"Delightfully light and airy. Charming décor. So enjoyed the hospitality and food." Charlie & Beverly
"Thanks for making our 33rd wedding anniversary even more special. The accommodations and food were awesome! We really enjoyed our stay and your hospitality! Hope to make it back soon!" Mike & Donna
"Thank you so much for everything. The room was awesome and the breakfast was just amazing. We had a very relaxing weekend. Wonderful hospitality." Luke & Anna
"Lovely properties and so much history! We'll be back!" Karen and Pat
"Thanks for the warm hospitality and trip down memory lane. Great home with a rich sense of history. Love that tub! We'll spread the word." Vaughn & Gayle
Coupeville is centrally located on Whidbey Island, just a short drive north from Seattle, south from British Columbia, east from the Olympic Peninsula, or west from the Cascades. Surrounded by panoramic mountain and water views, miles of public beaches and parks, and some of the Northwest's most breathtaking scenery, The Blue Goose Inn is the perfect location from which to enjoy Whidbey Island and the surrounding area.
Start in Town Park, where you can catch a Concert on the Cove on a summer afternoon, or walk the short trail down to the Penn Cove beach. A waterfront footpath from Town Park leads through the Front Street shopping area to Captain Thomas Coupe Park and the town boat launch.
Five minutes away is Fort Casey State Park, a showcase of a coastal artillery battery that included disappearing guns and mortars. It offers a campground, picnic area, the Admiralty Head Lighthouse, driftwood-strewn beaches, and an underwater park for SCUBA divers. Climb the steps up the tower of the lighthouse for a sweeping vista of Admiralty Inlet, the Whidbey Island shoreline, and the Olympic Peninsula.
Ebey's Landing is a popular point of departure for walks along the beach to Perego's Lake or inland to historic Sunnyside Cemetery. Probably the most popular uphill walk in the area is the climb up the bluff above Ebey's Landing. The endless vistas include crops growing on the prairie, thick forests, Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, the Olympics, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Vancouver Island. You're guaranteed to spy container ships and tugs hauling huge barges between ports, or a cruise ship heading to sea.
Just a little further down the road, you'll enjoy Fort Ebey State Park with its panoramic views of the Olympic Peninsula, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Vancouver Island. Notable natural attributes are "kettles" left behind by the retreating glacier that shaped Whidbey Island geography, and dense second-growth forest. Kettles Trail connects the park to Coupeville. On blustery days you can also watch the paragliding as solo and tandem flights rise on the wind blowing up the bluffs from the beach.
Coupeville provides a welcome change from fast food and chain restaurants. Our restaurants offer a range of personalities and tastes presented by chef/owners that you'll savor and remember. Located as we are on the shores of Penn Cove, we are fortunate to enjoy fresh Penn Cove Mussels and our eateries know just how to prepare these bountiful bivalves that are delivered within hours of being plucked from the cove's waters.
Some of our great eating spots include Christopher's on Whidbey, popular with locals as well as visitors, and for good reason. Located just a block from the Inn, the Oystercatcher is not to be missed. Jamie and Joe Scott recently purchased and remodeled this well-loved restaurant, featuring local, sustainable, Whidbey Island products prepared simply and served in a comfortable seaside setting. Beer, wine, steamed mussels, burgers, a variety of fish and chips and people watching are all popular at Toby's Tavern, a Front Street tavern with Penn Cove view. For dining out on the water, try Kim's Cafe on the wharf where you can find burgers, sandwiches, salads and a variety of Vietnamese specialties with outdoor and indoor dining.
Two new restaurants in Coupeville are The Front Street Grill, located in a lovely setting right on the Cove so you can enjoy the view while savoring an awesome meal, and Ciao, where you'll enjoy yummy Neopolitan food while enjoying a great view of the water from their upstairs deck. Phra Nakorn Thai Restaurant combines a friendly atmosphere with authentic Thai cuisine. Mosquito Fleet Galley serves homemade quiche, sandwiches, and signature chili from the lower level of the big yellow building on Front Street with water views and cheerful service. The Knead and Feed, offers a short menu of outstanding home-cooked soups, sandwiches, and over-the-top baked goods. Kapaw's Iskreme is a staple of summer in Coupeville; just follow the scent of freshly prepared waffle cones or look for the line out the door any summer weekend and wait your turn for a cool cone.
While visiting Coupeville, you'll find just about everything you need in local shops and galleries. Coupeville boasts a well-stocked local market and full service pharmacy. Check out the great gift ideas from the museum and lighthouse stores, festival vendors and the colorful farmers' markets in Coupeville and Greenbank.
This is small town shopping at its best, where the merchant behind the counter is the owner, artist, or artisan. If you don't have a thing to wear to dinner at one of our well-regarded dining establishments, check out the threads at Front Street shops. Several artist owned and operated art galleries offer unusual value in a range of inspired creations. Enjoy Arts and Antiques Walks the first Saturday of March, June, September, and December; when the shops stay open late to show their latest creations and serve refreshments. Top of page
Once called the village of Sea Captains, Coupeville is perched on the edge of Penn Cove in the heart of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, where the pace of island life is still gentle. Step back in time as you stroll the historic waterfront district with its many shops and restaurants, filled with gifts, garb, decor, desserts, baubles, and books. Enjoy a self-guided history tour with a free map from the Island County Historical Society Museum or contact the museum to arrange a group tour. More than 50 structures in Coupeville, including The Blue Goose Inn, are on the National Register of Historic Places. Look for plaques noting the construction dates and original owners of these Victorian homes and commercial buildings. Enjoy the historic Coupeville Wharf for a close look at Penn Cove and check out the skeletons of Rosie the gray whale and Dahl's porpoise. A stroll through Sunnyside Cemetery reveals headstones of the founding familes of the area, many of whom still live in this unique and beautiful area.
- Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce
- Coupeville Weather Data
- Live Webcam from Blue Goose Inn
- Seaside Spa and Salon
- Pacific Northwest Art School
- The Weaver's School
- Island County Historical Society
- Coupeville Tides
State Parks and National Reserve
- Joseph Whidbey State Park
- Fort Ebey State Park
- South Whidbey State Park
- Deception Pass State Park
- Fort Casey State Park
- Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve
- Ebey's Landing NHR 5 Minute Video
- Admiralty Head Lighthouse
- Discovery Pass (Parking Info)
- Whidbey and Camano Island Information
- Island County Trails
- SeaTac Shuttle
- Ferry Schedule and Reservations
- Island Transit -Fare Free Transit
- Whidbey Island Scenic Byway
- Mystic Sea Charters
- Deception Pass Boat Tours
- Greenbank Farm
- Holmes Harbor Cellars
- Whidbey Island Winery
- Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens
- Island Greens Golf Course
- Whidbey Playhouse
- Whidbey Island Kayaking Company
- Anacortes Kayak Tours
- SCUBA Dive Sites on Whidbey