We stayed here for two nights in the Low Tide room, which was absolutely relaxing with the beach right in front of you and a shared deck with a grill. The room itself was cozy and waking up to the gentle sounds of the waves made our morning. There is no air conditioning, only heater, so the room did get warm, but it wasn't a problem, as we left the windows opened when we were out and left them a little bit open during the evening. There are screens, so no need to worry about bugs!
There is no bathtub for this room, just a shower. The water pressure is fantastic, and the amenities are from BeeKind. A hair dryer is provided, but there is no iron and ironing board. Coffee and tea were available in the room, but we couldn't figure out how we were supposed to consume them without hot water/a coffee maker.
The deck was so relaxing. There are two tables (one table seats four and another seats six, I believe), and two wooden recliners with a round side table. There's another chair and a round table. Why so many, you might wonder. The deck is shared with guests who are staying in the two other rooms--the Beach House and the High Tide. If those guests are out, you basically have the whole deck and beach to yourself, which happened to us, and loved it! It was also fun to interact with them when they were around. Anyway, there is a grill, so on our second night, we went to the island grocery store (The Islander) and bought some food to grill. Luckily, we also caught the Saturday Market, so we bought a few squashes for a dollar from the lady. Wine glasses are provided in the room and we brought our own wine that we had gotten from Napa Valley, so we enjoyed that over crackers and cheese, salami, and grilled salmon and vegetables. The guests that night were enjoying dinner at the Inn.
Now, the dinner at the Inn is amazing and that is what we went for. The dishes are all delicately and beautifully presented, and I believe that they satisfied all types of palates. For me, the oyster was my least favorite because oyster is not something I enjoy, but everything else went into my belly. Before the appetizer are little snacks, and one of them was the smoked salmon in a wooden box. Oooooohhh, the aroma when you open the box! This was the most memorable dish and we still talk about it :). This dinner can be paired with wine (USD65) or juice (USD45). Definitely do the wine pairing because each glass of wine goes perfectly with the dish presented. We were amazed at how they complimented each other. Usually, when we get wine pairing at other restaurants, we aren't impressed, but this time, we totally were.
The Taproot Cafe downstairs provides simple lunch and dinner and snacks. We were down there a few times and the staff is friendly and helpful. If you have any questions, they will be happy to answer them!
There's bocce to play, the Nettle Farm to visit, the beach to walk along, the island to explore.....it's the perfect get-away for those who are looking for some relaxation and excellent food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Willows Inn on Lummi Island has become the Northwest's premiere destination for authentic farm to table dining. Come in and experience the culinary magic of our chef, Blaine Wetzel, and find out what eating from your landscape is all about. Savor wines from our extensive selection. Enjoy our elegantly comfortable accommodations. Drink in the views, watch whales, or relax with a cocktail by a blazing fire. Unplug, recharge and experience the Willows Inn--an authentic and affordable San Juan Islands adventure! Offering romantic beachside lodge rooms, cottage, and guest house accommodations and marine experiences. Organic food from Loganita Farm. A car ferry departs at least hourly for the five minute crossing to this scenic island retreat. Less than two hours from Seattle or Vancouver, BC. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Willows Hotel Lummi Island