Upon arrival we are saturated by the smell of salt air as a constant reminder of our closeness to the water. Hotel Bellwether’s waterfront hotel is nestled in a quaint cove on the beach of Bellingham Bay, where the marina setting is the ideal backdrop for this hotel’s distinct yacht-club feel. The sophisticated property has a European ambiance and warm hospitality that creates an elegant yet relaxing experience. The rooms are well-appointed, comfortable, and have thermo-masseur jetted tubs. Ooh la-la!
Much like a crown, this property has a mystique and a beauty that is rare. As with any crown, this version has a main gem, namely, the exclusive lighthouse suite. This suite is a replica of a light house, three luxurious stories high designed for romance—and for the view. The three tiered suite floors start with a kitchen and cozy living room with fireplace. As you travel up the iron staircase you see a full open suite with sweeping views of Orcas Island. The room is spectacular and has a sunken tub, water fall feature, heated floors and plasma flat screen TV. The top floor is an observation deck along with a cozy sitting area complete with amazing 360 degree views. A great place for you to enjoy a refreshment while watching the bay and the coming and going of boats as they glide in and out of the marina.
Climbing light house towers can work up an appetite so we headed to the Harborside Bistro which is located on the property. Executive Chef Robert Pinski who has been the unwavering force behind the Bistro’s Northwest inspired culinary creations for years shared “I enjoy using my creativity to bring these dishes to life”. We found that the smells, textures and tastes from his kitchen were a delight.
We started dinner with crispy oysters presented on a unique oblong plate and served with a sweet sauce; the warm delicacies were pan fried to perfection, they simply crackled in your mouth. If you love seafood you will not want to miss the coconut seafood chowder. Prawns, mushrooms and mussels all cooked with a white broth heavily cut with lime. The seafood chowder was followed by—my favorite—an earthy potato crusted halibut, seared to perfection and accompanied by wild rice. In the end, we enjoyed a cinnamon gelato with a pear glaze; the sweet cinnamon parlayed an impressive contrast to the savory tartness.
After a satisfying dinner we stepped outside and savored a sunset walk along the beach listening as the waves lapped against the shore in rhythm. The sun’s heat dissolving as it met the line of the water’s edge.
Hotel Bellwether sets the scene for an escape, whether you are looking for a romantic retreat or simply a break away from the everyday. This stunning setting, surrounded by the scenic waters of Bellingham Bay, allows for a getaway that will fill and delight the senses.
Info: 1-877-411-1200 • www.hotelbellwether.com