If you have family coming to visit for the holidays, you might already be thinking about which local highlights you want to show off. Even if you’re not expecting visitors, the holidays are a great time to enjoy some of Washington’s charming towns and smaller cities.
One fabulous destination is Langley, a picturesque small town on the southern tip of Whidbey Island. The scenic waterfront boasts incredible views, and the city is chock-full of fun boutiques and eateries as well as a great local brewery! It’s also incredibly easy to get to Langley direct from downtown Seattle. Skip the drive north and instead walk on the high-speed San Juan Clipper catamaran at the Clipper Vacations ferry terminal and arrive in Langley after a quick hour and fifteen minute scenic ride across the Sound.
During the trip to Langley, bask in beautiful views of the Salish Sea and catch sight of local birds and wildlife. Upon arrival, sample local craft beers and cheeses on Double Bluff Brewing’s heated patio or learn about “real locals” at the Langley Whale Center. Make sure to jingle the whale bell if you happen to spot one!
Be sure to also stop by Callahan’s Firehouse Studio and Gallery to pick up a special piece of hand blown glass art as a gift to a loved one or explore a variety of other independent shops to track down distinctive gifts. There are several different galleries in Langley with pieces that range from high-end to highly affordable, so you’re sure to find a piece of art that speaks to that special someone.
As you enjoy your day, grab a delicious local grind from Useless Bay Coffee to sip as you walk along the waterfront, or score some sweet treats at Sweet Mona’s Chocolate Boutique. Once your day is through, hop back on the San Juan Clipper for an easy trip home complete with sprawling views of the water.
Clipper Vacations’ Christmas By The Sea day trip to Langley is sure to please whether you’re a local looking for a change of scenery or a holiday host hoping to show out-of-town visitors the best of the Pacific Northwest. You can enter to win a free trip below, or go to clippervacations.com/seattle-day-trips/christmas-sea-day-trip.