We thought we'd mix this one up a bit. I interviewed Márcio about his experience planning and exploring Whidbey Island with links to all of the things we did and places we went for food and drink. Read on below and there is a photo journal at the end.
Alexis: How did you hear about Whidbey Island?
Márcio: We wanted to use our bicycles more, so we brought them from NY to Seattle and we spoke to the owner at Good Weather, James, the guy who put our bikes back together and he started to tell us about the Pacific Northwest. A lot of small businesses here are super casual and nice and he mentioned that we should go to Whidbey Island, specifically Coupville, WA.
Alexis: How far is Whidbey Island from Seattle?
Márcio: Not that far, Orcas Island was further. If you want to drive, it's around two hours, but if you take your car on the ferry it's slightly shorter. I was surprised by how easy it was to get there.
Alexis: Where did you find the Inn that we stayed at and why did you pick the Anchorage Inn?
Márcio: I found it on booking.com, it's my favorite place to find places to stay. If you travel a lot you get 'genius' status on booking.com and they share best deals with you. I chose the Anchorage Inn because it seemed like a good experience for couples, for a good price and it turned out really well.
Alexis: Was our stop at Deception Pass State Park on the way to the Inn part of the plan or you were winging that part?
Márcio: It was part of the plan, but I didn't realize we'd be able to drive over the bridge. I also didn't realize that it was a State Park. There are so many State Parks here and I think it's because during the great depression so many men from the East Coast were sent to the West Coast for opportunity (more info on that here - Civilian Conservation Corps). You can read more about it at the Interpretive Center at Bowman Bay as well.
Alexis: What did you think about our dinner at Christopher's?
Márcio: I thought it was good. It was a lot of food, right? More than you can eat in one sitting. One tip, all the restaurants in Coupville were packed and we had to wait about one hour, so reserve in advance. We had a beer at Toby's Tavern while we were waiting.
Alexis: Did you know about Fort Casey? Or it was a surprise?
Márcio: It was the best surprise of the trip. I found it online that morning and the reviews were not that good for Fort Casey, but we had to wait for the wineries to open, and the weather was great, so I thought we should make a quick stop there.
Alexis: Would you go to Spoiled Dog Winery again?
Márcio: Um, good question. I think it's good because it was simple and casual, people were there with their dogs and kids. I would go back, but also I'd like to explore other ones now.
Alexis: Would you recommend stopping in La Conner, like we did on the way back to Seattle on Sunday?
Márcio: Yeah. The little village was very nice. I think it's worth exploring the area and trying the restaurants. It seems like a lot of the restaurants have nice views to the water. Too bad we didn't get to sit on the water (it was packed for Mother's Day).
Alexis: Any other tips, tricks or advice for a Whidbey Island adventure?
Márcio: Spend your first day at the wineries, but keep in mind that they all close by around 5pm. The wineries are in the south, so you might have to drive 5-10 miles to get there. Make sure you have a designated driver or take a lyft. About Deception Pass, if you arrive in the morning, you can have a lot of space before more people arrive. It seems like parks here become more occupied after 10-11AM.
Alexis here, I also have one quick tip! Get a Discover Pass! It will get you into all state parks and it's only $35 a year.
We hope you have fun and enjoy our photo journal below!
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