2 Day Oak Harbor Itinerary
Oak Harbor Marina
Oak Harbor is a small city on a rural island—the best of all worlds! It’s a getaway from the super-sized metropolis, but with a wide variety of outdoors and cultural happenings that create a perfect vacation weekend!
Options – Riverside Cafe, Noe Jose
Historic Downtown Oak Harbor – home to many festivals and events.
Working your way back to Oak Harbor is Fort Ebey. Built for World War II, the park is better known for it’s beaches, bike trials, kite-flying, and cliffs for hang-gliding!
If you’ve had enough of the car, head back downtown for a relaxing glass of wine at Rustica or the Terrace Wine Bar and Bistro. Beer lovers will want to head uphill a block to the Whidbey Beer Works or up to Flyers.
Options – China City, El Cazador Mexican Grill, Zorba’s Greek and Italian Restaurant
Deception Pass Sunset
Morning Walk #2 – The Oaks of Oak Harbor. This is part walk, part drive. Find the brochure for the Garry Oaks of Oak Harbor and follow it to find the magnificent trees that gave the city its name.
At low tide, you can also go clamming at any of several beaches on the island. You’ll need a license and need to plan ahead for the tides and places open for clamming.
If you don’t fish, or don’t have a way to get it home, then just play outside!
Let’s head south for the morning. Fort Casey and Admiralty Head Lighthouse offer spectacular views of Admiralty Inlet. There are trails to suit every hiker, experienced or not. The fort was one of three built in the 1890’s to defend Puget Sound from invasion. The Admiralty Head Lighthouse, first operated in 1861, was the first built on Puget Sound. Nearby is Fort Ebey, built as a result of World War II. The park features numerous hiking and biking trails. They run through a region known as the “kettles” dug-out patches in the earth left by retreating glaciers.
Also, stop at 3 Sisters Farm Store for quality locally-made goods. Even if you don’t have a way to buy and take home many of their products, it’s always fun to look!
But, whatever you do, make sure you take the Deception Pass Jet Boat tour. The wide-open boat offers great opportunities for viewing the wildlife and sea life, and the trip through Deception Pass is amazing!
See what we did here?
We gave you a two-day itinerary, but it would take you maybe five days or more to do it all! Oops, our bad. We hope you’ll come back soon and enjoy what you missed!