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New Year's 2013 in Kirkland, Washington

New Year's Eve at the Woodmark
The countdown to 2013 is fast approaching! Get ready to drink and clink your champagne glasses while ringing in the New Year with friends and loved ones. Stay at the Woodmark and make it a special night.
For New Year’s Eve, join us at Beach Café to watch NYC's Times Square Ball Drop at 9pm. Sip from your complimentary glass of champagne while we toast to the New Year!

Visit bin on the lake this New Year’s Eve and enjoy a dining experience worthy for a celebration! Bin on the lake’s specials will feature menu items such as Spaghetti with Dungeness crab, Sunchoke soup with white truffle oil and dessert items such as flourless chocolate cake or maple pear walnut cake with brown butter ice cream. Make your reservation today! 425.803.5595

New Year's Day
Beach Café will also be featuring a “Hair of the Dog” menu with specials that emphasize those crave-able foods we love to ease our recovery from a late night out with friends or family. That’s not all… visit the Bloody Mary Bar or choose from a special “You Look Like You Need This” drink menu.

Beach Cafe "Hair of the Dog" specials valid on Tuesday Jan 1, 2013 from 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM. Drink specials available from 6:30am-2pm.


Luxury Lakeside Accommodations on New Year's Eve

The bells are ringing at Carillon Point! Dine at bin on the lake and ring in the New Year by joining us in Beach Café for a champagne toast while we view the Big Apple Ball Drop in NYC! Start off New Year’s Day with a Bloody Mary brunch and exclusive "hair of the dog" menu offerings in the Beach Café!

Ring in the New Year Package Includes:

  • Luxury accommodations
  • $100 Credit to bin on the lake
  • Join Beach Café at 9pm for complimentary champagne toast and NYC Times Square Ball Drop viewing
  • $50 breakfast credit to Beach Cafe
  • Two complimentary Bloody Mary’s at Beach Café
  • Complimentary valet parking

Valid for reservations Dec. 31st, 2012 only. Dining credit excludes alcohol and gratuity. May not be combined with any other promotions or discounts. Not applicable to groups. Other restrictions may apply. Online booking unavailable. Please call reservations at 800-822-3700 to book your package with us.

New Year, New you!

Visit the Northwest Face Spa and indulge in treatments that will inspire relaxation for 2013.


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The Woodmark, Pet Friendly Hotel in Kirkland Introduces New Dog to Greet Guestsphoto

Many of our guests became very attached to our recently retired Director of Guest Satisfaction, a spunky labradoodle who loved to greet each guest with a tail wag. Now that Woody has retired to a fun life on a farm, the Woodmark has been searching for another canine who longs to serve and please others, just as Woody did. The Woodmark Hotel is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Woodmark’s staff, Woody Mae.

Woody Mae and General Mananger John Murphy 
Woody Mae and General Manager of Woodmark Hotel, John Murphy

Woody Mae is a black Labrador Retriever brought on as the Woodmark’s new Director of Barketing. The four year old rescue dog is responsible for developing a new ‘barketing plan’ to achieve an even more dog-friendly atmosphere at the property. Woody Mae is settling in with the Front Desk team and finding joy in welcoming all of the Woodmark’s favorite guests.

Eventually Woody Mae will host Woodmark’s infamous Yappier Hour, which offers guests the opportunity to socialize and enjoy happy hour specials every Wednesday from June through September. As the official hotel dog, Woody Mae specializes in the ability to greet guests of all ages with a wagging tail and wet kisses. Guests can find Woody Mae curled up behind the lobby desk eager to greet you as you sip your glass of champagne at check-in.

Woodmark's Woody Mae

The Woodmark prides itself on offering pet-friendly luxury accommodations on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington. The Woodmark staff and Woody Mae look forward to welcoming you on your next lakeside retreat!

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Winners Selected for First Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contestphoto

The First Annual Gingerbread Decorating Contest has come to a close and we are thrilled to announce this year’s winners! It was a close competition as all participants submitted extraordinary creations. If you haven’t had the chance to view these delectable houses, it’s not too late! The decorated houses will be displayed in the Woodmark’s Lobby through December 23rd. We are continuing to collect donations for KITH throughout this time.

The ballots have been counted and the Woodmark Chefs have weighed in their votes. Drum roll please….

Best in Show: Southern Wine and Spirits: Jim Beam American Still house



Most Creative: Fieldwork: Holiday Time at Fieldwork Farm



Most Delicious Looking: Cascade Investments: Misfits



We would like to thank all of the participants, voters and chefs for contributing to our First Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. We can’t wait to see what next year has in store...

Happy Holidays!

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Winter Skin Tips from Medispa at Woodmark Hotelphoto

The Northwest Face Spa estheticians at the Woodmark would like to share some fall and winter skin care tips to help keep your skin radiant this holiday season. Cold and dry winters can be brutal on your skin. To battle uncomfortable dryness of the skin on your face, hands, and feet, enjoy these simple tips to keep you glowing through the frigid months of winter.


  • Wash with a moisturizing cleanser and lukewarm water. Low humidity and cooler air zap moisture from your skin. Look for lotions with humectants, a class of substances that attract moisture to your skin. GM Collins Hydramucine skin care products are a great option for dry or dehydrated skin.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids, like flaxseed oil and salmon keep skin soft and plump.
  • Antioxidants keep your skin protected from free radical damage, stimulate collagen production, and provide radiance. Vitamins C and E are proven to help fight the signs of aging. Skinmedica's C+E Complex is an excellent source of these antioxidants.
  • Utilize sun protection products at all times. Just because the sun is not out, it can still do damage. Stay protected with an SPF 30 on your face and hands.
  • Lastly and most importantly, seek an esthetician to troubleshoot your current regime and give you advice on skin care products you should be using.

As a medical spa in Kirkland, Washington, Northwest Face Spa offers several spa treatments that are tailored to address the needs of your skin. A skin analysis is the perfect starting point in creating an accurate and effective comprehensive plan that generates measurable results. Schedule a skin analysis with a Care Coordinator that will examine your complexion and create a skin regimen customized for you. Northwest Face Spa utilizes the VISIA™ system. VISIA™ is a program that uses multi-spectral imaging and analysis to provide a clear, multi-dimensional portrait of the individual aspects of your complexion that contribute to your overall appearance. From measuring texture and wrinkles to identifying sun damage, VISIA™ provides the most comprehensive means available for identifying your complexion's health. Call 425.576.1700 to schedule your skin analysis.

 Getting ready for a holiday party or want to look stunning when you ring in the New Year? Make an appointment for a Northwest Face Spa facial to prepare and pamper. This Kirkland medispa also has all of your favorite product lines available for purchase. Spa treatments and skin products make fantastic holiday gifts. Tis the season for fabulous skin!

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First Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest at Woodmark Hotelphoto

It’s a Wonderful Woodmark this season and our Woodmark staff wants to spread holiday cheer!  We are excited to share with you a contest, if you will, for the best Gingerbread house Carillon Point can create. Several businesses and tenants that call Carillon Point home are the participants in our First Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest! 


Nearly 19 decadently decorated houses will be displayed in the Woodmark’s Lobby from December 14th-23rd.  Don’t miss out on your chance to vote for our winner! VOTING STARTS TODAY, DECEMBER 10th!

Help us pick the best gingerbread house in the following categories:

  • Best in Show
  • Most Creative
  • Most Delicious Looking

With the help of our chefs and your votes, we are thrilled to select a winner on December Friday, December 14th.  Voting is open to all so we strongly encourage visiting the lobby to see these amazing creations. We are allowing one vote per day, per person, so visit us every day to make it count! Voting closes at 2pm on Friday. May the best gingerbread house win!



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Kirkland MediSpa Now Offers Medical Massagephoto

Nestled in the Woodmark Hotel, Northwest Face Spa is an outstanding medispa that offers treatments that range from relaxation to treatments that generate visible and measurable results.  As our guest, we strongly recommend making use of all of the spa’s amenities such as cozy robes and slippers, sauna, and soothing rain shower. Whether your goal is purely relaxation, treatment for tired muscles, or cosmetic enhancement, the Northwest Face Spa has assembled the ideal combination of practitioners trained to optimize your spa experience.  


Northwest Face Spa is now offering medical massage! If you need any more persuasion to get regular massage, read about the recent research being done touting the medical benefits of massage.

The Wall Street Journal (March 13, 2012) published an article entitled “Don’t Call It Pampering: Massage Wants to Be Medicine.”

Now there is scientific proof confirming what we knew all along; Massage is good for us!

Whether you are looking to treat back problems or recovering from an injury, Northwest Face Spa offers medical massage that provides customized treatment that is optimized to achieve results and provide healing. For insurance coverage, Northwest Face Spa requires valid driver’s license, prescription or referral, and insurance card.

Now you have more reasons than ever to get regular massage – so Enjoy AND Be Healthy!

View our December Spa Specials Here

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December Destination Dish: Lentils with Braised Lamb Shank and Olives

Share Chef Dylan Giordan’s mouthwatering lentil and lamb shank recipe with friends and family this winter season. Named Chef de Cuisine of bin on the lake in January 2012, Chef Dylan Giordan calls upon his Mediterranean background, his experience in some of the city's most esteemed restaurants and his passion for Northwest flavors and the region's stunning raw ingredients to create the redefined dining experience at bin on the lake. Giordan’s expertly crafted, yet understated food and culinary passion creates a whimsical and authentic bin on the lake menu. Try this tasty recipe at home!

Green lentils with braised lamb shank and olives
Serves 8

Recipe Ingredients:
1. 4 ea. - Lamb foreshanks
2. 1 ea. - Yellow onion, diced
3. 1ea. - Bay leaves
4. 2- ea. - Garlic cloves
5. ½ ea. - 28 oz. can of San Marzano olives, crushed by hand
6. 1 Tbsp. Oregano, chopped
7. ½ cup Dry white wine
8. 2 cups Lamb broth
9. 1 ea. - Olivata recipe
10. 2 cups Puy lentils
11. ½ lb. Feta cheese
12. Flour for dusting
13. Salt & Pepper

The day before cooking, season the shanks liberally with salt and pepper, to ensure the meat will be deeply seasoned.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Dust the lamb with the flour, and shake off any excess.  In a heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven, heat 2 Tbsp canola oil.  Add the shanks  in a single layer.  This will take a couple of batches to get the lamb properly browned.  Cook the lamb shanks, turning, until rich and brown on all sides.  In between batches, wipe the pot out with paper towel, to prevent from burning the flour on the bottom of the pan.  Add more oil to the pan, and brown the next round of lamb.  When all the lamb is brown on all sides, remove the lamb and begin building the base of the sauce.  In 2 Tbsp. canola oil, sauté the onions and season with a touch of salt.  After 10 minutes, the onions will be translucent, add the bay leaves and the garlic cloves.  When the mixture becomes very aromatic, add the wine, and reduce to dry.  Next, add the tomatoes and oregano and bring to a boil.  Add the lamb broth and bring back to a boil, and check for seasoning. Then mix in the olivata recipe and add the lamb shanks back to the pot, being sure to cover in the sauce.  Cover tightly and place in the oven.  Check the shanks after 3 hours.  The meat should be tender and nearly falling off the bone.  Cool the shanks in their own sauce over night, and reheat gently to serve.
To cook the lentils, put them in a non-reactive pot and cover with cold water.  The water should come to ½ inch above the lentils.  Bring to a boil, lower the heat to low, cover and cook until tender, about 30 minutes.
When the shanks are cool, pick the meat off the bone in bite sized pieces.  Warm the picked lamb in some of the tomato mixture, toss with the lentils and garnish with the crumbled feta.  Serve in warmed bowls.


Recipe Ingredients:
1. ½ cup - Castelvetrano olives (or any good green olive)
2. ½ cup - Taggiasca olives (or any good black olive with low brininess
3. 1 ea. - Red bell peppers, roasted, peeled and julienned
4. ½ ea. - Red onion, minced
5. 1 ea. - Garlic cloves
6. 1 Tbsp. Oregano
7. 2 Tbsps. - Red wine vinegar
8. 4 ea. Anchovies, salt packed, deboned and rinsed
9. 3 Tbsps. -  Extra virgin olive oil
10. ½   Tsp. - chili flakes
11. Salt & Pepper

Recipe Directions:
Finely mince the red onion and garlic and marinate in the vinegar for 10 minutes.  In a food processor, finely chop the green olives, then the black olives, and add to the onion.  Finely chop the oregano and add to the mixing bowl, along with the peppers.  Finally finely chop the anchovies and add them to the mixture.  Finish with the olive oil, chili flake and salt and pepper. 

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