Willows Lodge’s fun team-building exercises that fuel a little friendly competition, while also firing up the friendships
Located right next door to Willows Lodge, this adventure park’s most obvious teambuilding activity is its elaborate ropes course featuring 30 aerial obstacles from zip lines and suspension bridges to cargo nets and “Tarzan ropes.” But, beyond this, there are other more activities offered at Adventura, including Build-A-Boat workshops, and various activities, games, and challenges that encourage thinking on your feet and collaboration.
Run by an acting coach who has worked with executives teams from companies like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft, these workshops offer training in improvisational techniques to help individuals, teams, and whole companies start to communicate and work together more effectively, while having a few laughs along the way.
Did you know it’s almost impossible to work with blown glass without the help of at least one other person? Such is the point behind these classes, offered by the Redmond School of Glass, where groups work together to create collaborative blown-glass piece using communication and cohesion.
Challenge your team to make the perfect dish or cocktail, whether it be sushi, a cake, or the perfect Manhattan. The resort’s banquet team provides all of the prepped ingredients and it's up to your staff to make it delicious. Teams are judged on both taste and appearance.
Willows Lodge's banquet staff leads teams through a blind tasting where the wines’ labels are hidden within velvet bags. After teams taste, they attempt to identify each wine/grape type while learning about each varietal, wine region, and winery.
The best banquet menus and creative menu items that are deliciously destination-focused.
The lodge brings in a sampling of the best local artisan brews from Woodinville – think 20 Corners Brewery, Sumerian Brewing Co., Dirty Bucket Brewery, and more – then creates a seasonal tasting menu perfect for the pairing.
Sit down to a lavish, multi-course meal prepared by the Barking Frog culinary team. Each course is handcrafted with ingredients supplied by the on-site garden and forager partners and paired with wines hand selected by the resort’s resident sommelier. After the feast, the special menu is provided as a keepsake of the unforgettable culinary journey.
Set in the gardens surrounding the property, this outdoor luncheon or dinner includes lawn games and mingling over a hearty helping of backyard barbeque favorites, like signature cedar-plank salmon and blue-ribbon potato salad.
Meetings become lifetime experiences when hosted in one of Washington’s most unique meeting venues.
Not only is this Woodinville winery one of Washington’s premier wineries, it’s also an amazing event venue featuring several unique spaces, including the barrel room and wine library, the rock garden set against the backdrop of the winery, and the arboretum that features rare conifers and pines, Japanese Maples, hundreds of Rhododendrons, and five of the largest trees of their kind in the United States.
With several unique venue options offered in this museum that specializes in one of the largest air and space collections in the world, perhaps the most unique are the exhibit spaces themselves, where you can dine and mingle among some of the most incredible aeronautical artifacts, including the 100-foot-long, four-story-high NASA Space Shuttle Trainer and 28 WWI and WWII fighter planes.
After boarding Lady Mary, featuring lush carpets, mahogany trim and bronze metal accents, as well as an enclosed main deck and partially enclosed second deck, your group will depart for an hour-and-a-half narrated cruise of Lake Washington. Dinner is included while you cruise past magnificent lakeside properties and learn the history of one of the world’s truly beautiful urban lakes.
There’s nothing more memorable than hosting an event in Seattle’s iconic 600-foot observation tower and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The Skyline Level, located at the tower’s 100-foot mark, offers two private rooms that can be used individually or in combination to accommodate up to 350 guests and overlooks a dramatic 360-degree panoramic view of the city.
This iconic Seattle landmark set in the shadow of the Space Needle provides several unique spaces, accommodating anywhere from 80 to 1,500 guests, amidst the one-of-a-kind glasswork by Pacific Northwest artist, Dale Chihuly. Choose from the 40-foot-tall Glasshouse, housing a suspending 1,340 piece 100-foot long sculpture; the Garden Plaza and Galleries; or the Art Plaza, nestled between the Glasshouse and Chandelier Walkway with a spectacular view of the sweeping grounds.
Offerings – from high-tech highlights to just plain ingenious add-ons – that make holding a meeting at Willows Lodge unlike anything else.
A great way to bookend an afternoon of meetings, groups can check out some 40 tasting rooms within easy walking distance of the lodge. A few popular ones with guests: Chateau Ste. Michelle (located directly across the street from the Lodge), Guardian Cellars, Mark Ryan Winery, and DeLille Cellars.
The lodge is a quick walk or bike ride away from an easy access point to this beautiful trail routed along a historic railroad bed for 18 miles and running from Woodinville down into Seattle. For groups up to 10, the lodge can provide hybrid mountain bikes and helmets.
Throughout the gardens and public spaces, you’ll find an extensive collection of artwork by Haida Native Americans, the first inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest. Take a self-guided tour and see them all during downtime, including bronze and glass sculptures, oil paintings, and the two patina-worn heads in the Spa Courtyard done by Bill Reid – the Haida’s most legendary artist.
With so many grassy areas located on the grounds of Willows Lodge, groups can take a break in-between sessions and take advantage of a nice day by enjoying a game of bocce ball, ladder golf, or corn hole.
Five reception and banquet rooms accommodate groups up to 180 people in cozy, well-designed environs that feature stone fireplaces, large windows for natural sunlight, and patio doors that open to herb gardens. But more than just a pretty space, the latest A/V technology, plus on-site assistance, is also available.
A few of Willows Lodge’s corporate party ideas that your team will be talking about well into next quarter.
This dinner event includes a culinary tour of the property, where you sample different drinks and dishes at various dining outlets, including the Barking Frog, Fireside Lounge, and The Herbfarm Restaurant.
Blend it your way, shake it your way, top it your way. In these interactive foodie-themed classes, groups will learn wine-blending techniques from the lodge’s sommelier; how to make simple syrup from a bartender; and how to use sweet, salty, spicy, and savory dessert toppings from the pastry chef.
No need to BYOW (bring your own wine). Instead of hosted in a studio, this painting class – similar to the popular paint and sip classes that have taken the nation by storm – takes place at your group’s choice of a participating winery.
While best known as the home of Washington’s most famous wine, Chateau Ste. Michelle is also home to one of the most popular music events in the area. Taking place on the estate’s rolling lawn, the summer concert series has hosted the likes of John Legend, the Blues Brothers, and James Taylor. For a VIP concert experience, Willows will book your group special seating and send you with food from Barking Frog.