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Willows Lodge

Hotel Contact:
14580 NE 145th Street
Woodinville, Washington 98072
United States
Main: 888-301-2468
Email: Email Hotel Robin Akkerman
Associate Director of Sales: Robin Akkerman
Website: www.willowslodge.com
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 4.6
Chain Benchmark Hospitality International
Opened 2000
Renovated 2010
Guest Rooms 84
Kings/Suites/Doubles 63 / 7 / 14
Room Rates High $219 - 289 Low $189 - 209
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Ideal Group Size 45
Max Group Size 84

Fees/Taxes

Resort Fee $0
Room Tax 12.4%
Sales Tax 9.5%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 1,955ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 4,433ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 5,153ft²

Airport Proximity

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
45 min 27 miles (43 km)

Business:

Wireless and wired HSIA
210 MB fiber connection
audiovisual equipment
and event planning.
Shuttle Van:Lodge to local corporations

Recreation:

Spa
hiking
biking
art and garden walk
wine tasting
and team energizing activities.

Nearby:

More than 100 area wineries
Redhook Brewery
golf
aerial adventure park
flat-water kayaking
hot-air ballooning
Lavender Farm
Molbak’s Garden & Home.
Onsite Dining: Capacity
Barking Frog
70
Northwest Cuisine
Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen
0
Offsite Catering
Fireside
68
Lobby Bar
The Herbfarm Restaurant
80
Regional Cuisine

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet $26 Cont. $26
Lunch Buffet $41 Plated $50
Dinner Buffet $66 Plated $73
Coffee Break $10
2-Hour Open Bar $20
Elite Overview Planner Ratings & Reviews Packages Hot Dates
Elite Rating Average Planner Rating
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4.6
7 reviews
Arrival Experience:
4.3
Accommodations:
4.8
Food & Beverage:
4.7
Guest Service Experience:
4.7
Conference Services Staff:
4.7
Meeting and Function Facilities:
4.7
Activity or Recreation Options:
4.7
Planner-to-Planner Recommendation:
4.5
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Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
Burke Room 20 4.9 x 4 3 220 16' x 13' 10 0 10 0 12 10 0 0 0
Cascade Room N/A 4.6 x 5.5 3 366 15 x 24 10 0 0 20 30 12 0 0 0
Cedar Room N/A N/A 3 375 22 x 17 10 0 35 20 30 15 12 0 0
Foyer 69 11.9 x 5.8 3 740 39' x 19' 9 0 0 0 75 0 0 0 0
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Property News
Battle of the Winemakers: Willows Lodge Announces Details for it's Fifth Iron Vintner Challenge
Posted April 2, 2014
Woodinville Winemakers Battle for "Ultimate" Iron Vintner
Woodinville, Wash. (March 2014) – Willows Lodge, a Northwest retreat in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country, announces details for the fifth and final Iron Vintner Challenge, its wildly popular, month-long charitable event in which acclaimed Woodinville winemakers compete for the coveted title of Iron Vintner, while raising funds for Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. This June, the past four IVC winners will compete in an all-star battle for the title of “ultimate” Iron Vintner. This will be the final year in which Willows Lodge and 16 of Woodinville’s top winemakers have raised more than $116,000 for Little Bit, whose mission is to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy.

Iron Vintner Challenge – The Finale will take place on four consecutive Wednesdays in June, concluding with a Grand Finale Celebration & Live Auction catered by Barking Frog culinary team, as well as the restaurant’s new food truck Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen. With Chef Bobby Moore leading the charge as emcee, the following winemakers will put their cooking skills to the test in front of a panel of celebrity foodie and wino judges:
 June 4: Darby English, Darby Winery – 2010 vs. Lisa Baer, Baer Winery – 2013
 June 11: Chris Gorman, Gorman Winery - 2011 vs. Morgan Lee, Covington Cellars – 2012
 June 18: Championship Round – Ultimate Iron Vintner Crowned
 June 25: Grand Finale Celebration & Live Auction

For each competition round taking place on the patio outside Fireside at Willows Lodge, attendees will be able to watch the action as it unfolds on two opposing Viking grills, observing contestants’ cooking techniques and how they react under pressure. To begin, each winemaker and their sous chef will be given a plethora of ingredients along with a top secret protein revealed by Chef Moore seconds prior to start time. The winemakers are then asked to craft one appetizer and one entrée in 60 minutes or less. Celebrity judges will taste and critique the contestants’ dishes and name a winner based on three categories: presentation, flavor and creativity. The competition rounds will also present an opportunity for guests to bid on rare magnums and other culinary and wine experiences donated Willows Lodge, Barking Frog and the competing winemakers and celebrity judges, such as private tastings and dinners, as well as one-of-a-kind experiences.
A Grand Finale Celebration & Live Auction will complete the Iron Vintner Challenge on June 25, as Chef Moore steps down from being emcee for the evening to prepare an amazing smorgasbord for his guests, while the winemakers pour their best wines. Auctioneer David Silverman will lead an always lively live auction, featuring priceless experiences donated by all 16 winemakers who have participated in IVC in past years. There are always a few unexpected surprises and plenty of one-upmanship between these very competitive winemakers.
Tickets for Iron Vintner Challenge are $75 per person for each competition round, which includes a tasting from each winery competing that evening. Tickets to the Grand Finale Celebration are also $75. For attendees who’d like to stay overnight on the Wednesday evenings of competition, Willows Lodge will extend a special 15 percent discount on the best available room rate. For additional information and to buy tickets, please visit www.willowslodge.com.
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About Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Founded in 1976, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center is a leader in the field of therapeutic horseback riding and the first nationally accredited program of its kind in the Northwest. Little Bit’s mission is to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy. The center also strives to be an inspiration and educational resource to the therapeutic riding profession and was recognized with the Delta Society’s Model Program Award of Excellence for provided outstanding service, while bringing people and animals together. www.littlebit.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.

About Benchmark Hospitality International
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels. The independent company, launched in 1980, is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations. Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. Benchmark Hospitality is also a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers. The company's eastern regional office is in New Jersey, western regional office is in Washington, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark's properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com
HOTEL MANAGEMENT
Posted April 1, 2013
Charming Your Guests at the Front Desk
Check-in is the first chance a hotel has to connect with its guests face to face, and some properties are able to provide services at the front desk to ease guests into the premises. Willows Lodge, in the wine country of Woodinville, Wash., greets its hotel guests with a complimentary glass of wine on check-in as a way to tailor the experience to what guests are traveling to the location for.

“On arrival, guests are given a glass of Distant Bay merlot,” said Mike West, director of operations for the hotel. “We chose Distant Bay because it is a local offering that you won’t be able to find on wine lists elsewhere, and if they don’t like wine or are restricted from drinking it due to pregnancy or other concerns we can provide them with cider, or even different choices.”

The most important aspect of this service is that providing Distant Bay is restricted to the front desk unless it is specifically asked for elsewhere on the property. “Having something you can’t find on other wine lists is nice and exclusive, and then guests come and ask for it at dinner, or even purchase a bottle, mostly based on that image.”
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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.
Matt Hagerman- New General Manager for Willows Lodge
Posted February 23, 2012
It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Matt Hagerman to the position of General Manager at Willows Lodge. We are excited to welcome Matt back into the Benchmark Family as he recently served as the General Manager of The Woodmark Hotel prior to their departure from our collection.
Matt began his luxury hospitality career with The Kimpton Group after graduating from the University of Washington. With Kimpton, Matt began in Sales and worked his way up through the Rooms Division. He then served as Hotel Manager, Acting Director of Sales & Revenue Manager at the Bellevue Club Hotel. Finally, Matt joined MTM Luxury Lodging as a key member of the opening team at Hotel 1000 and later served as the Hotel Manager, prior to becoming the General Manager at The Woodmark Hotel. Matt successfully managed high volume and fine dining outlets within a large food and beverage operation at the Woodmark, while improving Market Metrix Scores to an all time high property wide.
Matt’s passion for guest service and proven track record as a hospitality leader will be a tremendous asset to Willows Lodge. His professionalism, integrity, and ability to have fun will add to the Willows culture.
Please join me in welcoming Matt to Willows Lodge as he officially begins on Monday, March 5th.
Willows Lodge recognized by Travel+Leisure as one of the World's Best
Posted July 27, 2011
WILLOWS LODGE RECOGNIZED BY TRAVEL + LEISURE IN 2011 “WORLD’S BEST AWARDS”
Northwest lodge located in Woodinville Wine Country included as one of Travel + Leisure’s “Top 100 Hotels” in the world based on readers’ poll

Woodinville, Wash. (July 8, 2011) – Willows Lodge, a Northwest retreat located in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country, was recognized by Travel + Leisure in its annual “World’s Best Awards” for 2011, based on readers’ polls. Willows Lodge was ranked Number 77 on the “Top 100 Hotels” in the world and Number 12 on the “Top Resorts” in the United States and Canada.
“We are thrilled to be recognized on this prestigious list,” said Shaun Tucker, general manager, Willows Lodge. “Being named in a top spot on any reader-generated list, voted on by the travelers themselves, is truly an honor.”
Debuting in the August issue of Travel + Leisure, the 16th annual “World’s Best Awards” is based on a readers’ poll and features the best hotels, cruises, airlines, outfitters, cities, islands and more. The categories for hotels in the United States and Canada included top resorts, top large city hotels with 100 rooms or more, top small city hotels with fewer than 100 rooms, top inns with fewer than 40 rooms and resorts in Hawaii.
To view the complete “World’s Best Awards” or to see how Willows Lodge ranks against its peers, please visit www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest/2011.
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.

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.
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and the Personal Luxury Collection℠. The independent company, launched in 1980, is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations. Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. Benchmark Hospitality is also a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers. The company's northeast regional office is in New Jersey, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark's properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.
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Local hotel earns national recognition
Posted January 19, 2011
Submitted by Conor Christofferson, KOMO Communities Reporter
Wednesday, January 19th, 12:31pm

A Woodinville hotel received a metaphorical pat on the back this morning when the ultra-popular travel website Trip Advisor named it one of the most romantic hotels in the country.

Willows Lodge was named the eighth most romantic hotel in the country as part of the website's 2011 Travelers' Choice Awards, which uses customer ratings and reviews to pick winners in various categories.

Willows Lodge general manager Shaun Tucker learned about the honor this morning and said he's thrilled by the recognition.

"What this tells us is that we're doing our job," he said. "We're creating a destination for people, and that makes us excited."

The 84-room lodge opened in 2000 and has been consistently rated as one of the nation's best. Out of 123 customer reviews on tripadvisor.com, 103 have rated the hotel as either "very good" or "excellent."

"The people that respond to those sites are the ones who had an experience that was either absolutely incredible or it didn't go their way, so it can be a blessing or a curse," Tucker said. "On a daily basis we just try to take care of the guest and hope they report the positive experiences."
Barking Frog At Willows Lodge Announces New Wine Director And Restaurant Manager
Posted August 24, 2010
Woodinville, Wash. (August 20, 2010) - Barking Frog at Willows Lodge, a Northwest retreat in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country, announces Matthew Davis as the new wine director and restaurant manager. In his new position, Davis will handle daily operations for Barking Frog and Fireside Cellars and select the wines, beers and spirits offered on the menus.

Most recently, Davis served as the Wine Director at Pearl Bar & Dining in Bellevue, Wash. During his time at the restaurant, Pearl Bar & Dining earned the "2010 Washington Restaurant Association Award" and the "Washington Wine Award of Distinction" from the Washington State Wine Commission. Prior to joining Pearl Bar &Dining, Davis served as the Assistant General Manager and Assistant Beverage Director at O/8 Seafood Grill in Bellevue, Wash. During his time at the restaurant, O/8 Seafood Grill received the award of "Distinction and Most Innovative Wine List" from Washington Wine Awards. Davis' experience also includes serving as Wine Steward at Ray's Boathouse in Seattle.

A Seattle native, Davis holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in Classical Studies Latin. He is Court of Master Sommelier Certified and is currently working on an International Sommelier Guild Diploma Level.

A destination all its own, Barking Frog is a warm, bistro-like restaurant that embodies the same rustic and refined feel as Willows Lodge. Executive Chef Bobby Moore excels in American regional cuisine with Pacific Northwest influences serving menu items like pan roasted sea scallops with confit chicken hash and truffled macaroni and cheese. Barking Frog has received numerous awards for its fresh, innovative food and extensive wine list.

About Willows Lodge
Willows Lodge, a Northwest style lodge located in Woodinville Wine Country just outside of Seattle, features 84 luxury guestrooms and suites, a full-service spa and 5,153 square feet high-tech equipped meeting space. The Spa at Willows Lodge offers a variety of revitalizing experiences in its four treatment rooms, couples massage room with fireplace and outdoor cabanas during the summer. 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.

Woodinville-based, Willows Lodge, is managed by MTM Luxury Lodging, operating the Northwest's premier collection of boutique hotels. Among its other exquisite properties in the Northwest are Cave B Inn at SageCliffe (Quincy); Hotel 1000 (downtown Seattle); Willows Lodge (Woodinville); and Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa (Kirkland). Other MTM luxury properties from coast to coast include The Liberty Hotel (Boston) and Bardessono (Napa Valley). Without exception, MTM managed hotels are among the very best in the markets they serve. www.mtmluxurylodging.com
Barking Frog At Willows Lodge Announces New Pastry Chef
Posted September 11, 2009
Barking Frog at Willows Lodge, a Northwest retreat in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country, announces Trena Costello as the new pastry chef. In her new position, Costello will oversee the dessert menu at Barking Frog including the creation of all dessert and pastry items.

Prior to joining Barking Frog, Costello served as the pastry chef for Langham Hotel in Boston, Mass. Her experience also includes serving as chef de partie for the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, Fla. and chocolatier at Sarah's Pastries & Candies in Chicago, Ill.

A Seattle native, Costello attended the L'art de la Patisserie program at the French Pastry School in Chicago, Ill., holds a master's degree in tourism management from the University of Westminster in London, England and a bachelor's degree in English and history from Lake Forest College in Chicago, Ill. In her spare time, Costello enjoys traveling, gluten-free cooking and collecting comic books.

A destination all its own, Barking Frog is a warm, bistro-like restaurant that embodies the same rustic and refined feel as Willows Lodge. Executive Chef Bobby Moore excels in American regional cuisine with Pacific Northwest influences serving menu items like pan roasted sea scallops with confit chicken hash and truffled macaroni and cheese. Barking Frog has received numerous awards for its fresh, innovative food and extensive wine list.
Spas of America's Top 30 Spas of 2008
Posted January 19, 2009
Annual customer ranking of resort, hotel and destination spas across North America

(Vancouver, Canada) January 16, 2009 Spas of America, the fastest-growing spa travel website, today announced their annual ranking of the Top 30 Spas of 2008, based on consumer traffic on their website. Spas of America president Craig Oliver says, "This year's list is a unique cross-section of Spa & Wellness experiences from across North America, including resort, hotel and destination spas from the United States, Canada and Mexico." Over 650 spas are featured on the Spas of America website, and the Top 30 list represents the top 5%.

"Many of the spas making our list for 2008 are long-time established properties, with a solid track record of providing extraordinary Spa & Wellness experiences to spa travelers around the world. For 2009 we expect this trend to continue, with consumers attracted to unique experiences, well-earned reputations and value. Even - perhaps especially - in economic downturns, consumers realize the value of Spa & Wellness as a benefit to their overall well-being."

Topping the list for 2008 is the 100 Fountain Spa at the Pillar and Post set in charming Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The 100 Fountain Spa is located in the heart of Niagara's wine region, a year-round destination offering a wide range of cultural and recreational activities, only minutes from majestic Niagara Falls.

Number two is the Homestead, situated in the scenic Allegheny Mountains of Virginia. Built in 1892, the Homestead Spa is one of America's most historic luxury spas, still fed by the original hot springs that have attracted travelers since the 1700s.

Third place honors go to the Fitness Ridge Resort & Spa in Ivins, Utah. Set amidst the remarkable red rocks of southwestern Utah, Fitness Ridge is categorized as a "destination spa," offering a one-week minimum, results-oriented health, fitness and weight loss program.

Spas of America's Top 30 Spas for 2008

1. 100 Fountain Spa at the Pillar & Post, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
2. The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia
3. Fitness Ridge Resort & Spa, Ivins, Utah
4. Abhasa Spa, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
5. Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico
6. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York
7. The Tides Zihuatanejo, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
8. Living Waters Spa, Desert Hot Springs, California
9. Turtle Cove Spa, Mountain Harbor Resort, Mount Ida, Arkansas
10. The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa, Carefree, Arizona
11. Aspira Spa, The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
12. Willows Lodge & Spa, Woodinville, Washington
13. Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley, California
14. Secret Garden Spa, Prince of Wales, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
15. Red Mountain Spa, St. George, Utah
16. ANARA Spa, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort, Hawaii
17. Crystal Springs Resort, Vernon, New Jersey
18. Miraj Hammam Spa, Vancouver, British Columbia
19. Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Pala, California
20. Grotto Spa, Tigh-Na-Mara Spa Resort, Parksville, British Columbia
21. Spa Terra, Meritage Resort at Napa, Napa, California
22. Chrysalis Inn & Spa, Bellingham, Washington
23. Park Hyatt Toronto, Stillwater Spa, Toronto, Ontario
24. Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa, Desert Hot Springs, California
25. Ancient Cedars Spa, Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, British Columbia
26. The Heartland Spa, Gilman, Illinois
27. Spa Avania, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona
28. Health Spa Napa Valley, Inn at Southridge, St. Helena, California
29. Temple Gardens Mineral Spa, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
30. Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa, North Bonneville, Washington

* Ranked by number of unique page views generated by customers visiting www.spasofamerica.com in 2008.

Spas of America's Top 30 Spas of 2008 are ranked by unique page views generated by customers visiting our website in 2008. For the complete list, go to www.spasofamerica.com/lifestyle/wellness/top_30_spas_2008.

Spas of America is a global online media company focused on healthy living and travel. The Spas of America website showcases over 650 of the best day, resort, hotel and destination spas in North and South America to spa travelers around the world. Since the site launched in 2005, over half a million customers have visited spasofamerica.com. Spas of America also operates the websites spasoffrance.com, spasofitaly.com, spasofdubai.com and the spa blog spasoflife.com.

For more information please contact:
Craig Oliver
President
Spas of America
888.688.7727
info@spasofamerica.com
spasofamerica.com
THE BARKING FROGS EXECUTIVE CHEF BOBBY MOORE INVITED TO COOK AT THE JAMES BEARD HOUSE
Posted May 2, 2008
April 1, 2008, Woodinville, Wash. - Executive Chef Bobby Moore, who oversees the Barking Frog and the food and beverage operations of Willows Lodge, has been invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York City on May 29, 2008.

Bestowed with the Award of Excellence since 2003 by Wine Spectator and honored with the Unique Distinction award for the last three years by Wine Enthusiast, Barking Frog, offers fine Northwest cuisine in an elegant yet rustic setting overlooking the gardens at Willows Lodge in lovely Woodinville wine country.

On Thursday, May 29, 2008, at the James Beard House in New York, Chef Moore, along with Scott Lents, chef de cuisine, and Christina Longo, pastry chef, will prepare a special menu representative of the cuisine that is served in the Barking Frog. To start, guests will feast on Seared Artisan Foie Gras and Copper River King Salmon Gravlax & Dungeness Crab Raw Salad, paired with select wines from the Columbia Valley, followed by an Alaskan Halibut Cheek paired with a wine from the Columbia Gorge. Following an intermezzo is a Ninety Farms Lamb Mnage Trois paired with a Syrah, Red Mountain and through a dessert of Strawberry Tarte Tatin served with a Syrah Ice Wine from Horse Heaven Hills and Signature Friandises.

To make reservations to attend the dinner at the James Beard House, located at 167 West 12th Street, please call (212) 627-2308 or visit their web site at www.jamesbeard.org.

The James Beard Foundation is a not-for-profit (c)(3) organization dedicated to furthering the practice and appreciation of the culinary arts. The Foundation, located in Greenwich Village, at the historic James Beard House, was established in 1985 in memory of the late cookbook author, journalist, chef and teacher James Beard, the father of American gastronomy. For membership information, call (800) 36-BEARD or (212) 627-2308.

The James Beard House tasting menu, $150 per person excluding tax and gratuity, also will be offered in the Barking Frog, from May 1 through May 31.

Barking Frog, is open daily for breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner Monday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. To make reservations, please call (425) 424-2999. All major credit cards accepted.

Willows Lodge, located on five landscaped acres bordering the Sammamish River in the heart of Western Washingtons wine country, has 80 guestrooms and 6 suites. The hotel also features a spa and the Barking Frog, a casual bistro offering country fresh Northwest cuisine with a European flair and an extensive Northwest wine collection. Barking Frog recently received the Washington Wine Commissions 2007 Washington Wine Restaurants Grand Award and the Washington Restaurant Association Award. For more information or reservations, please visit www.willowslodge.com.

Woodinville-based Willows Lodge is managed by by MTM Luxury Lodging, the Northwests premier collection of boutique hotels. Amongst its other exquisite properties in the Northwest are Alderbrook Resort & Spa (Hood Canal); Cave B Inn at SageCliffe (by the Gorge); Hotel 1000 (Seattle); and The Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa (Kirkland). Other MTM luxury properties from coast-to-coast include Ivy Hotel (San Diego) and The Liberty Hotel (Boston), and the Bardessono Inn & Spa (Napa Valley) destination resort hotel opening in fall 2008. For more information, please visit www.mtmluxurylodging.com.
Willows Lodge Receives Top Marks From Travel + Leisure And Conde Nast Traveler
Posted January 11, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WILLOWS LODGE & SPA RECEIVES TOP MARKS
Top Travel Publications Rank Iconic Woodinville Resort Among World's Best

Woodinville, Wash. - (January 9, 2008) - Willows Lodge, a Northwest style romantic lodge located in Woodinville Wine Country just outside of Seattle, was recently recognized as one of the top resorts on Cond Nast Traveler's Gold List of the 721 World's Best Places To Stay, as well as included in the Travel + Leisure 500, an annual roundup of 500 of the world's best hotels. Both lists appear in the January 2008 issue of each publication.
"Our luxurious guestrooms, picturesque gardens, first class spa and fine dining restaurants, all in close proximity to Washington Wine Country make Willows Lodge a unique hotel worldwide," said Steven Boswell, general manager of Willows Lodge & Spa. "Our peaceful setting and exceptional commitment to service creates an unforgettable experience."
Cond Nast Traveler's Gold List ranks hotels on rooms, service, food, location, design and activities. Travel + Leisure researchers rank hotels around the world to name the Travel + Leisure 500, creating a guide that the magazine calls "the definitive guide" to the greatest hotels worldwide. Travel + Leisure awarded Willows Lodge & Spa the highest rank of any hotel in Washington state.
Willows Lodge & Spa has previously received recognition from Cond Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice awards as No. 45 among Top 50 Mainland United States Resorts. Travel + Leisure also ranked Willows Lodge No. 12 among all U.S. and Canada hotels, but this is the first time Willows has received recognition on the Travel + Leisure 500 and the Cond Nast Traveler's Gold List.
About Willows Lodge
Willows Lodge, a Northwest style romantic 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 country fresh 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 the Fireside Cellars, offering a casual and sophisticated atmosphere tucked away in the lobby with an outdoor patio overlooking the expansive surrounding landscape.

A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Willows Lodge is managed by MTM Luxury Lodging as part of its collection of luxury properties, including Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union, Wash.; Cave B Inn at SageCliffe in Quincy, Wash.; the Freestone Inn at Wilson Ranch in Mazama, Wash.; Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle; The Ivy Hotel in San Diego, Calif.; The Liberty Hotel in Boston; and the Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club and Spa in Kirkland, Wash.

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Willows Lodge Ranks Among Top Hotels Worldwide
Posted December 17, 2007
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WILLOWS LODGE RANKS AMONG TOP HOTELS WORLDWIDE
Travel + Leisure votes Willows Lodge No. 12 of top hotels in U.S. and Canada

Woodinville, Wash. - Willows Lodge, a luxury resort located just 26 miles from Seattle in the heart of the Woodinville Wine Country, was recently ranked No. 12 of the top hotels in the continental U.S. and Canada, as well as one of the top 100 hotels worldwide in Travel + Leisure's 12th Annual World's Best Awards 2007 reader's survey.
Willows Lodge received an overall score of 88.57, the highest rank of any Washington state hotel. In addition to being voted No. 12 among the top hotels in the continental U.S. and Canada, Willows Lodge was also voted No. 80 on the list of the top 100 hotels worldwide. This is the first year that Willows Lodge has been ranked in either category featured in Travel + Leisure.
"The recognition of Willows Lodge as one of the top hotels in the country and world encompasses our ongoing efforts to provide the best services and amenities to our guests," said Steven Boswell, general manager of Willows Lodge. "Willows Lodge truly embodies the beauty of the Northwest and we are honored to be ranked among the world's most highly regarded hotels."
Both lists are featured in Travel + Leisure's August 2007 issue.
Willows Lodge, a Northwest style romantic lodge located in Woodinville Wine Country, near Seattle, features 84 guestrooms, Chef Bobby Moore's country fresh cuisine at Barking Frog, a full service spa and meeting space. Willows Lodge was selected by Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of the 50 Most Romantic Getaways.
A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Willows Lodge is managed by MTM Luxury Lodging as part of its collection of luxury properties, including Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union, Wash.; Cave B Inn at SageCliff in Quincy, Wash.; the Freestone Inn at Wilson Ranch in Mazama, Wash.; Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle; The Ivy Hotel in San Diego, Calif.; The Liberty Hotel in Boston; and the Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club and Spa in Kirkland, Wash.
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Media contacts: Rhanda Rosselot
Willows Lodge / Phone: (425) 424-2966
rhanda.rosselot@willowslodge.com
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