About Coupeville

Published on Wednesday, 31st May 2017 - 5:31PM05/31/2017

Entering Coupeville

Moorage is available first come- first served at the Port of Coupeville floats, adjacent to the historic Coupeville Wharf. Water depths are minimal at very low tides. Please note the signs regarding depths. The wharf provides 400 feet of moorage and three mooring buoys (vessels less than 36’) just northwest of the wharf. There are adequate depths for anchoring nearby.

Several businesses are located on the Wharf, including gift shops, restaurants, and a coffee shop that serves pastries. SUVA, a 1925 schooner, moors on the wharf. Information kiosks at the shore end of the wharf highlight Coupeville’s attractions. Stroll Front Street and take in picturesque shops, bakeries, restaurants, art galleries, museum, historic exhibits, and Victorian era homes. A walking tour guide of the historic homes is available at the Chamber of Commerce. Many of the buildings have been restored and some are bed and breakfast inns. A small grocery store & deli, wine tasting room, post office, and bank are accessible.

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Coupeville Area

Coupeville is the county seat for Island County and sits in the heart of the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. The town was founded by Captain Thomas Coupe. He sailed through Deception Pass in his vessel “Success” and then, in 1852, “swallowed the anchor”, bought a homestead, and be- came one of the town’s earliest settlers. At that time about 300 Skagit Natives lived on the lands surrounding Penn Cove. In 1905, the Coupeville wharf was built. It was the only terminal on the island for vessels of any draft. Paddle wheelers and other ships moored to the wharf to off-load farm implements, dry goods and passengers and to load grain and timber from the farms on Whidbey. Commercial boat traffic stopped after the Deception Pass Bridge was built and State Ferries connected the Island to Mukilteo and Port Townsend.

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Community Events

Lots of fun events are on the calendar each year starting with the Coupeville Chocolate Walk in February. The first full weekend in March, thousands of visitors arrive for the Penn Cove Mussel Festival featuring mussel bed tours, chowder tasting, and more. The last Saturday in May is the Memorial Weekend celebrations, which includes a parade, a musical salute, and the town picnic. May is also the month for the Penn Cove Water Festival. An Arts and Crafts Festival is celebrated in August with arts & craft vendors, a wine and beer garden, music and food vendors. In September the town has its annual salmon bake and concert. October is The Haunting of Coupeville with a corn maze, ghost walks and more. For events and other information, stop at the Visitor Center near the end of the wharf on Alexander Street or visit the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce Harbor Guide Program and website.

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Capt. Joe of Interactive Harbor Guides

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