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August & September 2014

August 1, 2014

August & September 2014

First Harvest The 3rd Annual First Harvest dinner is set! Chef Blaine Wetzel has invited another powerhouse chef lineup to the 3rd Annual First Harvest Dinner. Chefs from world-class restaurants Saison and Atera in the U.S., and Amass and Kadaeu in Denmark join Chef Wetzel and the staff for the presentation by these amazing guest chefs wrapped around the Autumn Equinox, Sept. 22-23. We’re headed toward the finish line of peak season now, and it’s been a fabulous, sunny summer here. Before we draw the curtain on it, First Harvest 2014 will...

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July 2014

July 1, 2014

July 2014

An absolutely amazing summer full of visitors from around the globe and some other planned events have led to an important change of our own event. The punchline is this: our annual celebration of world-class cuisine First Harvest, originally scheduled for this month, now will take place September 22 & 23 with some of the most acclaimed chefs in the U.S. and internationally. We are awaiting confirmation from some headliner chefs who will join you to share some of their exquisite cuisine. We’ll make the announcement as soon as we have...

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June 2014

June 1, 2014

June 2014

Basking in extraordinary sunshine and cool breezes, and with our farm garden overflowing with its first three months of production, we’re off to a divine June on Lummi Island. For one thing, we’ve opened the doors to dining even more this year – starting the week, and midweek. Read on…. Having shared in Chef Blaine Wetzel’s wonderful moment last month — his receiving of the 25th annual James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef Award (* below) — we have opened the restaurant an extra night each week, as we do...

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May 2014

May 1, 2014

May 2014

First Harvest Early Announcement Chef Blaine Wetzel is bringing another powerhouse chef lineup to the First Harvest Dinner at The Willows Inn on Lummi Island. Spain’s preeminent Albert Adria (Michelin Star-rated restaurant Tickets and cocktail bar 41 Degrees Experience) and Joshua Skenes (Michelin Two-Star Saison in San Francisco) join Wetzel for the Willows Inn’s 3rd annual presentation of this unique culinary event. We will announce the remainder of the widely-acclaimed guest chef staff when tickets go on sale in May. Yet Another...

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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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