There’s no shortage of activities for you to participate in around Mt. Rainier National Park, but after a long day spent hiking, horseback riding, or snowshoeing, where you lay your head at night can be just as important as what you do during the day.
From woodland cabins on streams to an inviting bunkhouse, a contemporary motel stay, historic lodges, and eco-friendly bungalows, you will find a variety of welcoming options at one of Nisqually Valley’s inviting overnight accommodations. Here are just a few:
Whittaker’s has been providing lodging to climbers, hikers and skiers alike since 1990. The Bunkhouse was built in 1912, originally to house loggers and mill workers in the Ashford Valley. Lou and Ingrid Whittaker purchased the property and renovated in 1990. Win (son of Lou) and Sarah Whittaker took ownership in 2011. The bunkhouse now has 24 private rooms, one ‘Bunk Room’ that sleeps six. Very popular the espresso shop and Wi-Fi café feature ice cream and blended drinks. Just a short walk away you can visit the Mountain Guides Memorial, and venture the hiking trails adjacent to the property. Downtown Ashford in the Nisqually Valley is walking distance away, complete with pubs, shops, restaurants, and of course; amazing panoramic views of the foothills of Mt. Rainier.
Paradise Inn is located inside Mt. Rainier National park at Paradise. Virinda Longmire
named the area in 1885 for its splendid beauty and wild flowers. Built in 1916, the Inn offers 121 rooms including The Paradise Inn Dining Room
, Tatoosh Café, and a gift shop. The Inn opens this year May 21st
. The historic accommodations are surrounded by meadows and miles of trails which lead to Nisqually Glacier, and the Muir snowfield. In Longmire hike the pleasant Trail of the Shadows to learn the history of the meadows the Hot Springs, and the Longmire family. The National Park Inn is open year round and features 25 cozy rooms with a full service restaurant and General Store. Reservations for park accommodations can be found here
or call 360-569-2275.
If you’re traveling in Mt. Rainier National Park, it’s safe to say you enjoy the outdoors. What better ode to the beauty surrounding you then staying in a picturesque log cabin with a real wood stove, private hot tub, and roaring campfire outside? Altimeter Cabin is thought to have been built around 1900, and is situated on three acres of heavily wooded forest. Look up, and you see 400-year-old cedars towering above you. The cabin sleeps 2 two downstairs, with additional two in the loft. Altimeter cabin is well-appointed-clearly from the heart, cozy, snug, comfy, warm.
The Mt. Rainier Visitors Association is here to help you plan every detail of your trip from lodging and shopping, to dining and activities. Check out specials, a Mt. Rainier live cam, and upcoming events at www.mt-rainier.com