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Kirkland Meetings: Teambuilding Activities on Lake Washingtonphoto

With over 9,000 square feet of flexible indoor-outdoor meeting and event space, the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington is a convenient location for any Seattle area meeting or event. Only seven miles east of Seattle and minutes from bordering eastside communities of Redmond and Bellevue, the Woodmark’s idyllic lakeside location provides endless opportunities for unique teambuilding activities.

Here are a few of the Woodmark's favorites:

Stand-up Paddleboard Excursion  -  Starting May 1st and featured throughout the summer months, reserve paddleboards for your group of up to 20 or more!

Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga Class  -  Fan of the work/life balance philosophy? Try yoga on the water for a challenging yet refreshing experience. Woodmark's Director of Adrenaline Traci Bartee of Fly Fitness will guide your attendees in this unique group fitness class.

Cruise on Lake Washington  -  With access to the Carillon Point Marina, charter a cruise for your group and set out on the lake (daytime or evening) for a memorable event. A great way to unwind after a productive day of meetings is a sunset cocktail cruise!

Boat Rentals & Watersports  -  Make a big splash! Starting May 1st, Woodmark Waterfront Adventures launches its season with a variety of boat and equipment rentals. Dedicated to providing memorable experiences during your event or meeting, reinvigorate your attendees with a customized lake outing.

Jet Ski Adventure  -  Get the whole fleet! Provided through Woodmark Waterfront Adventures, Jet Ski outings are a blast for teambuilding. With advanced notice, we can provide a watercraft for each attendee!

Polar Plunge  -  The polar plunge is a unique idea for meetings near Seattle that highlights a local tradition in the Pacific Northwest. Conference goers and corporate meeting attendees can dive into the cold and refreshing waters of Lake Washington. In a post-lake jump experience, participants can proceed to Woodmark's day spa to have some relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. 

Waterfront Fitness Classes  -  Corporate travelers can join their colleagues in high energy fitness classes or relaxing yoga sessions on Woodmark’s waterfront lawn.  Group fitness classes are a great way to get participants pumped up, energized and ready to take on their next conference or meeting challenge!

Kirkland Paddleboard Rentals
Photo: Stand-up Paddleboards in Kirkland, Washington

To learn more about teambuilding activities and plan your next meeting near Bellevue, explore our Kirkland meeting spaces or call Woodmark Sales and Catering at 425-827-1986.

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Celebrate With Easter Activities Near Kirkland, Washingtonphoto

It’s officially the first full day of Spring in the Pacific Northwest! The Woodmark Hotel is excited to welcome Spring with exceptional seasonal cuisine at our waterfront restaurants in Kirkland, rejuvenating spa treatments at our tranquil spa facility, and the great anticipation of outdoor recreation in our near future. Soon it will be time for kayaking, paddle boarding, and exciting lakeside lifestyle with boats and jet skis right in our backyard, otherwise known as the stunning Lake Washington.

We’d like to provide some suggestions to celebrate Easter, as in the past we’ve hosted an Easter Egg Hunt on our waterfront lawn. Instead this year we are excited to celebrate Easter with the delightful culinary talents of our restaurants, bin on the lake and Beach Café. Easter weekend is full of family-friendly activities near our boutique waterfront hotel in Kirkland, Washington.

Kirkland Easter Activities

One of the largest and longest-running egg hunts in Kirkland will be held at Peter Kirk Park in downtown Kirkland on Easter Sunday! The 39th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Kirkland Kiwanis, begins at 1:30pm on Sunday, April 20th. The event is free to the public and Kiwanis members will put out approximately 15,000 eggs.

On Saturday, April 19th, try the Scrambled Egg 5k in nearby Redmond. With a race & hunt all-in-one event, this is a one-of-a-kind experience that encompasses the spirit of Easter. Participants can collect colored eggs scattered throughout the course, with each color either helping or hurting each person’s race time. It is not revealed what each color means until after the race! With lots of prizes, other unique activities and the Easter Bunny, this race is a great way to get outdoors and celebrate one of our favorite springtime holidays. 

Also on April 19th, Redmond Town Center needs your help in making an effort to break the Guinness World Record! Shooting for ‘The Most Dyed Eggs at the Same Time,’ be a part of history and register to participate. This free event requires pre-registration and comes with a free “Easter Egg” Cake Pop from Pinkabella Cupcakes. What a sweet deal! 

On April 20th, find the perfect spot for holiday dining in Kirkland at our waterfront restaurants Beach Café and bin on the lake. With stunning water-views and the unique culinary offerings of each kitchen, you'll find several delicious ways to celebrate Easter with your loved ones. 

 At bin on the lake, discover an inspired a la carte brunch menu highlighting fresh, local cuisine. This Easter holiday, experience panoramic views across Lake Washington and special brunch items featuring vibrant tastes of the season.  Reservations are recommended so go ahead and reserve a table online, or visit for more information. 

Featuring an over-the-top brunch buffet, Beach Café is dishing up items like "Theo" Chocolate pancakes and Cinnamon Maple Glazed Pit Ham. Perfect for family & friends alike, view the full buffet menu and reserve a spot before it’s too late!

The Woodmark hotel on Lake Washington is thrilled to be part of the charming community of Kirkland. We wish all of our valued guests and community members a Happy Easter!

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Art in Action at the Woodmark Hotel: Featured Artist Peter Juvonenphoto

For those with an appreciation for local art, experience the Woodmark Hotel’s Art in Action exhibit highlighting a variety of sculptures, mixed media and two dimensional works throughout the hotel. As a long-standing supporter of the Kirkland arts community, the Woodmark has partnered with Ryan James Fine Arts in Kirkland who curates the quarterly feature. With local art displayed throughout guest room corridors, public spaces and our waterfront restaurants, find unique art by local artist Peter Juvonen in the Living Room Bar at Beach Café!

Peter Juvonen Art in Beach Cafe

About the Artist

Location: Port Orchard, Washington
Mediums: Acrylic, oil, gouache

Born in Turku, Finland, Peter Juvonen is nationally recognized as a self-taught artist with over thirty years of experience. He has participated in over twenty-five exhibits and more than eighty group shows throughout the United States. His work has been featured in Art in America, Sun Valley Art, and Metropolitan Home. He is an interdisciplinary artist recognized for his conceptual abstract style, and while representational art does not elude him, this conceptual style that is uniquely Peter is where his heart is. Peter’s art is included in most major corporate and private collections in the Pacific Northwest.
Biography courtesy of Ryan James Fine Arts

Peter Juvonen in Beach Cafe Living Room

Art in Action showcases several pieces of original works done by a number of local artists and is open to the general public for viewing. Find a piece you love?  Achieve instant art gratification by purchasing the piece directly through Ryan James Fine Arts. While exploring art throughout the hotel, find biographies about the artist adjacent to each work. 

To learn more about Peter Juvonen and Ryan James Fine Arts, visit

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Five Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Near Kirkland, Washingtonphoto

Kirkland, Washington, just east of downtown Seattle, is the perfect place to discover new experiences during the holidays. From a variety of community events and unique spectrum of local businesses, the waterfront city of Kirkland is an attractive destination for everyone. This St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy our guide highlighting five ways to celebrate this authentic Irish tradition!

Kirkland Shamrock Run
Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Help support downtown Kirkland while celebrating St. Patrick's Day!  The Kirkland Shamrock Run in its third season is the best way for Eastsiders to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style, and in costume, in beautiful downtown Kirkland.  Learn More

St Patty's Kirkland
Photo: Kirkland Shamrock Run 2013

Geoffrey Castle's 9th Annual St. Patrick's Celebration
Kirkland Performance Center
Saturday, March 15th, 2014
For an unforgettable family friendly event, experience the world renowned electric violinist Geoffrey Castle and his All-Star band at Kirkland Performance CenterLearn More 

Beach Cafe at the Woodmark
March 17th, 2014
With a front row seat to Kirkland's waterfront, get a taste of traditional Irish fare with Chef Matthew Steffen's Reuben & Fries Special. Enjoy a signature Reuben sandwich featuring low braised corned beef with bacon + parsley sauerkraut, sliced Swiss, 1000 island on rye with French fries. With Irish Coffee offered all day, you'll find a lively and fun atmosphere to celebrate the holiday! Learn More

Sur La Table Irish Cooking Class
Saturday, March 15th, 2014
A great way to celebrate with your significant other is a cooking class! Discover how to create delicious modern Irish fare highlighting its wonderful variety of flavor profiles and ingredients.  Learn how to craft unforgettable dishes you can easily create at home. From a flavorful Irish Apple & Parsnip Soup soup to a Guinness & Maple Glazed salmon entrée, finish off the evening with a decadent dessert of Bittersweet Chocolate Irish Whiskey Cake. Bon Appetite! Learn More

Seattle’s St. Patrick’s Parade
Saturday, March 15, 2014
To get an authentic taste of Seattle’s Irish history, experience the Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Seattle. The Irish Heritage Club of Seattle hosts the parade, which starts at 4th Avenue and travels north, concluding at the Seattle Center. With bagpipers, pirates, drill teams, Irish dancers, bands and more, don’t miss one of best parades in downtown Seattle!  Learn More

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington! 

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