Dec 10, 2020

Insider's Guide to #DoSomethingNearby in Woodinville

This year it's more important than ever to support local businesses and Woodinville has so many amazing places to shop, dine, and help get you into the holiday spirit! Visit Seattle recently launched a campaign that encourages Seattleites to get out and "Do Something Nearby". Whether you're visiting the neighborhood boutiques in your own backyard, enjoying a socially-distant glass of wine, or ordering take-out from one of your favorite restaurants, your support this year means the world to businesses in King County. While there may be modifications to your usual holiday activities due to COVID, there's still something for everyone to enjoy around town. Here's your Insider's guide to #DoSomethingNearby in Woodinville. 


Barking Frog at Willow's Lodge - There are a lot of things I love on the Barking Frog menu at Willow's Lodge but if I had to pick a few must-haves, the beignets with huckleberry cream cheese frosting and mac & cheese with truffle oil would be high on the list. Brunch is available daily from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. which basically means that even if you're a late riser (hello, me!) you can still enjoy huckleberry pancakes and Vermont maple syrup until late in the afternoon. The take-out menu is available for brunch or dinner and you can also order room service if you're staying at the hotel. 

The Commons - Open for outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery, The Commons is well-known for cozy comfort food and handcrafted cocktails like "The Local" which features Woodinville Whiskey Co. rye, brown sugar simple syrup, and Scrappy's aromatic bitters. They also have blankets, seasonal soups, and hot drinks, ready and waiting for you! 

Vivi - Family-owned and operated, Vivi serves up authentic Sicilian Italian food in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country because pizza and wine are a pretty perfect pairing. The menu includes calamari, classic bruschetta, spaghetti carbonara, gnocchi with pesto, and a wide range of wood-fired pizzas. During COVID, Vivi is offering outdoor dining service, take-out, and delivery. 

The Coop - If you love Detroit-style pizza, be sure to add The Coop to your list of must-visit places in Woodinville. The pizzas are made fresh from locally sourced ingredients and the menu includes the usual suspects like pepperoni and cheese, plus adventurous favorites like the Marketplace Sotheby's which has pepperoni, bacon, and jalapeno. 

Hollywood Tavern - You can't visit Woodinville without making a stop to the Hollywood Tavern, which was originally established in 1947 by Mabel Nieman. She was a fixture in town who loved to dispense drinks and advice to the local farmers, loggers, and mill workers. The menu features classic comfort food including tater tots, a drive-in style burger with American cheese, a half-rack of baby back ribs, and even fried pickles.  

Heritage Restaurant - Great for date night or family dinner on the town, Heritage Restaurant is locally-owned and operated by Chef Breanna Beike. The menu includes butternut squash bisque, Dungeness crab hushpuppies, honey citrus brined chicken, herbed farro risotto, and more. Currently open for pick-up or delivery orders, Heritage Restaurant is also offering Wine Gift Packs for the holidays. 

Pasta Nova Italiano - You can never go wrong with gorgonzola bruschetta, homemade meatballs, or lemon rosemary scallops, and that's exactly what you'll find at Pasta Nova Italiano, alongside other authentic Italian dishes. Dine outdoors, or place an order for curbside pick-up or delivery. 


Elegant Details - Designed as a lifestyle boutique for women, Elegant Details in Woodinville offers women's fashion, accessories, home accents, and gifts at affordable prices.  Check out their Instagram page to see what's in stock right now including new arrivals and holiday gift ideas. 

Molbak's Garden + Home - Located just across the street from Elegant Details, you'll find Molbak's Garden + Home. Founded in 1956 by Egon and Laina Molbak, both immigrants from Denmark, Molkbak's is a great place to shop for holiday gifts, plants, and of course, fresh-cut Christmas trees. Make an appointment to shop in person, or shop online and do curbside pick-up. 

Miyar Adventures - Founded out of a passion for climbing, Miyar Adventures will help you plan your next outdoor adventure and get you geared up, too. Locally-owned and operated by Sandeep Nain, Miyar Adventures offers gear rentals and training for outdoor climbing activities whether you're a beginner looking to get out in nature or a serious climber ready for high-altitute trekking. The shopping assortment includes gear from Outdoor Research, The North Face, Thermarest, Osprey, and more. 


Spa at Willow's Lodge - Good news, friends! You can safely enjoy a visit to the Spa at Willow's Lodge and let's be honest, we could all use a little break after the year we've had. Soak in the serene atmosphere as you enjoy an indulgent massage, soothing facial, or detox seaweed wrap. Right now the spa is doing a special "24 Days of Blissmas" promo featuring a rotating list of weekly spa specials. Gift cards are also available for those on your list who could use a little rest and relaxation. 

Métier Brewing - Fun fact: Métier is *the only* Black-owned brewery in Washington state. Their mission is to brew good beer and build community to inspire bigger dreams for all. The current assortment available on tap and to-go includes the Trail Blazer Pale Ale, an award-winning American Wheat, an Imperial stout made with blackstrap molasses and fresh ginger, a New Zealand IPA, and more. Reservations can be made online for visits Thursday through Sunday. 

Damsel Cellars - Locally owned and operated by Mari Womak, Damsel Cellars is a boutique winery that specializes in red blends and crisp whites. In addition to single bottles, they are also offering mystery boxes and digital gift cards. The tasting room is closed due to COVID, but you can still order online and use the "Damsel Drive Thru" Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 4 p.m. 

Woodinville Whiskey Co. - Specializing in small-batch, handcrafted spirits, Woodinville Whiskey Co. is locally owned by best friends Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile. They deeply believe in the time-honored traditions of bourbon production and all of their grain is grown exclusively on the Omlin Farm in Quincy, Washington. Shop online for holiday gifts including custom-etched bottles of whiskey. 


Willows Lodge - Located on five acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Willows Lodge is the place to stay in Woodinville. The spacious guest rooms feature beautiful Pacific Northwest details including oversized soaking tubs and cozy fireplaces, allowing you to completely relax and unwind. They even have a DIY "Do Not Disturb Bath & Bubbles" amenity which features bubble bath, epsom salt crystals, champagne, candles, and Fran's Salted Caramels. That sounds like the PERFECT night to me. 

We're just about two weeks away from Christmas, but there's still time to #DoSomethingNearby this holiday season. Woodinville is eager to welcome you as you shop, dine, and take in the festivities at local businesses. Tag me in your posts @Sydlovesfashion using the hashtag #DoSomethingNearby and be sure to include @VisitSeattle so that they can see what you're up to around town. You can also tag @visitwoodinville and #woodinvillewinecountry in your posts! 

We're all in this together and together we can make a difference for businesses in our community. Don't forget your mask! 


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