by Joanna Nesbit
For families who want to stay in the park, Longmire’s National Park Inn is open year-round, available for visitors to take advantage of the beautiful fall colors or come during winter for cross-country skiing and snow play. The National Park Inn offers 25 rooms with queen, double, or twin beds, hand sink, and private bath or shared bath facilities down the hall. Families will want to book a two-room configuration, which shares a private bathroom, but even the two-room option can only accommodate up to four people (if your family is larger, head to Paradise Inn). Cribs are available for babies. Keep in mind, rooms are small and somewhat rustic because it’s a historic inn and doesn’t offer typical modern hotel amenities. That also means no television or Wi-Fi as you’re off the grid here.
The lodge’s casual dining room serves a daily breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner and includes a kids’ menu for 10 and under. Hang out in the spacious historic lobby with a large stone fireplace and afternoon tea service or mingle on the large front porch with rocking chairs, roam the historic buildings around you, and walk the nearby easy hiking trails.
Our Editor Loves
- Historic inn (off the grid)
- Location inside national park
- Cross country and snow-shoe rentals
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
by Kristine L
We’ve visited the Inn’s Mother’s Day buffet in years past. It's always outstanding. Except for this year.
The buffet was open from noon to 6:00 p.m. Anticipating large crowds, we made reservations for 5:00 p.m. There were just two other tables in use when we arrived.
We enjoyed an uncrowded, quiet dining room. But the meal itself was a major disappointment. The roast beef and salmon were cold. So were the vegetables. The asparagus was over-cooked and limp. I don’t know how long the food had been sitting out on the buffet table, but it was obviously too long. And not exactly appetizing. Especially when you’re shelling out $30 a plate.
Although friendly and polite, the restaurant staff seemed in a hurry to clock out. They tore down the buffet table a half hour early. Maybe they figured that since ours was apparently the last reservation of the day, they’d just serve up whatever dregs were available and call it good.
We’ve dined at the National Park Inn dining room several times over the last 15 years or so. This was the first time the food was markedly sub-standard. We’ve had better meals at Denny’s – for a lot less.
We went up to Mt. Rainier with friends visiting from Virginia.We were in awe of the beautiful views and the weather was perfect.
Evelyn and Merilena checked us in.They were welcoming and answered all our questions.
They gave us a room with a perfect view of Mt. Rainier!
This is a lodge that has a dining room and nice sitting area with a fireplace.Rooms were quaint and clean.
We also enjoyed the porch with all the seating areas.This was the perfect spot to take pictures of the mountain.
We ate in their dining room and enjoyed our meal.We also tried the Copper Kettle,just outside park entrance for breakfast.I would recommend it for breakfast.
We all took a walk to the suspension bridge being lodge to star gaze.Amazing!!!