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Woody Meg’s Thank You to Pet Friendly Guests near Seattle

Now that our last Yappier Hour has closed, I want to give a special thank you to all of our pet friendly guests who came to the Woodmark near Seattle. Each of these events has brought some of my old furry friends as well as new making each so special. Keep reading for my thank you to everyone who was a part of the Yappier Hour in some way this summer.

My first thank you goes to every dog and their owner that came to one of these events to support. I want as many doggies to enjoy this event and see why the Woodmark is such a pet friendly hotel near Seattle. To my old friends who have been coming since the beginning, thank you for continuing our relationship and spending time with me. To the new friends I have met, I hope you will continue coming by with your families to the Woodmark for all of our future Seattle pet friendly events.

Next, I would like to thank the team at Beach Cafe for helping put together and make sure each Yappier Hour ran smoothly. The wonderful wait staff were a pleasure to have serving food and drinks making sure all of our guests weren’t thirsty or hungry (dogs or humans). The human food they had smelled so good, I wish I could have had some but I could tell they were enjoying it each time.

Lastly, I want to thank the special guests we had at each of the Yappier Hours. Thanks to Dorothy from the Dining Dog who served all of my friends with a smile. She made the event fun and was a joy to work with. Thanks to Annheuser Busch for coming out and doing some fun raffles with lots of great drinks. All of our human guests enjoyed what you guys had to offer. Thank you to Tina with Boo Boo Barkery and Boutique who gave away a gift card at our last Yappier Hour and also did nail trims for us. I tell you, I would do that myself but it is not easy!

Stay tuned for many more pet friendly events near Seattle. I am working diligently to continue these types of events all year round. Click the link below for a reminder for how to make the best experience when visiting the pet friendly Woodmark Hotel near Seattle with your furry friend.

Are you and your furry friends coming soon to stay with us? Call Woodmark Reservations at 888-466-7559 to plan your stay.

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Give Your Waist a Break: Top Five Things to Look for When You’re Out to Eat near Seattle

When we go out to eat, most of us accept we won’t be eating very healthy for that meal. This is what many call a “cheat meal”, but honestly it can turn to a “cheat day” or even longer if you’re not careful. We encourage our patrons to enjoy their dining experience, but also be mindful of their health when eating out near Seattle. This is why I have put together a list of the top ten things you should always look for when eating out. If you’re near Seattle, our menu has many of these options built in. 

Here is the list to help you make your next time dining out a healthy experience:

5. Forget the high fat appetizers

  • Onion Blossoms, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Cheese Fries, and Shrimp Cocktail among many others may sound healthy but can definitely be avoided. Instead, try plant based appetizers for fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

4. Look for dishes with lean protein

  • These will help satiate your appetite and keep your portion control correct. These include fish, beans, chicken, and lean pork. This can be in your appetizer or entrée.

3.  Avoid Creamy Dips, Especially Mayo Based

  • Try to avoid the creamy dips altogether. Also, always try to dip veggies rather than crackers or bread to receive much more nutritional value from the dish.

2. Eat only ½ to ¾ or the oversized portions and take the rest home for later

  • Have you ever looked at serving sizes? Almost nothing is presented in its actual serving size anymore. Even big portions of healthier food can be counterproductive. Eat some of the portions given and save the rest for later.

1. Most importantly…Plan Ahead!

All in all, going out to eat is a time to enjoy not worrying about your choices the entire time. If you plan ahead that it will be your “cheat meal,” go ahead and enjoy yourself! When you’re near Seattle, check out bin on the lake for a chance to be healthy and enjoy a meal out. We can help you do both!

Ready to go out for a meal near Seattle? Make reservations at bin on the lake here

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Football Season Starts This Week and the Woodmark Hotel near Seattle is a Special Kind of Fan

The Seahawks kick off their season this week and throughout the preseason we see Blue Friday represented by Seattle and its surrounding communities like Kirkland. Being so near to Seattle makes it so the Woodmark Hotel has diehard fans among the staff and guests staying with us as well. But there is another reason why the Woodmark has a special connection with the Seattle Seahawks. Their headquarters used to be here in Carillon Point!

The first ten seasons of Seahawks were centered right in the beautiful community of Kirkland only 15 minutes from Seattle. Their training camp was held in Cheney near Spokane at Eastern Washington University. They then opened new headquarters also in Kirkland right adjacent to Northwest College at the time, now Northwest University, and the players would actually stay in the dormitories. Their training facility was brought nearby as well and was completed in 2008 in Renton also right on Lake Washington.

So why does this matter for the Woodmark? We support our community and all the local teams 100 percent. Our Beach Café restaurant and Living Room bar have multiple televisions where we can stream the local games each day during all meals and Happy Hours. Being so close to Seattle, The Woodmark also has many great amenities and opportunities for fans to stay with us and enjoy the game as well. Football season is a busy time for us as we also have our Husky Cruise Boat Rides during the college season for University of Washington games. Avoid 520 traffic and ride comfortably across Lake Washington right to Husky stadium to enjoy the game and ride back afterwards.

We are all fans in some capacity, whether only watching on TV, being at every game, or wearing our local team gear. The Woodmark Hotel is near Seattle to make it a great spot to be a fan. We encourage you to share your fan experiences with us at the restaurants, on the water, or at the games!

Want more information on our Husky Cruises? Click here

Planning your next game day and need a place to stay? Call Reservations 888.466.7559.   

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Your Next Memory Isn’t Far: Staycation or Vacation

Vacations can be across the country or in your own home. Making memories is what makes the trip special. You choose what you want to do and no one can tell you anything else. At the Woodmark Hotel, we let you build that next vacation near Kirkland with the Make Your Memory package. Pick what you want and leave out what you don’t. Wondering how to cherish that next memory forever? Keep reading for some tips on how to do so.

Use these ideas below as family activities to continue to remember your vacations way beyond your return. We try to do this for all of our guests who vacation near Kirkland.

Tip 1: Make a memory book for your vacations

  • Make your backgrounds out of maps to showcase where exactly you were
  • Include photos you could only get on your trip: show off special landmarks, experiences, or just a great time you could only have on vacation
  • Take some mementos from your trip and cut them out as decorations and great ways to see where you went on vacation: If you vacation near Kirkland, take a piece from each of our outlets to make sure you visit them all.

Tip 2: Make a vacation memory box

  • This can be as simple or as extravagant as you want it to be, the goal is to add to it as you are on vacation. Got a cool item at the gift shop? Put it in. Your hotel had a really cool pen in the room? Throw it in to remember.
  • Many times the front desk may have an extra box you can use instead of having to worry about bringing one from home. Maybe even go purchase a box as your first memory piece on vacation. If you’re on vacation in Kirkland, there are many boutique shops with all sorts of cool items to include in your memory box.

Tip 3: Make a vacation journal

  • Have everyone in your family contribute to this journal, so you can read back on everyone’s experiences during that vacation. Most likely everyone will have their own favorite part.
  • Try to have everyone write at least once a day and then share it with each other at the end of the day. This is a great way to get quality family time in the midst of a busy vacation.
  • After your vacation, make sure to go back and remind your family of all the fun they had together. This can be really beneficial in the middle of our busy lives.

There are many more ways to remember a vacation so make one your own. Don’t have a vacation or memory to make coming up? You will sincerely appreciate the Make Your Memory package at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland. We give you the options to add on what you like and leave off what you don’t need. What better way to create a memory than building it yourself?

The package includes:

  • Breakfast at the Beach Café
  • Complimentary valet parking

Our renovated sleep experience makes your stay even better. We offer Napa black pillow top mattresses to help you recharge and wake up refreshed to enjoy the next day of your vacation in Kirkland.

To customize your Kirkland stay, add on:

Valid through and must stay by October 31st, 2014. May not be combined with any other promotions or discounts. Not applicable to groups. Other restrictions may apply.

Interested in making your next memory with us in Kirkland? Visit

Use promo code: MYM

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