Whidbey Island

Welcome to Whidbey Island

A rural respite amongst stunning mountain vistas
 
Whidbey Island is an idyllic oasis surrounded by natural beauty and nestled against a backdrop of the snow-covered Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Though it’s only approximately 30 miles from Seattle, Whidbey Island feels worlds away from the hectic pace of the city.
 
Its charming, rural vibe is complemented by easy access to all the amenities of a major metropolis, and it’s situated close to several charming towns, including Langley, Oak Harbor, and Coupeville. It’s also home to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island and many waterfront communities. The island is nestled between the Olympic Peninsula and the Seattle-Metro corridor of western Washington and forms the northern boundary of Puget Sound.

What to Love

  • Brimming with arts and culture
  • Easy access to Seattle, Everett and Bellingham
  • Natural beauty with lush parks and beautiful beaches

Local Lifestyle

Whidbey Island is a friendly, small town-feel in a warm, welcoming, and low-key island atmosphere. It’s a great place to raise a family, as it’s home to excellent public schools and several private schooling opportunities. 
 
Often referred to as Puget Sound’s Largest Artist’s Colony, Whidbey encourages participation in the arts and outdoors, and is home to numerous working artists, writers, and performers. These include many well-known painters, sculptors, glass artists, woodworkers, metalworkers, mixed media artists, photographers, authors, poets, actors, and musicians. The south end of the island is a true haven for those who enjoy the fine arts.

In addition to being a haven for artists, the southern end of Whidbey Island also serves as a commuter community for the nearby cities home to major names such as Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, and Netflix. Commuters from those areas enjoy easy access to major transportation to and from various nearby cities. The Clinton Ferry connects Whidbey Island to Seattle in the south, while the Deception Pass Bridge connects the island on the north end, and Coupeville Ferry connects to the Olympic Peninsula in the center.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Whidbey Island is known for farmers’ markets, as well as fresh local food featured everywhere from upscale dining destinations to quaint coffee shops. The island is especially known for its seafood, including mussels farmed from Penn Cove, just a stone’s throw away in Coupeville. 

Quick and tasty treats include Whidbey Doughnuts, Whidbey Pies and Wholesale Bakery, and Chris’ Bakery. Whidbey Coffee Company and Whidbey Island Bagel Factory are great pit stops during your morning commute. After work, enjoy locally crafted libations at Penn Cove Brewery or Spoiled Dog Winery.

Things to Do

This small island oasis is brimming with many great galleries, studios, and art walks, as well as state parks and beaches. It’s perfect for outdoor recreation like kayaking, hiking, boating, or just exploring the local flora and fauna. 
 
Whidbey Island is home to Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, the first of its kind in the country to preserve the rural history and culture of the island and to protect the area’s rare flora and fauna. The island also boasts Deception Pass State Park, Washington's most-visited state park. Locals and visitors alike flock to Deception Pass to enjoy stunning sunsets, fishing, forest trails, and miles of Puget Sound beachfront, as well as bird, seal, and whale-watching. The impressive Deception Pass Bridge towers high above the waters of Deception Pass and boasts sweeping views of the water and forest below. This bridge is known for fostering the eventual placement of NAS Whidbey in Oak Harbor. 
 
Additional parks highly worth exploring include Fort Casey State Park, Joseph Whidbey State Park, Fort Ebey State Park, Possession Point State Park, South Whidbey State Park, Dugualla State Park, Greenbank Farm, and Double Bluff Beach.

Each year, bicyclists rejoice at the Tour de Whidbey, known as one of the most beautiful bike rides in the Pacific Northwest. This annual fundraising event features various routes, from the family-friendly 10-mile route to the 100-mile excursion.

Schools

Whidbey Island is an hour long and only about 10-minutes wide, and is served by 3 distinct school districts. Top educational opportunities include:
 
  • Oak Harbor Public Schools (north)
  • Coupeville Public Schools (central)
  • South Whidbey Public Schools (south)
  • Oak Harbor Christian School, private, 1-8
 
 

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