A couple weekends back Dave and I celebrated our baby moon at Willows Inn on Lummi Island and I never want to forget that place. It was extremely relaxing, the food was delicious, and it was a perfect way to get time alone together before we become three. Just a heads up that there a TON of photos coming your way, I’m going to keep the descriptions to a minimum (the photos really do speak for themselves).
We arrived on Friday, checked in, and made our way to our room.
The grounds were beautiful!
We stayed in the “Cottage,” which is quite aptly named as it is essentially a stand alone cottage.
In the lobby they had a bunch of snacks and beverages for guests to grab and munch on, so we made some plates and ate them while enjoying the view from our porch.
After our refuel we headed down to the beach that’s in front of the Inn and walked a bit. We were so lucky with the weather it was sunny the whole weekend!
That night we grabbed a bite at the Beach Store Cafe (really good food – we determined that you would have to be if you were one of three restaurants on an island that included Willows Inn) and brought it back to our cottage.
We started off Saturday with a beautiful hike. The first part of the hike included almost ALL the elevation gain, which was a little difficult, but the views along the way were worth every difficult breath. Pregnancy is so weird, you can complete an hour long spin class and not feel breathless, but try walking up a hill or stairs and man.
Once we got to the top we saw a Bald Eagle fly by, it was awesome.
Back at the room it was time to get ready for dinner.
The eating area is beautiful!
We started off with a cocktail for Dave and a mocktail for me 🙂
Then came the food…
Toasted kale leaves
Golden char roe
Raw scallops in raw goat milk (for dave – they were really amazing about pregnancy substitutions)
Raw clams (for Dave)
Grilled shitake (for me)
Shoots steamed in angelica
That was the last dish before heading to our tables so I wandered around and snagged some photos.
View from the porch.
The area where they grill/smoke.
Back to the food…
Salt roasted beets with gin yogurt (for me)
Raw mussels in nettles (for Dave)
Lightly-cured rockfish in a broth of grilled bones
Reefnet caught smoked sockeye
This was definitely our favorite, and Dave was in his happy place.
Grilled geoduck clam and cured pork.
Charred wild nettles.
Herb tostada (Dave’s had an umami puree and mine had a mustard greens puree – both amazing).
Dungeness crab soaked in pinenut milk.
Black cod and currant leaves.
Bread from heirloom wheat and pan drippings.
Caramelized sunflower roots and squid
Everyone was in need of a little break so we all got up and walked around, took some photos and enjoyed the views.
We were then given a palate cleanser made of toasted birch branches, it reminded me of the spa.
Quince and candied rosemary.
Woodruff and nettles
Pears, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds.
On the way out they gave us more of their house made bread to enjoy later.
Everything about the meal was perfect and delicious. We are excited to go back during a different season.
We had massages in the afternoon on Sunday so we pretty much spent the whole morning relaxing in our cottage. We may or may not have had an easter egg hunt.
After our massage we went on another hike and then walked along pebble beach.
On our last day there we enjoyed the pre fixe breakfast that they do at the Inn.
It started with yogurt, apple, pear butter, and granola.
Palate cleanser (ginger, apple, pear, celery)
I’m sorry for the upcoming blurry picture, but it was the best part of the meal so I have to include it. I think I was just so excited to eat I rushed the picture hehe.
Buckwheat crepes, sautéed kale, radish with creme fresh, bacon, salmon, prosciutto, cheese, honey, soft boiled egg.
Pine nut biscuit.
And then it was time to head home. We enjoyed our stay so much, but we were ready to get back to our boys and home. Such an amazing weekend, I highly recommend you visit!