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Man walking barefoot with dog on Double Bluff Beach

Dog – Friendly Locations

Thinking of bringing your dog along with you visit? Here’s a list of the best things to do with your dog on Whidbey Island and Camano Island.

Art and Artists

The Whidbey Working Artists have their summer open studio tour showing their work, their place, and where the artist and the art are one.

Farm to Table

There are more Farm to Table Events around here than ever! It’s an authentic food experience (and a great party) that you don’t want to miss! Here’s the most complete list we could find, but if you know of more, please let us know!

A Real-Life Wonderland Door?

Imagine stumbling across a tiny door perched in a tree. It takes leaving this carefully crafted door behind to find its true purpose.

Foraging for Breakfast

Eating the plants that grow in the forest. Sound wild? Come with me as we eat Whidbey Island.

KIRO Radio – The Orchard Kitchen

All About Crab “Buy live crab…that’s the only way you know that it’s fresh,” says chef Vincent Natress.  It’s the first of many insights Natress offers KIRO’s Tina Noel in this interview that foodies will love.  Noel was one of a handful of people taking a cooking class to learn the ins and outs of how to dispatch, then prepare crab … Read More

Oak Harbor’s Military History Commands the Visitor’s Attention

Recently named best in the world by the U.S. Navy, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) in Oak Harbor has a significant influence on this small but bustling town’s diverse population.
As many as 5,000 sailors are stationed here at time, and its a base that is often requested—and no wonder.

Hiking and Walking Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor offers visitors many opportunities to explore their travel interests, from fine dining and shopping to military history and whale watching. What Oak Harbor may not be known for —but should be— is hiking and walking. There are several options for every activity level, from avid hikers to family strolls, and dogs are welcome on treks.

Young Girl standing on a log with her arms outstretched

Research: Vacations with your kids build their brains

Escape!  The word conjures visions of putting the stress, cares and responsibility away, even if just for a while.  But for children, it can be a time for growth and building a tighter family bond. Now, a child psychotherapist and director of London’s “Centre for Child Mental Health” says there’s scientific evidence that vacation time can be a major period of … Read More