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“Great dinner, beautiful area” 4 of 5 stars
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2579 West Shore Drive, Lummi Island, WA 98262   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Lummi Island B&B and Inns
Seattle, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great dinner, beautiful area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

We came here for New Yea'rs Eve, which is also our wedding anniversary. The dinner was out of this world amazing -- treat after treat with a beautiful presentation. It was a really special place to be on such an evening. Afterwards, they kept the bar open late for a champagne toast at midnight. The lobby bar is also well appointed with a nice fireplace and tasty cocktails. The room we stayed in was beautiful, but considering that we had to drive from our room to the Inn, I thought it was quite overpriced. Especially on New Year's Eve, I think they should have provided a ride back to the rooms that are not on the main property. Also, if you are staying at the off property rooms, you can use the hot tub but you'll have to bring all your clothes and change in the small lobby bathroom.

Room Tip: The High Tide, Low Tide, and Beach House are right on the beach which is beautiful. However, they...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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4 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

Yes that is a bold statement! As a former Manhattanite (Cipriani, Le Bernadin, Jean Claude, Mr. Chow) and as a former L.A. resident (Spago, Matsuhisa, Mr. Chow), I have been to many eateries whom each make a claim to the top spot. However, Blaine Wetzel steals the cake and my blessing. The servings are abundant (16 snacks, appetizer, main dish and dessert) and tasty. Creativity abounds with each bite transforming your mouth into a dreamy palette. The presentation is equally impressive and stuns the senses.

The setting is relaxed and inviting to a collage of foodies awaiting a common experience. This is a place that is worth the $135 prix fixe price. Book ahead and treat yourself to an experience that will linger in your thoughts forever.

Room Tip: Only the Cottage accepts dogs
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

We stayed at the Willows Inn on Lummi Island to eat at the restaurant, and it was a spectacular experience. The Inn has a great location, overlooking the water, and is very quaint. We stayed in the Sunrise room, which was an attic-like room in the main inn right up the stairs from the lobby. It was clean, decent-sized but had no view. I think it would have been nicer to stay in a room with a view, but it didn't bother us too much because we were there for one night. Lounge in the lobby on comfy seats with drinks and snacks from the bar, or sit out on the deck with some wine. The dinner we had was one of the best ever and is pretty much the reason to stay here. (Breakfast was a different matter...although it was delicious, they completely forgot to serve our table and we thought they were just running very slowly.) There is a little private beach a few steps away from the inn which is nice for a stroll. Overall, definitely a place to get to.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Sunrise room in the main inn. Decent-sized with a sitting area and king-sized bed...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Issaquah, WA.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

Our room was The Haven, which was remodeled this past winter. It is nicely done with a huge bathroom like none you have ever seen before. It has a fireplace and seating if you have quests for 4 people. The staff was more than happy to provide us with glasses for our champagne and even opened the champagne bottle for us. The only downfall to the room was that we could hear the neighbor's voices, singing etc. until 12:30 a.m. I think they need more insulation around the door that has been closed off to the neighboring room.
The 5 course meal was an experience. Three of us thought it was great and one person only would try three of the samples they served, not liking much of anything. However, when it came to breakfast the next morning he ate everything they served and loved it all. There are no open restaurants any other place on the island, so plan accordingly.
The island is mostly private and just the short ferry ride is an experience. It is certainly a lovely spot.

Room Tip: We thought The Haven was a marvelous room, if they give the one wall and doorway a bit of insulation...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Our friends and we came to stay at The Willows and could not have had a more glorious experience. We were expertly guided from the moment we made our reservation until we checked out, but of course the dining experience was above all, to be recognized for an experience one cannot possibly put into words (though many have verbosely attempted in this forum).

We did have some issues with warm water in the suites we occupied, however we didn't allow this to hamper our enjoyment of this treasured experience. The staff sent maintenance personnel to deal with our complaints and it was obvious their intent regardless the resolution in the short time we were there.

Breakfast was phenomenal. No continental staleness for these folks, I must say for the time of day I express similar enjoyment of the two dining experiences.

It is an experience worth having, warm water or cold.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

We stayed at one of the suites located in a house a mile or two down the road. While the house was surrounded by beautiful views and decorated with nice furnishings, we found the $500/night price tag just not worth it given the lack of service, numerous problems we ran in to, and noise due to thin walls. We stayed two nights and for both nights ended up going without a shower. The first night, we later found out by continually asking, that the pilot light went out so this meant no hot water. We tried again the second night, and while the water was warmer, it was still not hot enough to shower. Normally we wouldn't mind problems like this, but every time we brought our concerns up to the front desk they weren't very helpful and never followed up us.
The description of the room did not align with what I was told. They made me believe that there was a fireplace in the room and a bigger bathroom. While there was a fireplace in the house, we never felt comfortable using at as there was always someone else there. Not the best for a romantic weekend getaway.
The other problem we ran into is the noise levels in the house. There are a number of shared spaces and when other people are there you can hear everything they are saying (even when they are in their suites). As such, it was hard to rest because whenever someone returned home you could easily hear them from the room.
Finally, one thing to watch out for is the limited options for food. When we reserved the room for the weekend we were told we could get reservations at the restaurant Friday but not Saturday. We were okay with this but when we got to the island quickly realized there's nowhere else to eat, except a small cafe owner by the hotel. It would have been nice to be warned of this when the room reservation was made so we could bring some food with us to cook.
To summarize, this place is just not worth the money. For $500/night I would expect much better service, fewer problems, and a nicer room. I would have been fine with everything that happened if I was paying 200-300 a night, but since that wasn't the case feel a little taken advantage of. I would drive the extra 60 mins and find an amazing room in Vancouver for a portion of the price with equally good food.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

We just came back from a two day two dinner stay at the inn. The food has to be some of the finest and most imaginative we have ever had and that includes France and New York and other culinary centers. The staff is young but informed and friendly. The views are jaw dropping. We will definitely come again in a different season to see how the chef takes advantage of the incredible ever changing bounty available in this remarkable spot. If you love fine food prepared in imaginative ways, this is the place to try to get a reservation. BTW, the complimentary breakfast is superb which you would expect.

Room Tip: Stay in the farm suite where you can spread out. Great for a couple or couple with small children. V...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2579 West Shore Drive, Lummi Island, WA 98262
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Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > Lummi Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Lummi Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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 
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Willows Hotel Lummi Island

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