2018 Whidbey Walking Festival Sept 7-9, 2018

Whidbey Walking Festival

 September 7-9, 2018

Coupeville, Washington

A three-day festival of walks on Whidbey Island Washington. Explore the beauty of Puget Sound, with its small towns, mountain views, wildlife, evergreen forests and expansive vistas!

New walks and old favorites are being planned for 2018 along with the new registration location at the Camp Casey Conference Center.

Just a kilometer north of the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry landing and adjacent to Fort Casey State Park, is the Camp Casey Conference Center.

Built at the turn of the 20th century by the U.S. Army, Fort Casey was designed to guard the entrance to Puget Sound as part of the “triangle of fire,” along with Fort Worden and Fort Flagler, which are located on the other side of Admiralty Inlet. Within 20 years, Fort Casey was the fourth largest military post in Washington, housing 10 officers and 428 enlisted men.

The Army used the fortification until World War II and when Fort Casey was decommissioned in the 1950s, Seattle Pacific University became the owner of the parade grounds, housing and recreation facilities — updating and renovating the buildings for groups like ours. Today, SPU continues to welcome school groups, churches, nonprofit organizations, and outdoor education classes to this remarkable historical site.

The military fortifications located at Fort Casey State Park are owned by Washington State Parks.

More information about the events will be added as we finalize walk and festival plans.Extend your visit and walk some or all of the YRE/seasonal walks on Whidbey Island. Many more walks are available in the surrounding area.


Accommodations

Some accommodations (for groups) are available at Camp Casey, to see what they offer check out the listing under “Lodging & Event Spaces” on their website at: http://spu.edu/depts/casey/. They also have a small campground. If you are interested in any of the accommodations at the Camp Casey Conference Center it would be easiest to call them at 866-661-6604 to get information about their facilities and requirements for renting.

Just around the corner from Camp Casey is the Fort Casey Inn (http://fortcaseyinn.com) with Historic two bedroom officer’s quarters, complete with living area, full kitchen, upstairs bath and sweeping views. In addition to the campground at Camp Casey, Fort Casey State Park has campsites located next to the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry terminal. http://parks.state.wa.us/505/Fort-Casey

Information on other lodging options in the area can be found at:
http://www.whidbeycamanoislands.com/lodging/ 
http://www.coupevillelodging.com 
http://www.whidbeyislandbandb.com

Other Activities in the Area

Art galleries, beaches, wineries, outdoor adventures, shopping and endless scenery are just some of the activities available as you spend time on Beautiful Whidbey Island.For more information on things to do in the area follow this link:

http://www.whidbeycamanoislands.com/thingstodo/

Check out the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce webpage for a calendar of events.
http://www.coupevillechamber.com/index.php/events/events-calendar 

Contact us at:
nwtuliptrekkers@gmail.com

2019 Seabreeze Walking Festival at Ocean Shores, WA Feb 16-18, 2019

2019 SEABREEZE WALKING FESTIVAL is coming to Ocean Shores, WA, Feb. 16-18! 

This sixth biennial event, headquartered at the Lions Club, will offer volksmarches along the beach, on the bayside, and at Point Damon, a former state park.  A bike ride around the perimeter of town, with distances of 25 K or 30 K, will also be available.  Three more walks will occur on the North Beaches—Griffiths-Priday State Park, Roosevelt Beach, and Moclips.

THE SATURDAY NIGHT SOCIAL, back by popular demand, will feature a scrumptious dinner. More info later.

LODGING.  Remember this is Presidents Day Weekend so make your hotel reservations early.  Details on the club website.  You can also go to www.oceanshores.org  to find lodging.

LOCATION:  Ocean Shores Lions Club, 832 Ocean Shores Blvd NW, Ocean Shores, WA

START TIME:  8-1 Sat, Sun, Mon; FINISH :  5 pm Sat, Sun; 3 pm Mon

6 Walks, distances from 5 K to 30 K, ratings 1A-2C; 1 bike, 25 K or 30 K, rated 1A + 2 YRE’s in Ocean Shores and many on the way to the beach.  You may complete the festival events in any order you wish.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:  I-5, Exit 104.  West to Ocean Shores through Aberdeen and Hoquiam.  From Hoquiam follow State Route 109 approx. 18 miles to State Route 115 and turn left.  Continue to Pt. Brown Ave (the entrance to Ocean Shores) and turn left.  Right at the traffic circle, W. Chance a La Mer.  Right at Ocean Shores Blvd.  Drive .1 mile.  Lions Club is on the right.

Questions?

Contact me, Bonnie Tucker, bonniedale@comcast.net

Don’t miss this one!