially during the holiday season, many people are wondering how they can give back to their communities and help those in need. Whidbey Island is home to some wonderful organizations that are working to help our neighbors, and below you’ll find 6 great ideas for spreading cheer and giving back to the Whidbey community!
Looking to make some awesome memories and satisfy that serious sweet tooth this Halloween? Whidbey Island is home to some fantastic trick-or-treating experiences, and while my son and I have our own favorite spots, I asked to around to see where other people like to go trick-or-treating on Whidbey Island.
The kids aren’t the only ones having fun this Halloween. Whidbey Island is home to some unique, memorable events for adults to partake in as well, like murder mystery dinners where you get to dress up in costume and professional ballet performances of Frankenstein!
We’ve all seen bad real estate listing photos—either the lighting was terrible, the angle was all wrong, or there was something strange or questionable in the photograph! Avoiding these things are probably common sense to most people, but I like to make sure that my real estate photography isn’t just “good enough.” I want it to show off a home at its very best for my clients, and even though getting the perfect image for each room is harder than it looks, it’s SO worth it!
Here are a few big reasons why you should *always* use professional photos if you’re selling your home:
1. Make a strong first impression.
When someone is scanning through the results of a home search, you might only have one featured photo to grab their attention. You want to make sure that you’ve captured their attention enough to make them click on your home and see how beautiful the rest of it is!
2. List your home right the first time.
You want to make sure that your home is positioned for success straight out of the gate. People can start to get nervous about a home that’s been on the market for too long, even if there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it! Having clear, high-quality images will help to show off your home in the best light from day #1.
3. Homes professionally photographed can sell for more $$$.
Depending on the unique market you’re in (location, price point, time of year, etc.), having professional photography can be the difference between your home selling vs. the similar home down the street selling instead. In other markets, it can mean your home sells for more money if it inspires enough interest and competition. The few extra bucks you invest on photography can pay off in a big way down the line!
4. Show your home in its best light.
Real estate photography is an art—you want to be sure to capture the best angle of each room to show off its best attributes. You don’t want a space to look too small or dark, and you want to highlight its most valuable characteristics. Lighting is also another huge factor in real estate photography—the time of day can significantly affect photo quality, as well as the professional lighting equipment that a photographer will most likely utilize. Photographing small spaces like bathrooms and closets are especially challenging, but being able to show these essential spaces off will be the mark of a great real estate photographer.
5. Use staging to create an emotional connection and visual intrigue.
It’s much more fun and captivating to look at homes that have cute and attractive decor! When homes aren’t staged with furniture and a few eye-catching decor touches here and there, they can end up looking sterile and unwelcoming in photos. Part of selling your home is creating an emotional connection with potential buyers—they should be able to envision themselves living in the home, and seeing a home staged will help immensely with that process. Staging can also show them the potential in a home, and can actually make a home look bigger!