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Weekend Getaway: The Captain Whidbey Inn

Nestled in old growth and rich history; Est. 1907.

The Inn...

A mere 25 minutes from the Coupeville ferry terminal and a few miles from charming Downtown Coupeville, the Captain Whidbey Inn sits near the mouth of Penn Cove. The perfect local getaway for couples, families, and/or much-needed "friend weekends".

The Inn is a throwback to simpler times- Book lined hallways, well-worn leather chairs, binoculars in the window sills. The doorways are low. The floors creak. The bar and restaurant boast a 100+ year old fireplace and look out over the Cove and the idyllic boat house & dock. (Maybe a ghost or two listen in for good measure?)

The Inn's clean & modern rooms overlook either the Cove or the gazebo & lagoon.

Spend your days:

Lounging in bed overlooking the Lagoon.

Doing absolutely nothing.

Beachcombing in Penn Cove.

Reading. Birdwatching. Doing crosswords in the lobby.

Paddle-boarding and Hiking/Running/Biking the trails & bluffs that abound.

Perusing Downtown Coupeville, Langly or Oak Harbor*.

Drinking the bottomless free coffee & tea from the Inn's Gift Shop.

And spend your nights:

Lounging in bed overlooking the Lagoon.

With the local characters at the Captain Whidbey bar.

Out at the raging fire pit for a s'more or four (seasonal).

Playing Scrabble in the lobby with wine & a cheese plate.

Nearby Downtown Coupeville is home to numerous cafes and restaurants. Wander in and around Yarn & Bookstores, Galleries, and quirky gift shops. For mussel enthusiasts, Front Street Grill has countless variations of Penn Cove Mussels and blissful water views.

Taking in the sunset from the Coupeville Wharf

A map of the Fort Ebey Reserve and Penn Cove Area

Fort Ebey Exploration by bicycle

Fort Ebey State Park is just a stone's throw from the Inn. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts- chock full of campsites, trails, and famous for its 180-degree bluff lookouts. Pan from Marrowstone Island to Port Townsend, across to Vancouver Island and up to the San Juans... If you are lucky- perhaps an Orca or two will grace your path.

Running the cliff trails of nearby Deception Pass State Park

Lucky ducks hitting a perfect sunset over Port Townsend & the Olympic Mountains on the ferry ride home.

*If art is your thing... see Whidbey Outdoor Art!

Photo credits: Jess Henderson & Marisa Robba


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