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What We're Thankful For: A Year In Review

At the Woodmark, we are not just a "culture of yes", we're a culture of thankfulness - for our guests, for each other, and for our community as a whole. Practicing thankfulness makes the Woodmark more than a hotel, or more than an office, it makes it a living and breathing place of positivity. One of our team members once said that his favorite thing about the Woodmark is that "people are happy here...and they aren't pretending."

It is this energy, this passion, that makes us excited to come to work each day. We are constantly working together to do more - for each other, and for our community. Today, as we approach Thanksgiving, we reflect on our various community service activites this past year, and how they have affected us individually and as a team. 

Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill children who are seeking treatment at area hospitals. In March, we prepared and served dinner to 90 residents living at the Seattle Ronald McDonald House. In addition, we hosted a “Support a Cause” night in Beach Cafe, where a portion of the proceeds from our restaurant that evening were donated to Ronald McDonald House.

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FareStart is a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. Since 1992, FareStart has provided opportunities for nearly 7,000 people to transform their lives, while also serving over 6 million meals to disadvantaged people in our community. In April, some members of our team volunteered at the Guest Chef Night by serving dinner to patrons and 100% of the proceeds and gratuities from the evening went back to fund FareStart student services and training. 

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Red Nose Day

The Woodmark supported the Inaugural Red Nose Day, a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty, on May 21st, 2015. Our team, as well as people across the country, came together by donning big red clown noses to have fun and raise funds and awareness. It was a great way to shed light on an important cause while also making people laugh.

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Eastside Baby Corner

In Washington State, one in five children is living in poverty. Eastside Baby Corner helps kids thrive by providing the basic necessities that every child needs. They do this by collecting and purchasing children’s items and distributing them, free of charge, through local social service agencies. In 2014 alone, Eastside Baby Corner supplied 800,000 diapers to families living in our communities. This past June, we participated in a “Diaper Derby” for Eastside Baby Corner to help raise diapers to support their cause in fulfilling the need for every child to get a great start. 

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A Million Thanks

A Million Thanks supports our active, reserve, and veteran military by sending millions of letters of thanks and encouragement directly to our service members. In July, The Woodmark team wrote letters of appreciation to our active military personnel serving oversees.

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Northwest Harvest Food Drive

Our current community service initiative is a canned food drive to benefit Northwest Harvest.  Each department within Woodmark is collecting canned food items and we will have a “can castle” competition where each team builds castles with their cans in a little friendly competition to encourage more donations from each department.  Northwest Harvest is Washington's own statewide hunger relief agency. Their mission is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Their vision is that ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington State.

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For other nationally recognized awareness days throughout the year, we have dressed up and worn various colors to represent various health issues including the following:

February 6: Go Red for Women to fight heart disease in women (we all wore red)


March 26: Epilepsy Awareness Day (we all wore purple)

April 2: Autism Awareness Day (we all wore blue)

We are thankful to have these opportunities to serve and we look forward to expanding these initiatives in 2016. We wish each of you a meaningful Thanksgiving and a wonderful start to the holiday season. 

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Featured Fall Recipe: Seared Scallops

It's the time of year to wear sweaters, drink warm beverages, and stay cozy indoors, and what better place to stay warm than by the stove! This season, our Executive Chef Matthew Steffen is sharing a fantastic scallop recipe that you can enjoy now, and throughout the year. 

Scallops are a delicious seafood high in protein, vitamin B12, and other nutrients to help your cardiovascular health. The soft texture and deliate flavor of scallops can be enjoyed by those who do not like other types of seafood. Also, because their flavor is delicate, scallops can be accompanied by a variety of sauces. They look beautiful when incorporated into a thoughtful recipe, such as the one from Chef Matthew below.

Try executing this recipe at home, and share your photos by using the hashtags #WoodmarkHotel and #ChefTip.



With calamari risotto, leeks, radish and citrus demi



8 U-10 Weathervane Scallops (or your own personal favorite)

We source our scallops from Alaska Weathervane Seafoods

1 lb. Baby Octopus (Cleaned and quick braised)

We source our octopus from Puget Sound Octopus

1 Small Leek (Rinsed, white end sliced thin, green tops reserved for demi)

1 Small Fennel Bulb (Julienned) 

We source our leeks and fennel from Sterino Farms in Waller, WA

2 oz. Roasted Garlic 

We source our garlic from 4B Farms

1 Radish of Your Choice (Sliced thin)

We source our radishes from Hilltop Produce Farms

1 oz. Chicken Stock

We make our chicken stock with Draper Valley Chicken Bones

2 oz. Mascarpone Cheese

1 oz. Picked Herbs (Suggested mix is Parsley, Tarragon and Dill)

4 oz. Citrus Demi (Recipe Below)

2 oz. Meyer Lemon Oil            

Salt & Pepper to Taste



1 Cup Arborio rice

1 Quart chicken stock

¼  Cup white wine

1 Tbsp. canola oil

Heat the stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan, and then lower the heat so that the stock just stays hot.

In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the rice to the pot and stir it briskly with a wooden spoon so that the grains are coated with the oil.

Sauté for another minute or so, until there is a slightly nutty aroma.

Add the wine and cook while stirring, until the liquid is fully absorbed.

Add a ladle of hot chicken stock to the rice and stir until the liquid is fully absorbed.

When the rice appears almost dry, add another ladle of stock and repeat the process.

Continue adding ladles of hot stock and stirring the rice while the liquid is absorbed.

As it cooks, you'll see that the rice will take on a creamy consistency as it begins to release its natural starches.

Continue adding stock, a ladle at a time, for 20-30 minutes or until the grains are tender but still firm to the bite, without being crunchy. Set aside and reserve.



2 Seasonal Oranges (Zest and Juice)

2 Basil Leaves

2 Tarragon Sprigs

2 Oregano Sprigs

1 Cup Veal Demi


In a small sauce pan bring the juice of the orange along with the zest and herbs to a boil.

Reduce down to a simmer.

Once that is reduced by half and the veal demi. Reduce this by half and set aside.



First have your sauce made and risotto ready to go.

Get two sauté pans (12inch) going over low heat.

In the first pan, get your leeks and garlic caramelizing in the pan with a little canola oil.

After 3 minutes, add your risotto.

Deglaze with your chicken stock and add the mascarpone.

Season with salt and pepper and half of your picked herbs.

At the last minute is when you want to fold in your octopus, so that it does not overcook.

While this is coming together, in your second pan, add a little oil and your scallops.

Make sure that the scallops are patted dry and seasoned on each side.

You will want to sear on each side approximately 4 minutes and this will bring them to about medium rare.

I will usually add a little butter and slowly ladle the melted butter over the top of the scallops to give them a brown butter flavor.

Once your scallops are cooked and rested, separate your risotto onto four plates.

Add two scallops, the radish, a drizzle of lemon oil and a drizzle of the citrus demi.

Top with the rest of the picked herbs and enjoy. 







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Top 5 Ways to Relax

The holiday season is upon us... It is a wonderful, joyous time for many, but it can also be stressful. Here at Still Spa at the Woodmark, we have some tips that can keep you feeling relaxed and refreshed, even in traffic or that long Starbucks line: 

1. Breathe: Inhale & exhale. Take a deep breath in to the count of ten, hold to the count of ten, and exhale to the count of ten. Ask yourself: Will this matter next year? 2016 is coming quickly. What may be a stressor now, may just be a moment that you can let pass. View this time of year as a fresh start. A chance to embrace a renewed energy and spirit, ready to take on whatever the day may offer. 

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2. Grab a cup of herbal tea. Many scientific studies say tea has stress-reducing properties. Just the slowness it creates can soothe a day. Unwind as you wait for the tea to cool, smell the aromas and think of the feelings and memories they create. Enjoy the subtle flavor and let the warmth calm your tired body.

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3. Listen to soothing music: Focus on something other than the moment. Let notes or lyrics take you away to a different time and space. Close your eyes and let go. This is especially effective if listening to a favorite song or artist. We play meditative music in the spa, but if you're looking for lyrics, Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" album is lovely. 

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4. Take a walk outside: Even if you only have ten minutes, walking can refresh your mind. Enjoy your surroundings - look for things that interest you. Let your mind wander as you find yourself letting go of what was bothering you before. Embrace a sense of newness and discovery that can change your day.

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5. Read a book: Delve into a new story. Unwind as you learn about new characters, experiences, journeys. Make time for concious exploration and let it create space in your life. In a time that it seems so natural to be busy, let this be one of the reasons you are still. 

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November Events at the Woodmark

We cannot believe it's November already! We are gearing up for the Holiday season and have quite a few events coming your way in the upcoming months. Make sure to stay tuned on our Events Calendar, and read about a few of our favorites below: 


Seasonal Beer Dinner at Beach Cafe


Celebrate fall with a seasonal beer dinner at the Woodmark Hotel!

Join us in our Beach Cafe alongside Lake Washington for a four-course dinner with perfect beer pairings.

Featuring Hale’s Ales  Harvest Ale, Scuttlebutt  10° Below, The Pike Brewing Company Harlot’s Harvest, and Tieton Spice Route Cider. 

Tickets available here


Join us in Still Spa for our November Special!

Still Spa

Indulge in a luxury manicure and pedicure, complete with a glass of our Harvest Sangria from Beach Cafe. 

Your therapy starts with a luxurious experience of lime blossom exfoliation followed by a deeply repairing body butter infused with macadamia oil. A parafin for hands and feet, meticulous nail grooming and perfect polish application complete this relaxing treatment.

A $110 value for $75 - call (425) 803-9000 & get ready to be pampered!


Thanksgiving Is Coming!

Don't want to cook? Try dinner at Beach Cafe or bin on the lake!

Call to make reservations

Beach Cafe: (425) 889-0303

bin on the lake: (425) 803-5595

Beach Cafe Thanksgiving Dinner

Served from 11am – close

$26 p/adult    $14 p/child (5 – 12)

5 and under - free


Entrée Course


Roasted Garlic Crusted Turkey

Aromatic Stuffed |Maple Roasted Carrots | Sautéed Green Beans

Pancetta and Butternut Squash Stuffing | Boursin Potato Puree

Apple Cider Gravy


Dessert Course


Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake

Gingerbread Crust | Whipped Fresh Cream


bin on the lake Thanksgiving Dinner

Served from 2 pm – 7 pm

$29 p/adult    $19 p/young adults


Entrée Course

Brown Butter Basted Turkey, Fig and Sage Turkey Jus,

Roasted Parsnip and Fennel Dressing, Balsamic Brussels,

Medjool Date Glazed Carrots


Dessert Course ($10)

“Sugar Pie Pumpkin” Cheesecake

Coco Nib and Ginger Crust, Star Anise Caramel, White Chocolate Crumble, Bourbon Pecans


Sailgating Continues for Utah on 11/7 and Apple Cup on 11/27!!

Image Credit: Reddit

Tailgate Seattle style…Don't worry about fighting traffic, paying the 520 bridge toll or finding expensive parking, instead relax and enjoy a scenic boat ride to and from the game aboard Argosy’s "Champagne Lady," complete with No Host bar service onboard.

On all dates, board at Carillon Point  2 1/2 hours prior to game start time, with sailing departure promptly 2 hours before kick-off. Please continue to check event page for updated kick off times as schedule allows. Tickets are $67.00 including sales tax (excluding transaction fees), per person for boat cruise only. To enjoy waterfront dining before or after your game day excursion, we strongly suggest making your reservation for or grabbing a boxed lunch to go from the Beach Café!

Try our inclusive deal! For $81.00 get a $20.00 voucher to Beach Cafe along with your ticket on the cruise. Perfect to grab a meal and drink before or after the game! Please retain ticket as proof of purchase. Valid on day of game only. 

Tickets at  

**All times are based on game time and are tentative and subject to change. Game tickets not included.

** Tickets to the game are not included and must be purchased on own. Several game day kick-off times are TBA, so please make sure to note your cruise departure time when it is officially announced. Each tour will board 2-1/2 hours prior to kick-off.


Last but not least, try out the new Happy Hour menu at bin on the lake!

Embedded image permalinkWine Flights & Small Bites available Mon - Sat 4 - 6.

View the menu here




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FALL in Love with the Woodmarkphoto

Fall in the Northwest...

It's a time we all savor. The changing of the leaves unveils a new season of possibilities. We swap our shorts and sandals for rain boots and windbreakers.  We still play on the lake, but we also cozy up indoors.


A subtle fog drapes over the morning air like a sweater over shoulders. By early afternoon, it gives way to a brilliant sun that sparkles through ruby and amber trees. All the while, Lake Washington glimmers back at us with its radiant beauty. Autumn is truly our best kept secret.

Fall Road

Fall with Dog

What does a Woodmark stay look like in Autumn, you ask?

Wake up to the beauty of the water. Savor the view over locally-roasted coffee. Inhale the aromas of chocolate and smokiness. Indulge in room service. Stroll downstairs and go for a walk around Kirkland. Stop by local boutiques, gift shops, and home decor stores. Witness the friendly, laid-back community that is Kirkland.

Return for lunch at the Beach Cafe - a casual restaurant inspired by beaches around the world. Spend the rest of the afternoon on the water - whether you take out the kayaks, or venture aboard the 28 foot Chris-Craft named The Woodmark II, that is up to you. If you have time, stop by the Still Spa. Warm up with Mt. Rainier Stone Revival massage. Let the deeply heated stones vaporize the essential oils, of rosemary, ginger, cypress and geranium, create a relaxing and grounding effect, while increasing circulation and loosening your muscles and joints. End with a gentle face massage using cool stones.


Fall on The Lake

Fall on the Lake

Head upstairs to get ready for dinner, and then wander over to bin on the lake. Partake in exquisite cuisine with a Pacific Northwest focus.  Enjoy locally-sourced ingredients that capture bright, seasonal tastes. Ponder your most difficult decision of the day: which to choose from 40 wines by the glass. Gaze out on the setting sun across Lake Washington, casting a glow across the nearby city of Seattle. Let the day wash over you and inhale.

This is your home away from home.


Sunset at bin on the lake

Sunset on Lake Washington

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