A San Juan Island Experience —
Where Farming, Fishing and Gourmet Cooking Meet in One Place
Nettles Farm — A taste of the not-so-distant past
Get the feel of how The Willows Inn was from 2001-2012 when you visit Nettles Farm.
2021 Annual Drydock Schedule September 11 – October 4
This is the period when the car ferry goes into the shipyard for maintenance, and we have to make do with a passenger only ferry. It takes some planning, but it is actually a fun time to be on Lummi Island. There is a county van that makes regular stops very near to Nettles Farm. Check out https://www.whatcomcounty.us/550/Annual-Dry-Dock for ferry and van schedules.
Nettles Farm has 3 parking spaces available on Gooseberry Point, near the ferry terminal. I’ll text the address before your stay. Each spot has a sign with my name on it.
If you love the San Juan Islands, you will love Nettles Farm Bed & Breakfast — because it is the embodiment of a true San Juan Island experience. Here you will find a place where farming, fishing, and gourmet cooking all come together—in one place. It’s a great place for romantic couples, families with children, and large groups to kick back, enjoy Island life, and cook great meals with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, such as in season fruits and vegetables, and fresh fish, caught on our own reefnet gear.
Come prepared to COOK!!
The kitchens at Nettles Farm Bed & Breakfast are well stocked and designed for real cooking, and we provide simple but very good ingredients for a delicious, farm-fresh breakfast that you can prepare for yourselves. Each side has its own live fire cooking equipment, modeled after Argentine chef Francis Mallmann’s outdoor cooking, including a fire pit, chappa, fire dome, and char-broiler.
There are covered decks for gathering, and cozy spaces for living, relaxing, socializing and playing. Each side has its own kitchen garden, with fresh greens and herbs, in addition to tomatoes, basil, kale, and other greens growing in the greenhouse.
Each side has its own pizza oven, and pizza kits are available. Make it a team sport!
FarmHouse Suite has a WoodStone oven inside, and a full-on Mallmann-esque fire pit outside, including a covered outdoor kitchen. In addition to the Big Green Egg, there is a mesquite char-broiler, a fire dome, and a chappa.
FarmHouse has a large modern kitchen inside, and outside a gas grill, a Bertello pizza oven, a large mesquite fired char-broiler, a large fire pit with chappa, fire dome, and iron cross for large animals, in addition to plenty of outside seating for safe gatherings.
Walk to the Willows Inn
Nettles Farm is a short walk to the world acclaimed Willows Inn, where award-winning head chef Blaine Wetzel delights customers with dishes that are “fished, foraged, and farmed.” You can contact the Willows yourself to reserve a table.
While You’re There
Nettles Farm Bed & Breakfast offers many charms and a chance to feel what it is like to live on a farm. The elegantly casual accommodations are tastefully decorated and furnished with all of your comforts in mind, including a well-equipped kitchen with a wood fire oven, walk-in steam showers, soaking bathtubs and doors that open onto the gardens.
Time your stay for one of the workshops that take place at the farm. Currently, our workshops include making ikura from Reefnet Salmon roe, butchering chickens, and making pizza dough. You can read more about them here.
Among the many things to do on Lummi Island, visiting the reefnet gear is very popular and interesting. Nettles Farm owns a reefnet gear, which is leased by the non-profit, Salish Center for Sustainable Fishing Methods. By going to this website you can sign up for a tour of the gears (from July 20 through Oct 1), and a trip around Legoe Bay.
A trip to the Nettles Farm will be a memorable experience for you, your family, and your friends. Book your reservation now!