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Meritage Meadows Inn

Surrounded by fourteen acres of 150-foot tall firs, cedars and maples, Meritage Meadows Inn is located just 3 miles from downtown Redmond, WA and within easy driving distance of Woodinville, Washington’s famous wine country mecca. A home was built on the former mink farm in 1988 and began transformation to a B&B in 2009. Today’s luxurious five-bedroom Bed & Breakfast opened in June 2010 and features modern amenities in a heavily wooded old-growth Cascade setting.

At Meritage Meadows Inn every newly remodeled luxurious room is unique.  High speed wireless internet ensures you stay connected in an environment that feels miles away from civilization.  A wealth of outdoor activities awaits the recreational enthusiast: running, walking, bicycling, hiking, rowing, and kayaking are within a short distance of the Inn.  Maps of local trails are available as well as books on hiking in the area.  And delicious complimentary daily continental and 2-course gourmet breakfasts are included in your stay.

Although check-in time is 4 pm, we arrived a little early and were greeted by Bob Spencer, the owner and innkeeper.  Bob is extremely likable with a good sense of humor and gave us an excellent overview of the Inn.  As we entered the front door of the Inn, Bob asked whether we had any dietary restrictions, then showed us a small erasable white board with our names already on it.  We were invited to choose a breakfast slot from 8:00 to 9:30 am for each morning of our stay.  For early breakfasts, Bob will prepare a continental breakfast that includes his wife Karen’s homemade granola, yogurts, fruit, juices, coffee and tea plus fresh scones or muffins.

Bob showed us the two dining rooms where breakfast is served.  While there is a Keurig coffeemaker in each room, brewed coffee is available in the dining area at around 7:30 each morning. Gourmet breakfasts include either a savory or sweet breakfast determined beforehand and changed daily.  Savory breakfasts include: Eggs Meritage (similar to Eggs Benedict but with cheese sauce made using wine reduction); French-style omelets, Eggs Florentine; Breakfast Strata; Frittatas; Vegan Scrambles and Savory Crepes.  Sweet breakfasts include: Multi-grain pancakes with fresh fruit syrup; French toast casserole; Fruit Crepes; Waffles with fresh fruit toppings; Fresh Apple Muffins; Scones; and Gluten Free Vegan Cinnamon rolls.

Next Bob showed us the Great Room and Library filled with over 300 titles. There is lots of room in these areas to find comfortable seating for reading or conversation. Each afternoon around 5:30 there is complimentary wine tasting held in the Great Room or on the wraparound deck, also known as the veranda.  Cinq Cellars Wines are produced on-site in the winery and are available for nightly tasting. Wine tasting is held until 6:00 pm, affording guests time to drive the short distance to Redmond to visit one of the extraordinary dining establishments in the neighborhood. The Information Book placed in each room has a list of Redmond Area Restaurants including Italian, Northwestern/Continental, Thai, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican/Southwestern, American, Pizza, Organic Omnivore/Gluten Free/Vegetarian, and a list of places to get picnic supplies or take out.  Restaurants that will deliver to Meritage Meadows are highlighted with an asterisk.

Karen’s homemade cookies and other packaged snacks and bottled water are available throughout the day.  In our room’s mini-refrigerator we found a Haagen Dazs ice cream bar that tasted so good on a warm afternoon. Board games and decks of cards are available for use.  There is a gas grill on the veranda that is available for use.  The wraparound deck offers spectacular, natural views of the entire property without distraction of any homes or roads in the area.  The front half is covered and includes a glider swing.  The back half has tables and chairs for eating, sitting, playing cards or reading.  Stairs leading down to the large lawn below may be accessed to walk out to the gazebo where chairs and small tables invite guests to enjoy the shaded outdoor area. Back in the Inn on the lower floor there is a home theater/media room for viewing TV with cable service, a Blue-ray player for DVD selections and access to Netflix.  Meritage Meadows has a well-equipped exercise room with Precor elliptical trainer, recumbent stationary bicycle, weight machine, exercise ball, floor mats, bench and dumbbells.

We stayed in the Walla Walla Room, normally a vacation rental somewhat like a studio apartment up a flight a stairs over a garage.  Our unit had a kitchenette with its own microwave over, refrigerator and dining area.  I enjoyed using the desk area under a window where I could get some writing done.  There was a small comfortable coach and recliner near a bookshelf nearby.  Our bathroom (all five rooms have private bath) had a shower, heated tile floor, heated towel bar, hairdryer, and comfy cotton waffle weave robes.  The large flat panel TV over the electric fireplace featured cable and a DVD player. At Bob’s suggestion, one evening we watched a fascinating documentary about the challenges of becoming a master sommelier.

On our first evening we were the only two persons to join Bob on the veranda, an extraordinary treat for us.  Whereas he might ordinarily spend a half hour with guests during this time, Bob regaled us with stories of his past experiences with beer and winemaking over the past 20-odd years.  Bob poured four of his five Cinq wines for us to taste.  We tasted a Vigonier, a very dry Riesling (yea!), a red blend called “The Storm,” and final red blend called “Professors” in honor of the 7 University of Washington professors who were responsible for bringing the wine industry to the state of Washington.

These priceless moments on the deck proved to be the highlight of our stay as Bob unfolded historic tales of personalities and blended those with some of the techniques he uses in winemaking.  This gave us a true insider’s look into wine production and the wine industry as it has developed over the years in Washington. The inn is located within 10 miles of more than 100 of Washington’s popular wine tasting rooms. The climate here creates grapes which make wines that are more fruit forward and friendly, but with complexity to rival any other area.

One thing that is evident from a stay at Meritage Meadows Inn is the innkeepers’ knowledge of the area is something they take pride in keeping up-to-date. They enthusiastically speak of local restaurants with high recommendation for those particularly worthy.  Bob strives to be up to date on the wineries in Woodinville and the surrounding area to enable guests to find winemakers who make various styles of wine. In addition, the Spencers are always working to stay on top of the many attractions in the Seattle/King County area so that they can recommend something that will be enjoyable, whatever the occasion or interest.  In all, we highly recommend a stay at this fabulous B&B in Washington’s amazing wine country.

Meritage Meadows Inn
21407 NE Union Hill Road
Redmond, WA 98053

Phone: 425-487-4019
www.meritagemeadows.com
innkeeper@meritagemeadows.com

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