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About your host


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About your host


About Your Host, George Baty

George and his granddaughter Ella

George and his granddaughter Ella

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.

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About Whidbey Island


About Whidbey Island


About Whidbey Island

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.

Nature

  • 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.

Culture

Libraries

Langley, 104 Second St., Langley, WA 98260, 360-221-4383
Freeland, 5495 Harbor Ave., Freeland, WA 98249, 360-331-7323
Clinton, 4781 Deer Lake Rd, Clinton, WA 98236, 360-341-4280

Continuing Education

  • 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.

Events

There’s always something going on on South Whidbey. For a calendar of events, click here.

Farmers’ markets

Restaurants

Langley

  • To see the restaurants available in Langley, click here.

Bayview (the area closest to the Foxglove cabin)

Clinton

  • 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

Freeland

Greenbank

Chocolate

Coffee shops

Groceries

  • 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,
    360-341-2414
  • Clinton Foodmart, 4777 Commercial Street, #C, Clinton, WA 98236,
    360-341-6266
  • 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

Physical activity

Transportation

Pharmacies

  • 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

Copy shops & office supplies

Laundromat

  • All Washed Up Laundromat, 630 2nd St Unit C, Langley, WA 98260,
    360-221-5828

Mailing services

  • 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

Banks

Freeland

  • US Bank5560 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
  • Chase, 1561 E Main St., Freeland, WA 98249, 360-331-6141

Langley

  • 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

Clinton

Medical services

Chambers of commerce

Bicycle and moped rentals

Local news