DIRECTIONS DRIVING FROM I-5: Take exit 230 at Burlington onto HWY-20 and travel west toward Anacortes and Oak Harbor. Stay on Hwy-20 and follow the signs that take you toward Oak Harbor. After Deception Pass Bridge, travel approximately 10 miles to a stop light where there will be two Navy Jets on display (Ault Field Rd). Pass straight through the stop light and turn left (east) at the next road which is W. Fakkema. (See bottom for the rest of the way...)
DIRECTIONS VIA MUKILTEO/CLINTON FERRY: From the Clinton ferry terminal follow HWY-525 approximately 21.6 miles where it becomes HWY-20. Stay on HWY-20 north for 15 miles to Oak Harbor. Go through Oak Harbor on HWY-20 and travel 3 miles north, then turn right (east) onto W. Fakkema Road. (See bottom for the rest of the way...)
DIRECTIONS FROM PORT TOWNSEND/KEYSTONE FERRY: From the Keystone ferry terminal, turn left (northwest) onto Engle Road, going straight 3.4 miles. The road becomes S. Main Street. Turn left (west) onto HWY-20. Follow the signs to Oak Harbor. Go Through Oak Harbor on HWY-20 and continue approximately 3 miles then turn right (east) onto W. Fakkema Road. (See bottom for the rest of the way...)
THE REST OF THE WAY: Continue on W. Fakkema Road about 2.4 miles. Then take a right (head south) on Taylor Road for 1.4 miles. At Silver Lake Road, turn left (east) for 2.2 miles. At DeVries Road, go left (north) for a mile. It will turn into Green Road at the T. Turn right at Green Road. We are on Green Rd on the water side.
We recommend guests drive north on HWY 5 to Burlington. Go across HWY 20 and over Deception Pass to get onto Whidbey Island. Ferry lines can be long in the summer unless you arrive at the ferry early in the day.
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Soaring Eagle Lodge is a wonderful place to relax and rejuvenate or you can venture out and enjoy local and regional activities. It is centrally located for day trips to La Connor, Coupeville, Port Townsend, the San Juan Islands, Seattle and Vancouver BC.
Some of the local activities are listed here. Talk to us before booking tours. We may be able to secure a discount for our guests.
Horseback Riding: Ten minutes by car from Soaring Eagle Lodge is one of the finest equestrian facilities on Whidbey Island. It has both private and group lessons. www.wildwoodfarm.com
Shopping: In nearby Oak Harbor there are antique stores, boutiques and other shopping. Historic Coupeville also has antique stores, boutiques and a museum. A short Ferry ride to picturesque Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula leads to additional antique shopping and restaurants. Anacortes is the gateway to the San Juan Islands and offers shopping, restaurants and other activities.
Hiking: There are numerous places nearby which offer easy to moderate hikes through woodland trails, along beach-fronts and secluded coves.
Golf: North Whidbey sports 2 golf courses. Gallery is a challenging 18-hole course overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Lam's Link is an 18-hole shorter par 3 course for the more relaxed golfer. www.gallerygolfcourse.com
Rock Climbing: For the climbing enthusiast, the wall at Mt. Erie will challenge your skills and reward you with a spectacular view at the top. At 900 feet you can see Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, Victoria, the Olympics and Cascade Mountains, and all of Whidbey Island on a clear day. www.washingtonclimbers.org/Climbing/erie.htm
Beach-combing: Shells and driftwood can be found along Whidbey's sandy and rocky beaches, or along our own private beach.
Clamming and Mussels: Have you ever dug your own clams or collected mussels from the beach? You can do that on Whidbey Island. For those wanting to collect mussels or clams, shellfish licenses are available at local sporting goods stores. Be sure to check Island County warnings for "Red Tide" conditions before eating any shellfish acquired on the beach.
Whale Watching: Whale watching ( www.island-adventures.com ) and charter fishing ( www.catchmorecharters.com ) trips can be arranged and depart from nearby marinas at Anacortes. Arrangements must be made in advance. These are seasonal activities.
Deception Pass Boat Tours: Hour-long boat tours at Deception Pass provide the perfect way to see the beauty of the pass and surrounding area from the water. We purchase tickets at a bulk rate ( less than 1/2 price) for our guests. When booking your stay at Soaring Eagle Lodge, ask whether there are any left. www.deceptionpasstours.com.
Sea Kayaking: On the Fidalgo Island side of Deception Pass, 0.5 miles north of the bridge, is a quiet and protected area known as Bowman Bay.Your kayak tours depart from the lovely beach here, gliding out under the silent majesty of old growth Fir, Cedar, and Hemlock trees. Explore the water's edge in search of seals, porpoise, sea stars, and the most amazing array of sea life in the San Juan Islands. As a guest of Soaring Eagle Lodge, you receive $5.00 off /person. www.anacorteskayaktours.com
Bird Watching: At Soaring Eagle Lodge you can watch eagles, great blue herons, woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks and occasionally a great horned owl can be heard in the night. Nearby Padilla Bay has an Interpretive Center. The bay is a salt water conservatory and seasonally attracts many species of shore birds and migratory fowl. Ebey Landing, is a sanctuary for many salt water birds. Bring your binoculars—there is a lot to see.
Restaurants: Oak Harbor hosts several restaurants including, Italian/Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Mexican and continental/seafood. Coffee addicts should not despair—there are many coffee houses in Oak Harbor.
Theater/Playhouse: Oak Harbor Cinema has 3 screens which show first run films nightly. The Playhouse has local productions of well-known plays.
Bike Tour Route: Bring your Bike and tour Whidbey. The Chamber of Commerce has a Bike Tour Map for highlighting the best bike route to see Whidbey's beauty.
Festivals: There are many festivals throughout the year on Whidbey Island. Here are some favorites:
- Penn Cove Water Festival in May
- Choochokam: Langley Festival of the Arts in July
- Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival in August
- Island County Country Fair in August
- Whidbey Kite Festival in September
- Whidbey Open Studio Tour in Spring and Fall
- Anacortes Art festival (on Fidalgo Island) is in early August . It is our favorite festival
Parks: Whidbey Island has numerous state and local parks, each with its unique characteristics and activities including hiking trails, beach-combing, bird watching, swimming, bike riding, etc. Just to name a few:
- Deception Pass State Park
- Fort Ebey State Park
- Fort Casey State Park
- Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens
- Kettles Trail Park
- South Whidbey State Park
- Bowman Bay (on nearby Fidalgo Island)
Grocery Stores: Some of the local Grocers include:
- Saars Food Market