It all started with a four-hive, 120,000-honeybee apiary installed on the hillside overlooking Salish Lodge in spring 2011 that produced over 600 pounds of Salish honey. We are thrilled to share Salish honey with our guests. We also feel strongly about maintaining the apiary as a protected habitat for these important agents, which pollinate 80 percent of the flowering crops that produce a substantial percentage of the food we depend on. It was in this spirit that we decided to triple the hives to produce 2,400 pounds of honey per year.
The herb garden provides sustainable and organic herbs for The Dining Room and The Spa. In addition, our 800-square-foot organic vegetable garden provides The Dining Room and The Attic with unique culinary opportunities. Inspired by the need to provide the bees a sustainable environment in which to thrive, we planted a hillside of wildflowers that lead up to the apiary and gardens, along with blueberry and huckleberry plants. Beekeeper Daniel Sullivan, proprietor of Shipwreck Honey in West Seattle, is our apiary expert and guids us through our beekeeping efforts. We were searching for the perfect opportunity and partnership to bring honeybees to Salish for a long time, and when we met Daniel and learned about the passion and care that goes into his work, we knew it was a match made in honey heaven!
Look for the Salish bee to guide you to items featuring our unique honey, including honey-infused Pacific Northwest cuisine in The Dining Room, our signature Honey from Heaven™ service with our famous Country Breakfast, or fantastic honey-based treatments in The Spa. You can find sweet treats created with our unique artisan honey around every corner, such as our Pike Hive Five Hopped Honey Ale produced by The Pike Brewing Company, Honey Flavored Vodka produced by Glass Distillery, Salish Honey Truffles, and much more!