Marilee and I moved to Whidbey Island in 2010, when we purchased the property that the Foxglove cabin is on. At the time, it was home to the Whidbey Island Writer's Refuge, and we continued to offer the cabin to writers, artists, musicians, and those needing a place to plan, reflect, and get their projects done. Nature is the draw, here, and the cabin feels like it's alone in the woods, yet close to the farmhouse around the corner.
We enjoy local beaches, fishing, and hiking with our dogs here on the island. We also enjoy local markets and restaurants, which offer great choices for cuisine. You'll love it here as much as we do!
The Writer's Refuge was founded by Petra Martin in January of 2007. Petra and George worked in partnership for a number of years, and on its 10th anniversary, Petra transferred the business to George.
Whidbey Island is so large that it is home to several cultures. The Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is located on the north end, and the city of Oak Harbor serves the pilots, support personnel, and families that are stationed there. The historical town of Coupeville lies in the central part of the island. The second oldest town in Washington state, it's surrounded by family farms and is located in the Ebey’s Landing National Historical preserve. The south end of the island is an artist’s community. In fact, it’s been said that you can’t throw a rock on South Whidbey without hitting an artist or writer. The Writer’s Refuge is located in this area.
This map shows the location of Whidbey Island.
In the following sections, you’ll find listings of places and events that will nourish you body and soul during your stay.
Earth Sanctuary a 72-acre nature reserve with sacred spaces such as labyrinths, the tallest stone circle in the world, a dolmen, cairns, and other attractions. Admission is $7.
The Putney Woods 600 acres of trails through forest once owned by the Department of Natural Resources. Be sure to print out a trail map before you go—there are so many trails that it’s easy to get lost.
Double Bluff Beach where locals skimboard, take the kids to the beach, or walk their dogs at the off-leash park.
South Whidbey State Park a 347-acre park with absolutely spectacular views of the Olympic mountains.
Merkeek Rhododendron Gardens ten acres of display and educational gardens bordered by 43 acres of woodland preserve. There are 4-5 miles of nature trails. Admission is $5.
Fort Casey State Park part of the “triangle of fire” that once guarded the entrance to the Puget Sound. The Admiralty Head Lighthouse is open seasonally.
Fort Ebey State Park defended the coast during World War II. Features saltwater beaches as well as a freshwater lake.
Deception Pass State Park at the very north end of the island, where a bridge connects Whidbey to Fidalgo Island, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge.
Ebey’s Landing National Historical Preserve set aside by Congress to preserve and protect a rural community.
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Avenue, Langley, WA 98260, 360-221-8262
Whidbey Dance Theatre, 11042 SR 525
Suite 221, Clinton, WA 98236, 360-341-2221
Whidbey Children’s Theater, 222 Anthes Ave., Suite 102
Langley, WA 98260, 360-221-8707
The Island County Historical Society Museum, 908 NW Alexander Street, Coupeville, WA 98239
South Whidbey Historical Society Museum 314 Second St., Langley, WA 98260, 360-221-2101
Whidbey Working Artists discover more than 50 artists. Once a year, they participate in an open studio tour.
Whidbey Art Trail a year-round touring trail of artist studios and galleries.
Whidbey Institute works toward creating harmony between the natural, social, and spiritual worlds on behalf of the common good.
Skagit Valley College has a large campus in Oak Harbor and a small learning center at Ken’s Korner in Clinton.
There’s always something going on on South Whidbey. For a calendar of events, click here.
To see the restaurants available in Langley, click here.
Whidbey Doughnuts, 5603 Bayview Rd Langley, WA 98260, 360-321-4653
Neil’s Clover Patch Cafe, 14485 SR 525 (in the Bayview Shopping Center), Langley, WA 98260, 360-321-4120
Taproom @ Bayview Corner 5603 Bayview Rd., Langley, WA 98260, 360-222-2643
Flowerhouse Cafe, 2780 Marshview Ave. Langley, WA 98260, 360-321-6789
Orchard Kitchen, 5574 Bayview Road, Langley, WA 98260, 360-321-1517
Joe’s Wood Fire Pizza, 2815 Howard Road Road, Langley, WA 98260, 360-321-1819
El Corral Mexican Restaurant, 5826 Kramer Rd Langley, WA 98260 360-321-7799
Dairy Queen, 6330 Storkson Dr., Clinton, 98236, 360-341-2464
El Patron (Mexican) 11042 SR 525 Suite 102, Clinton 98236, 360-341-4101
Cozy’s Roadhouse, 8872 SR 525, Clinton, 98236, 360-341-2838
Pickles Deli, 11042 SR 525 Suite 122, Clinton, WA 98236, 360-341-3940
Whidbey Island Bagel Factory 11042 SR 525 Suite 122, Clinton, WA 98236, 360-341-4302
China City, 1804 E. Scott Rd., Freeland, WA 98249, 360-331-8899
Freeland Cafe, 1642 Main St., Freeland, WA 98249, 360-331-9945
Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill, 5438 Woodard Avenue, Freeland, WA 98249,
Bubba Flame Broiled Burger, 18273 State Route 525, Freeland, WA 98249, 360-907-3733
Charmers Bistro, 1675 Main St, Freeland, WA 98249, 360-331-2123
Rocket Taco, 594 Main Street Freeland, WAton 98249 360-331-0760
Whidbey Pies Cafe, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank, 98253, 360-678-1288
Sweet Mona’s, 138 2nd Street, Langley, WA 98260, 360-221-2728
South Whidbey Commons Coffeehouse Bookstore, 124 2nd Street, Langley, WA 98260, 360-221-2114
Useless Bay Coffee Company, 121 Second Street, Langley, WA 98260,
Mukilteo Coffee Company, 5331 Crawford Rd., Langley, WA 98260,
WiFire Coffee Bar, 1651 Main Street, Freeland, WA 98249, 360-321-9434
Timbuktu Java Bar and Cafe, 18205 State Rt 525, Freeland, WA 98249 331-1504
The Goose Community Grocer 14485 Highway 525 Langley WA 98260, 866.326.6714
Payless Foods, 1609 Main St., Freeland, WA 98249, 360-331-4810
Star Store, 201 First Street, Langley, WA 98260, 360-221-5222
Ken’s Korner Red Apple Market, #303 11042 SR 525 , Clinton, WA 98236,
Clinton Foodmart, 4777 Commercial Street, #C, Clinton, WA 98236,
Greenbank Cheese Shop, 765 Wonn Road, Barn B#101, Greenbank, WA 98253, 360-222-3474
Star Store Basics, 199 Second St., Langley, WA 98260, 360-221-2425
Island Athletic Club, 5522 Freeland Ave., Freeland, WA 98249, 360-331-2582
Island Greens Golf & Driving Range, 3890 French Rd., Clinton, WA 98236,
Island Pilates Center, 222 Anthes Avenue, Langley, WA 98260,
Half Moon Yoga, Langley Village, Secons Treet, Langley, WA 98260,
Sojourn Studios, 5603 Bayview Rd, Langley, WA 98260
Whidbey Island Kayaking Company, Clinton, WA 98236, 800-233-4319,
Whidbey Island Yoga, 222 Anthes, Langley, WA 98260, 360-969-2401
Island Transit Bus transportation is free in the island. You can get picked up anywhere along a route—just hail the bus as you would a cab. 360-678-7771
Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle, 360-679-4003
Washington State Ferries 888-808-7977
Clinton Family Rent-a-Car & Sales, 9000 SR 525, Clinton, WA 98236 360-341-4888
Cooper Auto Sales & Rentals, 9158 SR 525, Clinton, WA 98236, 360-341-2949
All Island Express Taxi Service 360-341-8294
Rite Aid, 1609 E. Main St., Freeland Plaza, Freeland, WA 98249, (360) 331-4700
Island Drug, 11042 SR 525 Ken’s Korner, Clinton, WA 98236, 360-341-3880
Whidbey Island Printing and Office Supply, 11042 SR 525, Suite 120, Clinton, WA 98236, 360-341-1898
Sound Business Center (offers FedEx shipping), 18205 SR 525, Freeland, WA 98249, 360-331-3132
All Washed Up Laundromat, 630 2nd St Unit C, Langley, WA 98260,
Freeland Post Office, 1619 E. Main Street, Freeland, WA 98249, 360-331-6500
Langley Post Office, 115 Second St., Langley, WA 98260, 360-221-4113
Clinton Post Office, 4801 Deer Lake Rd., Clinton, WA 98236, 360-341-4848
GHL Enterprises, (authorized FedEx & UPS shipping outlet) 220 2nd St. #101, Langley, WA 98260 360-221-0898
US Bank, 5560 S. Harbor Ave, Freeland, WA 98249, 360-331-5246
Wells Fargo, 5588 Harbor Avenue, Freeland, WA 98249, 360-331-5400
Whidbey Island Bank
5590 S. Harbor Avenue, Freeland, WA 98249, 360-331-5868
Coastal Community Bank, 1860 Scott Rd Ste A, Freeland, WA 98249, 360-331-1345
US Bank, 202 Anthes Ave., Langley, WA 98260, 360-221-5204
Whidbey Island Bank, 221 2nd St. Suite 5, Langley, WA 98260, 360-221-0203
Whidbey Island Bank, 8786 SR 525, Clinton, WA 98236, 360-341-5238
Wells Fargo, 8970 SR 525, Clinton, WA 98236,
Whidbey General Hospital, 101 N. Main St., Coupeville, WA 98239, 360-331-2344 or 888-903-2345
Whidbey General South, 11245 SR 525, Clinton, WA 98236, 360-341-5252
Langley Chamber of Commerce, 208 Anthes Avenue, Langley, WA 98260, 360-221-6765
Freeland Chamber of Commerce, 1640 E. Main St., Freeland, WA 98249
Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce, 107 South Main Street, Building E, Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-5434
Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 32630 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277,
Half Link Bicycle Shop, 5603 Bayview Road, Suite One, Langley, WA 98260, 360-331-7980
Whidbey Island Moped, 308 1st St., Langley, WA 98260, 360-221-5152