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    6 Ideas to Beat the Winter Blues on Whidbey Island, WA

    Whidbey Island, Washington, is known for four seasons of glorious views and classic Pacific Northwest weather. Although locals love their year-round outdoor activities, every now and then, the thought of heading outside into winter weather just doesn’t feel right. 

    But don’t worry about wasting a day on the sofa because it's too cold or windy outside. There are plenty of chances to enjoy Whidbey Island NAS from the comfort that comes from a roof and four walls. You can still take in all of the great qualities of the area while staying warm and dry. 

    1) Local Theater

    Community theater is alive and well on Whidbey, and with multiple outlets to catch a show, you’ll have some challenging but exciting choices to make. To find something perfect for the whole family, start with the Whidbey Playhouse and work your way down to the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

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    Expect to see professionals at their best at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. You’ll find first-class art, dance, humanities, film, music, and theater performances there. Stay connected with the events calendar so you don’t miss unique opportunities on stage. 

    If you’ve secretly dreamt of life on stage, plan an audition at Whidbey Playhouse. They host multiple shows each year and rely on amateur actors to entertain the community. Love theater but don’t want to shine on stage? Consider volunteering your time out of the limelight. The playhouse needs help with everything from make-up artists to stage managers. 

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    2) Museums and Art Galleries 

    Artists ranging from professionals to burgeoning artists find plenty of inspiration on Whidbey Island. This is why a flourishing arts culture thrives here. Those who prefer local artists can find a new favorite among the galleries on the island. Tours and shows are commonplace, but check in with Penn Cove Gallery, Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio, and Hellebore Glass Studio to stay current on events. 

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    Visit the Island County Historical Society Museum to dive into island history. Take a look at prehistoric creatures like a mammoth, learn about native cultures and people, or eagerly await the new exhibits dedicated to the influence of local culture and populations. Purchase a membership for unlimited free admission to the museum, exhibitions, and some special events.

    3) Whidbey Island Restaurants

    Chefs pride themselves on serving uber-fresh dishes with local ingredients such as Penn Cove mussels. You’ll find an abundance of straight-from-sea catches filling menus throughout the island. 

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    The Oystercatcher in Coupeville showcases a catch-of-the-day special, or you can head to Oak Harbor and Frasers Gourmet Hideaway if you prefer steak and seafood. The Orchard Kitchen has delectable farm-to-table choices, offers hands-on cooking classes, and often hosts themed events. 

    4) Wine, Brew, and Cocktails

    You won't be thirsty on Whidbey Island because a dense beverage industry flourishes and continues to invent creative and tasty libations. Wine tasting, tap rooms, pubs, and breweries make up a lively scene that often showcases locally grown ingredients and live music if you time your visit right.

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    Check out a few of these:

    For more options, WhidbeyIsland.US has a complete account of the area's local wineries, breweries, and distilleries.

    5) Area Shopping

    Shopping local is a possibility if the weather isn’t too bad. Antique and collectible shoppers will have a unique opportunity to find one-of-a-kind treasures throughout the island.

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    These are a few of the local favorites:

    • Red Rooster Antique Mall
    • Mutiny Bay Antiques
    • Salmagundi Farms
    • The Purple Bench Antiques
    • Oldish Stuff

    6) On Base Ideas at NAS Whidbey

    An all-time favorite way to hide from a blustery day is to head to the movies! Military bases are known to have very affordable ticket prices, so take advantage of inexpensive entertainment. Skywarrior Theater on NAS Whidbey has a few perks that other theaters do not: a digital projector with a silver screen, 3-D capabilities, and cushioned, reclining seats outfitted with custom drink holders. Go old school and call the movie line to pick the title and time at 360-257-MOVI (6684).Beat the winter blues Whidbey Island NAS 6

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    If you plan your trip to the movies right, you could have lunch first at the award-winning Admiral Nimitz Hall Galley. Once a month, the galley opens up to everyone and offers lunch for low, low prices. Keep an eye out for their Thanksgiving and Christmas Day meals. 

    If you ever tire of the elements, Whidbey Island has a wealth of choices to keep families occupied during the long, gray winter months. Don’t forget about the local libraries and on-base activities and special events. 

    Now that you know about things to do on Whidbey Island, take a look at the available homes for sale or rent right here on MilitaryByOwner!

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    Dawn M. Smith


    Dawn M. Smith

    Dawn is a real estate and military life writer who has a serious HGTV habit. When she is not writing, her teen daughter, Army husband, and golden retriever keep her busy through chauffeur duties, travel planning, and long dog walks. Dawn is pleased to share her experiences with MilitaryByOwner readers who are hoping to simplify military family journeys of all kinds. Follow Dawn on Pinterest for more ideas and resources and visit her site at Dawn M. Smith Custom Content Creation.

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