We took a couple of days to celebrate my husband`s retirement and have created treasured memories. Lummi Island is a simple and unspoiled place...we had done our homework so we were not surprised that the chief joys are the incredible scenery, some art studios, and a few micro farms you can tour. Frankly, its a relief not to have Disney or Mall of America trappings, and we hope it stays that way. Arriving at the Willows Inn, we found the staff to be charming and helpful. Our room was The Haven and it was lovely and comfortable, and we especially enjoyed the fireplace and sitting area. As time and resource permits, we encourage the owners to refinish the deck, add a closet for guests to hang clothes, and to find a way to eliminate all the kitchen noise from the operations below the room (day and night this was an issue). The chief draw is the dinner, and it was simply extraordinary. We`ve dined at the Herb Farm, and Michelin restaurants all over Europe, but this was an experience like no other. The dining room is small and intimate, with a relaxed ambiance. The team who presents the food is wonderful, and each presentation came with little chats about ingredients and their pleasure in the preparation. We don`t want to spoil the surprise of the sequence or contents as part of our pleasure was the unexpected amuse bouche and ensuing dinner. Creative, delightful, delicious, beautiful, and insanely fresh (we watched them gathering from the gardens moments prior to dinner). A wonderful range of ingredients, many done in new ways or combinations. And then you arise in the morning to have breakfast, stunningly perfect tastes in a lovely arrangement of elements, just enough to fill you. It is so special that this experience is located in a beautiful place, away from noise and crowds, and lights and wretched excess. We regard this as an extraordinary treat...and we`re bringing family back in December to share the wonder. Congratulations to the owners and Chef Wetzel & staff for partnering with small local businesses and making something special in an unexpected place.
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