Seattle / Woodinville, Washington
14580 NE 145th Street
Seattle / Woodinville, Washington 98072
Willows Lodge is situated just 30 minutes from downtown Seattle hotel in the Sammamish River Valley, Enjoy classic Northwest ambience in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country, surrounded by more than 100 wineries and tasting rooms.
The meeting facilities are a favorite gathering place for Seattle area meetings and corporate retreats. Meeting facilities include six separate meeting rooms with over 5,000 square feet of space. All meeting rooms feature windows and an abundance of natural lighting. Many open onto patios surrounded by lush gardens. Some function rooms even have gas fireplaces as well. The hotel can accommodate groups up to 180 people. Meeting facilities support multi-media presentations and casual or intimate receptions. Besides the flexible indoor venues, the hotel offers additional break-out areas and outdoor dining spaces. Catering by the award-winning Barking Frog restaurant is always a hit with meeting attendees. With an outdoor Aerial Adventure Park adjacent to the lodge, there are many team building opportunities as well!
Largest Meeting Room 1,955 ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 4,524 ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 5,244 ft²
WILLOWS LODGE WINE DIRECTOR CARA DELAVALLADE ACHIEVES ADVANCED SOMMELIER CERTIFICATION
Posted September 29, 2015
Woodinville, WA (September 29, 2015) – Willows Lodge, a favorite Northwest retreat in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country and the home of the award-winning Barking Frog restaurant, announces its Wine Director Cara DeLavallade has successfully achieved the next level in wine education, Advanced Sommelier. Cara passed the three-day, Advanced Sommelier Exam by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas and thereby adding her name to an elite list. Of particular note, only eight out of 61 people in Cara’s group who took the test in Philadelphia on September 8-10, 2015 passed. Cara did so on her first seating, while it has taken many others three or four attempts.
The Advanced Sommelier exam, is the third in a series of four increasingly challenging tests of knowledge and skill offered by the Court. By the time candidates reach the Advanced Examination, most have already invested years of study, in addition to significant time working in and around the beverage industry. In Cara’s case, she took the Advanced Course in February 2014 and has essentially been studying for a total of two years prior to taking the exam. At this level, candidates have a superior understanding of wine theory and beverage service, as well as a highly sophisticated tasting ability. Every year, thousands of wine service professionals attempt the Court’s exams, however, only the distinguished manage to pass.
“Cara’s raw talent, dedication and enthusiasm for the wine industry is an inspiration to all of us here at Willows,” said Denny Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, Willows Lodge. “We could not be prouder of her achievement and passion that she brings to our team at the Barking Frog and the love of wine that she shares with our guests.”
In addition to this esteemed certification, Cara holds a French Wine Scholar certification and an Advanced Certification through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. She has mastered her skills over the years from her experience abroad: from working in Mendoza, Argentina as a Sommelier at Azafran Restaurante and a Sommelier on board Silversea Cruises, to her volunteer work in the Willamette Valley at the International Pinot Noir Celebration, the Salud Charity Auction and at the Women Stars of Food and Wine event in Seattle.
The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in England in 1977 to encourage improved standards of beverage knowledge and service in hotels and restaurants. The first Master Sommelier Diploma Exam to be held in the United States was in 1987. The title Master Sommelier marks the highest recognition of wine and spirits knowledge, beverage service abilities, and professionalism in the hospitality trade. Education was then, and remains today, the Court’s charter. There are four stages involved in attaining the top qualifications of Master Sommelier: 1) Introductory Sommelier Course; 2) Certified Sommelier Exam; 3) Advanced Sommelier Course; and 4) Master Sommelier Diploma. There are 135 professionals who have earned the title of Master Sommelier as part of the Americas chapter since the organization’s inception. Of those, 116 are men and 19 are women. There are 214 professionals worldwide who have received the title of Master Sommelier since the first Master Sommelier Diploma Exam. For more information, please visit www.mastersommeliers.org.
About Willows Lodge
Willows Lodge, a Northwest style lodge located in Woodinville Wine Country just outside of Seattle, features 84 luxury guestrooms, a full-service spa and high-tech equipped meeting space. Executive Chef Bobby Moore’s American regional cuisine at Barking Frog reflects the seasonal and organic produce found in Puget Sound, and is artfully paired with an extensive list of Washington wines. Willows Lodge also boasts Fireside Cellars, offering a casual and sophisticated atmosphere tucked away in the lobby with an outdoor patio overlooking the expansive surrounding landscape. www.willowslodge.com
Willows Lodge Announces Extensive Refresh!
Posted September 8, 2015
Favorite Northwest retreat debuts new “modern lodge” concept drawing inspiration from its surroundings in Woodinville Wine Country
Woodinville, WA (September 8, 2015) – In celebration of its 15th anniversary this September, Willows Lodge, a favorite Pacific Northwest retreat in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country, announces an extensive refresh to the property, which includes all guest rooms, meetings space and the lobby. While quite a few updates have been made to Willows since opening in 2000, including a significant redesign and expansion of the hotel’s Fireside lounge, the most current also counts as its most comprehensive.
Spearheaded by the design team at Weber Thompson in Seattle, the project launched a new “modern lodge” concept at Willows, layering a variety of textures and materials to provide juxtaposition and tell an interesting story, such as the reclaimed-wood and metal furniture made by local artisans Meyer Wells and NK Build. Overall, the hotel’s color palette was updated to warm neutrals, such as buttery caramels and rich wine tones, inspired by the existing, beautifully distressed concrete floors and the hues of Washington wine country. Neutral fabrics with bold, highly textured accent fabrics create a luxurious, modern aesthetic. Specifically, the Lobby enjoyed the addition of varying scales of seating and lighting, which created a more dynamic and inviting entrance for guests and visitors to the Lodge. A sculptural timber floor lamp and high-back chairs, all made in the U.S., now sit on a custom hand tufted wool rug, featuring a willow reed pattern. The adjacent Fireside lounge, which was expanded just prior to the 2013 summer season, now offers guests sculptural high-back seating areas, paired with movable ottomans, which creates a more casual flexible seating space that invites guests to a relax in comfort and exudes the approachable elegance for which Willows is known. The color palette of Woodinville Wine Country was continued into the Guest Rooms. While entries were painted in a warm, neutral shade in order to set the mood and create a sense of arrival, each room also received an accent wall behind the headboard in a deep wine hue. The intention was to create drama and to help the existing hand-blown gold glass pendants to stand out. Ceiling and wall colors are now lighter and more subdued, creating a bright airiness. Rather than bed skirts, the guest rooms now feature tailored bed wraps that provide a crisp and clean look and feature a luxurious abstract branch pattern that fully embodies the modern lodge concept. Each room also received a new chair and matching ottoman, as well as color-blocked drapery paired with large-scale patterned sheers to allow guests more control over natural light levels while providing additional privacy.
All Meetings Space at Willows Lodge was also updated significantly. The pre-function area to the Sammamish Ballroom received a new rug and wall sconces as connective threads into the larger ballroom space, which received an overall refresh of new finishes, furnishings and improved lighting. A dramatic custom broadloom carpet, featuring the same palette of warm neutrals and rich wine tones as the lobby, enhances the scale of the room and adds drama to the space. Walls received a shimmery covering with a subtle organic branch pattern, to help to reflect and bounce light more deeply into the room and ceiling was painted a lighter shade, making it feel larger and more airy.
The Burke Room, which also acts as the bridal room for weddings, added a shimmery, reflective wall covering (similar to the ballroom’s), which bounces light and will result in better photographs for the bride. Other luxurious additions include a modern three-panel wall mirror, as well as sconces and large bronze mesh drum lights to improve the overall lighting and glow. The Gilman Room received new ceiling lights and wall sconces to add glow and sparkle, new paint to draw in more light and new carpet in a large willow-inspired pattern in order to freshen up and modernize the space.
Best Hotel in Washington State
Posted January 19, 2015
Best Hotel In Washington State
The Willows Lodge is a calming spa retreat right in Washington's wine country. Explore nearby vineyards, soak in the outdoor spa tub, or enjoy a glass of local wine in the garden.
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Posted April 1, 2013
Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen Hops into Food Truck Scene
What do lamb chops, mac and cheese, asparagus tart and seared scallops all have in common? No, this isn’t the punch line of a joke, they’ll all be featured on the menu of the brand spanking new Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen! While you can’t track down the food truck just yet, it will certainly satisfy when it makes its debut at Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Staycation event on Sunday, May 26.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like the Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen has big travel plans at the moment. Instead, the food truck will be used for catering special events such as weddings, wine tastings and more. But that doesn’t mean that the mobile kitchen won’t be taking part in select food truck events around the region. Trust us, it will be, and knowing that it has been designed as Barking Frog Executive Chef Bobby Moore’s dream mobile kitchen makes the wait all the more enticing.
According to a Barking Frog representative, the truck’s design will appear “whimsical and fun, but on brand (nothing over the top and silly).” From what we’ve seen, those words hold true—with its eye-catching faux-wood design and witty tag lines, it will be hard to miss!
Also featured on the menu will be other Barking Frog favorites such as the Grand Marnier prawns, roasted hand-cut fries, the Ninety Farms beef burger, Wagyu short ribs and pork belly sliders! They won’t only satisfy your palate, either; your wallet will leave happy too, with all items under $15, and most under $10.
Barking Frog’s home base has been a foodie-destination for years, now, leaving customers full and happy. For Chef Bobby Moore, leaving his customers satisfied is what the Barking Frog name represents—when the frogs are croaking, they’re happy, and that’s how he wants his customers to feel as they eat the food he loves creating.