Today we explore Whidbey Island which is in the Northwest corner of Washington about 1 hour north of Seattle. It is the largest island in the state and we have a very full day planned to hit a lot of the highlights.
We start out with Deception Pass State Park which is one of 6 state parks on the island and is around 4,000 acres. There are a bunch of hiking trails and we plan to hike the Rosario Head Trail to Lighthouse Point. The trail follows along beaches and cliffs, and offers awesome views of the Deception Pass Bridge. The bridge is actually one of the most photographed spots in all of Washington. It spans around 1,500 feet and connects the north side of Whidbey Island with the mainland.
After our hike, we make our way over the Deception Pass Bridge and head south to Coupeville. Founded in 1852, Coupeville is the oldest town on Whidbey Island and the second oldest town in all of Washington state. It is situated on Penn Cove which is known for mussels. We pick up take out from Toby’s Tavern and head to a nearby park to enjoy. We get fish and chips and of course, a pound of Penn Cove mussels, all of which is delicious!
After lunch, we walk around Coupeville a bit. It is a quaint, small town with a lot of charm! There are historic 19th-century buildings that now house specialty shops, restaurants, and art galleries. We head out onto Coupeville Wharf which is a 110+ year old wharf warehouse and dock that gives a great view of the town and Penn Cove.
Next up, it's time for some dessert! We head to Greenbank Farm which boasts art galleries, a winery, cheese shop, gardens and trails. It is also home to Whidbey Pies & Cafe which makes nearly every type of pie you can imagine. We settle on loganberry which is a mix between a raspberry and blackberry.
Our next stop is Ebey’s Landing which is the first National Historical Reserve in the US. There are numerous historic barns, homes, and blockhouses dating back to the mid-1800s throughout the reserve. We hike the Bluff Trail which is around 5 miles and is apparently one of the top things to do on Whidbey Island. The trail ascends from the parking lot and climbs along a ridge with amazing views of the beach below. At the halfway point, we drop down to the beach and make our way back along the shore.
We end our day at Fort Casey State Park. The park used to be home to one of three artillery posts positioned around Admiralty Inlet that protected the Puget Sound in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It is also home to the Admiralty Head Lighthouse where we watch an amazing sunset to close out the day!
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