“Whidbey Island is an idyllic emerald escape beloved of stressed-out Seattleites. While not as detached or nonconformist as the San Juans, life is certainly slower, quieter and more pastoral here.”
ABOUT THE AREA
Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve
Named for a 19th century settler, Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve is a place where the concrete grids of Seattle—located just an hour South—give way to the grids of quiet farmland that stretch to the Puget Sound.
Panoramic Mountains and Water Views
In the midst of the reserve is Coupeville: Its views of sails in the shadow of a lighthouse or its ample avian life soaring above the saltwater lagoons may be why this town of fewer than 2,000 residents is the perfect place for artists. Galleries displaying sculptures and paintings are near restaurants that alter menus according to fresh ingredients picked nearby. Marvel at a masterpiece, then continue to stroll along Coupeville’s streets in search of popular Penn Cove mussels— you may also come across one of the dozens of town structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Coupeville is centrally located on Whidbey Island, just a short drive north from Seattle, south from British Columbia, east from the Olympic Peninsula, or west from the cascades. Surrounded by panoramic mountain and water views, miles of public beaches and parks, and some of the Northwest’s most breathtaking scenery, The Blue Goose Inn is the perfect location from which to enjoy Whidbey Island and the surrounding area.