In 1850 Isaac Ebey became the first official white settler on Whidbey Island making claim to the soft rolling hills of what we know as Ebey's Landing today. The rich soil was ideal for cultivating crops which became a significant draw to the island for others. Learn more here.
Over the years several small wharfs were built along the shore of Penn Cove to import and export goods to and from the island.
In conjunction with the development of Fort Casey, our beloved Coupeville Wharf was built extending 500 feet into the cove to accommodate the increase in commerce even when the tide was low. It acted as the main distribution and storage center for grain. Learn more here.
Over the years Whidbey has stayed true to its roots and farmers have expanded into their own unique niches throughout the island.
The summer season brings a unique opportunity for you to visit local farms for a day in the fields picking the best berries and guaranteeing you the freshest pick of the crop for a day that you will remember for years to come.
This September (2022) we have partnered with Dugualla Bay Berries to offer you a 20% discount on your blueberry purchase when you present our special postcard. If you are interested in receiving one and have not received yours already email us here at firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide us your name, and mailing address and specify you would like a discount card to Dugualla Bay Berries.
Although not technically on Whidbey, Bowman Bay is a large part of our island’s local culture. This bay, which is located on the Fidalgo Island side of Deception Pass, has a rich history spanning back to the late 1800s. Originally a settlement to a large Samish village, the bay has since served several purposes including a military reserve and salmon hatchery. Download the CCC Scavenger Hunt for a fun way to learn some history! Between the charming old hatchery building, long dock stretching into the bay, boat launch, picnic shelters, playground, and scenic surrounding trails that provide unique views of the bridge itself, this park is one you do not want to miss! Learn more about Bowman Bay here.
Check out the rest of Whidbey’s beautiful destinations from this series here.