Nestled in Penn Cove on Washington state's Whidbey Island you'll find the coziest historic inn that's been there for over 100 years. Captain Whidbey Inn is officially my new favorite fall or summer getaway spot for a quiet and cozy retreat right on the water. Celebrities and locals alike enjoy this hidden gem for its historic nature, but updated guest experience.
The hotel restaurant's food is fabulous and their bar menu has a list of great cocktails. In the month leading up to Christmas, they also deck the entire place out with lights and ornaments!
If you like oysters, they actually harvest them RIGHT in Penn Cove and as the story goes... The Captain Whidbey restaurant has been known to serve them within 2 hours of arriving on land. Talk about a "fresh catch!"
We flew into Seattle-Tacoma Airport, rented a car right at the airport, and then did the 2 hour drive North up to Whidbey Island and it was quick and convenient! On our way back we just returned the car at the airport and headed to our flight's gate. FYI: Renting a car at this airport requires a 5-10 minute shuttle ride off-site, so plan ahead and make sure you have enough time to return your car and make it onto your flight.
The Captain Whidbey website also suggest other ways of getting to their hotel, one option including a seaplane ride! How cool! I looked into this, but went with the rental car as a more cost-effective option.
FOOD & DINING
For lunch and dinner, the Captain Whidbey Inn has a fabulous restaurant right off from the main lobby. It overlooks Penn Cove and is tastefully decorated with historic yet modern decor. For breakfast, the hotel has an on-site cafe that makes incredible lattes and serves fresh bagels from Coupeville Bagel Co. along with some breakfast sandwiches and other. pastries!
THINGS TO DO
The Inn is located in a more remote area, so during our stay we were glad to have a rental car. Most days we ate breakfast and dinner at the hotel, but for lunch we would venture into Coupeville to grab some Cod Chowder or fresh oysters. Whidbey Island is known for it's hiking and outdoor scenery - so if you have the time, plan some time to get outside and wander! During the summer months, enjoy your days by the water - they have a long dock and boat house with plenty of activities and an outdoor patio, too!