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Summer Fun: Inn at Langley

Several months ago I purchased one of those great deals on Rue La La.  You know, those vouchers that sound like such a great idea at the time.  It was a great value, but I chose an overnight excursion that we had to use on a weekday and before June was over.  You’d think that would be simple since there seemed to be so much time to use it.  But, lo and behold, the end of June was upon us and we were not going to let this deal go to waste!  So, the hubby and I headed for an overnight at the Inn at Langley.  It wasn’t that we didn’t want to go, it just kept getting pushed back on the priority list.

On a random Tuesday, we drove to the Mukilteo ferry and journeyed to Whidbey Island.  It was a short jaunt, at only about a twenty minute ride across the water.  Once we departed the ferry, we drove a short distance and found ourselves in the adorable and quaint town of Langley.  We had both never been and it is tiny!  I had asked for restaurant recommendations before our trip, so we didn’t need to do anything once we got there but relax and hang out.

Before checking in, we lunched at The Braeburn, a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch in the heart of Langley.  It is a cozy place and we both enjoyed our meals; I had the Portobello mushroom burger and Jeff had a small salad with the Caprese sandwich.  Large portions and fresh food.  Delish.

Inn at Langley


We made our way to the Inn at Langley and checked in.  Our room was on the top level and the first thing we noticed was the amazing views.  Huge windows in the bedroom and bathroom invite the water in.  It was beautiful.  We immediately opened the sliding glass door and sat on the balcony, which had two chairs and a small table.  With a small beach area below and endless water, I could have stayed out there forever.  Also, because this is such a small inn, it is quiet and peaceful.  As you may know, people with children don’t achieve quiet and peaceful that often (which is probably why the Inn doesn’t allow kids under the age of twelve).

We walked on the beach, sat on the balcony, napped (which I never do), and then headed to dinner.  I had made a reservation at Prima Bistro, which is a short walk from the Inn.  The food is French inspired but with a Northwest flair.  Being that Jeff and I know nothing about French food, we were a little intimidated at first, but the waiter was very friendly and walked us through the menu.  Jeff ended up choosing the lamb and I ordered the risotto.  Both were delicious and as we sat and actually had an uninterrupted conversation, we even ordered dessert.  It was so strange not to be on a schedule, but we tried to embrace it.

The next morning, we woke up (to sunshine!), got ready, and headed to the kitchen where a complimentary breakfast was waiting for us.  It was a welcoming room with lots of windows, a huge fireplace, and tables scattered.  We chatted briefly with the young man working in the kitchen and helped ourselves to fresh berries, cherries, and other assorted fruits.  For the carb lovers like me, there were coffee cakes, pastries, and breads that you could toast yourself.  There was a humongous bowl of house made granola (yes, I had two bowls), yogurt, and an egg-based quiche-like dish.  Fresh juices, coffee and milk rounded out the meal.  It was a good way to start the day for a breakfast lover like me.

As we left on the ferry, we noted how relaxing this short trip had been.  All in all, we should all have a little summer fun, right?  No matter where your getaway takes you, there should be something that removes you from the everyday grind.

I can’t recommend the Inn at Langley enough.  We will definitely be back!

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