Located in the heart of Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve (https://www.nps.gov/ebla/index.htm), The Captain Whidbey Inn has been hosting guests for over one hundred years. In 1907, Lester Carlos Still and friends harvested trees from the property to build walls, gathered rocks to frame fireplaces, and opened the doors to what is now known as one of Whidbey Island’s favorite accommodations.
In a hard to beat Pacific Northwest setting, the Inn offers an earthy-yet-sophisticated place to stay along the shore of Penn Cove with mountain views and water sports equally within reach. Kayak and bike rentals are available on site, and watercolor sunsets are easily enjoyed from the Inn’s wraparound deck.
During my numerous stays, I’ve felt perfectly comfortable in the cozy historic rooms of the main building. These are housed on the second floor and are accessed through a narrow staircase that leads to a common gathering space. Here you’ll find a crackling fireplace, armchairs, and a library of books to peruse. These upper rooms include a feather bed and down comforter, with amenities including a wash stand and view of the waterfront or gardens. Full showers are shared down the hall. Lagoon rooms are more spacious and include private baths. For those seeking even more tranquility, four one-bedroom cabins are available each with a separate sitting room, private bath, fireplace, and personal deck. Double occupancy rates for rooms start at $103, while cabins start at $210 nightly.
The Inn provides waterfront dining with lunch and dinner service Wednesday through Sunday, 12-9pm. Seafood lovers will want to sample local favorites including Dungeness crab cakes with fennel kim chee and ginger carrot puree ($11) or the Inn’s Seafood chowder—winner of the 2015 Penn Cove mussel fest chowder competition ($15). For the main course, their Cedar Plank Salmon is among my favorites, and it’s served with prosciutto sunflower seed croute, lovage potato puree, and roasted heirloom tomatoes ($26). Breakfast is available on weekends, 8am-12pm.
The Captain Whidbey Inn is tucked away on the shore of Penn Cove just a few miles from the village of Coupeville, where visitors can enjoy a day of local shops and eateries. Visitor information is available through the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce (http://www.coupevillechamber.com/). There are no fees to enter Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve, though visits to any of the three area state parks will require a daily entry fee or Discover Pass.
While shopping and attractions abound in the area, The Captain Whidbey Inn provides all the amenities needed for taking it easy during a quiet weekend getaway. There’s nothing like stepping back in time to appreciate the Inn’s historic charms and relaxing under a quiet night sky.