Despite an unusually long spell of sunny, warm days which continue to brighten October, the autumn nights in the Pacific Northwest nights have turned chilly. That weather combination has made me think back to Willows Lodge, a luxury resort smack-dab in the middle of Washington's Woodinville Wine Country – just a few miles from our home and only a half hour from Seattle, (during a good traffic commute).
|A spa-sponsored Garden Party brought out the hats and dresses, upper left, a Willow tree|
|'Refreshed' Guest room - Willows Lodge|
|Willows Lodge reception counter and lobby|
|Willows Lodge Lobby|
This quintessential Northwest lodge with its wooden beams and distressed concrete floors incorporates reclaimed wood and metal furniture into its interior design. That coffee table pictured above was made by Pacific Northwest artisans Meyer Wells and N.K. Build.
|Guest room, bathroom and deck - London's Molton Brown products are featured|
Guest rooms are described and priced by three categories: nice, nicer and nicest. They’ve all been refreshed to include an accent wall behind the headboard in a deep wine hue (but, of course – it is wine country!) The new color makes the existing hand blown glass pendants simply pop. The ceiling and wall colors have been lightened which adds to the feeling of spaciousness. I had a difficult time deciding whether I wanted to spend my ‘room time’ in the comfy chair and ottoman (a new addition to the rooms) or outside on the small deck. I could have spent the entire stay bouncing between the two. . . with maybe a trip or two to the lounge and restaurant.
|Barking Frog Restaurant - shots of breakfast and dinner (fresh Halibut was our choice)|
Say Ahh for the Spa
|The spa pool at Willows Lodge|
|A treatment room at Willows Lodge|
Tucked in between warmed blankets, I experienced one of their signature, Clarita Facials, a treatment I had written about a few years ago but had not yet tried. My face had a healthy glow about it for days afterward.
A Stay in Woodinville Wine Country
It was our first stay at this 84-room resort, that got its beginning as a privately owned hunting lodge. Owner C. D. Stimson, a member of the early day Seattle business and social community, came here to hunt ducks.
While the duck hunting has ceased in the immediate area, Willows Lodge is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts as well as those who want to visit wine country. Woodinville, located to the east of Lake Washington in the heart of what was once agricultural fields, is now a vibrant part of the state’s wine country with more than 100 wineries and/or wine tasting rooms located near Willows Resort. Red Hook Brewery is the next door neighbor.
The lodge is adjacent to the Sammamish River Trail, a 10.9 mile bike and recreational rail trail. There’s a kayak launch near the resort grounds and a zip line concession just a short walk away. The resort has an assortment of bikes for guests (or a pedicab you can hire to get you to the wineries) and it is pet-friendly as well.
|Willows Lodge, the adjacent Sammamish River Trail, zip lines, and Red Hook Brewery|
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That’s it for this week. As always, thanks for your time. We’re heading back to our Greek life so the tales of our time there will be intermixed with our continuing tales from the Middle East cruise. Hope we see you back here soon. Until then, safe travels to you and yours~
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