Whidbey Island is known as “the shortest distance to far away,” offering a unique balance of island lifestyle united with convenient proximity to Seattle; Vancouver, B.C. and the Olympic Peninsula. Residents enjoy a way of life that makes every day seem like a vacation day.
The Clinton-Mukilteo ferry connects south Whidbey to the greater Seattle area, providing easy access to shopping, sporting events, cultural activities and SeaTac Airport. At the northern tip, Deception Pass Bridge connects the island to the Skagit Valley tulip fields, shopping in Burlington and Bellingham and the attractions of Vancouver, British Columbia. Central Whidbey is connected to Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula by the Keystone-Port Townsend ferry, departing from Fort Casey State Park.
The island is home to Deception Pass State Park (Washington’s most popular), Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve (the nation’s first), and the historic town of Coupeville (Washington’s second oldest). Coupeville is the site of Whidbey Health, and is the seat of Island County, which encompasses Whidbey and Camano islands.
The 62-mile long island offers a range of living opportunities: low-bank and bluff-top waterfront, water view, prairie, meadow and forest. With Admiralty Inlet to the west, Saratoga Passage to the east, and Deception Pass at the northern end, homes and land are available with every conceivable view and orientation.
Whidbey’s vast shoreline means that water-oriented recreation is abundant. Residents clam, fish, crab, and collect mussels around the island. Sailing, power boating, windsurfing, scuba diving and kayaking are popular diversions. Six state parks offer opportunities to hike, camp, picnic, enjoy nature and appreciate history.
The island’s position in the migratory flyways of a variety of birds – not to mention resident bald eagles, great blue herons and other species – has converted many casual observers to enthusiastic birders. Gray whale and orca sightings from the island are far from uncommon.
Art and culture yield no ground to the island’s natural attractions. From Whidbey Island Center for the Arts and the charming Clyde Theater in Langley to Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor, performing arts are well represented. Several outdoor festivals; art studio tours in spring, summer and fall; and a dozen art galleries showcase the talents of the artists inspired by this uncommon nexus of sea, land, and sky. Coupeville’s Pacific Northwest Art School conducts visual arts workshops led by leading instructors.
Whidbey Island’s mild climate is an attraction to many. Temperatures are generally not too hot, not too cold, but just right. North and central Whidbey enjoys about a moderate 17 inches a year of rainfall due to the Olympic range rain shadow. Another meteorological phenomenon, the Everett convergence zone, provides south Whidbey with somewhat more interesting weather and additional precipitation.
Whidbey is truly the shortest distance to far away, and Whidbey View Homes can be the shortest distance to your new home. Call for a confidential consultation about your real estate buying or selling intentions.
“The shortest distance to far away” is a service mark of Island County Tourism.