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We parked here at the Swinomish Lodge and Casino RV park which is located a bit east of Anacortes and Whidbey Island. During our car road trip in 2014 we spent a few days in nearby Oak Harbor.
We took a day trip from here, heading east to North Cascades National Park. This park contains some of America’s most beautiful mountain scenery. The mountains are not the tallest but with jagged peaks, cascading waterfalls, glaciers and sheer-walled cliffs there is ample dramatic beauty. We hiked the Thunder Knob Trail which afforded awesome views of Diablo Lake and the peaks beyond.
On another day we drove out to Whidbey Island and re-visited Oak Harbor and Coupeville. We had to treat ourselves to the steamed mussels at Toby’s Tavern in Coupeville. These are Penn Cove mussels which are grown right here in Coupeville.
Next stop: Hope, British Columbia
One of the things we enjoy about visiting different parts of the United States or different parts of the world, is having the opportunity to sample the many different foods that have become iconic for that particular location. The Pacific Northwest has established itself as a source for a wide variety of fresh seafood.
Oysters on the half shell, steamed mussels from Penn Cove on Whidbey Island, crab cakes, salmon, steamed clams in roasted garlic pesto, oyster shooters and fish and chips. All fresh and locally sourced.
Happy hour at Salty’s
Clams in roasted garlic pesto
City Fish Co.
Steamed Penn Cove Mussels with Garlic Bread
Dozen Fresh Local Oysters
Patio at Salty’s
Shrimp Fritters w/Spicy Remoulade & Blackened Fish Taco w/Tamatillo Mayo & Salsa
Also on Whidbey Island is the town of Coupeville, WA. It is about 20 minutes south of Oak Harbor and has a lovely main street along the waterfront.
On the day we visited there was a sailboat race taking place out in the harbor. We’re not sure where the sailboats came from since Coupeville doesn’t really have a marina. Our visit also coincided with their Farmer’s Market so we took a look at that as well.
One of the joys of taking a road trip is to be able to sample local foods in different parts of the country. Whidbey Island, and specifically Penn Cove is a source for mussels for this part of the Northwest. Penn Cove is just around the corner from Coupeville. We stopped into Toby’s Tavern to sample some of the local mussels. We had one pound of the steamed mussels in a garlic broth along with toasted garlic bread for dipping. Delish.