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Woodmark Waterfront Weddings: Create Your Love Story in Kirkland in 2015

It's hard to believe that 2015 is already upon us. It is even more amazing that we have already kicked off our 2015 wedding season, and with a bang! Our first wedding couple Elliott and Barb were an amazing one to have starting us off. Keep reading for a glimpse into their story as well as how you can create your love story in 2015 too!

Kirkland is a beautiful destination for your wedding day and it offers everything you need. Looking out on Lake Washington, you hope every couple can keep the memory of its calm and still beauty as something they will always share and talk about as they spend their life together. This is what we wish for every couple including our first 2015 couple, Elliott and Barb. They literally could not wait for their big day to come so they pushed it up from June in Hawaii to January in Kirkland. Who can blame them? When you know, you know. Every part of their experience is something we hope each couple can have when they get married at the Woodmark, read their full story here.

The amazing thing about our weddings is no matter how many come and go, we see strong and passionate between the two that is consistently unique to that couple and their story. From the moment they awake to a special breakfast from Beach Cafe, to the luxurious accomodations in their bridal suite as they get ready, ending with the unmatched splendor of their personalized Kirkland event space, each wedding story starts here.

Our Catering team would be more than happy to assist with every request and need to create your 2015 wedding story at the Woodmark in Kirkland. Be sure to ask your personal Catering Manager for other couple's stories to hear more about how we make your dreams a reality.

Want to check out the Woodmark for your wedding? Call our Catering team at 425.827.1986 to schedule a site visit today!

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Recharge Within Discovery: Art, Wine, and Relaxation in Kirklandphoto

The holidays seemed to have passed just as quickly as they had arrived. That time meant to stop and recharge never seems long enough. No wonder so many people take a "second" holiday break to get that full revitalization they need. At the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, Still Spa is the immediate choice for a wellness treatment to get the job done, but Kirkland offers many other opportunities to charge your batteries on your next Kirkland vacation. 

Lake Washington's Lull...

The lapping of Lake Washington on the shores itself is a relaxing sight and sound but it offers much more. A walk along the docks to let the mind wander and relax is a perfect start to your relaxation. Our Woodmark Waterfront Adventures team can take your relaxation out on the water too, literally. A kayak or stand up paddle board ride along the calm morning waters immerses you in serenity while letting you discover the area. You can even take it to the extreme with stand up paddleboard yoga!

Kirkland Paddle Boards

Stand up paddleboarding in Kirkland on Lake Washington.

Local Artists with Palettes or with Pairings...

Kirkland is full of local artists that express themselves with the palette or with wine and cuisine. We invite you to get lost in the local Kirkland art that is displayed throughout the Woodmark Hotel and just let yourself be in awe. Every quarter the art is rotated out to show off what's new so you can always come back for more. If you are an avid artist or just one at heart, ask about Paint Your World and the opportunity to create your own post card masterpiece and send it to someone special. If you need a bigger canvas, join our Paint and Sip events where you can create a full painting in a fun, social, and relaxed atmosphere. The best part about these events is their pairing with wine and appetizers, it makes for fun evening!

Kirkland Art in Action at the Woodmark Hotel 

Local Art in Action in Kirkland at the Woodmark Hotel

Speaking of wine and cuisine... these can be artworks in their own ways. Head to bin on the lake and experience the wine bar with over 40 wines to choose from. Many of these are made locally just miles away. Share a toast with someone special or just kick back at the bar for a moment to yourself. Don't forget to take a look out the window to once again experience the Lake Washington lull and beauty. The art continues with bin on the lake's menu of dishes that every server can skillfully pair with your wine to make the best of the flavors. If that isn't art...we don't know what is.

 bin on the lake Kirkland

bin on the lake Kirkland wine bar and restaurant

Take a moment to Be Still...

Lastly, Still Spa at the the Woodmark provides the perfect space to take some time away and be still. Our array of treatments can help you recharge now but our team will also give you tips for how to continue your wellness into the future. Their goal is to educate so every guest can live better and be still more. Discover a level of relaxation you never knew.

Still Spa in Kirkland

Still Spa at the Woodmark in Kirkland

 

Need to recharge and discover? Call Reservations at 888-978-7261 to learn more about how your next Kirkland vacation can help!

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You Have the Power, Use it to Discover Kirkland with the Woodmark Hotelphoto

At the Woodmark Hotel we are honored to be a part of such a rich destination like Kirkland. Whether it is the strong rooted community, authentic local life, or small town welcome to a city, Kirkland has a experience ready for you to discover. At the Woodmark Hotel, we seek to empower our guests to create their stay through every memory that makes the overall story. Each week we will be highlighting an experience you will find in our beautiful city but your personal story is up to you and how you choose to embark it. Keep reading for this week's experience to begin creating your Kirkland story.

Lakeside Rejuvenation

You will shortly find that one of the top benefits of Kirkland is it's proximity to the beautiful, still, and serene Lake Washington. This leaves endless possibilities based on season and the type of story each guest is looking to tell.

  • Seeking Adventure? Brave the wake in a kayak or jet ski dashing through the water full speed towards a high speed memory

Lake Washington Kayaks

  • Seeking Relaxation? Slow down and take out a stand up paddle board as you take in the breathtaking views while balancing on the surface of Lake Washington.

 Kirkland Paddle Boards

  • Want to go beyond? Take a tour on the Woodmark II with Captain Rob and tell him where you would like to go.

Woodmark II Kirkland

Every guest has a story of Lake Washington. We encourage you to make yours and tell us about it! Share it with our front desk team or send us a picture on Facebook!

Make your next Kirkland experience today! Call Reservations at 888-991-2113.

Already have a story from your last stay? We would love to hear about it, share it with us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WoodmarkHotel

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Love is in the Air: Plan Ahead for the Big Day with the Big Show

The Seattle Wedding Show is approaching this next weekend and this is where your journey begins. All you need for your big day in one place. This can be a huge time saver because you could end up leaving with a list of vendors you have chosen to work with. Our Woodmark team will be at the show talking about our venue right on Lake Washington and how that beauty can't be duplicated. This event is an amazing time but can also be stressful and intimidating. Keep reading for some tips to survive your next wedding show experience and even get some things done in preparation for your wedding.

Join us for the Seattle Wedding Show this coming weekend but keep these tips in mind to make sure you get the most out of your experience:

Don’t be embarrassed to ask lots of questions. That’s why you are at the show. Professionals are happy to share what they know with you. Be gutsy . . . taste the cake and smell the flowers.

 

Our Kirkland team is ready to answer any of your questions and give the personalized attention you deserve. This is day is special and we don't expect you to know it all yet. Take some samples see what makes the best sense for you.

 

Ask your fiancé to come along. It is much more likely that you will be able to make a decision and book a vendor, if accompanied. The groom’s participation in wedding planning is growing. Today, about 30% of grooms accompany their brides to wedding shows.

 

Make the 30% grow! This day is for both of you and so both of you should be involved. That way you can make decisions there and get things checked off of your list. Our Seattle Wedding team encourages grooms to be just as involved as their bride for the pure efficiency of the process.

Plan to spend a minimum of three to four hours in order to see all the exhibits and the fashion show.

 

Lastly, don't rush through the show by setting some time aside to enjoy the experience. If you don't make every decision or get everything done that's okay! Get contact information for the vendors you are interested in working with and stay in touch. Each couple can contact any of our Catering Managers for personalized attention in planning their lakeside wedding in downtown Kirkland.

 

Come see us at the Seattle Wedding Show this weekend! Call our Catering Team at 425.827.1986 to let us know you are coming!

 

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A New Year, A New You: Make Your Resolutions Happen with Still Spa in Kirkland

How many times do we see the social media posts about making a New Year's resolution and two weeks later they have forgotten about it? At Still Spa in Kirkland, we encourage you to be different and take your resolutions through the whole year with you. Whether it is relaxation, wellness, weight loss, or breaking a habit here are some simple ways to make a resolution and stick to it. 

Make the changes to your behavior...

Until you change your routine and actually start doing something, nothing will happen. If your goal is to lose weight, don't just sign up for a gym membership; sign up for the membership, schedule workout time, and set your alarm to wake up and actually work out. If your resolution is to be less stressed and take some time for yourself; schedule some time out for something you enjoy and do it on a consistent basis. Our Still Spa guests that use a treatment for that time, find that they receive the full effects if they consistently return to do it. This could be a facial series protecting their skin from the Kirkland cold or a massage that takes them to a relaxing escape.

Define SMART Goals...

Make sure the goals you set are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-specific. Instead of leaving it vague like "I will be less stressed..." make a goal statement like "I will take one hour a week to engage in a destressing activity of my choice by 1/5/2015." Make sure it is something that you want to achieve! Our Still Spa Kirkland team finds that guests are much more committed to their goals when they understand where they are going. Understanding why a scheduled massage each week can have long term benefits will make it much easier to continue this action.

Reward Small Achievements...

Staying focused on the goal is the best way to achieve it. Make sure you track and reward your progress to keep the effort strong. Maybe treat yourself to a small gift you've been wanting as a reminder that you are headed in the right direction and you can achieve your goals! We carry a diverse array of retail items at Still Spa in Kirkland just for this purpose. Whether it is a scented VOLUSPA candle or COOLA Suncare Sunscreen, little gifts like this can be the motivation to achieve your resolution this year!

Is your resolution to relax? We can help! Call our Kirkland Still Spa Concierge at 425.803.9000 or visit http://woodmarkstillspa.com to get started! Our Still Spa team can help set up a plan to reach your relaxation and wellness goals this new year! 

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Holiday Smells, Sights, and Sounds at the Woodmark Hotel on Carillon Point

Carillon Point is a beautiful stop off of Lake Street to embrace the true spirit of this season. The smells, sights, and sounds uncover experiences that become traditions every year. We encourage you to check out just some of these to let your senses take in this holiday season of 2014. Keep reading to learn how send your senses jingling all the way to the new year. 

Smells:

A step into bin on the lake restaurant and the atmosphere overtakes you. The comfortable intimate atmosphere welcomes you to a place you can call home. The local flavors of the Northwest bring beautiful delicious scents throughout the space and will satisfy your taste buds beyond anything you've ever had. Take a look out the window and experience the view that the Woodmark Hotel and Carillon Point have to offer. Beach Cafe boasts similar views with a menu inspired by the Beach that is truly amazing even in the winter. This holiday their menus will be reflective of prime rib, Christmas brunch, and all the tastes of holiday dinner. Check out their menus here.

Sights:

The Christmas Ships perform on Carillon Point right by the Woodmark Hotel every year and it is a sight unlike any other. Boats lined up all around, decorated with their best Christmas spirit as the main boat boasts Christmas music sung by a choir of carolers. Even in the cold, the community comes together to engage this tradition on Carillon Point.

Sounds:

Whether it is the simple laughter of children as they embrace our hotel dog, Woody Meg or the clink of champagne glasses to celebrate an arrival, the sounds of the Woodmark Hotel and Carillon Point embrace the season. Christmas music throughout the hotel leaves you with no choice but to sing along. The music of the Christmas Ships on Carillon Point fills the plaza with holiday cheer and even after they are gone, it's as if they remain.

Looking for a new holiday experience to become your tradition? Call 425.822.3700 to learn about all the upcoming events at the Woodmark Hotel and on Carillon Point.

 

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Shake the Shivers and Save Your Skin with Still Spa at the Woodmark in Kirkland

As the days of winter continue to be chilly and give us the shivers, our skin is also taking a hit. As we warm up, our skin dries out causing a general tight and dry feeling, even leading to cracking. Nobody likes that feeling! At Still Spa in Kirkland, we have some ways to help replenish your dry skin and some things you can try at home before you see us. Keep reading to learn more about protecting your skin as we go through the cold holiday season. 

In order to protect your skin, you must first understand it. Seek a specialist that understands the best actions to revive and then protect your skin. Our team of therapists at Still Spa in Kirkland are ready to give you advice on the right things to do through a skin consultation. Their goal is to make you happy and healthy so they will always keep your best interest in mind.

We all try to moisturize in the spring and summer when the heat inevitably dries out our skin, but we should also consider doing the same in the winter time. Use oil based moisturizers to create a protective layer over the skin to keep it from drying out as you go from outside cold to inside heat. Make sure to be careful with the oils that you use on your face so you don't clog your pores. Avocado or mineral based moisturizers will help declog your pores and protect your face as well. Staying hydrated is also key in helping revuvenate the skin. Your skin actually becomes like what you consume so make sure your diet reflects what you would want your skin to be. Make sure to exfoliate regularly to clear old skin but always follow up with moisturizer to protect the new skin.

The last tip we have to protect your skin is for those of you in the snow. We have not seen any snow in the Kirkland area yet, but there are precautions to take when it starts falling. Use sunscreen, yes use sunscreen in the winter. The snow glare from the sun can actually burn you just as easily as the sun in the summertime. If you are planning on skiing or snowboarding, this is an easy way to make sure any exposed skin is still protected!

Still Spa in Kirkland is committed to making sure your skin is rejuvenated after every visit with us. But when you aren't able to make it to us, we want to make sure you know what you can do to keep your glowing skin. Truly healthy skin doesn't just come from what you put on it but what you are doing to work within the skin you're in!

Want to learn more about how you can start rejuvenating your skin? Call 425.803.9000 or visit http://woodmarkstillspa.com to book your appointment today!   

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The Family's Coming, What's There to Do? Try the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland

Only 17 days until Christmas and 23 until New Year's Day! For many of us that means not only is Santa coming to town, but so is the family! Many of our employees host their families in Kirkland or leave back to where they're from. This makes for a great time of laughter and memories made during the holiday season. But it also means that you need help entertaining your family members who may be here for a couple days or maybe even weeks depending on how much time they take off. The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland has you covered this holiday season to explore the property and the prime spots in Kirkland to get the full holiday experience at our destination. 

Holiday cooking is a production, whether it's a nice honey baked ham, maybe some more turkey, or something else completely. With all the focus on the big meal who wants to have to worry about the ones before and after? Beach Cafe has a menu that covers flavors from inland to the sea with something everyone will love. Even in the winter a trip to the Beach makes for a perfect holiday experience.

Check out Beach Cafe's holiday menus for Christmas Eve and Day here.

The dining experience doesn't end there... bin on the lake restaurant takes a comfortable, elegant atmosphere with local flavors overlooking Lake Washington as the backdrop. For a total dining experience, bring your relatives here for a time they will always remember.

For bin on the lake's holiday menus for Christmas Eve and Day, click here.

The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland loves to show their holiday spirit in a couple of ways as well. Starting December 11th, come explore our annual gingerbread village built by the local Carillon businesses and this year also by our departments in the hotel. This village will be throughout the lobby allowing you to get up close and personal with the creations. Make sure to vote for your favorite so they win bragging rights and a reception at Beach Cafe!

Need an excuse to come down to Kirkland? Try December 22nd for our Annual Christmas Ships Celebration with Carillon Properties and Argosy Cruises. From 5:30 pm to 7 pm come enjoy activities, carolers, hot drinks, a holiday movie, and pictures with Santa as we get ready for the Christmas Ships to perform. At 7 pm, congregate on Lake Washington as the Ships pushes out in the water shining bright lights and playing holiday tunes. Take it a step further and take a ride on the Woodmark II with Captain Rob to enjoy all of the boats out on Lake Washington.

The holidays are a great time in Kirkland, the tree in downtown was officially lit counting down the days until Christmas. Lights strung along the road and decorations galore make Kirkland a beautiful spot to be at this time. We hope to share some part of the season with you soon!

Visit thewoodmark.com or call 425.822.3700 for any more information about the holiday season at the Woodmark in Kirkland.   

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Got Leftovers? Try these Post Thanksgiving Tips from the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland

We hope you all had a great holiday weekend full of laughter, family, and lots of good eating! Our team at Beach Cafe and bin on the lake hosted many families for the big meal and were glad to be a part of their holiday experience. The community of Kirkland is one where holiday cheer is felt in every smile and greeting from each customer that enters our doors. 

If you're like most of us, there is almost always leftovers from your big Thanksgiving meal. Nobody wants to let those go to waste! We have the solution for you. Keep reading for some great ideas for post-Thanksgiving recipes from the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland. 

Turkey is a meat that is high in protein which none of us seem to get enough of. Women should be aiming for about 46 grams a day while men should be getting about 56 grams a day. This is a great excuse to put your turkey in a salad with your favorite dressing. Stay light on the dressing to keep your dish low in fat and to not counter balance the health benefits in the meal.

Another idea for your post-Thanksgiving meal is the cliche Turkey sandwich but not just any ordinary turkey sandwich. Try using a hoagie instead of your regular loaf of bread and try adding some peppers and other add ons for bold flavor. If you are not into spicy food, just some regular condiments can make this sandwich taste much better that usual.

There are many other ways to use your leftovers from Thanksgiving. If you have sides try mixing them together for a nice bowl of Thanksgiving. Or just recreate the meal on a plate if you haven't had enough.

If you're out of leftovers and tired of cooking, we've got you covered in Kirkland for two types of dining both with delicious flavors for the whole family.

Want us to take care of dinner tonight? Visit http://binonthelake.com or http://beachcafekirkland.com for reservations at Beach Cafe or bin on the lake restaurants in downtown Kirkland. Both offer a lakeside views with flavors inspired by Beaches around the World in the Beach Cafe and lakeside local flavors at bin on the lake.

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