Reflections on the Past Year

George Washington Inn has once again hosted guests from around the world, enjoying an excellent increase in occupancy as “Mount Vernon West” completes its second year of operation. Providing first class accommodations that reflect honorably on the integrity of its namesake, George Washington, is of utmost importance.

As proprietors, who also serve as innkeepers, we have much at stake. Our guests, during their stay, have become like family and develop a definite kinship to this unique bed and breakfast inn. From the modest beginnings of an oceanfront hay meadow, our aim has been to share this magnificent setting with others. We strive to have a personal touch from the time a reservation is made to the follow-up when someone leaves a phone charger or some other belonging behind. Who else can say it better than our guests. Here are some of their comments over the past year:

George Washington Inn is quite simply the most delightful house to stay in. It is situated in stunning and peaceful surroundings with gracious hosts who have just one ambition; to make your stay as comfortable and hospitable as possible. If you are anywhere near here then we would not hesitate to recommend that you stay. We took home some of our fondest memories of Washington state from here. You will not be disappointed.

A first class inn which combines tranquility, a warm and gracious hospitality, and excellent facilities. Highly recommended!

Our stay at the George Washington Inn was incredible. It has a beautiful, unblocked and endless view of the Olympic Mountains on one side, and a peaceful Pacific Ocean view on the other. We stayed in the Presidential suite and loved the hot tub and fireplace. The service was unbelievable–the breakfast here was unlike others we had seen. The innkeeper baked eggs in glass dishes, had organic local granola parfaits, and fresh squeezed orange juice. She even gave us a bag breakfast since we were leaving at 5am the following day. We had a bike rack with bikes and the gardener helped us put it in their shed. I went for a run through the area (about a 3 mile radius) and the area is picturesque and serene; with brooks and farms and ducks crossing the street. I would recommend George Washington hands down!

Every aspect and detail was well thought out beautifully. We definitely felt at home and always comfortable. We will come back as soon as possible!

My wife, adult daughter and I just returned from two wonderful nights at GW Inn. It was unique and fascinating to stay in the Presidential Suite of an exact exterior replica (except for added front portico) of Washington’s Mount Vernon. The setting, with broad lawns and expansive view of Strait Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island, parallels Washington’s setting on the Potomac. The long entrance road flanked by white fencing and lavender plants is very dramatic. A large lavender field on the grounds adds color and pleasing aroma. Our room was beautifully furnished, very warm and cozy, with plenty of room for three of us. It had a kitchen and dinette table and opened to a broad rear veranda with deer on the lawn below and sweeping views. The innkeeper met us at the door as we arrived, showed us around the property and our suite, and was very helpful advising us about area attractions. The Inn is conveniently located between Port Angeles and Sequim, and we visited a restaurant in each for dinner. Olympic National Park headquarters, about 7 miles away, is the start of the drive to Hurricane Ridge, a spectacular view. Janet’s breakfasts were excellent and imaginative: baked oatmeal with regular and turkey sausage and cinnamon bread one morning; a ramekin of diced ham and baked eggs the next. Although we have limited experience staying at B&B’s, this was our best experience, and we heartily recommend it to anyone visiting the Olympic Peninsula.

I came to the Port Angeles area for only a couple of days to sightsee. Out of all the B&Bs on the web, I chose the GWI. Just driving up the long, lavender-lined driveway to the inn sets the mood for the grandeur of the place. Driving under the portico made me feel like a celebrity of some kind! My room was amazing and immaculate – the period furnishings, wall colors, window treatments and THE BED – oh my gosh, it was all so wonderfully overwhelming !! (that’s a good thing!). To have a beautiful view of both the strait and the Olympic Mountain is truly a treat. The food is great and nicely presented, the innkeeper is very friendly and gracious, the surroundings are quiet and offer all the ocean sounds and wildlife you can ask for. I most heartedly recommend the George Washington Inn to anyone looking for a special, one-of-a kind B&B experience!

Every year or so my wife drags me to a B&B that she has spent a huge amount of time researching. After all these years of sometimes wonderful and sometimes painful and everything in between this one makes it to the very top of the list of best of best. There are only four suites in the whole place and they have everything luxurious one can dream of. The view from the back is the Strait that looks across to Victoria, BC and is incredible in itself and the view from the front the Olympic Mountains. The entire back of the place is one very long room that serves as the breakfast room, if you are like me, I am around people nonstop and the last thing in the world I want is some chatty stranger yacking it up when all I want is to get away from it all…all this space …YES! In fact the place was so wonderful my wife said she wished we would have spent all our time sitting in a lounge looking out over the water and reading and forgot about driving the 900 miles around the Olympic Peninsula. To sum it up the last time I felt this way about a place was the Ritz but then You have to put up with all the help saying your name about a million times…

As George Washington once stated, “I shall most religiously believe that the finger of Providence is in it.” We strive to fulfill our calling in this place. We are merely stewards here in this corner of God’s beautiful garden, seeking to provide a wonderful experience for our guests and accommodations that are “fit for a president”.

Merry Christmas! Taken at dawn on Christmas Day 2009.


2 thoughts on “Reflections on the Past Year

  1. Dan and Janet, congratulations on two successful and fulfilling years as inn proprietors and innkeepers. From the comments of guests, it’s obvious that you’re doing a great job and have a unique ministry. May 2010 surpass even the successes of 2009.

  2. As the local newspaper publisher, I was accorded the opportunity to tour this inn and get to know its proprietors/innkeepers.

    A fabulous B&B . . . nay, mini-resort . . . run by great, laid-back people in a magical area tucked between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains.

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