Hotel at a Glance: The Captain Whidbey Inn
Tucked away on Whidbey Island, amid the pine-fringed shores of Penn Cove, The Captain Whidbey Inn has a been a mainstay of the area for more than a century. Its main building was built in 1907 using timber from the surrounding forests, and the historic inn still retains its rustic feel, along with original log walls and wood-burning fireplaces.
- Fine Dining Room: You'll get a $15 voucher to the dining room, where you can savor fresh Penn Cove oysters and mussels
- Wood-burning fireplaces In the lobby, you can enjoy a warm beverage by the fire before heading up to the guest rooms with comfy Euro-top or feather beds
- Room with a view: Inn rooms overlook either Penn Cove or the garden, while the lagoon rooms are located near the quaint pond where guests can kayak
- Rent a bicycle from the inn to explore the Penn Cove countryside and downtown Coupeville
- Modern amenities WiFi access with high-speed internet keeps guests connected to the outside world
Coupeville, Washington: Historic Sea Captain's Settlement along Penn Cove
Coupeville has been called the "town of sea captains," since the town was founded on the shores of Whidbey Island by Captain Thomas Coupe in the 1850s. Today, the historic homes of the town's first sea captains line downtown Coupeville's waterfront streets, with seafood restaurants and antiques stores located inside. Complete your glimpse into the island's past with a visit to nearby Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve, where rolling prairies surround red barns and farmhouses, many of which farm cattle and shellfish to this day.
Coupeville's coastal setting makes it ideal for outdoor recreation. From October-December, it's popular to take whale-watching tours to spot orca whales migrating through the Puget Sound. Warmer months bring hikers to the coast, where wooded trails lead up to steep cliffs that provide views of the Olympic Mountains. Year-round kayaking and fishing for bass and trout are also popular pursuits.