Taking a walk in downtown Coupeville, Washington, might feel like you hopped into Doc Brown’s time machine from Back to the Future and ended up in the 19th century. The second oldest town in Washington, Coupeville was originally settled in the 1850s by sea captains and farmers. You can readily see the efforts of the town’s residents to preserve its rich history.
The quaint town sits on Penn Cove (home of the famed Penn Cove mussels) near the midpoint of 58-mile-long Whidbey Island. Coupeville’s downtown displays the historic preservation the town strives for as well as the artistic and creative talents of many of its residents. Home to the Pacific Northwest Art School Coupeville is a hub for artists, who find inspiration in the scenic shorelines, forests and waterways of Whidbey Island. Browsing Coupeville’s galleries, you’ll discover inspired works by local artists.
Have some spare time on an afternoon? Explore nearby Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. Feel like learning something new? Go to the Island County Historical Society and learn about Coupeville and Island County. Whether it’s history, the arts or simply getting away for the day, Coupeville offers an experience filled with fun and inspiration. For information about getting to Whidbey Island and what to do once you’re there, visit whidbeycamanoislands.com.