Picnic Basket, bottles of wine, cheese and frut all spread out on a blanket

A Seaside Picnic Jaunt

By Laura Hilton

What day at the beach is complete without a picnic? To simplify your day and support a local business, let someone else do the cooking! This beautiful spread features tasty treats from Greenbank Pantry & Deli, Greenbank Farm Wine Shop, and Greenbank Cheese Specialty Food & Gifts. Turns out mid-Whidbey is a one-stop picnic headquarters! This beautiful basket was amongst the Forgotten Treasures of Freeland, and the crabby beach blanket can be found in Coupeville at Back to the Island.


"Cama Beach State Park."

"Today, these waters are still an essential part of life for islanders. "
Today, these waters are still an essential part of life for islanders. Our compulsion to be near the sea has only intensified, as outdoor spaces have become the safest place to be. So gather up the kids and explore a new beach, or an old favorite. Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor has many special features, including over 2000 feet of waterfront trail, perfect for pushing a stroller or wheelchair. The vast Fort Casey State Park stretches well over 400 acres and offers a dose of military history along with stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Shop these Stores Before Hitting the Beach


Greenbank Pantry and Deli

The Pantry is a small grocery store with everyday basics, specialty items, coffee, beer, wine, snacks, and local goods. The Deli slices meats and cheeses to order, serves up sandwiches, salads, and fresh-baked goodies.

Forgotten Treasures

Antiques, collectibles, & secondhand ideas. We have a little bit of everything! Forgotten Treasures had something for everyone.

Pickles Deli

Fresh deli sandwiches along with homemade soups and delicious salads.  Call ahead and pick up.  Check the website for a full menu.
Everything is Better at the Beach
With so many lovely parks and beaches to choose from, you’ll find fresh and ready picnic items close to any destination. Elger Bay Groceries and Gifts is both a market and restaurant.  It's South Camano Island location puts it close to several state and county beaches.  For yummy sandwiches stop by Pickles Deli in Clinton or the Whidbey Island Bagel Factory next door, also located in Oak Harbor. The new Langley Kitchen offers deli items and baked goods. Pick up coffee and dessert from Sunshine Drip in Coupeville, or nearby Bayleaf for a gourmet basket. Be sure to check out Camano Commons Marketplace for local espresso, pastries, ice cream, and all the summer staples.
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Man in a rowboat

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About the Author: Laura Hilton grew up on Whidbey Island and has since worked and traveled around the world, but this special place keeps calling her back.

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