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Gift Ideas for the Traveler on Your List

Who can believe that the holiday season is here? Are you postponing your shopping because you aren't sure what to buy?


We've scoured the Internet to bring you the best recommendations for that traveler on your list - whether they like to travel to the other side of the world, or to work and back. Here are our favorites for the year:


01. Glassware with Street Maps

Fun and personal, you can order glassware with street maps from a hometown, or from a favorite city they've visited. Throw in some photos from the location and you have a simple, yet thoughtful gift.


 Atlanta Maps Mug


Cost: $12.50 - $40, available at Uncommon Green.


02. LifeStraw Go Water Bottle with Integrated 1000-Liter LifeStraw Filter

LifeStraw's advanced filtering can remove 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and parasites. This is a crucial gift for those that love the outdoors, or plan to travel to places or countries where filtered water is not available.


Cost: $30.48, available at Amazon


03. Kindle Paperwhite

The latest Amazon e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite is perfect for a traveler who loves escaping in books just as much as they love escaping in travel. With a higher resolution display and built-in front light (rather than back light), it does not glare in sunlight and will not strain your eyes in the dark. Makes us want to clear off our bookshelves already.

Kindle Paperwhite


 Cost: $119 on Amazon, with $20 off for a limited time


 04. Sugarfina Faves Bento Box

A beautiful assortment of eight gourmet candies, why not give this to your favorite traveler? It may not help them on their next trip, but with an international play given that it's from Germany, and a shelf life of 9-12 months, it will give them a sweet welcome home when they return. 


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Cost: $65, available at Sak's 5th Avenue


 05. Customized Timbuk2 Laptop Sleeve

Personalized and practical, this gift will protect your traveler's tech. With 4 sizes and over 57 fabrics in a variety of colors, there's something for everyone. Bonus: It's TSA friendly and you can get through security without having to remove your laptop from its case.


Cost: Starting at $39, available at Timbuk2


06. Life on Foot By Nate Damm

An incredible story of Nate Damm's walk across America for seven and a half months. 



Cost: $4.99, available via Kindle


07. Filson Travel Bag or Accessory

An iconic Seattle company, we knew no other bag would be on our list but Filson. With a heritage of time-tested quality and products made in the USA, these bags are worth their higher price.

Duffle Bag - Medium - Navy

Cost: $75-$695, available at Filson

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Top 10 Ways to Spend Winter at the Woodmark

Being located in Kirkland, close to Seattle & Bellevue, The Woodmark is a hub for all things holiday in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you're staying with us for one night or five, there's a way to celebrate the season that fits your interests & your budget.

We have plenty of seasonal cheer on property, but for those of you who want to venture out, we've rounded up our top 10 list. Enjoy our complimentary shuttle to those within 5 miles, and grab a complimentary hot cider for those journeys that are a little longer. 

Happy holidaying!


01. Garden D'Lights, Bellevue

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Garden d’Lights features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Stroll through the park with a hot beverage. Make sure to stop in the gift shop for unique ornaments and other holiday items.


Hours: November 28, 2015 through January 2, 2016, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM every evening (including holidays.)

Admission: $5/person

For more information, visit:


02. Snowflake Lane, The Bellevue Collection, Bellevue


Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection is a holiday spectacle of live toy soldier drummers, exhilarating music, animated snow characters, and glittering lights all surrounded by snow falling every night along Bellevue Way. Join in the festivities and dine and shop before or after at Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place.


Hours: November 27, 2015 - December 24, 2015 nightly at 7:00 PM.

Admission: Free of charge

For more information, visit:


03. Magic Season Ice Arena, Bellevue


Skate and celebrate at the Magic Season Ice Arena, the region's largest open-air holiday ice skating experience! This beloved Magic Season tradition in Bellevue Downtown Park is a classic activity for kids and kids at heart.


Hours: Vary, open November 27, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Admission: $12 including skate rental, $9 including skate rental for children 8 years and under

For more information, visit:


04. Carillon Point Christmas Ships Parade, Kirkland

 Image: Lisa Merrill

Watch the awe-inspiring Christmas Ships! Experience this Northwest tradition your family won’t want to miss! Bundle up as we gather along the shoreline to view the sparkling ships. With our favorite Christmas tunes from The Dickens Carolers in the air, enjoy warm fire pits with roast and toast s’mores. There will be kids’ activities, warm refreshments and photos with Santa himself!


Hours: December 22nd, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Admission: Free of charge, snacks and beverages are available for purchase

For more information visit:


05. The Nutcracker, McCaw Hall, Seattle


Enjoy the holiday season with Pacific Northwest Ballet's new holiday tradition, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™! Featuring glorious new designs by celebrated author/illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig), the mighty PNB Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, and PNB’s incredible Company of 48 dancers dazzling in new and familiar roles—George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ is sure to delight, all in the magic of McCaw Hall.


For more information, including dates and ticket prices, visit:


06. Candy Cane Lane, Seattle

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Many Seattle-area neighborhoods go all out for the holidays, but there’s none more adorably decorated than the row of 1920s-era Tudors lining Candy Cane Lane. With lights, music and moving objects, this sweet neighborhood has been a Seattle holiday institution for more than six decades. Grab hot chocolate and walk or drive through, then follow with dinner and holiday shopping at nearby University Village.


Hours: December 5th, 2015 - December 31st, 2015, from 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM (open until midnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.)

Admission: Free of charge

For more information, visit:


07.  WildLights, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle



Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo puts on a spectacular event with over 600,000 energy-efficient LED lights recreating animals and wild places. They even have their own top 10 things to do while there.


Hours: November 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Admission: $9.95 adults, $6.95 children, 2 and under free.

For more information and tickets, visit:


08. SAM Lights - A Winter Evening of Art, Music, & Lights, Seattle

 Luminaria on the z-path at Olympic Sculpture Park

On December 17, Seattle Art Museum is illuminating the Olympic Sculpture Park with hundreds of lights and luminarias. Make art, listen to music, sip a hot drink, grab a sweet bite, and take in the sights. Come wearing your best light-inspired ensemble and become a part of the art experience. 


Hours: December 17, 2015, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Admission: Free of charge

For more information and to RSVP, visit: 


09. Winterfest, Seattle Center, Seattle


Seattle Center comes alive with Winterfest, a wonderland filled with holiday decor, a winter train & village, an ice rink, Saturday ice sculpting, and lively weekend performances.


Hours: November 27th, 2015 - December 31st, 2015 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (closed at 4 PM December 24th, closed December 25th)

Admission: Free of charge

For more information, visit:


10. New Year's Eve at Chihuly Garden and Glass


Ring in the New Year at Chihuly Garden and Glass where you’ll dine, dance and delight in the most extraordinary view of Seattle’s most iconic fireworks display through the glass ceiling.  The New Year’s Eve pARTy includes a tour through the Exhibition, delicious appetizers and desserts in the stunning Glasshouse, dancing to the Michael Benson Band, and a champagne toast at midnight while you watch the fireworks surround you through the glass. 


Hours: December 31st, 2015, 8:00 PM, to January 1st, 2016, 1:00 AM

Admission: $200 including tax and gratuity

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:





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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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November Events at the Woodmark

We cannot believe it's November already! We are gearing up for the Holiday season and have quite a few events coming your way in the upcoming months. Make sure to stay tuned on our Events Calendar, and read about a few of our favorites below: 


Seasonal Beer Dinner at Beach Cafe


Celebrate fall with a seasonal beer dinner at the Woodmark Hotel!

Join us in our Beach Cafe alongside Lake Washington for a four-course dinner with perfect beer pairings.

Featuring Hale’s Ales  Harvest Ale, Scuttlebutt  10° Below, The Pike Brewing Company Harlot’s Harvest, and Tieton Spice Route Cider. 

Tickets available here


Join us in Still Spa for our November Special!

Still Spa

Indulge in a luxury manicure and pedicure, complete with a glass of our Harvest Sangria from Beach Cafe. 

Your therapy starts with a luxurious experience of lime blossom exfoliation followed by a deeply repairing body butter infused with macadamia oil. A parafin for hands and feet, meticulous nail grooming and perfect polish application complete this relaxing treatment.

A $110 value for $75 - call (425) 803-9000 & get ready to be pampered!


Thanksgiving Is Coming!

Don't want to cook? Try dinner at Beach Cafe or bin on the lake!

Call to make reservations

Beach Cafe: (425) 889-0303

bin on the lake: (425) 803-5595

Beach Cafe Thanksgiving Dinner

Served from 11am – close

$26 p/adult    $14 p/child (5 – 12)

5 and under - free


Entrée Course


Roasted Garlic Crusted Turkey

Aromatic Stuffed |Maple Roasted Carrots | Sautéed Green Beans

Pancetta and Butternut Squash Stuffing | Boursin Potato Puree

Apple Cider Gravy


Dessert Course


Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake

Gingerbread Crust | Whipped Fresh Cream


bin on the lake Thanksgiving Dinner

Served from 2 pm – 7 pm

$29 p/adult    $19 p/young adults


Entrée Course

Brown Butter Basted Turkey, Fig and Sage Turkey Jus,

Roasted Parsnip and Fennel Dressing, Balsamic Brussels,

Medjool Date Glazed Carrots


Dessert Course ($10)

“Sugar Pie Pumpkin” Cheesecake

Coco Nib and Ginger Crust, Star Anise Caramel, White Chocolate Crumble, Bourbon Pecans


Sailgating Continues for Utah on 11/7 and Apple Cup on 11/27!!

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Tailgate Seattle style…Don't worry about fighting traffic, paying the 520 bridge toll or finding expensive parking, instead relax and enjoy a scenic boat ride to and from the game aboard Argosy’s "Champagne Lady," complete with No Host bar service onboard.

On all dates, board at Carillon Point  2 1/2 hours prior to game start time, with sailing departure promptly 2 hours before kick-off. Please continue to check event page for updated kick off times as schedule allows. Tickets are $67.00 including sales tax (excluding transaction fees), per person for boat cruise only. To enjoy waterfront dining before or after your game day excursion, we strongly suggest making your reservation for or grabbing a boxed lunch to go from the Beach Café!

Try our inclusive deal! For $81.00 get a $20.00 voucher to Beach Cafe along with your ticket on the cruise. Perfect to grab a meal and drink before or after the game! Please retain ticket as proof of purchase. Valid on day of game only. 

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**All times are based on game time and are tentative and subject to change. Game tickets not included.

** Tickets to the game are not included and must be purchased on own. Several game day kick-off times are TBA, so please make sure to note your cruise departure time when it is officially announced. Each tour will board 2-1/2 hours prior to kick-off.


Last but not least, try out the new Happy Hour menu at bin on the lake!

Embedded image permalinkWine Flights & Small Bites available Mon - Sat 4 - 6.

View the menu here




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