As The Twilight Saga: Eclipse dominated the MTV Movie Awards, demolishing competitors with its mega-fan power, I was relaxing at my local Forks, WA B&B, recovering from a two week vacation binge that culminated in the sleepy little town where it all started. Relaxing in the quaint and homey Misty Valley Inn’s media room, I felt fortunate to be able to watch Eclipse win the award for Best Movie and to see the world premiere of the new Breaking Dawn trailer while actually in Forks. As you can imagine, that was a pretty surreal experience. By now, the MTV Movie Awards are old news, but I will always treasure the time I spent at the Misty Valley Inn Bed & Breakfast.
Upon arrival, as soon as you’ve set your bags in your room, one of the inn’s genial hosts gives you the tour and then takes your wake-up call and breakfast orders. The list of wake-up tray beverages is impressive, featuring a delicious raspberry hot chocolate and a vast selection of tea, and the breakfast offerings are even more enticing, including pastry delicacies such as soufflés and crepes. Your wake-up tray is left at the door with a stout knock (alarm clocks are discouraged at this B&B), allowing you to enjoy your morning beverage of choice at your leisure. Be sure to read your daily weather forecast, presented on handsome, handmade, scrapbook-worthy cards.
Then, once you’ve woken up and it’s time for breakfast, you head out to the dining area. On nice days, as we were fortunate enough to enjoy during our stay, you can choose to sit outside on the deck facing the beautiful meadow out back or you can sit at the elegant table set in front of a large panoramic window showcasing the view from the dining room. The inn offers a selection of desserts 24 hours a day, available on a side board in the dining room, but try not to get too distracted by the chocolate raspberry cake, key lime bars, and chocolate chip brownies, because the biggest, most scrumptious breakfast event of your life is about to take place!
- Irish Waffles: Pecan or walnut waffles with whipped cream and hot orange syrup
- Northwest Apple Soufflé: Shaved Granny Smith apples and whipped eggs with nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, served with spiced apple syrup
- Old Fashioned French Toast: Dried French bread soaked in custard and baked until puffy, served with hot maple syrup
- Logger Pancakes: Blueberry, Triple Berry, Oatmeal, Walnut, Pecan, or any combination, served with hot apple, orange, or maple syrup
- Fresh Strawberry Crepe: Hand-sliced strawberries and whipped cream in an ultra-thin crepe
- Moroccan Omelet: Thin sliced mushrooms sauteed with butter, onions, and 7 Arabic spices (that are “tasty, not hot”), placed on a very thin egg case with white cheddar cheese, and topped with béchamel sauce
So how did it taste? Well, first let me say that it looked heavenly, and tasted divine! The first morning, we selected the french toast and waffles and were both very pleased with our food. The second morning, we chose the soufflé and crepe. These portions are LARGE! We could have shared a plate and still had food left over! The presentation was wonderful, with the china and doilies and cloth napkins and traditional teapot, and the view was breath-taking.
To complete this amazing breakfast experience, the inn also fosters a menagerie of wildlife that is tame enough to come within several feet of guests. The chipmunks squeek and feed while the hummingbirds zoom from feeder to feeder and the bluejays flit from railing to roof. If you’re lucky, you might even see some elk in the meadow.
The hospitality at the Misty Valley Inn is impeccable. We came in very late (after midnight) and I felt terrible because I knew that even though a B&B is a business, it’s also someone’s home. When I called ahead to check what time was too late for arrival, the owner was very friendly and encouraged me to continue with my plans and enjoy my time in the area. She even recommended a few things we could do while we were waiting for our Bella Italia reservation slot. When we arrived at nearly midnight, there was still one other couple expected that evening, and the man who greeted us (the other owner) was incredibly welcoming and unassuming. They will help you with pretty much anything you need, whether it’s deciding where to eat or getting directions, or meeting a personal need such as a pitcher of water in your room at night… all you need to do is ask!
The Misty Valley Inn is located literally just off the highway, about 2 miles outside of Forks. Cozily hidden behind a small thatch of trees that shelter it from highway noise and visual pollution, the inn’s real charm is its backyard view. We toured many places in the Pacific Northwest during our two week trip, but this location remains my absolute favorite (even over a Gold Crown resort we stayed at in Blaine!). The house itself is two levels, with the top (and best views) being dedicated solely to the B&B and the bottom floor functioning as living quarters for the staff. The deck runs the entire length of the back of the house and wraps around one side and across the front all the way to the double-doored entry. If you read the description of the Cullen house on page 86 of The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, the description narrated by Bella of the location and appearance of the Cullen House is more appropriate to the Misty Valley Inn than to the bed and breakfast that was chosen as the “official” Cullen house in Forks.
A colorful and well-kept garden decorates the center of the back lawn and a tranquility water garden adorns the area just below the Dutch Room’s private deck, allowing visitors in that corner of the house to enjoy the peaceful sound of running water all night long. The lawn itself spills into the adjacent meadow, which resembles a lush, mature Christmas tree farm. I hear there are elk that play and graze in the meadow, but we never had the chance to see them. One of my favorite features is the hot tub, located under the back deck, that looks out over the meadow. With such long summer days, I was able to relax in the steaming water until nearly 10pm before retiring for the evening. My sweetie was craving some puppy-love after 2 weeks away from his little guys, so he enjoyed playing with the inn’s 2 dogs, Mya and Mo.
The Bottom Line
The cost of the stay at the Misty Valley Inn may be restrictive for some travellers, but it is not overly expensive considering all the amenities and courtesies it offers. In fact, many of the standard motels inside Forks charge nearly as much and offer much much less in return. If I ever return to the Forks area, this is where I will stay, bar none. Even if I stay for a week! I honestly did not want to leave, and trust me when I say that Forks itself is not entertaining enough for me to normally consider spending a week in. *wink*
|Misty Valley Inn: (877) 374-9389|
If you are planning a trip to Forks or are just looking for a relaxing, scenic getaway, GO NOW and book your room at the Misty Valley Inn Bed & Breakfast! Having won numerous awards from BedandBreakfast.com and ranked #1 in Forks on TripAdvisor, you can’t go wrong with a stay at this charming little home-away-from-home. Check out their website below the awards photo above. You can check availability and make reservations online or via phone.
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