My wife and I came to the hotel for the first time as part of our plan to eat dinner (and breakfast) in its acclaimed restaurant. Although the Inn does not quite rank the 5 stars earned by its dining room, it is nonetheless very charming and makes for a peaceful and wonderful stay.
First, the setting perched on a small bluff looking over the western shore of pristine Lummi Island is breathtaking. We enjoyed it from the porch on our Cottage slightly uphill from the main Inn and also from the Inn's porch for drinks and the dining room at Sunset.
Second, the Cottage was private and well equipped, if a bit rustic. The sky light above the bed provides a view of the constellations for city-dwellers unaccustomed to such a sight. The hotel staff did a turn down service, which was quite easy for them to schedule, as they can count on all guests being in the dining room for dinner.
Third, the grounds are beautiful, including a walk down and along the beach, complete with views of a seal and sea stars, a regulation bocce ball court, kitchen garden, and a spa with outdoor shower (hot tub was not operating during visit:()
Fourth, Inn was run with a low key polish where you know that all needs will be met, but without any attitude.
Most importantly, the Inn's restaurant is not to be missed. Incredible destination for foodies and others who appreciate incredibly fresh local ingredients executed in some ways familiar yet better than you have ever tasted!
- 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