Property at a Glance: Quicksilver Lodge
The beauty of Mount Rainier National Park surrounds you at Quicksilver Lodge. On the hotel's front lawn, you can enjoy a view of nearby Crystal Mountain and soak up the sun in adirondack chairs. The Mt. Rainier Gondola is a three-minute walk from the hotel; it carries visitors up to Crystal Mountain's summit, where you can get the best views of Mount Rainier.
- Grab a bite and take in mountain scenery at the Alpine Inn Restaurant, which uses local, seasonal ingredients for its dishes; your stay includes breakfast.
- Wine tastings are held every Saturday at the Alpine Inn Restaurant and offer sips from wineries such as Argyle and Bonair for $15 to $20 per person.
- Kick back on comfy leather couches situated around the lobby's large stone fireplace.
- Hiking recommendation: About 18 miles into the park, Naches Peak Loop Trail winds through subalpine meadows on a short 3.5-mile hike.
Mount Rainier National Park: Home of the "Noblest Mountain"
Sierra Club founder John Muir once wrote: "Of all the fire mountains which like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest.” Rising sharply rising to 14,410 feet, Rainier is among the top five tallest mountains in the contiguous United States and the highest in the Cascade Range. It's also surrounded by 26 major glaciers and more than 200,000 acres of national park lands, helping make it a top attraction for nature lovers and adventurers.
Thousands of people attempt to summit Mount Rainier each year. If that's not your bag, though, there's plenty more to do. To the southeast lies the Ohanapecosh visitor's center, right near the popular Grove of the Patriarchs hike. On this trip, you can see western hemlocks and red cedars that can reach more than 25 feet in circumference. Some of these giant trees are more than1,000 years old.