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.

Photo Courtesy of Willows Lodge
Photo Courtesy of Willows Lodge

Top Three

Property

IMG_0045

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

Photo Courtesy of Willows Lodge
Photo Courtesy of Willows Lodge

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

IMG_0035

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: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa sits on 500 acres of the Santa Ana Pueblo, an Indian Reservation home to 800 tribal members. To pay homage to the land, the resort is not only designed with that in mind, but it incorporates the culture and traditions in the resort lifestyle. The hotel offers a true Southwestern experience, all without leaving the property. While it feels like you’re days away from city life, Santa Fe and Albuquerque are less than an hour away.

 

Photo Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
Photo Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

Top Three

Nature Trails

Trails

Get lost wandering the miles of trails, including a hike to the Rio Grande River. Opt for a guided tour to get the full experience. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the wildlife and landscape. Did we mention the Sandia Mountains are the anchor for this property?

 

Spa

Photo Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
Photo Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

Relax at the Tamaya Mist Spa and Salon during your stay – it’s worth it! The Ancient Drumming body treatment was inspired by the Santa Ana Pueblo. First you are layered with mud from the Jemez Mountains infused with New Mexico’s red chile. Then the massage therapist gently “drums” away stress by using flaxseed-filled muslin bags dipped in pinon-infused oil. The experience is so relaxing and makes you appreciate the region and its culture.

 

Activities

Tamaya Watercolor

The hotel staff will deliver a daily activity guide with a schedule of events. They offer a wide range of activities, from guided hikes like I mentioned above to classes like Watercolors and Wine. This experience was one of the most memorable things I’ve done as it allowed creativity, and I was able to take away my interpretation of the mountains. And there was wine of course!
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa | 1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004