A little bit about Lisette.....

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest I feel most alive surrounded by trees and breathing in the fresh mountain air.

When I am not working you will most likely find me spending time outdoors, volunteering with my church and exploring this beautiful planet with my family. 

This is my place to share my passion for life and to encourage you to take time to find the extraordinary in your life.

The Edenwild Inn on Lopez Island

The Edenwild Inn on Lopez Island

If you like to get away from the crowds, wake up each morning to a delicious breakfast, get insider tips from locals about where to go and what to see, spend quality time outdoors and constantly be greeted by a friendly face then Edenwild Inn on Lopez Island is a place you will want to visit. I love staying at bed and breakfasts because of the intimate experience it affords. One day you might be chatting away with the innkeeper about the best ice cream spots and the next day you might be going out to dinner with a couple you met during your stay. Much like living in an apartment, when you stay in close quarters with strangers you are exposed to a variety of interesting people from all walks of life. Bed and breakfasts appeal to a wide variety of people, so it is always interesting to see who you might rub shoulders with during your stay. 

Edenwild Inn is located right in the village which means you are mere foot steps away from shops, restaurants, the beach, kayaking and more. We could have easily parked our car at the inn and never drove anywhere, but the island was so beautiful we could't help but do a little exploring. 

We stayed in the spacious and light filled Room 6 which has a view of the water, a wood burning fireplace and a sitting area. I am eager to come back in stormy weather and hunker down at the inn for a long relaxing weekend by the fire.  

One of the many beautiful views looking out our window. 

Each morning we started our day with fresh fruit parfaits, homemade granola, bananas and some type of sweet treat like coffee cake or this berry cake. I loved the variety and freshness of what they served each morning. Being able to wake up and have food served to you is truly one of the best things in life, it takes me back to when I lived at home and my Mom would make the most delicious meals. 

Edenwild Inn with its wrap around porch and plenty of chairs to sit and read or enjoy the view. Wrap around porches are what dreams are made of! 

I loved their collection of locally inspired reading. Everything from a cookbook highlighting local farms to photo essays about the islands. 

From the sprawling front lawn to the side patio to the porch, there are so many different spots to enjoy on the property.

View from the front porch. 

One of the many great restaurants within walking distance from the inn. 

Sunset at the public beach in town. 

All this boy needs is fresh air, food and a beach to play at. 

Sunset paddle. 

Gorgeous blooms at every turn at Edenwild Inn

Each morning there were fruit and yogurt parfaits with homemade rosemary granola. 

Now is the perfect time to visit Edenwild Inn almost every flower is in bloom on the property. 

Stepping through this door felt like being at home. Edenwild Inn was hands down one of the quietest places we have ever stayed and that was even at full capacity during our time there. 

Between their flowering trellises and fresh flowers throughout the inn it made my flowering loving heart very happy!

Gorgeous and delicious finds and the Lopez Island Farmer's market. 

One of the most enjoyable activities to do when you are on Lopez Island is kayaking. Once we told Anthony of our desire to go kayaking, he checked the tide chart and figured out the best time for us to go, scrounged up a dry bag, found a hat for Jasper and was kind enough to transport the gear down to the beach. Anthony made made it so quick and easy to go out for a day of paddling and was a great example of his desire to make each guest's stay enjoyable. Aside from kayaks Edenwild Inn also has bikes you can rent to enjoy yet another aspect of the island. 

During our time on the water we conversed with other boaters, watched harbor seals bob up and down and we even came upon a shipwreck! 

This is the first time we let Jasper go kayaking in his own seat and oh man it was a life changer! Sure he drank his fair share of sea water, but he mainly stayed in his seat and enjoyed himself the entire time. 

There are so many beautiful beaches to spend the day at, have a picnic at or enjoy a dip in the water. 

Summer in your hand, ice cream from Lopez Island creamery. 

As day gives way to night. 

One evening we had a bonfire and spent the better part of the night chasing Jasper and teaching him how to play tag. Now he randomly runs up to me during the day and taps me and says, "tag" and runs off. 

More than the quiet serenity of the inn, more than the location was the opportunity to meet the wonderful innkeepers Anthony and Crystal. We could have easily spent most of our weekend talking with them. Anthony and Crystal are a true testament to why I love what I do. Traveling for me is more about the connections then about the places. I have a patchwork of experiences and a library of photographs, but it is the interesting and inspiring people which push me to continue to explore this planet. A few years ago Anthony and Crystal moved their family cross country sight unseen in an effort to make a better life for themselves. Once you meet their adorable boys it is evident they are giving their children exactly what they need- room to learn and grow into the people they are meant to be. 

This post was sponsored by Edenwild Inn. 

All opinions stated here are my own and I was under no obligation to write anything other than my personal experience. I will never write about anything I did not enjoy or find to be a valuable experience. 

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