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Where to Donate Your Used Items on Whidbey Island

Where to Donate Your Used Items on Whidbey Island

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!

The Ultimate Guide to Annual Festivals & Events on Whidbey Island

The Ultimate Guide to Annual Festivals & Events on Whidbey Island

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!

5 Delicious Restaurants on Whidbey Island with Vegetarian & Vegan Meals

5 Delicious Restaurants on Whidbey Island with Vegetarian & Vegan Meals

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.

9 Instagram Photos of Gorgeous Fall Scenes on Whidbey Island

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!).

Sherman’s Pioneer Farm

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.

Greenbank Farm

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!

Willowood Farm of Ebey’s Prairie

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.

Eckholm Farm

This small family farm grows several tree fruits and berries, and they also offer farm-fresh eggs, pastured pork, and honey from their bees. Learn more about Eckholm Farm here.

Bell’s Farm

This family farm is made up of three generations of the Bell family, and together they grow vegetables, berries, and flowers on their 65 acres of land. For the last couple of summers they’ve also hosted “Strawberry Daze,” an event that celebrates “all things berry.”

Spoiled Dog Winery

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!)

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Your Whidbey Island Guide to Wine (Wineries, Wine Shops, Wine Bars, & More!)

Before I dive into all of the amazing opportunities to enjoy wine on Whidbey Island, I want to be sure and take a moment to share the “Autumn on Whidbey Wine & Art Tour” event taking place on November 10 & 11th. This weekend is all about celebrating harvest, and in addition to sampling some of the best wines and spirits on Whidbey, you can go on studio tours and enjoy shopping for arts and crafts. Click here to get your tickets!

And now… it’s time to take a look at some of Whidbey’s best destinations for wine enthusiasts!


The Terrace Wine Bar & Bistro

Located at 791 SE Fidalgo Ave Ste 104 Oak Harbor, Washington

Boasting a selection of over 60 wines from around the world (plus 20 beers and ciders too choose from, too!), The Terrace Wine Bar & Bistro in Oak Harbor is a charming spot with old world vibes. Their impressive menu is reason enough to come back again and again—dishes like braised pork belly and nacho cheese mac, brie and roasted garlic bisque, and Moroccan curry stew is just a preview of what you can expect to indulge in.

TIP: For updates on events (like bingo nights!) and menu specials, follow The Terrace Wine Bar & Bistro on Facebook!


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Bay Leaf

Located at 101 NW Coveland St, Coupeville, WA 98239

Call all food and wine lovers! Bay Leaf is *THE* go-to spot for foodies and wine lovers! Whether you’re looking for a local gift for a friend or wanting to get plugged into a community of foodies just like yourself, Bay Leaf is well-stocked with it all. In addition to their various wine clubs, their cafe has indoor and outdoor seating where you can indulge in their rotating selection of wines and tantalizing plates. Pick up locally made gourmet food items and carefully selected bottles of wine, stop by the deli to pick up snacks before hosting your next get-together, or even hire them to cater your event with their stunning signature cheese trays or huge batches of Paella.

TIP: Shopping online makes it easy to spread the Bay Leaf joy! And if you want to stay updated on new product arrivals, events, and DEALS, be sure to follow Bay Leaf on Facebook.

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Vail Wine Shop & Tasting Room

Located at 22 NW Front Street Coupeville, WA 98239-1393

Nestled right on the waterfront, the Vail Wine Shop & Tasting Room is a must-visit spot in Coupeville for wine connoisseurs. Featuring wine from all over Washington state, they especially pride themselves on stocking hard-to-find wines. You can enjoy daily tastings in the comfortable and welcoming shop, and they even have a wildly popular Washington Wine-of-the-Month Club you can join!

TIP: Want to stay awhile? They have a vacation rental located *right above* the wine shop, showcasing fabulous views of Penn Cove and Mt Baker!


Holmes Harbor Cellars

Located at 4591 South Honeymoon Bay Road Greenbank, WA 98253

Perched on a 20-acre estate that looks out over Holmes Harbor in Greenbank, Holmes Harbor Cellars doesn’t just offer excellent wine, but it’s an entire experience. The captivating setting and welcoming atmosphere is a joy to visit, whether it’s a stop on a wine tour or you plan to make an afternoon of it. Their grapes are sourced from vineyards in Washington state, and their most recent released feature grapes from the Yakima and Walla Walla valleys.

TIP: Follow Holmes Harbor Cellars on Facebook for a behind-the-scenes look, AND to be sure you don’t miss out on their sales and memorable events.

Greenbank Farm Wine Shop

Located at A101, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank, WA 98253

This is no ordinary wine shop! In addition to local and award-winning wines, you’ll also find a delicious selection of fruit and dessert wines, organic and biodynamic wines, hard ciders, jams, syrups, and the famous Loganberry Wine! Greenbank Farm has been around since 1904, and over the years, the farm has seen all types of iterations and owners (and was even owned by Chateau Ste. Michelle for time). In the 1940s, the farm began growing loganberries (a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry), eventually becoming our country’s largest producer of loganberries. The berries were used to make Loganberry Wine and Loganberry Liqueur, and you can still pick up a bottle today!

TIP: The shop is perfect for stocking up on wine, but it’s also a great spot to pick up a gift. Need a housewarming gift, or visiting someone who would enjoy having something local to Whidbey? This is a one-stop shop for it all!


Comforts of Whidbey

Located at 5219 View Rd Langley, Washington

Not only does this Whidbey destination have a tasting room, but they’re also home to a bed & breakfast and they’re a gorgeous wedding venue. Enjoy their Comforts of Whidbey signature wines, and stay overnight in the B&B to really take in the picturesque scenery. (On Saturday and Sunday mornings, you even get to enjoy a full farm fresh breakfast!). Located just a short drive from the ferry, their wedding venue amenities make for an ideal getaway that’s not too far off the beaten path.

TIP: Enjoy live music with your wine? Interested in taking classes on wine? Want to attend a wine wellness retreat? Be sure to follow Comforts of Whidbey on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss out on events like these.


Spoiled Dog Winery

Located at 5881 Maxwelton Rd, Langley, WA 98260

This small family-owned boutique winery produces a limited number of cases per year that you can find at their winery and in select local restaurants. The scenic Whidbey Island farm is a delight to visit, and their friendly dogs are ready to greet you! You can even bring your own pup to join in on the fun. Learn more about visiting in person here!

TIP: Become a wine club member for FREE! Membership gets you 20% discounts on cases and other perks!

Village Wine Shop Tasting Room

Located at 221 2nd Street, #2A Langley, WA

Specializing in “small production, handcrafted wines within Washington state,” Village Wine Shop Tasting Room is self-described as being an “intimate place where you can gather with friends.” They stock everything from affordable wine that pairs perfectly with pizza, to higher-end choices for serious collectors on the hunt for something rare.

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Photo courtesy of the Whidbey Island Vineyard and Winery Facebook page

Whidbey Island Winery

Located at 5237 Langley Rd Langley, Washington

This award-winning gem produces 3,500 cases of wine a year, and not only is it a treat to sip on, but Whidbey Island Winery is a joy to visit in person! Relax on the patio or at a picnic table while you take in views of the vineyard and apple orchard in a peaceful setting. They grow their own grapes right on Whidbey Island, and also source grapes from vineyards in eastern Washington.

TIP: The Whidbey Island Winery’s Facebook page is consistently updated with events, new wine offerings, and sales, so be sure to follow them if you’re a fan!


Dancing Fish Vineyards

Located at 1953 Newman Road Freeland, WA 98249

The Dancing Fish Vineyards is a Whidbey Island destination, with stunning grounds to explore and enjoy as you sip on their carefully crafted wines. You can stop by for a few hours of wine tasting, stay the night in their charming accommodations, or even host events and weddings here. Whether you’re hosting a crowd in the Hospitality Barn or holding a smaller event in The Barrel Room or in the Tasting Room, they have a variety of venue spaces to suit your needs.

TIP: You can regularly enjoy live music here! Check out their schedule of events to stay in the loop.

Blooms Winery on Whidbey Island

Located at 5603 Bayview Rd, Langley, WA 98260

Blooms Winery is moving to a brand new location in Freeland soon, but no matter where their address is, you can always expect the same internationally recognized wines. They’ve received several awards and have been featured in too many publications to name. Blooms Winery also hosts several musicians throughout the year—RSVP on Facebook so you don’t miss out!



Ott & Murphy Wines

Located at 204 1st St. Langley, Whidbey Island Washington 98260

Traditional French and artisan techniques go into each batch of handcrafted Ott & Murphy Wines, and their Swedish Arts and Crafts-inspired winery takes advantage of some of the best wine technology out there. In addition to their tasting room, they also offer private wine tastings, private catered wine events, special wine wedding packages, estate rental, and their wine club.

TIP: If you’re a fan of enjoying live music along with your wine, Ott & Murphy hosts several musicians each month. Click here to see the upcoming lineup!

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What's Happening on Whidbey: September 2018

Get out your calendars—you won't want to miss out on all of the fun, festive, and interesting events happening on Whidbey Island this month! Autumn is right around the corner, but September still offers a few fantastic opportunities to celebrate those final days of summer, beginning with the Oak Harbor Music Festival. I'm also a proud title sponsor of the event—click here to check out the music festival's schedule! 

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Your Guide to Whidbey Island Preschools

When it’s time for your little ones to head off to preschool, finding a place that your whole family loves helps to make the transition as easy as possible! Here you’ll find a guide to get you started in choosing a preschool on Whidbey Island, and it’s conveniently organized by town.


(Photo courtesy of the Little Britches website: https://www.oakharborpreschool.com)

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Little Britches

  • Located at 1508 SE 8th Ave, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
  • Registration begins in February

Little Britches is all about preparing kids for kindergarten, and little ones “are offered hands on opportunities to explore & experiment with language, art, science, math as well as proper classroom manners to ease their integration into the mainstream of the public school system.” They offer morning and afternoon preschool sessions 3 or 5 days per week, and a summer camp as well.

Oak Harbor Christian School (Little Eagles Preschool)

  • Located at 675 East Whidbey Avenue Oak Harbor, WA. 98277
  • Registration begins in February

The Little Eagles Preschool is part of the K-6 Oak Harbor Christian School, and you can find preschool information, the application, and tuition rates here. The Little Eagles teacher “share a common commitment to helping children develop in all areas—socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically and spiritually.” They offer 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day programs.

All About Kids Preschool

  • Located at 390 NE Midway Blvd, Oak Harbor, WA
  • They welcome parents to call or stop by to learn more about their programs

All About Kids Preschool “endeavors to provide children with every opportunity for them to explore and discover by setting up a child centered environment that promotes play.” They offer a very flexible schedule, so you can choose how many days per week is right for your child. Children ages 12 months through 6 years are welcome!

Der Kinderhuis Montessori

  • Located at 900 SE Dock Street, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

At Der Kinderhuis Montessori, “Our goal is not to fill children with facts, but to cultivate your child's own natural desire to learn and help them develop a love of learning.” This school offers both preschool and Kindergarten classes, and they have a flexible schedule that includes both half days and full days, making it easy to cater the experience to what your child needs.


Whidbey Island Waldorf School

  • Located at 6335 Old Pietila Road Clinton, WA  98236

With programs offered from nursery-aged children through 8th grade, at the Whidbey Island Waldorf School, children have the potential to attend the same school for several years. There are several different programs available, and the school believes that “The preschool years are of great importance in laying the foundations for healthy adult creativity and intelligence.” This particular school is surrounded by 100 acres of woods that children get to explore and enjoy, in addition to lessons in music, language, creative play time, story time, and more. Click here for more information on Waldorf schools.


Central Whidbey Cooperative Preschool

  • Located at 105 NW Broadway Ave Coupeville, WA 98239

This non-profit preschool not only helps children with their “social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative growth,” but they do so with the opportunity for parents to be involved.  Parents are required to assist in the classroom 3-4 times per month, volunteer for one committee or the co-op board, help with fundraising, and attend parent education meetings. There are several class types, and registration is on a first come basis. Click here to learn more about class options and registration dates!


Trinity Preschool

  • Located at 18341 State Route 525, Freeland WA

Trinity Preschool is all about providing “enriching educational experiences for preschoolers in a Christian environment.” They offer a variety of programs based on age, and you can choose between morning or afternoon sessions. A typical day includes free play, circle time, lesson time, snack, playground time, and singing!


The South Whidbey Childrens Center

  • Located at 120 Sixth Street Langley, Washington 98260

With programs for children 12 months through 5 years, the South Whidbey Childrens Center is all about providing “developmentally appropriate, progressive, curriculum-based early learning and childcare.” They also offer before and after school programs for kids up through 5th grade, as well as summer programs. Programs are flexible, and you can choose however many days per week is best for you and your child.

Island Christian Academy

Whether you’re looking for something half day, full day, 2 days per week or 5 days, this flexible preschool is for children who are 3 years old. This preschool offers a “well-balanced program with developmentally appropriate activities to help build a solid foundation for your child’s academic years. All curriculum is developmental and Christian-based by design.” You can find information on tuition and scheduling here.

Island Church Preschool

  • Located at 503 Cascade Ave. | Langley, WA | 98260

This Langley preschool is focused on providing a “safe, Christ-centered, positive and nurturing environment” and is all about preparing little ones for kindergarten. They offer classes in the mornings on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. Learn more about tuition and scheduling here!

Wellington Day School

  • Located at 5719 Pioneer Park Place Langley, WA 98260

This school’s Montessori-style preschool program encourages students to attend the same number of days per week as their age. Their school programs extend through 8th grade, ensuring children can stick with the same school for several years if you choose. Click here to learn more about tuition, scheduling, and programs.


7 Restaurants for Waterfront Dining on Whidbey Island

Gorgeous backdrops, unique histories, and fresh, delectable dishes ensure you’re in for a treat! Looking for a special date night spot, or want to impress out-of-town guests with one of the best views in town? These Whidbey Island restaurants promise waterfront dining at its finest!

Here’s a look at 7 awesome restaurants for waterfront dining on Whidbey Island:

Captain Whidbey

  • Located at 9702, 2072 W. Capt. Whidbey Inn Rd. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 12:00pm-3:00pm Wednesday-Friday (Lunch); 11:00am-3:00pm Saturday-Sunday (Brunch); 5:00pm-9:00pm Wednesday-Sunday (Dinner)
  • Happy Hour: 3:00pm-6:00pm Wednesday-Sunday (click here for their happy hour menu)

Set on the idyllic shores of Penn Cove, Captain Whidbey Inn’s restaurant is a not-to-miss Whidbey treasure. You can enjoy fresh seafood for brunch, lunch, dinner, or happy hour, including steamer clams and Penn Cove mussels, salmon, cioppino soup, and more. Enjoy it in the dining room or outdoors overlooking Penn Cove; either way, it will be a meal you won’t soon forget!

Toby’s Tavern

  • Located at 8 Front St. N.E. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday

Steeped in Pacific Northwest tradition, Toby’s Tavern is a must for local history buffs, or anyone looking for a great burger. Built in 1890, this building houses a ton of local memorabilia, including the old 5 man racing shell hanging from their ceiling. In addition to fascinating decor, Toby’s also boasts a delicious selection of fresh seafood, steaks, prime rib, and the “best burgers on the planet.” The next time you’re in Coupeville, make sure to stop by Toby’s for a bite.

Front Street Grill

  • Located at 20 Front St. N.W. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Monday-Thursday & Sunday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday; 11:00am-9:00pm

Not even a decade old, the Front Street Grill has already made a name for itself as a premier local dining experience. Catch breathtaking views of the Coupeville Wharf and Mount Baker while enjoying one of their 6 different types of fresh local mussels, mouthwatering burgers and steaks, or seafood pastas. With a cocktails and a kids menu, this is a spot the whole family will love.

Knead & Feed

  • Located at 4 Front St. N.W. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday; 8:00am-3:00pm Saturday-Sunday

If you’re looking for a light breakfast or a simple lunch on the water, Knead & Feed is sure to become your next go-to spot. Drop by for a “Front Street Lunch,” which is their most popular combo of a bowl of soup, a green salad, a thick slice of bread, and a piece of pie. Homemade comfort food, friendly service, and a waterfront view... perfection!

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Alfy’s Pizza at Water’s Edge

  • Located at 916 S.E. Bayshore Dr. Oak Harbor, WA 98277
  • Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm Monday-Friday; 11:00am-9:00pm Saturday-Sunday

For pizza with a scenic view, Alfy’s is the place to go. Voted “Best Pizza and Salad Bar,” Alfy’s has a wide selection of pies (including a build your own option), as well as sandwiches, pastas, sides, and desserts. For a look at their full Water’s Edge menu, click here.

The Cove Cafe

  • Located at 26 Front St. N.W. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 11:30am-4:30pm 7 days a week

Located right on Coupeville’s historic wharf, the Cove Cafe is a great spot for a casual meal. Enjoy fresh fish and chips, steamed Penn Cove Mussels, or more unique items like their “Not-Your-Average BLT,” and wash it all down with a refreshing hard cider, beer, or wine. With indoor and outdoor seating available, the Cove Cafe allows you to experience Whidbey Island at its finest.

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Prima Bistro

  • Located at 201 1/2 1st St. Langley, WA 98260
  • Hours: 11:30am-9:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:30am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday
  • Happy Hour: 3:00pm-5:00pm 7 days a week

For a taste of Paris and a splash of Pacific Northwest flair, no place beats Langley’s own Prima Bistro. Try one of their elegant small plates or a French-inspired salad or burger. Beautiful outdoor deck seating, a kids menu, and a variety of gluten free and vegan options make this a fun and welcoming place for all.  

5 Fun Ways to Keep Cool This Summer on Whidbey Island

When the weather heats up on Whidbey Island, we’ve got you covered with some fun ways to keep cool! From the best swim spots to the tastiest sweet treats, these ideas aren’t only good for beating the heat, but they’re perfect for your summer bucket list.

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Beach Bums

Pack your bag and head to the beach for a day of swimming, sunbathing, beachcombing, and just plain fun. Monroe Landing in Oak Harbor and Double Bluff Beach in Freeland are both safe bets for swimming and recommended by locals.

Out on the Water

One of the best ways to explore Whidbey Island is by water, and that sea breeze is sure to keep you cool! Kayaking is a great place to start, and Whidbey Island Kayaking is ready to help you get started on your kayaking adventures. They offer a variety of tours (beginners welcome!), or you can rent a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard and set out on your own.

If you’d like to charter a Penn Cove tour, rent a sailboat, take sailing lessons, you’ll want to check out Penn Cove Sailing and Leisure Yacht Charter in Coupeville. You can even rent the sailboats for multiple days at a time if you want to head out on an grand adventure!

Dive Deep

Get a new perspective and explore Whidbey Island’s underwater treasures! Whidbey Island Dive Center offers a wide range of instruction, “from snorkeling through professional dive leadership.” If you’re a beginner, they can help you start your diving journey, and they even host a “Splash Night” that’s in a pool so you can check it out and see if it’s for you. They also offer a huge range of specialty courses—see all of their offerings here!

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Cool Treats

After a day at the beach or out on the water, an icy cold treat is the cherry on top! Here are a few favorites:

  • Kapaw’s Iskreme by the Coupeville Wharf is known for their generous scoops and fresh waffle cones.
  • Popsies (located in Oak Harbor’s historic downtown) not only has ice cream, but their shop is filled with other sweet treats and they’re especially known for their different flavored popcorn.
  • Toppins Frozen Yogurt in Oak Harbor is known for, you guessed it—their huge selection of toppings!
  • K & R Farms is not only the perfect spot to grab an ice cream cone, but you can get fresh local produce, meat, and other homemade goods there too!
  • Sprinklz in Langley has 16 flavors of ice cream to choose from, plus specialty milkshakes, specialty blended coffee drinks, retro toys and candy, and more.

Pool Day

For those who want to stay active but get out of the sun for awhile, the Island Athletic Club in Freeland features a 25-yard pool. They offer swim lessons, water exercises classes (like Aqua Zumba!), and lap swimming. Another great pool option awaits at the Admirals Cove Beach Club, and here members can enjoy an outdoor pool. (However, the pool has been closed recently due to a remodel. Check their website for updates on when it’s scheduled to open again!)