|Each of the eight suites of the Whale Cove Inn opens onto a private balcony which looks out over the cove.|
Sylvia was minding the desk when we checked in, helped with our luggage and graciously gave us a tour of the Inn and an orientation to our high tech quarters. The Whale Cove Inn http://whalecoveinn.com/ is built on the site of an old motel and restaurant. Redesigned and built with the idea of rest and relaxation in mind, this specialty boutique hotel offers the ultimate in design, comfort and decor. Understatedly elegant, with a slightly Asian flair, the soft colors, mixed textures and tasteful artwork offer visitors a comfortable, peaceful respite from the rigors of everyday life.
|Entering the lobby, visitors are greeted by this beautiful orhid display|
As the winter sun began to sink toward the horizon, it was time to take our seats at our reserved table in Restaurant Beck, http://www.restaurantbeck.com/ the gourmet restaurant located within the Inn. Beck is owned by Justin and Stormee Wills, and offers the freshest, most creative and delicious food imaginable. Chef Justin is CIA trained and sources his ingredients from local farms, foragers and fishermen whenever possible. Energetic Stormee manages the dining room and looks after guests with explanations of the descriptions on the menu, and suggestions for course choices and wine pairing.
|Our deckside window at Restaurant Beck (photo courtesy of Beck)|
|We doddled over a bottle of wine while the sky turned from blue to pink and finally to amethyst, while the surf roared below.|
Next came the challenge of making choices from Becks enticing menu. The mouthwatering fragrances emanating from the kitchen all afternoon, gave us a preview of delectable flavors to come. The solution to indecision was that we would each choose different items from the menu, and share tastes of each. as you can see below, the choices were difficult to make!
Needless to say, every bite was beyond delicious, perfectly executed and presented. What would I recommend from this menu? Anything that strikes your fancy! No diner could possibly leave Beck disappointed. Chef Wills serves the sort of cuisine that is so beautiful you almost hate to put a fork into it, but once the first morsel is in the mouth, it should be savored ever so slowly, to make the experience last as long as possible.
Retiring to our suite after dinner, we relaxed in the comfortable furnishing of the sitting area, and yours truly could not resist the jacuzzi on the balcony, complete with sea salts provided by the Inn. Sitting out of doors, listening to the waves crashing on the rocks below, catching a glimpse of stars between wafts of steam rising from the hot water, was an ethereal experience this writer would like to repeat very soon. Sinking into a kingsized temperpedic mattress dressed in the most perfectly pressed Egyption cotton linens brought us to the end of a most wonderful day.
Our heartfelt thanks to all who helped make this lovely celebration happen for us: Cathyn & Michael and Family, JC & CJ, the propritors and staff at the Whale Cove Inn, and Restaurant Beck!