On your way up the bluff, look around you. The landscape is beautiful and timeless. Forest and field and farm blend together in peaceful coexistance with no hint of the suburban blight that has devoured so much of America.What you are seeing is no accident. This timeless view is the result of hundreds of dedicated individuals who knew that this was...more
No trip to Ebey's Landing would be complete without a stop at the Knead and Feed in Coupeville. While you're there you should take a stroll down Front street, walk out to the wharf and pop in at the museum. This well preserved town is the perfect compliment to the well preserved natural settings in the National Historical Reserve.See my Coupeville...more
Fort Ebey State Park is not normally thought of as one of our destination parks. Just on Whidbey Island you've got a better gun battery at Fort Casey and better beaches at Deception Pass. But this little gem might offer the most breathtaking views of all the Whidbey Island parks. It's well worth the short drive from Ebey's Landing.Drive to the gun...more
If you're looking for a Sunday brunch you may be disappointed by Coupeville offerings. After camping out we were hoping for a brunch feast at around 11 am. We headed to the Knead and Feed which has excellent food but were told they stopped serving breakfast at 11 and we'd have to wait half an hour for a cold sandwich. They kindly directed us to the Tyee which serves locals a hearty Sunday breakfast buffet for $8.25 for adults and $6.25 for kids.
Favorite Dish: All-you-can-eat Sunday breakfast buffet -- fruit, french toast, pancakes, bisquits&gravy, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, bacon and ham.
It's not haute cuisine but it sure hits the spot.
From Seattle, the Mulkiteo/Clinton ferrey run is the most convenient and most pleasant way to get to Whidbey island. The ferry runs every half hour in the winter and every 20 minutes in the summer and will cost you $25 or so round trip. The views are spectacular and for us riding the ferry always means that vacation has begun.
The National Park Service has put together a driving and cycling tour of the Reserve that is 43.6 miles in length and will show you all the reasons why this place is worthy of protection. See the excellent brochure put together by the NPS at the website below.
Books on Whidbey Island or Ebey's Landing are few and far between. But the National Park Service has come to the rescue with an excellent set of web pages that desribe the natural, cultural and historical landscapes that are being protected in this National Historical Reserve.Read through these pages and you will love the place even before you get...more
One of the great things about Washington beaches is that you will always find interesting natural objects if you slow down enough to notice. Our youngest noticed this rock with two strands of kelp firmly attached. My son now wears it as a power talisman.Who needs toys when you have a beach?more
Ebey's Landing contains a diverse mix of habitats including woodland, prarie, wetland, lagoon, beach and bluff that usually makes for great birding. Whidbey Island's location on the Pacific Flyway pretty much guarantees it. Stop and watch for a while and you're sure to see a couple dozen species in a single day. For more information including a map...more