The travel industry often refers from November to February as the “off-season.” Here are three reasons why the off-season can be a preferred time of year to visit Camp Casey on Whidbey Island:
Discover great deals. Island businesses promote special rates on dining, lodging, and attractions. Camp Casey, for example, is offering 15% off lodging during those months. Also, the Fort Casey Inn’s nightly rate for an entire house, normally $150, has a special rate of $129. Note: Although you may find bargains in the shops, be aware that some merchants open later and close earlier in the winter months.
Natural beauty is more striking. Standing at the stormy water’s edge on an empty stretch of beach is refreshing. It is also inspiring to hike forest trails with only blacktail deer and bald eagles as your companions. Gray whales and numerous varieties of birds stop over during their annual migrations. Sunsets are earlier and more dramatic. Remember that weather can be unpredictable, and the nearby ferry from Port Townsend runs less frequently.
Live like a local. Small-town traditions are part of island culture. One example is the Jingle Trail Run and Walk on December 7, a 5K through scenic trails of Camp Casey and Fort Casey State Park. Elves and other costumed runners make this run actually fun. Afterward, celebrate with locals at a parade, complete with caroling, a tree lighting, decorated boats on Penn Cove, and a lush greening of the town. Note: Coupeville is the second oldest town in Washington state and is the closest town to Camp Casey.