Coupeville was founded in 1852 by Cpt Thomas Coupe and is the second oldest town in the State of Washington. Coupeville has made an effort to preserve pioneer homes with a variety of historic architectures including pioneer Block Houses, Saltbox, and Victorian Queen Anne style. Captain Coupe’s original home was built in 1853 and still stands today. It is one of the State’s oldest standing pioneer homes.
Coupeville is a historic districtand lies within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. The reserve was established by Congress in 1978, as the first and now one of the largest National Historical Reserves in the nation. The reserve also encompasses farmlands, FortCasey State Park, Fort Ebey State Park, shorelines and beaches, parks, trails, and 91 buildings and structures on the National Register of Historic Places.
Coupeville lies in the central section of Whidbey Island and has a reputation for receiving very little rainfall when compared to surrounding areas. Coupeville offers a variety of dining choices, including Northwest Cousine, European Fusion, Pizza, Italian, Thai, and Cafe options. Waterfront dining is available in the downtown district.
There are many shops to visit downtown. These shops feature a variet of locally made products including clothing, food, art, wine, and gifts. You can take a walk down the Coupeville pier and enjoy more shops and galleries located on the pier.
Coupeville is famous for growing and harvesting Penn Cove Mussels, which are known for their high level of quality. These mussels are exported to fine dining restaurants around the globe. Coupeville is located close to popular camping locations, and it makes a great hub if your are visiting Fort Casey, or Fort Ebey state parks.
Coupeville is home to several popular annual events, including Coupeville Arts Festival, Musselfest, The Oyster Run, and Coupeville Memorial Day Parade. You can learn more about these events on our Whidbey Island Festivals Calendar.
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