Prior to European-American settlement, the Woodinville area was inhabited by the native Sammamish people. Indigenous peoples had occupied the area for thousands of years.
In 1871, Ira Woodin and his wife Susan moved from Seattle and traveled up the Sammamish River where they built a cabin. They planned to log timber and farm cattle. A town gradually developed around them. Their cabin served as its first school and post office, with Susan Woodin appointed as postmaster. Woodin and his son-in-law Thomas Sanders set up the first general store.
Meet your neighbors
According to the City of Woodinville's estimates, there are 13,450 people living in Woodinville, with the median age being 38.9 years as of the 2010 census. Woodinville's eleven geographic neighborhoods are home to many married couples and families with children. Woodinville is located east of Bothell and northeast of Kirkland in northern King County.
Pictured above: Woodinville Sign with city logo
Things you’ll love
During the warmer months, join in on the annual Celebrate Woodinville Summer Concerts & Festival. Getting chilly outside? Get ready for the Celebrate Woodinville Winterfest which includes both a 5k and 10k, Street Fair, and the Downtown Tree Lighting!
For shopping and good eats visit the Town Center, then stop by the Tourist District for a glass of Chardonnay at one of Woodinville's 130 wineries. Make the trip two miles east to Paradise Lake to enjoy fishing and a beautiful view.
Pictured above: Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville
The Woodinville Subdivision, a spur railroad operated by BNSF Railway, was used for freight and occasional passenger use until it was decommissioned in 2008. The railroad was acquired by the Port of Seattle in 2009 and sold to various local governments for use as a regional pedestrian and cyclist trail, known as the Eastside Rail Corridor or Eastrail. Bike, walk, or run along this trail going from the Woodinville Subdivision to the Snohomish Junction.
In Downtown Woodinville, off 140th Ave NE, the Woodinville Park and Ride is served by both Sound Transit and King County Metro Transit.
Pictured above: The pedestrian and cyclist trail known as the Eastside Rail Corridor
Most of Woodinville is served by the Northshore School District; however, the extreme southwestern portions of the city lie within the Lake Washington School District. To serve the city, Northshore School District has one high school, two middle schools, and six elementary schools. Lake Washington School District has two elementary schools that serve some Woodinville neighborhoods. The schools in both Northshore School District and Lake Washington School District are rated as 'above average' across multiple sources including GreatSchools.org.
In addition to public schools, the city has several private schools and alternative education options, including a Montessori school, a branch of the Bellevue Christian School, and the Chrysalis School.