If being surrounded by farms and eating delicious seafood on a daily basis sounds like your type of vacation, you should definitely book a Whidbey Island Airbnb.
As great as mainland Washington is, there’s something irresistible about a mostly rural island with great cuisine, a hospitable population, and gorgeous stretches of nature uncorrupted by concrete jungles, skyscrapers, and that familiar city stink.
We wouldn’t want to sell the place short in the rentals department, either… We’ve prepared a list of the 15 best Whidbey Island Airbnbs, VRBOs, and other vacation rentals, ranging from tiny and quaint to Malibu-style beach houses.
Editor’s Note: Please note that Airbnb recently made changes to their program so in this article, we are including links to other options like VRBO or Booking.com which have much lower booking fees.
15 Amazing Whidbey Island Vacation Homes
If you’re headed to this paradise-like island, check out our top picks for 15 incredible vacation rentals for the most comfortable stay around.
Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
Location: 10 minutes from Langley
Nothing says “romantic retreat” like a lakeside cottage, so consider surprising your partner with a stay at this Whidbey Island VRBO,
The vibrant interior combines every color of the rainbow into a cohesive, eye-catching unit, accentuated by the bright bay windows looking out in the secluded woods. The interior is filled with a wooden fireplace, perfect for cozy evenings.
Although the house itself is absolutely stunning, the patio overlooking the lake and its private beach steals the show as the showstopper of this VRBO. Sitting down here, unwinding while looking out into the view is pretty priceless!
Why We Love It: Cozy lakeside cabin
Clearview Acres- Rest and Restore
Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
If you want your small child to catch the travel bug early, you should vacation in this beautiful Airbnb in Whidbey Island.
Although it’s technically a house for three (2 adults and an infant), the abundance of open space will give your little tike plenty of room to practice his or her strut. All the while, you can keep an eye on things from the well-stocked kitchen or the comfortable bedroom.
Even if you don’t have little ones, this Whidbey Island retreat makes for the perfect romantic getaway for a couple, with an enchanting porch swing and million dollar views.
Langley is a great place to stay if you want to do some sightseeing. Aside from the nearby Earth Sanctuary and Dancing Fish Winery, you’ll be able to reach Freeland and Double Bluff Beach within minutes.
Why We Love It: Perfect getaway for a small family or couple & close to every notable attraction in South Whidbey.
What Past Guests Have Said: “We really enjoyed staying at Genie’s place. The setting was peaceful. We enjoyed walking the grounds including visiting the pond. The apartment was very comfortable and clean. We loved the radiant floor heating. It was the getaway we were hoping for and more.”
“A delightful getaway both cozy and efficient. The view is spectacular and place is very private. The full kitchen was wonderful for cooking up good eats. The extras are too many to list but check them out pond and porch especially. I was delighted to find a working record player and fully stocked record cabinet with LPs. I would definitely come back again.”
Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1B)
After a wonderful weekend spent at this home with your family, you’ll wish you could call this beautiful Whidbey Island Airbnb your own home.
Inside, you’ll have access to two comfortable bedrooms, a nice kitchen, and a bathroom. The cottage comes with its own private beach, giving you the ultimate secluded getaway. Due to the secluded location of the house, evenings here can be spent sitting in the patio, star gazing at the sky.
When you stay in this charming cottage, you can spend hours walking along the long stretch of beach or even having a go at their canoe and rowboat. In short, if you’re looking for a secluded tranquil getaway, this is one of our top picsk!
Why We Love It: Tranquil getaway located right by the lake.
Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
Location: Southern part of the island
Another in a long list of Whidbey Island vacation homes is this stunning property (which can sleep 5 if needed!)
It is within close proximity to Langley where you can enjoy the vintage movie theater, loads of restaurants, and art galleries. The grounds itself was beautiful with tons of wide open spaces
The queen bed, homey kitchen, and spacious, open-floor design all come together to create a memorable interior. However, in our opinion, the garden is nothing short of incredible and is a real highlight when in the area.
The hosts are known to go above and beyond to show their hospitality, with tons of awesome welcome touches.
Why We Love It: Charming cottage that offers some of the best vistas in all of Whidbey.
Bohemian Island House In Forest Setting
Type: Entire Home (1 BR, 1B)
Location: Quiet neighborhood near Freeland
This Whidbey Island Airbnb is a radiant alternative to the first property on our list. Aside from the gorgeous color palette, the tranquil wooded setting is another quality they have in common.
The decor and old-world furniture in this home give the interior a distinct hippie vibe. The kitchen/dining area is spacious and airy, and the bedroom will lure you in with its Incan Sun mural and window views. You also soak in the sights from the deck and garden, or slip on some hiking shoes and go for a scenic picnic!
Everyone living in the area has a relatively large property, so you won’t hear a peep out of your neighbors during your stay, but you can always take a two-mile walk to the nearby town of Freeland for a little bit of action.
Why We Love It: Colorful throwback property, perfect for connecting with nature.
What Past Guests Have Said: “We keep coming back to this awesome little house in the woods and it feels like home. It truly is bohemian and quirky but Mandeja has thought of everything and we love staying there. We’ll be back again!”
“I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Mandeja’s cottage. It was so incredibly peaceful and rejuvenating – just what I needed. It’s probably one of the most inspiring of any rentals I’ve been to (and I’ve been to a lot) for simply retreating, because of all the little artistic touches and vibrant color, the warmth, the comfy seating options, the trees all around, not to mention a fully equipped kitchen. The place is also exceptionally clean and Mandeja clearly takes extra care to ensure her guests are comfortable. I had a lovely time! I’ll definitely be back again to this sweet cottage in the woods.”
Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
Location: Oak Harbor
What happens when you want to stay in a rustic log cabin set amidst nature? You get one of the best rentals in Whidbey Island, and a vacation you’ll remember for life!
Unwinding to the sound of rustling trees in front of an amazing fireplace should be on every adventurer’s bucket list, and there’s no better place for that than this beautiful log cabin.
The tranquil song of the forest will inspire you to put the kitchen to good use, and the calming setting and comfortable bedroom make falling asleep a cinch. There is also a loft above the living room area with beds for those traveling as a family.
Set on 25 acres along with four neighboring cabins, there is no shortage of peace and quite while on this property. Curl up with a good book next to the fire or simply spend the evening listening to the sounds of nature. This spot is a hidden gem!
Why We Love It: Gorgeous log cabin
Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
You don’t have to resort to sleeping in an isolated toolshed to get some peace and quiet… Instead, you can become one with the forest at this beautiful Whidbey Island Airbnb.
The light colors, wooden furniture, and minimalistic decorations of this house all work splendidly, especially in the kitchen and bedroom. After stepping out of bed, you can open the patio doors and wake yourself up with an incredible view of the backyard, complete with a fire pit and seating.
The Freeland area truly has it all, from golf courses and wine cellars to some of the most scenic hiking and biking trails on the Island. There’s enough here to keep your vacation going for weeks on end.
Why We Love It: Private cottage with a large backyard surrounded by trees.
Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2.5B)
Location: Langley, near the South Whidbey Harbor
When considering a rental for your vacation, no amount of space is too much. Take a look at The Cabin at Langley, a Whidbey Island Airbnb that houses up to 6 guests.
The cabin features 2 bedrooms and is neighbored by a cottage with an additional third. The kitchen comes equipped with everything you might need, and although the house is covered in windows, not a single room feels overwhelmingly bright.
Your stay here will be off-grid in some ways, as the house forsakes the classic TV room in favor of a solid library and loads of games. Between that and the ravishing garden, you won’t miss the small screen one bit!
Why We Love It: Roomy house with an additional sleeping cottage and a breathtaking exterior.
Type: Entire Home (3BR, 1B)
Location: Close to Robinson Public Beach
Whidbey Island Airbnbs are renowned for their scenic nature backdrops, and 3 Story A-Frame Home is the perfect example.
Boasting an incredible deck and garden, this house is in the running for one of the coolest properties on the island. The interior is arguably just as gorgeous with floor to ceiling windows letting in a ton of natural light.
This eclectic A-frame house can easily sleep 6 and is the perfect home for those who want a stylish getaway.
Why We Love It: Modern cottage located in one of the most beautiful parts of Whidbey Island.
Type: Entire Home (3BR, 3B)
Location: Near Coupeville
Coupeville is the place to be if you want to take in as much of Whidbey’s history and beauty as possible, and this is one of the best rentals in town.
A Whidbey Island Airbnb needs a good location and an interior that doesn’t overshadow the landscapes that surround it, and this place delivers on both fronts. Sporting a predominantly white interior, two fluffy beds, and a respectable kitchen, Mountain View Island Home does just that.
This spacious 3 bedroom home is perfect for groups of friends or families who want to stay near Coupeville, while still having tons of peach and quiet. It is close to the island’s most distinguished landmarks and locales.
The open plan layout makes it a great space to sit back, relax, and enjoy quality time together.
Why We Love It: Lavish and comfortable suite located in one of Whidbey’s most beautiful towns.
Type: Entire Home (4BR, 2.5B)
This Whidbey Island Airbnb is a childhood fever dream given form. A Moroccan style glamping hut near Greenbank, Glamping Tents on Whidbey Island features an incredibly elegant interior, allowing you to camp in style.
These adult-only glamping huts feature stylishly hand-picked furniture, giving you the ultimate Safari vibes. The tent itself is constructed on a raised platform, blanketed inside with intricate rugs for extra warmth and a plush queen-size bed with down comforters and luxurious bedding.
Apart from the stylish tents, enjoy your time at the tiki bar which is fully equipped with blenders, cocktail tools and more. There is also an outdoor kitchen where you can make your own food, making use of the viking gas stove, bbq, and more.
Aside from that, other perks include a simple breakfast plus complimentary truffles and a bottle of wine courtesy of the hosts.
Why We Love It: Unique rental that sets a precedent for alternative housing.
PNW Boho House on the Water
Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
If you have an anniversary coming up, do yourself and your relationship a favor by booking this Whidbey Island Airbnb.
Aside from the obligatory bedroom and kitchen, the house features virtually everything you could imagine, and then some. The open-floor living/dining area is magnificent, and you’ll feel reborn after 15 minutes in the two-person infrared sauna.
Set the mood with a glass of wine and a classic soul record, or step out onto the deck and start a fire in the pit for the view of a lifetime. Holmes Harbor is absolutely stunning, and if the water isn’t to your liking, you can always take a dip in the hot tub instead.
For a special night out, consider driving out to Langley, Coupeville, or Clinton, or stay in the Freeland area and pick out a restaurant for a romantic dinner.
Why We Love It: One of Whidbey’s definitive couples retreats.
What Past Guests Have Said: “Super beautiful inside and out. Loved the hot tub down by the water!”
“Jennifer’s place is absolutely wonderful and she’s a fantastic host. The view from the building is to die for and the hot tub (a short walk from the house) is so close to the water! Jennifer must have the greenest thumb because the house plants were all so healthy and make the place feel extra welcoming. Jennifer’s been so thoughtful and provides plenty of towels for the spa, shower, makeup removal, and robes for the sauna. The kitchen was stocked with every kind of glass you might want for whatever you’re drinking as well as coffee, tea, and hot cocoa!”
Type: Entire Home (5BR, 2B)
Most Whidbey Island Airbnbs are either on farms or beaches, and this incredible house is a blend of both.
The interior is quite slick yet built for mobility. You and up to five other guests will have no trouble getting around thanks to all the open space. You’ll have access to five bedrooms and a large kitchen, as well as a dining/living room area, complete with a fireplace and a piano for singing your favorite sea shanties!
For a million-dollar view of the property, step out onto the deck and grill up some delicious barbecue before hitting Double Bluff Beach, the centerpiece of Useless Bay and the Langley Area at large.
Why We Love It: Large, inviting house with an open-concept design and a good location.
Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1.5B)
Located in beautiful Langley, this Whidbey Island Airbnb is the type of place to keep you coming back for more every year.
The house is an amalgamation of retro and modern that still looks completely natural, and nowhere is this more evident than in the airy living room and two bedrooms. One part of the house that breaks the mold, however, is the kitchen, where every appliance is brand-spanking new and waiting to be put to good use.
Realistically speaking, what you’re really paying for here is an amazing view, as the ocean is only a few steps away. In addition, Langley is full of incredible restaurants, charming businesses, and other locales that’ll keep this vacation fresh in your memory banks for a long time.
Why We Love It: Fashionable house located in the very heart of Langley
Type: Entire Home (5BR, 3.5B)
Location: Quiet Clinton neighborhood
It’s impossible to fault this Airbnb on Whidbey Island in any way, as it would qualify as one of the area’s best rentals by anyone’s standards.
The open floor plan kitchen/dining area is incredibly sunny and offers a hypnotizing view of the ocean, as do most of the five bedrooms. While sitting in the upstairs entertainment room, you might find yourself tempted to turn off the TV just to admire the ocean’s lull. As if things weren’t scenic enough, you can even see the Olympic range on clearer days, all while relaxing in the outdoor hot tub.
Although the house is in a tiny Clinton neighborhood, you’ll have easy access to all you really need: a grocery store and the impeccable Cultus Bay!
Why We Love It: Quiet place to get away from it all and enjoy some spectacular views of the ocean.
Things to do in Whidbey Island, Washington
Being the unique wonderland that it is, Whidbey Island has plenty of things to see and do. We recommend the following Airbnb experience if you’re looking for activities in the area.
Old-Growth Tree Climbing – One of Whidbey’s main draws is the amazing nature, so why not take up canopy climbing and make things even more scenic for yourself? In only a few short hours, you’ll walk away with a new skill under your belt, and you’ll enjoy some drone-level views of the ocean bed and old-growth forest.
Howling with Ambassadors – Visit the neighboring Fidalgo Island to become an honorary member of a genuine wolf pack – you’ll be taking a guided tour through a scenic forest, as well as a wolf enclosure that houses some of the friendliest canines you’re likely to come across. Howling with wolf dogs is one of those things you never knew you needed in your life until you actually do it!
Packing for Your Airbnb
Before you take off for your trip, check out our Airbnb Packing Guide to make sure you don’t miss out on anything important!
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