Island Notes Island Notes

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.

Crew filiming The Hour After Westerly at The Fort Casey Inn.

Central Whidbey Locations
Star in Short Film

Yet another crew has wrapped up shooting on Whidbey Island.  This time, independent producers from Los Angeles finished principal shooting in Central Whidbey for the short film, “The Hour After Westerly.” The film stars Peter Jacobson and Shannyn Sossamon.  Jacobson is recognizable from roles in many TV shows including House and Colony. Sossamon was Heath Ledger’s leading lady in A … Read More

Birding on Whidbey and Camano Islands

Pectoral Sandpiper at Keystone Spit – uncommon migrant shorebird in fall. Whidbey and Camano Islands are a great place to see birds, with some of the best locations around.  The island are along the Pacific Flyway, a western “highway in the sky” birds use to migrate. Two of the people most knowledgable about bird watching here are Craig and Joy … Read More

Coupeville- The Home to
“Practical Magic”

This fall, the waterfront village of Coupeville on Whidbey Island celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of Practical Magic. Starring Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman and Stockard Channing, this seasonal cult classic chose Coupeville as the film’s setting for its historic, seaport charm that attracts visitors from around the world.