A day trip to Whidbey Island
When the sun is shining and the hiking trails are still covered in snow we like to spend our Saturdays taking little day trips around the state. In order for it to be a day well spent, we like to eat delicious food, see beautiful or interesting places and spend a majority of our day outside rather than in the car. One of our favorite little day trips is to drive up to Mukilteo and take the ferry to Clinton. From there we make a pit stop in Langley for a little shopping and then onto Coupeville for lunch. After lunch we like to spend the late afternoon at Ebey's Landing or Fort Casey to enjoy the beautiful visitas and breathe in the fresh air. Depending on our mood and the hours of sunlight left we might drive up to Deception Pass, stop in La Conner for dinner and then make our way home via I-5. On this particular day, we drove back the way we came and took the ferry back over to Mukilteo.
Spending the day on Whidbey Island is a great way to have a low key, but adventurous day. Langley and Coupeville are both so charming and quaint, you often feel like you have the town to yourself. I love the friendliness of the shop keepers, the beautiful vistas and the small town vibe of both towns. Whenever we take a ferry anywhere I feel as though we have really gotten away for the day.
Edit is a little jewel I recently discovered in Langley. It is as if I hired Holly myself to procure a shop filled with items I love.
We have been dining at Knead and Feed for a few years now. We love their delicious pastries, fresh baked breads, soups, sandwiches and their "everything" cookies. Jasper is a BIG fan of their french toast and demolished his piece without any trouble at all.
After our hearty lunch, we spent the rest of the afternoon hiking along the Bluff Trail at Ebey's Landing. It is an easy 5.6 mile trail which follows the bluff and offers some of the best views you will find in the state.
Directions: Head north on SR-525 for 19 miles to a junction with SR-20. Continue straight on for approx. 5 miles to the town of Coupeville, and continue north on SR-20 for approx. 1 mile. Turn left onto Sherman Road and continue until you reach a right turn for Cook Road. Drive to the end of Cook Road to the Prairie Overlook trailhead, located directly across from a cemetery.
We caught an early evening ferry and enjoyed a moonlight ride back to Mukilteo. After a day full of making memories we were home in time for a late dinner.