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East Seattle Meetings: Tips on How to Create Productive Brainstorming Sessionsphoto

A convenient location for any Seattle area meeting or event, the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington is only seven miles east of Seattle and minutes from bordering eastside communities of Redmond and Bellevue.  With over 9,000 square feet of flexible indoor-outdoor meeting and event space, the Woodmark provides a variety of settings to accommodate the perfect brainstorming session. We’ve found the following tips on planning a productive meeting or conference can lead to achieving high engagement and overall success.

Tips on How to Create a Productive Brainstorming Session:

  • Planning & Preparation: Outline goals of the brainstorming session and share with participants prior to gathering. Clearly define the purpose and encourage new perspectives.
  • Get Inspired: With floor-to-ceiling windows and the added bonus of natural light, the Woodmark’s stunning views of Lake Washington that expand across to a clear view of the Olympic Mountains is nothing less than miraculous. Participants can clear their minds and gain that fresh perspective that is important for a productive meeting.
  • Create a Stimulating Environment: With group settings it is important for attendees to feel comfortable and eliminate any fear or intimidation. In large correlation to the tone and overall goals of the meeting, crafting a more creative environment can be encouraged with soft seating and relaxed meeting space. At the Woodmark, learn more about upgraded seating options to achieve the perfect casual setting for your next meeting in Kirkland, Washington.
  • Provide Brain Food: Boost brainpower by offering your attendees a variety of selections from Woodmark’s Catering Services. We can provide local, fresh options that include fruit, nuts, berries and whole grains. We can also supply a fair amount of coffee and juice to stimulate and support creative thinking.

Meeting Space Near Bellevue, Washington
Photo: Meeting Space Near Bellevue, Washington - Bayshore Room 

To learn more about planning a productive meeting near Bellevue, explore our Kirkland meeting spaces or call Woodmark Sales and Catering at 425-827-1986.

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Kirkland Hotel Launches Fine Art Experience Supporting Local Artistsphoto

For those with an appreciation for local artists, experience Art in Action while visiting our Kirkland boutique hotel. The Woodmark Hotel is excited to integrate and support the Kirkland arts community with a quarterly one-of-a-kind art exhibition curated by Kirkland’s own Ryan James Fine Arts with supplemental works by Kirkland Arts Center. Works displayed on both interior and exterior areas of the hotel highlight a variety of sculptures, mixed media and two dimensional works featuring regional artists.

Guests are encouraged to peruse the works of local artists throughout public spaces and waterfront restaurants bin on the lake and Beach Café. When completed, the art will expand throughout each corridor of the guest accommodations.

While exploring the art throughout the hotel, find additional information about each artist that accompanies each work. Discover something for everyone and every occasion that highlights the incredible talents of our local artists.  Most of the rotating art collection will be available for purchase through Ryan James Fine Arts. The Woodmark’s permanent collection of art will not be available for purchase.

Just a few of our featured artists include:


With Art in Action, the Woodmark Hotel is striving to enhance the guests experience and support our local arts community. As the only Kirkland waterfront hotel, our partnership with Kirkland Arts Center and Ryan James Fine Arts provides gifted local artists an opportunity to reach the broader community.

Learn more about Art in Action at the Opening Reception on Friday, February 28th from 5pm-7:30pm. Located at the Woodmark Hotel Marina Room, meet and mingle among several featured artists, Ryan James Fine Arts, Kirkland Arts Center, and more.  Drinks and complimentary appetizers will also be available for your pleasure.

Kirkland Art Event

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East Seattle Hotel Unveils State-of-the-Art Renovation Featuring Luxury Sleep Experiencephoto

This month, visit the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington and you’ll not only fall in love with the improvements to our accommodations, you’ll fall in love with our premium sleep experience.  How perfect is it that we are unveiling the newest hotel rooms in East Seattle this February – the month to celebrate “love” and romantic getaways!

Sparing no cost in creating the perfect lakeside setting for rejuvenation, our waterfront hotel in Kirkland has taken comfort to a new level. The Woodmark kicked off 2014 with exquisite renovations that are now complete.  Like the hosts in those enthralling home makeover shows -- we can’t wait to share it!

Come enjoy our contemporary and refreshing design in each of our Kirkland hotel Guest Rooms and Suites featuring luxurious furnishings, stunning light fixtures, as well as new drapes and paint colors, which perfectly sets off serene water views across Lake Washington. Woodmark’s lobby features stunning marble floors, cozy conversation areas and a welcoming, bright design.

Kirkland Hotel

Be the first to experience a new kind of luxurious sleep! We have three words for you that will make you the envy of East Seattle: Napa… Black… Label.  That’s right; these three words will change your perception of what it means to experience a truly luxurious sleep.  Exclusive to our Kirkland hotel, this wonder of mattress engineering was tailor-made for those who insist upon the finer things in life. 

True to form, no detail has been overlooked. Experience our unique Pillow Talk menu that allows you to choose your pillow based on your personal sleep style. Pick between Buckwheat, Lavender, Memory Foam or Allergy-Free and get ready to enjoy sweet dreams. Not to mention upgraded lux bedding and linens which will make you feel like royalty! What’s best is you can be one of the first to sleep on these incredible beds and earn both bragging rights, as well as a perfect night’s sleep. And here’s a little insider tip: make sure to take advantage of the kooky “Raid the Pantry” amenity that offers complimentary late night snacks.

At Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington, we’re all about creating a home away from home. It is this attention to detail that has earned our Kirkland hotel the admiration of guests and industry experts around the world. That said, we understand if you don’t take our word for it, and instead, make a reservation and decide for yourself.

Come join us!

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Valentine’s Recipe Ideas from bin on the lake Waterfront Restaurant in Kirkland, Washingtonphoto

Recently landing on Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Of" lists, it’s no surprise that the chefs and bartenders at bin on the lake waterfront restaurant in Kirkland consider themselves the experts when it comes to special occasion celebrations… and Valentine’s Day is no different.

Developed by restaurant manager Claire Hansen and prepared by bartender Joey MacDuff, these delicious Valentine’s cocktail recipes will tantalize the senses and put anyone in the mood for love. Inspired by all things romantic, they invoke the fragrance of fresh flowers, the intoxicating taste of champagne and the heart-warming sweetness of chocolate. Enjoy these Valentine's recipes that the ‘romance experts’ at bin on the lake have concocted for guests who want to commemorate this day dedicated to love in a special way.

Valentines Recipe Ideas
Photo: Valentine's Cocktails pictured from left to right
the 'Pink Truffle' and 'Fiore di Amore'


THE PINK TRUFFLE

Savor classic Valentine’s Day flavors with a creamy cocktail that replicates the sinful sweetness of a raspberry chocolate truffle. Bet you can’t have just one!

Ingredients:
1 oz Vanilla Vodka
1 oz Godiva White Chocolate Cream
1 oz Chambord
1.5 oz White Crème de Cacao
Method:
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain and serve in a martini glass rimmed with raspberry puree. Garnish with white chocolate flakes.


FIORE DI AMORE

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, the Fiore di Amore combines the delicate sweet flavor and floral aroma of crème de violette, a brandy-based liqueur with intoxicating bubbles of a sparkling wine. It’s like receiving a fresh bouquet of violets and a bottle of champagne from your loved one.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Crème de Violette
4 oz Sparkling Wine
Method:
Pour the crème de violette in a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a nasturtium flower.


This Valentine’s Day in Kirkland, bin on the lake is offering a perfect combination of romantic ambiance and an inspired prix fixe menu that highlights fresh, local cuisine. The evening city lights sparkle across the water making for a magical setting to enjoy an anything-but-ordinary three course meal.

To learn more about Valentine's Day waterfront dining at the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington, visit www.binonthelake.com or call 425-803-5595 for reservations.

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