Gray Whales Return to The Saratoga Passage
Inn at Langley offers special mid-week watch-the-whales rate
Each spring, the Saratoga Passage between Whidbey and Camano islands becomes a temporary home to migrating Gray Whales. The giant mammals are drawn to the Puget Sound’s rich, shallow feeding grounds as they travel north from the Baja coast to the waters of the Arctic. From about mid-March through May, the passage plays host to up to a dozen whales.
The balconies at The Inn at Langley are ideal spots from which to watch the slow-rolling whales gather food and listen to the faint and soothing sounds of their breathing. In celebration of the whales’ return, The Inn is offering special mid-week room rates starting at $225 until May 13, 2011.
“Every year, we are amazed by these majestic creatures as they return to feed and frolic directly off shore from the Inn,” said Inn general manager and chef, Matt Costello. “There’s even a whale bell in downtown Langley about a block from The Inn that people are encouraged to ring when they spot a whale.”
For guests hoping for a look from the water, The Inn is partnering with a local tour boat operator. Guests need only mention they are interested in a charter whale watching tour when making a reservation at The Inn and the Inn staff will make arrangements.
About The Inn at Langley
Overlooking the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains, The Inn at Langley is a 28-room contemporary inn on Whidbey Island. Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisuremagazines have consistently ranked the Inn among the top accommodations in the nation. Matt Costello manages the Inn and serves as chef at The Inn’s restaurant, the heart of the beautiful retreat. Dinner at The Inn is served every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the year and on Thursdays as well from mid-June through August. Dinner is open to guests and the general public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (360) 221-3033. The Inn is also home to Spa Essensia. www.innatlangley.com,www.spaessencia.com.