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.
Oak Harbor, WA, (pics) is located on Whidbey Island in Western Washington alongside the Strait of Juan de Fuca. At 55 miles long it is one of the longest and largest islands in the contiguous United States. The island is home to the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The town of Oak Harbor is located on the south perimeter of the Naval Air Station with many of its residents economically related to it. The Dutch were among the early settlers of Oak Harbor and you can still see that influence in some of the architecture around town. After leaving Vancouver, we spent a few days on Whidbey Island.
Completed in 1928, the Washington State Capitol building (pics) is situated on a knoll in Olympia, WA, overlooking Capitol Lake and the southern tip of Puget Sound. Referred to as the Legislative Building, this building is a part of a group of buildings that also includes the Temple of Justice (Supreme Court).
Sadly, we didn’t allocate much time to tour the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond. It is perhaps the most historic in the US. Not only was this building started shortly after the conclusion of the Revolutionary War but it was designed by Thomas Jefferson and for 3 years during the Civil War it also served as the home for the Confederate House of Representatives.