WHIDBEY ISLAND
NORTH OF SEATTLE30 MILES
RESIDENTS THAT LIVE IN RURAL AREAS50%
HEIGHT OF DECEPTION PASS BRIDGE177 FEET
Whidbey Island, also known as “The Rock”, is the largest island of Island County, Washington. On the northern end of the island is Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Whidbey has a strong heritage and takes pride in its military history. Ebey’s Landing is the country’s first National Historic Reserve preserves the history of the settlement and development of Whidbey Island.

Whidbey Island’s slogan is “The Shortest Distance to Far Away”. Whidbey is in the middle of the Puget Sound and an easy trip from Seattle. The island does feel like a getaway destination. A large portion of the island is rural. Whidbey has lots of park space, and plenty of beaches.
  • EVENTS

    Whidbey knows how to throw a party. Most of the major events are in the warmer months. Some of the biggest events include the marathon, 4th of July celebrations, South Whidbey Acoustic Music Festival, Wag’n’Walk (celebration of dogs), and the Oak Harbor Music Festival.

  • OUTDOORS

    Whidbey is known for the water and beaches, but it also has some fantastic state parks, most notably Deception Pass (as long as you aren’t afraid of heights) and Fort Casey.

  • FOODIES

    The combination of having a huge farming community as well as a strong tourism industry means great food. The island has great restaurants, cafes, and farmers markets.

  • BOOZIES

    Whidbey Island Distillery, is a must-visit for anyone who likes a strong drink. Cadee distillery is another great option. If you prefer beer, visit Double Bluff Brewing. The island also has a few great wineries.

THE WEATHER
  • Winter is fairly mild as daily highs still reach the mid-40s. There aren't a ton of events so winter is the slow season.

  • Spring is pretty steady. The weather in May doesn't look much different than it does in March (daily highs in the 50s with some rain). The Whidbey Island Marathon is in April.

  • Summer is peak tourism season. The weather is very mild, dry, and fairly cool. Daily high temps only reach the upper 60s. The summer is packed full of major annual events.

  • Falls start beautifully, but get very rainy by November. September is a great time to visit.