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

Throwback Holidays for Making Memories

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 that feels almost … 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

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, into a moment … Read More

Pinball machines lines up at the Machine Shop

Rainy Day Arcade Fun

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 looking for a … Read More

8 Unique Schools For a Perfect 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 than you ever got from your … Read More

Poster showing the ways Whidbey and Camano Islands appeal to those who care about their food.

Why Whidbey and Camano Islands Are a Food Lover’s Paradise

Whidbey & Camano Islands have rich farm and food tradition with farms raising everything from alpacas to zucchini, wineries creating some of Washington’s best wines to mussel “farms” bringing a taste of the islands to plates worldwide. This infographic is a great starting point for understanding what is offered in our region. Whidbey and Camano Islands are filled with specialty … Read More

The Marine Life Around Whidbey and Camano Islands Will Delight You

Whidbey & Camano Islands are great places to watch wildlife in Puget Sound. This Marine Wildlife infographic is a great starting point for understanding what is offered in our region. We have many beaches and parks so that you can get outside and enjoy nature.View all… You can have your own copy of this infographic. Download a 3.8mb .pdf of … Read More

Lodging Styles For Every Adventure

From world-class B&B’s and hotels to campgrounds, old-school fishing camps and even a yurt, you can find the perfect way to escape to Whidbey and Camano Islands.