Why Team Building is important, and why it should be your number one investment

Why Team Building is important, and why it should be your number one investment

            Despite it’s reputation for being something that is.. Well.. bothersome, team building is actually of significant importance to your company. After spending the last several months studying effective human relations in the workplace, I have come to find team building to be a very real and very important factor in the workplace. The topic has also become very important to me, because, in the past,  I have personally witnessed the devastating effects a dysfunctional team can have on the workplace. Allow me to be clear here, I am not an expert on the subject, nor will I pretend to be. What I can offer you is a small fraction of all the information I have compiled over the last several months, and the perfect location for your team to meet at. Now down to the nitty gritty, or the interconnected views that I find very relevant to the subject.

 

●       Trust is the number one foundation for true, effective teamwork. People waste so much time and energy creating false harmonies in the workplace, it’s time we ditch the facade and engage with some truth and self awareness.. even our vulnerabilities

 

●       Conflict is healthy!  Without it, we couldn’t get anywhere without open debate and people expressing their opinions. Those who need to assert their strong opinions are allowed to do so, and they provide the detailed information to back their statements up.

 

●       True Commitment begins with joint transparency. Those who come together to formulate decisions, do so as a team, and with transparency. This is not about consensus, or people agreeing for the sake of agreeing. It is about bringing forth the data to support the cause and ensuring each teammate is able to weigh in on the subject.

 

●       The success of a team is being clear on its standards. It is up to the leader to set the tone, or the standard for the group. However, it’s up to the group to hold one another accountable, and accept it when they are held accountable individually. The team will likely respond by pushing themselves harder and challenge themselves.

 

●       Learn to look at your goals like a sports game. Remember each member plays a role in contributing to the win or loss. Through good communication, concise goals, and a little trust, the team will be rewarded for their efforts. If they are a true team, they will be able to express their vulnerability and accept the loss and learn from the experience. 

 

It’s not the size of the company that keeps it competitive, it’s how well your team functions that really drive the success of your organization. This is something that requires consistent effort, as it is always a delicate balance of egos and recognition for some, but the end result is nothing short of amazing.

Now for the sales aspect.. We can provide an amazing, private space for your team building meeting. There’s honestly not a more beautiful space I can think of that offers the privacy we do. There’s all sorts of different ways you can customize your team building offsite. If I got into that, this blog would be way too long! Seriously.. I can write for days about ways to use Kiana. However, I can honestly tell you that you will find it hard to leave once you've arrived! So please, stop on by, we’d love to work with you!

Wedding Ceremonies

Wedding Ceremonies

Debating the “who” of your wedding ceremony

 

Time and culture are fluid.. Nothing ever stays the same. As time passes, cultural values change. As culture shifts, so do the defining values. As defining values change, so do traditions associated with them. As the internet has evolved, culture has changed alongside with it. It has opened up a vast new world of ideas and has had a profound effect on western culture and some of its associated values. As the “culture” of the wedding ceremony changes, couples are faced with changing values and traditions that surround it, and deciding which ones are the most important to them.

            Now back to that internet changing the world thing as I mentioned before in that dry, highly-philosophical paragraph before. The internet has become an integral part of wedding culture. It has become an important tool for resources, and has greatly facilitated many of the processes involved in planning your ceremony. In recent years, Washington State, as well as many others, have opened up the option for anyone to get ordained online and therefore, legally marry couples. With the help of Kiana’s favourite wedding officiant, Annemarie Juhlian, we’ve decided to outline the key differences for all the couples out there who are debating the “who” of their wedding ceremony. Annemarie is a seriously awesome lady --and the winner of multiple awards by many top wedding magazines might I add-- We’ve had the pleasure of working with her many times over the years, and she wouldn’t be on our preferred vendor list if we didn’t find her work to be professional yet, warm, sincere and genuine. In her own words, she writes to everyone faced with the “who” debate:

 

Professional vs. Amateur.  A wedding ceremony is a ‘one time major life event.’  Some couples feel comfortable entrusting the ceremony text, delivery and overall ‘feel’ to someone who has no or limited experience with officiating a ceremony.  Others want someone who has mastered the art of ceremony and who can bring perspective, calm/peace, problem-solving skills and a sense of ‘order’ to a wedding ceremony and day.

 

Well Written & Conversational Delivery:  Writing and crafting a heartfelt and personalized ceremony is an emotional event.  For me, it’s important that the text and delivery be conversational, easy, fun-loving, reverent and heartfelt.  Someone who has serious wedding ceremony experience can weave together words and rituals that appropriately celebrate a couple.  If someone doesn’t have this understanding and knowing, especially in front of a group, overall presentation may be lacking.

 

Leading a Wedding Rehearsal:  Leading a wedding rehearsal is an art.  An experienced Officiant has led many rehearsals and can bring fun and order (and calm) to a rehearsal experience. In addition, this is a serious opportunity for an Officiant to connect,  on a personal level, with family and friends so that everyone is at ease on the wedding day.

 

“The Hour Before” – The hour before a wedding ceremony is serious ‘go time.’  This means, in this work that I do, I become a couple’s Air Traffic Controller, taking care of all pre-ceremony details, just like a wedding planner would.  For someone who doesn’t have this ‘wedding day of’ experience, it can’t be taught – it has to come from being a part of many wedding days.

 

Well, there you have it. You can still choose Uncle Dan to officiate your wedding ceremony, we’re not saying you can’t.. But will the experience and the sincere, honest message of your overall journey and commitment to one another be the same?

 

Until next time..

Pursuing Trivial Traditions (Part two)

Last time we bought to you a few of the best wedding traditions and the meanings behind them. As I find this a very interesting subject, I’ve decided to include a few more traditions for you all to enjoy.  

Just me and a few best peeps

During the wedding ceremony, the bride, traditionally, is always on the groom’s left side, as he needed his sword hand to fend off other potential suitors or other objectors. Stemming from the days of lore, when marriage was by capture, the bride’s family other suitors would kidnap the bride and whisk her off for revenge, even at the very last minute. Nowadays, this decision is right down to personal preference. Unless, of course, you’re expecting a sword fight.. Kiana has yet to see one of those! The role of the groomsmen started during the old kidnapping days as well. They would assist the groom in the capture of his bride and protect her until the moment she was wed, and the marriage was consummated. The role of bridesmaids have nearly always been present in various roles. What gave rise to the role of the wedding party popularity, is due mostly to the requirement of ten witnesses for a wedding during the roman empire. The wedding party would dress like the bride and groom to confuse kidnappers and those who wished to do the couple harm. 

If you like it, put a ring on it

Wedding rings were invented by the Egyptians who exchanged rings made of reeds or papyrus. The circle symbolized eternity and therefore, the couples never ending love for one another. The ring was placed on the fourth finger of the left hand because they believed that it held a vein that led directly to the heart, later being named the vein of love by the Romans. The first rings of metal were made by the Romans and were given as a part of the bride’s dowry as a symbol of betrothal. Rings that included jewel settings were a part of Venetian betrothal culture in the 15th century. Traditionally, only the bride wore a wedding ring. Men wearing wedding rings did not become popular until the 1950’s in America.

Let them eat cake  

Originally considered a luxury item, the tradition of the wedding cake actually started in Roman times as a loaf of bread that was broken over the bride’s head to symbolize the end of her virginity and to wish her fortune and fertility. The attending guests would then grab a piece, as it was to bring them luck as well. What eventually developed into the tiered wedding cake started as a game where the couple would have to kiss over the top of a pile of sweet rolls, without knocking them over. This type of cake, called Croquembouche, became widely popular in France in Medieval times, and still continues today. White-tiered fruitcakes developed during Victorian times, when white became a symbol of wealth and prosperity. The more tiers you had, the wealthier you were considered to be. It was the bride’s responsibility to cut and pass the cake originally, but as the cakes grew in size and shape, the groom became the assistant to the bride. They would cut the cake and serve it to their guests together.     

Friends don’t let friends drink bad wine

What began as an assurance that people weren’t drinking poisoned wine in Greek and Roman culture, friends would wish one another health as they clinked together their filled wine glasses. The wine would spill over into each others glasses, and they would drink to show that it was untainted. The Romans later developed this idea by adding a piece of stale bread, or toast, to their wine. The bread would not only taste better, but it would reduce the acidity of the wine. The person being wished health would eat the saturated piece of bread. At wedding celebrations, the father was the first to drink from the communal wine pitcher in order to ensure that it wasn’t poisoned. He would, in turn, wish the couple health and to the health of their future children. Thus, the wedding “toast” was born! Don’t worry, we won’t be putting bread in your champagne flute anytime soon.

            Wedding traditions are, to say the least, interesting. Though every wedding is different, they are largely the same in the grand scheme of things. Transitioning from past to present, most wedding traditions were born out of superstitions or a grand display of wealth. They have become such an integral part of weddings today -we just can’t imagine a wedding without. 

Pursuing Trivial Traditions (Part one)

Pursuing Trivial Traditions (Part one)

Ever wonder why western wedding traditions are what they are? From the dress details down to the ring, everything has a reason for being included in the big day. In a two part series, I will share with you some fun wedding facts and trivia that you can use for a night at the pub or to wow your wedding crowd with.    

A Knot to remember

The phrase “tying the knot” refers to a tradition of the bride and groom having their hands or wrists tied with twine or wrapped together with linen to symbolize their commitment to each other. The earliest reference to this tradition dates back to the 13th century.

Party on

Stag parties, more commonly known as bachelor parties, started in Fifth-century Sparta. When a man was to marry, his friends would put together a raunchy party to say goodbye to his bachelor days. In contrast, the bachelorette party did not really become a tradition until 19th century America. Ladies would gather for a luncheon and an afternoon of gossip. 19th century America also gave rise to the bridal shower, as a bride no longer required a dowry in order to marry. Small gifts were wrapped up and hidden inside an umbrella or a parasol, which would “shower” the bride when she opened it up.

A Summertime Wedding

The month of June is the most popular month to get married in America. This stemmed from the Roman goddess, Juno, who is the goddess of marriage and childbearing. There’s an old folk rhyme that also dictated which days were the best to marry: “Marry on Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for crosses, Friday for losses, and Saturday for no luck at all.” (goodreads.com) This tradition has changed in the modern age however. Saturday has become the most coveted day for weddings: our Saturdays book out a year or two in advance.. We nearly never see a Wednesday wedding here at Kiana; but hey, if you’d like a wednesday night wedding, we can certainly arrange that. Our location here in Western Washington, makes August our most popular month for weddings as well because of the typical cool northwest rainy weather.

What’s a girl to wear?

In traditional western culture, wedding dresses were actually just a girls best church dress. The rich would be dressed in rare color, jewels, and beautiful furs. Queen Victoria went white for her big day, starting a new tradition in 1840. The white dress became a symbol for wealth and purity. Bleaching techniques were not very effective at the time, making white a very hard color to both achieve and maintain, naturally making the linen more costly. Traditionally, the style of the dress was just made to the style of the current period. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the floor-length hoop-style skirt became your a-typical fashion. Dresses now come in all shapes and colors; the most popular color is still white after all.

Beware of the Evil Spirits

Veils were worn by ancient Greek and Roman brides to protect them from evil spirits. The tradition of the groom carrying the bride over the threshold of their home stemmed from the same reasoning as well. If a bride or a bridesmaid were to stumble on her way to the altar, it was believed that she would never marry. They also carried bundles of fragrant herbs with them up the aisle, to cleanse the air from the spirits. It was also much welcome in the days where hygiene standards were quite different than they are today. Carriage rides to and from the wedding were quite an event as well. Firecrackers, bells, or other loud noise-makers were used to spook the spirits, and bring luck to the wedding party. Something old, new, borrowed, and blue originated in superstition as well, and symbolized the transition from single to married life. 

Wedding traditions is a vast and fascinating subject. There’s a lot more to the basics than meets the eye. From tying the knot, to something borrowed and something blue, there’s a reason why things are as they are. There’s a lot more to come so stay tuned!
 

Part two, to be continued... 

A Damn Fine Cup of Coffee

Way back when in 1989, a great tv show was born right here in Western Washington. The
who-dunnit murder mystery that is Twin Peaks has developed quite a following among the
30-somethings over the years. 28 years later, we here at Kiana, still meet people from all
over the world who come to tour our beautiful venue. A mix of the supernatural and the
traditional, the show explores the dark side of small town secrets. This younger generation may not know about Laura Palmer yet, but thanks to Showtime, they will soon get the chance to get to know the characters in the seemingly picture perfect town of Twin Peaks and Special Agent Dale Cooper. Brought back to life by Mark Frost and David Lynch, and many of the original cast members, they will learn about what makes the show so great. She’s dead..wrapped in plastic… Many scenes from the original show were filmed right here at Kiana; which will be featured in the new series as well. People from all over the world stop by to catch the behind the scenes glimpses of what makes the show so iconic. Our rustic Main lodge serves as much of the backdrop for the Great Northern Hotel and the Blue Pine Lodge (aka Josie, Pete, and Catherine’s house). Of course one cannot forget the famous log on the beach where the body of the town’s homecoming queen, Laura Palmer, washed ashore wrapped in plastic. 


The owls are not what they seem… Throughout the years, the Main Lodge here at Kiana has been remodeled a bit, but much the original character and scenic background still remains. The series opens up with a scene shot in the kitchen: Pete Martell looks out the window to discover Laura Palmer’s body. The giant butcher block is the most recognizable thing left from that scene. The dining room where the Norwegians met Audry has undergone a major transformation as well. The large fireplace, in fact, all of the fireplaces used are still here, as well as a lot of the background decor. It's just all arranged differently for the most part. The large Native Coastal Art wall murals painted by local artist Duane Pasco are perhaps the most easily recognizable background scenery aside from the waterfront and the log. They're something that provide such a unique backdrop to both Kiana and the lobby of the Great Northern. Pasco is also responsible for the totems that reside here, as well as one at Pioneer Square in Downtown Seattle.


One day, my log will have something to say about this… Please remember that we are a
private facility. We welcome and encourage anyone to stop by for a visit, however, we ask
that you give our paying clients their privacy, so please limit yourself to when we have
nothing going on. We’d love for you to call ahead to schedule a visit (360) 598-4311. We
also have a guest book, so feel free to stop by and sign! The show is scheduled to premiere May 21st, 2017, so you still have some time to perfect that cup of brew and have a slice of cherry pie!


Here are a few excerpts from our guestbook for a little fun reading:
“This small present (referring to a book he wrote and donated to us) is not much compared
to the fond and lasting memories we have of your strange and wonderful place and the
pictures you gave me” -Stephan (France)


“Amazing place! Thank you Jay! Honored to be showed around. Keeping our fingers crossed
for the new series.” -Michael and Ann (Poland)


“Thanks for the great stories and generosity!” -Åge (Norway)


“I want to live here.” -Travis (USA)


“This has been the highlight of our trip. What a gorgeous place!” -Bradley and Jessica
(USA)

Hot Wedding Trends for 2017

     We're gearing up for wedding season here at Kiana. Soon, the room will be filled with candlelight, the fresh scent of floral bouquets lining the tables, and the sound of light-hearted conversation from guests as they dine. Every year there are trends that we try to look for to help our wedding couples plan their special day. You've already narrowed down your venue, but you still need some help with the finer details such as what color scheme to go with or what your floral arrangements are going to look like. Here’s some of the hot new trends that we’re already seeing for 2017, so you can get a sense of how to customize your day to wow your crowd.

     If I may, I’d like to add a few pointers to help you along on your planning journey. First, Pinterest is not exactly your best friend. It’s a nice resource to use to get ideas, however, proceed with caution. Haven't you ever tried to recreate something and it turned out to not be even close to what the photo? Some work is best left to the professionals; don't stress yourself out more than you already are. Next, I’d use only what works in your space... You wouldn’t design your wedding like you wouldn't design a house. Sticking with neutral table cloth colors will go a long way in making your centerpieces and tableware pop. Saving the color for the tabletops will go much further, and won't run the risk of being too much in the space, or too washed out. Third, less is more. Sure, you have all these amazing ideas floating around of how you want your wedding space to look, but remember folks, simple can be elegant too. It will help tremendously with time and budget. The better organized you are, the happier those who are there to help with your decor will be, and the less time you'll spend stressing over the look of your tables. Now here's a look at what to expect for 2017 decor.

     First, the outdoors and nature inspired decor has worked its way into the scene. Couples are tending to choose venues that are full of natural light and elements like wood and stone. We're seeing more of the outdoors coming in through tons of greenery and hanging florals. Arbors made up of or incorporating natural elements such as birch or driftwood and flowers surrounded by heavy greenery have made their way onto the scene as well. Even if you don't use them at your ceremony site, they make a beautiful addition to the backdrop of a sweetheart table.

     From shiny copper Mercury candle votives down to silver threads and beading in your dress, Metallics are huge this year. They're full of versatility, and add a sense of wow to any setting. Dressed up or down, they add the right amount of flare without being too bold. Just make sure not to use too much... Remember, everything in moderation.

     Soft is a texture that represents love. Soft petals from flowers like hydrangeas, peonies or roses, paired with the soft color of eucalyptus or ferns allow you to add even more bold color to your table, as they soften the harshness. They can allow you to add a few whimsical elements such as colored stemware or vases, a colored bread plate, or a boldly colored napkin. Smoky or slate blue hues are becoming more and more popular recently.

     Another thing we're seeing less and less of in recent years is the disappearance of a wedding cake. More and more couples are ditching the traditional three-tiered colored fondant and going bare... Yes, nearly naked cakes are on the rise, as well as dessert buffets. Many are sticking with the traditional cake cutting ceremony by having a small ceremonial cake, or even a large doughnut to cut. We've seen everything from doughnuts to mini custard tarts with fresh berries. Couples have really made it their own recently. It helps tremendously with cost also, as you don't have to have a large quantity of one thing. You can go with a wide variety of dessert options. Add some fresh fruit and berries or some chocolate milk, and it's guaranteed to be talked about!

     Late-nite snacks are on the rise too. After all that dancing and fun, your guests are guaranteed to work up another appetite. Who could resist mini tacos or even some mini hotdogs? They're the perfect addition to the late night party, and will keep the energy up and lasting till the very end. Mini Seattle dogs are, in my mind, the best thing since sliced bread, and perfect for a late night party. Ask any Seattle resident, and they'll agree with me on this!

     Finally, after all the fun is wrapped up and you've eaten your fill at brunch, what better way to send off your most important friends/family than going on a local nature hike or day-after photo shoot. We've been asked by so many of our couples about local trails or natural wonders in the area, that I've comprised a list of everything within a two-hour radius of Kiana (because there are just some places I just can't leave off of it). From the not-so-outdoorsy to the avid hikers, there's something on the list for everyone's age and ability. We live in such a beautiful and scenic area, it's hard to leave. From beaches to mountains, Kiana is centered in the heart of it all.

Resting-Brunch-Face, Bloody Mary's and mimosas, oh my!

Resting-Brunch-Face, Bloody Mary's and mimosas, oh my!

Ah, weddings -a family affair. Something traditionally held in your parents living room, has evolved into an extravagant affair held elsewhere in a beautiful ballroom or at a place with scenic setting. Planning a wedding is also planning a delicate balancing act between keeping your guests and you happy. If you're looking for a far more relaxed atmosphere on your big day, you should certainly consider a morning wedding.

There are numerous benefits to this you’ll find. First off, you’ll find that your venue will be far more available; especially on the most coveted day, Saturday -which typically books out years in advance. You will find that the perfect place for your perfect day will have a much more perfect price for your less-than perfect budget -more money to spend on the perfect dress! You may also find out that your most preferred vendors will have more availability and most likely, better rates for helping you create perhaps some of the most cherished memories of your life.

Now, back to that balancing act as I mentioned before. And, trust me, this can be stressful! The traditional work week here in America consists of the days Monday through Friday -unless you're in the memory making business, like we are.. That's when things get a little, well, non-traditional.. You'll figure most of your out-of-towners will fly in on a Thursday or Friday depending on what your plans are with rehearsal times and/or dinner. Remember, they want to be there for you, and you want them to be there for you also, but why not give them some extra time for a little sight-seeing in addition to seeing you also. Especially right here in Western Washington, there's endless things you can go see and do in one afternoon, before you head back for the daily grind. Everyone deserves a mini-vacation once in awhile.

When you're busy outside taking all those perfectly staged photos, keep your guests entertained with lawn games and activities. They make such a fun addition, and will keep your guests mingling and distracted while you get all the important stuff in. Cornhole, Ladderball, and Lawn Jenga have been very popular in recent years, and you can also throw in a little Bocci Ball or even some Croquet for the older generations to enjoy. The weather is amazing here during the summer, and trust me, your guests will want to enjoy more time outside, especially before it gets a little too hot out. Speaking of temperatures, a 10 or 11 o'clock ceremony will be considerably more comfortable for everyone involved: both guests and wedding party! One thing we typically stress to our groomsmen especially, is to not lock your knees while you're standing during the ceremony, or you will most certainly faint! I'm serious here.. Full-dress in full-sun will not only leave you hot, but it can also leave you wondering why you're lying on the ground.

So, ladies and gentlemen, get your resting-brunch-faces on, and relax a little on your big day. Everyone loves a good wedding that can be as much about them as it is about you. With a more laid-back atmosphere, you don't have to worry as much about keeping your guests as structured as you will have to be. With more outside time, comes more things to be entertained with. You also don't have to worry about offending those who wish to bring their kids, as there will be plenty of time and room to run and play. You're definitely going to save yourselfsome money, and also, some stress. Besides, who doesn't love brunch? Make your brunch-date complete, uncomplicated, and classy by offering a simple mimosa bar with different juices and fruit to choose from; or a Bloody Mary bar with different flavors of infused vodka to choose from. We have a chili-pepper vodka that'll knock your socks off! No brunch day would be complete without such classic staples. These will help save you money if you decide to host your bar as well. If Bloody Mary's or mimosas aren't your thing, you can certainly go full or limit to beer and wine. It's always five o'clock somewhere. You can continue your celebration late on into the night with a barbecue or a house party as well, so you and your guests have even more time to shake your groove thing. The kids and Granny can opt out and seek refuge when they get tired.

Kiana Lodge Mother's Day Brunch | Sunday May 14th, 2017

Brunch Buffet 11:00am

Treat mom to a wonderful meal and the perfect setting to say how much you appreciate her! 

 

Adults: $30.00 + tax

Children 4-12: $14.00 + tax

Children 3 and under are free

 

Menu coming soon!

Purchase your tickets HERE! If you need seating for a larger group, please call us at 866-738-4307.

Kiana Lodge Paint and Sip | April 26th, 2017

Join us for an evening with Natalie Andrzejeskie of “Pour Sip Paint” and learn to paint a fun spring landscape!

$45 per person + tax  which includes the cost of instruction, painting supplies, 1 drink ticket good for a beer, house wine, or non-alcoholic drink, & light appetizers

 

Doors open at 6:00pm and the painting will begin at 6:30pm

Full no-host bar ∙ Cash and Credit Accepted

Canvas size is 11 x 14

 

Seating is limited. Purchase your tickets HERE!

Kiana Lodge Easter Sunday Brunch & Egg Hunt | Sunday April 16th, 2017

Brunch Buffet 11:00am | Easter bunny and Egg Hunt 12:00pm

Come visit with the Easter Bunny and enjoy a tasty Easter brunch at Kiana Lodge. Bring the kids so they can find the hidden eggs filled with goodies!

·         Carving Station: Ham, Turkey, & Beef      

·         Omelets

·         Biscuits & Gravy

·         French Toast

·         Vegetable Quiche

·         Sausage

·         Bacon

·         Potatoes O'Brien

·         Traditional Eggs Benedict

·         Field Greens Salad

·         Assorted Cold Cereals

·         Broiled Vegetables

·         Smoked Salmon Dip with Bagel Chips

·         Broiled Vegetables

·         Baked Macaroni & Cheese

·         Pasta Salad

·         Potato Salad

·         Tomato Cucumber Vinaigrette Salad

·         Fresh Fruit

·         Assorted Danish & Pastries

·         Bread Pudding

·         Fruit Cobbler

Adults: $28.00 + tax

Children 4-12: $14.00 + tax

Children 3 and under are free

Purchase your tickets HERE! If you need seating for a larger group, please call us at 866-738-4307.

Kiana Lodge Wine Dinner | March 22nd, 2017

Join us for an amazing feast where we will have a cocktail hour plus pair four courses with wines from the Pacific Northwest to create an unforgettable dinner experience!

Cocktail Hour Appetizers:

Jed Steele’s 2014 “Shooting Star” Aligote (Sunnyside, Washington)

Agate Pearl Oysters on the Half Shell
Served two ways: chilled with 3 pepper mignonette & baked with smoked tomato butter

Main Courses:

Waitsburg Cellar’s 2014 “Three” Red Blend (Columbia Valley, Washington)

Duck Confit Salad with arugula, dried berries, Roquefort cheese, toasted hazelnuts, & sour cherry vinaigrette
                                      

Saviah Cellar’s 2015 “The Jack” Chardonnay (Columbia Valley, Washington)

Sablefish wrapped in cedar paper served with stinging nettle gnocchi & brown butter sauce             

 

Basel Cellar’s 2012 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley, Washington)

Herb Roasted Tri-Tip served with wild mushroom risotto & perigueux sauce

 

Foris Vineyard’s 2015 Moscato (Cave Junction, Oregon)

Rhubarb Slump with mascarpone topping & balsamic-scented whipped cream

 

$50 per person + tax, includes gratuity

Cocktail Hour begins at 5pm ∙ Dinner Starts at 6pm

Full no-host bar ∙ Cash and Credit Accepted

Seating is limited. Purchase your tickets HERE!

You don't come to Kiana, you experience Kiana

You don't come to Kiana, you experience Kiana

Kiana lodge is not just a place; it’s an experience. Now, I’m not trying to sound overly salesman-like here, but I need to point out that there is so much to see and do here. The Pacific Northwest is blessed with so much scenic beauty, it’s hard to find a comparison. From ribbon beaches lined with fragrant cedars and an abundance of sea life, to the snow capped Olympic Mountains shadowing valleys filled with lavender and seasonal elk herds; the peninsulas have it all. Located in the heart of it all is Kiana Lodge.

With six acres of waterfront property and over 10,000sq ft of private meeting space, it’s the perfect place to hold your corporate retreat. You’re not far from anything: 30 minute ferry ride away from Seattle, 15 minutes away from world-class golf in Kingston or shopping in historic downtown Poulsbo, an hour away from Olympic National Park, five minutes away from the quaint Suquamish museum, and less than a mile away from the Clearwater Casino Resort.

If you don’t want to commit to one space for multiple days; we’re partnered with the Clearwater Casino Resort and the White Horse Golf course. There’s endless ways to customize your meeting needs. You can enjoy a beautiful meeting space with a full breakfast or snacks here in the morning, and an afternoon of golfing at White Horse. If golfing isn’t what you need, what about a tour of the Salish Sea via boat or seaplane. If you find it hard to leave Kiana, which is a very real possibility, what about a picnic and games on the lawn? Spend the afternoon team building/bonding and rent some kayaks. Weather not cooperating? How about a ping pong or dartboard tournament? A good game of trivia, or even some breakout sessions with a good mix ice breaker questions are popular as well. Every company has a story to tell. Kiana Lodge is a place where time stands still. You can customize your timeline however you need. We'd love our story to give your company an event to remember.

Kiana Lodge 2017 Annual Showcase

Open houses are very important for both perspective and and already signed couples to get a good feel of what their venue has to offer them for their special day. As a couple, you gain a good understanding of the importance of the finer details that will make their vision a reality. From table layout to the ceremony location; it is a place for all those unasked questions, and to learn more about property characteristics. On the flip side, it is also important for the venue to showcase a perfectly staged room, the food and beverages that they do best, and to provide an opportunity for you to meet their most preferred vendors and what they will add to the atmosphere of the party.


Our annual wedding open house here at Kiana Lodge is as much fun for the staff and vendors as it is for our clients. We love a good party, and truly enjoy showcasing what our beautiful venue has to offer our wedding couples. Our team here at Kiana would like to thank each and every one our couples who made it out to our open house this past Saturday. You’re the ones who made it a success! Our sales team really enjoyed getting to know you and grab a snapshot of what your vision is for one of your most important events. We really do enjoy having our fans experience Kiana at it’s finest. Online photos cannot capture the true magic that you experience in person, but we’d love to share some of our favorites anyway. Here’s to our couples for 2017!

Kiana Lodge Valentine's Dinner

Kiana Lodge Valentine’s Day Dinner Sunday, February 14, 2016

Doors and Bar Open: 5:30 pm

Dinner: 6:00 pm

Entrée o Seared beef tenderloin o Coldwater lobster tail with garlic butter o Fire roasted winter vegetables o Russian fingerling potatoes sautéed with clarified butter

Dessert o Pot de crème

$100 per couple (includes gratuity)

$50 per person (includes gratuity)

Seating is by couple. Purchase your tickets HERE. If you need seating for a larger group, please call us at 866-738-4307

Pacific Northwest Winter Weddings

 
 

The winter season is a time for reflection, family, and gratitude. The cold days and long nights give us a desire for a cozy atmosphere, surrounded by a sense of togetherness and familiarity. This is a season of tea lights, crackling fires, and lanterns all of which add an essence of something quite magical amidst the nakedness of the winter landscape. A need for sharing is strong; which is one of the perfect reasons to have a winter wedding.     

Why you ask? The answer is why not? There are many reasons why winter is the perfect time to have a wedding. The need for closeness with family and friends is already strong, so why not throw in an extra reason to be together and celebrate! You can do it in style, and save room in your budget at the same time. You’ll find that it’s much easier to get your dream weekend date, your vendors will be much less busy, and your money will indubitably go farther than it will in the spring and summer. You’re already anticipating an indoor ceremony, and your guests are too, so you need not worry about obsessively checking the weather forecast for your big day. One less thing to stress about.

Lighted trees, evergreens, pine cones, rich berry tones, brick floors, exposed wooden beams, warm fires, soft armchairs, tea lights and lanterns… all things that are inviting in the winter scene and add those elegant and rustic wintery touches without making your reception feel like a holiday party. There’s endless ways to transform Kiana into the perfect winter wedding space. Go classic with white and silver touches, or go trendy with deep rich colors (yes, navy is back in!). Throw in a warm beverage bar and some cozy knit blankets, or?        

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Have Your Happiest Holidays Ever at Kiana Lodge

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Join us for a beautiful Northwestern Christmas and ring in the New Year at Kiana Lodge. The Lodge is a fabulous destination for the family’s holiday getaway, as well as a great venue for those private parties, corporate events and cocktail hours.

Set among the natural beauty of six acres of trees and gardens and bordering 1,000 feet of the Puget Sound, Kiana Lodge offers an oasis of tranquility from the usual holiday hysteria, and provides an ideal environment for outdoor enthusiasts.

Don’t miss our New Year’s Eve Party. We’ll begin the celebration with a delicious buffet dinner, and our DJ will keep you dancing. Come midnight, you’ll enjoy party favors and tasty snacks along with some spectacular fireworks to accompany your champagne toast! The doors open at 7pm, dinner is from 8-10pm, and the party goes from 9pm-1am. Space is limited, so reserve your tickets in advance.

Visit: nye2016kiana.brownpapertickets.com, or call (866) 738-4307 for more details.

Have a Winter Wonderland Wedding at Kiana Lodge

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Whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas wedding or plan to tie the knot with a glitz and glam New Year’s Eve ceremony, Kiana Lodge can help you make it happen! Voted “Best Wedding Destination” by The Knot and South Sound Magazine, the Lodge is a perfect venue for romantic winter weddings, especially during the holidays.

Kiana Lodge has the just-right sized space for any sized gathering - from cozy and intimate events to flocks of family and friends overflowing the ballroom. You and your guests will also enjoy the serene outdoor surroundings of fir and cedar trees adjacent to the waterfront here.

Relax in the knowledge that the Lodge’s experienced event planners will help you with every detail to make sure the big day goes off without a hitch. Our expert caterers will help plan the menu for your cocktail hours and reception, professionally prepare your wedding edibles and serve them according to your specifications and event timeline.

Contact us now to make your holiday wedding a dream come true. Call (866) 738-4307 or (360) 598-4311.

What’s a Winter Bride to Wear?

The downside to a winter wedding is undoubtedly the temperature. While snow and icicles may make for beautiful landscapes and clever wedding photos, a bride and her bridesmaids are bound to be cold. One of the rising trends to combat this inconvenience is the use of faux fur coats and shrugs as statement pieces. While it might seem tricky to pull off, faux fur coats can be extremely elegant when paired well with a bridesmaid’s dress or a wedding gown. Try an all white coat for the bride (or ivory or blush, depending on the color of her dress) and more subtle colors for her entourage. Deep browns pair well with the jewel-toned dresses brides so often pick out for their friends in the winter, while black can provide a stark contrast with the snow, and drown darker colors. We can’t wait to see what our guests come up with next to stay warm during a November or December wedding!

A Welcome to the Winter Wedding

While we at Kiana Lodge are enjoying this fine fall weather just as much as anyone else, we can’t help but get excited for the influx of winter weddings. Long sleeves, snow white bouquets dotted with deep berries and velvet accessories mark the shift from fall to winter, and we can’t wait to see it! One of our favorite trends is the inclusion of nature in wedding decor, and any planner can really play around with this come December. Pinecones, birch branches, rosemary, and holly are all absolutely great ideas to include in centerpieces as well as on or around the wedding cake. These fresh but familiar statement pieces are easy to come by and add that wonderful rustic look to your reception. If you’re going for a more refined aesthetic, stick with glossy berries over branches, and use them sparingly along table cloths white as snow, or silver and gold table runners.

Dressing for the Black-tie Wedding

Next in our series of dressing for all ranges of weddings, we have the Black-tie wedding. A little different from its friend white-tie, a black-tie wedding follows a “formal but fun” aesthetic. All sorts of dresses for this type of affair are fair game, from floor-length to a short statement dress. Bling, glitz, glamour, and slits are all acceptable. It helps to think of a black-tie wedding as a chance to show off, and thinking of yourself on the red carpet while shopping for a dress is alright too. You’ll want to wear something that is both sexy and classy, with accessories that signal you’re there to have a grand old time. For men, the rules are also a little lax. While a tie is necessary, and a tuxedo is preferred, a regular old suit is also acceptable to wear to a black-tie wedding.