I arrived to Whidbey by taking the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry over. This was my first time that I have ever driven onto a ferry with my car. It was a beautiful ride quick ride across to the island where I was making sure to keep my eyes peeled for wildlife.
Once I drove around the island its beauty immediately hit me. I was really taken back with how stunning it was. The island has beautiful greenery, lush forests and the most perfect beaches. If that wasn’t enough you could stare out of the epic Cascade Mountain Range. On a clear day, you had a perfect view of Mount Baker from the eastern side of the island. The houses on the island are older and a lot are Victorian. It’s very rare combination when the architecture and landscape are equally as beauty.
Where To Go and What To See!
Deception Pass State Park:
Deception Pass Sate Park is Washington’s most visited State Park. The park spreads over 3,854 acres. There is definitely no shortage of things to do. You have forests, beaches, hiking trails, bird watching, kayaking, boat rides, fishing, and wildlife galore.
If you are looking to get out on the water and explore Deception Pass in a unique way; I would definitely suggest using Deception Pass Tours. We saw porpoises and seals from the boat!
Deception Pass s a strait that separates Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island. It also connects Skagit Bay, part of the Puget Sound with the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Captain George Vancouver gave it its name since the island deceived him into thinking it was a peninsula.
Deception Pass Bridge:
Deception Pass Bridge another landmark inside the park. It’s a two-way bridge that connects Fidalgo Island to Whidbey Island. You are able to park at the bridge and walk alongside of it. This gives you an impressive view of Deception Pass. I do suggest walking the entire bridge since you will see such amazing views from every angle of it. There is also a spot where you park roughly midway and hike down below the bridge. This is a must do!
Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve:
Ebey’s Landing is located in Coupeville and this National Reserve is absolutely stunning! There is even a 4.7 mile hike that takes you alone the Puget Sound for some larger-than-life views. Captain George Vancouver also named this area in honor of Lieutenant Joseph Whidbey.
For Casey was constructed in the1800’s. It was used as a training facility up until the 1940’s. This is definitely a great place for a family outing. Kids love climbing the fort, and the parents can have a picnic in the grass while looking out at the Puget Sound. This will be in a trip that takes you back in time as you walk around fort complete with bunkers and batteries.
Admiralty Head Lighthouse:
Admiralty Lighthouse is located right up the road from Fort Casey and about a one-minute drive. This lighthouse was constructed in 1903. You are able to walk inside and up to the top where you are able to gaze out the windows to the Puget Sound. They even have an interruptive center which you can walk around and explore.
Joseph Whidbey State Park:
This state park is 112 acres long. It is located right near the water and offers some amazing views of Puget Sound. I spent a couple of hours here just sitting on a log on the beach watching the waves roll in. It’s a beautiful relaxing location to check out!
Where To Stay and Eat!
The Anchorage Inn B&B:
In Anchorage Inn B&B is located in historic Coupeville and is absolutely splendid! It’s a Victorian house located a block away from Penn Cove on Main Street. Dave and Dianne are the fantastic Innkeepers that take their service and presentation extremely seriously. The house is a throw back in time. It has a classic feel but with modern day accessories. From the wallpaper to the dishes everything is completely decorated with a very homey feel.
Dianne is an amazing cook! She said that she had a lot of practice in the early years cooking for her two sons who loved breakfast food for dinner. I could to see straight out to the water from almost any window in the house. I felt extremely relaxed staying here that I could literally feel all the stress melt away.
I would definitely suggest for to anyone coming into the island to stay here. It’s centrally located and has the comfort and relaxation of being somewhere remote. This is a fantastic inn with nothing but first-class service all the way.
Photos of delicious their breakfast below!
This is the view from almost any room inside the house!
Prima Bistro is located in Langley; which is a little town located not far from the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry. It overlooks the Saratoga Passage and has stunning views of the Cascades and the mainland of Washington. This is the perfect location for an afternoon lunch. Not only are the views amazing it the food is delicious! They even make their own Charcuterie. This is definitely a must go restaurant on the Whidbey Island.
Charcuterie: Bresaola. Prosciutto, Calabrese, Red Chili, Lonza with Asparagus
Fromage: Arpea De Brebis, Midnight Moon, Point L’eveqne, Blei D’auvergne, Fromage de Meaux and Zmarano