*WARNING: this is a long post. I let myself go — geeked out and talked about the whole meal. For this once in a life time experience, I want this to be a record for myself too. Enjoy.
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 soon.
Before food, there were a few hurdles to conquer.
First, to stay or not to stay?
I did not spawn to action immediately chasing after this promising food adventure because the journey was going to be long for 1 meal.
The Willows Inn is located on Lummi Island, a very small island that is closer to Victoria BC than Seattle; it takes a 2-hour drive, follow by ferry ride and another short drive to get there.
It was difficult to justify driving 5 hours roundtrip for a dinner, especially to DH.
I had briefly considered staying at the Inn as a small get-away — it will make driving much easier to stomach particularly after 3-hour of slow food outing.
As it turned out, staying at the inn was very expensive, and other accommodation on Lummi Island, whether through air bnb or vrbo, were also pricey.
Luckily, we were able to stay at our friend’s house in Bellingham, which drastically reduced return trip time by 2 hours.
Once getting-there logistics was ironed out, second hurdle: reservation.
Their website detailed that inn guests has priority to dinner reservation, others who are not staying at the inn can only reserve 2 weeks ahead of time.
We decided to try on a Saturday, and I called exactly 2 weeks ahead while I was in Texas in an attempt to secure my reservation.
At first, no luck. Saturday was completely booked.
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