Lummi Island 2016

Last Christmas my present was a long weekend at the Willows Inn on Lummi Island in Puget Sound to be taken at some future date. Well, that date finally arrived last week.

Getting to and from the island is by ferry.

Missing the last ferry by two minutes put us in excellent position for the next one!

Missing the last ferry by two minutes put us in excellent position for the next one!

 

The ‘little cottage’ Lorette had reserved turned out to be a spectacular house right on the beach.

Steps leading down from the road

Steps leading down to our weekend getaway

Living room

Living room

Dining room with a view

Dining room with a view

The cocktail deck

The cocktail deck

And the view from the beach

And a view from the beach

 

The beach was sandy in places and rocky in others. Here are some photos from one of my morning walks.

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The Willows Inn has become a destination for foodies and tables are booked months in advance. So it was a good thing we made our reservations for Friday night back in December! There isn’t a menu. People just show up and enjoy what the nine chefs have prepared that evening from locally sourced ingredients. In our case, there were nineteen different things on the tasting menu. Here’s a sample:

Dinner starts on the deck before moving into the dining room. the first alcohol pairing was a Rhubarb Cider

Dinner starts on the deck before moving into the dining room. The first alcohol pairing was a Rhubarb Cider…

A crispy crepe with golden char roe...

…and crispy crepes with golden char roe…

...which went with Black Cod Doughnuts...

…and Black Cod Doughnuts…

...and crispy kale leaves with black truffles

…and crispy kale leaves with black truffles.

Inside, the utensils are an eclectic combination of items collected from all over. Here’s a spoon that once did service with the US Navy and a sampling of the other courses.

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Smoked King Salmon belly

Smoked King Salmon belly

Lightly-cured Rockfish in a broth of grilled bones

Lightly-cured Rockfish in a broth of grilled bones

Wild herbs on Chicory leaves

Wild herbs on Chicory leaves

Smelt with green seeds

Smelt with green seeds

Sidestripe Prawns

Sidestripe Prawns

Smoked Mussels

Smoked Mussels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petrale Sole with crushed Lovage

Petrale Sole with crushed Lovage

Lamb tartare

Lamb tartare

Wild island berries

Wild island berries

 

Saturday we went on a cruise with Outer Island Expeditions to look for wildlife. With lots of sun and little wind, we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day to be out on the water.

The boat picked us up right on the beach

The boat picked us up right on the beach

We cruised around several of the San Juan Islands looking for wildlife

 

An Orca, also known as killer whales, but Orca sounds nicer

An Orca, also known as killer whales, but Orca sounds nicer

More Orcas

More Orcas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bald Eagle

A Bald Eagle

Seals

Seals

 

Last night back at the house: steaks on the grill and a nice Cabernet to watch the sunset.

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As you can see by that calm water, there was very little wind which is pretty rare. The next two photos are from Sunday morning as we were packing up to leave.

More like a lake than an ocean

More like a lake than an ocean

No so great for sailing but terrific for kayaking

Not so great for sailing but terrific for kayaking

 

Last shot: The ferry back to the mainland, sea spray and all.

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