Come to Coupeville
The heart of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve

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Top Attractions:

Rosie the Whale
Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival
Ebey's Landing Historical Reserve

Photograph Or Paint

The more time you spend here, the more you appreciate the attraction to artists. From the sweep of the beach at Ebey's landing during a storm to a delicate spider web on a foggy Penn Cove morning, the sights, moods, weather, and light weave a beguiling tapestry
of vista and visual vignette. Walk along Penn Cove before dawn or return to Ebey's Landing for a memorable sunset.

Restore Nature

Environmental groups active in the area include Island County/WSU Beach Watchers, Orca Network, Pacific Rim Institute, and Whidbey Audubon Society.

Restore Yourself

Dance to Wellness offers retreats designed around massage, wellness counseling, and dance! Seaside Spa & Salon or Studio 302 on Main St. can clip and color you to perfection, while the massages by Suze are legendary.

Move In

When Coupeville gets the best of you, get your piece of the rock at Whidbey View Homes, Front Street Realty, or Windermere Center Isle.

Take A Class

Whatever your medium of artistic expression, you'll find the right workshop at the Pacific Northwest Art School. Weavers can enhance their skills at Whidbey Weavers Guild workshops or The Weaver's School. Hone your pottery skills with a workshop at Robbie Lobell Pottery.

Go Ride

Practice your dressage at Whidbey Equestrian Center (360-678-6458) or go for a trail ride at Madrona Ridge Ranch
(360-678-4124).

Links

www.WhidbeyPanoramas.com

Stroll The Streets

Coupeville's scale invites strolling the neighborhoods. Enjoy a self-guided history tour with a free map from the Island County Historical Society Museum or contact the museum to arrange a group tour. More than 50 structures in Coupeville are on the National Register of Historic Places. Look for plaques noting the construction dates and original owners of these Victorian homes and commercial buildings.
Enjoy Arts and Antiques Walks the first Saturday of March, June, September, and December; when the shops stay open late to show the latest creations and serve refreshments.
Get out on the historic Coupeville Wharf for a close look at Penn Cove. While you're there, check out the restaurant and shops, as well as the skeletons of a gray whale and Dahl's porpoise.

Hike Or Bike

Walk or ride your bicycle along the Kettles Trail from Rhododendron Park all the way to through the woods of Fort Ebey to the bluff. For cycling with a purpose, participate in the Tour de Whidbey to support Whidbey General Hospital. Tour rides range from family-friendly a 10 mile route to a challenging 100 miler. A pancake breakfast and chili feed round out the event.
The Ebey's Landing parking lot is a popular point of departure for walks along the beach to Perego's Lake or inland to historic Sunnyside Cemetery. Probably the most popular uphill walk in the area is the climb up the bluff above Ebey's Landing. The endless vistas include crops growing on the prairie, forests, Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, and the Olympics, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Vancouver Island. There's a good chance that you'll see a submarine, frigate, the Victoria Clipper or a cruise ship. You're guaranteed to spy container ships and tugs hauling huge barges between ports.

Soak Up Scenery

The more time you spend here, the more you appreciate the attraction to artists. From the sweep of the beach at Ebey's landing during a storm to a delicate spider web on a foggy Penn Cove morning, the sights, moods, weather and light weave a beguiling tapestry of vista and visual vignette. Walk along Penn Cove before dawn or return to Ebey's Landing for a memorable sunset.

Wade In The Water

The water influences our weather, geography and economy. Your visit is not complete without a drive around Penn Cove; see our mussel farm, several lagoons, and sea birds. Arrive in your own boat or launch it at Captain Thomas Coupe Park or Ft. Casey State Park. Kayak Penn Cove or Admiralty Inlet. At low tide, look for sea stars below the wharf. Help a save a life by reporting sealife in trouble to the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
From March to May, go whale watching or take a historic cruise from the Coupeville Wharf with Mystic Sea Charters.
Celebrate Coupeville's most beloved bivalve at the Penn Cove MusselFest.
Learn about aquatic life and traditions at the Penn Cove Water Festival each May.
Cruise Penn Cove and beyond aboard the 52 foot ketch Cutty Sark or on a choice of power or sailboats or the sailing yacht Adiamo through Leisure Yacht Charters.
SCUBA dive at Keystone Underwater Park and other spots. Watch for gray whale, otter, sea lion, Dall's porpoise, jellyfish, crab, sea star, and Orca in the waters around Coupeville (and be sure to report your whale sightings to the Orca Network). Fish or crab (in season).
If you just like to watch, come in July and enjoy Whidbey Island Race Week sailing races from the shore or the Coupeville Wharf. The races are headquartered in Oak Harbor, but the best views are usually from the Coupeville shoreline.

Explore The Reserve

The National Park Service staff conducts on-site programs delving into the history and nature of the Reserve. Typical topics include "Walk Back in Time for a Tour of Historic Downtown Coupeville," "Find out Who, Where and What is Ebey's Landing," and "Explore the Underwater World of Keystone Spit." For information, call 360-678-6084.

Make An Event

Hold your reunion, art, show, or theatrical production at the landmark historic Crockett Barn. This facility can host groups up to 200. The 1895 structure features remarkable post-and-beam construction with massive old growth timbers. For total retro fun, plan a party at Ebey Bowl. Coupeville's classic bowling alley offers activities, food and beverages to make your event complete. Check out the wedding possibilities, from lodging to catering, at Weddings on Whidbey, showcasing everything you need to create a memorable event on Whidbey Island. Consider holding your event at the Coupeville Recreation Hall, Town Park (360.678. or in the historic Masonic lodge (360.678.4891) near the waterfront.

Get Back to the Land

Sustainable agriculture continues to prosper in and around Coupeville. Take the farm tour or visit individual operations including Lavender Wind Farm, Penn Cove Shellfish, Sherman's Pioneer Farm, Meerkerk Gardens, Rosehip Farm and Garden, Greenbank Farm, and others. At Island Tree Ranch, get cider and apples, take an art class, or learn pruning techniques.


Festivals and Conferences
You know that spring is on the way when Penn Cove MusselFest comes around in early March. Locals and visitors gather for a weekend celebration of our celebrated shellfish.
With water all around us, it's no wonder that the Penn Cove Water Festival is an important recognition of the role of the sea in the lives of island inhabitants from native tribes through European settlers and modern residents. Art lovers come from miles around to enjoy the Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival. And it's no wonder this event has been going for 50 years, with 200 exhibitors, a juried art gallery, live music, and great waterfront weather.
To celebrate more than 30 years of the world's first national historical reserve, the Trust Board of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve established the Ebey's Forever Conference: Celebrating an American Cultural Landscape. The annual event in November includes field trips, a social, and conference discussions.

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