Having our mind set for a slow relaxing vacation on San Juan Island, we chose Wildwood Manor B&B, something we had never tried before, over hotels at more happening areas of the Island. Mr. T, as usual, booked this Bed & Breakfast based on the comments on TripAdvisor, and our experience here definitely exceeds our expectation!
隱身在樹林間的Wildwood Manor，是一幢淡黃色明亮可愛的三層樓（兩層半？）民房。在門口迎接我們的，除了民宿老闆之一，超熱情的Michael以外，還有幾隻常來Wildwood Manor覓食的野生鹿。
The ferry we planned to take at around 10:30am broke down, and we had no other option but waited at Anacortes harbor for hours for the next ferry at a quarter before 3pm. All of these made us finally get to Wildwood Manor only a few minutes shy of 5pm.
Setting in the woods, Wildwood Manor is a bright yellow house. What awaited us at the front door were one of the owners, always smiley and super friendly Michael, and some deers that come by everyday for supper.
San Juan Suite, the room we stay, comes with a private living room. The whole suite, decorated in blue and brown colors, renders an elegant yet homey atmosphere. The Suite is equiped with TV and DVD player, and guests could borrow from the big DVD collection downstairs. Based on Michael's recommendation, we watched "The Departure". Facing east, the Suite provides a wonderful view, including another island afar.
However, the best part in the whole Suite to me has to be the spacious walk-in closet. Even though it is not my own place, no girl could resist the temptation of having a huge walk-in closet!!
The tiny, narrow bathroom, though quite cozy, has everything a quest would need, even including make-up remover and sanitizer bag. All these details show how thoughtful the owner is. Upon check-in, we were warned by Michael that since they have to pump the water here on their own, it takes a few minutes to get the hot water hot. Honestly, it didn't bother us at all.
The Suite and everywhere else in the house are decorated with pineapple shaped items, even the lamp. I got curious and asked Michael why. He told me that in American culture, pineapple generally means "welcome" and that's why the doormat often has pineapple thereon (ha~ I guess I am quite ignorant about American culture for not knowing any of this). Also, the other reason is that Michael himself feels connected to his hometown, Hawaii, by having all these pineapples around. In return, I told Michael that in Taiwanese culture, pineapple brings one fortune and good luck!
The garden at Wildwood Manor is also beautifully and comfortably decorated.
The balcony, with benches, chairs and tables, outside of the kitchen is a great place to sit around, enjoy the morning sunlight and sunset. One morning, after breakfast, Mr. T and I also had some quiet time here taking in the warm sunshine and breeze. Several bird houses are also set up in the garden for the birds residing nearby, among which we saw one humming bird! The funny thing is that two permanent tenants at Wildwood Manor are the two 14-year-old cats, Goldie and Steelie, owned by Michael and his partner. While Steelie, suffering from cancer, moves slowly and usually stays home to rest and host the guests, Goldie is still very energetic and we often saw him running around the garden chasing the birds (and always failed ).
Probably because they could detect the scent of another cat on us, Goldie and Steelie were really friedly to us. When we first got in, they came to greet us, and on the first night, after we came back from dinner, Steelie was waiting for us, followed us back to the room and stay in our private living room with us very briefly.
Naturally, as Bed & Breakfast, breakfast is included, and here at Wildwood Manor, breakfasts are such a feast that one should not pass!!
The dining room at Wildwood Manor is spacious with ample natural lighting. Mr. T and I prefer the table next to the window, where we could appreciate the island afar surrounded by the morning fog like a mountain peaking out of the clouds.
Every morning, Michael would write down the breakfast menu on the blackboard in the dining room. The breakfast usually contains appetizer, main course, salad, coffee and fresh juice, and the menu changes everyday!
The delicious breakfasts we had include:
Bluberry Banana Bread and Fresh Fruit.
The main dish of the day was Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella Quiche which was served with greens and strawberry with strawberry vinaigrette.
I really really liked the Quiche. The crust was crispy, and the mozzarella smelt wonderful and tasted perfect with tomato!
Lemon Panna Cotta with Mandarins and Fruit Salad
The Panna Cotta is supper delicious!!! It is so smooth and tender, harmoniously sweet and sour, with mandarins and blueberry that I just couldn't resist!
The main course of the day was Aebelskivers with Apricot, Blueberry Sauce and Crispy Bacon.
Honestly, I am not fond of this dish. Bacon was a bit too hard and salty to me, and I was never a fan of pancakes; therefore, likewise, I don't really like aebelskivers (which is a ball shape pancake) either. The first few bites did taste fine, but I soon lost interest. However, overall speaking, breakfasts here are superb!
Moreover, some crakers and home-made chocolate chips cookies were provided on the table near the dining room for the guests. Mr. T and I took some of the chocolate chips cookies when we were going out, and the cookies were just so good that even I, usually not into sweets, wanted to have more!
As said above, this was our very first B&B experience but definitely leaves us great impression. Michael and his partner were so friendly that the whole stay felt more like visiting a good friend and staying overnight. At first, I thought it might be easy to be disturbed living in a house, but even though there were other guests, it was really quiet and peaceful that whenever I went down stairs for some water at night, I even worried that my footsteps might awake others!!