Saratoga Inn personifies ‘island hospitality’

Located in the small seaside community of Langley, Washington on the illustrious Whidbey Island, rests an inn that embodies what home-away-from-home should feel like.  Owned by Jim and Jenny Pensiero, the Saratoga Inn was build with comfort in mind.  As you explore the property, you’ll see evidence, and even a few symbols underlying the comfort theme around every corner.  For example, are you familiar with the feeling of breaking in a good pair of leather shoes?  After a while those shoes become so comfortable that they develop into an extension of the owner.  Well, at the entrance of Saratoga, you’ll notice an old shoe planter that symbolizes this metaphor. You’ll also quickly observe that the inn does not feel pretentious in any way, nor is the décor over the top, but rather just…comfortable.

The name “Saratoga Inn” is derived from the stupendous views of Saratoga Passage in which the inn is situated to take advantage. Saratoga Inn has 16-rooms to choose from, 15 of which are fairly similar, but with some configuration differences.  For example, there are rooms on both the first and second floor, facing west and east. Several of the rooms on the second floor have seating decks, while others have ocean views. Sleeping options include: king, queen or twin with queen. The sixteenth room is actually a suite called the “Carriage House.” This space is 650sf providing private and romantic accommodations. The Carriage House is detached from the Inn and offers a great-room, kitchen and large bathroom with soaking tub providing mountain and water views.

I really felt a sense of home while staying at the Inn.  The staff was eager to be of assistance, and, the guests felt like family members.  I had such a lovely time visiting with fellow guests during the wine and hors d’ oeuvres hour—at breakfast we’d continue the conversation where it left off the evening before.  I also had a couple of interesting conversations with the owner, Jim.  As well as his wife Jenny and daughter Kaycee.  The Inn is a family affair and their passion and interest in making each guest feel special certainly shows.

While I was in Langley the weather could not have been better. I really enjoyed waking to see the sun rise above the snow capped Cascade Mountains as it shimmered off the foreground water…often with barely a ripple.  I also took advantage of a complimentary bike to get a lay of the land.  Langley is a charming community with many restaurants, shops, galleries and sights to see.   It’s a very relaxing area, and I soon understood what “Island Hospitality” was all about.

Each morning between 8:30 and 10am you’ll enjoy a delightful gourmet breakfast.  From fresh fruit, freshly baked goods to the entrée, you’ll get your day started on the right foot.

Some of the amenities at the Inn include:

  • Fireplace in every room.
  • Bottomless cookies jar with coffee/tea.
  • HD Flatscreen TVs and complimentary DVDs.
  • Free use of bicycles.
  • Private conference room for up to 12.
  • Inviting library/common area with cozy fireplaces.
  • Wrap-around porch with rocking chairs and views.
  • Two electric car charging stations…get a charge out of staying at the Inn!
  • Daily housekeeping and turn-down service.

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Saratoga Inn Contact Info:

Saratoga Inn
201 Cascade Avenue
PO Box 428
Langley, WA 98260
Toll-Free: 866.749.5565
Phone: 360.221.5801
Map: Google Map

Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.


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