Visit Artists' Haven Whidbey Island

About 30 miles—and a ferry ride—north of Seattle, on a long, puzzle-piece of land, resides what’s often known as Puget Sound’s largest artist colony: Whidbey Island.

Home to poets and sculptors, glass artists, and woodworkers, Whidbey Island is a haven for creative types and the collectors of their work.

An art trail map by the Whidbey Island Arts Council makes it easy to visit the studios of painters layering beeswax on pure pigment, run your hands across handcrafted wood furniture or pick up a handmade clay platter perfect for grilling a fresh salmon fillet.

From Clinton north to Oak Harbor, the trail comprises numerous studios and galleries stretched across approximately 50 miles.

Watch azure glass take shape under the glow of a torch at LaChaussee Blown Glass near Langley, then continue up the road to explore the works of more than two dozen artists—ranging from painters to ceramists—at Rob Schouten Gallery in Greenbank.

Lunch on Penn Cove mussels pulled out of the waters at the edge of town in Coupeville. Then scoot around the cove to Penn Cove Pottery, where you can take in owner Steve Eelkema's everyday-use teapots and bowls or Stacey Neumiller’s paintings on canvas. Make a final stop at Garry Oak Gallery before reaching Deception Pass.

—Julie H. Case