The waterfront town of Oak Harbor is Whidbey Island’s largest community and home to over 20,000. It is neatly situated within the Olympic Rain Shadow, allowing our silver winter skies to carry less rain than the island’s south end.
This once quiet farming community was settled in the 1850s and is symbolically named for the Garry Oaks tree, a rare native tree that still graces our older neighborhoods.
Change arrived in 1935 when the Deception Pass Bridge linked Whidbey to the rest of the world. The bridge and 4,100 acres State Park are celebrated as one of the scenic wonders of the Pacific Northwest.
Ten years later, the U.S. Navy established an air-base nearby and became forever linked to the economic health of the region and evolution of the town. Oak Harbor today is a blend of turn-of-the-century charm and the energized bustle of the Island’s commercial heart … with a burgeoning arts community, a world-class yachting regatta, breathtaking sunsets, and snow-capped mountains.
Written by: Kristen Stavros 16 September 2021 There is a general feeling amongst brokers that the Oak Harbor market has softened up just a bit. As Branch Manager and Co-owner of Windermere Whidbey Island I pay close attention to what my brokers are seeing and feeling out there in the market. When I begin to […]Read More
Washington’s most visited park can be attributed to its prominent historical landmark, the Deception Pass Bridge. Thoughts of the landscape without this icon are unimaginable yet only 100 years ago the barren Pass was simply a deep and turbulent channel of water connecting the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the Saratoga Passage. After years […]Read More
50 miles South of the U.S./Canada border and 25 miles North of Seattle lies Whidbey Island, an incomparable destination for nature lovers and bird enthusiasts. On Whidbey, you can get lost for hours and find yourself mesmerized not only by incredible views but by a breathtaking variety of birds. Whidbey Boasts 148 miles of winding […]Read More
Whether you are a serious road cyclist; an avid mountain biker or just someone who enjoys a scenic bike ride every now and then, Whidbey Island has got you covered. Not only are we home to miles and miles of gorgeous; low-traffic backroads and off-road trails to explore, we also have an active biking community […]Read More
Near Cranberry Lake What You Will Find During a typical trip to Cranberry Lake, at Deception State Park it would not be uncommon to see kayaks floating atop the still waters, fisherman sitting along the winding edges of the lake, and kids splashing in the shallow waters while their parent’s BBQ. Have You Seen It […]Read More
Discover the Best Places to Whale Watch When it comes to natural wonders, Whidbey Island is unbelievably blessed. With expansive undeveloped areas, nine state parks, and views that take your breath away, it’s hard to imagine it could get any better. But it does! In addition to our incredible outdoor opportunities for explorers, we are […]Read More
Have you ever been standing there admiring your gardens when a deer walks in and decides it is time for lunch? So have we. They are the wild and majestic creatures of Whidbey Island, often found in the peaceful pastures of Ebey’s Landing or beneath the cooling tree shade of the state parks. They are […]Read More