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Kirkland (Seattle), Washington

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Special kinds of Dock & Dine opportunities are plentiful for those living along the Pacific Northwest. These boating adventures, sprinkled along the interconnecting waterway system, are well worth the effort as culinary treats await boaters upon reaching their desired destination. Here is an example of just one of the many possible Dock & Dine's in this region:

Lake Washington, on the outskirts of Seattle, has gained notoriety for some of its better-known shore side residents like Bill Gates. But, tucked away in the upper reaches of this pristine lake is a restaurant and hotel well worth transiting the canal and lock system to reach.

Dock & Dine Ops:

The big story here is Bin on the Lake Restaurant. This stylish waterside restaurant prides itself on offering fresh farm to table fare. Plates are artistically prepared to further stimulate the senses. Outstanding dishes include the blue prawns and Quninault King Salmon. If you plan to visit, call ahead and ask about one of their famous wine pairing dinners. Both indoor and outdoor seating offers amazing views of this picturesque lake.

Dock It:

Boaters in the Seattle area can reach this amazing restaurant by transiting the Chittenden locks from Puget Sound to the 20 ft higher Lake Washington. Upon arrival at the Woodmark Hotel, you will find abundant docking available on their floating docks, which offer an easy and safe tie up.

Stuff To Do:

Classic boat lovers may wish to secure a private tour around Lake Washington aboard the hotel’s 1956 Chris-Craft. Whether it is by your own craft or that of this classic motor yacht, be sure to check out all the amazing homes here. Other points of interest near here are Pike Place Market and the impressive Chateau St. Michelle Winery.

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