There are endless reasons to love South Whidbey! Here are some of our favorites:
One thing that sets South Whidbey Island apart is its endless supply of untouched nature. Strolling along the beach without seeing another person can be a pretty remarkable experience, but is not uncommon on Whidbey. Canine friends also enjoy the freedom of Whidbey beach walks. Double Bluff Beach was recently named the 9th Best Dog Beach in the United States by USA Today.
The forested trails, such as the Putney Woods, Saratoga Woods and Metcalf Trail System, offer a perfect refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Studies have shown that people who live close to nature experience health benefits and generally live a longer life. A day in the great Whidbey outdoors is just what the doctor ordered!
Art for All
If you are looking for art in a particular medium, South Whidbey probably has it! From glass pieces to bronze sculptures to oil paintings to poetry to theater and dance performances, there is an endless supply of artistic inspiration. Bronze sculptor and Whidbey resident Georgia Gerber, well known for Rachel the Pike Place Piggy Bank, is the creator of many sculptures around South Whidbey, including the iconic Boy and Dog, the otters at the Langley Library, and the Brush Cutter at the South Whidbey Historical Museum.
Clinton artist and award-winning writer Susan Jensen, illustrates lively caricatures of people’s pets as well as other pastel and encaustic depictions. Freeland-based artist Jordan Jones makes stunning pottery with carvings of wildlife. Whidbey Island Dance Theatre and Whidbey Island Center for the Arts produce captivating artistic performances throughout the year.
Blazing Fast Internet!
Warp speed! South Whidbey has blazing fast internet, which is 1000 times faster than before (frustration free Internet, no buffering!). Whidbey Telecom is installing miles of fiber optic cables capable of 10 Gigabit broadband service (also known as the BiG GiG) around different areas of South Whidbey. How fast is 10 Gigabits? You’ll definitely notice the difference at your next family gathering when the whole gang is together downloading, emailing, calling, and streaming to their hearts’ content.
You can live life in the cyber fast lane while still enjoying the slower pace of island life. Off-island companies can set up work spaces, which will reduce off-island commute time. Residents will spend less time in traffic and more time doing what they love on our beautiful island. More money will be spent locally, which will bolster the South Whidbey economy and uplift small businesses.
Strong and Unique Community
We are proud to be part of such a remarkable community. Each part of South Whidbey is as unique as the people living there.
Located by the ferry, Clinton welcomes visitors to our Island. What better way to greet the newcomers than with a hand-crafted gift from MAKE or a slurp-worthy bowl of noodles from Island Nosh. Clinton is full of other interesting small businesses, such as Primal Island, a granola-making company, and Glendale Shepherd Farm, which won first place in the 2016 Artisan Cheese Festival.
Langley is just plain old cool! Voted by Coastal Living Magazine as one of the top ten Happiest Seaside Towns, you just can’t help but smile when you’re here. Every year the town celebrates the arrival of the gray whales with the Welcome the Whales Festival. The Island Shakespeare Festival is also a highlight! From the 79-year-old Clyde theatre to the Dog House Tavern from the Wild West Days to the South Whidbey Historical Museum, Langley is full of island history. There are a variety of businesses in the downtown area, including The Star Store, edit. Whidbey, Artisan Crafted Home, Music for the Eyes, Callahan’s Firehouse, and so many more!
The Bayview Farmers Market, which is a gathering place for locals and visitors alike, is only a ten minute drive from downtown Langley. The Bayview Cash Store hosts a variety of shops, such as Side Market and Blooms Winery. Freeland has it going on! This town boasts a collection of quaint businesses, such as Whidbey Art Escape and Mutiny Bay Antiques. The 3rd of July Celebration is always a hit!
Greenbank is simply beautiful! Greenbank Farm is a wonderful place for walks with your dog friend, which are not complete without a slice of scrumptious pie from Whidbey Pies.
Check out more of what makes the island so special on WhidbeyTV. What are your favorite things about South Whidbey?