So what it’s like to dine in one of the ten restaurants in the world worth a plane ride.
Food – Snacks (click on a photo below to get a description of the dish)
Food – Dinner
Food – Drinks
Food – Dessert
Food – Takeaway
Chef – Blaine Wetzel
Overall, we loved the natural setting of the Inn and its laid-back, life-on-an-island ambiance. The meal itself was exquisite. The food was healthy and thoughtfully prepared. The only thing I would like to point out is that the portions were small and there were not a lot of emphasizes on meat – so burgers and steak lovers beware. The service was pleasant, with a few misses here and there. After dinner, everyone was invited to a tour of the kitchen and speaking with the chef, who was friendly and in good spirit.
Price – $195 prix fixe menu + Wine pairing $90 / Juice menu $40
How to get there:
Willows Inn, situated on Lummi Island, is approximately two and a half hours from downtown Seattle. It takes one hour forty-five to get to the Whatcom Chief Ferry Terminal in Bellingham. The ferry ride takes fifteen minutes, runs twice about an hour, has a capacity of 20 vehicles and is on a first-come, first served basis.
This is where it becomes tricky – If you are staying at the Inn as a guest, you can simply add a request for dinner reservation. However, for guests that are not staying at the Inn they only accept reservations within 2 weeks of the requested date and only by telephone. (888-294-2620 toll-free or 360-758-2620).
The Inn closes in January and February.
Finally, there are plenty of things to do on Lummi Island, such as:
KAYAKING by Moondance Sea Kayak $120 per Person
WILD FORAGING EDUCATIONAL TOUR
Includes: Basic Kayak Instruction, Wild Foraging and Sea kayak Guide, Boats, all Kayak Gear (pfd, paddle, spray skirt, dry bag for personal gear), a spray jacket if needed, a lunch (including one wild foraged snack), Pac NW Wild Foraging Education and Handouts (developed by Jenny Hahn).
SEA KAYAK FOCUSED TOUR
Includes: Basic Kayak Instruction, Sea Kayak Guide, Boats, all Kayak Gear (pfd, paddle, spray skirt, dry bag for personal gear), a spray jacket if needed, and lunch.
WHALE WATCHING by Outer Island Excursions
See Orcas and Gray Whales in their natural habitat with a whale watching tour by Outer Island Excursions. Sign up for one of their Orca Whale and Wildlife trips, which can pick you up right in front of the Willows Inn on Lummi Island, and be prepared for an amazing experience. Outer Island Expeditions’ boats can handle up to 40 people while also boasting the highest sighting rating of any company in the San Juans for both spring Gray Whale and summer Orca sightings. In fact, they spot Orcas or Gray Whales on almost 95% of their trips. In addition to whale watching, the company also offers chartered trips for fishing or island cruising.
FISHING & CRABBING by Outer Island Excursions
Outer Island Excursions offers a variety of custom charter experiences. Start the tour setting out in search for Orcas (Killer Whales), Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Minke Whales, dolphins, porpoises, eagles, seals, sea lions, and more. After enjoying whales and wildlife, head to target fishing areas in search of Halibut, Lingcod, Flounder, Kelp Greenling, and whatever fish are in season. Or spend the afternoon catching Dungeness Crab and exploring the islands, then finish the day with dinner on a remote beach eating your catch of the day!
Enjoy Lummi Island Heritage Trust’s three nature preserves. Each area features hiking and walking trails that are open to the public during daytime.
Or simply kick back and relax. After All, We could all use a little island get-away. Don’t you think?