An ideal place to start is with a free tour and wine tasting at the state’s oldest winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle. The beautiful grounds feature grassy lawns, a classic estate, and seasonal flowers. Keep an eye out for peacocks, too, which freely roam the winery.
Prefer another type of drink? Across the street, Redhook Brewery is a massive brewery with an attached restaurant. It offers daily tours and tastings on a first come, first served basis for just $5 (which includes a souvenir pint glass). And if travelers ever need to work off a big meal, they can walk part of the Sammamish River Trail, which runs right behind Redhook.
Other popular options include Woodinville Whiskey Co., which pours tastes of its barrelaged bourbon in an airy building. Next door, The Hollywood Tavern offers juicy sandwiches and burgers along with classic craft cocktails, alcoholic milkshakes, and plenty of spirits and wine.
After drinking and eating their fill, travelers should make time to stop at Woodinville Lavender. While most of its fragrant flowers bloom in summer—July is the peak month— the farm is open to visit throughout the year. Visitors can pick their own lavender or just relax outdoors.
Woodinville is a 30-minute drive (20 miles) from Seattle. From I-5 north, take exit 171 for WA-522 east toward Bothell. Exit onto WA-202 east toward Woodinville. Turn right from the off-ramp, right onto NE 175th Street, and left onto Woodinville- Redmond Road NE. At NE 145th Street, Chateau Ste. Michelle is on the right. Redhook is across the street, Woodinville Whiskey and Hollywood Tavern are a 5-minute walk away, and Woodinville Lavender is a 20-minute walk away.