1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland, Washington, 98033, United States
Good for: Solo
220 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington, 98033, United States
Good for: Business
11215 NE 124th Street, Kirkland, Washington, 98034, United States
Good for: Solo
12223 Northeast 116th Street, Kirkland, Washington, 98034, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
The hotel was very mediocre. The fitness center was poor with out of service equipment. The hotel...more
12202 North-East 124th Street, Kirkland, Washington, 98034, United States
Good for: Solo
12010 120th Place NE, I-405 at 124th St Exit, Kirkland, Washington, 98034, United States
Good for: Solo
12233 N.E. Totem Lake Way, Kirkland, Washington, 98034, United States
Good for: Couples
This is the sole U.S. outpost of a popular Canadian chain. For some reason, it's extremely popular with high-school kids on dates... don't even try coming during prom season. The prices are reasonable, and everything is very well prepared, especially the seafood dishes, and the ribs.
Favorite Dish: Everything I've ever had is excellent. Don't miss the popcorn shrimp, or the signature cocktail, the 'Bellini.'
Erm, I personally would not want to go there for any other reason thena to play pool- there's like 6 tables in the second room.
There's a live-band on at certain times, way-too-loud trashy music otherwise, heaps of skanky chicks waiting to get picked up and watered-down drinks...
Haha, when I put it down in writting it actually sounds pretty ***ty but I guess it's not too bad, plus it was close to home.There are however, other nicer, quieter places to go to for a drink in kirkland.
Dress Code: Less is more, I guess.Related to:
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Kirkland Off The Beaten Path
This little park has very little to recommend it to tourists. I was there to try to find a trail into the Yarrow Bay Wetlands, and this park is pretty much the only way that offers such a trail. However, what trail there is isn't very official after a certain point, and those who explore it are likely to get stuck in the mud.
The developed part of the park features a sign indicating the name of the park (see photo 1) and some tennis courts (background of photo 1). There is some open grass and a picnic table and benches and the like (see photo 2).
The gravel trail looks very inviting (see middle of photo 2), but in reality it only goes a slight way into the forest in the background of photo 2. There are stairs of sorts that go down into the water level of the Yarrow Bay Wetlands, but at that point the trail is not at all well maintained and has severely eroded to the point where climbing back up is a bit of a challenge. Once you get to the bottom of these stairs, the trail fades to the point where it becomes nearly untraceable, and appears to require hip waders in order to not become permanently stuck in the mud.
The only other feature of the park is the local community center, which is not open to the public.
Unfortunately, this wetlands area is a great place to be if you are a bird but has very little provision for human visitors. I well understand the problem, having watched the decay of a number of wildlife refuges due to the sheer number of visitors creating problems for wildlife living there.
However, it seems difficult to believe that out of this huge area in a fairly urban region would have nearly no access at all, but that is the case with Yarrow Bay Wetlands at this point in time.
The main access point is at 101st Way NE and NE Points Drive. This is a private housing area called "The Points" and the public is not allowed, here, except for a narrow paved pathway that runs around the perimeter of the housing development. The only parking area is at 101st Way NE and NE Points Drive, just slightly north of the intersection. Here, you will find the mailboxes for the complex in a small parking area that is not marked as an instant tow away zone. This is the place where it is safe for the public to park. See photo 3 for a view of this location as seen from the intersection of 101st and Points.
Access to the trail that runs around the loop of the housing development is gained by carefully following the lack of no trespassing signs. If your way is not blocked by signs, then you are allowed to go there. Generally speaking, this is done by going north and then slightly east from the parking area, along the side of one of the buildings, and then through what passes for people's back yards on the paved trail. There are several signs posted through the park showing people what is public and what is not public trail. See photo 2.
In winter, there should be a lot of birds around as Lake Washington is prime wintering water for a number of birds. However, very little of this can be seen from the trail as it is mostly forested, and really is probably better for bird life in the spring and summer due to the type of ecosystem. You will find the typical northwest backyard birds here: chickadee, dark eyed junco, and so on. However, it does not provide much in the way of a view out into the water to see what really calls this place home in the winter time. There is currently one house that has a bird feeder that is publicly viewable and provides some entertainment. There are also benches on which to sit along the trail, should you tire yourself of walking on the 0.25 mile length of trail that is actually open to the public.
I've been told it is best to explore this area by canoe or raft or kayak but I didn't have one of those available. Maybe at some point I will risk getting soaked in Lake Washington's cruel winter waters to see what is here in winter, but not anytime soon most likely.
The other "access point" to the wetlands is located at NE 38th Place and Lake Washington Blvd. NE. Here, if you look closely at the business park on the west side of Lake Washington Blvd, you will notice a small platform. This is for public viewing of whatever happens to be in the immediate trees near the platform and doesn't really provide great actual viewing space. See photo 5.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
8 Hotels in Kirkland
Fondest memory: Kirkand is located 5 miles from Seattle on the east side of Lake Washington. I lived in this lovely town for 4 years. My favorite area was downtown Kirkland along Lake Washington Boulevard. This area has many lovely shops and restaurants and some of the best views of Lake Washington. You'll also find some of the most expensive real estate in Washington near Lake Washington Boulevard.Related to:
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