All roads on the South End lead to Bayview. It’s the center of the wheel! From here you can get anywhere, but before you speed on through that four-way stop, best to smell the roses. Oh yes, there are roses.
Imagine enjoying a latté surrounded by lush container gardens and hanging baskets. Open for breakfast and lunch, the Flower House is beloved by locals and tourists alike.
Relax with family and friends on the outdoor patio in the dappled sunlight or in the charming café.
A from-scratch, rotating selection of pastries, soups, breakfast and lunch plates and cookies will have you bounding from item to item each time you visit.
Truth be told, their mouthwatering hamburger is amazing, and their orange blossom tea is a special afternoon refreshment. We love the Flower House Café!
Here come the roses!
Right next door to the Flower House Café, the Bayview Farm and Garden Shop is a truly unique place to visit on Whidbey. Their outstanding selection of everything from bulbs to trees to houseplants will keep you inspired and busy in your gardens.
The fabulous shop is filled with beautiful pots, unique gifts, and the best outdoor furniture on Whidbey, as well as hard-to-put-down textiles, books, and journals. Yep, it’s one of those shops.
Christmas in the shop is absolutely magical as everything turns into a twinkling winter wonderland and themed displays spill over with good cheer.
Question: Why is it called Bayview?
Answer: Because once there was one! You can imagine how it looked -- across the highway where the wetlands are, all the way out to Useless Bay. Catch a glimpse when you go to the…
Open every Saturday from April to October, this beloved market is a cornucopia of local vegetables, flowers, honey, pies, breads, and cheeses, meat, and fish, with friendly purveyors who are happy to discuss the stories that surround their offerings.
The actual sisters from Sweet Sisters will be happy to help you find a new scent or lip balm. You will also find local artisans with their wares, from painters to weavers to ceramicists, and delicious smells from the food vendors floating in the breeze. Music fills the air, giving this market a festive feel. It’s a fun time.
There’s a bike for that!
Whidbey Island is a great place to ride your bike, and the folks at Bayview Bicycles will take good care of you. Want to try some mountain biking? They have a bike for that. Feel like speeding along the back roads? They have a bike for that, too.
Along with the accessories – from tiny bells to reflective equipment (pick some up, there are lots of blind turns out there) – to all things repair. “But there are too many hills!” you say. “We have an E-bike for that!” say Bayview Bicycles. Finally, you need a bike trail map – guess where you can pick it up? Bayview Bicycles.
Are you a poet? Do you love theatre and the written word?
Celebrate with like minds.
Langley is known for the Island Shakespeare Festival that takes place every summer. It’s an outdoor, accessible, pay-what-you-will repertory theatre where an actual hat gets passed at the end of the play!
To help support their mission they’ve opened a sweet little shop where all things Bard mingle with the books of local poets and other one-of-a-kind treasures. All profits support the festival directly, so stop by and pick up a memory.
How good is your concentration?
It’s true – kids and adults will compete to play chess on this giant set between the café and the main building on the lawn at Bayview Corner.
It’s a popular spot, especially on weekends during the Farmers Market and at Wednesday night street dances. All ages have fun and don’t mind the occasional dog or child knocking over a piece.
Are you a morning person?
Featuring the Best Donut Ever: Bavarian cream-filled powdered sugar. Am I right or am I right? If that one donut isn’t enough for you, there’s a whole lotta other sweet treats along with good breakfast and lunch plates.
You can order online and pick it up, or there’s a nice outdoor seating area to enjoy on the lawn or patio. And don’t forget your pooch and leave that doggie donut behind – trust me, they’ll know.
Or are you a night owl?
Dang good beer. And cider. All on tap! Brewer’s nights, live music, a genial crowd, and very yummy food. This is a fun place, and one of the few open past 8:00 pm on the South End.
There’s even some outdoor seating perched to let you watch the world go by. Does it actually matter if they are the first to offer a Basket of Bacon as an appetizer? Clearly, they should be celebrated all the same.
Et cetera, et cetera
Stashed away are quiet spots to help you nourish and support your body and soul. The second floor is awash with ways to love yourself and others with licensed massage practitioners, acupuncturists, and sound bath facilitators.
Calm your mind and spirit with a yoga class at Bayview Studio. Finally, treat yourself with a pedicure at Simply Nails, or get those flashy painted nails and let them shine!
The Original Bayview Corner
Bayview Community Hall hosts weddings, music performances, winter markets and community events. Established in 1928, it was built using local materials and features a fine maple dance floor. The history here is palpable, and this building is loved by all who know it.
Before the diking district and highway department changed the flow of things, this building and Bayview Corner were the center of the South End community. All these years later, the Bayview Community Hall is still serving the same purpose it did when it was constructed almost 100 years ago.