EXPLORE SCENIC CENTRAL WHIDBEY
ITINERARIES – Here are some ideas to help you when planning your trip toCoupeville and Central Whidbey Island.
- The Ferries from Port Townsend to the Coupeville Terminal at Keystone on Whidbey Island provides access from the Olympic Peninsula. Reservations are required on this route so please check their schedules.
- From the North drivers take the Deception Pass Bridge from Fidalgo Island onto Whidbey Island. Directions are posted from Interstate 5 to Whidbey Island and the Ferries.
- From the Seattle/Tacoma take the Mukilteo to Clinton Ferry. They run every 30 minutes and do not require a reservation
- We recommend you make reservations for your lodging before you leave on your trip as they can fill up quickly on weekends and during the summer months.
- Check out our website www.coupevillechamber.com for upcoming events and activities.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Coupeville sits in the heart of the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve – there are numerous hiking and biking trails across this scenic Reserve for you to enjoy.
Day 1 – Take a Hike! Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up your walking trail and Ebey’s Landing Rserve Maps. Drive to Prairie Look-Out, off Sherman Road in Coupeville, park and hike along the trail marked “Jacob Ebey House”, it will take you across the Farmland on the Prairie to the Jacob Ebey House where you can stop and explore one of the Settlers first homes on the Prairie. From there continue to follow the trail to Ebey’s Bluff. The scenery will astound you. Once you reach the Bluff the trail divides, you can walk down to the beach or take the hike further along the bluff trail. Remember to take drinks with you, and a hat and sunscreen if it is a sunny day.
Returning for lunch in Coupeville? Stop by Knead & Feed for a delicious sandwich or take a picnic lunch (your can buy delicious sandwiches, salads and more at Prairie Center Red Apple Market) and find the perfect vantage point for your coastline getaway.
Day 2 – Kayak around scenic Penn Cove. Kayaks are available from Harbor Gifts at the end of the Wharf. End the day at CIAO and enjoy a delicious traditional Italian Pizza!
Day 3 – Take to the Water! Experience the beauty of Whidbey Island and our marine life aboard Deception Pass Tours. Tickets are available on line. Walk across the historic Deception Pass Bridge or drive down into Deception Pass State Park for some amazing photographs of the bridge from the beach. You may also see some sea lions sunning themselves on the rocks. OR Charter the Cutty Sark from Coupeville with Captain John Stone as your guide and enjoy Penn Cove and its history as he takes you back in time.
If diving is your hobby, drive to Keystone Harbor (4 miles from Coupeville next to the Ferry Terminal to Port Townsend , a popular spot for local divers). Fishing from the beach, crabbing or clamming during the season are popular past times for both locals and visitors.
End your day dining at the Front Street Grill overlooking Penn Cove, enjoy their selection of Penn Cove Mussels paired with one of Whidbey Island’s local wines.
Day 4 – Hike!. Explore the numerous hiking trails at Fort Ebey State Park.
Day 5 –Experience Historic Coupeville! Pick up a Walking Tour Map at the Visitor Center and follow Coupeville’s history as you wander through our beautiful town, if it’s raining pick up a Driving Tour Guide of the Reserve and enjoy touring the Reserve. if diving is your hobby, drive to Keystone Harbor (4 miles from Coupeville next to the Ferry Terminal to Port Townsend and dive down to the submerged boat, a popular spot for local divers)
Daily - Fuel yourself! Start your active days with a hearty breakfast at the Knead & Feed, Coupeville Coffee & Bistro or the Tyee Restaurant. Pick up a deli lunch at bayleaf Deli or Red Apple Market in Coupeville. Finish your day with dinner and drinks at one of our fine restaurants.
Family Fun for Everyone
Day 1 – Beach Bums. Become a beachcomber, make Art or Forts out of driftwood along Ebey’s Landing or Fort Casey or Fort Ebey Beaches.
Day 2 – History Take the family to the Island County Museum in Coupeville. Drive to Oak Harbor and stroll through the PBY Museum on the Sea Plane Base.
Day 3 – Let’s All be Children. Drive up to Fort Casey State Park, perfect Flying or letting your children run free! Explore the Fort and let your imagination run away with you as you walk through the Fort and stand by the enormous Cannons that watch over Puget Sound. Stroll up to Admiralty Head Lighthouse and walk up the staircase to the Light itself. Watch the Eagles soaring across the sky and the deer roaming across the park and woods. Fort Casey is the perfect place for a picnic so remember to pick up lunch from bayleaf or Prairie Center Red Apple before leaving Coupeville. Once back in Coupeville stop by the Coupeville Library, where you can check for story times and special activities for the children.
Day 4 – Be Amazed – A short drive south will take you to Greenbank Farm where the children will enjoy the lake and variety of ducks that call it home. Have fun walking the trails around the farm. From there continue a few miles south to Meerkerk Gardens a labrynth of walking trails and amazing plants. In the spring time it is in full color with Rhododendrons of all colors.
Day 5 – Playtime – Take a stroll up to Town Park where your children can have fun on the swings and take the path back into town and walk out on the historic Coupeville Wharf, and visit Rosie and Friends. Rosie is our Gray Whale Skeleton. Explore Harbor Gift Shop and stop for a coffee at Local Grown or if it’s lunch time enjoy Kim’s Café on the Wharf. If you are spending the day in Coupeville you must have ice cream for dessert at Kapaw’s Iskreme on Front Street – a treat well worth waiting for! Never miss a stop at Honey Bear for toys, chocolates and more!
Daily – Warm memories are created every day when there is so much to do in and around Coupeville. Depending on your family’s interests, gallery walks, hiking, kayaking or shopping are all close by!
Wining and Dining
Day 1 – Late Afternoon Stroll - Leave your car behind and walk to the Vail Wine Tasting Room in Coupeville.. The best part – just walk back to your B&B!
Day 2 – Passenger. Take Highway 20/520 South and enjoy the Wine Tasting Room at Greenbank Farm or drive south to Whidbey Winery just outside Langley, drive back to Coupeville for dinner at Christopher’s on Whidbey – Bon Appetit!.
Day 3 – Create your own Cuisine. Sample cheeses at bayleaf Deli, purchase a selection for takeout of their meats and cheeses, choose a wine from their selection of fine wines, .Let your budget be your guide. With food in hand, head down to Ebey’s Landing Beach and as darkness approaches watch the sunset over the the Strait of San De Fuca and the Olympics Mountains. Now, that’s priceless!
Day 1 – Immerse yourself. Coupeville is a small town full of history, it sits in the heart of Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve. Begin with a walking tour of its charming historic district. Self guided tour maps from the Coupeville Chamber Visitor Center or guided tours from the Museum are available. View Coupeville’ history at the Jacob Ebey House out on the Prairie or stroll through the Museum. Take your camera and record the scenes that have delighted visitors since late 1800’s.
Day 2 – Local Theatre. Take an evening to attend local theater – check out what’s on by picking up a local newspaper. Be entertained by comedy, drama, and musical theater for all ages.
Day 3 – The Arts. Coupeville is home to the Pacific NorthWest Art School, and many galleries showcasing regional photography, paintings, jewelry, fabric arts and more. Stroll downtown Coupeville and check out the Art Galleries, and make a stop at the Pacific Northwest Art School to vie their gallery. Ask in the Visitor Center if there are any Art Shows or Events coming up.
Other Fun Things To Do In and Around Central Whidbey
- Bell's Farm, 892 West Beach Road, Coupeville, 360-678-4808 - (Strawberries)
- Forget-Me-Not Farm, 5700 Double Bluff Rd., 360-321-2523. U-pick by appointment. Open late June to mid July. (Marionberries and Raspberries)
- Dagualla Bay Farms, 36699 SR20, Oak Harbor, 360-679-2192 - (Blueberries and Strawberries)
- Case Farm, 98 Case Rd., Oak Harbor, 360-675-1803 - (Blueberries and Strawberries)
- Coupeville Farmers Market open April – October – Saturday from 10am – 2pm, enjoy the local produce from our island, as well as musical entertainment.
- The Bayview Farmers Market - Saturdays, 10AM to 2PM (April - Oct.)
- Oak Harbor Farmers Market – Thursdays 1pm – 4on (April – October)
- Explore the beauty of Lavender Wind Farm – stop by the Chamber for directions and a brochure.
- Farm Brochure – there are a number of farms on the island open for visitors, stop by the Visitor center and pick up a brochure.
Information on Where To Eat, Where To Stay, Where To Shop, and maps on all the above is available in the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center, 905 NW Alexander, Coupeville.