CURRENTLY Light Rain53 °F

What's Happening at the Woodmark?


post entry

Roasted: An Inside Look into Seattle's Coffee Culture

The Pacific Northwest is filled to the brim with coffee (pun intended), with tried and true roasters and quirky-trendy coffeehouses permeating every major city. Seattle, the most famous city for coffee, is said to consume more java than any other American city with 35 coffee shops per 100,000 residents. It’s also home to the original Starbucks, and the social atmosphere throughout favorite local coffeehouses is unlike any other.

There are time-honored outposts like Espresso Vivace, where you can partake in full-bodied espresso shots and chat with true experts, and Victrola Coffee Roasters, a Jazz-era-inspired space that often hosts live music and art shows. Coffee drinkers can also be found in venues like the Tin Umbrella, set in the diverse neighborhood in Hillman City, and the ever-popular Caffè Umbria, where the Italian tradition of blending beans results in more than 15 varietals of coffee in some mixtures. Near The Woodmark in Kirkland, caffeine lovers frequent Urban Coffee Lounge and Zoka Coffee

Dillanos Roasted Coffee in Seattle Washington near The Woodmark

In any locale, it’s clear that the residents of Seattle embrace and encourage our coffee culture. And with the cooler weather forthcoming, we decided to take a look at the coffee roasting process to better understand how to create perfectly refined roast profiles and smooth blends. We checked in with the team at Dillanos Coffee Roasters to give us the inside scoop.

At the Woodmark, we serve local Dillanos coffee because we strive to provide visitors with an experience that is authentic and true to place. The Seattle-based coffee outpost believes in the human element of roasting—relying on sense of smell, touch, and feel to bring out a coffee’s inherent character. As their Director of Coffee, Phil Beattie says, “The art of roasting is developing the flavor; the science of roasting is repeating it.” Their high-quality coffee, with its distinctive, refined flavor, is a pleasure to serve to our guests, and here’s why:

At Dillanos, a batch of coffee takes about 18 minutes to roast, and the drum roasters can accommodate anywhere from 5 to 450 pounds per batch. Each roast is overseen by a roast master who relies on their highly trained senses to make adjustments to the process as they see fit. This is a crucial role, as small changes in temperature or timing can deeply affect the development of the coffee.

Dillanos Roasted Coffee Beans in Seattle Washington near The Woodmark

After 18 minutes, the coffee is transferred to a cooling bin with cold air blowing through the bottom and fins turning the 400- to 500-degree beans. The batch then drops into a vacuum system that is calibrated specifically to suck up the weight of a coffee bean—especially important with green coffee that comes from farms and may have picked up pebbles or other earthy content. Then, it’s off to packaging where employees hand seal every bag.

Throughout the entire process, the coffee is tended by people. And it’s those personal interactions from start to finish that define Dillanos. The company’s award-winning coffee selection is a result of the One Harvest Project, where coffee beans are purchased directly from coffee farmers in Central and South America, East Africa, and the South Pacific, and responsible growing practices are a must. “After receiving green coffee beans from all over the world, we’re sending roasted coffee beans [to other areas] all over the world” says Dillanos National Sales representative Glenn Adams. This favorable exchange allows the company to source great coffee beans while also contributing to opportunities for coffee farmers.

Not to mention, “We believe that when the farmers can count on a customer coming back, they have the freedom and the security to invest in their processes and innovate more,” says Lauren Lyddon, Dillanos Marketing and PR Specialist. “It’s doing good in the world, and we all do better together that way."

Dillanos Roasted Cofee Drip in Seattle Washington near The Woodmark

Dillanos coffee is available in coffee shops around the Seattle area including Drip City Coffee, Cafe Bambino, and Anthem Coffee and Tea in the South Sound. Woodmark guests can find Dillanos coffee in the restaurants, guest rooms, and lobby every morning.

Our particular selected blend, Special Dark, is also Glenn’s personal favorite. “It provides a great flavor profile as a black coffee,” he says. “I don’t need to add anything to it in order to have a great experience. It’s been my favorite for the past 18 years.” Dillanos' other bestselling blends are Dillon’s Blend, Entrepreneur Blend, and La Familia Guzman, a Peru blend.

At your next visit to the Woodmark, make sure you try a cup of Dillanos Special Dark coffee. We recommend taking in the view of the lake with a warm mug by the lobby fire.


All images courtesy of Dillanos

Read More

A Kaleidoscope of Colors: Fall Foliage in Washington

As fall arrives in the Pacific Northwest, the scenery makes a swift departure from the greenery of summer. Shades of yellow, burnt orange, and scarlet blend with hints of purple in a beautiful spectrum of colors that extends from the mountain ranges to the parks of Seattle.

Hikers in Washington During The Fall - Woodmark Hotel

At The Woodmark, the changing trees reflect off the serene waters of Lake Washington, with many taking on fall colors as early as mid-September and the best time to see the foliage being in early October (try Columbus Day weekend).

Maples, Pacific Dogwoods, and Red Alders take on warm tones in Seattle, while Kirkland is known for Black Hawthorns and Oregon Ash trees, among many others. There are wonderful trails near the hotel, which Guest Services Supervisor Katie Focher can direct you to, including the walking path on the lake’s shore and the path that leads from the hotel to downtown Kirkland.

Nearby, the fall foliage is thriving in the towns of Woodinville—make sure to stay for a wine tasting—and Issaquah, which has a trail system going through town and beneath a canopy of trees along the creek. And in Seattle, the Washington Park Arboretum offers 230 acres blanketed with Oaks, Magnolias, Birches, Poplars, and other beautiful trees.

But the best way to see the fall scenery, by far, is hiking. And Katie has some wonderful insight for family-friendly (and pet-friendly) destinations close to The Woodmark. 

Fall Hiking Trail Near Kirkland Washington - Woodmark Hotel

Rattlesnake Ridge

Rattlesnake Ridge is a beautiful mountain offering a forested trail dotted with mossy boulders. The path leads to Rattlesnake Ledge, an exposed rock that offers clear views of the Cedar Ridge Watershed, Mount Si, Mount Washington, Rattlesnake Lake, and Chester Morse Lake. “It’s incredibly gorgeous,” says Katie. “When you get up to the top of Rattlesnake Ridge, pack a lunch and stay up there for an hour or so and soak up the scenery.”

Best View: Upper Ledge, located about 0.5 miles above Rattlesnake Ledge, offers more sweeping views to the northwest and is generally less crowded.

Difficulty: Medium, 4 miles roundtrip

Little Si

The path to Little Si tends to attract families with children and beginner hikers. A sharp incline at the beginning of the trail quickly flattens out into woodlands and boulder fields, and the hike ends with a short push to the top. “Little Si, I would say, is the most scenic,” says Katie. “You’re walking in the woods, seeing all of the moss and the rocks and the trees.”

Best View: The summit of Little Si affords panoramic views of the valley and the surrounding peaks, Mount Si and Mount Washington.

Difficulty: Easy, 4.7 miles roundtrip 

Hiker and Dog in Washington During Autumnl - Woodmark Hotel

Big Si

More formally known as Mount Si, Big Si is a strenuous hike with a spectacular reward. The trail begins with steep switchbacks, then levels out into Snag Flat where hikers can walk among enormous ancient trees. A final climb through a much younger forest reveals the slope at the top with scenic views of Mount Rainier in the distance. “The hike is a bit steep but still family-friendly,” says Katie. “The paths are wide enough for everyone.”

Best View: The end of the trail is a wonderful place for a picnic and incredible fall scenery, but further exploration will expose another vantage point. Head up the stone steps near the slope and through a stretch of forest to reach the overlook for Snoqualmie Valley, Seattle, and the Olympics.

Difficulty: Challenging, 8 miles roundtrip 

Fall Foliage - The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, Washington

Poo Poo Point

A summit of West Tiger Mountain, Poo Poo Point was named for the steam whistles that used to sound nearby in logging days. The trail is marked by rocky slopes, vibrant deciduous trees, and the gentle creeks of Many Creeks Valley. At the point, hikers will find a picnic area and a small knoll topped with a windsock.

Best View: With the right wind, hikers can see paragliders taking flight from the point. But Katie also enjoys a second overlook farther up: “You can see Issaquah, Sammamish, Lake Sammamish, and Lake Washington. It will be incredible in the fall with the leaves changing.”

Difficulty: Challenging, 7.2 miles roundtrip (or 3.8 miles roundtrip on the more direct Chirico Trail) 

Autumn Leaf - Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, WA

Annette Lake

The winding path to Annette Lake is one of the most beautiful in the region, flecked with waterfalls, delicate wildflowers, and glimpses of nearby mountains. The trail begins in an evergreen forest of Fir, Hemlock, and Cedar, and continues past the first falls, through level forests and rolling slopes, and finally to the north shore of the alpine lake. “It’s intense and then flattens out, intense and then flattens out,” says Katie.

Best View: From the lake’s edge, hikers (and campers) can see Abiel Peak to the southwest, Silver Peak to the east, and a beautiful waterfall tumbling into the lake.

Difficulty: Challenging, 7.5 miles roundtrip

- - - - - - -

After you have taken in Washington’s seasonal foliage, stay for some of the spectacular fall events at The Woodmark. We offer a game day shuttle across the lake for every University of Washington home football game and also host the Howl at the Moon Mutt Mixer, a costumed party for dogs and their owners, in late October.

Read More

9 Ways to Indulge in Fall

The air is growing crisp, the leaves are changing colors and the sun is setting earlier. Summer has quickly turned into fall in Washington. Washington is a great place to be for fall, with all the fall festivals, pumpkin patches, orchards, and ways to take in the season. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some ways that you can embrace fall to the fullest:

  • Take a Staycation: Savor a weekend away and enjoy the flavors of fall. Bundle up in a cozy sweater and take in Lake Washington. Explore the surrounding area and let the beauty of nature sweep you away! 

Image result for woodmark hotel lake washington suite

Image result for fox hollow farm pumpkin patch

Image: Fox Hollow Farm

  • Visit an Apple Farm: This activity is great for families. With orchards all over Washington State, you can make it a day trip or a weekend away. Bring the apples home & create a new fall recipe. We recommend The Farm at Swan's Trail in Snohomish

Picking your own Jonagold and Honeycrisp apples at The Farm at Swan’s Trail is fun for the whole family and the apples are great for fresh eating and pies, dumplings and other home baked treats.

Image: The Farm at Swan's Trail

  • Go on a Hike: Pick from one of the many trails in the Pacific Northwest. Get out and enjoy the scenic foliage and the crisp fall air. Visit Washington Trails Association to find the right hike for your level & interests. 

Image result for fall hike washington


  • Celebrate Oktoberfest: This is a fall favorite! All around the state, you can find an Oktoberfest that is filled with food, drinks and fun. From Kirkland (this upcoming weekend!) to Leavenworth, this is an event you won't want to miss.

Image result for kirkland oktoberfest

Image: Kirkland Views

Image result for pike brewery


  • Try a Fall Farmer's Market: Pick up fresh flowers to bring fall colors into your home. Add fresh ingredients for the recipe you've been wanting to try. We recommend the Kirkland Wednesday Market (through September), or the Ballard Farmer's Market (year-round). 

Image result for ballard farmers market


Image result for space needle with 12 flag


Read More

It appears you are using an older web browser! While using our site, you may encounter some trouble along the way. For PC users, we recommend upgrading to the latest version of Internet Explorer or Firefox. For Mac users, we recommend the latest version of Safari or Firefox.

True To Our Place, Diverse By Design | DestinationHotels.Com

View All on Map

destination hotels








New Mexico

New York

North Carolina


South Carolina






Washington, D.C.