Around town(s)

Stay close to home or venture out

Your island getaway can be as active or as low-key as you like.

Here’s a quick look at area towns. Click the town’s name to visit its website. Check Our Guide and Things To Do for more resources and suggestions.

Check out our custom Google Map to plan your adventures.


Consider Freeland “your” town during your stay at A Home in the Harbor. Walk to shops, dining and Freeland Park. Our excellent grocery store has everything from local seafood at the counter, to locally farmed organic produce, local and organic meats, a large wine and spirits selection, and all your favorite branded items.

What to enjoy in Freeland:

  • Freeland Park with kids’ play area, boat ramp/dock, and more.
  • Vintage and antique shopping
  • Indie coffee shops
  • Restaurants + wineries
  • Double Bluff Beach


Langley WA

Langley is a charming little waterfront town perfect for exploring—or just kicking back and watching the water. Ring the bell if you spot a whale making its way through the Saratoga Passage! This community hosts many festivals, parades, and special events throughout the year.

Getting there: 15 minutes by car.

What to enjoy in Langley:

  • Art galleries
  • Callahan’s Firehouse glass blowing
  • Restaurants with water views
  • Whidbey Island Kayaking
  • Independent bookstores
  • Langley Whale Center
  • Christmas by the Sea

Town Of Coupeville

This historic island community is Washington State’s second oldest town. It sits on the shores of Penn Cove and has many century-old buildings. Annual events include Musselfest, Chocolate Walk, the Haunting of Coupeville and the Water Festival.

Getting there: 25 minutes by car.

What to enjoy in Coupeville:

  • Picturesque working farms
  • The 1925 Schooner Suva
  • Fort Casey State Park and Lighthouse
  • Unique specialty shops
  • Lavender Wind Farm
  • Ebey’s Landing reserve
  • Historic ice cream parlor
  • Seaside dining
  • Island County Historical Museum

Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor, the largest city on Whidbey Island, is home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island so don’t be surprised if you see jets zooming overhead. Enjoy Old Town Oak Harbor with local shops, a small indoor movie theater, boats on the marina, and festivals throughout the year.

Test your “Top Gun” skills on two flight simulators at the Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum. At the water’s edge, Windjammer Park has something for everyone: trails, artwork, Shipwreck Shores splash park, and a lagoon birding area for the birdwatchers.

Getting there: 38 minutes by car.

What to enjoy in Oak Harbor:

  • Blue Fox Drive-in
  • Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum
  • Shipwreck Shores for kids
  • Annual festivals
  • Shopping

Day tripping

Port Townsend

Getting there: 30-minutes by ferry. Leave your car on Whidbey Island and just board the ferry. (You’ll need ferry reservations if you want to bring your car.)

What to enjoy in Port Townsend:

  • Victorian architecture
  • 50+ restaurants
  • One-of-kind shops
  • Maritime Science Center
  • Wooden Boat Festival (September)


This thriving seaside town is on Fidalgo Island and you can get there from Whidbey Island via Deception Pass Bridge.

Getting there: 70 minutes by car.

What to enjoy in Anacortes:

  • 50-miles of hiking trails
  • Year round art + music festivals
  • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (spring)
  • Oyster Run (September)