Island Notes Island Notes

Cycling Around the Islands

Cycling the rolling bucolic hills is an ideal way to explore Whidbey and Camano islands. Start planning your visit now. The beauty of Whidbey Island is the exploration of each unique community. The designation of State Route 525 and Highway 20 as a Scenic Byway keeps many drivers on the main roads, leaving cyclists to enjoy the views along waterside … Read More

Island Farmers Markets

It’s this time of year when you see the culture of our area begin to show, peeking out like the sun through a hole in an otherwise gray sky.

An orca, or killer whale, a few hundred yards from shore

The One That Got Away

With orca here year-round and gray whales visiting each spring, many of us take to boats for a memorable day, even if the camera we brought along wasn’t cooperating.

Only Humbled

I put this first on our Facebook page, but I wanted to share these thoughts about the people around Oso here, as well. And, I wanted to encourage you to plan a visit there when the time is right.

A Beach to Myself

What’s it like having a beach all to yourself? When you spend time mid-week on beaches on Whidbey and Camano, you find out.

A view of the east side of Deception Pass Bridge

The Deception at Deception Pass

How could early explorers be deceived that this sea canyon was the mouth of a river?  It’s easy to understand when you take the time to watch and listen.

Bronze sculpture of a mother otter and pup. The beach is in the background.

Art in a Sandbox?

Public art flourishes on Whidbey and Camano islands. From the traditional wood carving welcome sign greeting people just getting off the ferry to the sculpture park’s visual treats, there are plenty of locally-produced visual treats that compete with those made by mother nature.

Winter on the Cascade Loop

Whidbey Island is part of Washington’s Cascade loop, and a drive through part of the loop as nature plays “gently” is a thought-provoking and enchanting drive.