Luxury Lodging: Willows Lodge

In the heart of Woodinville Wine Country, amidst the towering Douglas Firs, sits Willows Lodge. This luxury retreat is only 30 minutes away from Seattle, but the drive transports you and makes you feel miles away from a major city. The lodge is centered around sustainability, re-using natural materials for the foundation and decor of the property. While wine is a huge draw to the region, guests can also explore distilleries, breweries and take part in outdoor activities like hiking along the Sammamish River Trail and a bike tour from Woodinville along Lake Washington into Seattle.

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Property

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At the main entrance when driving in, the landmark you’ll notice is the shell of a large tree, the 1500-year-old “Cedar Snag.” This particular trunk was brought to Willows Lodge as a reminder of what the land was used for before development: logging. As you walk around and explore the rest of the property, you’ll find secret gardens perfect for reflection, including a large herb and edible plant garden and fruit trees used by the two restaurants on-site. If you are in need of more relaxation, the full service spa is sure to do the trick.

 

Room

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Guest rooms at Willows Lodge have the perfect balance of true Northwestern outdoors atmosphere mixed with modern touches. The layout of the guest rooms were intentionally designed to be facing gardens. Enjoy the oversized soaking tub to continue your rejuvenating stay. The beds are outfitted with luxury linens, allowing a peaceful night’s sleep.

 

Food

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Willows Lodge is home to two restaurants: The Barking Frog and The Herbfarm. The Barking Frog, fearlessly led by Executive Chef Bobby Moore for the past 14 years, melds staples of the Pacific Northwest with a French flair. The Grand Marnier Prawns, the legendary dish that Moore once took off the menu but had to bring back because of protests, are crispy, saucy, tangy and most importantly, delicious. The Herbfarm, an internationally distinguished as one of America’s outstanding dining destinations, focuses on 9-course meals paired with five to six wine selections. Be sure to make reservations and arrive 30 minutes early for a pre-meal garden tour.

 

Willows Lodge | 14580 NE 145th Street, Woodinville, WA

 

Luxury Lodging: The Edgewater

As Seattle’s only waterfront hotel, the views certainly won’t disappoint. Driving up the the The Edgewater, you’re greeted by warm fireplaces outside and inside. The property has a lodge feel, with natural wood interiors, woodsy furnishings and river-rock fireplaces. The rooms have a similar atmosphere with gas fireplaces serving as heaters, a view of either the city or waterfront, custom bedding with down blankets and a teddy bear and bath amenities complete with a rubber ducky. This property makes you feel right at home. The hotel’s claim to fame: it has hosted many famous names in the music scene from The Beatles to Blondie.

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Dining

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Six Seven, the on site restaurant, has view of Elliott Bay and the Seattle skyline, so you can choose between city dining or overlooking the water, all without leaving the hotel. The dynamic menu features seasonally inspired cuisine crafted with only the freshest and finest organic and naturally raised ingredients. Boasting awards like one of Seattle Magazine’s Top Restaurants of 2016 and Food and Wine’s Best Hotel Bars for 3 years in a row, you know you can’t go wrong.

 

Business Travel

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With the lobby practically sitting on the edge of the coast, grab the table by the window for a unique view of the open water – it feels like you’re on a boat. Hop on wifi to transform the lobby into your office. The meeting facilities also have stellar views and the banquet dining is delicious.

 

Location

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Photo Courtesy of The Edgewater

The Edgewater is located on Pier 67, so you’re within walking distance of several iconic Seattle attractions, including the Seattle Aquarium, Space Needle and Pike Place Market. The hotel also offers shuttle service within the downtown corridor of Seattle at no additional charge if you want to do more exploring.

 

The Edgewater Hotel2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121