I came to Lopez island and the MacKaye Harbor Inn with the thought in mind of demonstrating to my California sister why we Puget Sounders live and love it here… even under our notorious cloud layer. So I picked a place that I thought would be quintessential Pacific Northwest; beautiful water & mountain views, abundant plant & wildlife, and a million things to do outside(without the crowds) in the mild & pleasant summer weather of the Puget Sound. Choosing to stay at Robin’s & Mike’s B&B was the perfect solution to showing an ‘outsider’ all the beautiful & majestic scenery of this area. We spent our mornings paddling across the protected bay in front of the Inn, moving quietly in order to catch a glimpse of the nearby wildlife. We watched eagles watching us from their treetop perches along the shoreline, a resident family of otters sliding down their otter-made slide on the rocks close to shore, and tide-pools of marine life that are, I’m sure, the envy of tide pool enthusiasts anywhere on the planet. We spent the afternoons riding the bikes that the inn offers to different points on the south island that offer awesome views of the water passages, islands and peninsulas around the Puget Sound. This southern part of the island is on the opposite end from the ferry landing, so there is very little traffic while riding bikes down the winding country roads. In fact, it is so quiet here, that most of the time one hears only the sound of the birds and the lapping of the waves on the shoreline during high tide. (It is also considerably sunnier here than the surrounding area due to the rain shadow effect of the nearby Olympic Mountains.)
On top of all that, Robin & Mike are what we all hope for when staying at a B&B; innkeepers who really want to share their piece of paradise with others. They are attentive, friendly and knowledgeable hosts who enjoy seeing you enjoy yourself at their place and on their island. They make every effort to see that their guests are happy, and they have an eye for the small details that make folks comfortable. Add to that hosts who are adept at striking up spontaneous and intriguing conversation…and what more could one ask for? My sister and I were impressed! And I think sis understands now why I live in this area …even with the clouds.
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