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Watersports on Lake Washington

The surface of Lake Washington is often as smooth as glass in the early morning, serene and untouched except for the occasional paddling of ducks. 

It’s around this time—when the sun peers over Seattle—that the first watersports enthusiasts are entering the shallows. Paddles in hand, they slip their kayaks and paddle boards into the water, and soon they are joined by small fleets of boats, jet skis, wakeboarders, and swimmers as Lake Washington becomes a playground for summer activity. 

On the western shore of the lake, The Woodmark’s recreation booth, aptly named Waterfront Adventures, is already open for the day welcoming hotel guests and locals alike to one of the most beautiful destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Here families can rent kayaks, paddle boards, boats, and jet skis or reserve a driver for a gentle cruise around the lake. The watersports team is available to instruct visitors on something new or set them up with a favorite summer activity.

Recreation booth, Waterfront Adventures, on Lake Washington by the Woodmark Hotel, Bellevue, Washington 

Our iconic yellow and blue kayaks are complimentary for hotel guests for up to four hours, available in both singles and doubles.

To start your kayaking adventure, we recommend taking an easy trip to the nearby Yarrow Bay Wetlands. The serene 73-acre wildlife preserve is only accessible by water, and motorized craft are not permitted so the atmosphere is ideal for wildlife viewing. In the shallows, you may spot great blue heron, while ospreys and even bald eagles have been known to rest in the trees above. Chances are you will also see turtles, beavers, and a great variety of fish in the water.

For a longer paddle, head to Juanita Bay Wetlands 5 miles to the north. The lush park is a popular picnicking spot for Kirkland and Bellevue locals, so it’s a fun stop-off during the summer.

Paddleboard Yoga on Lake Washington by the Woodmark Hotel in Bellevue 

Those with the right balance will enjoy paddle boarding on the lake and even paddle board yoga for experienced yogis. Just steer clear of fast-moving boats if you don’t want the wake to toss you into the water (though it can actually be very refreshing in August!).

As for thrill seekers, our high-powered jet skis and wakeboarding boat make for an adrenaline-filled day on the water. Wakeboarding is similar to other board sports, so even visitors who are attempting it for the first time should be able to adjust quickly.

Jet Skis on Lake Washington by the Woodmark Hotel in Bellevue, WA

For a slower, more scenic excursion, we recommend a boat cruise or a walk along the lakeside trails. When boating, the entire lake is open to you—whether you wish to circle Mercer Island or motor to Lake Washington’s shore for an up-close view of Seattle. Alongside the lake, a network of trails starts at Carillon Point, and visitors can walk among the collection of outdoor sculptures. There are also beach cruisers for rent at The Woodmark.

As for renting options, Waterfront Adventures has several boats that can accommodate up to 12 people, and we also offer cruises on The Woodmark II, our vintage, 28-foot boat for six with a sleek, retro design and beautiful mahogany decks. And as the activity on Lake Washington quiets down at the end of the day, a sunset cruise on the smaller boat can be an intimate and memorable way to end your time at The Woodmark.

Woodmark Boat on Lake Washington by the Woodmark Hotel in Bellevue, Washington

Walk-ups are welcome, but reservations are strongly encouraged for all watersports and special events on Lake Washington. Waterfront Adventures is open from May through September and can be reached at 425-216-2257.

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Sailgating is Back - Join us this Fall!

Image Credit: Reddit, Waterways Cruises

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 Waterway Cruises' West Star, 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 $69.00 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.

Try our inclusive deal! For $83.00 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. 

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**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.

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A Bride's Story

Sabrina Mashburn knew she wanted to marry Shawn Wayt even in the earliest days of their relationship. She would ask him when he was going to marry her, and he would get a kick out of teasing that it wouldn’t be for another six years. The Seattle-based couple has to laugh now though, because it actually did take them six years to make it to the altar. Bride and Groom on the dock on Lake Washington by the Woodmark HotelThe Wayts wed in a traditional Catholic church ceremony near The Woodmark last summer and joined us afterward for an enchanting lakefront celebration. The reception was held in the Olympic Terrace Tent on the only overcast day of the season, making for some unexpectedly beautiful wedding photos. And fortunately, rain on your wedding day is said to bring good luck!

Wedding Party On The Dock By Lake Washington Near The Woodmark Hotel

The décor was minimal so as not to overshadow being on the water’s edge, and an elegant dinner featured the couple’s favorite seafood dishes. (They also had fresh, local donuts in place of a wedding cake, which was Sabrina’s favorite detail of the night.) “I liked having it at the hotel because it was kind of homey, and people weren’t bustling around us,” Sabrina said. “It was a really welcoming and elegant.”

Flowers and Tables in Wedding Tent at the Woodmark Hotel On Dock Overlooking Lake WashingtonThe newlyweds danced their way into the evening, choosing not to stop for a bouquet or garter toss because they were having so much fun on the dancefloor. The bridesmaids, dressed in blush, joined the couple along with groomsmen in grey – although it would have been navy had the tuxes been available to rent at this time last year.

Bride And Bridesmaids At The Woodmark Hotel Overlooking Lake WashingtonWhen asked what advice she would give to future brides, Sabrina encouraged letting go of the little things and enjoying each moment. “Take it all in,” she said. “Think of all of the amazing people that have come to celebrate you and your husband’s new life together, and feel really loved on that day. Don’t let any of the details worry you.”

Man Giving Speech At Wedding In Tent On Dock Overlooking Lake Washington At The Woodmark Hotel

To celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary, the Wayts will be returning to The Woodmark for a boat cruise on Lake Washington.

Bride and Groom Kissing on the dock on Lake Washington by the Woodmark Hotel

Read more about wedding season on Lake Washington here.

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