Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Auld Holland Inn in Oak Harbor, Washington

I don't normally do hotel reviews, but this is no ordinary hotel! See, this week finds me at Oak Harbor, Washington, on Whidbey Island, just a few hours south of Victoria Island, British Columbia. It's very pretty up here: forests of tall conifers with huge fern undergrowth, lupines growing wild along the highway, gorgeous river vistas with the Olympic mountains on one side, and the Puget Sound on the other side. I'm told if you look long enough, you will see seals, whales, orcas, and even salmon.

However, being a bit remote, we were somewhat limited on hotel accommodations. Enter the Auld Holland Inn. (You MUST click that website... please check the website! And make sure you have your volume turned up!)

It seems this little motor lodge was the last set of rooms available in Oak Harbor. I can hardly see why! What with a working windmill AND free wireless Internet--I mean, what more could you want? How about a faux set of geraniums outside my windowsill? Or a huge fiberglass wooden shoe in the parking lot? Or better yet, vintage 1950's bedding? (Which I verified personally to be free and clean of critters!)

Truly, I tell you, there may be adventure, but there is no glamor in business travel!

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