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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Pumpkin spice lattes, cozy scarves, leaves crunching under your boots… fall is in the air on Whidbey Island! I love seeing everyone’s gorgeous Instagram photos that show off this time of year on Whidbey, and below are a few of my favorites (plus some info on where each photo was taken!).
This treasured piece of Whidbey Island history has been a working farm for over 100 years now. Located in Coupeville, Sherman’s Pioneer Farm offers some not-to-miss spooky events throughout the month of October. But most importantly, their October Produce Stand is something special this time of year. Stop by to pick up pumpkins and squash (there are SO many varieties to choose from!), a huge selection of fruits and veggies, baked foods (Fireball Whiskey Sugar Hubbard Pie! Squash Bread! Strawberry Rhubarb Pie!), and gorgeous fall decor.
This Whidbey Island icon is a must-visit spot for locals and out-of-town visitors alike. Not only is it home to some stunning scenery, but its festive autumn offerings are perfect if you’re looking for a memorable way to spend a crisp fall day out and about. The Greenbank Farm Wine Shop is also a treat—stock up on holiday gifts while you’re there!
Located in Coupeville, this 20-acre farm grows over 200 different varieties of veggies, herbs, and beans—wow! Willowood Farm was established in the late 1800s, and there was a time when the farm was 400+ acres. The farm has a fascinating history, they supply several restaurants in Seattle with ingredients, and they even have a holiday market. I recommend checking out their website for more info on how to get their fresh produce, volunteer, and support this Whidbey wonder.
This small family-owned winery is home to award-winning wines and an idyllic setting. Their beautiful vineyard is made all the more charming with their cute “spoiled dogs” who will likely greet you upon your arrival, and you can enjoy an afternoon sipping on their latest creations in the tasting room. On November 10-11, 2018 they’re participating in the “Autumn on Whidbey” event—find more details and get tickets here!
(To learn more about wineries on Whidbey Island, take a look at my Whidbey Island Guide to Wine!)