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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.

Santa gives the "two thumbs up" sign in the Langley Parade

Throwback Holidays for Making Memories

by Jack Penland Something special happens with a small town “dresses up” for the holidays.  Despite the weather, there’s warmth in the air.  The decorations and lights turn store fronts and streets into magical places.  That music in the street?  Those are your neighbors.  The people in the parades?  Again, your neighbors.  The restaurants?  They’re in holiday mode, a place … Read More

Aerial of Orca shot from a Drone

Whale Watching Will Leave You Speechless

The waters around Whidbey and Camano Islands are often busy with whales. Gray Whales visit in the spring and both resident and transient orca are here at various times of the year. When you see them, it can leave you without words.

Seven Island Art Schools

by Jack Penland The thing about artists is that they’re always learning.  There’s a technique, a style, or even a mistake that takes them in new directions. And, whether your “inner artist” hasn’t yet been set loose, or you’re an experienced artist, there are art schools on Whidbey and Camano Islands that can turn a week, or even a weekend, … Read More

Pinball machines lines up at the Machine Shop

Rainy Day Arcade Fun

by Laura Hilton We are spoiled for choices when it comes to entertainment options on beautiful Whidbey Island. The word “island” probably conjures ideas of summer activities, but as the days get shorter and colder you may be looking for some indoor fun. Whidbey’s Island’s growing number of arcades are the perfect places to spend a chilly day. Whether you’re … Read More

8 Unique Schools For a Perfect Education Vacation

by Jack Penland Your Education Vacation Imagine this; you’re coming home from vacation laden down with several new pieces of art.   Maybe they’re a couple of paintings, or something made out of glass.  But, for this vacation, this isn’t art you bought.  It’s art you made. Or, maybe you’re returning from vacation with more confidence in your Spanish-speaking ability … Read More