Inlander – Washington’s Finest

If you drive two hours north of Seattle and hop onto a ferry, you'll arrive at Lummi Island, home of the Willows Inn. While the guest rooms are cozy, most people are there for the food. In 2011, the New York Times named this restaurant one of 10 worth an entire plane...

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OAD – Top 100+ U.S. Restaurants 2017

Rank Name Chef Cuisine Location 1 The Willows Inn Blaine Wetzel Progressive American Lummi Island, WA 2 Saison Joshua Skenes Progressive American San Francisco, CA 3 Blue Hill at Stone Barns Dan Barber Progressive American Pocantico Hills, NY 4 Alinea Grant Achatz...

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AAA Announces Four Diamond Restaurants for 2017

Each year, AAA reviews 31,000 Diamond Rated restaurants. Of these, only 665 earned AAA’s four-diamond rating for 2017—less than 3 percent. Restaurants at this level are committed to distinctive fine dining, including creative preparations, skillfully served, often...

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Eater – The Best Restaurants in America

"Best" is the most subjective word in the English language, and narrowing down this group is as grueling as it is exhilarating. Of course these places all serve wonderful food: avant-garde noodle bowls in Manhattan, soul-soothing roast chicken in San Francisco,...

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Eater – The Willows Inn Is a Fine-Dining Astonishment

Our trip began with a two-hour car ride north from Seattle. To the west, we passed the Olympic Mountains, their peaks scribbly against the horizon, and the network of sister waterways (including Puget Sound) that comprise the Salish Sea. The Cascade Range stood...

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Opinionated About Dining – Top 100 U.S. Restaurants 2016

2 The Willows Inn Blaine Wetzel, a native of Olympia, Washington, has come a long way. After spending a year and a half in the Noma kitchen, he decided it was time to go back home to Washington and open a restaurant of his own. He checked out a bunch of locations and...

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Departures – World’s Best Luxury Farm Stays

The Willow’s Inn, Lummi Island, Washington At this Inn and James Beard Award-winning restaurant, one could say the entire island is its pantry: chefs forage for seaweed on the shore below the main house, pluck wild berries off the property’s bushes, and fish the Puget...

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The Seattle Times – What is Pacific Northwest cuisine?

AT HIS OLD CHASER FARM on Vashon Island, Matt Dillon reaches over a wire fence to scratch one of his pigs on the head. “If I fell down in there, he’d eat me,” Dillon says affectionately. Renee Erickson bangs her little Boston Whaler into the back of a sailboat while...

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