This year, Langley’s Saratoga Inn is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Owners Jim and Jenny Pensiero are welcoming guests with a box of two Saratoga Inn Signature cookies, each embossed with a dark chocolate commemoration. The Pensieros say that the next 20 years will be dedicated to continually improving the guest experience, while welcoming back their returning guests.
The 16-room Inn opened for business in 1994 as “The Harrison House” named after John and Kathleen Harrison, one of the original partners. The Harrisons, as innkeepers, found the business more challenging than anticipated and moved on in less than a year for other opportunities. At that time, the Inn was renamed to its present-day “Saratoga Inn.”
For the next 11 years, the Inn was managed and operated by the Four Sister Inns out of Monterey California. In 2008, Jim Pensiero, as one of the founding partners, bought out the remaining partners and released the management company. The Inn then became family-owned and operated. In preparation for this, Jim and Jenny completed their Masters Certificates in Essentials of Hospitality Management from Cornell University.
The Pensiero family, including two daughters and a son-in-law, along with several long-term staff, has a strong commitment to make each stay a pleasant and memorable experience for their guests. The team takes pride in knowing that they may have contributed to a special memory within another person’s journey through life. The cross-section of guests includes all age ranges and backgrounds. Recently, a 93-year-old couple came to the island to attend the wedding of their grandchild. Since they insisted on residing on the 2nd floor and there is no elevator, their notable heartiness became a “memorable experience” for the Saratoga Inn.
The present-day Inn is operated as a bed and breakfast with two chefs, mid-week and weekend, who prepare special breakfasts that differ each day. A major conversation during breakfast is commenting on the quality and creativity of the food.
One of the most notable features of the Inn is its sense of quietness and privacy from room to room. Each room incorporates double wall construction that includes 2-1/2” gypsum wallboard and sound attenuating resilient channels.
The Saratoga Inn has hosted visitors from Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia and Canada, as well as many locals from Langley, Mukilteo and Everett. Annually, the Inn is visited by 5,000 to 7,000 guests per year, including 50% repeat visitors.
In September, the Inn will be adding two "Courtyard Lofts," which are located within Langley Village. These 900 square foot lofts with studio kitchens will be delightful for writer's retreats or extended stay guests ... they will also be pet friendly!
To make a reservation or learn more about Saratoga Inn, visit the website.