Dinner in the Woods 2018 Auction Preview

Dinner in the Woods

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Seven Nights in Lovely La Jolla

A perfect place to take the entire family or to enjoy a relaxing vacation with friends. La Jolla’s grandeur is evident as you drive along the coastline where you will find some of the most breathtaking beaches in California. The ideal location, endless activities and stylish seaside surroundings make each day feel like a special getaway. Be sure to check out Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve, Birch Aquarium, Torrey Pines Golf Course, The Playhouse, LEGOLAND, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, and Balboa Park.   

Home base will be a new 3-bedroom, 4.5-bath private residence that sleeps seven comfortably. Revel in ocean views from the large outdoor patio, located just a few houses away from the beach. Take advantage of easy access to great restaurants - Herringbone, Duke’s, and Catania to name a few - and shops in La Jolla village.   

Enjoy a $250 dining certificate to Georges at the Cove, one of San Diego's most beloved restaurants.  

Travelling will be easy with your two round-trip system-wide unrestricted coach class tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines or Virgin America fly. Don’t forget to send us a postcard!  

Value: $9,000

Home: Mutually agreed upon dates September 2018 - December 2019, excludes Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. (No smoking & no pets.)

Airline Tickets: Two round-trip system-wide unrestricted coach class tickets on Alaska Airlines or Virgin America expire May 4, 2019.

Thank you Dave Johnson and Libby Shonsey, Alaska Airlines

Texas Hold 'em with Professional Poker All-Star, Phil Gordon

Phil Gordon Poker

One-of-a-kind poker night for up to nine people in IslandWood’s private dining room, or in your home, with World Poker Tour Champion, Phil Gordon.  

Phil is the former host of Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown and ESPN Poker Analyst. He’ll take your poker table for a spin around the world of No Limit Texas Hold ‘em, leading you from the basics to advanced strategies. You and your guests will be offered a variety of snacks, beer and wine throughout the evening. Take home your own poker set too. Raise your paddle to start your winning streak!  

Value: $4,000

Time and date mutually acceptable. Nine people maximum. Must be redeemed by May 2019.   

Thank you Phil Gordon, IslandWood  




Explore the Magical Galápagos Islands

Galapagos Auction Item


Adventure awaits aboard the National Geographic Endeavor II! Your ten-day, nine-night cruise will be in a Category 1 cabin for two with all excursions, meals and non-alcoholic beverages on-board included.  

Watch the pages of National Geographic come to life in the Galápagos, the wildest place on earth. In the five decades Lindblad Expeditions has been exploring Galápagos, they’ve introduced generations of guests to its magic and mystery. Their 360º approach is your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders.   

Voyage from island to island to make fresh discoveries daily. Five on-board naturalists, a Lindblad-National Geographic photo instructor, and undersea specialist gives you the freedom to gravitate towards any of the team whose interests in ornithology, geology or the undersea mirror your own. Join them on hikes, Zodiac rides, kayak explorations or the ship’s deck during thrilling wildlife encounters. Swim, snorkel and paddleboard with sea lions, penguins, and sea turtles. Search the waters for dolphins and whales. The wildlife of Galápagos is legendary for its uniqueness and lack of fear, allowing you the rare experience of being treated as an equal in the wild world.  

Check out your trip's sample itinerary here

Value: $13,500

Category 1 cabin for two, valid for departure by June 1, 2019. Cabin-booking and confirmation cannot be made until 45 days prior to sailing. Air travel not included.

Thank you Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic


Spectacular Preston Singletary Glass Art Package

Gather a group of your friends and visit the Museum of Glass in Tacoma where you will join Preston for an after-hours tour of his unique solo exhibition, opening in October 2018.  Preston's Raven and the Box of Daylight exhibition tells the Tlingit origin story of Raven and his transformation of the world - bringing light to people via the stars, moon and sun. Preston will be at the Museum of Glass as artist-in-residence February 27 - March 3, 2019. If you schedule your Museum visit and tour at that time, you will be able to watch a glass-blowing demonstration by Preston in the Hot Shop prior to your after-hours tour. Following the tour, you will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine catered by IslandWood staff. 

The package also includes one cast-glass, open-edition Sun Medallion with custom metal stand, a dual/family membership to the Museum of Glass and a night at the nearby Hotel Murano. Request to stay on Floor 19 to see more of Preston's work! 

Value: $5,000

Museum exhibition tour and reception for ten. Based upon mutually agreeable date. Hotel Murano accommodations are for a double-occupancy room for one night.  

Thank you Preston Singletary, Museum of Glass, IslandWood

Farm to Sound on Bainbridge Island

Dinner in the Woods Heyday FarmOnly a ferryboat ride away from Seattle, you will cherish the warm welcome and tranquility at Heyday Farm, a family owned 25 acre sustainable and historic farm on the south end of Bainbridge Island.

Enjoy dinner your first night at Marché, Greg Atkinson’s contemporary pacific northwest bistro, where you can choose to sit at the counter and watch the culinary team in action! 

Your farmhouse stay will be in a simple, tasteful and extremely comfortable room designed for restful sleep after an invigorating day. Wake up to a lovely breakfast and plan your day of enjoying the farm gardens and activities, walking, trail running and paddle boarding near Lynwood Center with the assistance of BIO+D.   

Your evening will be filled with a private cooking class for ten led by the talented Heyday Farm kitchen staff!  In this interactive culinary experience you will be guided by their chefs to break out the pots & pans, learning valuable secrets of the trade! There will be wine to sip, tasty bites to nosh and laughs to be had. Gather around the long family-style dining table and enjoy the meal you crafted and toasting the memories you have made.

Cap off your trip with a sail aboard the beautiful Gray Wolf, Evgeniy and Jeanne Goussev’s 40’ Lyman Morse sailboat. Enjoy a private three-hour sailing adventure of your choosing for up to 6 people – an evening sunset cruise, a sail to Blake Island, or even an Elliott Bay cruise.  Jim White, IslandWood’s Executive Chef, will provide a picnic basket of delicious snacks to stave off your hunger until you return to port.  

Value: $3,000

Heyday experiences to be redeemed together on mutually agreed upon date. Overnight stay is for two people. Culinary experience is for up to 10. Expires May 4, 2019. Sailing experience is for up to six people.

Thank you Ty Cramer and Steve Romein - Heyday Farm; Sara and Matt Otepka - Bainbridge Island Outfitters + Depot (BIO+D); Restaurant Marché; Jeanne and Evgeniy Goussev

Pearl Jam Fan Package

Dinner in the Woods Pearl JamYou and your guest will want to spend the summer listening to all the Pearl Jam greats as you count down the days to being part of raising the Pearl Jam flag high atop the Space Needle and being in the audience of their sold-out Seattle Home Show concert on August 10th, 2018!  You'll experience a part of Seattle’s rock history and you'll have your own Fender Stratocaster electric guitar signed by Mike McCready to keep the memories alive!  

Value: $7,500

Tickets to be held at will-call. Flag raising date not yet announced.   

Thank you Space Needle Corporation + Chihuly Garden and Glass  


A Great Pairing: Poetry and Wines

Enjoy an evening at IslandWood, or in your home, where Washington State Poet Laureate Emeritus Kathleen Flenniken will curate a short program of poems to suit your sensibility, your friends and the cultural and political moment. You may be attached to and inspired by a particular poet or movement—a few suggestions from you can set the tone. Or, you may wish to be surprised by a diverse range of brilliant contemporary voices. 

Pair the poetry with a selection of rare and coveted wines from Johnna and Fred Kleisner. Revel in each high point selection and savor the tasting menu designed by IslandWood’s culinary team to accentuate each pour.  

Value: $5,500

Based upon mutually agreeable dates. Valid for a party of eight guests until May 4, 2019.  

Thank you Kathleen Flenniken, Johnna and Fred Kleisner, IslandWood  


Romantic Getaway to Costa Rica



Choose the departure date and enjoy a five-night romantic getaway to a lovely boutique resort located on Costa Rica’s pristine and exotic Guanacaste Province. Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas is perched high on the hilltop above the new walkable town of Las Catalinas. The resort features 21 private villas with personal salt water plunge pools and ocean views. Adventure awaits in paddle boarding, surfing, fishing, hiking, biking or simply relaxing with the menu of wellness treatments available in the privacy of your own villa.  

Begin each day with breakfast at Sentido Norte and experience the best of coastal Costa Rican cuisine for a uniquely local dining experience.  

With your two round-trip system-wide unrestricted coach class tickets, fly on Alaska Airlines from Seattle to the Liberia Airport in Costa Rica. Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas is a 45-minute drive away. Enjoy!  

Value: $6,500

Resort stay is for adults only and valid for reservations arriving on or before November 30, 2018. Airline tickets: Two round-trip system-wide unrestricted coach class tickets on Alaska Airlines or Virgin America expire on May 4, 2019.  

Thank you Johnna and Fred Kleisner, Alaska Airlines  


IslandWood Winter Celebration and Marimba


Let the IslandWood team help you plan the ideal winter celebration!  We'll assist you in planning your birthday, office, or milestone event for up to 75 guests. From the delicious offerings of appetizers and desserts created by our culinary team, to our wine and beer selections - our staff will ensure that your guests have a memorable evening at IslandWood. Enjoy full use of the Great Hall including the stage and AV system. Assistance with booking vendors available upon request.  

Take home a lovingly handcrafted marimba by Lee Stollar, a long-time IslandWood docent and woodworking artisan, with help from the local marimba teacher Paul Meehan.  Because it is set up like a piano keyboard, the marimba is easy for all ages to learn to play! Born in tribal Africa, the marimba is a percussion instrument made up of a set of wooden bars mounted on a stand with each bar having its own resonator. The player strikes the bars to create a rich and unique sound that thrills every audience.  The four octaves of bars are made from African padauk wood and the frame is crafted out of fir. 

Value: $8,000 

Based upon mutually agreeable date, during the months of November through April. Expires December 31, 2019.

Thank you Lee Stollar, Paul Meehan, IslandWood  

Learn and Explore in Washington, D.C.

Head to our nation’s capital to take in all that the city has to offer! Use your two round-trip system-wide unrestricted coach class tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines or Virgin America fly, and take a trip to Washington D.C. Spend three nights and four days at a luxury boutique hotel in Foggy Bottom, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington D.C. The gorgeous Melrose Georgetown Hotel provides the ultimate in comfort and is walking distance to a vibrant dining scene, trendy shops and landmark locations like the Kennedy Center, National Mall, Lincoln Memorial and the White House. 

During your trip, join an experienced guide at the National Museum of American History, or a Smithsonian Museum of your choice, where you will receive a behind the scenes tour of the museum’s most popular exhibits.  Your guide will encourage questions about these national treasures and the museum’s history, and will give you some insider tips to exploring other area museums. Save at least a day to visit some of the other Smithsonian museums and galleries on the National Mall, including the National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of African American History & Culture, and the National Holocaust Museum. With so much fascinating history and unique cultural experiences surrounding you, you’ll wish you could extend your stay indefinitely!  

Value: $4,000

Tour based upon mutually agreeable dates. Hotel subject to availability, advance reservations required and valid until May 4, 2019. Airline tickets: two round-trip system-wide unrestricted coach class tickets on Alaska Airlines or Virgin America expire on May 4, 2019.

Thank you Alaska Airlines, Clare Brown, Ashford Hospitality Trust and Melrose Georgetown Hotel  


An Evening of Rare Wines and Exceptional Cuisine

Share a memorable evening with friends sampling some of the most coveted wines in the world! A seasonal chef’s dinner for 12 at IslandWood, featuring locally grown produce and sustainably raised meats and seafood designed to complement rare, highest-point wines from all over the world, selected from the esteemed wine cellar of Johnna and Fred Kleisner.  

Value: $7,500

Maximum 12 guests, based upon mutually agreeable date. Valid through May 4, 2019.  

Thank you Johnna and Fred Kleisner, IslandWood  


Ultimate 12 Seahawks Experience

First down: Your Seahawks adventure begins with a magical day at training camp when you and three friends have a VIP experience that includes meeting Russell Wilson! Take plenty of pictures, and enjoy the moment as you are presented with a signed jersey or ball.  

Game day: Two tickets to the 11/4/18 Seahawks taking on the LA Chargers. Enjoy the game from your front row aisle seats on the second deck at the 40-yard line. Enjoy your post-game debrief with dinner at the Metropolitan Grill where you will be in good company with “the jersey club”.  

Touchdown! Support our Seahawks all the way to the Super Bowl as you visit the Space Needle roof to witness a sports legend or local celebrity raise the 12th Man Flag when the Seahawks make the playoffs.  Go Hawks! 


Valid for 2018 Seahawk Season; Flag raising dependent upon Seahawks making the playoffs (but offer is good until they next make the playoffs!) Game Day and Training Camp dates not yet announced. Metropolitan Grill gift certificate for $250. 

Thank you Ciara and Russell Wilson's Why Not You Foundation, Mark Gomez, Space Needle Corporation + Chihuly Garden and Glass, Metropolitan Grill 


The Keys to Canlis' Whiskey Vault

This is an opportunity for eight guests to taste through the Canlis family’s private collection of single malt whiskies on a cellar tour with one of the Canlis brothers. Appropriate for the serious scotch collector or anyone interested in a stiff drink and just wanting to learn more. The tasting will range through all regions, styles, and ages of Scottish whisky. The brothers have been collecting for years and have a knack for teaching, tasting, and hospitality.   

The Canlis wine and spirits program is one of a handful in the world to have garnered twenty consecutive Wine Spectator Grand Awards and has been twice nominated by the James Beard Foundation as the best in America. To discover why, come thirsty.  


Based upon mutually agreeable date. Maximum eight guests. Not available on Saturdays or in the month of December. Valid until May 4, 2019.  

Thank you Anne Marie and Mark Canlis  


Seven Days at Sun Valley's Thunder Spring

Thunder Spring is considered the premier Sun Valley location for guests seeking luxury with a sense of outdoor adventure. Surrounded by the magnificent vistas of idyllic Idaho and situated in the quaint mountainside town of Ketchum, spend time outside in the beauty of Sun Valley’s high country. Explore Idaho’s best winter skiing, world-class fly-fishing rivers, miles of groomed mountain bike trails, and renowned golf courses. And with plenty of spas for pampering close by, don’t forget to carve out an afternoon for relaxation.   

Home base will be a beautiful condo that features a three-bedroom/three-bath unit featuring a master suite, gourmet kitchen, great room, and laundry room. Four one-day passes to world class Zenergy Health Club and Spa included. Enjoy a 10-minute walk to shopping and five-star dining in Ketchum. Savor fresh and inspired world cuisine at Town Square Tavern with your $250 gift certificate.  

Value: $7,500

Maximum six guests. Based upon mutually agreeable dates. Valid until May 4, 2019.  

Thank you Debbi and Paul Brainerd  


Alaska Airlines Jet Setter Package

Choose your own adventure with Alaska Airlines!  

Winning bidder will receive two round-trip system-wide unrestricted coach class tickets anywhere that Alaska Airlines or Virgin America fly. This package also includes two all-access one-day passes to any airport’s Alaska Lounge, providing premium drinks, free snacks, Wi-Fi, and total comfort so you can relax in style. 

Value: $2,500

Airline tickets: Two round-trip system-wide unrestricted coach class tickets on Alaska Airlines or Virgin America expire on May 4, 2019.  Alaska Lounge Day Passes valid until May 4, 2019.  

Thank you Alaska Airlines 


Discover New Zealand

Discover the breathtaking natural beauty of New Zealand on this 11-day, 5-star adventure for two. Indulge in the subtropical paradise of the Bay of Islands, take a guided hike through the beech-forested, glacier-carved valleys of the Routeburn Track, and enjoy the thrill of a jet boat excursion along the Dart River. Chosen for their refined décor, unparalleled natural settings, remarkable dining and warm, welcoming Kiwi service, the places you will experience will make for a relaxing, yet invigorating dream come true.  

Your journey begins with a two-night stay at Eagles Nest in the north in the picturesque Bay of Islands, where calm sailing, swimming and fishing waters await.  

Next, you’ll journey south to Wharekauhau, which means place of knowledge in the indigenous Maori language. You will enjoy a two-night stay at Wharekauhau Country Estate situated at Palliser Bay - this is gorgeous New Zealand farmland at its best.  

From there, you’ll head to the South Island, stopping first at Eden House for three nights in the beautiful Orinoco Valley. The 48-acre grounds include extensive landscaped gardens, a working cattle and sheep farm and delightful working hosts.  

Finally, you’ll travel to Glenorchy, a small rural township perched at the head of Lake Wakatipu and the heart of the mountains. Bordered by two National Parks, the tiny village is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Enjoy three nights at Camp Glenorchy in a premium cabin. Be sure to stop by Mrs. Woolly’s General Store to pick up something special for everyone at home!  

Activities include: Farm tour at Wharekauhau Country Estate; Horseback ride to Lake Wakatipu from Wyuna stables with local horse guide Ruth Ann Anderson; Dart River Wilderness jet boat excursion; full day hike on the Routeburn Track including lunch with Debbi Brainerd; 24/7 Seasonz concierge assistance by a dedicated travel account manager. 

Bonus option!  The Brainerd's New Zealand home is available to the winning bidder for up to a one-month extended stay if between dates of April 15 and December 15.

Value: $20,000

Itinerary is valid for travel between May 1, 2018 – October 14, 2019. Excludes December 15, 2018 – February 15, 2019. Based upon double occupancy in a one room/suite. Air travel not included.  

Thank you Seasonz Travel