Kirkland (Seattle), Washington
Lake Washington, on the outskirts of Seattle, has gained notoriety for some of its better-known shoreside residents, such as Bill Gates. But tucked away in the upper reaches of this pristine lake is a restaurant and hotel well worth transiting the canal and lock system to reach.
1. Bin on the Lake Restaurant is the big story here. This stylish waterside restaurant prides itself on offering fresh farm-to-table fare. Plates are artistically prepared to stimulate the senses. If you plan to visit, call ahead and ask about one of its famous wine-pairing dinners. Both indoor and outdoor seating offer lovely views of this picturesque lake. Got to Try: The blue prawns and Quinault king salmon are outstanding.
Things To Do
Classic-boat lovers may wish to secure a private tour around Lake Washington aboard the hotel’s 1956 Chris-Craft. Whether you go by your own craft or this classic motoryacht, be sure to check out all the amazing homes here. Other points of interest near here include Pike Place Market and the impressive Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery.
Boaters in the Seattle area can reach this amazing restaurant by transiting the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks from Puget Sound to the 20-foot-higher Lake Washington. Have a 100-foot hank of line cleated off amidships as you enter the lock. Once alongside, loop the line around a cleat on the lock, and then lead it aft to a stern cleat on the boat and hold the tail end in your hand and keep tension on the line. As the water level falls or rises, simply let in or take up on the line to keep you in place at all times. Upon arrival at the Woodmark Hotel, you will find abundant docking available on long floating docks, which offer an easy and safe tie-up.