Snoqualmie Washington is an unsuspecting travel destination best known for their impressive Snoqualmie Falls. The waterfall is seen prominently in the opening credits of David Lynch’s TV series Twin Peaks, making Salish Lodge & Spa a scenic and cinematic destination.
This part of the Pacific Northwest is serene. A short walk from the lodge will give you plenty of views of the falls. A longer walk, passing through a Railway Museum, will take you into Snoqualmie. Here you will find a few casual restaurants, small shops, and a local brewery. The guests of the lodge can also easily access multiple trails and hikes and during the colder days, winter sports at the Summit at Snoqualmie.
Getting here: the drive from Seattle is a bit under an hour. The drive from Vancouver is roughly 3.5 hours.
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The photos were taken from the lower observation deck. I like this perspective a lot because you can see the grandness of the fall and the lodge humbly perched up next to it. This All Saints* leather jacket has also become a staple in my life, as a good leather jacket should I suppose :). The bag is from a Canadian sustainable company called Lambert, you may have seen it before in the Gift Guide.
The Vibe & Shared Spaces
Named one of the best resorts in the Western United States by Travel + Leisure Salish Lodge is a destination for many more reasons than its appearance in one of America’s favourite TV shows. The biggest reason is that Salish is an excellent spot to recharge.
The property is a unique boutique hotel with plenty of spaces to sit back and find peace. In a classic lodge-style manner the fire pits are prominent on the grounds. You will find them outside, in the lobby, and even in your room. The restaurant and Attic bar both have scenic picture windows overlooking the river and the falls while the Spa is strategically positioned to soak in the energy of the morning sun. The common areas are spacious but well separated from the guest rooms creating a great division of privacy.
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Inside the Room
Salish Lodge & Spa* has a nice range of sweets from the Classic King room to those with balconies and a selection of accessible suites. For this visit, we’ve had the pleasure of staying in the Riverside King room. This particular room has a spacious spa-like shower (with two shower heads!), a private balcony, a sitting area, a work desk, and plenty of storage space. All rooms have a gas fireplace which honestly is a fantastic thing to have in the room. Some of the rooms even have a soaker tub to amplify your wellness experience.
The mini bar is stocked with Lodge-branded coffee options, a pour-over coffee station, tea, and a mixed selection of for-purchase drinks in the fridge. Our visit was rather short so we did not try in-room dining but let’s get into the menu options next.
The Dining Room at the Lodge features a local, sustainable menu, that focuses on seasonal ingredients. For breakfast, you can enjoy their four-course Country Breakfast, where local honey is the star. For dinner, you will have a selection of items from Pacific Northwest cuisine accented by the Chef’s own innovations like edible candles. On the dinner menu, you will find options like local oysters, fresh burrata, seasonal soups and salads, and a wealth of local proteins. But if you are in the Pacific Northwest salmon is a must at least for one of the meals. The restaurant also has multiple vegan menus so no one is excluded.
Salish Lodge is well known for their honey. Harvested on the property Salish beehives are managed by a local bee-keeper, Daniel Sullivan. This “Honey from Heaven™” is present and clearly marked on the restaurant menu and is one of its many draws.
The Attic lounge is nestled just above the restaurant. This is the highest-angle view of the river and the forested valley behind it. Here you will find a selection of cocktails, wines, and beers, including some private-label options. The menu in the Attic is more casual built around pizzas and shareables.
In addition, the halls leading to guest rooms across all floors have energy stations where you can find healthy snacks, coffee, and tea when you need it.
Wellness & Fitness
The lodge is located on a hill with most of the property looking over the river. Somehow even in the 4th-floor Spa, you are close to the ground. A shower of sun rays enters the room through the a-frame window. This space is divided into the upper and lower pool. The lower pool (only by a couple of steps) is by reservation only while the upper pool is shared with other guests. To the side of these mini-pools is a small sauna and steam room.
Many people come to Salish for its plethora of treatments (by appointment only). Over the years the Salish spa has won multiple awards and has been named Condé Nast Traveler‘s “Top 50 Hotel Spas in the United States”. The spa services include popular and specialty massage treatments, body exfoliation and polishes, facials, fillers, and even some cannabis-based treatments.
Salish Lodge and Spa
Rooms start at $279 USD for Classic; prices change seasonally
Address: 6501 Railroad Ave, Snoqualmie, WA 98065, United States
In the gear bag: In the gear bag: Fujifilm X-T100 with an XF50mmF2 R WR and Fuji XF 23mm f/2 R WR lenses. To see the trip on Instagram look up #xoseattle23.
I loved watching Twin Peaks growing up! It would be such a trip to stay here, one day!
Oh this property seems like such a dream! I love that they have a focus on wellness and fitness in addition to relaxation.
The fireplace is a nice addition to the room. And the views… the Pacific Northwest never disappoints.
My family lives super close to Salish Lodge, and we visit the falls a lot. They also have the best Brunch. I never knew what the rooms looked like and that they are named one of the best Spas in the USA. I definitely need to make an appointment one of these days.
Ah yes, so convenient! You could add brunch to that for an extra fun day 😀
I just love places like the Attic Lounge. A place where you can drink a glass of Wine and enjoy an amazing view is just priceless.
Oh me too! Can definitely spend a lot of time there, reading, working, drinking sparkling wine