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Even without the spectacular views our room is an aesthetic treat, with its high ceilings, luxurious bed and posh bathroom with its deep angular bathtub and organic woven towels. Our room comes stocked with complimentary local-blend coffee and gourmet tea of course, but also organic granola, fresh fruit, with orange juice and milk in the refrigerator. Built on a site that originally served as a fuel- and oil-storage facility for the local fishing fleet, the Inn’s concrete walls and big metal storage tank look like holdovers, but they’re really just a nod to the property’s industrial roots. The tank is actually part of the Silver LEED property’s rainwater irrigation system—just one of many green design choices. The Island Inn is about relaxation, but also repurposing and reinvention. In addition to penthouses and suites, the Inn features so-called Euro accommodations—smaller, streamlined rooms with minimalist European-style washrooms, and access to a communal “view lobby,” that acts as an extension to the rooms and a place to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the waterfront. The Island Inn feels more like an urban apartment than a tourist hotel, which in turn makes it feel like we’ve been living here, not just visiting. Only forty-eight hours into the trip we’ve got our favorite bistro (The Coho), our favorite pub (Cask and Schooner) and our favorite movie theatre (the Palace), but of course the best show of all is still back at our room—the one right outside our window.

The Island Inn at 123 West 123 Front Street Friday Harbor, WA 98250 877-512-9262 www.123west.com (See Ad on inside back cover.)

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