We have finally started to see some beautiful weather on Whidbey, the clocks have changed, and so the days are longer, meaning there is more time to explore our wonderful squiggle of an island. I thought I would share with you, some of the things that you could get up to this Spring, whether you have a day off to yourself, your family has flown in from out of town, or you want a day out with the kids…..there’s something here for everybody!
Skagit Valley Daffodil & Tulip Festival
Every Spring, between April 1st and April 30th (mother nature dependent), you can go and visit the tulip fields in Skagit Valley, bursting with a variety of vibrant colors. While there, you can also visit RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town, the two main display gardens in Skagit Valley. To enter the gardens, you will have to pay an entrance fee, and possibly a parking fee. If you just want to view the fields of tulips, there are some areas on the road where you can pull off, but be careful of the no parking zones!
While at the tulips, take advantage of other activities going on, and follow the map (shown below) to find the different fields! Let us know what you thought of the tulips, if you go 🙂
For more information, and to see updates on the blooming of the tulips, follow their FB page…https://www.facebook.com/SkagitValleyTulipFestival/
Mount Vernon Street Fair – April 20th thru April 22nd
The Mount Vernon Street Fair runs as part of the annual tulip festival in Mount Vernon, between April 20th and April 22nd, Friday thru Sunday. Come rain or shine, 8 blocks of Downtown First St will be closed to traffic and filled with artists, music, food, and more.
It is a fun, family event for all ages. Featuring over 200 booths, artisans, specialty craft and food vendors, concessions, live entertainment and children’s activities. There are lots of things for the kids from clowns to balloon animals and face painting.
Don’t miss out on this fun filled, family orientated event! For more information, visit and follow https://www.facebook.com/TulipFestivalStreetFair/
Holland Happening – April 26th to April 29th
Take advantage of Oak Harbor’s annual Holland Happening Festival between April 26th thru April 29th. The festival will include booths, music, food, and exhibitions that will highlight the multi-cultural nature of Whidbey Island’s largest city. Check out other local merchant’s, and the carnival, which will all be open at the same time. Pioneer Way will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, to make way for the festival.
For more information on the event, visit http://www.oakharborchamber.com/
Visit one of the many State Parks on the Island
One of the many wonderful things about Whidbey Island, is the handful of State Parks we have to offer. When you first get on to the island, there is Deception Pass State Park, with Deception Pass Bridge (which connects Whidbey and the Fidalgo Islands). Be sure to check out the stunning view from the bridge, and head to the beaches down below! As you meander down Highway 20, you will find Fort Ebey State Park, and just past Coupeville, Fort Casey State Park. Each of them have something different to offer, and if you have time, it is worth it to visit them all. You will need to pay to enter (usually $10 a time) or you can purchase a Discover Pass for $30, which gives you unlimited use of all the state parks in WA for a whole year, worth it in my opinion!
For the Adults: Go wine tasting!
Need I say more? 😉 The island has some wonderful wineries, breweries and distilleries. What a perfect way to get out the house with your friends, and explore the island all at the same time.
Most of the tasting rooms are South of the Island, but starting at the top, in Oak Harbor, is The Terrace Wine Bar and Bistro…not only do they have delicious wines to taste, but some of the yummiest bites!
As you gallivant down the Island, you will find many more that should not be missed!
- Vail Winery & Tasting Room – Coupeville
- Holmes Harbor Cellars – Freeland
- Ott & Murphy Wines & Tasting Room – Langley
- Blooms Winery & Tasting Room – Langley
- Village Wine Shop – Langley
- Cadee Distillery Tasting Room – Clinton
- Comforts of Whidbey – Clinton
- Spoiled Dog Winery – Clinton
- Whidbey Island Distillery – Clinton
Go Whale Watching
Whidbey Island and the surrounding Puget Sound is one of the best places to come and do some whale watching. Orcas, Grey Whales, and other species can all be viewed on the tours operated by local Whidbey Island Whale Watching Tour Operators.
At this time of year, the chances of seeing the Gray whales, during their migration is extremely high. In March, April and the early parts of the month of May, the Washington Coast becomes a highway for thousands of Gray Whales migrating back to the cool waters of Alaska.
And if you don’t like boats, pick a beach on the Puget Sound, and just sit patiently, and you may just see a pod or two!
Some of the Whale Watching Tour companies that you can use are:
- Deception Pass Tours – sets off from the Oak Harbor Marina
- Mystic Sea Charters – sets off out of Langley and Anacortes
- Island Adventures – sets off from Anacortes, Port Angeles, La Conner and Everett!
And one handy tip…book your tickets through Groupon to save some money!
Whidbey Island has so much to offer, especially now that the weather is turning. We hope that you find this guide helpful…let us know what you get up to, and have a wonderful Spring!
The Move Whidbey Team – Tina & Maddy