A few months back, I excitedly booked a stay at a lodge I have been wanting to visit for years. I saw they were having a good rate and hesitated. Whoops! Talked to my husband about it and a few days later decided to book it. Rate had gone up (that’s the way it goes), but I booked it anyways because now I had it in my head we were going to go and I was excited.
The first time I saw pictures of Salish Lodge I knew that one day I wanted to visit. Being the nature lover that I am, the idea of a hotel right at the top of a waterfall appealed. I had grand visions in my head of what it would look like. Of course, my brain made up all sorts of things which were inaccurate, but the lodge was fun, the waterfall was beautiful, and we had an amazing vacation. One of the best things about our stay there was the amazing hikes in the area. So, while not right in the CDA area, the hikes are still a worthwhile thing to do if you happen to be near Snoqualmie, WA.
We loaded up the car for our stay and sang the travelling hours away. Hit a bit of construction but nothing too terrible and finally hit the Snoqualmie area. The views were breathtaking. It’s always sucky being the driver since you aren’t able to fully take in the views. In general it is considered dangerous to look to long away from the road, :) but I saw enough to love it. We eventually arrived at the lodge to discover valet parking. Valet parking weirds me out. :) I realize it is a nice service that can be beneficial in many ways but there is an independent streak in me that feels like “I am perfectly capable of parking my car since I drove it all the way here and I know how to carry luggage. But thanks.” We embraced it though and pulled our car up to the valets. Chatted them all up and found them to be extremely nice and helpful. Some had visited CDA before and others told us their favorite hikes to do.
We had a nice room that had a small balcony. Not a very good view of the falls but there were some flowers and trees planted below us. You could also see the power station that is at the beginning of the falls. Not very pretty station, but it serves a function.
The lodge had a spa on the top floor which we did not partake of. They also have a dining area that has amazing views of the falls and fantastic room service. A bit pricey, but we knew what we were getting into when we went. They also have a second fine dining restaurant we did not go to since we didn’t feel like spending $50 a plate. There is a gift shop with a variety of souvenirs including their private honey and bath supplies. Being the fancy place that it is, Salish Lodge has their own hives they use to gather the honey they sell.
Wandering outside is beautiful. To the side of the Lodge is the viewing areas for the waterfall. Along with this spectacular view there are sculptures, trees and flowers, and metal words stuck into the pavement randomly around.
The Snoqualmie Falls giftshop is a short distance away along with the Snoqualmie Hike trail head. It is all very easy to get to.
Side Story – One morning we had ordered room service. The lighting in the rooms is pretty dim and on top of my daughter’s oatmeal was a round, yellow object. She asked what it was and I honestly thought it was a slice of banana. So, that’s what I told her. My other daughter said she thought it was butter and I said “No, it’s a banana, it looks like banana.” So, daughter one scooped it up and bit into it. Then got a hilarious look on her face. She kind of mumbled around her food that it was not a banana. Apparently, it was a round of butter. So, lessons learned: Mom is not always right and eating butter straight is not nearly as tasty as eating banana. (By the way, my daughter says she can attest to the fact that I am not always right).
If you want to read more about the hikes we did read on in the next blog.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.