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Puget Sound to Perfection

A travel journal to Puget Sound by Languedoc

Deception Pass Photo, Puget Sound, Washington More Photos
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Puget Sound to Perfection

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Overview

Deception Pass Photo, Puget Sound, Washington
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On this trip you will ride a Washington state ferry, see three or four nice small towns on Whidbey Island, stand on a tall bridge and watch boats going through the extremely narrow Deception Pass, see flowers growing in absolutely flat fields, have dinner in an excellent restaurant and, if you want to make it an overnighter, stay in any of several very nice hotels.

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You will need your own car to make this trip.

Oyster Creek Inn B

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Hotel | "Oyster Creek Inn's B&B"

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This is an unusual place to stay in that you are completely alone in a one-room Japanese-style cabin about five miles from the restaurant that owns it. The cabin is on the very southern end of Chuckanut Drive and it is stocked with champagne and snacks for a night cap, and the makings of an excellent breakfast. You pick up the keys at the restaurant and are completely on your own for the evening. The owners have a good selection of tapes and CDs, and a guest book for you to sign and write comments. If you want to read the guestbook, bring an open mind because it has several lurid descriptions of sexual encounters experienced in the cabin, reflecting various gender preferences. The cabin is...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 27, 2000

Oyster Creek Inn B
Chuckanut Drive
Puget Sound, Washington

Captain Whidbey Inn

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Hotel

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Captain Whidbey Inn is probably the oldest hotel still operating on Whidbey Island. It is very rustic inside and out, and is on a low bluff overlooking the long and narrow Penn Cove. It has both rooms and cabins, and has an excellent dining room and bar. The bar has business cards covering the walls, and the collection grows so fast that they were five or six thick the last time I was there. The rooms and cabins are unremarkable, however, and if you stay in the hotel proper the rooms are small and with thin walls; some have shared baths. These begin at $85 a night. However, the best places to stay are the individual cabins and cottages with fireplaces, all overlooking Penn Cove. The cabins ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 27, 2000

Captain Whidbey Inn
Penn Cove
Puget Sound, Washington

Chuckanut Manor

Restaurant

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Chuckanut Manor is in an old farmhouse-style building overlooking Puget Sound, and is a local institution. The food is good, wholesome and unpretentious. Fresh fish and Dungeness crab caught nearby are popular, as is beef and chicken. One night a week--Friday I believe--is smorgasboard night and is a lot of fun. I always stop there on my way north on this route, either for lunch or just a drink in the afternoon, but sometimes come back for dinner before returning to Seattle.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2000

Chuckanut Manor
Chuckanut Drive
Puget Sound, Washington

Short walks

Attraction

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Check the free-form entry for a complete description of this trip.

On this route you will have many opportunities to take short walks on beaches and on trails through dense forests. On Whidbey Island there are several parks and nature preserves, and miles and miles of beach to walk on. A must-walk is at Deception Pass State Park where the water rushes through the narrow gap at tide changes. You can walk down to the water level on the Whidbey Island side of the bridge, or park on the small island in the middle of the span and walk down and stand right at the water's edge and watch whirlpools swirling. This park is a good place for a picnic.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2000

Short walks
Whidbey Island and Chuckanut Drive
Puget Sound, Washington

A Perfect Day on Puget Sound

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After living in Seattle many years I decided this trip is the perfect way to show guests the best of Puget Sound. I never tired of it myself. Start by taking I-5 north from Seattle to Everett, then west to the ferry landing at Mukeltio. Once on Whidbey Island (the largest island in the Lower 48 due to a Supreme Court ruling that Long Island, NY, is not a true island), turn right soon after the ferry landing to Langley, a 19th century charmer on a bluff overlooking the sound and mountains. Some good shops and also good places to eat. From Langley, go north to Coupeville, another 19th century fishing town on a bluff overlooking Penn Cove. Several shops here also, plus a local museu...Read More