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Inn at Langley ~ Langley, WA

Last month we made a short drive from Seattle to the Mukilteo ferry to spend a relaxing weekend on picturesque Whidbey Island.  It was the first day that felt like spring in the City and people were out in droves.  We thought this was going to wreak havoc on us making it over to the island, but we were so lucky and made the next boat.  For anyone that has traveled by ferry, you know that having to wait in a line through several boats can be very frustrating.  It is an amazing sign and foot forward for a great day, in our case a spectacular weekend, when you happen to make the next ferry by the skin of your teeth.  The ride over on the ferry was gorgeous, people were sunbathing on the deck with smiles ear to ear. 

When we got to town we stopped in for a quick lunch at the busy, Village Pizzeria.  This small, cash-only restaurant is perched on a cliff in downtown Langley.  It has breathtaking views of the water from the front door and is a favorite among locals and tourists.  We had the house special, a thin-crust Pesto Pizza, that was superb.  After lunch we headed to the beautiful and charming Whidbey Winery for quick tasting and stocking up of their organic Island White, then headed back to the Inn at Langley to get settled.

The Inn, is perfectly situated right on the edge of town and is walkable to all of the cute shops and restaurants.  We were graciously greeted by the incredible, Karly, at the hotel’s front desk and made to feel right at home.  She gave us the lay of the land and told us about the dinner plans we were in store for that evening.  We walked down a set of stairs and opened up the door to an absolutely fabulous room.  The room had a large bed, with the fluffiest pillows, draped in fine white linens.  Beyond the indoor fireplace stocked with ecofriendly logs, was the unbelievable deck and view of the Puget Sound that hotel offered.  Not to be slighted, the bathroom was just as splendid.  The large walk-in shower dead ends into a huge tub that also has an impressive view of the Sound.

What we love about this hotel is that not only is it locally owned, but the vendors they source products from are islanders too.  They use organic and local farms to supply food and wine to the property and onsite restaurant.  All of the properties flowers are sourced from a local florist that grows her beautiful blooms in her gardens.  The Inn, also grows its own array of flowers and herbs that are used throughout the premises and in the exquisite food.

Speaking of the spectacular food, the hotel hosts an amazing breakfast in their dining room with a full array of fresh pastries, fruit, yogurt, among other delectable bites.  If you please, you can request a tray from the host to enjoy this ample spread with a carafe of coffee on your balcony, like we did, with a morning fire of course. 

I love the hospitality of the entire staff, the Inn, and their commitment to sustainable, local, and responsible vendors.  Please go and see for yourself, you will not be disappointed.

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Sunday ~ Hood Canal

We love Sundays as a time to be with family, friends, and enjoy nature. Rain or shine we use them to recharge our batteries and take stock of all that is good in the world. Today we are cleaning up and exploring the beach in Hood Canal during low-tide. Join us by taking a walk, preparing a meal from the garden and laughing with those you love. Enjoy today and be well.

Ecofriendly Luxury ~ The Spa at Four Seasons Seattle

The Spa at the Four Seasons hotel is the definition of luxury and natural beauty.  You walk into their zen reception area and you feel the weight of the world fall off your shoulders.  A soft-spoken team member welcomes you and glides your tired body back to settle you into your new home for the next few hours.  She opens a large locker stocked with everything you need to relax and gives a quick overview of the amenities their sanctuary includes: saunas (yes, plural), large private shower, toiletries, tea, orange water, cold compresses, and a changing area to name a few.  After I snuggled into my robe and slippers I sat in the hot dry sauna to relax and open my mind and pores up for the organic treatment I was about to indulge in.  If you prefer, you can also choose their beautiful tiled steam room to unwind and bask in humid air.   

 Ten minutes before my organic Amala facial (my absolute favorite facial to-date) I relaxed in their interior lounge with a cup of hot tea and snacked on complimentary dried fruits.  If you so desire you can also enjoy a lunch from room service in this cozy, dim room.  Before I knew it, I was quietly escorted off to my organic, 80 minute Amala Amala Rejuvenating Anti-Aging facial (a lot more to come on The Spa’s Amala Facials). 

 After my facial, I retreated back to the gorgeous and simple locker room for a splendid warm rinse in their shower with low-water technology.  The shower was stocked with PABA-free shampoo, conditioner exactly like the famous L’Occitane Verbena fragrance.  I wrapped back up in the cozy robe and pampered myself with the body lotions and other toiletries they make available for their patrons.  I lingered and primped probably longer than anyone else ever has, but I just had to get my fill of the serenity they offered.

 If you are visiting the fabulous spa as a guest of the hotel or purchaser of one of their spa packages, you are welcome to all amenities that the property has to offer, like the Energy Star rated equipment and televisions in the Fitness Center.  Afterwards, take a dip in the rooftop infinity pool with its spectacular views of the Puget Sound.  Perhaps enjoy a fresh lunch from the restaurant with ease, knowing that any morsel left behind will be composted. 

 The Four Seasons Hotel and The Spa masterly operates green and luxury simultaneously and fluidly.  Approximately 70 percent of the energy consumed within the hotel is renewable and it uses steam produced from Seattle Steam Co. for heating and for their hot water, to help reduce their environmental footprint.  Who ever says luxury can’t be green, hasn’t had my experience….yet.

Dinner ~ Inn at Langley

Recently, we made the short trip up to picturesque Whidbey Island for an overnight adventure at the beautiful Inn at Langley.   We were so lucky to not only be staying at this beautiful hotel nestled up to the Puget Sound, but to enjoy the famous dinner at their restaurant, operated by the talented Chef Matt Costello.   This Whidbey Island restaurant is so cozy with its double-sided river rock fireplace, warm woods, and expansive windows.   You are able to enjoy acclaimed Chef Costello work is magic as he prepares a splendid six-course dinner in the open kitchen.  The seasonal and local ingredients from the rich lands on the island are finessed into unique and unexpected creations that leave you in absolute awe.  

If you choose, you can complement this culinary experience with the pairing menu from the Inn’s extensive wine collection.  The Inn at Langley’s Restaurant serves dinner every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night year-round and Thursday through Sunday nights during the summer months, beginning in June.

When we arrived at the restaurant as sun was starting to set and the restaurant was aglow and filled with energy.  We were treated to a glass of tantilizing bubbles and seated at a large table communal table positioned parallel to the kitchen with 4 other couples.  Honestly, I probably  wouldn’t have chosen to sit with other couples I didn’t know, but in the end I’m absolutely pleased that it happened the way it did.  Matt Costello, gave a gracious and welcoming speech about the meal that was in store for us and the ingredients he choses to use from around the island.  You could see the grins from our every table in the restaurant as this romantic story of dinner unfolded. 

Before we new it our meal had started and first up was an amazing amuse bouche that melted in your mouth and then an oyster expertly prepared with cucumber and lime.  The meal continued on with a baked pretzel with goat milk butter that was simple and delicious.  Next up was the a halibut with a streak of marshmallow and then a creamy risotto with asparagus and fava beans.  Then to a goose confit, that was soon followed by the first of the desserts which ended up being one of my favorite items of the evening, a toasted hay ice cream and  a triple cream dish.  After this simple cheese dish there was a green apple and celery consomme, and then to a playful whipped chocolate that consisted of ‘pop rock’ toffee. 

We closed out the night full of food, wine, and laughs.  The setting and ambiance of the Inn and the charms of the Island will alway be a fond memory in my mind.