Whidbey Island, WA, USA

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Whidbey Island, WA, USA

Find the best place to stay — Whidbey Island

Artists meet outdoor adventures on this island!

A little over an hour north of Seattle, Whidbey Island serves as a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Nestled in the middle of Puget Sound, the rural island offers plenty of natural beauty in the form of sandy beaches, lush forests, and deep canyons. You might be inspired to break out a canvas and easel as the scenery also draws tons of artists to the region. Tear yourself away from the comforts of your Whidbey Island vacation rental to soak up all the culture squeezed into the island, including its numerous galleries and theaters.

From sailing to swimming, fun in the sound and sun

Like any island worth its salt (or sand), Whidbey Island offers miles of gorgeous beaches. Take your workout to the water with an afternoon of swimming, kayaking, or canoeing. Play explorer for the day by renting a boat and sailing around the island's majestic coastline. Ditch the take-out menus and cook up your own meal at your Whidbey Island vacation rental after a session of fishing, clamming, or crabbing. You'll find plenty of adventures away from the water as well when you zipline through a forest, or visit a park for an afternoon of cycling or horseback riding.

Forts, festivals, and fine food _ island festivities

You might be rubbing elbows with the next Pablo Picasso on Whidbey Island, where galleries and studios are scattered all over the place. Culture vultures will drool over the island's bustling theater scene, home to a children's theater, a small playhouse, and a summertime Shakespeare festival. Worried you'll eat too much fast food on your vacation getaway? Enjoy fresh food at numerous farmers' markets and gourmet farm-to-table restaurants, or grab a glass of vino at an island winery. Learn more about the area's rich military history by visiting historic forts and a naval air museum.

Sunshine and cool breezes _ just your typical island fare!

As if island living wasn't rewarding enough, summertime in Whidbey Island features sunny days and mild temperatures that rarely break 70 degrees. You'll be busting out your cardigans during brisk falls and springs when highs dip to the low 50s and evenings drop into the high 30s. The toasty confines of your Whidbey Island vacation rental will look awfully inviting during the winter when the island experiences near freezing conditions. It's the Pacific Northwest so you'll need an umbrella, particularly from November through January when it gets particularly wet; you may even see a light dusting of snow during the same period.

Have a whale of a good time in Whibey's natural beauty

Whidbey Island covers a lot of space in Puget Sound, measuring approximately 55 miles long and 12 miles across at its widest point. There's no chance you'll forget you're in the Pacific Northwest when you see the island's lush landscape dotted with forests, canyons, waterfalls, and lakes. Make sure you bring your binoculars in the fall and early winter when orcas swim by the island as they make their way down south. Otters and sea lions turn the island into their own personal playground as they frolic in the water and lounge on the beaches.