by Joanna Nesbit
Paradise Inn offers families an up-close experience of Mt. Rainier. Located next door to the Jackson Visitor Center, the 100-year-old inn features 121 rooms, an elegant dining room, and a beautiful lobby with large sofas, fireplaces, and a piano. The important thing to keep in mind if staying here is many rooms are small, with either a private bath or shared bath facilities down the hall. Families will want to book rooms in the “Annex,” where two-room configurations with an adjoining bathroom offer more space. Cribs are available. No available television or Wi-Fi, but you’re here for the yesteryear ambiance, anyway.
The lodge’s dining room serves a daily breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner and includes a kids’ menu for 10 and under. The Tatoosh CafÃ© also serves up take-out sandwiches and salads. Guests mingle in the spacious historic lobby, which provides live piano performances and an afternoon tea service. Probably the biggest perk, besides the historic ambiance here, is the evening and morning access to the trails right outside the door before the day’s visitors arrive. But budget-conscious families may find the limited dining options a challenge.
Open from mid-May to early October only.
Our Editor Loves
- Historic inn
- Views of Mt. Rainier
- Next door to Jackson Visitor Center
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
This is 5 star is for the visitor center. This is fabulous center and rangers were awesome with all our questions , directions of trails, Mt St Helen, and identifying some unusual black Flowers’s we found. Even though day we were there we could not see the mountian we had great time, even meet few new friends.
We stayed at Paradise Inn while visiting Mt. Rainier National Park and it was Paradise indeed. This historic landmark lodge with its massive beams, wildflower light shades, historic furniture and fabulous location made our trip special. First, when all the day trippers go home, those staying at the Lodge have the park to themselves and it is worth staying here just for that. We entered the historic lobby with live piano music playing, the cute gift shop, the Tatoosh Cafe (for a quick breakfast), and the Mail Bear post office drop (adorable) and felt at home. After delicious dinners in the dining room we rented playing cards and games and enjoyed our evenings in the lobby. We stayed in the renovated Annex and had a private bath and view of the forest. The room was small but so what. With all this charm who needs wifi? If you want the real Mt. Rainier experience then stay at Paradise Inn. The visitor center and the trail head to the Skyline Trail are right behind the Lodge.