We stayed at the Farmhouse suite minutes away from the main inn. Cookies awaited us upon our arrival (yum!). This country style suite has over-height ceilings and there was a full gourmet kitchen complete with espresso maker and a working pizza oven. I don't know how many vacationers know how to operate a pizza oven but I was tempted to try! The bedroom had a very comfortable bed with none of the sagging in the middle that I hate. The bedroom and the bathroom both connected to a wrap-around porch. Breakfast was delicious and included in the price of our stay. The Farmhouse suite prices are seasonal and available on the website.
Now the restaurant - fantastic! The best I've had in a long while. Just to be thorough and to give you an idea of the culinary delights that await you I am now going to list every course and snack that we had at this three hour feast:
baked sunflower roots
crispy crepe with steelhead roe
potato chip with black cod
radish with flax
pickled oyster with sorrel
king salmon sashimi
fanny bay scallop with arugula
kale toast with black truffle and rye
smoked sockeye salmon
salt baked spot prawns
bread with chicken pan drippings
halibut skin with clams
grilled oyster with tequila and sage
spotted owl candy
flax caramel bites
asparagus with fresh cheese and spruce
local squid with kohlrabi and seaweed
king salmon with mustard greens and seeds
wild mushrooms with woodruff and salmonberries
lummi island wildflowers with lemon verbena
Sorry if I'm exhausting you with this description but it was a very detailed meal and I can't do it justice just by saying it was amazing. My favourite was the halibut skin which we found out was scraped, dried, and then deep fried. Even better, we had a mini-tour of the kitchen after the meal and also a tour of the farm the day after. The chef knows the origin of every food item on the plate. If you have allergies the restaurant will accommodate them - they even mentioned that they don't repeat snacks/courses for people that dine with them two nights in row.
The only way it could have been improved was if the chairs in the dining room were padded - we are skinny people and three hours is a long time to sit in a hard chair. :P
Finally price - I know you're hoping that this sort of thing would be affordable but it's not an every day meal, and it doesn't have an every day price. I paid about $150 for one meal (without wine pairings) + $15 for a glass of rose and $5 for a tea after the meal. It was worth it for the quality of ingredients, presentation and the care with which the staff invests in the food.
Thanks for the Willows Inn for the experience!
- 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