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April 2014

April 1, 2014

April 2014

We love April. Here, it’s the calendar’s version of dawn. That’s because while much of the world awakened to spring on March 20, Lummi Island experiences spring later – with more daylight, flora and fauna, and fair-weather activity on any given April day or night. Check out these three outstanding reasons to call us, reserve, and come see us in April:Jamie Ford. Half-price lodging nights. Stay-over-free nights.Author Series with Jamie FordJamie Ford ranks as one of America’s most popular recent novelists. His 2010 debut work,...

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March 2014

March 1, 2014

March 2014

What an exciting time for us, and in store for you, at The Willows Inn on Lummi Island as we prepare for reopening Thursday, March 13. Head Chef Blaine Wetzel has been named a semifinalists for the fourth straight year for the James Beard Rising Star Award (chefs under age 30), and he’s winding up a European swing that includes him on a sterling lineup for a major event in Italy. The entire chef staff returns from its annual two-month sabbatical during which they travel throughout the U.S. and, for some, other countries to expand their...

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January and February 2014

January 1, 2014

January and February 2014

The Inn is never idle. Neither is the island. Winter holds much charm on Lummi Island, especially in Birdland. Join us for this last month before the Main Dining Room reopens March 13, and enjoy warmth of lodging and service indoors, and pleasant birding and walking outdoors, along with some sweetheart specials. We have a resident birder who guides tours professionally, and she informs us that we see three times more birds during winter here than during summer. They migrate from British Columbia, and some from Arctic climes. You’ll spy three...

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December 2013

December 1, 2013

December 2013

With 2013 closing, the kitchen remains in peak form prepping for Topical Thursdays – a special wine dinner, and New Year’s Eve. All intermingled with the four weekends of year-end holiday season dining. Starting Wednesday, Jan. 1, we close the dining room (but not the Inn) until March. Before that, given that New Year’s falls in mid-week, we’ve added an extra seating for dinner – Monday, Dec. 30, to close the year without disruption from Thursday, Dec. 26 forward. Wine Dinner with àMaurice Cellars Thursday, 12/19 at 6:30...

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November 2013

November 1, 2013

November 2013

We’re closed on Thanksgiving, the 28th, but we’ve lined up several enticing activities for you to participate in leading up to the onset of holiday seasons. Call 360.758.2620 today to attend:The public TV host of “Rick Steves’ Europe,” Nov. 13-14 presented by Village Books as part of the Willows Inn Author Series. Wine-pairing Dinner w/ Unique Wine Company featuring Spanish Wines, Nov. 20. And, looking ahead, our fabulous New Year’s Eve Dinner & Party, featuring Three Trick Pony, Dec. 31-Jan. 1.Author Series with Rick...

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October 2013

October 1, 2013

October 2013

October brings a lot to mind for us. Though summer has gone, we feel that we never have an off-season at The Willows Inn on Lummi Island. This month we have a popular author visiting, a Halloween pumpkin-carving fundraiser, and we have your year-end planning and partying fully in mind. Come meet Ivan Doig of Seattle by way of Montana, an author of award-winning reputation on the American West, on Oct. 16-17. He is co-hosted with us by Village Books, Bellingham’s No. 1 independent bookseller.Doig’s latest book, Sweet Thunder, becomes the...

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September 2013

September 1, 2013

September 2013

Dry Dock Two words define the Lummi Island experience as summer wanes and autumn blooms – Dry Dock. For three weeks each September, right after Labor Day, just as the school year starts, the County’s vehicle ferry goes into dry dock for annual inspection, servicing, and recertification by the U.S. Coast Guard. Islander commuters, and you as our guest, park near Gooseberry Point and board the substitute “walk-on” ferry.Full House Two more words define us at The Willows Inn during this final month of peak season – Full House....

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August 2013

August 1, 2013

August 2013

During the perfection that is August on Lummi Island, we encourage you to take note of the two-week rule for reservations to dine with us when you do not plan to stay overnight. While August has been virtually booked up for months, we do experience cancellations and we do keep a waiting list. Hence, you can always telephone starting two weeks from the night you would like to reserve seats at a table (360.758.2620). Our policy continues to give first priority in the dining room to you if you have booked a room. San Juan Vineyard’s...

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July 2013

July 1, 2013

July 2013

With the peak summer sun serving as a spotlight, it’s brighter-than-ever while shining on our unique, marquee event – the 2nd annual First Harvest, July 24-25. Both nights sold out quickly for dining with a truly stunning team of multiple-award recognized chefs from around the U.S. and one from Peru invited by our esteemed Chef Blaine Wetzel. Before linking you to the long list of achievements of Chef Wetzel’s guest chefs, we need to let you know of other activities available during the month. Two of the most popular activities among...

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June 2013

May 31, 2013

June 2013

Summer, come ahead. We’re ready. Bicycles, lined up. Walking and hiking trails, mapped out. Water fun, all set (kayaks, outer island interludes, and more—just ask). You there, come ahead. June’s bursting out all over. First and foremost, we swung into June with all our kitchens full-swing, including the main dining room an additional night, Wednesdays, at the Willows Inn on Lummi Island.  That’s five nights a week, continuing through peak season, for the dining experience named last month as No. 3 on the list of Top 10 Food...

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May 2013

May 1, 2013

May 2013

Author, author. Dylan Tomine heads our way May 14-15 as the third in our popular author series. His story melds so perfectly with ours. Dylan and his family – wife, and two children – lived off the grid for a couple of years, foraging, farming, living off the land. His book, Closer to the Ground, weaves the story of that time, and he will bring it to life with you as a participant not only through discussion, but also meandering through our garden and the forest to forage. The kitchen goes very green each May, surrounding our usual...

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April 2013

April 1, 2013

April 2013

April sashayed breezily into springtime with a number of wonderful surprises. Foremost, Chef Blaine Wetzel earned a seat at the James Beard Foundation Awards dinner during May in New York City as a nominee for Rising Star Chef of the Year. This was his third straight year as a semifinalist among chefs ages 30-under. Chef Blaine turned 27 last month. (He cooked that night, our first day back from winter break.) The other final nominees come from Chicago (two), New York, and a combination New York/San Francisco chef. Speaking of San...

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