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Kirkland Hotels

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  • The Woodmark Hotel On Lake Washington

    1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland, Washington, 98033, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Heathman Hotel

    220 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington, 98033, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Courtyard By Marriott Seattle Kirkland

    11215 NE 124th Street, Kirkland, Washington, 98034, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Baymont Inn Kirkland

    12223 Northeast 116th Street, Kirkland, Washington, 98034, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • La Quinta Inn Seattle Bellevue Kirkland

    The hotel was very mediocre. The fitness center was poor with out of service equipment. The hotel...

  • Comfort Inn Kirkland

    12202 North-East 124th Street, Kirkland, Washington, 98034, United States

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • Motel 6 Seattle North - Kirkland

    12010 120th Place NE, I-405 at 124th St Exit, Kirkland, Washington, 98034, United States

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

  • The Carlton - Inn At Totem Lake

    12233 N.E. Totem Lake Way, Kirkland, Washington, 98034, United States

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Kirkland Restaurants

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    by vaara Written Oct 4, 2002

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    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.'

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Kirkland Nightlife

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    by theserene1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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.

    What the hell is going on there?!
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Kirkland Off The Beaten Path

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    by glabah Written Dec 24, 2012

    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.

    Entrance to George F Meacham / Morningside Park Features of the Park are Limited

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    by glabah Written Dec 24, 2012

    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.

    Typical Segment of Public Trail at Yarrow Point Map of Trails, One of Which is Public Parking Area is By Mail Boxes for Complex A Single Bridge on Trail around Complex Viewing Platform at Lake Washington and 38th Place
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    by Tableaux1 Updated Aug 15, 2008

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    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.

    Beautiful Lake Washington My favorite place to relax when I lived in Kirkand
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