AS WE WELCOME YOU BACK TO WILLOWS LODGE, WE'RE PLACING EVEN GREATER EMPHASIS ON CLEANLINESS, AS WELL AS THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR GUESTS AND TEAM.
Even Better, It's Only 25 Minutes From Seattle
Nestle into your personal haven; every guest room and suite has a stone fireplace and soaking tub designed for two. Let us plan a tour of the award-winning Woodinville wineries all around us. Explore our gorgeous gardens, and hop on a Willows bicycle for a ride on the Sammamish River Trail. Have a massage, facial or body treatment at our full-service Woodinville spa. Enjoy expertly crafted cocktails at Fireside Lounge, home of our famous Happier Hour. And experience the award-winning cuisine and wine list at Barking Frog Restaurant, one of Woodinville's finest restaurants.
Willows Lodge is located on five landscaped acres bordering the Sammamish River in the heart of Western Washington’s wine country. Here in this comfortable, luxurious haven, you can rejuvenate body, mind and spirit.
We look forward to welcoming you.
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When Houdini tossed the deck of cards to the ceiling, no one expcted that one of the cards would stick to a beam.
But the Ace of Spades did. It was the same card that Houdini's host had pulled from the deck and inserted before Houdini cast them airborne. The host, C.D Stimson, an important member of the early business and social community of Seattle, left the card in place for the next twenty years. This was his hunting haunt, Willows Lodge.
The Stimsons and several other leading families of Seattle, had their country homes in the valley near the present day Willows Lodge.
They entertained, relaxed, hunted ducks and reportedly often hatched significant business plans. It seemed fitting to continue this name and spirit with the new Willows Lodge.
Opened in September 2000, the present Lodge is public and the guests are more often hunting a great bottle of wine than a duck, it is still a "country place" devoted to great dining, a warm fire, relaxation, romance and inspired business dealings.
The idea of the Lodge was to create a place that kept people in touch with the heritage and informality of the NW while experiencing the highest level of refinement in food, comfort, aesthetics and service.
Gracing the entry drive is a 1,500 year-old "Cedar Snag," now a burned out shell of its former self.
The valley was originally a forest of huge trees that were logged over 100 years ago. Twenty foot or taller stumps were left because the flared bases of the trees were too big to haul to the mill. Snags like this one were a common sight. The "Willows Snag", brought here from the Olympic Peninsula, is a tangible and dramatic reminder of that past.
The impressive Douglas fir timbers used throughout the buildings and landscape create the structure of the Lodge. These trees were cut 100 years ago and used to build the Port of Portland, Oregon. When the Port buildings were recently torn down the timbers were saved for another life, here at the Lodge. They have notches, bolt holes, and other reminders of their prior use, but have been smoothed and waxed to enhance the natural warmth of the wood.
While their rustic quality has been preserved in the structure and ledges of the guest rooms, they have also been used in a refined manner. A skilled local craftsman created the two beautiful sofa tables in the lobby from the same 100 year-old wood. Fine grained ash wood was used throughout as the counterpoint to the rustic fir.
The huge stone fireplace in the lobby, repeated on a small scale in the guest rooms, present the more rugged side of the Northwest.
The guest room tables are recycled slate pool table tops from old bars in British Columbia. The entry and bath floors in the rooms are a rustic slate. The lobby floors are a stained concrete. The photo collection in the special function area of the hotel depicts the early years of the valley.
At the same time the furniture, fabrics, and rugs are all sophisticated modern elements of the Lodge. The beds are the epitome of refined comfort, featuring the best the world has to offer. The most comfortable beds in the U.S. hospitality industry are covered with 300 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and duvets from Europe. The Dornbracht bathroom fixtures, selected for their quality and elegance, are complemented by Mexican marble bowls and toiletries by Molton Brown of London. The television/movie and stereo systems make in-room entertainment a real pleasure. A noiseless refrigerator is a further statement of the focus on guest comfort and is stocked to individual preference.
Gardens are an important part of the Northwest experience due to the favorable climate and outdoor orientation of many who live here.
Reflecting that tradition, the Lodge was designed to have the guest rooms facing the gardens which feature large conifers, flowering deciduous trees, Japanese Maples, a wide range of shrubs, large stones, and the sound of water everywhere. Because of the emphasis on fine, fresh food at the two restaurants, Barking Frog and The Herbfarm, a large herb and edible plant garden as well as fruit trees have been incorporated into the landscape. Native riparian plantings continue from the Lodge down to the edge of the Sammamish River. The gardens are worthy of a special visit themselves.
A hidden courtyard provides a hydrotherapy pool experience under the stars. The shimmering pool set in an Asian inspired garden with a stone fountain provides another way to relax at the Lodge. Adjacent to the pool is a fitness center and a full service Spa. These facilities present opportunities to rejuvenate the body and perhaps the spirit.
Art plays a significant role at the Lodge.
The artwork that has the most unique connection to the Northwest is that of the NW Coast Native Americans. The Lodge selected works of the most highly skilled artists of this tradition. These artworks are special because they spring from the stories of the Native American cultures and at the same time express the artistry and technical virtuosity of the artists. To fully communicate the power of this artistic tradition, several artworks of each artist are presented and are woven through the gardens, public spaces, and guest rooms. Pictures of the artists and their statements are included along with several books in the library on their artwork.
Bill Reid, Haida, is generally credited with having restored the North Coast Native art to its present high level and is considered by many to be one of the outstanding artists of the 20th Century. Recently deceased, his most significant monumental work, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, is featured with a large photo in the lobby and two large bronze heads cast from the original work in the gardens. The photos in the guest rooms are close-ups of textural details of the work. These include the hair of Bear Mother, the tail of the Beaver, and the cape of the Conscipt. Other outstanding pieces of his work are in the lobby area.
Robert Davidson, Haida, is Reid's acknowledged successor.
His bronze frog is a signature for the Barking Frog restaurant. Susan Point, Coast Salish, is the most celebrated woman artist of this tradition. Her glass sculptures in the hotel and in the "Salmon Pool" and her prints speak eloquently to the feminine side of this art.
Joseph Kinnebrew and Cheri Christiansen are two non-native NW artists represented at the Lodge. Kinnebrew's joyful coast iron and bronze sculptures grace the herb garden and restaurant patio. Christiansen's powerful presentation of chickens are displayed throughout the Lodge in another nod to the rural setting.
Food and wine are two central experiences of the Lodge. The Lodge is adjacent to the top Western Washington wineries, including the large producers, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia and outstanding boutique wineries such as DeLille, Facelli and Matthews Cellars. Excellent Northwest wine is celebrated at the Lodge and the restaurants. The Herbfarm is internationally renowned as one of America's outstanding dining destinations. Ron Zimmerman and Carrie Van Dyck, owners of The Herbfarm Restaurant, relocated their business to Willows Lodge to marry their sought after Northwest culinary experience with equally sophisticated accommodations in a rural setting. The presence of gardens, especially the herb garden and the creation of homes for their retinue of ducks and two pet pigs, made this a perfect match.
The locally famous Barking Frog restaurant is also grounded in the Northwest experience, with a slight French flair to the food.
The restaurant embodies the same rustic and refined feel of the Lodge. Its name comes from the Native American storytellers use of the Frog as a symbol of wealth or abundance and the very real presence of frogs throughout the valley. The Haida's name for frogs is the "crab of the woods" which is the title of Robert Davidson's sculpture in the dining room entry.
This "Barking" Frog emphatically announces its presence as does the restaurant with a welcoming fireplace and elegant tables featuring fine glassware from Austria and German cutlery and china. Meeting and special events at the Lodge are catered by the restaurant.
Business travelers as well as leisure guests will enjoy all the attention to the details of their comfort. However, the Lodge was designed to be an especially good environment for the frequent travelers or the business meeting. All guest rooms have stone fireplaces, soaking tubs designed for two, high-speed internet access, and a sophisticated sound system. The high-tech Cascade Room and the meeting and special event rooms offer all technological support, flexibility and comfort. Perhaps many more intriguing business deals will be hatched here, as they were a century ago.
The Willows Lodge is the local place of choice to luxuriate, to celebrate, to meet and to dine, and indeed to be known as a "must visit" for travelers to Woodinville Wine Country.
As a part of Benchmark Hospitality International, we are proud to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in many ways.
Sustainability at Willows
One of our many sustainable practices at Willows is the re-use of natural materials. This not only adds to the charm and Northwest ambiance of Willows, but it also plays a role in helping the environment. Gracing the entry drive is the burned-out shell of a 1,500 year-old cedar.
The valley was originally a forest of huge cedar trees that were logged over 100 years ago. Twenty foot or taller stumps were left because the flared bases of the trees were too big to haul to the mill. Snags like this one were a common sight. The "Willows Snag", brought here from the Olympic Peninsula, is a tangible and dramatic reminder of that past.
When you walk into Willows Lodge, you’ll see our front doors are made from old wine casks. And that’s just the beginning. The main structure of the Lodge is created with Douglas fir timbers, which were cut 100 years ago and used to build the Port of Portland, Oregon. When the Port buildings were torn down the timbers were saved for another life, here at the Lodge. They have notches, bolt holes, and other reminders of their prior use, but have been smoothed and waxed to enhance the natural warmth of the wood. Fine grained ash wood was used throughout as the counterpoint to the rustic fir. Even our guest room tables are recycled slate pool table tops from old bars in British Columbia.
Environmental Stewardship has been a company-wide objective since the Willow Lodge’s inception. There are a number of measures we have undertaken to be more sustainable. These include:
Beauty Comes Naturally Here
Willows Lodge lives in a constantly evolving, sustainable landscape filled with thousands of plants and trees that thrive naturally in our Pacific Northwest region. With respect for the local environment and community and the spirit of place, we practice sustainable landscaping to create gardens as healthy as they are beautiful.
We’re proud that our gardens are treasured places for our guests and their most important events—from small, informal gatherings to enchanting outdoor weddings.
Willows Lodge was the first hotel in the region to be recognized with a 5-Star EnviroStar award for sustainable landscaping management.
These gardens are the coveted location for many Willows weddings, family reunions, and other outdoor celebrations. They’re also a natural gathering place for guests to socialize in the late afternoon with glasses of wine. The Herbfarm’s Kitchen Garden is located here, filled with aromatic herbs and many edible plants.
A stone building is hidden in this courtyard, graced by a weeping sequoia and Japanese maple. The building is home to the bronze face of the Killer Whale Spirit, which is set in a granite pool.
In summer, the courtyard is filled with the blooms of jasmine, astilbe and large-leaf hostas.
This quiet garden offers a contemplative mood. Tall spruce trees surround a pool adorned with bronze heads of Bear Mother and Dog Fish Woman that reflect native peoples. Nestled behind the bamboo fence alongside the courtyard is the Willows Spa Garden. Best viewed from the warm waters of our outdoor relaxation pool, this serene garden includes plantings of ferns, huckleberry, mondo grass, beautiful containers changing with the seasons, and the sound of watering falling over granite.
Located at the north end of the lodge, our newest garden wraps around an outdoor space perfect for an intimate gathering or a glass of wine at the end of the river walk. Our signature weeping willows are especially stunning on winter nights, when uplighting illuminates their elegant branches.
Meet Borage and Basil
Guests love to stop by the Gazebo Gardens and visit our resident pigs, Borage and Basil. They belong to the owners of The Herbfarm restaurant, Carrie Van Dyck and Ron Zimmerman.
Northwest Treasures at Every Turn
At Willows, we pay tribute to the artistic expressions unique to the Pacific Northwest,
Throughout our gardens and public spaces, you’ll find artwork by the most highly skilled Northwest Coast Native American artists. This ancient art form integrates spiritual, animal and human reverence for the natural world. Their works often come from the stories of Native American cultures and express the vision and technical virtuosity of the artists.
Widely credited with having restored North Coast Native art to its present high level, Bill Reid is one of the outstanding artists of the twentieth century. His most significant monumental work, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, is featured with a large photo in the lobby. In our gardens, you’ll find two large bronze heads cast from the original work. Photos in the guest rooms reveal textural details of this work, including the hair of Bear Mother, the tail of the Beaver, and the cape of the Conscript. Other outstanding pieces of Reid’s work are located in the lobby.
Reid’s acknowledged successor is Robert Davidson, Haida, whose bronze frog is a signature for the Barking Frog restaurant.
Susan Point is one of the most celebrated woman artists of the Haida tradition. Her glass sculptures in the lodge and the Salmon Pool speak eloquently to the feminine aspects of this art.
Joseph Kinnebrew and Cheri Christensen
We are proud to have the work of these two non-Native Northwest artists among the Willows Lodge collection. Joseph Kinnebrew’s joyful cast iron and bronze sculptures grace the herb garden and restaurant patio. Cheri Christiansen’s powerful representations of chickens are displayed throughout the lodge in a nod to our rural setting.
“I took a group of 15 couples here for a conference recently. We booked this property because of the wonderful experience that we had at the Bardessono Resort in Napa Valley, a sister property, so the bar was set high. The Willows Lodge not only met our expectations, but exceeded them. This wonderful property is located adjacent to the Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Wineries, as well as the Red Hook Ale Brewery. We were able to treat our group to a Sarah McLachlan concert at the Chateau's Amphitheater and the hotel was able to provide gourmet boxed dinners for us to carry to the concert that evening. Additionally, the unique dining experience of the adjacent HerbFarm restaurant only enhanced our weekday stay at the Willows Lodge. The staff was very helpful in seeing to our needs and made the stay most enjoyable. The concierge, Jonathan, helped many in our group plan their free day and even arranged a 'miracle' last minute transfer to the airport for our group when the prearranged bus didn't show up for our return trip to the airport. I can give an unabashed recommendation to the Willows Lodge and hope to return again, soon!”
“I just want to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay at The Willows. The accommodations were the best! The staff was wonderful, as was the food! We will definitely be back! THANK YOU!”
Sandy Conrad, Tree Top Inc.
Willows Lodge worked perfectly for our group. Intimate and cozy with plenty of places for chatting and networking. The on-site staff provided world class professionalism. They, together with their sales and event staff, were consistently courteous, helpful and friendly. The accommodations were comfortable and well-appointed, and their on-site chef provided excellent cuisine throughout our stay.
Dana Graham, SAGE Publishing
“Overall the service was outstanding, the facilities were well serviced and the catering was exactly what people were looking for.”
Malcom Brown, Merriweather Training and Conferences.
“The evening was just perfect! You folks did such a wonderful job, I can’t praise you enough. I received many wonderful comments on how wonderful the food and service was. (Especially the food.) This was my first corporate function...and because of you, it not only ran very smoothly, it was very “stress free”.
Brandi, Inrix Corporation
“The Willows is a beautiful, peaceful and relaxing location next to a couple of wineries in Woodinville. Their catering and facilities manager also helped assist me as my wedding coordinator throughout the entire day. She and her staff took care of me and my guests and made us all feel comfortable. The wedding ceremony in the gazebo was breathtaking which was also adorned by the floral arrangements and an herb garden. I would highly recommend considering an event or even enjoy a night's stay at Willows. You won't be disappointed.”
Michelle & Darin, wedding couple
“We can't thank you and the staff at Willows Lodge enough for making our wedding truly spectacular and memorable. All of the catering staff was so gracious during the event and so accommodating in collecting the "stuff " after the wedding. Please give our thanks to all the staff members. Did we mention how wonderful the food was?!? Ellie and I were very impressed at the tasting and I must say I think the food during the event was even better! All the guests raved about the setting, the food, the wine, etc. Everything exceeded our expectations. The catering and facilities manager was particularly invaluable in making the entire event go so smoothly. I know weddings are a frequent event for you, but you absolutely treated us as if ours was the most important wedding you had ever choreographed. Thank you for all your answers, reassurances, directions, and suggestions. Really, it couldn't have flowed more smoothly.”
Lori Birtley, Mother of the Bride
“I can’t say enough about Willows. They had everything under control. I had hired a DOC, but when she got there pretty much everything was done. Willows made sure all of my guests were taken care of. I never had to ask for something more than once, and the staff was on it. The food was AMAZING. We are still getting compliments on how good it was.”
“I was really impressed with your hotel, your food and the friendliness and service orientation of your staff”.
Jenifer DuPape, Microsoft Corporation
“As usual, we had a volume of very favorable comments from a number of attendees about what a great meeting it was and what a tremendous facility the Willows Lodge provides! One of the corporate guys from Indiana stood up at the Saturday night dinner and said he had attended most of the distributorship meetings throughout the US and none were even close to what was offered by us for quality, educational advancement and facilities. He promised to return any time we asked! We can’t ask for a better endorsement! Thank you for a job exceptionally well done!”
William Crist, Zimmer Northwest
“I want to thank you and your entire staff for the wonderful service you provided at our board retreat last weekend. I have had nothing but positive remarks from board members, who were very pleased with the facility, the staff, and the service. While it’s always nice to try something new, I don’t know why we would want to go anywhere else for our annual retreat. I think the board members feel the same way.”
Laura Merritt, City University of Seattle
Gracing the entry drive is a 1,500 year old Western Red Cedar snag collected from a site near the Hood Canal floating bridge in Kitsap County in 1995. This remnant followed the early logging of the old growth timber during the 1880's. It's naturally hollow trunk rendered it useless for lumber, but its hollowness acted as a chimney when the fires followed the logging. Only it's hollowed shell remains as you now see it.
The stone bench installed to the north of the hotel entrance was created by stone craftsman Roger Rosenbach, of Triple-R-Aggregate in Snohomish. Naturally formed as a bench, the basalt rock came from the Reider pit by Gold Bar, Washington. The rich rusty patina is the work of eons of weather "rusting" the iron particles on the stone's surface. The intricate detail of the Willows Lodge logo was meticulously sandblasted into the bench at Roger's studio in Snohomish.
Large Root Mass
There are several root masses throughout the property, but the largest one resides east of the Fireside Courtyard. This gnarly root system, collected from an alpine lake in the Cascade Mountains, is really composed of three separate trees. The center and largest is a Western Red Cedar. On one side is a Mountain Hemlock and on the other is a Pacific Silver Fir. Merged through several hundred years of close growth, a total fusion occurred
The chestnut wood used for the tables in the lobby came from a local Seattle favorite - Green Lake Park and the wood was obtained through the Parks Department.
Outdoor Spa Shower
The shower stone weighs approximately 4 1/2 tons and was created by Will Robinson.
Barking Frog Patio Tree
The dwarf Alpine Hemlock started growing in approximately 1565, making it 450 years old. It's unusual shape was made by the relentless slushy Maritime snow loading.
With the evolution of our four seasons, Head Gardener, Marjorie Currey, showcases the ever-changing Gardens at Willows Lodge and shares her tips for the home gardener.
Autumn Gardening Tips:
* Late summer and early autumn is the best time to divide perennials that bloom in spring and summer.
* Plant trees and shrubs, allowing enough time for roots to develop before freezing temperatures arrive.
* Apply broadleaf weed control to lawns.
* Deadhead perennials and discard dead and diseased foliate to reduce infection next year.
* Begin planting spring flowering bulbs in mid to late September. Hint: If you plant your display of tulips with half stem side down and half flower bud down, you will achieve a longer display as the bud side down bulbs will need to turn in order to push growth.
* Fall is a great time to plant attractive containers.
Enjoy your garden!
Stay charged while visiting Willows Lodge. Whether you're an overnight guest, attending a business meeting, dining in the Barking Frog or The Herbfarm, relaxing in the Spa or savoring your favorite glass of wine in the Fireside, EV drivers can recharge their cars and themselves while enjoying all that Willows Lodge has to offer.
Just plug in - We proudly offer four complimentary TESLA charging stations along with two ChargePoint EV stations for all other models. Simply use your ChargePoint card.
Willows Lodge was the first hotel in Woodinville, taking 14 months to build, and then welcoming its first guest on September 19, 2000. Its rural elegance marked as a destination, not as a “property”.
The owners and building architect intended to respect the horizontal nature of the valley; having the building eventually recede into the landscaping.
The on-property water features, Pacific North Coast Indian Art, reclaimed furnishings and infrastructure, and thoughtful gardens, are all here to offer an element of surprise. To allow you to “feel good”.
The original goal of the Willows Lodge experience was to have people “leave here totally satisfied and very happy”. We believe we have kept that promise.
As we look back on 20 years, we wanted to share our very first brochure for the lodge. So much has changed in the past two decades, but one thing remains and that is our desire to take the best care of our guests and team members
For the last 20 years, Willows has married thousands of happy couples, hosted hundreds of meetings for large and small businesses, and wined and dined countless guests at Barking Frog and Fireside Lounge. From now through October 9, 2020, Willows Lodge is inviting guests, partners, and employees past and present to share a photo and memory of a special time they spent at Willows Lodge by using this link:
In honor of our 20 Year Anniversary, we created the 20 Years of Romance package for anyone celebrating a special occasion with their loved one. This package is available only in 2020 and includes all you need for the most memorable stay imaginable.
In honor of our 20th Anniversary, our Platinum Spa package includes a soothing one hour couple's massage along with a 60 minute Neroli body wrap and scrub for each of you. After two hours of pure bliss, you'll be so relaxed you may never want to leave.
Our Nicest Suite at Willows Lodge is dedicated to our first General Manager and part owner of Willows Lodge, James Simkins. James was an amazing leader, mentor, and hospitality professional who helped change lives and shape the hotel and restaurant industry. He left us much too soon, but his values and legacy burn bright at Willows Lodge thanks to his many contributions and early oversight of this property.
In our community of Woodinville, an annual Celebrate Woodinville parade occurred, and in year’s past, it was coupled with a Bassett Bash. Bassetts and owners would travel across the country to convene for the parade, the reunion, and contests that included longest ears, best costume, best howl, etc. (of course, I refer to the contest being for the dogs, not owners). In homage to the parade, and to the fact that our owners felt that having a Lodge dog in the lobby was essential to greet weary travelers, our first Willows Lodge Four-Legged Ambassador was Gus, a Bassett Hound. After Gus, we rescued Preston, then the most remembered Lodge dog of all time, Ruthie. All three dogs were promoters of our WVIP – Willows Very Important Pet program - that we continue to this day.