Island Notes Island Notes

Island Discoveries

Explore places on Whidbey and Camano Islands that are not part of the usual tourist trail, but are where the locals like to go.

A beach and water with the setting sun and mountains in the distance and colorful clouds overhead.

In the Embrace of the Salish Sea

The waters surrounding Whidbey and Camano Islands are an essential part of life here. Near, on, or in the water, we’re all in its embrace.

A whale fluke sticks out of the water

The Most Amazing Migration

The gray whale migration is the longest migration of any mammal and some of it happens right here in Puget Sound.

Best Coffee is Island Coffee

When Seattle held a contest to find the region’s best coffee, the winners were from Coupeville.  They promptly named their coffee, “Seattle’s Best.” By Laura Hilton Throughout the world, Seattle is known as a coffee capital, thanks largely to that famous mermaid. But locals know it’s the whole Pacific Northwest region that roasts a mean bean, and in fact some … Read More

The Hour After Westerly

When a man who revels in timeliness and predictability loses an hour and finds a mystery, it produces a haunting puzzle about what might have been. That’s “The Hour After Westerly” a short film mostly shot on Whidbey Island. For a limited time, it’s available online.