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. Currently, 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 located 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.
The city has several parks, many of which have many public events, including:
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.
Forecaster's at Red Hook Brewery, Big Daddy's, and at most of the wineries
City Hall is located downtown and contains the Woodinville PD.