Written by : Sarah Sibley | Photos courtesy of Captain Whidbey
Captain Whidbey Inn
Built in 1907 as the Whid-Isle Inn, the Captain Whidbey Inn in Coupeville is an iconic part of history in the Pacific Northwest. Comprised of the main inn, which houses the dining room and several European-style guest rooms, Penn Cove cabins and the Lagoon Building guest rooms, this charming destination provides cozy, waterfront perfection and an exceptional locally focused dining experience.
The entire menu is reasonably priced, locally sourced, and well-balanced. General manager Jeff Towery says they know the inn is a special-occasion spot for a lot of people, but they also want folks who come wearing a T-shirt feel welcome. As such, the menu features down-to-earth items like Half Roasted Rainier Beer Can BBQ Chicken ($23), The Captain’s Burger ($16) and Cedar Plank P.N.W. King Salmon ($26).
Because Penn Cove (famous for its mussels) is literally a stone’s throw away, ordering the Steamer Clams and Penn Cove Mussels ($16) is a must. Cooked in white wine, with shallots, garlic and fresh herbs, they did not disappoint. They are fresh, clean, a bit briny and as good as you’d imagine clams from just outside the restaurant would be. A generous portion is served with grilled bread.
The Housemade Clam Chowder (cup $6, bowl $9) was my favorite dish! I’m still dreaming about the buttery, creaminess mixed with the brininess of the clams and saltiness of the lardon.
New owners have closed the property for renovations over the winter. It is expected to reopen in April. Towery explains, “We’re respecting all the unique history of the space, and making some modern updates.” Part of this change includes welcoming Chef Eric Truglas, formerly of EAT restaurant in downtown Bellingham.
2072 Captain Whidbey Inn Road, Coupeville
360.678.4097 | captainwhidbey.com