Langley is just a quick ferry ride away from Seattle, but it has a vibe all its own. Ranked #5 on Coastal Living’s Happiest Seaside Towns, this hidden oasis is a great place to get away for the weekend and well worth a weeklong trip if you’ve got the time. Here’s our list of things not to miss.
1. The Local Wine
Langley and the surrounding areas on Whidbey island serve as home to several wineries, breweries and distilleries.
Ott & Murphy Wines crafts its wines right on the island using traditional varietals of grapes originally from the Rhone valley in France. The vineyard’s tasting room serves up delicious small plates and the winery often hosts musicians in its Cabaret on weekend evenings.
2. Handcrafted Housewares
If you’re looking to do a little shopping, the options in Langley are sure to please. Because the town is home to many artists and artisans, you’ll find tons of unique, handcrafted items.
One highlight is Artisan Crafted Home. This business started online 15 years ago but opened its flagship brick-brick-and-mortar store more recently. Offering unique décor and furnishings handcrafted by artisans across the U.S. and the world, the wares are both distinctive and precious. Find silk pillows, glass art, hand poured candles, bathtubs carved of teak and other beautiful pieces.
If you shop at the Artisan Crafted Home online store you can use the code Inspired to get 10% off your first purchase, or if you visit the shop in Langley and mention this article you can score 10% off at the register. Happy saving!
3. Some Fair Fashion
For those looking to pick up some new duds, Fair Trade Outfitters is a must-see. Full of fair trade certified goods, the store stocks women’s clothing and accessories as well as soaps, candles and lotions.
Some of the clothes have a bohemian vibe, but there are also tons of basics with bold lines that wouldn’t be out of place at a business-casual office or a cocktail party.
Buying fair trade guarantees that those involved in the production of the product are compensated with a living wage and afforded safe working conditions. If you’re hesitant to contribute to the waste and exploitation associated with fast fashion and mass production, choosing fair trade is a powerful way to move the world toward a more equitable and sustainable system.
4. Old-Fashioned Fun
If you’re toting kids or a really cool adult, you will love The Machine Shop. This arcade has vintage games for play and display as well as contemporary favorites for younger gamers.
You can find two whole walls of old-school pinball machines as well as Pacman ‘tables’ and other vintage games. Happily, it’s very affordable too, so you can spend hours playing without emptying your wallet.
Whether you’re getting ideas together for a much-needed weekend getaway or locking down plans for an island retreat this summer, Langley definitely belongs on your shortlist! To learn more and start planning your vacation go to visitlangley.com.