The Pacific Northwest is known for its natural beauty, and Snoqualmie Falls is considered one of the area’s crown jewels. Snoqualmie Falls is the second most visited natural landmark in Washington after Mount Rainier. It's only thirty minutes away from Seattle, but you feel like you’re worlds away from the city. Snoqualmie Falls is legendary — for the pristine and powerful water that flows and for features in many movies and TV shows. If you’re a fan of "Twin Peaks,” you might recognize the falls as the chosen filming location for the show's introduction credits.
What makes Snoqualmie Falls an even more desirable place to spend the day (or weekend) is Salish Lodge & Spa, which made the list of Most Luxurious Mountain Resorts In The World. Salish Lodge sits at the top of the 268-foot roaring waterfall and Snoqualmie River, surrounded by majestic evergreen trees and the occasional vibrant rainbow.
Move Your Body Along the River
We all know movement enhances our mood and improves our quality of life. If you walk the Snoqualmie Falls trail, you’ll be enhancing your physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional health by immersing yourself in nature whilst moving your body.
This out and back trail is a smooth 1.4 miles, with an elevation gain of less than 350 feet. You begin at the top of the falls, make your way intertwining through the trees, walk along the river, and end at the bottom of the falls (but don’t forget that you still need to make it back to the top).
During the hike, you’ll have the opportunity to see and learn about the engineering and hydropower that it took to build the Hydroelectric Plant, which is currently operated by Puget Sound Energy. It was the world's first completely underground power plant and is located a short distance downstream of the falls.
Replenish With A Meal
After your hike, make your way up the stairs of the lodge to The Attic. This cozy, casual, and comfortable eatery offers the best views of the falls. You can enjoy seasonally inspired cocktails and dishes prepared with local ingredients. My favorite cocktail was the The Dale Cooper, made with Aviation gin, lemon, clove, cardamom, Salish dry cider. We also ordered a Bodhizafa IPA from George Town Brewing Company and a mushroom pizza.
If you’re looking for a fanicer atmosphere (also with remarkable views), you can make a reservation for The Dining Room on OpenTable. The Dining Room has a memorable menu that “features Pacific Northwest cuisine with flavors that sing the virtues of local and homegrown, using the best ingredients and refined cooking techniques.”
Either eatery you choose, you and your loved ones will experience a thoughtfully prepared and nourishing meal.
Pampering Awaits You
After you find yourself satisfied and full from your meal, make your way to The Spa for revitalization.
As for the flow once you arrive, you’ll be greeted by the dedicated spa team, change into a plush robe and slippers, and sip tea or coffee in the tranquil relaxation room before being whisked off for your treatment of choice. Personally, I got the Salish Signature, which combines Swedish, targeted deep tissue techniques, and aromatherapy for a well-balanced full-body massage.
Other massage treatments include cannabliss, prenatal, fire and ice, and more — there’s something for everyone (including couples massages). They also offer body and facial treatments, such as the essential facial, honey hand and foot revitalizer, organic glow dry exfoliation, and more.
You can also make reservations for their sauna or soaking pools to end your spa ritual on a luxurious note. As described by TripSavvy, "the Asian-inspired spa goes for the feel of a Japanese bathhouse, with hydrotherapy pools set into natural rock."
Whichever treatment you choose, you’ll leave and reveal a more relaxed version of yourself.
After spending a day (or weekend) at Salish Lodge & Spa, you’ll have moved your body, nourished your body, and relaxed your body. You’ll be ready to take on the world, whether you’re headed back to the city or headed further into the mountains.
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