This past weekend, all four of us managed to escape the hub-bub of the big city to explore the beautiful and enchanted Whidbey Island! It was the first time for all of us; amazingly so, since I was born and raised here in Washington State, and my hubby has lived here since he was 10 yrs old…well, except for the 5.5 yrs we spent in breathtaking Bend, Oregon. 😉
I can say without any hesitation that everything was an absolute delight…a perfect trip from start to finish! The weather was just right; warm and breezy, yet not overpoweringly so, with bright blue skies the entire time. We drove first to the northern tip of the island on Friday afternoon and stayed in Oak Harbor. We spent through Saturday exploring the general vicinity, including Deception Pass State Park, Deception Pass Bridge, and the local shops. The Beach at the park was fabulous: calm and sheltered, no massive rush of wind that you normally get when you head to the coast…needless to say we thoroughly enjoyed our visit there! We enjoyed the pool and jacuzzi at the hotel to it’s fullest as well. 😉
On Sunday morning, we checked out out of our hotel and headed south down the length of the island, ready to stop at anything that looked interesting. What a delight this trip was! So full of wonderful views of foliage, farms, flower filled meadows, mountain vistas, all framed by the sparkling blue water of the Sound. We soon saw signs about the Loganberry Festival at Greenbank Farm, and turned in to see what it was all about. We had a great time exploring this festival that was filled with fun market booths, artist demonstrations, live music and great food! There was even a building that housed homey type of crafts such as weaving, spinning, block printing, and silk painting…needless to say, I stayed here a while, ooohing and aaahing, lol! The funny thing about this festival was that there was (that we could see) not an actual loganberry in sight, lol! There were loganberry wines, jams, pies and syrups, though. 😉
After the day was spent at the festival, we continued along the island, traveling through quaint villages and more scenic views, and generally getting a feel for what we would love to make sure to spend more time doing when we make this trip again. We ended the day by getting onto the ferry at the southern tip of the island and heading to the mainland. This was fun, as it was our girlies’ first trip ever on a ferry, and many years since either one of my hubby or I had gotten to ride one. It was a lot of fun…and could have been much longer for us to truly enjoy it to the fullest!
I’ve put together a little slide show detailing our trip…I hope you enjoy the views as much as we did! 🙂