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“Sucia room at Willows Inn” 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
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Vancouver, Canada
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12 reviews
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“Sucia room at Willows Inn”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We booked this room in order to stay at the Inn after our dinner and so chose the least expensive possibility because our visit was about the meal, not the room itself. However, this turned out to be a very pleasant, cozy room tucked around the side of the Inn with much privacy. The room was warm and cozy, the bathroom clean and had lovely toiletries. I would only suggest to the manager of the Inn to perhaps put a small armoire in the room or even some hooks on the wall since there is no place to hang up clothes. This did not affect our visit however, we loved our experience there. There is swimming if you like in the ocean in front of the Inn and they have a hot tub just near the room outside in the forest next door.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We stayed in Clarke, which is one of two bedroom suites (the other is Barnes) in the Reefnetter House. Picture a larch 3-bedroom beach house where the two upstairs bedrooms that are for rent have been converted into little bedroom suites.

Reefnetter is an easy 15 minute drive from the Willows Inn main property. Across a small two-lane road is a rocky beach. Very East Coast beach feeling.

The Reefnetter feels like an nice beach house. Comfortable, but not very upscale (as is true for most beach houses). It feels like families over the years have spent a lot of time running through the house. We had the whole house to ourselves during our stay, but how you feel about the common area will probably depend on the guest staying in Barnes.

Internet out; dishwasher out during our stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Traveler1076
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Scottsdale, Arizona
1 review
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We were guests of the Willows on Lummi Island. We did not stay at the Inn itself, we stayed at the Marina, a large house with 3 separate rooms that is run by the Willows. The house was located directly on the beach, the views were fantastic. However, the house itself was sub standard for the price paid. The kitchen didn't have a working dishwasher, totally under stocked with kitchen items, the dishes were dirty and pots were broken. No foil, saran wrap, baggies or any other kind of storage containers were available. There wasn't one dish towel or dish cloth for dishes. The maid service made the bed, that was it. Coffee pods for the room coffee machine were never replaced, the water container never refilled, the kitchen items not restocked. The house furniture was very run down as was the patio furniture. We did eat dinner at the Willows restaurant, that was a very pleasurable experience, but very pricey. I would give the restaurant a 5, but the Marina a 1.

Room Tip: These rooms are very expensive, the two that are over $500 a night, not worth it.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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5 Thank Catherine S
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Friday Harbor, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

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.

Room Tip: The cottage is very private, nice few, but clothes to the main house and dining room
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Bothell, Washington
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40 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We went to Willows for our anniversary and stayed in one of their off-site properties. We were in the Marina house which was right on the waterfront. The view faced Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island. One of the main reasons to go to Willows is their restaurant. It was an incredible gastronomic experience. It was a beautifully crafted 8-course meal that also included appetizers and fresh bread. Everything is farm to table and fresh. The restaurant closes from January-March. My only suggestion would be they should install a "grab bar" in the shower and furnish instructions on how to operate the fireplace. We had to call someone out to get it started. Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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USA
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

My wife and I traveled from Oregon to Lummi Island because a sommelier we know recommended the restaurant. So we traveled 600 round trip miles for dinner. We were not disappointed.
We stayed one night in an upstairs room. The accommodations were ok though a bit small. The setting is beautiful. Great view of the San Juans, small waves heard hitting the shore 50' away, bald eagles flying by. While sitting in the lobby, reading and nursing a beer, a young lady brought us a bowl filled with rounded stones, with 2 oysters on top. Unbidden!
Dinner was one of the 3 top meals we have ever had, on a par but very different from the French Laundry. Lots of very small plates with 1-3 bites of food each. It reminded me of Kaiseki in Japan. Each course was exquisitely presented: in a wooden box which when opened released fragrant wood smoke, on a barnacle encrusted rock, etc. And each "course", of which there were more than 15 (mostly amuse-bouche) was utterly unique from the others. The seafood and vegetables could not have been fresher unless you were on the boat or grazing at the farm.
We had dishes we had never experienced before, like venison tartare and we are not tartare fans. But it was delicious. Ever had a serving of Halibut skin before? Ditto on delicious. With over 15 arrows, not every one was a bulls eye, but there was a very dense cluster there.
Service was very good. Relaxed, unpretentious, yet attentive.
The only mild disappointment was the wine tasting menu as some dishes did not match the wine served with it (viognier with mushrooms?). Perhaps a better approach would be to spread among each of the diners a matched single bottle of wine with each course, but perhaps this isn't workable.
I doubt that I could enthusiastically recommend the inn as a destination without the meal. And it's not a place for those seeking steak and lobster tails. But If you want to taste new things, experience food as a feast for your taste buds and eyes, this is for you.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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spokane, washington
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70 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I stayed at one of the Inn separate lodigng locations, Reefnetter, with another couple I knew. The house and location were fantastic....just a short distance from the main Inn. However, no change of linen was tacky and inexcusable for the prices charged. All else was more than adequate, i.e. space, rooms, wi-fi and a beautiful memorable view.

The Restaurant was fantastic with exquisite preparation, beautiful presentation and flavors that defy description. This is a destination or any foodie and was well worth the price. The service was equally great with the actual chef giving descriptions. Chef Blaine Wetzel is worth the visit. Unfortunately, the wine selection and service leaves much to be desired. With a little effort on the part of managment, this place could be a destination without equal in the Northwest.

Also, breakfast is served in a small restaurant close to the Ferry Dock. It is charming, and has excellent food. The service was fantastic and we were well supplied with coffee!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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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
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Lummi Island
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Number of rooms: 15
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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