A quiet island accessible by bridge and just 60 miles north of Seattle, Camano Island is home to snowbirds, artists, park rangers and nature lovers alike. It’s culinary crowd – including farmers, chefs and local purveyors – have recently banded together to create a tasty experience for visitors. Take time to work up an appetite in between meals at local art galleries, beaches, wineries and even a new brewery. Plan your day around the following dining highlights:
Cama Beach Café, a water and mountain view restaurant nestled within Cama Beach State Park, offers breakfast all day and a delicious, locally sourced lunch menu Fridays through Sunday. Ingredients are island-sourced whenever possible, and baked goods and jams are a must-devour souvenir. In the summer months, Cama Beach Chefs introduce an outdoor dinner in the park with rotating menu every first and third Friday. Check the Cama Beach Facebook Page and website for sample menus.
Sample the handiwork of local ranchers, fishers, farms and chefs at Kristofferson Farm Dinner series taking place select dates May 20 through October 21. Sit down to a five-course meal prepared by island chefs Donna King and Jeremiah Leighton at the long table within a restored century old barn. Get tickets and more information at this link.
Come for the water view guestroom and private balconies with hot tubs, and stay for the delicious meals at Camano Island Inn. Offering ever-changing seasonal menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Chef Kris Gerlach works his magic with ingredients sourced from local lands, waters and farms as well as his own private chef’s garden.
Don’t miss the authentic French Bakery Pierre Fauvet Pastry, along with fresh cuts from Del Fox Custom Meats, delicious selections from Camano Island Coffee Roasters and other locally produced goods at Island Marketplace.
Lodging options range from hotels with farm to table dining to secret spots ideal for a quiet retreat. For more information on amenities, lodging and a calendar of events visit whidbeycamanoislands.com. Connect on Twitter at @GoWhidbeyCamano or Facebook @GoWhidbeyCamano.