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On the Road Again? Stay Fit and Healthy with Tips from the Woodmark Hotel Near Seattle

Many of us find ourselves on the road week after week for business travel. This takes away from any time we have to go to a gym or even go out on a run. Changes in weather, climate, elevation, etc. can all be reasons or excuses for why your health and fitness is left behind. When you’re near Seattle though, we at the Woodmark have multiple offerings for you take your health and fitness to the next level. But if you don’t have time for that, keep reading for some other tips you can do in minutes as well.

The first thing to making sure your fitness endeavors will be successful is setting solid and firm goals that you want to achieve. These can be lose weight, gain muscle, increase endurance, etc. but it is best to include concrete numbers when setting these goals. For example, instead of just I want to lose weight, state it as an action item: I will lose 5 pounds this month. Write this out and sign it as a commitment to yourself that you will stay true to your goal, no excuses!

Now that you have eliminated excuses from your vocabulary, here are some ways to conquer your next business trip with fitness and health:

  • Bring along resistance bands or jump ropes- These are both great ways to get some strength training and cardio in each day. They are also really easy to pack into a suitcase without taking up much room.
  • If you’re near the water…use it- If where you’re staying has some sort of water near it or in it, use that as a way to get some exercise and have some fun. If you’re on business travel near Seattle, the Woodmark Hotel is right on Lake Washington with offerings from Woodmark Waterfront Adventures of paddleboarding and kayaking as great ways to exercise.
  • Walk and run around- Use this as an opportunity to check out the surrounding area you are staying in. On Carillon Point near Seattle, we have boardwalks and docks along the water for you to walk or run on while enjoying the beautiful views it provides.
  • Use facilities if provided by your hotel- Many hotels and resorts will provide some sort of fitness center for complimentary use while on your stay. Take advantage of this as much as possible. At the Woodmark Hotel near Seattle, we have a fitness center with equipment for use as well as our neighbors at Fly Fitness who provide our guests with fun and creative fitness class options for all fitness goals.

These are all great ways to stay fit while on business travel near Seattle or anywhere else you may be going. We also want to make sure you keep yourself healthy while on business travel as well. At the Still Spa, we believe a still mind creates a happy body and we want to exude that for everyone that comes in. We have treatments of all kinds to make sure you stay relaxed and healthy. Check out our latest menu changes that we updated with you in mind; giving you the up to date most relevant treatments with a customized feel is what focused on.

Heading towards Seattle for business travel? Call Reservations at 888.466.7559 today!

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Bringing Your Furry Friend on Vacation to the Woodmark Pet Friendly Hotel near Seattle

In honor of my annual summer event at the Woodmark, a pet friendly hotel near Seattle, Yappier Hour, I want to give you some tips for bringing your furry friend on vacation as the summer winds down. All pet lovers know a dog is another child and should be included on the family vacation no matter where you are going. Keep reading for some tips to make sure you include your pet on your next vacation and have just as much fun with no hassle.

Starting off, bringing your pet anywhere requires some prep work at home on your end. My mom plans my day and packs my lunch every day before I head to work. Some other planning tips could include:

  • Thinking about your dog’s personality- Will they enjoy going to an overcrowded destination with many other tourists? Will they behave in certain situations?
  • Measuring your dog’s travel experience- Has your dog been traveling a lot and enjoyed it? Or is this their first time and you’re not sure how they will react?
  • Does your dog enjoy other people? Other dogs?
  • Physical limitations of your dog- Are there any behavioral or physical limitations that could prevent your doggie from having a great time?

Another big thing to make sure about the destination you are planning on visiting is to check if the destination is pet friendly. If you’re heading to Greater Seattle area make sure to check out the Woodmark, a pet friendly hotel near Seattle. We offer many amenities for your furry friend to ensure they enjoy the vacation as much as you do. If you are traveling to another destination, here are some helpful things to call ahead about when deciding if a destination is pet friendly:

  • Are dogs allowed in the hotel?
  • Is there size or breed restrictions?
  • Are there limitations to the number of dogs you can bring?
  • Is there an extra charge or cleaning fee for dogs?
  • Where are dogs allowed to be on property and when do they have to be on leash?

If you think about these things beforehand, it can make your experience much smoother. When considering pet friendly hotels near Seattle, know that the Woodmark Hotel is always accepting of pets and as the Director of Barketing I have created programs to make sure all of my furry friends have a great time staying here.

To check out just how the Woodmark is pet friendly visit http://www.thewoodmark.com/seattle-pet-friendly-hotel.php

Don’t forget to check out our last two Yappier Hours as well. These are happy hours for you and your pet that I created along with Beach Café. The last two are scheduled from 5pm-7pm at the Beach Café lawn on:

  • Monday, August 18th 2014
  • Monday, September 15th 2014

Ready to bring your furry friend to visit? Call Reservations at 888.466.7559 to schedule your stay with us today!

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Sweet Dreams: Sleeping Successfully while on Business Travel in Seattle

There are a lot of things on your mind when traveling for business. Closing the deal, hitting the quota, and nailing that regional meeting are all things we want to accomplish when traveling for business. This causes a lot of stressors that a lot of the time won’t turn off when it is time to recharge. Many times we find ourselves not getting a good night sleep when we need it most and it can impact our performance in business. At the Woodmark Hotel, our main priority is to always give our guests an atmosphere to recharge when on business travel in the Seattle area. Keep reading for some tips we have to make your next business trip successful.

The Stress Management Society mentions that when you feel stressed it puts your body in fight or flight mode which produces cortisol and adrenaline that makes it harder to relax or sleep. In a business travel situation, these are constantly running throughout the day making it much harder to fall asleep at night when you finally need to stop and recharge. They say the best way to cope with this stress is light exercise and fresh air.

At the Woodmark, we provide quality meeting spaces with lots of windows and patio space to give our guests an opportunity to do business near Seattle, but relax at the same time.  For our guests looking to exercise we also have two facilities where they can go to wind down after their business in Seattle is taken care of. Fly Fitness gives our guests access to classes inside and outside to get up and get moving. We also have a Fitness Center available to guests that lets them workout how they want while on business travel in Seattle.

Sleep is a big part of successful business travel and if you don’t sleep well, you don’t do business well. WebMD mentions a recent study that showed business travelers that lost a few hours of sleep either because of time zones or other reasons saw their performance dramatically impacted. They said any sleep period less than six hours significantly will impact performance.

When our guests are on business travel near Seattle, we don’t want this to happen so we have made the proper changes to help. We added one of the highest rated sleep experiences in the hospitality industry to all of our guest rooms and suites recently, the Simmons Beauty Rest Napa Black Label Pillow Top Mattress. This mattress uses true encasement and cooling technology to allow guests to enjoy a deeper, undisturbed sleep through the night. We are moving forward to show why all of our business travelers in the Seattle area should stay with us.

Traveling to the Seattle area for business soon? Call Reservations today at 888-466-7559 to make sure your next business trip is a success.

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Your Next Memory Isn’t Far: Staycation or Vacation

Vacations can be across the country or in your own home. Making memories is what makes the trip special. You choose what you want to do and no one can tell you anything else. At the Woodmark Hotel, we let you build that next vacation near Kirkland with the Make Your Memory package. Pick what you want and leave out what you don’t. Wondering how to cherish that next memory forever? Keep reading for some tips on how to do so.

Use these ideas below as family activities to continue to remember your vacations way beyond your return. We try to do this for all of our guests who vacation near Kirkland.

Tip 1: Make a memory book for your vacations

  • Make your backgrounds out of maps to showcase where exactly you were
  • Include photos you could only get on your trip: show off special landmarks, experiences, or just a great time you could only have on vacation
  • Take some mementos from your trip and cut them out as decorations and great ways to see where you went on vacation: If you vacation near Kirkland, take a piece from each of our outlets to make sure you visit them all.

Tip 2: Make a vacation memory box

  • This can be as simple or as extravagant as you want it to be, the goal is to add to it as you are on vacation. Got a cool item at the gift shop? Put it in. Your hotel had a really cool pen in the room? Throw it in to remember.
  • Many times the front desk may have an extra box you can use instead of having to worry about bringing one from home. Maybe even go purchase a box as your first memory piece on vacation. If you’re on vacation in Kirkland, there are many boutique shops with all sorts of cool items to include in your memory box.

Tip 3: Make a vacation journal

  • Have everyone in your family contribute to this journal, so you can read back on everyone’s experiences during that vacation. Most likely everyone will have their own favorite part.
  • Try to have everyone write at least once a day and then share it with each other at the end of the day. This is a great way to get quality family time in the midst of a busy vacation.
  • After your vacation, make sure to go back and remind your family of all the fun they had together. This can be really beneficial in the middle of our busy lives.

There are many more ways to remember a vacation so make one your own. Don’t have a vacation or memory to make coming up? You will sincerely appreciate the Make Your Memory package at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland. We give you the options to add on what you like and leave off what you don’t need. What better way to create a memory than building it yourself?

The package includes:

  • Breakfast at the Beach Café
  • Complimentary valet parking

Our renovated sleep experience makes your stay even better. We offer Napa black pillow top mattresses to help you recharge and wake up refreshed to enjoy the next day of your vacation in Kirkland.

To customize your Kirkland stay, add on:

Valid through and must stay by October 31st, 2014. May not be combined with any other promotions or discounts. Not applicable to groups. Other restrictions may apply.

Interested in making your next memory with us in Kirkland? Visit http://www.thewoodmark.com/packages/make-your-memory-at-the-woodmark-package

Use promo code: MYM

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Woody Meg’s Furry Friends Visiting the Woodmark, Pet Friendly Hotel Near Seattlephoto

I am back with the second installment of showing off my friends who visit me at the Woodmark, a seattle pet friendly hotel. We have had so many pets come visit since our last blog it was hard to choose one…so we chose two.

This week we have the pleasure of meeting two of my friends and their owners who have been atending events at the Woodmark for a long time.

Pet Profile

Lincoln and CJ at Yappier Hour

Name: Lincoln (left) and CJ (right)

Owners: Tina and Peggy

Breeds: Lincoln is a wire hair doxen and CJ is a pug.

Fun Facts: They have been attending Yappier Hours since the inception of the event 4 years ago. Lincoln recently celebrated his birthday at the last Yappier Hour turning 2. Proving how pet friendly the Woodmark is, we brought out our Doggie Chef Dorothy who made him a special birthday cake (picture). She also brought tasty treats for all the pets in attendance. Lincoln has a great sense of humor and is great around other dogs. He was actually named after Lincoln Logs!

CJ is a happy pug who loves meeting new people. CJ has lots of energy and always keeps owner Peggy running around to follow.

Tina and Peggy are great friends and have been bringing their furry friends to the pet friendly Woodmark for a while. They have been to New Years, Christmas, and Halloween events never forgetting their doggies.

They are both excited to attend our final two Yappier Hours coming up on:

  • Monday, August 18th, 2014
  • Monday, September 15th, 2014 

Being the director of Barketing isn’t easy! Check out my full Barketing list for all pets visiting the Greater Seattle Area wanting to check out the Woodmark.

http://www.thewoodmark.com/seattle-pet-friendly-hotel.php

Are you bringing more furry friends for me to meet? Call Woodmark Reservations at 888-466-7559 to plan your stay.

Check back on more furry friends being highlighted in this series to see how else our four legged friends can enjoy this Kirkland pet friendly hotel.

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Woody Meg’s Furry Friends Visiting the Woodmark, Pet Friendly Hotel Near Seattlephoto

In honor of my summer event at the Woodmark, Yappier Hour held on the northside lawn by Beach Café from 5 pm – 7 pm the third Monday of each month through September, I want you to meet my friends staying with me in downtown Kirkland at this pet friendly hotel. I love having them here because they can enjoy everything this pet friendly hotel near Seattle has to offer.

Pet Profile

Flirt

Name: Flirt

-Flirt is one of my good friends and has been visiting the pet friendly Woodmark for awhile.

Breed: Female English Lab

Fun Fact: She used to be a Canadian champion back in the day.

Favorite Food: Anything and everything

Favorite activities: Lounging around and watching her owners toss a ball for her but not chasing it.

I invited Flirt to the few final Yappier Hours to come so hopefully she will come. We had one July 21st, but the final Yappier Hours are on:

  • Monday, August 18th, 2014
  • Monday, September 15th, 2014 

As Director of Barketing, I have the power to put on these events and make the Woodmark the pet friendly hotel near Seattle that it is. I know what you’re thinking, how can I have such an important job and have so much time to greet the guests? The answer…work-life balance.

Are you bringing more furry friends for me to meet? Call Woodmark Reservations at 888-466-7559 to plan your stay and make sure you read below about my Barketing department rules for my furry friends.

http://www.thewoodmark.com/seattle-pet-friendly-hotel.php

Check back on more furry friends being highlighted in this series to see how else our four legged friends can enjoy this Kirkland pet friendly hotel.

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Kirkland Uncorked! The Public Sip and Sample of Restaurants in Kirklandphoto

Mark your calendars for July 18-20 for this year’s Kirkland Uncorked! The Kirkland Marina will be taken over by wine restaurants near Seattle for wine tastings and food samplings to go along with them. The event is benefiting a great cause for the Homeward Pet Adoption Center beyond all the festivities. This year I will be representing Beach Café, a waterfront restaurant in Kirkland on the campus of the Woodmark Hotel. We have a wide variety of dishes but that's not all, we've got specialty cocktails and a wide selection of beer to fit any mood. You have fun finding the best wine pairings to pair with my dish of citrus battered shrimp, with yellow curry aioli, and green papaya slaw.

Everyone has their preferences so make sure to come by my table to try my dish and let your taste buds decide what to pair it with. Then come try more of my menu items at Beach Café, waterfront restaurant near Kirkland, and pair with a beer, cocktail, or wine. You may surprise yourself! Don’t forget our neighbors upstairs, Bin on the Lake, a wine themed restaurant in Kirkland when you need to change up your selections. Their wine bar will leave you with more choices than you can imagine. Both restaurants give you beautiful views of Lake Washington while bringing tastes of the sea to your table.

Wine Restaurant Kirkland

Want more information about Kirkland Uncorked and the restaurants in Kirkland involved? http://www.kirklanduncorked.com/

 Ready to check out Beach Café, waterfront restaurant in Kirkland? Make reservations here http://bit.ly/1lJOTGi

Check out our website here http://www.thewoodmark.com/beachcafe/

Check out bin, wine themed restaurant in Kirkland here http://www.thewoodmark.com/bin-on-the-lake/

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