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Top 5 Ways to Relax

The holiday season is upon us... It is a wonderful, joyous time for many, but it can also be stressful. Here at Still Spa at the Woodmark, we have some tips that can keep you feeling relaxed and refreshed, even in traffic or that long Starbucks line: 

1. Breathe: Inhale & exhale. Take a deep breath in to the count of ten, hold to the count of ten, and exhale to the count of ten. Ask yourself: Will this matter next year? 2016 is coming quickly. What may be a stressor now, may just be a moment that you can let pass. View this time of year as a fresh start. A chance to embrace a renewed energy and spirit, ready to take on whatever the day may offer. 

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2. Grab a cup of herbal tea. Many scientific studies say tea has stress-reducing properties. Just the slowness it creates can soothe a day. Unwind as you wait for the tea to cool, smell the aromas and think of the feelings and memories they create. Enjoy the subtle flavor and let the warmth calm your tired body.

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3. Listen to soothing music: Focus on something other than the moment. Let notes or lyrics take you away to a different time and space. Close your eyes and let go. This is especially effective if listening to a favorite song or artist. We play meditative music in the spa, but if you're looking for lyrics, Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" album is lovely. 

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4. Take a walk outside: Even if you only have ten minutes, walking can refresh your mind. Enjoy your surroundings - look for things that interest you. Let your mind wander as you find yourself letting go of what was bothering you before. Embrace a sense of newness and discovery that can change your day.

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5. Read a book: Delve into a new story. Unwind as you learn about new characters, experiences, journeys. Make time for concious exploration and let it create space in your life. In a time that it seems so natural to be busy, let this be one of the reasons you are still. 

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FALL in Love with the Woodmarkphoto

Fall in the Northwest...

It's a time we all savor. The changing of the leaves unveils a new season of possibilities. We swap our shorts and sandals for rain boots and windbreakers.  We still play on the lake, but we also cozy up indoors.


A subtle fog drapes over the morning air like a sweater over shoulders. By early afternoon, it gives way to a brilliant sun that sparkles through ruby and amber trees. All the while, Lake Washington glimmers back at us with its radiant beauty. Autumn is truly our best kept secret.

Fall Road

Fall with Dog

What does a Woodmark stay look like in Autumn, you ask?

Wake up to the beauty of the water. Savor the view over locally-roasted coffee. Inhale the aromas of chocolate and smokiness. Indulge in room service. Stroll downstairs and go for a walk around Kirkland. Stop by local boutiques, gift shops, and home decor stores. Witness the friendly, laid-back community that is Kirkland.

Return for lunch at the Beach Cafe - a casual restaurant inspired by beaches around the world. Spend the rest of the afternoon on the water - whether you take out the kayaks, or venture aboard the 28 foot Chris-Craft named The Woodmark II, that is up to you. If you have time, stop by the Still Spa. Warm up with Mt. Rainier Stone Revival massage. Let the deeply heated stones vaporize the essential oils, of rosemary, ginger, cypress and geranium, create a relaxing and grounding effect, while increasing circulation and loosening your muscles and joints. End with a gentle face massage using cool stones.


Fall on The Lake

Fall on the Lake

Head upstairs to get ready for dinner, and then wander over to bin on the lake. Partake in exquisite cuisine with a Pacific Northwest focus.  Enjoy locally-sourced ingredients that capture bright, seasonal tastes. Ponder your most difficult decision of the day: which to choose from 40 wines by the glass. Gaze out on the setting sun across Lake Washington, casting a glow across the nearby city of Seattle. Let the day wash over you and inhale.

This is your home away from home.


Sunset at bin on the lake

Sunset on Lake Washington

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