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Accessible Outdoor Adventures on Whidbey and Camano Islands

Above photo: The paved trail at Hoypus Point. Although we all hope to be active and robust throughout our lives, the reality is that many of us, at least temporarily, are going to need some help getting around. Unfortunately, as amazing as today’s mobility devices are, taking in nature requires a bit of advance planning and insider information. So, with … Read More

Whidbey Island – A Food Lover’s Paradise – South Whidbey

All too often we travel somewhere only to eat at restaurants that are very similar to what we have at home.  We’re torn between the desire for a new experience and the need to be comforted by the familiar. But what if you made food exploration the central idea of your trip?  Then, it doesn’t make any sense to head … Read More

Slice of pie with a scoop of ice cream and a slice of apple in the ice cream

Whidbey Island – A Food Lover’s Paradise – North Whidbey

All too often eating on a vacation is reduced to quick grabs of fast-food crammed down quickly around whatever adventures you have planned. But what if food was the adventure? You can do that on a trip to Whidbey Island.  With a little planning and insider information, you can enrich both your palate and your knowledge about food. There are simply … Read More

Kayaking Whidbey Island

Kayaking along the shore is like a slow stroll through the woods. It’s peaceful. You’re strolling the beach, just on water instead of land. You’re not going very fast, nor are you straying very far from land. You’re on the border between earth and ocean where wildlife thrive and nature is all around. For a beginner, or even an experienced … Read More

New Flights Mean Whidbey and Camano Islands Are Closer Than Ever

Oak Harbor just got a little closer to San Diego. Langley is now closer to San Francisco and travel time between Camano Island and Las Vegas is shorter than ever. No, there wasn’t a bump in the tectonic plates beneath the islands, but what did happen is of tectonic proportions, at least in terms of northwest travel. We’re talking about, … Read More

People Walking on a trail

Four Certified Exhilarating Hikes to Ease You into Spring

It’s been a long, cold, winter and we all know that you and your sofa are now better buddies than ever. But spring is coming and you’re going to want to get outside and be active. While it’s tempting to try to go straight into super-hero mode, it’s not very smart. Strained muscles, or at least sore muscles, are no … Read More

A whale fluke sticks out of the water

Whale Watching Tours
from Whidbey Island

Whale watching in the spring is special. While resident and transient orca can be found in Puget Sound almost any time of the year, March and April features the addition of gray whales.
Tours are one of the best ways to see the whales and they depart from both Oak Harbor and Langley.

A row of lavender plants

Six Reasons Tourists Love Rural Farm Stays on Whidbey Island

Here are six of the best places to stay on Whidbey Island. These rural getaways pair a rural getaway with things like, horseback riding, a winery, farms, and even a vegan menu. They range from bed and breakfasts to expansive rooms in a farmhouse.