Like a Local
Quirky, under-the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.
The Herbfarm Restaurant Pet Pigs
Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. Those are, in fact, two 60-pound potbelly pigs on leashes being taken for a walk. Owned by the five-diamond restaurant, they’re perhaps two of the luckiest pet brothers in the world; in addition to their regular walks, they’re also fed scraps from the dinner menu.
Mark Ryan Winery
If only beer or liquor comes to mind when you think motorcycles and rock music, then you need to make a visit to this tasting room. The winery’s signature deep and heavy reds come presented in an open-garage-inspired tasting room that features gleaming Triumph motorcycles and a playlist and rock poster collection that features Queens of the Stone Age and Pearl Jam.
Running some 20 miles along a historic railroad bed, this paved bike trail is a direct line from Woodinville to Seattle, taking you past major landmarks like Ballard Locks (linking the saltwater of Puget Sound to freshwater Lake Washington) and the Aurora Bridge (guarded by an 18-foot urban troll sculpture). Borrow a bike from Willows’s front desk, and hit the trail located right behind the lodge.
Woodinville isn’t just wine country; it’s basset country. Every August since 1984, as part of the Celebrate Woodinville festival, hundreds of basset hounds and their owners from across the Pacific Northwest come together for what’s known as the “Basset Bash” parade, marching costumed pooches down the streets of Woodinville.
Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Summer Concerts
The iconic Woodinville winery may be known for some of Washington’s best wine, but it also gets you up close and personal with famous national music acts. Taking place on the estate’s rolling lawn, this concert series has hosted the likes of James Taylor, John Legend, and Crosby Stills & Nash.