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Top 7 Date Ideas in Kirkland

Everyone loves a great date! We put together the perfect list of date days and date nights around Kirkland that both you and your significant other will enjoy. From indoor mini golf, to wine tasting, to relaxing and good conversation, you are sure to have an amazing time together.

Here are our top 7 date ideas around Kirkland:

1. Flatstick Pub: Enjoy local beers and ciders while playing a game of indoor 9-hole mini golf! This is the perfect indoor activity on a rainy Seattle Day. Complete this date by bringing in your favorite take out before playing a round of mini-golf.

2. CANVAS Paint n’ Sip: For a more quiet date night atmosphere try paint n’ sip. Put your art skills to the test! Sign up for a night where you like the painting they will be teaching in the class, and enjoy a glass of wine, beer, cider or soda during your session! This gives you the perfect opportunity to learn together and have great conversation.

3. Relaxation at Still Spa: Unwind from your day together. Choose from a selection of treatments from Bliss massages, rejuvenating facials or luxury manicures and pedicures. After your treatments enjoy a glass of complimentary champagne in the relaxation lounge and be still together.

4. Local Wineries: Who says all dates have to be done at night? Make it a day date and stop in to the a tasting room here in downotwn Kirkland. Choose from a selection of red and white wines. We recommend Delille Cellars, right next to a number of fun boutiques. 

5. Happy Hour:  Downtown Kirkland is filled with great restaurants. Stop in at Milagros and indulge in hand crafted cocktails and authentic Mexican cuisine. From Thursday- Saturday, enjoy live music in the bar starting at 7:00 pm. 

6. Dinner with a view: Take part in the ultimate dining experience. Enjoy ingredients that are sourced locally in the northwest, wine that is handpicked to compliment the food menu and an amazing view of Lake Washington.

7. Coffee Date: Another date that is perfect for the morning or the afternoon. Sip on a handcrafted coffee or tea from Zoka. Stay and talk for hours or read a book and enjoy each other’s company!

 

There is something for everyone when it comes to dates in Kirkland. Some of these ideas are also great for double dates! Whether you want something during the day or night Kirkland has you covered.  

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A Southern Touch: Chef Calesa Introduces the Winter Menu at bin on the lake

Authentic Southern cuisine is a rarity in the Pacific Northwest. So at The Woodmark, where our seafood is regional and the views distinctly Washington, Southern-inspired dishes like shrimp and grits are a welcome addition to the curated menu at bin on the lake.

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The Southern offerings come from Sous Chef Natasha Calesa, a native of Charleston, South Carolina who has always been drawn to the Seattle area. Upon her arrival in May 2016, she began filling our kitchens with Southern essentials like collard greens, pimento cheese croquettes, and brown sugar bourbon sauce over Berkshire pork chops – making us reevaluate our idea of comfort food.

The classic yet refined recipes join regional favorites like oysters on the half shell and wild king salmon for an encompassing culinary experience at bin on the lake. (The restaurant also offers more than 40 wines by the glass, showcased artistically on the wall and in the innovative wine storage system, and is a recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award-Winning Wine List Award of Excellence.)

Accompanying the food and warm, sophisticated atmosphere are stunning vistas of Lake Washington and the mountains, which are visible from every table due to the restaurant’s horseshoe shape. It’s all very unlike the South, Chef Natasha notes, saying, “Charleston is known as the low country. We don’t have any mountains. Out here – it’s so beautiful.”

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But the scenery isn’t all that inspires her. When it came to creating the winter menu, Chef Natasha decided to cook what she knew, infusing each dish with Southern flavor while keeping in mind seasonal ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. The young chef believes that her recipes are representative of what you would find in the South, finding inspiration in homey classics and saying “Southern is simple.”

Perhaps her most well-known dish – said even to be the restaurant’s new signature dish – is the shrimp and grits, made with andouille sausage, Cajun cream sauce, and scallions. Appropriately, it is her favorite dish to prepare (“It’s so Charleston, and it reminds me of home”). But she also loves traditional collard greens and the relaxing feeling that comes with cooking them in Washington (“Even though I’m far from home, I’m not too far”).

The Southern fare has gone over well with Chef Natasha’s guests, who are generally surprised to see it on the menu and often ask where the chef originated.

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As the seasons change, bin on the lake will debut new menu items in keeping with what is locally and sustainably sourced (Not to mention several other exciting developments, like live musicians in the coming year). But Chef Natasha expects the Southern influence to remain. Those reminders of home have become an inherent part of her cooking style, even in the ever-changing kitchen at bin on the lake – where the bustling nature of the job motivates the culinary team.

“Ultimately, it’s the challenge that drives me when I cook,” she says. “You never know what you’re going to walk into every day. It’s always different, which is one of the best things about it.”

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Wedding Trends for 2017

2017 is already off to a great start in the world of weddings. The weddings trends for this year are ones that we can see staying around for years to come. As some couples are moving away from the more traditional wedding, others are putting their own twist to it.

Unique Invitations: Get your guests excited from the beginning. Couples have started adding to their invitations or choosing colors that will stand out unlike anything you’ve seen before. Couples have been using bold bright colors for the envelopes, using glow in the dark ink on their invites, adding a Polaroid picture of themselves with their wedding date (that’s also a magnet for your fridge) and so much more. This trend helps make sending invitations more fun for everyone.

Metallics: The use of gold, copper, rose gold and pewter is only becoming more favorable for future brides. Brides have moved away from doing the traditional bridal party dresses and have started doing different dresses but all the same color with a pop of metallic.  Pops of metallic are also being used in bouquets, wedding décor and also cake décor.

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Photo via The Knot by: PEN/ CARLSON

Going Green/Brining the outside in: One of the best parts of weddings is all the flowers and how each couple arranges them differently. This trend for 2017 is going beyond just having flower arrangements. Why not have tree arrangements? Brides that want to get married outside but prefer an inside venue can now have the best of both worlds, bringing the outside in by adding larger flower arrangements with bigger braches and adding lights to them give it an outdoor feel. Want to add a more natural feel? Think about adding a piece of wood to each place setting and having your dinner menu or the escort cards on top!

Dangling Décor: Filling a reception area can be tricky. You want it to look elegant but not empty. Dangling décor is perfect for this situation. You can have an arrangement of different dangling decors. Some dangling décor could include flowers with words that the bride and groom use to describe each other, twinkling lights or pictures from the bride and grooms life together. 

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Photo via The Knot by: LACIE HANSEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Food Feasts: Traditional sit down dinners move aside, food stations and food feasts are the new trend. Couples have started to move away from traditional sit down dinners and have started a new trend of having all of their favorite foods and let their guests decide what they want to eat. A way to do this is have a bride side and a groom side, one half of the table is the groom’s favorite foods and the other side is the bride’s favorite foods. Food stations are also a good way to encourage mingling and let guests choose the food that most interests them.

Gift Lounge: While this concept is great for destination weddings it works for all. The gift lounge is where you can put a variety of different gifts that you want guests to take home. They can enter and start with a bag and chose what they want to take. Gift ideas can be mini bottles of alcohol, chocolates, and snacks, magnets with the wedding date or even a glass with the bride and grooms names and wedding date on it! This trend adds a twist to the traditional wedding favor for every guest.

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Photo via The Knot by: MICHELLE BELLER PHOTOGRAPHY

If you are getting married in 2017, consider adding some of these trends to your wedding! Put your own twist to any of these trends and make it a day, evening or night that you and your guests will never forget. 

Contact our team to start planning your perfect day! 425.827.1986; celebrate@thewoodmark.com. 

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