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Holiday Smells, Sights, and Sounds at the Woodmark Hotel on Carillon Point

Carillon Point is a beautiful stop off of Lake Street to embrace the true spirit of this season. The smells, sights, and sounds uncover experiences that become traditions every year. We encourage you to check out just some of these to let your senses take in this holiday season of 2014. Keep reading to learn how send your senses jingling all the way to the new year. 


A step into bin on the lake restaurant and the atmosphere overtakes you. The comfortable intimate atmosphere welcomes you to a place you can call home. The local flavors of the Northwest bring beautiful delicious scents throughout the space and will satisfy your taste buds beyond anything you've ever had. Take a look out the window and experience the view that the Woodmark Hotel and Carillon Point have to offer. Beach Cafe boasts similar views with a menu inspired by the Beach that is truly amazing even in the winter. This holiday their menus will be reflective of prime rib, Christmas brunch, and all the tastes of holiday dinner. Check out their menus here.


The Christmas Ships perform on Carillon Point right by the Woodmark Hotel every year and it is a sight unlike any other. Boats lined up all around, decorated with their best Christmas spirit as the main boat boasts Christmas music sung by a choir of carolers. Even in the cold, the community comes together to engage this tradition on Carillon Point.


Whether it is the simple laughter of children as they embrace our hotel dog, Woody Meg or the clink of champagne glasses to celebrate an arrival, the sounds of the Woodmark Hotel and Carillon Point embrace the season. Christmas music throughout the hotel leaves you with no choice but to sing along. The music of the Christmas Ships on Carillon Point fills the plaza with holiday cheer and even after they are gone, it's as if they remain.

Looking for a new holiday experience to become your tradition? Call 425.822.3700 to learn about all the upcoming events at the Woodmark Hotel and on Carillon Point.


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The Family's Coming, What's There to Do? Try the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland

Only 17 days until Christmas and 23 until New Year's Day! For many of us that means not only is Santa coming to town, but so is the family! Many of our employees host their families in Kirkland or leave back to where they're from. This makes for a great time of laughter and memories made during the holiday season. But it also means that you need help entertaining your family members who may be here for a couple days or maybe even weeks depending on how much time they take off. The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland has you covered this holiday season to explore the property and the prime spots in Kirkland to get the full holiday experience at our destination. 

Holiday cooking is a production, whether it's a nice honey baked ham, maybe some more turkey, or something else completely. With all the focus on the big meal who wants to have to worry about the ones before and after? Beach Cafe has a menu that covers flavors from inland to the sea with something everyone will love. Even in the winter a trip to the Beach makes for a perfect holiday experience.

Check out Beach Cafe's holiday menus for Christmas Eve and Day here.

The dining experience doesn't end there... bin on the lake restaurant takes a comfortable, elegant atmosphere with local flavors overlooking Lake Washington as the backdrop. For a total dining experience, bring your relatives here for a time they will always remember.

For bin on the lake's holiday menus for Christmas Eve and Day, click here.

The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland loves to show their holiday spirit in a couple of ways as well. Starting December 11th, come explore our annual gingerbread village built by the local Carillon businesses and this year also by our departments in the hotel. This village will be throughout the lobby allowing you to get up close and personal with the creations. Make sure to vote for your favorite so they win bragging rights and a reception at Beach Cafe!

Need an excuse to come down to Kirkland? Try December 22nd for our Annual Christmas Ships Celebration with Carillon Properties and Argosy Cruises. From 5:30 pm to 7 pm come enjoy activities, carolers, hot drinks, a holiday movie, and pictures with Santa as we get ready for the Christmas Ships to perform. At 7 pm, congregate on Lake Washington as the Ships pushes out in the water shining bright lights and playing holiday tunes. Take it a step further and take a ride on the Woodmark II with Captain Rob to enjoy all of the boats out on Lake Washington.

The holidays are a great time in Kirkland, the tree in downtown was officially lit counting down the days until Christmas. Lights strung along the road and decorations galore make Kirkland a beautiful spot to be at this time. We hope to share some part of the season with you soon!

Visit or call 425.822.3700 for any more information about the holiday season at the Woodmark in Kirkland.   

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Got Leftovers? Try these Post Thanksgiving Tips from the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland

We hope you all had a great holiday weekend full of laughter, family, and lots of good eating! Our team at Beach Cafe and bin on the lake hosted many families for the big meal and were glad to be a part of their holiday experience. The community of Kirkland is one where holiday cheer is felt in every smile and greeting from each customer that enters our doors. 

If you're like most of us, there is almost always leftovers from your big Thanksgiving meal. Nobody wants to let those go to waste! We have the solution for you. Keep reading for some great ideas for post-Thanksgiving recipes from the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland. 

Turkey is a meat that is high in protein which none of us seem to get enough of. Women should be aiming for about 46 grams a day while men should be getting about 56 grams a day. This is a great excuse to put your turkey in a salad with your favorite dressing. Stay light on the dressing to keep your dish low in fat and to not counter balance the health benefits in the meal.

Another idea for your post-Thanksgiving meal is the cliche Turkey sandwich but not just any ordinary turkey sandwich. Try using a hoagie instead of your regular loaf of bread and try adding some peppers and other add ons for bold flavor. If you are not into spicy food, just some regular condiments can make this sandwich taste much better that usual.

There are many other ways to use your leftovers from Thanksgiving. If you have sides try mixing them together for a nice bowl of Thanksgiving. Or just recreate the meal on a plate if you haven't had enough.

If you're out of leftovers and tired of cooking, we've got you covered in Kirkland for two types of dining both with delicious flavors for the whole family.

Want us to take care of dinner tonight? Visit or for reservations at Beach Cafe or bin on the lake restaurants in downtown Kirkland. Both offer a lakeside views with flavors inspired by Beaches around the World in the Beach Cafe and lakeside local flavors at bin on the lake.

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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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