Welcome to Whidbey Island
Whidbey Island is an idyllic emerald escape beloved of stressed-out Seattleites. While it's not as detached or nonconformist as the San Juans (there's a bridge connecting it to adjacent Fidalgo Island at its northernmost point), life is certainly slower, quieter and more pastoral here. Having six state parks is a bonus, and there's also a plethora of B&Bs, two historic fishing villages (Langley and Coupeville), famously good mussels and a thriving artists' community. Of less interest to travelers is the US Naval Air base that dominates Oak Harbor. At 41 miles long, Whidbey is the longest island on the US west coast.