The Fort Casey Inn, located near Coupeville, Washington, on scenic Whidbey Island, was built in 1909. The homes comprising the inn are former Non-Commissioned Officers’ Quarters for neighboring Fort Casey, once an active military installation.
The inn is adjacent to Fort Casey State Park with its bunkers, lighthouse, 10″ disappearing guns, beaches, and trails. Nearby, take in spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, and the San Juan Islands. Most units overlook Crockett Lake, a natural bird sanctuary, and Admiralty Bay on Puget Sound.
Each two-bedroom unit has a living room, upstairs bathroom, spacious kitchen, secure back porch for bikes or outdoor gear, front porches with seating, and the tranquility of no televisions. Guests have access to:
The inn is centrally located on Whidbey Island and a short walk to the Port Townsend Ferry and Crockett Barn.
The inviting row of Fort Casey Inn cottages accommodate up to 49 people in total. Garrison Hall, an adjacent meeting space, is available for gatherings, seminars, and retreats. On-site catering is available.
Check-in time is 3 p.m.
Checkout time is 11 a.m.
A self-check-in can easily be arranged.
Cancellation Policy for 3 or fewer units: We will hold reservations with a credit card number. To cancel or change reservations without penalty, contact us no later than 10 days prior to your scheduled arrival date. If proper cancellation notice is not given and you do not arrive for the reservation, the Fort Casey Inn reserves the right to charge the cost of the total lodging reserved to your credit card. Please also note this policy is not revoked due to inclement weather or ferry cancellations.
Contact us directly for block bookings of 4 or more units.
* No smoking allowed inside or within 25 feet of any house, including Garrison Hall.
* No pets.
At the turn of the 20th century, the U.S. Army opened a newly built fort to guard the entrance to Puget Sound. Located on Whidbey Island, Fort Casey was named in honor of Brigadier General Thomas Lincoln Casey, the last U.S. Army chief of engineers. At one time, Fort Casey was the fourth-largest military post in Washington state, housing 10 officers and 428 enlisted men.
The Army used the fortification until World War II. Fort Casey was decommissioned in the 1950s, and Seattle Pacific University became the property’s owner — updating and renovating the buildings. Today, SPU continues to welcome school groups, churches, nonprofit organizations, and outdoor education classes to this remarkable historical site.
Fort Casey State Park is located on Whidbey Island in Washington state. Admiralty Inlet was considered so strategic to the defense of Puget Sound in the 1890s that three forts, Fort Casey, Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island, and Fort Worden at Port Townsend, were built at the entrance, with huge guns creating a “Triangle of Fire.” Fort Casey is now a 467-acre marine camping park. The Admiralty Head Lighthouse is located in the state park.
Designed as part of a massive modernization program for the U.S. Army, construction on Fort Casey began in 1897. The guns became active in 1901. They were unique due to their disappearing carriages. which could be raised out of their protective emplacements so that the guns were exposed only long enough to fire.
However, the fort’s batteries became obsolete almost as soon as their construction was completed. The invention of the airplane in 1903 and the subsequent development of military aircraft made the fort vulnerable to air attack.
In addition, the development of battleships with increasingly accurate weaponry transformed the static strategies of the 19th century into the more mobile attack systems of the 20th century.
Most of Fort Casey’s guns and mortars were removed and sent to Europe during World War I, where they were mounted on rail cars to serve as mobile heavy artillery.