Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism launches Discover Your Islands, a new digital and printed guide with ideas for exploring and sampling all things of the islands. The guide is available at  whidbeycamanoislands.com/discover-your-islands, with a print publication mailed to Island County residents, and throughout Washington state in April.

(Photo Credit: Michael Stadler)

“In a typical year, millions of visitors flock to our islands from all over the world. During the pandemic, we want to remind locals why,” said Sherrye Wyatt, film liaison, PR and marketing manager for Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism. “While we all love a favorite shop, trail or gallery, the islands are so full of new things to try and explore. Discover Your Islands connects communities and business with new ideas for exploring, sipping and dining local.”

(Photo Credit: Camano Island Inn)

The team at Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism relied on local insights to inform the content. Many islanders contributed memories and traditions held dear, sourcing ideas and tips from island residents quoted throughout the guide, and at @GoWhidbeyCamano on Instagram under the Hashtag #IslandDiscoveries.

(Photo Credit: Jack Penland)

Visitors and locals find trip inspiration for adventures close to home, ways support local retailers and a long list of where to sip, dine and more. In curating the guide, new trends and points of interest for spring emerged, including:

  • From Island Soil to Island Tables shares craft producers, farms and foods special to the islands, including three new cideries Misfit Island Cider, Camano Cider and Driftwood Hard Cider, as well as opportunities for U-Pick at Bell’s Farm and Ananda Farm.
  • Hands at Work features opportunities to view or get involved in the local arts community. Get hands on in Coupeville with a local artist offering the chance to Paint Like Bob Ross. Little hands can get busy at home with Outside the Box Creations or a bird house workshop offered virtually or in person at Arrowhead Ranch.
  • Active Island Lifestyle holds ideas for getting out, or gifting local for moms, dads and grads. Try Movement Arts or Chrysalis Yoga Shala in Oak Harbor for yoga, or The Seaside Spa and Salon in Coupeville, or the Camano Island Day Spa for a taste of island bliss through massage or reflexology in a calming environment. Tee off for Father’s Day celebrations at Holmes Harbor Golf Course, Whidbey Golf Club, Useless Bay Country Club or Camaloch Golf Course on Camano Island.
(Photo Credit: Richard Duval Images)

Additional categories share ideas from where to picnic to live or silver screen entertainment. Find more island inspiration and plan to try something new at  whidbeycamanoislands.com/discover-your-islandsDiscover  Your Islands was conceptualized and developed to support local businesses by Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism, in partnership with Island Transit, Island County EDC and Island County Economic Recovery Task Force.

About Whidbey and Camano Islands

Drive off the mainland to find two of the most accessible and scenic island destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Camano and Whidbey sit just north of Seattle, a short trip via bridge or ferry. Offering a different experience with each season, the islands provide locally inspired shops and restaurants, dynamic experiences for a variety of interests, recreation and beach combing. Rich history and a healthy dose of local color in all mediums is provided by the region’s many artists. Lodging options range from nationally renowned hotels with farm to table dining to secret spots ideal for a quiet retreat. For more information on amenities, lodging and a calendar of events visit whidbeycamanoislands.com. Connect on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook via @GoWhidbeyCamano.

About Lesley Michelle

Lesley is the founder and editor of What's Up NW. Lesley does love her beer and writes about that A LOT, but she also loves to shine the light on local events, people and businesses that call the Pacific Northwest home!

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