by Joanna Nesbit
Open May 2 through Jan. 1, this charming 1916 lodge on the shores of Lake Crescent provides the experience of stepping back in time. The lodge features an expansive sun porch, historic lobby and restaurant with a kid’s menu, as well as rooms and cabins with both historic and contemporary features. There’s no television or Wi-Fi here, but families will have off-the-grid fun with a dock, beach, shoreline trails and boat rentals, including stand-up paddle boards, canoes, kayaks, rowboats and fishing rods. The one- and two-bedroom Singer Tavern Cabins and Marymere rooms offer lakeside proximity. The roomy one- and two-bedroom Roosevelt Fireplace Cottages (named for President Franklin) contain fireplaces, refrigerators and microwaves, and can be rented during the winter, Fridays through Sundays. For smaller and less contemporary rooms, try the Pyramid Mountain rooms, which offer two queen beds.
Our Editor Loves
- One- and two-bedroom cabins
- Beautiful lakefront views
- Water sports and boat rentals
- Water Sports
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
This place is run by Aramark which
provides food service, facilities and uniform services to hospitals, universities, school districts, stadiums and other businesses around the world. So, you would expect the food to be at that level, and that’s totally consistent with our experience. However, the historic property is wonderful and there’s nothing like a beautiful sunset to make everything taste a little better in the ole memory bank.
Years from now you’re way more likely to remember the view of Lake Crescent than whatever you ordered here anyway. Just like you’re more likely to remember that towering home run or touchdown throw than that hot dog you scarfed down with a beer at the stadium.
Now I’m sure there are challenges staffing and serving dinner in a more or less remote setting like Olympic National park, but I imagine those same challenges hold true for places like Banff, which absolutely nails it in comparison to the food services provided here.
People don’t come here for the food so I don’t suspect there is much elasticity in demand based on restaurant quality or lack there of, as this place is booked up months in advance. Few are booking here based on the chef’s special so it’s doubtful an uptick in food quality would result in more revenue, so why bother? After all hiking is a sport and if Aramark is good enough for sports fans, that should include hikers too. Which may be why the food service at Lake Crescent Lodge is just average, so have a cocktail and enjoy the view.
I was part of a group which stayed at the lodge. We stayed in one of the cottages, overlooking the lake. The views of the lake, morning and evening, are magical. One day I rented a kayak, right on the property.
We ate our breakfasts and dinners at the lodge, and the food and service were top notch.
I hope to come back to the lodge in the future!