last weekend, the girls and i packed our bags—many, many bags—for an overnight at the heathman hotel in kirkland, washington. ten minutes north of bellevue, the heathman is a boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown kirkland. “boutique” may be an understatement, as the heathman recently underwent renovations in the lobby, restaurant, and meeting rooms—the end result is a luxurious space, with a warm, modern aesthetic.
upon arriving, jenn, sahily, and i enjoyed a tour of the property with general manager jim larson. jim was thoughtful and patient, as we diligently took notes and photos of the different spaces! a few fun facts about the heathman hotel:
- the 91 guestrooms and suites, as well as the restaurant and lobby area were renovated in 2017;
- in addition to 91 guestrooms, the hotel can accommodate meetings of varying size (10-200 guests) in the lobby and lower level;
- art in the lobby and lower level is updated quarterly;
- art in the guestrooms is broken up thematically by floor—land, sea, mountains, and sky;
- guests are invited to request a mattress that caters to their desired comfort (european featherbed, european pillow-top bed, and tempur-pedic).
after touring, we arrived at our suite—and what a sweet suite! =) the staff generously upgraded the girls and i to the heathman suite and adjoining renaissance suite. the heathman suite is 1,164 square feet with vaulted ceilings, a full living room, dining room, powder room, and wet bar. from the balcony, you could see much of downtown kirkland and lake washington. it was dreamy!
the heathman hotel staff were kind enough to gift us a goodie basket, complete with wine, sparkling water, chocolates, bath bombs, and a face mask. our evening plans were solidified—dinner, followed by a relaxing night in our suite! #selfcare
amenities and dining
in addition to their guestrooms and meeting spaces, the heathman hotel has an onsite gym, newspaper delivery service, complimentary wi-fi, blackout drapes, same-day dry cleaning, and more. (a comprehensive list of amenities is available here.)
hearth, the onsite restaurant at the heathman hotel, hosted us for a delicious dinner and brunch.
hearth offers innovative dishes and an ever-evolving menu focused on ingredients from all corners of the region using traditional hearth oven cooking techniques. the bustling bar features distinctive craft cocktails and a variety of local beers and ciders that rotate weekly.” –source
hearth’s dinner menu—newly debuted—is designed to have you order items family style. i recommend doing so, as it allows you to sample a variety of tasty dishes! the brunch and lunch menus will soon undergo seasonal updates. (and hearth serves weekday breakfast from 6:30–10:30am.)
5+ fun things to do in kirkland
enjoy drinks and dinner at hearth, inside the heathman hotel
we received a warm welcome upon arriving for our 6:30pm dinner reservation at hearth. (the restaurant’s wait staff provided tremendous customer service throughout our stay.)
to start, i ordered a va piano ox red blend, designed to complement a variety of food options. the girls opted to try one of hearth’s new signature cocktails, the hearth bees knees (gin, honey syrup, seedlip, lemon juice, and muddled orange).
we ordered the breaking bread (with smoked chickpea puree and cambazola), baby lettuces, fennel sausage flatbread, hand cut tagliatelle (with smoked mushrooms), and roasted carrots. and my goodness—the food is delectable! our favorite menu items were the breaking bread and hand cut tagliatelle. the bread is comparable to a puffed pita bread, and with the warmed cambazola (a cow’s milk cheese with a french soft-ripened triple cream cheese and italian gorgonzola), it melts in your mouth! the flatbread, tagliatelle, and roasted carrots were equally delicious!
and what follows dinner? dessert, of course! jenn, sahily, and i are chocolate fiends. we thought the chocolate sundae (with cookie, brownie, ice cream, and chocolate sauce) was mouthwatering!
shop til’ you drop in downtown kirkland
kirkland is home to several clothing boutiques and consignment shops. on saturday morning, we popped into serendipity and essentials on park lane. i purchased a secondhand sweater at serendipity! other must-see shops include:
- champagne taste (women’s secondhand clothing, including bridal and other formal attire)
- hepburn (women’s clothing and home decor)
- ivy gift & home (gifts and home decor)
- purpose boutique (women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories)
- ragamoffyn’s women’s consignment store (women’s secondhand clothing, shoes, jewelry, and handbags)
- seduce llc (women’s clothing and accessories)
- via lago (women’s clothing, jewelry, and undergarments)
sip champagne and enjoy tasty macarons at lady yum
what better way to celebrate a staycation—or commemorate a birthday, anniversary, or other celebration—than with champagne and macarons! jenn, sahily, and i stopped by lady yum for a mid-day treat. lady yum serves 15 flavors and two seasonal options. they have adorable packaging—perfect for a gift—and offer catering for any event on your calendar! my favorite flavors are the chocolate mint and espresso macarons. and be sure to stop by one of lady yum’s four locations for happy hour (monday through friday) from 3:00-6:00pm.
catch a show at the kirkland performance center
in the mood for a show? check out the kirkland performance center (kpc)! box office information is available here, and a list of upcoming shows and performances can be found here. “beauty and the beast” was featured in october, and it looked incredible!
stroll through juanita beach park
weather permitting, stroll through kirkland’s iconic juanita beach park. bordering the waterfront, the park offers an enclosed swimming area (seasonally), picnic tables, a public dock and fishing area, tennis courts, little league ball fields, open lawn areas, a children’s playground, and more. get your caffeine fix and enjoy a scenic walk through the park!
other fun, local attractions
one of the things i love about visiting kirkland, is that you don’t need to pre-plan a robust agenda. there are numerous restaurants, coffee shops, and other fun attractions!
- canvas! paint & sip studio
- flatstick pub
- marina park
- park lane gallery
- zoka roasters coffee and tea company
have you visited kirkland? and have you stopped into the heathman hotel? did i miss any must-see places?
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