We stayed at the Eagles Nest for four nights, the first in the Eagles Nest room and the last three in the Saratoga room. We liked the Saratoga better. The main positive of the Eagles Nest room was more windows and more light (the Saratoga is a little dark). However, the Saratoga is more spacious and elegant – overall, much more comfortable.
Jerry and Joanne and experienced, meticulous innkeepers. The inn and the grounds are spotless and extremely well maintained. The appointments inside are clearly selected with an eye to detail and integration. In particular, the amenities in the Saratoga are great. The mattress is first-class. All-cotton linens are a rare plus. It has a huge walk-in closet. The only criticism I have is the window treatments. Because the room doesn’t get much light (too many trees and not enough windows), the window treatments, when open, should completely uncover the window and the French doors to the balcony so more light can come in.
Joanne makes a delicious two-course breakfast each morning. Just like with everything else, she’s well organized and gives a lot of thought to her cooking. I would have preferred that she didn’t add salt to the main dish and let the guests add salt if they wish, but I confess I’m much more sensitive to sodium than the average guest.
Just outside the dining room, there is a rather elaborate bunch of feeders for birds and chipmunks. We saw some rabbits, too. We could see them from our room. It was a great deal of fun watching them all, and occasionally it reminded me of a Disney cartoon, and I expected them all to break out in song. We also saw a deer and her fawn, but they ate the vegetation, not from the feeders.
Overall, it’s a lovely place. Although I gave it a rating of 4, if I could, I’d give it a 4.5.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn with hilltop views of Puget Sound and Mt. Baker is adjacent to a forest wildlife corridor and trail system. Perfect for hiking, biking and birding. Comfortably appointed rooms… upscale yet casual … each its own NATURE retreat. All have private bath, comfortable beds, fine linens, cozy furnishings, in-room-coffee, refrigerators, Flat screen Cable TV, WI-FI, and a deck with view. Full Northwest breakfast, featuring organic and locally grown foods. “Discover the NATURE of Whidbey”. ... more less