Salish Lodge & Spa
What We Love
- Serene, spectacular setting atop dramatic Snoqualmie Falls
- Exceptional regional cuisine and one of the country’s finest lists of Washington wines
- Staff can arrange excellent adventure itineraries
- Splendid spa uses regional ingredients and indigenous traditions
What To Know
- Dog friendly, including freshly baked signature Salish dog biscuits and a Canine Cuisine menu
- Crowds of staycationing Seattleites (and the falls’ one million-plus annual visitors) are the trade-off for the prime location and gorgeous views
- A resort fee of $19 per day will be collected by Jetsetter at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Spruce, fir, hemlock and pine pierce the cobalt sky amid snowcapped peaks and ravines carved by glaciers that clawed the earth as they receded. Snoqualmie Falls thunders close by, the sunlight creating rainbows in the spray. With such a setting, it’s small wonder Salish Lodge & Spa had a Hollywood close-up in David Lynch’s cult series Twin Peaks, playing the fictional Great Northern Hotel. The original 1916 inn was completely remodeled in 1988 (only the restaurant fireplace remains). The re-born lodge stair-steps dramatically into the hillside overlooking the falls. Its Craftsman design takes inspiration from the wilderness outside, with floor-to-ceiling picture windows, flagstone slate floors and grain fir wood detailing.
Bed & Bath
The spacious rooms are done in olive green, rustic red or chocolate tones with cherrywood accents. Custom furniture and artwork includes Native American weavings and vintage photographs curated by the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society. All feature cozy fireplaces; in the bathrooms, there are Sanijet whirlpool tubs and a Bath Butler menu.
The Dining Room and the more casual Attic, overlook the raging froth. Their seasonal menus pay homage to the Northwest’s cornucopia: Pacific Coast seafood and produce from organic farms and wineries of the Yakima, Walla Walla, Okanagan and Willamette valleys. The legendary four-course breakfast features Redmond fireweed honey that servers drip from on high (“sweetness from the sky,” my waitress quips) onto buttermilk biscuits. The wine cellar is comprised of almost 5,000 bottles and includes one of the country’s most extensive lists of Washington bottlings.
How to Get There
We didn't stay at the lodge for lack of time, but we would like to come back when we had more time. We had planned to eat at The Attic restaurant inside the lodge, but it wasn't the right time of day for a meal when we arrived. The location is great! We viewed it from both the Snoqualmie Train, and the viewing point at the top of Snoqualmie Falls Park.
I am exceedingly fortunate to work for a company that planned a weekend getaway for us at the Salish - and boy did I ever enjoy this wonderful weekend! The rooms are cozy and well decorated, the views are just unbelievable and ambience is found everywhere.
The food is outstanding, everything exceeded expectations from breakfast to happy hour in the attic and dinner was amazing!
One caution - the spa, while well rated is overpriced and average. It's a nice option to add in to your stay but you will pay quite a bit for this convenience.
We’d heard of Salish Lodge, even visited once on a fall colors tour, to browse the gift shop. But this time we spent the night, and were able to experience the ambience and sense of place. From valet greeting to check out, the service was impeccable; courteous, competent and helpful.
Our room was beautiful, a perfect combination of modern amenities and Pacific Northwest style. We enjoyed appetizers in the Attic, then steeped ourselves in the view from the dining room while enjoying a wonderful dinner. Morning brought a Salish Lodge signature breakfast with the same lovely fall view of changing colors.
Salish Lodge seems purpose built to their 100-year-plus goal; Modern amenities, romantic atmosphere, world-class service and fine dining work together to refresh and reenergize travelers. No matter how far you’ve come, or how far you have to go, Salish Lodge is ready for you!