Woodinville, WA is a destination

Chateau Ste Michelle vines

Lucky Duck enjoys Washington wine country in Woodinville.

Every once in awhile, we like to pick a local spot to enjoy a staycation. For this Memorial Day, we got in the Mercedes and drove out to Woodinville, WA to stay at Willow’s Lodge, attend a car show, enjoy the outdoors, and taste some yummy wine & food.

I highly recommend the Willow’s Lodge stay

  • The location is fantastic. You can park for free and walk to Chateau Ste Michelle, many tasting rooms, and the Red Hook Brewery. We walked to Chateau Ste Michelle and enjoyed a picnic out on the grass. Because we didn’t plan ahead, we just purchased all of our picnic needs right there. But you can bring in whatever you want.
Picnic at Chateau Ste Michelle Picnic at Chateau Ste Michelle
  • You can rent a bike for $5.00/hour and pedal along the Sammamish River Trail.

Bike riding on the Sammamish River Trail, in Lululemon

  • Bathtubs fit for two occupy each room; ours had jets. They also offer the best mini bar I’ve ever seen at a hotel.
  • There’s a spa onsite, as well as absolutely amazing dining options. You can cross over to The Herb Farm or Barking Frog. We ate at Barking Frog, and I had the best Sea Scallops I’ve ever had in my life.
  • Fireside Cellars, in the lobby, is very romantic, yet a bit casual. The drinks are unreal, and you can order from a special menu created by Barking Frog. We enjoyed the Tiny Bubbles Flight before our dinner reservation at 9:00 pm.

Champagne Flight at Fireside Cellars at Willow's Lodge

Fireside Cellars Fireside Cellars

Apparently My Posse’s in Woodinville!

Sir Mix-a-Lot was in attendance at the car show at Chateau Ste Michelle, and he was great. When I asked him for a picture, he said, “I was just about to ask you for one!” Ha!

Shannon Harms and Sir Mix-a-Lot

I don’t know if I had more fun eyeing Sir Mix-a-Lot, the $2 Million Bugatti, the beautiful Ferraris (actually, they let me sit in the new white one!), the black Bentley, or the Lucky Duck themed Lamborghini.

Bugatti at the Chateau Ste Michelle Car Show

Shannon Harms in a Ferrari

Bentley at the Chateau Ste Michelle Car Show

lamborghini at the Chateau Ste Michelle Car Show

Noon checkout is pretty sweet

We woke up at 9 am this morning, threw on some clothes, and walked over to the Tully’s to read the paper and have a leisurely coffee. You can grab free coffee in the lobby, if you’d like, but we felt like getting out for a walk. With a noon check out – we had time!

After showering and packing it up, we sat at the bar at Village Wines for a light lunch and wine tasting. What a welcoming, wonderful environment. Can’t wait to go back there! Your wine tasting is $10 for 6 pours, but if you buy a bottle, you get $5 off. So we picked the Washington Sauvignon Blanc.

Nibbles at Village Wines Village Wines is a great place to grab food and wine

And then we did an outdoor tasting across the street at DeLILLE Cellars Carriage House. You grab a barrel, and friendly servers pour you five different wines for $15. (And if you check in on Facebook, which I totally did, you get an extra pour for free!)

DeLILLE Carriage House in Woodinville

If you buy two bottles of wine, you get the $15 back. So of course we did that and took home two of the new Rose that just launched yesterday.


It’s fascinating to me that we could have so much fun, having only driven about 25 minutes from Seattle and only stayed for one night. Not to mention the fact that we only planned this one day in advance.

I highly recommend a Woodinville stay. Personally, I can’t wait to go back to Willow’s and have another amazing weekend.

Woodinville, WA is a tourist destination

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    1. Thrilled you dig the write-up! Thanks, Jean! This is an awesome getaway. Don’t forget to ask Willow’s Lodge for the Microsoft rate. And, I have to admit, I thought the Ferrari fit pretty well when I tried it on.

  1. Have you been to the Herb farm? I almost worked there for my externship while I was in culinary school : )

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