The New York Times was right - get on a plane and get here! Definitely one of the best, most memorable meals ever...a must-do if you're a foodie in any way! And Lummi Island is just gorgeous and so peaceful and relaxing - we really felt rejuvenated. We loved it so much, we have already booked a return visit in August with friends =)
We stayed in "High Tide" and were pleasantly surprised by the room - airy, high ceilings, very Malibu-beach house inspired with the white painted wood walls and ceiling. Yes, the room was a bit on the small side and the bathroom was tiny and dated, but the bed was comfortable and the view was breathtaking!
Of course, dinner is the main attraction and it was no less than phenomenal. They say it's a five-course prix fixe but really, it's more like 20-odd different plates and snacks...each one of them is beautiful and innovative and intriguing...and so delicious that you just have to close your eyes and savour each bite to the fullest. It's almost like you are discovering your taste buds for the first time! Each dish is brought to you by a different person, including Blaine the chef, so you get to interact with all the staff. And they are all super friendly and passionate and knowledgeable about the ingredients and preparation. We each had the wine pairings, which were excellent, but next time we'll order just one wine pairing and share it because they are such generous pours. This is also the first restaurant where they actually encourage you to come into the kitchen to watch them in action =) I particularly loved how everything in the restaurant was local: the dishes are from a local potter, the artwork on the walls from resident artists...right down to the salt on the tables!
Breakfast the next morning was just lovely, and the free Nettles Farm tour at 10 am was well worth it, so plan on staying and taking a later ferry. We are city people, so It was so interesting to see a real working farm and see all the different vegetables they were growing. The chickens and their blue eggs were a sight to behold!
We've told all our friends about this experience and are eagerly anticipating our meal in August...can't wait to see what Blaine has dreamt up!
- 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