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!)
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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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!