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by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
October 5, 2001
Most of the shops as well as the Island County Historical Society Museum are clustered in a few blocks along Front Street, beside the water. The majority of stores sell antiques and even if you're not in the market for any, check out Penn Cover Antiques just to say "hi" to Freddie, an extremely large black cat. The owner said Freddie weighed 20 pounds but I think he was being kind because the cat is huge. If you're lucky, Freddie might crack open one eye and condescend to let you pet him. I think there were as many people in the store to visit the cat as there were actual customers.
Whidbey's Dutch heritage is promoted at A Touch of Dutch on Front Street. This small store in the Mariners Court building sells lace, food and other items from Holland. In the same complex, The Honey Bear sells toys, candy, gifts and greeting cards.
Across the street, Nautical N Nice has a wide assortment of gifts and art work with nautical or lighthouse themes.
If you are interested in Victorian architecture or like to visit one of a kind specialty and antique stores, Coupeville makes an enjoyable stop.
Not far from Coupeville, the Keystone ferry makes a 30 minute trip to Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula. Near the ferry terminal, Keystone Underwater Park is popular with scuba divers who come here to see giant octopus, starfish, abalone, urchins and lots of other sea life.
From journal We Go Whidbey
New York, New York
November 27, 2000
From journal Washington's Secret: Whidbey Island