Woodinville was founded in the late 19th century by Ira Woodin, and was a small logging town along the Sammamish River until the 1960s. At that time, the growth of Seattle caught up to it and it became a leafy and desirable suburb. In 1993, Woodinville was granted city status. It is at the center of Washington's wine industry although the grapes are grown elsewhere, there are over 75 wineries in the city and surrounding areas.
Woodinville is 1 minute off Interstate 405 Exit 23 coming from Seattle. It is also 15 minutes north of Redmond via Redmond-Woodinville Road, and 20 minutes west of Duvall via Woodinville-Duvall Road. Near downtown there is a park-and-ride with connections to metropolitan King County. However, public transportation is few and far between so a car is recommended.
- King County Metro, ☏ . Operates bus, streetcar, and monorail routes in King County. Communities within the county served by this operator's routes include Auburn, Bellevue, Bothell, Burien, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Mercer Island, North Bend, Redmond, Renton, SeaTac, Seattle, Shoreline, Tukwila, Vashon Island, White Center, and Woodinville.
- Sound Transit, toll-free: . Has regional public transit routes including Sounder trains, Link light rail, and express bus in King County (e.g. Bellevue, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, Seattle), Snohomish County (e.g. Everett, Lynnwood), and Pierce County (e.g. Puyallup, Tacoma).
- Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and Columbia Winery are some of the wineries around Woodinville: Tours and wine tastings are available at the majority of the wineries.
- Red Hook Brewery.
- Molbak's Nursery, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Puget Sound area.
The city has several parks, many of which have many public events, including:
- Wilmot Gateway Park near downtown
- Cottage Lake Park near the intersection of Woodinville-Duvall and Avondale.
- Wilmot Park, which has access to the Sammamish River trail.
As a suburb, Woodinville has several strip malls and is home to Target, Petsmart, Barnes & Noble, Eddie Bauer, Office Max, TJ Maxx, Home Depot, Costco as well as several grocery stores and chain fast-food eateries. Also of note are the six Starbuck's--not to mention Tully's or Seattle's Best. There are also numerous independently-owned espresso stands dotted around. As mentioned above, Molbak's is a destination with a wide variety of all things green.
As befits its location on the Pacific Rim Woodinville is home to a bevy of Oriental cuisine. There is also several Mexican options, and numerous other flavors.
- Twisted Sandwich,
- Bigfoot Bagel,
- Texas Smokehouse BBQ,
- Woodinville Cafe,
- Armadillo BBQ (home of the "Weasel on a Stick")
- Hiryu Sushi [dead link]
- Chan's Place
- Minami Teriyaki
- Matsu Teriyaki
- King's Teriyaki
- Woodinville Thai
- Racha Thai
- Mongolian Grill
- China Clipper
- Sushi Connections[dead link]
- Purple Cafe ****,
- The Herbfarm *****,
- The Barking Frog *****,
- Italianissimo ****,
- Located south of downtown is The Herbfarm, Seattle's premier dining experience.
Forecaster's at Red Hook Brewery, Big Daddy's, and at most of the wineries
- Redhook Alehouse, 14300 NE 145th St. Boasts a substantial menu and a well-established line of beers, including seasonal varieties. Can be found at bars and restaurants throughout the city, and readily available at most grocery stores.
- [formerly dead link] Collective On Tap, 17802 134th Ave. Has 20 rotating taps of local Woodinville and Washington craft beer. Also has a light food menu.
- Residence Inn, north of downtown
- Wyndham Garden Inn, north of downtown
- Willows Lodge, 14580 NE 145th St, ☏ . A Northwest-style lodge in Woodinville Wine Country just outside of Seattle, featuring 84 guestrooms, a spa and meeting space.
City Hall is downtown and contains the Woodinville Police Department.
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