Exploring Woodinville, WA

In November 2020, we took a weekend day trip to Woodinville, WA to explore the Sammamish River Trail and local tourist district and try some delicious food and wine.

View of Columbia River Gorge

Welcome to Woodinville Wine Country: "Intimate, unhurried, and accessible, Woodinville is where wine lovers from around the globe gather to taste Washington’s legends and discover new favorites."

Getting There

From Seattle, you can drive or bike to the Woodinville Tourist District. Bus routes such as the 545 and 542 can take you from Seattle to Downtown Redmond, where you can connect to the Sammamish River Trail.

  • Driving: Take I-90 East towards Bellevue, then head north on I-405 to the Totem Lake/124th Street Exit (. Head approximately 1.5 miles east to the Woodinville Tourist District.

  • Biking: Take the Burke Gilman Trail north from Seattle to Bothell, then connect to the Sammamish River Trail. Head south through Bothell and the Woodinville Town Center to the Tourist District.

Outdoor Activities

Woodinville is located in the Seattle region, about 30 minutes northeast of the city, near Redmond, Bothell and Kirkland. The area is filled with great regional parks and trails including the Sammamish River Trail. This regional trail is over 10 miles long and connects to the Burke Gilman Trail in Bothell and travels south along the river to Marymoor Park in Redmond. The trail is paved, flat, and uninterrupted by vehicle traffic. It is a great trail for recreational walks, runs, and bicycling. It is great for families and is one of King County's most popular trails. You can access the trail from Seattle (see how above) or drive and park at one of the many local trailheads/parks.

Food and Drink

Woodinville is known for it's huge selection of local wineries and cafes. The Woodinville Tourist District boasts over 45 wineries and tasting rooms, all within a few blocks of each other. If you live in Seattle or the surrounding region, you'll never exhaust trying different wines from through out the year. If you are looking to make an day of it, you have the opportunity to try multiple vendors without having to walk more than a few hundred feet. We've only tried a few places, but here are our favorites (so far).

  • Chateau Ste Michelle Winery: This massive winery features a tasting room and outdoor grounds for enjoying drinks, live music, and peacock sightings. The winery has been operating since 1912 (since 1972 at its current location) and is the oldest winery in Washington State. In addition to their most well known wines (Rieslings), they also feature reserve bottles and unique blends that you can't find at your local supermarket or liquor store. Prior to the COVID pandemic, they also offered in-person winery tours and tastings. Now, they are offering outdoor patio tastings and virtual tastings.

  • Purple Café and Wine Bar: If you are looking for delicious food and an extensive wine list from across the region, be sure to check out Purple Café and Wine Bar. The wine bar serves a weekend brunch until 3PM which is a great option for an afternoon in the area. We loved the Farmer's Lunch plate which included two cheeses (brie and parmesan), two cured meats (prosciutto and smoked beef), picked veg, mustard, grapes, a salad, house made bread and crackers. They have converted a portion of their parking lot into a tented, heated outdoor dining area which is perfect for fall weather in the region. If you're in the mood for great food and wine but can't make it out to Woodinville, you can visit their Downtown Seattle location.

  • Grounds Coffee Co: If you are in need of something sweet and caffeinated, be sure to stop at Grounds Coffee Co. This drive through/walk up coffee shop in the heart of the Tourist District is the perfect place to get some morning coffee or an afternoon pick-me-up after trying all the wines and delicious foods at neighboring businesses.

Let's Chat!

We love exploring all over the Pacific Northwest. Where should we head to next? What's your favorite winery in Woodinville? Leave your ideas below.


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