binNotes – Slouching Towards Lummi Island

Life on an island has its own rhythms. Rhythms tied to the tides, the seasons, the people. People return to Willows Inn on Lummi Island like salmon return to a favored spawning ground – because it’s part of their DNA. Some families return annually, generation after...

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This Is My Northwest – Unearthing the Magic of Willows Inn

THE ISLAND I-5. Exit 260. Lummi Island. Someday…someday. That was it. I had driven past that exit one too many times. I had read too many articles since 2011 about the Willows Inn and master chef Blaine Wetzel’s culinary magic. I had heard far too many “you MUST go,...

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The Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle

On July 9, 2015 the Willows Inn on Lummi Island participated in The Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle.  This was the first-ever global collaboration of 37 of the world’s best chefs to participate in an unprecedented, worldwide restaurant swap, sponsored by San Pellegrino U.S.A....

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Junebug Weddings – Early Summer Wedding at The Willows Inn

In a uniquely printed Mara Hoffman gown, Rachel exchanged vows with Daniel at The Willows Inn on Lummi Island. The outdoor ceremony was followed by an intimate dinner made fresh at the venue’s restaurant. Michèle M. Waite Photography captured the exquisite cuisine as...

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Kim + Craig – Willows Inn – Part Deux

Craig was encouraging me to think about what I wanted to do to celebrate my birthday, even though it was months away. I always use it as an excuse to eat some great food, but this year was a milestone I wasn’t quite ready to admit to. So it required something extra...

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Randon Eating Adventures – Lummi Island – Willows Inn

Dinner at Willows Inn was incredible. It started with some snacks on the deck before moving into the restaurant for the main part of the meal. Everyone from the kitchen brought out dishes which gave us a great opportunity to discuss the food and ask questions about...

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Mon Petit Seattle – Willows Inn, a total escape

The first time I heard from the Willows Inn was 4 years ago, in 2011. I read an article in New York Times listing “10 restaurants worth a plane ride” and among them… lucky us here in Washington state, was this restaurant I had never heard of before: Willows Inn on...

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Eater – Blaine Wetzel Wins James Beard Best Chef Northwest

Blaine Wetzel has had a traumatic year with his partner's accident in Paraguay (fiancé Raquel Ruiz Diaz was hit by a drunk driver in early March and critically injured), but bright news from the James Beard Foundation tonight. Wetzel just took home the JBF's Best Chef...

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Doofniks – My Amazing Adventure at the Willows Inn

My friend told me how wonderful their dinner was at the Willows Inn, I was 100% sure that one day I would make it there. Then, their chef, Blaine Wetzel, won the James Beard award for Rising Star Chef in 2014; I knew I was 150% sure I was going to the Willows Inn very...

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