Celebrating local fare at Penn Cove Musselfest

Nearly everyday we feel so fortunate to live on this island sandwiched between the Sound and two mountain ranges. The juxtaposition of our island definitely lends to the magical energy we experience. That magic isn’t isolated to the geography. This island is a bread basket of farm fresh fare from veggies, meat and seafood.

As March approaches we start looking toward spring activities: hiking, prepping and planting our garden, and discussing potential livestock additions. In all of this, on Whidbey Island we launch these spring preparations with the Penn Cove Musselfest in Coupeville.

We kicked off the weekend with the Mussel Mingle which allowed us to gather with other locals and get early sampling of mussels and a tasty bite of Three Sisters hot dog. The mingle also gives us locals the opportunity to pre-purchase mussel chowder tasting tickets before the big Seattle crowds arrive.

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Fun facts and The Force at The Rose Theatre

Space Bears.

That was the secret code name on the package when “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was mailed to The Rose Theatre in Port Townsend. Tactics like these are used to prevent mail theft of hit movies. Who knew?

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Ferry field trip to the peninsula

We all too often forget about Port Townsend when we think about venturing off Whidbey Island, but that really shouldn’t happen. With the easy ability to walk onto the Coupeville ferry, as long as the sailing times work for what you want to do, Port Townsend is easily accessible from the island.

For our holiday gift to each other, we planned a day in the seaside town. Our agenda: lunch, window shopping, massages and a salt water soak. We hadn’t decided on dinner plans and decided to play it by ear. Here’s how our day unfolded.

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Bellingham for the weekend

In celebration of my best friend’s 40th birthday, we headed off north to Bellingham. I call this our “almost home” because this is where I really thought we would end up. In addition to my bestie living here, it’s a college town, it has music and culture, beautiful Bellingham Bay in the front and Mt. Baker keeping a watchful eye in the background.

We did have a beautiful sunset tour of Bellingham Bay, but honestly, for the weekend, friends gathered at a house close to a city park to eat, drink and be merry.

One day we stopped at Taylor’s Shellfish situated along the winding Chuckanut Drive and purchased about 5 lbs. of oysters for grilling and mussels for steaming. Thankfully, Josh and Dave provided their shucking and grilling skills. It was the perfect end to a delicious, beautiful weekend.