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Deception Pass Bridge, a National Historic Monument since 1982, is actually two spans that link Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island (Anacortes) over Canoe Pass and Deception Pass. The bridge, one of the scenic wonders and destinations of the Pacific Northwest, only a 20 minute drive to NAS Whidbey from Fidalgo Island over this spectacular bridge.

With a population of nearly 72,000 people, Whidbey Island is the largest island in Washington State, sitting between Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula. Whidbey is home to the cities and towns of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Langley, Freeland, Greenbank, Clinton, and Bayview; all of which fit snugly into Island County. Whidbey Island's popularity stems from the amazing views of Puget Sound and the plethora of tourist activities available.

You're sure to never have a shortage of activities when at Whidbey. Explore the waters of Puget Sound on a scuba diving adventure. Glide across the sea in silence on a kayak trip to visit the orca and gray whales, sea lions and seals, starfish and crab, and eagles and the porpoises. Whether it's on the mountain or the road, feel the wind in your hair while cycling across the island. Whidbey Island is sure to bring excitement into your life.

For thousands of years, the only people who occupied Whidbey Island were the four Pacific Northwest Indian Tribes. In the spring of 1792, Captain George Vancouver explored the area and named every mountain, island, and waterway he could find. Whidbey Island was named on June 10, 1792 after Joseph Whidbey who proved it was an island when he discovered Deception Pass.

Aside from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, the island has a strong military history. In 1890, the construction of Fort Casey began. The three-fort defense system was built by the US Army to protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Along with this fort, Fort Flagler and Fort Worden which are located on the Olympic Peninsula, make up the "Triangle of Fire." Twenty years after Fort Casey was built, it became the fourth largest military post and was no doubt the most beautiful. Fort Casey is open to the public, allowing visitors to climb on the ladders to inspect the guns, walk along bluff-side bunkers, and through the dark tunnels that seem to carry the echoing voices of the past.

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June 12th, 2017

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Open House June 24

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Open House June 24

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor will host a public open house on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The following events and activities will take place throughout the day: 5K Run along the flight line Displays and demonstrations of NAS Whidbey Island Aircraft, which may include the EA-18G …

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March 30th, 2017

Oak Harbor Makes List of Wealthiest Small Towns in America

Oak Harbor Makes List of Wealthiest Small Towns in America

Did you know that Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. proudly serves clients in Oak Harbor and also throughout Whidbey Island? Bloomberg recently reported that Oak Harbor ranks number 17 of 20 on its "Wealthiest Small Towns in America" list, based upon information from the U.S. Census Bureau. Click here to view the complete …

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March 17th, 2017

Community Profile: Whidbey Island

Community Profile: Whidbey Island

Deception Pass Bridge, a National Historic Monument since 1982, is actually two spans that link Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island (Anacortes) over Canoe Pass and Deception Pass. The bridge is one of the scenic wonders and destinations of the Pacific Northwest. With a population of nearly 72,000 people, Whidbey Island is …

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April 14th, 2012

Whidbey Island Marathon – Sunday April 15th!

Whidbey Island Marathon – Sunday April 15th!

Want to run a gorgeous scenic course on country back roads and along waterfront coastline? See snow-capped mountains, Deception Pass Bridge, and beaches & wildlife? You can this weekend on Sunday, April 15th! Whidbey Island is the perfect island weekend getaway where you can leave the city behind.  Just north of …

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March 31st, 2012

Take a hike!

Take a hike!

If you like to hike, Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands have enough trails and hikes to fill every weekend of the year!  Here is one that was suggested. South Fidalgo trails and rural roads to Whidbey (click on link) The Deception Pass Bridge Joins Anacortes on Fidalgo Island with Whidbey Island The beautiful parks …

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February 29th, 2012

Dean Piper Speaks About Your Chimney!

Dean Piper Speaks About Your Chimney!

CHIMNEY SWEEPS & STOVE TECHNICIANS ... NOT ALL ARE CREATED EQUAL Every month we receive several calls from folks who are shopping for service for their gas or wood stoves and fireplaces. The truth is they are price shopping. While it certainly makes great sense to save money whenever possible, choosing your medical …

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July 12th, 2011

Lock Closure- Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Written by Jean Groesbeck

There will be an 8 hour lock closure on Wednesday, July 13th 2011, and a possible 2 hour lock closure on Thursday, July 14th, 2011. Both the large lock and small lock will be closed from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, for an inspection of the Adult Salmon Exclusion Structure. There will be divers in the water during this time period, …

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June 30th, 2011

Pending Home Sales Exceed Expectations!

Written by Jean Groesbeck

Pending homes sales are up according to the National Association of REALTORS as home buyers take advantage of great home values. May statistics for home sales were up higher than anticipated. You can view home sales statistics on our website for Skagit County, La Conner, Oak Harbor, Guemes Island, Samish Island, and …

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June 21st, 2011

Deception Pass Park Foundation

Written by Jean Groesbeck

Deception Pass State Park is a gem of the Washington State Parks system.  They provide recreational and educational opportunities for many visitors.  From the Rosario Tide Pools to the summit of Goose Rock and the old growth of Hoypus Hill, the park encompasses over 4,000 breathtaking acres.  With over 2.5 million visitors …

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April 4th, 2011

Military? You Might Be Eligible For The First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit

Written by Jean Groesbeck

The 2010 home buyer tax credit it still available for some eligible military and certain other federal employees serving outside the United States.  You still have time to take advantage of this great home buying opportunity.  If you're a member of the military, foreign service or intelligence community and  served …

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