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Trip List by Dr-Jill-from-NH

Family weekend on Whidbey Island in Washington State

29 Apr 2012  I just got back from another wonderful trip to Whidbey, my favorite of the San Juan Islands
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I've lived in Washington State and my family is still there. These are the things that we like to do when we're together with family members (ages 14 - 80).

  • 1. Meerkerk Rhododendron Garden

    If you love bursts of color on tree-sized bushes, and you're there during peak season (April and May), you can't miss Meerkerk Rhododendon Gardens. Ten acres of gardens are tended by volunteers on a non-profit basis; admission is $5 per person.

  • 2. Fort Casey State Park
    Fort Casey State Park, Coupeville, Whidbey Island

    Stop by to see Admiralty Head Lighthouse, the gun emplacements, fabulous views, and wildlife of Fort Casey. On my last trip, I saw a sea lion and deer. You can also camp or picnic here. $10 per carload.

  • 3. Island county historical society museum

    Near Ft. Casey, in the town of Coupeville, is a small but interesting historical museum. $3 per person admissino.

  • 4. Knead & Feed Restaurant
    Knead & Feed Restaurant, Coupeville, Whidbey Island

    After you've had a busy morning, stop into the Knead & Feed for soup, sandwich, and pie. Their Marionberry pie (a type of blackberry that I've only seen in the Northwest) is absolutely the BEST. If you're not that hungry, skip lunch and go directly to pie a la mode (that is, with vanilla ice cream). YUM!

  • 5. Greenbank
    Greenbank, Whidbey Island

    Greenbank Farm, just outside the village of Greenbank, has wine tasting and three or four art galleries with different types of art featured: paintings, collages, handicrafts, metal sculpture, and textiles. Great for browsing.

  • 6. Langley
    Langley, Whidbey Island

    You'll want to stroll the streets of downtown Langley, as well. Besides several nice art galleries, this town is home to some interesting bookstores, such as Gregor Rare Books. One whole showcase is dedicated to first-edition books on the space program, signed by astronauts who have walked on the moon.

  • 7. Cafe Langley
    Cafe Langley, Langley, Whidbey Island

    For dinner, you can't go wrong with tiny Cafe Langley, which features great Mediterranean food. (See my separate review.)

  • 8. Eagles Nest Inn Bed and Breakfast
    Eagles Nest Inn Bed and Breakfast, Langley, Whidbey Island

    After a long day, you'll want someplace comfortable, and with a view of the water, to spend the night. Innkeepers Jerry and Joanne will welcome you warmly to their small B&B. Breakfast is always tasty.