Summer on the Islands
As much as I LOVE Seattle, it is great to travel to the "other" Washington state. You know, the part with endless evergreens, beautiful coastlines, plentiful parks and trails for walking and hiking...a place where good food, fun and activity abound. Ok, that sounds a lot like Seattle to me...but what about a place with few cars and even fewer people. You are lulled to sleep by quiet. Eagles soar, birds chirp and the locals are really friendly.
As much as I love hopping the 16 to town or walking to the farmer's market in Ballard, sometimes I just want quiet, calm beauty. When I am craving the great outdoors, I head to the islands. Often I travel to Whidbey because it is just so very easy to get there! Whether I take a drive up I-5, stopping in LaConner for lunch and a quick hike along Deception Pass or I choose the ferry, Whidbey is an easy and scenic destination from Seattle.
There is always something happening on Whidbey Island, and this summer is no exception. Below I have listed activities that I am looking forward to. This summer there is something for everyone.
Coupeville Annual Lions Club Garage Sale: (June 28 and 29) Everyone can find a treasure at this local garage sale the last weekend of June.
Tall Ships Return to Coupeville: (August 9 and 10) Admire these regal ships as they dock stop in Coupeville.
Arts & Crafts Festival: (August 9 and 10) While admiring the Tall Ships, take in the local Arts 7 Crafts Festival featuring many local artists showcasing a variety of talents as well as artisan foods.
Race the Reserve: (August 9) As if there is not already a lot to do on the 9th, join other runners in this 5k, 10k or 1/2 marathon along the bluffs. Although I am not a runner, I would considr this for the scenery alone!
Highland Games and Greenbank Farm: (August 9) Just a short drive from Coupeville, head to Greenbank Farm for the Highland Games. Enjoy food and music as you watch "Highlanders" compete in four areas.
Island County Fair: (July 31, August 1,2,3) This is a good ole' county fair including farming and agricultural demonstrations, livestock displays, food, live entertainment and much, much more.
Wood Palooza: (August 30 thru September 1) This event showcases the work of the many local wood artisans located on Whidbey Island. It is home to some of the very best.
Whidbey Island offers enough with great small towns, lots of hiking, great food, local markets....but these activities make a summer weekend getaway even more fun.
Getting there is simple and finding a great place to stay is easy. We have a number of innkeepers ready to share their beautiful inns and homes along with great food and local expertise.
Thanks to Anchorage Inn Bed and Breakfast in Coupeville for sharing this list of summer happenings. Dave and Dianne Binder will share their love of Whidbey, their beautiful inn and a very special breakfast with you. Learn to live like a local, in style!
(Watch their Facebook page for updates on this year's pumpkin. Dave grows for a Pumpkin Contest yearly and it is amazing to watch such a small seed become The Great Pumpkin!)