The Communities of Whidbey Island – North Whidbey
Oak Harbor is a charming, small North Whidbey community that’s home to the women and men Whidbey Island’s Naval Air Station. Oak Harbor is hugging Penn Cove’s northern shoreline and here you can find so many lifestyles that characterize the people of Whidbey Island.
Here, you find investment properties, townhomes, condos, building lots, commercial property, farms, land, beach communities, and waterfront home sites. Oak Harbor’s waterfront area features the old town district Harborside Shops, Windjammer Park, a popular destination, and the neat Oak Harbor Marina with its full marine services. Just North of town Oak Harbor, you can find the rocky, spectacular Deception Pass cliffs and a breathtaking bridge. To Oak Harbor’s west are the West Beach’s sandy shores.
Across from the cove, we find Coupeville, a fine historic seaport town in Central Whidbey Island. The town is filled with front street shops and Victorian manors. The town love artists and artists love Coupeville. They are showcasing their works of art at various galleries and art classes are available year-round at Coupeville’s wonderful Arts Center.
The town, perched on Penn Cove’s bluffs, was set up as seafaring center in the early 1800s and is the county seat of Whidbey Island and the area’s main medical services hub. Fort Ebey, Ebey’s Prairie, and the Ebey Landing National Historic Preserve are all close by and tell great tales of the area’s early settlers. Whidbey Island is truly the great Northwest’s best-kept secret!
Several of the beautiful Victorian homes that they built are today serving as B&Bs or inns clustered on Penn Cove’s Madrone-lined shores. Penn Cove is a popular sailing destination and regularly, impressive historic tall ships ply the cove’s waters. Just south of Coupeville you can find are the Keystone Ferry, Fort Casey, and beautiful wild rhododendron-filled forests.
The Communities of Whidbey Island – South Whidbey
Lying between Holmes Harbor and Admiralty Inlet is Greenbank. This lovely hamlet is perfect for enjoying the laid back life of an island. In South Whidbey, Greenbank is actually the only community that can enjoy the “rainshadow effect”, the phenomenon that rainfall is reduced which prevails on Whidbey Island northern part.
Greenbank Farm, a once-working iconic loganberry farm, is a county park where locals and visitors can enjoy farmers markets, wine-tasting, gourmet pie, galleries, antique shops, and hike the trails. Greenbank Farm is a popular festival location which hosts the Burning Word Poetry Festival, the Greenbank Loganberry Festival, the Highland Games, and weddings.
Between sandy Mutiny Bay and 6-mile long Holmes Harbor, at Whidbey Island’s most narrow point, you can find Freeland, The town is South Whidbey’s hub featuring construction and farming supply stores, business services, and gourmet food places.
Water skiing, sailing, kayaking, golf, clam digging, and skim boarding are popular sports in the Freeland area. In Freeland, with its miles of beautiful shorelines that stretch from Greenbank to Baby Island and from South Whidbey State Park to Double Bluff, vacation homes and waterfront and beach activities are Freeland’s focus of life.
The Bayview Center office is located in the at the Bayview area of Langley, west of downtown Langley. Here, roads lead out to Useless Bay beachfront properties, the homes and lots at the Useless Bay Golf & Country Club, the farms of Lone Lake and Maxwelton Valley.
Bayview is also home to Bayview Corner and the influential Goosefoot Foundation, Hedgebrook Writers Retreat and the planned South Whidbey Commons, a multi-service facility for island residents of all ages. Located at the crossroads of South Whidbey, Bayview serves the area from the Clinton ferry landing, Scatchet Head and Cultus Bay to the fine sandy beaches of Double Bluff and Sunlight Beach.
Langley is famous for its unique shops and unusually outfitted galleries. The town boasts also lits of fine dining restaurants ranging from Mediterranean cuisine to Northwest Seafood. Langley is home to Whidbey Island’s Center for the Arts and a number of South Whidbey schools. The B&Bs and inns of Langley offer the most spectacular views of Camano Island and the Saratoga Passage waters.
Camano Island can be reached Langley’s Boat Harbor marina. Langley area’s boardwalk beach communities provide a one-of-a-kind island lifestyle that can’t be in any other Whidbey Island town. The residents of Langley are enjoying their way of life right at the heart of South Whidbey’s artistic community.
The village of Clinton is located at Whidbey Island’s southern end. The village is the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry’s western terminus and seen as the gateway to Whidbey Island. Right south and north of the Clinton ferry landing you can find fine sandy beaches but most of the area consists of rolling forest land and high bluff view properties.
Many businesses and organizations in the area around Clinton are focusing on sustainability and protecting the area’s natural environment and encouraging sustainability. Close to Clinton, we can also find the Whidbey Institute including the Chinook Conference Center and also here you can find Island Greens, a par-3, low tech golf course.