With a stunning waterfront on the shores of Lake Washington, beautiful parks, marinas, wineries, and a colorful history, Kirkland, Washington is a natural vacation destination just beyond the energy of Seattle. From The Heathman Hotel, visitors can walk to downtown Kirkland, a charming urban village with stylish shops, art galleries, chic boutiques, designer shops, salons, restaurants, and sculptures along tree-lined lanes. Browse the Wednesday Farmer's Market at Marina Park from May - October (2 - 7 pm) for fresh produce, flowers, artesian breads, honey and an eclectic mix of arts and crafts. Enjoy boating, sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing on Lake Washington. Stroll along waterfront parks and beaches with magnificent views of the lake, Seattle skyline and Olympic Mountains.
Downtown Kirkland -
Cruise Lake Washington on the MV Kirkland/Argosy ship.. At check-in, you'll receive two complimentary tickets for this Lake Washington cruise (April - September) departing from Kirkland's City Dock - just 2 blocks away! Tie up your boat at Marina Park, two blocks from The Heathman and visit restaurants to savor delicious local cuisine. Enjoy Kirkland's numerous boutiques, art galleries, art walks, exhibitions, and Kirkland Arts Center, or catch a concert at Kirkland Performance Center. Take a walking-tour of vintage architecture from the 1880s. Whether you savor brews at Redhook Brewery or cycle the Sammamish River Trail, Kirkland is your Seattle area vacation playground in the Northwest.
Kirkland Art Center -
Kirkland Arts Center is an Eastside community center for artists and art lovers to work creatively and broaden their understanding of the visual arts. KAC offers art gallery exhibits, special events, classes, and workshops in a historic landmark - Peter Kirk Building. For 39 years, Kirkland Arts Center has transformed this historic structure into an impressive exhibition gallery, community arts studio and educational venue for all ages and skills. Visit www.kirklandartscenter.org.
Performance Center -
Kirkland Performance Center enriches the Eastside community with excellent performing arts, concerts and festivals. Set in downtown Kirkland, the 402-seat theatre presents over 300 theatre, music, and dance performances each year from acclaimed artists from around the world. Hosting a broad range of artists and genres, the center continues to present country, swing, jazz and world music, stand up comedy, musical revues, contemporary dance, and theatre to fans. KPC's educational outreach program - "A World of Arts," brings artists into classroom workshops. KPC hosts a variety of community programs, including "Kids-at-Play," an opportunity for kids to perform at KPC. Visit www.kpcenter.org.
Sammamish River Trail -
King's County's popular cycling, jogging, walking, skating and equestrian path, Sammamish River Trail runs 10.9 miles along the Sammamish River. The trail offers extraordinary views of the river, Sammamish River Valley, Cascade foothills and Mt. Rainier. Used as a corridor between suburban cities and Seattle, the beautiful trail winds through Sammamish River Park, Woodinville's wineries and breweries, Sixty Acres Park, and connects to the Power Line and Bear Creek Trails. Visit www.metrokc.gov/parks/trails/sammamishriver.html
Parks and Recreation -
Kirkland's park system includes lakefront beaches, hiking trails, woodlands and wetlands, marinas for boating, ball parks, and sport courts and fields. From the serenity of Juanita Bay Park's wetlands to the vibrancy of downtown's Peter Kirk Park, Kirkland boasts 300 beautiful parks, trails and waterways. Enjoy waterfront parks on Lake Washington, and neighborhood parks that provide refuge, recreation and culture. Peter Kirk Park features Lee Johnson Field, children's playground, skate court, basketball and tennis courts, pathways, picnic tables, open lawns, Peter Kirk Pool, public art, wireless internet and the Kirkland Performance Center. The beautiful wetlands of Juanita Bay Park are an urban wildlife habitat with interpretive trails and tours, boardwalks, Forbes Creek, lawns, and picnic tables. Kirkland Marina, located directly downtown, offers 77 slips and picnic tables on Lake Washington. Visit www.Ci.kirkland.wa.us/depart/parks.htm