We slept with our hotel balcony door slightly ajar, the softly rushing sound of Snoqualmie Falls providing a soothing backdrop to our travel weary dreams. The smell of our own private fireplace was a rich and spicy quilt to our city senses, and the thick carpet of our Salish Lodge King Room was plush beneath our toes.
That building on the top left-hand side? That was our hotel – the Salish Lodge and Spa – perched on the edge of Snoqualmie Falls, a 268-foot (82 m) waterfall in the northwest United States.
We hear a lot about ‘influence’ as bloggers – like the label or not, there is a peal of truth to the phrase. And I was most definitely influenced by the incredible blog post that Jaime at Angloyankophile wrote on her stay at the incredible Salish Lodge and Spa. That, and the building serving as the exterior of the fictional The Great Northern Hotel in Twin Peaks.
Located about a 40-minute drive east from Seattle, on the Snoqualmie River between Snoqualmie and Fall City, Washington, the falls are a major tourist attraction – around 1.5 million people visit each year, often to hike the trails, take nature trips and enjoy a little bird watching.
We did none of those (bar a walk down to the base of the waterfall.)
Nope, we used our time to sink into the ridiculously soft bed…
…to sip a celebratory glass of bubbles or two (all credit due to my hand model)…
…and slip beneath a thick layer of whirlpool spa bath bubbles in our own bathroom.
We spent our entire visit admiring the waterfall from as many angles as possible. From up on high in the casual Attic restaurant with a round of Dale Cooper’s favourite Cherry Pie and Damn Good Coffee (“black as midnight on a moonless night”)…
…to below the base, where we admired the beautiful rainbows created by the rushing water – even in the middle of the wildfire smoke that blanketed British Columbia whilst we were there.
Surrounded by lush green forest, the contemporary Northwest decor, with natural wood, stone, and glass elements, is warm and welcoming. Originally an eight-room inn for weary travellers back in 1916, now it ‘s known as a cosy and romantic spot where many of the guestrooms feature a wood-burning fireplace, goose-down comforters, feather beds and a two-person whirlpool tub.
But I wasn’t sharing my bubble dappled soak, no sirree.
As a destination hotel, we simply enjoyed the facilities – popping up to The Attic for an early spot of lunch; homemade potato chips and roasted garlic & herb sour cream dip smattered with caramelized onions and cracked pepper, then shared a gourmet pizza of house-made pesto, grilled onion, roasted wild mushroom, toasted pine nuts, mozzarella and parmesan – customised with pepperoni, then a few hours (and a walk down to the waterfall base later) that afternoon coffee and pie.
Dinner was even better – a Washington beef tenderloin stew for Mr Kiwi with Yukon potatoes, peas, carrots, artisan bread and house-smoked Baby Back ribs for me – with bourbon & honey BBQ sauce, three-bean & quinoa salad and jalapeño cornbread. Delicious!
They partner with local growers, purveyors and farms that bring them the highest quality ingredients that are served with full flavour, rather than a stuffy tableau. They even have their own apiary produces honey that is found on every menu, alongside their own homegrown herbs.
The breakfast though deserves a blog post all of its own…
Have you ever travelled somewhere just to stay in a particular hotel?
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