Fabulous Day Trip #4
Whidbey Island & Port Townsend
Driving time: 2 hours R/T
Miles of beaches, coupled with spectacular views of the North Cascades and Olympic Mountains, Whidbey Island is rural in character with much of the land blanketed in forests. Travel south to Washington's favorite state park to see Deception Pass and the spectacular bridge that joins the island to the mainland.
As you tour south, highlights not to be missed are:
Lunch at historic Captain Whidbey’s Resort or in charming Coupeville. The town’s waterfront, fabulous Historic Museum, and shopping areas reflect the rustic bygone days, when it was a stop over for the gold miners, on their way to Alaska in the 1860’s.
Before the ride on the Keystone Ferry to Port Townsend, travel a short distance further south to Whidbey's Greenbank Farm. This was at one time the largest loganberry farm in the country. This small, cozy winery is home to the renown Whidbey Port.
As you depart the ferry into Port Townsend, Washington's Victorian seaport, you will marvel at the over 200 Victorian buildings and homes that have remained intact from it's boom town heyday. The restored buildings now form a National Historic Landmark District, featuring excellent shopping, walking tours and diverse restaurants.
A short drive from town is Fort Worden State Park, with many Victorian buildings, and expansive scenic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This park now serves as a cultural / convention center for the arts. If in luck, you may be able to attend a concert or lecture before you catch a returning ferry to Keystone, and head homeward to Samish Point by the Bay.
- Fort Casey
- Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve
- Fort Ebey State Park, and Kettle's Trail Park
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