I had never realized there existed a town named Coupeville until I actually ended up going there last weekend. Anu and I decided to take an easy hike to Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island on Saturday. At the end of it, we drove to an ice cream shop which happened to be in Coupeville on the same island. The ice cream was reasonable - most ice creams are - but I suspect this shop gets a lot of its referrals from a mention on the Washington Trails Association website.
The reason I brought up Coupeville is because I started wondering what it would be like to live in a town like that. I could be off on my stats, but I would imagine it has exactly one library, one museum, one mall, and perhaps one public parking area. Maybe two restaurants.
You get the sense that a lot of the stores in the shopping area cater to tourists rather than the locals. I find it hard to fathom how locals in a tourist town deal with the ‘holiday spirit’ of the incoming tourists, day in and day out.
We did not end up buying anything else. We are not very good tourists.