A classic wood-burning fireplace is much more efficient than a gas fireplace, which requires costly refills and oil changes every 3,000 crackles. Drift off to sleep next to a roaring jalopy with today’s Groupon to Islands Inn in Anacortes. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get a one-night Romance package (up to a $99 value), which includes:
- A one-night stay in a Fireplace Room with a king-size bed
- Two glasses of wine
- Choice of smoked salmon plate or hummus plate
- For $89, you get a two-night Sweet Dreams package (up to a $198 value), which includes:
- A two-night stay in a Fireplace Room with a king-size bed
- Two glasses of port
- Chocolate desserts<p>
After immigrating to the U.S. from Amsterdam in 1979, Fien Hulscher and her daughter Bela founded the Islands Inn in Anacortes, instilling it with the same attentive service and cozy atmosphere with which they operated their Dutch bed-and-breakfast. Inside a Fireplace Room, royally replete with a king-size bed, Internet access, and a small refrigerator, guests can curl up near the wood-burning fireplace or snuggle within the hot blast radius of the hair dryer. Most rooms open up to sweeping views of Mount Baker and Fidalgo Bay, and several also feature balconies for breathing in the fresh mountain air and waving semaphore flags at passing ships. Elsewhere in the inn, a hot tub churns year-round, and a pool opens in the summer for swimming or sunbathing no sooner than 30 minutes after devouring the included breakfast.
For lunch or dinner, refill empty tummies with morsels from the inn’s Petite Wine Bar’s a la carte menu, loaded with hummus plates, spicy pork kebabs, and freshly made soups. The wine menu offers several potables that, like pages on the Internet, are sourced entirely from the West Coast. Outside the hotel, Fidalgo Island hums with the activity of nearby attractions, such as a hiking trail that covers 1,200 acres of parkland, nine boating marinas, and a bridge linking the isle to Whidbey Island across the rushing waters.