You'll find top-notch java at Seabiscuit Bakery and regionally sourced breakfast and lunch fare such as chocolate babka and a terragon chicken sandwich.
Front Street Grill has plenty of satisfying lunch and dinner options, but you can't go wrong with fresh oysters or the local Penn Cove mussels, which can be ordered in any one of nine different preparations.
Thursday through Sunday in the summer, dinner guests at the Orchard Kitchen sip champagne and nibble hors d'oeuvres in the garden—the restaurant sits on a five-acre organic farm—before moving to communal tables for a stellar four-course meal. The ever-changing menu might include seasonal mush rooms with pork belly or a plum napoleon with ginger-mascarpone cream.
A heady fragrance permeates Lavender Wind and the many goods—from lotions and soaps to jams and sachets—made from its namesake plant. In blooming season (June to August) at the company's farm outside town, you can pick your own bouquets or bring a picnic to free Saturday afternoon concerts.
You might not know you need a Victorian purple silk jacket or a 1960s lava lamp. But you can find those and myriad other vintage treasures at the Red Rooster Antique Mall and Mutiny Bay Antiques, across the street from each other in Freeland.
Sights and Events
During Oak Harbor's July 4 celebration, fighter jets and helicopters from the nearby naval air station roar overhead to kick off a daytime parade of 120-plus contingents, including the brass and class of a Navy marching band. At night, a rousing, 22-minute fireworks spectacle lights up the waterfront sky.
The Whidbey Island Fair delivers tons of country fun, with logging competitions (speed sawing, axe throwing, and more), carnival rides, 4-H critters, and live music. Don't miss the exhibits of blue-ribbon winners in the domestic arts—everything from cakes and pickles to dahlias and quilts.