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Calendar of Events, Attractions and Services

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Braeburn's Thanksgiving Dinner - 360-221-3211

 

Lighting of Langley - Santa & his Rein-Alpacas

 

Holiday Parade

 

Mystery Weekend 2014 in Langley

Feb. 21-22, 2015

Sat/Sun

Welcome the Whales Parade

Apr 19, 2014

11:00 am

Langley 2nd Street Market

Jun 2014

Every Friday, 3 pm - 7 pm

Celebrate America at Freeland Park

Jul 3, 2014, 2 pm - Fireworks

Freeland, WA

37th Choochokam Art Festival

Jul 12-13, 2014

 

Whidbey Island Area Fair

Jul 31 thru Aug 3, 2014

Island County Fairgrounds

Djangofest (Gypsy Jazz Musicians)

Sept. 17-21, 2014

Wed-Sun

The Clyde Theatre (movie theatre - current showing)

ongoing

www.theclyde.net

WICA Theatre (live theatre performances)

ongoing

www.wicaonline.com

 

Transportation Services

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Airport Car Rentals

Go to airport information desk to inquire where to catch shuttle to rental car facility. It will take approximately 15 minutes from the airport to get to rental car facility.

 

A-Z Rental Cars & Vans

9028 Sr 525, Clinton, WA 98236

(360) 341-4888

Clinton-Mukilteo Ferry

http://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/

7 days - no reservations

Keystone-Port Townsend Ferry

http://www.wsdot.com/Ferries/Schedule

Advance Reservations Ferry cancellations might occur during inclement weather conditions!

San Juan Island Ferry

http://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/

 

All Island Express Taxi (Whidbey Island)

5972 Hasting Rd., Clinton, WA 98236

360.341.8294

Island Transit (Free to Public)

http://islandtransit.org/

360.678.7771

Whidbey-SeaTac Airport Shuttle

http://www.seatacshuttle.com/scheduleRoute.php

Advance Reservations

EV Charging Stations available

Two EV Charging Stations located at Saratoga Inn

 

For more information on activities and special events on the island, please visit Langley's Chamber of Commerce website and the Whidbey and Camano Islands website.

 

 

Langley's Saratoga Inn: a brief history

The 16-room Inn opened for business in May 1994 as "The Harrison House" named after a couple who were minority partners. As on-site innkeepers, the Harrison's found the upstart more challenging than anticipated, and shortly moved on for other opportunities. At that time, the Inn was renamed to its present-day "Saratoga Inn," after the Saratoga Passage, which it overlooks.

For approximately the next 12 years, the Four Sister Inns out of Monterey, California managed the Inn. In 2008, Jim Pensiero, one of the original founding partners, bought out all remaining partners, released the Four Sister management company, and Saratoga Inn, then, became family-owned and operated along with his partner and wife, Jenny. In preparation for this, Jim and Jenny completed their Masters Certificate in Essentials of Hospitality Management from Cornell University.

KPG, a Seattle multi-disciplined design firm consisting of architects, landscape architects and engineers, designed the Inn as a small boutique hotel with 24 rooms fronted on both, Cascade Avenue and 2nd Street. However, the public review process reduced the scale of the project to 16 rooms while removing its 2nd Street frontage. At that time, the site for the Inn included the lot where the existing post office now resides. During this time, Jim was a senior partner at KPG until his retirement in 2005. The Inn was developed by the Cobber Company, with Jim and his business partner, Joe Giacobazzi along with several other minority partners.

A notable quality of the Inn is its room-to-room privacy and sound isolation. Each room incorporates double wall construction that includes 2-1/2" gypsum wallboard and sound attenuating resilient channels. Unlike residential construction typical of B&Bs, this feature reflects qualities most often associated with higher-end hotels. Another significant feature is the Inns' whole-house ventilation system, which provides a complete air change for the entire Inn regularly, throughout the day and night. In 2013, the Inn is incorporating a new "Green Energy" heating and air-conditioning system that anticipates reducing its energy consumption approximately 33%. Whidbey Island typically does not require cooling spaces, but since the Inn has excellent sun exposure, there are several weeks during each year when guests will appreciate this ability. Air-cooling with the new system is very efficient as the system will automatically redistribute cool air to warm areas and warm air to cooler areas, as needed.

The Pensiero family, including two daughters and a son-in-law, along with several long-term, loyal staff, is committed to making each stay a pleasant and "memorable experience" for guests. The team takes pride in knowing they may have contributed to a special memory within another person's journey through life. The Inn has become a labor of love for the Pensiero family and staff - greeting guests, maintaining the Inn, and sharing small-town Whidbey Island living in a relaxed environment with a lot of comfortable "porch talk." It is operated as a bed and breakfast with two chefs, mid-week and weekend, who prepare special breakfasts that differ each day. A regular conversation during breakfast is commenting on the quality and creativity of the food.

In 2014, the Inn will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The next 20 years will be dedicated to continually improving the "new" guest experience and welcoming back "repeat" guests. Saratoga Inn has hosted guests from a variety of countries including Canada, Australia, Africa, Asia, Italy, Germany, and England; also neighboring states, Seattle Metro, and many locals - approximately 5,000 to 7,000 guests per year.

 

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