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No Time to Cook? No Need with this Recipe at Beach Cafephoto

The reality is that sometimes we don't have time to cook but we need a full meal's worth of nutrition. Our favorite way to do this is simple...green chickpea hummus. You can dip anything in it to add great flavor and nutrition to your dish and there's no cooking required. Keep reading for how to make this simple, raw delicious recipe.

Green Chickpea Hummus

2 lbs Green Chickpeas
2 oz Tahini Paste
1 TBL Cumin
4 Roasted Garlic Cloves
½ cup Lemon Juice
½ cup Water
½ cup Olive Oil
2 TBL Kosher Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper

Green Chickpea Hummus Beach Cafe

This recipe makes any dish better. Our favorite thing to dip with is warm pita bread! We encourage you to try your favorite raw recipe, especially when time is of the essence! At Beach Cafe, we offer many options cooked or raw that both express the flavors of the Northwest sea and inland. Check out our full menu to see.

Want to join us for dinner? Make reservations with us tonight! Call 425.889.0303 or visit us at thewoodmark.com/beachcafe.  

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Say I Do in Kirkland this 2015 Wedding Seasonphoto

Many of you are in the midst of planning the big day which includes considering where this monumental event will occur. Obviously, we are a little biased to say you should consider the Woodmark. But it's not just what we do that makes us one of the top wedding venues in Seattle, it's the beauty of the city of Kirkland and the Eastside. Keep reading for our top 5 reasons why the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland should be on the top of your list of wedding venues.

Location, location, location...

The Woodmark is one of the only wedding locations in the Greater Seattle Area, steps away from the water. You can literally walk into Lake Washington from the lawn. We have even had brides come back for Trash the Dress photoshoot in the water. You don't have to jump in though, you can also simply hop on the Woodmark II for a celebratory after vows cruise together. Not a bad way to start married life...

Woodmark II Kirkland

Outdoor Wedding Venue...

Our Olympic Terrace Tent creates an intimate outdoor venue, perfect for hot summer nights with a cool breeze from the lake. It doesn't always get hot here but when it does you will be thankful for the light, cool breeze. It also creates the perfect backdrop for your ceremony. Your guests focus on you as the sun sets in beautiful colors on Lake Washington behind you.

Olympic Terrace Tent

The Essentials...

We offer a locally sourced food & beverage menu that allows guests to showcase the state their wedding is being held in. Washington has much to offer in the way of wines and cuisine; we want every guest to leave knowing that. It's a great way to introduce out of town guests to everything our beautiful state has to offer and we can begin to tell them the story of why this area is special.

Woodmark Wedding Menu

The View...

As the sun sets over the city of Seattle, the perfect amount of daytime, sunset, and evening photo opportunities are created. The Olympic Terrace Tent is situated perfectly to capture the sun setting during dinner time to send you off perfectly into your reception. When we say these views are picturesque, we really mean it...

Lake Washington

Escape not that far away...

Finally, the Woodmark Hotel has all of the features to create a destination wedding feel, even for locals. With a spa, two restaurants, and seasonal water sport rentals, all guests can make a long weekend out of a wedding celebration. Why not make it a vacation? If you're going to be here, might as well enjoy it right?

If you are planning your big day give us a call at 425.827.1986 to learn more or to start planning your Woodmark wedding!

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Find the Pot of Gold this St. Patrick's Day in Kirkland at Beach Cafephoto

With St. Patrick's Day only a week away, we wanted to help you find a drink that tastes like gold (if gold was a cocktail). Don't forget to wear your green, our drink wears it with a lime on its rim. Does it count if you drink it and eat the lime? You can be the one to test it out with drink specials at Beach Cafe to celebrate. But before the holiday hits here's how our bartender Shane makes Irish Gold.

Irish Gold

Irish Gold Beach Cafe

3/4 oz. Peach schnapps
1 1/2 oz. Orange juice
1 1/2 oz. Jameson whiskey
1 1/2 oz. Ginger ale

Even if you're not a fan of whiskey, this drink truly tastes like a pot of gold. Not too strong but also not too sweet, a perfect way to celebrate the holiday!

Beyond the Irish Gold, we will have a couple other specials in Beach Cafe for St. Patty's Day. Kilt Lifter Beers from Pike Brewery in Seattle will be only $5 all day and shots of Jameson, Bushmills, and Tillamoore Dew will also only be $5! A perfect excuse to try out some different drink recipes!

We also have the food covered. A northwest Reuben with fries is the perfect meal to go along with your drinks! So if you didn’t have a reason to celebrate St. Patty’s Day, now you do…Just don’t forget the green!

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What to Do? Make it a Date Night Part Two in Kirklandphoto

Last week we highlighted a couple great hotspots in Kirkland to take your significant other for a creative, fun time. Consistently changing it up and finding new ideas for you two to enjoy together is the key to truly enjoying your relationship. How many times do we get asked," what is there to do in Kirkland?"...alot! How many answers do we have for them? ... A lot! Here are some more insider tips to places you must take a date in Kirkland.

Painting and Sipping...

CANVAS! Paint and Sip Studio is the ultimate good time. Trying your hand at art while sipping on your favorite wine or cocktail. Their team of talented artists and teachers make every stroke as easy as writing your own name. But by the end of the session, you have somehow created a masterpiece worthy of taking home and hanging in your home. But the best part of the experience is in between. Laughing, sipping, and enjoying the artist experience together is something that is always enjoyable. You don't have to be good at art or you can be the best there is, Paint and Sip events are about the people you are with and the fun you have. At the Woodmark, we host these events for our guests and local patrons consistently so make sure your next painting is on Lake Washington.

Canvas Paint and Sip Kirkland

Dive In...

One of the best parts of Kirkland is being right on Lake Washington. But in the right circumstances we encourage our guests to take it a step further and dive in! Whether they take that literally or float along is up to them. The Woodmark Hotel offers complimentary kayaks for guests to explore the surroundings all year round. When May hits, it's time for Waterfront Adventures! Stand up paddle boards, jet skis, boat rentals all take guests right to the water. But even then it is up to the guest if they want float or swim!

Lake Washington Kayak

Kirkland is a place of discovery and our Woodmark team wants to point you in the right direction! Make sure to ask our guest services team or call 425.822.3700 for any tips about the best ways to experience Kirkland.

 

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Make it a Date Night in Kirklandphoto

In any relationship, creativity can be a driving force to continue to cultivate the love you have committed to each other. This means getting a little creative and taking your significant other out on dates consistently and creatively. Don't let your special Valentine's day become the only day every year that you do anything out of the ordinary together. Kirkland is a perfect spot for you to start. Our guests are always looking for ways to enjoy the unique spots in Kirkland so we want to share some of these tips with you too.

Places to Go...

Kirkland is a hotspot for many privately owned bars and restaurants that put their own twist on the guest experience. One of our favorites is Flatstick Pub right on Lake Street in downtown Kirkland. They combine local beers and ciders with a not so normal 9 hole mini golf course for their patrons to attempt in the back of the pub. A great way to enjoy tastes of the Northwest while also playing a game that no one is great at but everyone enjoys.

Flatstick Pub Kirkland

Things to Do...

Get a couples massage at Still Spa in Kirkland. We're not just saying that because we can make that happen, studies have shown that couples massages can actually help couples bond more intimately. Spend 80 minutes with each other in silence or whispering and reminiscing about all the great times you have had together. After you have relaxed, continue the conversation over dinner and wine at bin on the lake.

We want to continue to provide you with the best ideas for staying creative in your relationship. One thing that really helps is setting a date night every week so you know that is the time for you two to spend well deserved time together.

Stay tuned for more date night ideas in Kirkland in the coming weeks. You never have to go far to discover.

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Stop and Shop Local in Kirkland

Shopping provides an experience perfect for building memories because it is not the same in two places. Downtown shops and boutiques reflect the personality and charm of their location. In Kirkland, every shop has a special story to tell and shopping experience to offer. We encourage our Woodmark Hotel guests to explore Kirkland's downtown shopping with our complimentary valet service. Here's some of the things you may find.

What to Wear...

Downtown Kirkland is filled with small apparel shops specializing in beautiful pieces of clothing that you can take home. Whether you find Crush Footwear for big brand women's footwear in a small personalized atmosphere or a men's shop like Asher specializing in Washington Made men's apparel, take a walk, window shop, and stop by to check out whatever tickles your fancy. Many of the shop owners are also local to Kirkland so they love meeting visitors.

Things to See...

Kirkland is know for its art community and the quality of art local residents create or curate. Being in such a creative community attracts many artists to live here and produce their interpretations of the beauty of the area. With many galleries just minutes away, we encourage guests to see the many interpretations up close and personal. ryan james fine arts curates many local artists along with nationally known ones to highlight true artistic ability. Check out some local Kirkland residents that are among the artists featured here. Performing arts of every kind can be found at the Kirkland Performance Center. With shows almost every day, let yourself get lost in the story and in Kirkland culture.

Many of the art galleries in Kirkland do offer their pieces for sale so if you find something you really like, take it home. Next time you stay with us look at the art throughout the property. The Woodmark Hotel partners with ryan james fine arts to put up rotating art every quarter from local artists that is for sale to guests. Pieces are on guest floors, in our restaurants bin on the lake and Beach Cafe, in Still Spa, and other public spaces as well. 

The best thing about staying in Kirkland is you don't have to go far to discover. You can start right here at the Woodmark Hotel. 

Staying with us soon? Call 425.822.3700 and make sure to ask our front desk team about all that Kirkland has to offer.

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Will You Be Ours this Valentine's Weekend?photo

Do you have a valentine? If you do we hope you have a fun weekend planned for the two of you to spend a romantic time together. If you don't we encourage you to do the same. You have many people in your life you can show love to even if they aren't your "Valentine." We love celebrating romance and the couples that choose Kirkland as their romantic destination but we encourage the singles out there to join some friends and take advantage of this Valentine's weekend in your own way. Read more to see how Valentine's Day isn't only for couples and how the Woodmark could be "yours."

 

A delicious meal is a universal thing that anyone can enjoy for any reason. It's a perfect chance to have a romantic evening and conversation with your significant other but it could also be a perfect round table for a girls night filled with laughs. In Kirkland, bin on the lake and Beach Cafe can be the backdrop for your love story or the bar can be the perfect start to fun night with friends. No two people are the same so their experience should be that way too, right? We think so.

Girls Night Kirkland

The spa always seems like a perfect Valentines Day solution; relaxation and romance packed into a couples massage. You can even take it a step farther at Still Spa and add in dinner or wine for afterwards. But if you're not looking for romance, the reality is that the spa could also be a perfect excuse for some well deserved me time. It doesn't have to be in honor of Valentines Day, it could simply be a reward to you. We all deserve something like that, especially after a long week of sitting at work. In fact, massage can actually counteract all the sitting you do during the week because it releases the tension in your neck and shoulders which manifests from long periods of sitting.

Ergonomics of Sitting

So whether you have a Valentine or not, we'd like to ask if you'd be ours? We would love to be a part of your story however we may fit in. If you have any questions about how we can help call 425.822.3700 to learn about our special offers. 

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Plan Your Escape to the Lake for Valentines Weekend in Kirklandphoto

This year Valentine’s Day is perfectly placed in the middle of the weekend, leaving room for three days  of love and romance! Being recognized by Condé Nast's  and U.S. News and World Report as a top destination, the Woodmark creates a memorable experience for every guest, no matter their reason for travel. Valentine's Day is no different... from Still Spa to our dining experiences at bin on the lake and Beach Cafe, find the perfect combination of pleasure for you and your loved one.

Still Spa offers serenity and relaxation for couples to enjoy together. . The perfect escape is the one found in each other...let everything else leave your mind as you focus on the most important thing to you. It doesn't need to stop there -  toast to each other with wine or dinner together, and let the flavors inspire your love.

Still Spa in Kirkland

Visit www.woodmarkstillspa.com or call 425.803.9000 for more information about Still Spa's Valentine's packages or to book one now.

Explore local flavors and ingredients in bin on the lake and Beach Cafe  who both have special offerings to let you taste, sip while you enjoy the  romantic ambiance of Lake Washington together.

bin on the lake Kirkland

Visit www.binonthelake.com or call 425-803-5595 for bin on the lake's special Valentine's weekend menu and reservations.

Visit www.beachcafekirkland.com or call 425-889-0303 for Beach Cafe's Valentine's weekend special and reservations.

Don't leave the night there...enjoy our  luxury accommodations and privacy in one of our perfectly appointed guest rooms or suites.   We’ll welcome you with chocolate-dipped strawberries and  sparkling wine and allow you to sleep in and enjoy breakfast in bed together. You'll be sure to leave with a smile and full of a newfound love.

Woodmark Hotel Kirkland

Making Valentine's plans? Be sure to check out all of the offerings mentioned above and more to create your perfect Valentines experience. Call 425.803.9000 or visit www.thewoodmark.com/seattle-hotel-specials.php to see all of our Valentines special offers.

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