Travel Blogs from Woodinville
Forty years ago today we committed holy matrimony. Seems so unbelievable that it's been that long. Time has flown by. We are celebrating tonight at the Herbfarm Restaurant, but first we both have work to do. Philip will teach online all day since he has a new class with over twenty students. They have already been a talkative bunch so he has lots …
... have school(s) to enroll in, jobs to find and a lot of unpacking to do so it will be a busy re-entry.
We are going to continue to update the blog as well. While laborious it's been a great way for us to wade through our photo's, remember where we stayed and what we saw, and ultimately serve as a keepsake for the girls as they grow older. In the next month, we will add Vietnam, Cambodia, Tanzania, Kenya, ...
... rusting amongst green lawns and a hill which is apparently great place to fly kites, but most importantly watch guyfawkes.Streetcar back to city centre then bus to waterfront down near Pier 52. Watched car ferries coming and going and walked miles shopping for souvenirs and just enjoying the waterfront all the way back past Pike Place Market. Market was packing up by the time we got there as it was after ...
... lagged selves will be able to enjoy Paris in just a few days. Bryn has created a list of things to do in Paris, Camden in Rome, Ethan has done a lot of research on gelato and Florence, and we'll just have to wing it in Switzerland.
So, ready or not, here we go!
... this weekend and are hoping there is not going to be too much on the roads. We are going to Leavenworth, a mock Bavarian town in the Cascade Mountains, east of here. I am not planning on any snow activity, except maybe making a snowman. The boys intend to go tubing and tobogganing. OK - I will probably make and throw some snowballs too.
We have another week here in Washington before heading back down under. We should be back in our place on Thursday 7 ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsWillows Lodge Woodinville
Service is the best at the Willows Lodge! From the short pour of local wine we received at check-in to the personal email we received following up with an updated receipt at check-out, we received kind, efficient and personalized service from every staff person we met. The Herb Garden Suite is beautiful with a sweet Victorian feel. The furniture is a bit lumpy, but it fits in with the look of the room just right. All in all a great place to stay with two wonderful restaurants right on the property.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Willows Lodge Woodinville
Rooms, Service, and Location - Outstanding
You must have hit them on a bad day, everywhere we went in the Lodge, the service and people were so focused on making us happy and looking after us their number one priority. I can tell a good hotel by the number of people who use my name - it was constant.
I would have liked a screen door on the room, but that is a personal preference. The room is so beautiful we didnt want to leave.
Cant wait to go back.
My wife and I recently stayed at the Woodinville Lodge. The rooms are quite nice, but as noted in an earlier post, room temperature control is lacking and we also had to sleep with a sliding glass door partially open to cool the room at night. This while it was snowing outside.
Willows Lodge is Fabulous
A great place! It is a real getaway for Seattle people--close but it makes you feel far away. The design, decor, art, gardens, service and food are all first rate. The guest rooms are very luxurious and calming with a fireplace, the best music system I have ever seen in a hotel, and fabulous bed. My wife and I had a wonderful time. I have no hesitation in recommending the Lodge as the best place to stay in the greater Puget Sound.
My husband and I usually select the Salish Lodge for our getaways, but decided to do something different. This is a wonderful hotel. Every detail seemed to have been thought of, from the water in the tea pot ready for you, to the silky smooth Egyptian Cotton linens. My only suggestion to the hotel is to have bath salts/oils available for the soaking tub. Top rate room. Also, the sauna and outdoor soaking tub is open for your use 24 hours. Nice touch to sit in the evening under the stars in a soaking tub. Very divine.
Okay, but not spectacular
This place was actually a bit of a disappointment after all the great things we'd heard about it. The climate control in our room didn't work very well, so even though we set it to 68, in the night it crept back up to 80, making us very warm in the morning - we ended up having to open the unscreened glass door, letting in a few bugs. Also, they forgot our late check-out and called to kick us out of the room earlier than we'd arranged - on the morning after our wedding! The lamp above the tub was out, and the rooms didn't have fridges, so we couldn't keep the extra food we'd taken for breakfast cold. On the other hand, the included breakfast was exceptional, and the hotel has a resident dog. Overall, not worth the money.
In all of my travels over the years I have found myself searching for the elusive perfect hotel room. Because for me, a hotel room is more than a place to sleep. For that reason, I go out of my way to avoid cookie cutter hotel rooms. So far, the Willows Lodge ranks up there as just about close to perfect as I can imagine. First the architecture is unique and fits perfectly in the pacific northwest. The rooms are fantastic. The decor is unique and tasteful. Lots of slate and natural tones that are soothing and relaxing. The bathroom is amazing. Detached showers (with digitally controlled tempertures) and a soaking tub. All this and a wonderful continental breakfast served in the lobby. Go to the Willows and you'll never look at hotels the same way.
Romance in the rain
It was our first anniversary in Dec. 2002. It rained every day but we didn't care. From the hot cider to the oversized tub with a view to the stone fireplace, we couldn't imagine a better place to be together. If you guys want to get some big points with the wife, like I did, don't hesitate, book it now! Our only gripe was the Barking(barfing)Frog resturant. Their tables were so close together that you could hear every word from the table on either side. The steak was fatty and the salmon was the worst I've had.
Great secret to keep
Great place to keep a secret or else this area will be swamped! It is quiet, beautiful in August and close to most everything we wanted to see...Boeing plant, seattle, pikes place, snoqualamie falls, and others. Love the service and food and the rooms were warm, romantic and bedding was plush. Courtney was wonderful when we checked in. I wished they had a microwave though.
I should say the Lodge was special to begin with, so they really didn't have to rise to the occasion. The staff was very courteous (especially Courtnea and), the food fantastic, and the setting beautiful and quiet. The rooms are oversized, as are bath tubs. And every small item aminity is provided in one's room -- Starbuck's coffee, robes, tea and honey! We made appointments at the Spa where they use Declore and Yonka and the attendants are knowedlegable and gentle.
Very plush, great restaurant, great spa. Next to a Washington winery and Redhook Brewery.