Thursday, December 11, 2008

Traveling: Small Town Christmas, Langley Style

City Hall decked out in festive delight : Langley, WA

Langley, Washington, is on the south end of Whidbey Island and is a quaint little town with several bookstores, a couple of coffee shops, a few restaurants, cafes, and taverns, a movie theater, a grocery store, a post office, a library, and several boutique stores on the main street. This is a no-stop-light town with a cop everyone knows as Officer Bob and a strenuously enforced speed limit of 25 mph. (For someone from Washington, D.C., the speed-limit-abiding drivers of Washington State baffled me!)

Christmas Parade : Langley, WA

At Christmas time, the town has a Christmas parade. I just happened to be there on the right weekend to see it. It's all of three blocks long, but it was cute and fun to see the kids. It reminded me of the July 4th Parade my siblings and I use to participate in every year growing up in Provo, Utah.

A Bagpipe Brigade from Gig Harbor pipes in the Christmas Parade : Langley, WA

In addition to these holiday photos, see the slideshow below for more of Langley and a few odds-and-ends thrown in for fun. (Click on the slideshow to open in a larger format.)


Mary Elizabeth : Kick-in-the-pants Proprietor of Mike's Place : Langley, WA

Continuing my 100 Strangers series, the lady above is Mary Elizabeth. She owns a restaurant in town called Mike's Place--named after her husband. Every Sunday night is Trivia Night at Mike's. The restaurant is full of comfy chairs in the front and tables for dining in the back. If you ever visit Langley, go to Mike's Place and spend some time talking to Mary Elizabeth. She is a kick in the pants! She's also the person, if I understood this correctly, who arranged a number of the logistics for the Christmas parade, including arranging for the bagpipers. They came up from Gig Harbor.

Tomorrow: Mukilteo Enroute to Seattle

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 12/08


Bob Crowe said...

What a great series, and what a big difference from the Langley in your area. I've noticed, too, that even in light traffic on I 5, Washington State drivers stay pretty close to the speed limit. Not so here. Driving can be a competitive sport. Oh, then there's the excitement of driving in my hometown, NYC. People in Washington (the one you visited, not the one you live in)are just so nice.

Brian said...

What a cool. Place. I love little towns. They're so full of culture

D.C. Confidential said...

Bob: Langley, WA vs Langley, VA are like night and day, aren't they? I think I prefer the former over the latter, now that I've seen both. And yes! Everyone in Washington is nice and polite. I felt like I was in the South, but sans the accents and fried foods.

Brian: It's a very cool little town! I think living there would be lovely.

Maya said...

Looks like a quaint town. I'd love to go for trivia night sometime!

D.C. Confidential said...

Maya: Langley was quite adorable. And Mary Elizabeth says there are folks from the mainland who come over just for trivia night. You should do it one evening. Mike's Place is on the north end of First Street.

Anonymous said...

Wow those bag piper's sure do get around!

D.C. Confidential said...

Lisa: I know, right?! Talented bunch, those pipers, I'm telling you!