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How to Make This Holiday Season Truly Happy in Kirkland

The holidays are about joy, celebration, and spending time with the ones we love but the pressure to make this happen can become overwhelmingly stressful. Traveling and shopping are just a few of the tasks that can seem daunting when it comes to the holidays. Keep reading this blog for ways to plan your holiday season to be truly happy in Kirkland or wherver you choose to celebrate this year.

The biggest stress when it comes to the holidays has got to be traveling. Many of us make a trek all over the world to visit our families for this special season. But because we are all doing the same thing, lines are crazy long, planes are delayed, and the list can go on. Plan ahead for your holiday travel, look at purchasing your tickets early in shoulder season when the prices are more reasonable. Last minute flights are always expensive and always full. Don't plan too far ahead because sometimes you may find deals that come up closer to your travel date. Planning your accomodations can make your travel easier as well. At the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, we have many families stay with us, so after a long day with relatives, they can return for some peace and relaxation.

Shopping can be a hassle when you have to travel for the holidays. You don't want to buy all of your presents and then have to take them all on a plane. There are a couple of things that can help make this easier. Set aside room in your suitcase to pack the items unwrapped and do your wrapping when you arrive at your destination. Also, the place you are visiting most likely has shopping nearby so you can save some of your shopping while you are there. In Kirkland, The Woodmark Hotel is 5 minutes away from the Bellevue Collection in downtown Bellevue. They have over a hundred retail shops and stores where you can shop for everyone on your list. We want to make that experience less stressful so we valet our guests with our SUV transportation to the Bellevue Collection. The Woodmark also offers shopping packages for special VIP discounts to those stores in the Bellevue Collection so you can better deals. Some guests even like to relax after a long day of shopping in Bellevue with a treatment at our Still Spa or dinner at our bin on the lake restaurant. We have many ways to make your shopping experience VIP at the Woodmark.

Lastly, remember that the holidays are about you and the people around you. Focus on the quality time and not all of the outside distractions. Relax and make your holiday season special.

Visiting Kirkland for the holidays? Check out our special holiday packages at or call Reservations at 888-991-0953.

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Where at the Woodmark? Things You Have to Try When You're in Kirkland

This is the second week of Where at the Woodmark. helping you find the best spots to visit in Kirkland when you are visiting or even if you live nearby. Kirkland is a special destination with lots of unique opportunities to experience so make sure you come visit soon!

At the Woodmark Hotel, you have to experience the views of Lake Washington while you are here. No matter the weather, the lake always seems to have an aura of beauty that must be experienced in person. The Woodmark boasts docks and walkways along the water to get up close and personal with great spots for taking pictures or just relaxing in the serenity. From May through September, The Woodmark offers water activities from Woodmark Waterfront Adventures including stand up paddleboarding, jet skis, and much more! We also have kayaks available all year around if you ask our front desk team ahead of time they can get one set up for you! Haven't done one of these activities before? Our team will make sure to give you full instruction so you can head out on the lake like a professional. Our restaurants are also both right on the lake so once you've worked up an appetite you don't have to go far away for a great meal!

The beauty of Kirkland as a destination is that it surrounds a large portion of Lake Washington so there are many other spots to experience lake as well. Juanita Beach offers a great spot for picnics, exercise, and romantic walks along the docks. Houghton Beach is right down the street from the Woodmark and has sidewalks going along te lake great for biking or running, Houghton also has a beach volleyball court for use when the sun's out! Even when it is raining, Kirkland has a certain beauty that anyone can appreciate.  

Coming to Kirkland soon? Make sure to check our website at for special events and what's going on around Kirkland.

Looking to stay with us? Call Reservations at 888-991-0588 to book your Kirkland experience.  

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Where at the Woodmark? Things You Have to Try When You're in Kirkland

This latest blog is dedicated to helping you better understand not only the Woodmark but things in the surrounding city of Kirkland that you probably didn't know about but have to try. For the next couple of weeks we will explore one experience available from the Woodmark Hotel on Carillon Point and one from the surrounding Kirkland area that we highly suggest so make sure to keep checking back.

At the Woodmark Hotel, you have to try our Husky Cruise at least once. We partner with Argosy Cruises to transport Husky fans across Lake Washington to and from their home football games. Whether you are a Husky fan or not, this "sailgating experience" is something special to the Seattle area and we are proud of it. This boat ride includes a cash bar on board to enjoy before you even leave the dock. The boat also drops you off afterwards right at our two lakefront restaurants, Beach Café and bin on the lake, to keep the celebration going all day. The best part about this whole experience is interacting with many people from our community and celebrating the sports that they value very highly.

In Kirkland, you have to try a Paint and Sip event with Canvas Paint and Sip Studio in downtown Kirkland. They hold events in their studio for groups to come in and sip on some great wine while learning to paint from their awesome group of artists! You don't have to be a good artist whatsoever because their instructors will make it fun and you might learn something. We have partnered with them to hold an event in our Beach Cafe Thursday and moving forward will be hosting our own versions throughout the hotel so make sure to stay tuned.

Coming to Kirkland soon? Make sure to check our website at for special events and what's going on around Kirkland.

Looking to stay with us? Call Reservations at 888-991-0588 to book your Kirkland experience.  

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Why Wine? Reasons a Glass a Day in Kirkland Can Be Good for You

We have all been told that wine is good for us but we always thought it was just an excuse to drink more of it right? Well actually we are finding now that though it may have been an excuse originally, now a glass of wine a day actually has many health benefits. These benefits all reflect drinking in moderation of course...

There is a polyphenol compound in wine called resveratrol that scientists have actually found to to have anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. All of these can be good for your health especially as you age. Red wine is especially high in this compound so if you have the choice, go red.

At bin on the lake, we have a vast amount of wines that you can try to find one you may like to enjoy once a day. To read our extensive wine list visit We offer wines by the bottle, glass, and flight so you enjoy Happy Hour with us (which we always would love to have you for) or take a bottle to enjoy at your home which can be just as good.

At bin on the lake, we are always looking for vintage and unique wines that can't be found anywhere else. We recently partnered with Bordeaux Wine Locators and Grand Vin Wine Merchants to provide Bordeaux and vintage wines that we have not had before. We are celebrating this partnership with a wine dinner on October 29th at 6:30 pm in our restaurant hosted by three special guests who will be coming all the way from France to personally deliver the wines and speak about the properties they represent.

The guests include:

  • Betsy Reynard of Canon La Gaffelière (St Emilion) and Branaire Ducru (St Julien)
  • Thibaut Decoster of Clos des Jacobins (St Emilion)
  • Guillaume Roi of Château Marsau (Côtes de Francs)

Tickets are available at

Interested in coming by for a glass of wine or for dinner? Call 425.889.0303 for a table or make a reservation online at

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Sporty in Seattle: Sporting Events That Give You a Reason to Stay in Seattle

Seattle has a wider array of sport offerings throughout the city and the fans in Seattle are truly the best. They are loyal to their teams win or lose which makes sporting events here so much more enjoyable. The Woodmark Hotel is a gathering place for many of these fans whether to catch a game on t.v. in Beach Café or catch ride over to a game on our Husky Cruises. Keep reading for the big sports to catch while you're in Seattle.

Right now, the biggest Seattle team in the news is the Seattle Seahawks as they just came off their Super Bowl season and are already showing signs of a repeat this season. The number 12th men has grown drastically and you can see by simply observing those around you near Seattle. Jerseys, shirts, flags, posters, and many other signs of being a fan populate the streets leading up to each week's game. At the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland right outside of Seattle, we show our support for the Hawks each week. Our bartenders at Beach Café serve 12th Man drink products and show every game on the TV's in the bar. Many of our employees put hints of blue and green in their attire to show their support on the clock as well. Our Director of Barketing even sports a 12th man scarf or jersey in support too! The biggest benefit of being a part of this movement is the community it builds. The Woodmark has always valued being a part of the Greater Seattle community and this gives another way to do so.

The Seattle Mariners recently wrapped up their season just one game away from making the playoffs this year. Though that doesn't sound successful the previous years have been nowhere near that mark and the fans have taken notice. You could feel the buzz among our guests and the surrounding city members. Moving to next season there will be excitement and hope for the fans so make sure you join in to witness it. Being right off the freeway on your way to Seattle, The Woodmark is here for you to return to after the game!

Lastly, we have the Seattle Sounders FC club that has brought soccer to life in the Seattle area. Our controller, Jac Cooper is a huge Sounders fan and is the beginning of their support in our Woodmark team. Being right near 520 is a great excuse for Sounders fans to make a staycation out of their next MLS experience with us. After the game they can grab some snacks from our Raid the Pantry amenity and then retire to their Napa Black Label Pillow Top Bed for a resting sleep.

There's always a reason to celebrate, whether it's a win or just a great experience at one of Seattle's sporting events. When you find that reason, the Woodmark Hotel near Seattle is ready to make that celebration special.

Call Reservations at 888.329.7553 to schedule your sporting experience today!

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