Though the city of Seattle has no shortage of interesting things to see and do it’s also within easy driving distance to many other beautiful and interesting places. During our most recent visit we decided an adventure was in order and set out to see what we could find!
Our first stop was the beautiful Snoqualimie Falls, just a 40 minute drive from Downtown Seattle! At 270 feet the falls are one of Washington state’s most popular attractions and according to the official website more that 1.5 million people visit every year. There are multiple observation decks and its also possible to walk down to the bottom. Depending on the time of year the amount of water going over the Falls will vary. Our visit took place on a rainy day in the February, so the view was quite impressive. Even on a dry day, you should be prepared for the spray from the falls to get you wet.
Perched above the Falls is the beautiful Salish Lodge and Spa. We were just day tripping, so didn’t stay, but if I had the chance I absolutely would! If, like us, you don’t have time to stay overnight or for a meal, the gift shop is worth a quick visit, especially during the holidays.
What’s This White Fluffy Stuff?
Growing up in California our kids haven’t seen much snow, so when they heard we would be visiting my parents in Washington State during the winter months they immediately asked if we could see snow. Considering the nearest ski resort is only 55 minutes from Seattle it wasn’t hard to say yes! We borrowed cold weather clothing from some friends and headed to Snoqualimie pass, which just happens to be a short 30 minute drive from Snoqualimie Falls.
There are three ski areas located at the pass, Summit Central, Summit West and Alpental. There is also a tubing center which we’ve visited on prior trips and it is a lot of fun. Keep in mind that reservations are required for tubing and they do sell out, so buying your tickets online prior to heading up to the pass is a good idea. Unfortunately, we were unable to reserve a spot on short notice, but the kids played in the snow at Alpental and had a great time, so it all worked out in the end.
Twede’s Cafe – Home To A “Damn Fine Cup o’Coffee!”
Our final stop of the day was at Twede’s Cafe located in the Snoqualimie Valley in the town of North Bend, Washington. Tweed’s opened in 1941, but found international fame when it along with its cherry pie and “Damn fine cup o’coffee” were featured in David Lynch’s cult classic TV series, Twin Peaks.
Today the cafe is a convenient stop not only for travelers heading over the pass, but for locals as well. If you’re a fan of Twin Peaks, you’ll be happy to know that they are still serving their famous cherry pie and the “Damn fine cup o’coffee.” The pie has definitely earned its reputation, but as to the coffee being “damn fine” I’m not so sure I agree. I will say the burgers, chili, and cocoa were all pretty tasty!
Not only was Twede’s Cafe featured in Twin Peaks, but so was Snoqualmie Falls! It was a Twin Peaks kind of a day. While I personally wasn’t a big fan of the show, Tim was, and the series has a very strong following. I read that there are plans for a reboot sometime in 2017.