City of Kirkland Tourism premieres new video

More than a dozen locations, from restaurants and hotels to art galleries and downtown streets, are featured in the new tourism video released last month by City of Kirkland Tourism. The video can be seen on the Explore Kirkland website and on YouTube at


Shot last summer, the video not only captures the very best of Kirkland, but also includes appearances of several local residents who generously volunteered their time to provide continuity for a storyline that explores a day well-spent in Kirkland. One of the budding actors is Christian Knight from the City Manager’s Office. Knight, his wife Veronica and their three children are featured in several scenes, enjoying many of Kirkland’s outdoor activities, such as swimming and boating.


Another local couple, Kathryn McNeill and Tommy Thompson, who both work for Argosy Cruises, are seen dining, gallery-hopping, shopping at the Farmer’s Market and strolling through Kirkland’s historic downtown center. In total, 14 volunteer actors helped bring the script to life. The video is available in three lengths: 2-minutes, 1-minute and 30-seconds, making it suitable for a variety of promotional purposes. SDM Marketing Group coordinated its production.


Several of the city’s most well-known businesses lent their venues or staff to the production. Highlighted businesses include the Heathman Hotel, Woodmark Hotel, Google Kirkland, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland Performance Center, and the Milagro Cantina.


But the “star” of the video is Kirkland’s prime Lake Washington setting with its panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains and Seattle skyline. Kirkland offers two miles of stunning waterfront footage, which is the largest publically owned waterfront on the Eastside. The city’s shoreline provides a great getaway for residents and visitors alike, whether walking, biking or boating, or engaged in more contemplative pastimes such as bird-watching and sunset-viewing.


With a population of 81,000, Kirkland is the 6th largest city in King County and the 12th largest in the state. In 2012, Volkssport walkers voted the city the #3 best spot in the nation for year-round walking, and last July, the city was voted “favorite city” in the annual “Best of 425” competition by readers of 425 Magazine.