Inn at Langley : A Whidbey Island Retreat

Whidbey Island's Inn at Langley

I get a little puffed up when a well-respected magazine bestows an award to my hometown of Langley on Whidbey Island.

Washington state’s Inn at Langley just picked up two more. In the January 2008 issue, Conde Nast Traveler presented it with the top award for design in the U.S. (edging out the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea and the Inn at Thorn Hill in Jackson, New Hampshire).

Also this month, Travel + Leisure recognized the Inn as one of the World’s Best 500 Hotels and ranked it as one of the top accommodations in the state. The magazine noted its sublime location and 180-degree view in every unit and was showcased alongside such other notable Northwest properties as the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle and Woodinville’s Willows Lodge.

The Chef’s Kitchen Restaurant at the Inn at Langley is a top Pacific Northwest dining experience. Six-course dinners are served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings by award-winning head chef Matt Costello. As a former executive chef with Tom Douglas Restaurants, Costello’s cuisine highlights Whidbey Island products from local farmers and food producers. Regular menu items include Penn Cove Mussels, locally-foraged mushrooms, troll-caught salmon and seasonal produce.

Years ago, when our son was still at home, he sold Max’s Eggs to the Inn at Langley. Talk about homegrown!

There’s also a small yet lovely spa on site. Spa Essencia at the Inn at Langley offers massages, facials and wraps in a soothing environment. Owner Dana Consuelo has put together a skilled team in this tranquil healing environment.

And just outside the door is Langley. Enjoy shopping at such unique places as The Wayward Son, Moonraker Books, Virginia’s Antiques & Gifts, Big Sister, Roberta, Lowry-James, MUSEO and The Cottage. The Star Store sells everything from fine wines to darling baby clothes and Joe’s Island Music is the place for tunes. And if you’re tired of the behemoth mall theater complexes, see a film at The Clyde Theatre. She just turned 70, but doesn’t show any signs of aging, and tickets are only six bucks.

Dining options range from Prima Bistro (great deck with a view in the warm months) to picking up cheese, wine, bread and sweets from the Chef’s Pantry for an indoor/outdoor picnic.

Rain or shine.

Inn at Langley on Whidbey Island
Photo by Sue Frause

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