Definitely an experience - went to celebrate our 30th anniversary, didn't disappoint. Stayed in the cottage - private, a beach ambiance, perhaps a little rustic but the bed was quite comfy. Gas fireplace controlled by thermostat, in floor bathroom heating. Nice robes. View from the deck overlooks Salish Sea, Orcas Island, and multiple Gulf and smaller islands, as well as Strait of Georgia; Vancouver was visible in the very far distance. Lots of interesting boat traffic and diving ducks, the beach is quite accessible and pretty.
Of course, the main event is the food, no disappointment there - 8 courses, 7 snacks, 5 beverages - wine, beer, and hard cider - sometimes a little weird but it all worked out well. If they have the smoked sockeye you will understand what is eaten in heaven - but all of the the courses were tasty, service friendly, knowledgeable, and understated. No rushing here, a phenomenal culinary experience.
And don't miss breakfast if you stay...unbelievable biscuits; charcuterie, and fresh carrot juice among other things...a nice way to kick off a day of exploring the island and beaches on foot or by bike.
We also did hot stone massages - extraordinarily relaxing, Melissa the masseuse is a pro, with a firm but gentle touch. And if you get a chance take the tour of Loganita farm, where much of the produce is grown for the restaurant.
- 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