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5 Reasons to Visit Camano and Whidbey Islands this Summer

Just north of Seattle in the heart of the scenic Salish Sea, sit two of the most charming island destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Camano and Whidbey offer different experiences with each season. A colorful palate of locally owned shops and restaurants provide deep and delicious connections to the community and the land. Off the beaten path trails and beaches share sanctuary, solitude and a deeper connection with the incredible marine and forest ecosystems that thrive within these communities. Rich history and a healthy dose of local color in all mediums is provided by the region’s many artists. Lodging options range from nationally renowned hotels with farm-to-table dining to secret spots ideal for a quiet retreat.

Stock up on local goodies. Plan ahead before you depart, and arrive on a Friday to pickup your order to Whidbey Island Grown Goodies. The Whidbey Island Grown Cooperative Food Hub was born from COVID, but remains a popular online farmers market for produce, locally made food products. Place an order by Tuesday and then pickup at a variety of locations on Friday. Learn more or sign up to get shopping at this link.

Check into Salty Von’s Inn. This is a new, locally-owned, lovingly restored inn that sits on Penn Cove, made famous for it’s iconic mussels from Penn Cove Shellfish that are enjoyed at top restaurants nationwide.

Try a Tasting at Greenbank Cider, locally made using island grown heirloom apples, and housed in the same building as Salty Von’s.

Get Creative. Across the street, check out the new Meet Market, a new, LGTBQ-owned, inclusive space created to welcome creativity. The space is open with art supplies to stop in and create, or plan ahead for a variety of special events featuring island makers.

Find Orca, Gray and Minke whales in their natural habitat. Summer whale watching with Deception Pass Tours depart Saturday mornings from June-Sept.

Photos courtesy of Whidbey and Camano Islands

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