Salish Lodge, Snoqualmie WA

OVERVIEW
Built in 1916 as The Snoqualmie Falls Lodge, the Inn became famous for its country breakfasts which it still is today. The Lodge was completely remodeled in 1988 and become the Salish Lodge. The setting could not be more dramatic as the Inn sits on a hillside in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains overlooking the majestic 268-foot Snoqualmie Falls. TV fans will remember this as the setting for the show, “Twin Peaks”. The Falls are one of the most visited attractions in Washington.

A 2017 $12mm renovation upgraded all the rooms, the corridors received a facelift, with new carpeting and pain, the spa was revitalized and other upgrades were added to the balconies and exterior.

THE ROOMS
There are 84 guestrooms, all with two person whirlpools, fireplaces and either a balcony or a window seat. Most rooms face the Falls. The furniture is custom built and the beds are covered in luxurious down feather beds, comforters and pillows. You even have a choice of 6 types of pillows. Who knew there were so many?  The decor features natural textures, warm woods, and organic fabrics. Nice touches abound….a coffee maker for the morning, a throw for the window seat, bath salts, body scrub and moisturizer set in dishes in the bathroom with fresh rosemary sprigs and chocolate truffles with house made honey at turndown. I would come here for that alone.

 

DINING
There are two restaurants on the property. The Attic is a casual lounge with views of the Falls, fireplaces and a wonderful selection of snacks, bar food and drinks. Great line-up of local brews and about 20 wines by the glass. A roasted tomato and organic basil soup was amazing, as were BBQ pork sliders and a wild boar and venison chili. Live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Dining Room serves all meals and you won’t want to miss the breakfast Honey from Heaven service where honey from the Lodge’s own hives is poured from high above your plate onto your buttery homemade biscuits.

At dinner, the space is transformed into a romantic supper club with sparkling candles, intimate dining nooks, roaring fires and those magical falls right outside your window. The food is exquisite and served by friendly and knowledgeable staff. The table is set with candles and crisp linens. River stones hold down your napkin Warm bread arrives with cardamom and honey butter and balsamic oil for dipping. The sommelier suggested a wonderful Cabernet blend from Washington that was the perfect match for my pan seared venison served with a butternut squash puree. A sugar spiced banana beignet ended a most enjoyable meal.

The Wine Spectator award winning wine list features over 1,000 labels of nearly 5000 bottles. The focus, of course, is on Washington with one of the largest selections of Washington wines available in the world, but also features selections from all the major regions.

THE SERVICE
The people are genuinely nice in this part of the country and it is reflected in the staff here. Always someone to help, but never in the way. Dining staff is exceptionally well trained. The Lodge runs like a well-oiled machine. Side benefit for pet lovers is the Lodge is dog friendly.

THE RATES: From $399 Peak Season Weekend

WHAT OTHERS SAY…
AAA Four Diamond Award

“Rustic charm” meets “high life” at this resort nestled in the “Cascade Mountains” 45 minutes from Seattle where you can “snag a room with a Snoqualmie Falls view” (once highlighted in the 1990 TV show Twin Peaks), and relax in front of your own fireplace; the “superb dining” includes “to die for breakfasts”, an “excellent” spa offers “wonderful massages” and the “spectacular location” is “unbeatable”; just be prepared for “busloads of visitors” outside viewing the Falls. ZAGAT

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