Why put yourself through Valentine’s Day in a big city? Restaurants are packed, flowers and chocolates are cleaned out of seemingly every store, and there’s no one-on-one time with your sweetheart when you’re surrounded by crowds of people. The solution? A romantic getaway — but you don’t have to go far. Spend the weekend in the quaint town of Snoqualmie to give you and your partner (or even just yourself) the best Valentine’s Day possible.
The historic downtown is one long stretch of road. With local businesses lining one side of the street and old railway cars lining the other, you’ll know you’ve left that urban nightmare behind you. Weave in and out of shops, just as the Snoqualmie River weaves in and out of sight alongside you. You’ll discover that Snoqualmie has all the charm of a small town with all the amenities to keep you comfortable.
Stay at the Salish Lodge and Spa
Those familiar with David Lynch’s television series Twin Peaks, are probably already familiar with the Salish Lodge and Spa, otherwise known “the Great Northern.” This rustic and picturesque lodge was an obvious choice for the series, and an obvious choice for your stay in Snoqualmie.
The lodge — which recently underwent a $12 million renovation — sits right on top of Snoqualmie Falls, a beautiful waterfall with a 268-foot drop (higher than Niagara Falls). We suggest requesting a room with a view of the falls, so you can sip your morning pour-over coffee at your window and enjoy the faint rumble of rushing water lulling you to sleep at night.
You could probably go the whole weekend without leaving the property. Sure, you’d likely venture out to the mile-long hike from the front doors of the Salish Lodge to the lookout at the base of the falls, but that’s as far as you’d need to go. With two eateries, a full spa, lounge, and luxury suites, you could happily hibernate here for days.
Make sure to dine at The Attic on the top floor of the lodge before your stay is up. It has an excellent cocktail bar — Twin Peaks fans, order the Dale Cooper cocktail — and a stone hearth pizzas. The culinary team forages ingredients from the property, fresh herbs from the garden, and honey from the apiary. We tried the artisanal cheese plate with freshly harvested honeycomb and a heaping portion of prosciutto. The appetizer was followed by a delectable beet and arugula salad and finished off with a silky crème brulee topped with fruit.
Salish also is featuring some unmissable specials in time for Valentine’s Day, such as the chocolate rose facial treatment. An esthetician will customize the experience to suit your skin care needs, but he or she will work in a rose toner and a chocolate body cream, making you feel as though you were dipped in a decadent fondue. Your skin will thank you. Couples massages and in-room spa treatments are also available. salishlodge.com
Eat at the Roadhouse Restaurant & Inn
The Roadhouse Restaurant & Inn is another location on-screen in Twin Peaks. The Roadhouse, also known as “The Bang Bang Bar,” was the local biker hangout in the show. In actuality, the Roadhouse is a delicious restaurant just below a six-room inn. It’s located in Fall City, about 10 minutes from downtown Snoqualmie.
On the menu, you’ll find classic American fare with a Northwest twist. For example, we had the goat cheese garden scramble for breakfast. The classic scramble was reinvented with local vegetables and a kick of basil pesto that complemented the goat cheese perfectly.
If you come for dinner, try one of the famous Roadhouse Mac ’n Cheeses, or one of the steak entrees. Make sure to order a cocktail or two from the bar to get the full experience.
Locals and tourists alike treasure this culinary gem for its delectable dishes, historic presence, and pop culture appeal. fcroadhouse.com
Shop at Down to Earth
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a bouquet of gorgeous flowers and some gifts. In Snoqualmie, the best location for both is Down to Earth Flowers & Gifts. The family-owned and -operated florist offers custom arrangements as well as a huge selection of in-shop options. The blooms are clipped from local gardens as often as possible, and potted plants reside in the back of the shop, ready for your green-thumbed loved one.
You can shop a wide array of locally crafted goods and sentimental cards to complete the gift or to remember your stay. Pick up some candles and lotions to continue the romance after you leave this adorable shop.
After you’ve finished up at Down to Earth, head next door to the Snoqualmie Falls Candy Shoppe for some sweets for your sweet. The old-timey candy shop is a local institution for all things sugary. Stay a while and sit at the ice cream parlor, or bring some hand-dipped chocolates back to the hotel for later. snoqualmieflowers.com; snofallcandyshoppe.com
Drink at Snoqualmie Brewery and Taproom
Try Snoqualmie Brewery and Taproom, a magnificent craft brewery (we’re beginning to think every town in Washington has been hit by the beer bug). With nine house brews and seasonally rotating taps, we recommend getting the flight to try them all. You’ll find everything from a spicy citrus hefeweizen to a chocolatey espresso nitro stout.
If brews aren’t your thing, try the house-made root beer. With no hops and plenty of flavor, it’s perfect for those adverse to beer, or designated drivers.
While you’re here, fill up on some of the excellent pub fare Snoqualmie Brewery has on its menu. Regulars recommend the Mt. Si pizza or the Smokin’ Turkey Melt for a mouthwatering addition to complement the beverages. fallsbrew.com
Play at Snoqualmie Casino
The casino has high ceilings and glass light fixtures hanging over a sea of neon. In its 10 years of business, it’s expanded to create a unique and elevated experience for every patron.
Around the edges of the main gaming area, you’ll find five eateries, a cigar lounge, ballroom, private playing area, and gift shop. We recommend taking your Valentine to Vista for steak and seafood, where you’ll find an intimate setting with unbeatable views. Then, catch a concert or event on the main stage. Finish off the night with some gaming and, who knows, you could be a big winner. snocasino.com