A Whidbey Island Vacation
Seeking a Pacific Northwest Island getaway? How about a Whidbey Island vacation!
Whidbey Island offers a peaceful and serene setting, and is only about an hour from Seattle.
There are a lot of activities on this island, and here are our recommendations on what to do, where to stay, dine & spa!
What to Do?
- Visit Coupeville, second oldest town in Washington. First up on our vacation list on Whidbey Island. Here you’ll find shops, art galleries and buildings on the National Historic Register, including turn of the century Victorian homes.
Stop by the enchanting Lavender Wind store, where you can shop for a wide range of home and health products infused with lavender from lavender honey, bundles of lavender, lavender oils, soaps, candles. In 1999, owner Sarah Richards bought a farm and started with 9 lavender plants. The purple fields normally bloom in June, when you can see the rows of purple lavender at Lavender Wind Farm, within Ebey’s Landing Historical Reserve.
2. Order a bucket of Penn Cove Mussels! Coupeville is located on Penn Cove, home of the famous Penn Cove Mussels and they are delicious.
3. Visit Langley, another charming town with historic buildings, shops, flower-lined walkways, bistros and art galleries. If you sight a whale out in the water, ring the whale bell!
4. Walk the beach and beachcomb at low tide. We found driftwood, shells, rocks, and followed the ebb and flow of the tide along the waterfront at the Saratoga Passage.
5. Watch for Whales at high tide during late March to early June, and keep a lookout for Eagles & Otters! The Gray Whales make their way through the Saratoga Passage, and otters frolic in the water.
Photo Credit: Inn at Langley
6. Kayak from Langley’s marina and take in the nature.
7. Hike Ebey’s Landing State Park and walk along the trail overlooking Strait of Juan de Fuca. On a clear day you can see the Olympic Mountains.
8. Visit Deception Pass State Park where you can cross the iconic bridge and park for incredible views, trails, beaches and bird watching, and go fishing in Cranberry Lake. This is a must for your vacation on Whidbey Island.
9. Bring your binoculars and bird watch – shore birds, herons & eagles!
10. Ride a bike around the villages, country roads and trails.
11. Explore a local farmers market – the Langley market is on Fridays, and at Bayview on Saturdays (May – October).
12. Check into a Spa and get rejuvenated – see our recommendation below.
Where to Stay?
This upscale waterfront inn is ideally located in Langley, and is one of the top hotels in the world, according to Travel + Leisure. Owners Paul and Pam Schell were inspired to build this beautiful inn on a bluff overlooking the water, and add, “There is the deep peace of watching water and the natural patience of island life that always sends us back to the city renewed.”
With 28 guestrooms, cottages and master suites with epic 180-degree waterfront views. Guests enjoy these views from their private decks, and living room with fireplaces, and jetted tubs facing the water.
Perfect way to getaway for a weekend, or a week! Unwind in your jetted tub with complimentary bath salts, and then lounge on your balcony wrapped in a blanket and experience the sights and sounds of nature.
You can watch the sun rise over the Cascade Mountains and the sun set over the Saratoga Passage.
Where to Dine?
Christopher’s – Master Chef Andreas Wurzrainer has prepared meals in elegant European restaurants and at the Seattle Four Seasons Hotel, aboard luxury expedition ships in the Amazon, Arctic and Antarctic. After two decades, he and his wife Lisa decided to relocate their family to Whidbey Island, and create fresh Northwest cuisine at Christopher’s in the charming town of Coupeville.
Photo courtesy of Christopher’s
Local patrons and tourists frequent this popular restaurant and taste a variety of dishes from succulent bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, the Penn Cove seafood stew, the raspberry barbecued salmon, the ever-popular daily specials, a delicious variety of salads and pasta dishes, or the mouth watering home made desserts. Reservations: (360) 678-5480
Orchard Kitchen – Owner/Chef Vincent Nattress and his partner/wife Tyla moved from Napa to Langley to open Orchard Kitchen, a teaching kitchen and dining room on their five-acre organic farm in Langley. Chef Nattress grew up on Whidbey Island, and he and his wife Tyla returned to create a culinary destination of their own.
Photos courtesy of Orchard Kitchen
Opened in 2015, their dream has come true where guests enjoy meals in their beautifully designed intimate dining room and open kitchen. Their other venues – a barn, large field, can accommodate a variety of venues for events from weddings to family reunions. We hope to return for their cooking classes!
Inn at Langley – An unforgettable dining experience, according to many who have experienced the multi-course affair created by Chef Matt Costello. Each dish is a work of art and Chef Costello’s menu is inspired by the island’s freshest seasonal fare, and The Inn’s formal herb garden. The Chef begins the meal with an enlightening introduction to the menu. Dinners are a set menu, and reservations are required. Weekend evenings only.
Photos courtesy of The Inn at Langley
Guests at The Inn enjoy a scrumptious complimentary breakfast including Chef’s recipe quiche, scones, and muffins, house made granola, seasonal fruit, and Northwest salmon lox and cheeses.
Where to Spa?
The Spa at The Inn at Langley is named “Ilā” (Sanskrit for Earth), “…reflecting the faith in the power of nature as the source of real wellness,” shares Spa Director Marilyn Strong. We were greeted with cold lavender scented towels and welcomed to this spa sanctuary located on the waterfront, and surrounded by the forest and the sea. Book a spa visit at spa@InnAtLangley.com.
Soothe your soul, and book a holistic getaway! Wellness Retreats are available at Ilā for three-nights, four-days, pairing spa treatments with spiritual and rejuvenating experiences unique to Whidbey Island.
Marilyn adds, that they have “…crafted a new Seasonal Retreat Series created especially for women. Our retreats set the stage for restorative, healing encounters where you can deeply listen and attune to nature and your truest, most authentic self; and where you can invite balance, contentment, health, and inner simplicity to reside in you. You may then return refreshed and renewed in body, mind and spirit.” For more information click here.
HOW TO GET HERE
How to Get Here?
By Ferry: Ferries depart every 30 minutes from Mukilteo to Clinton on Whidbey Island. Take I-5 north from Seattle to Exit 189, and follow signs to Mukilteo Ferry.
By Bridge: Further north on I-5, you can drive onto the island from the mainland. Take I-5, and follow signs to the Deception Pass Bridge, cross the bridge to Whidbey Island.
Global Adventuress would like to thank The Inn at Langley, Christopher’s, Orchard Kitchen for hosting us during our stay on Whidbey Island.