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
Stayed one night, after staying 2 nights in another nearby cabin that had horribly soft beds.
Yes, we fled here out of desperation, but were enchanted.
It was my birthday, so I really enjoyed being able to sit on the porch and gaze at the majesty of the mountain.
The room itself was small, yes, but very clean, especially the seemingly newly renovated bathroom. Really appreciated the bathroom! And the bed was comfortable. Slept like a baby with the windows open, enjoying the fresh air. Excellent experience all ‘round.
We will definitely return!
We came to see Mt Rainier & decided to have lunch at the Inn as we passed. The building itself is something to look at with its full front porch & rocking chairs. The restaurant section is fittingly decorated to make the atmosphere mesh with the park setting. Our service was great & the food was good. We both had the cobb salad but also the cornbread appetizer which was topped with honey & served in a small cast iron fry pan. Very good...I do not usually like cornbread! The prices were what we have found in other parks....more than we spend at home but not outrageous.