Thanksgiving season mountainside

Mount Rainier offers unique fall getaways

By Kim Thompson on November 20, 2015

The Mt. Rainier region is a mountainous wonderland like no other.

Mt. Rainier is home to a national park, seven wilderness areas, three national forests, and delightful surrounding towns and communities.

Even better? The mountain is literally in our own backyard. And that is something to be thankful for.

With the Thanksgiving season nearly upon us, for those looking for a unique way to spend the holiday and holiday weekend or want to get away just to de-stress before or after the big day, here are some options to make it a holiday season to remember with a pure Northwest flair.

Looking for something the whole family will love? Alta Crystal Resort offers family-friendly lodging at the base of Crystal Mountain. This resort has something for everyone.  With premier lodging and the beauty of the forest as the backdrop, it is conveniently located just 1 1/2 miles outside the Sunrise entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. Enjoy great amenities and a wide variety of fall activities. Even better, this resort has some terrific deals and specials throughout November. Be sure to check out the fall and last minute specials as well as the veterans and military thank you specials running through Nov. 21. For more information and to inquire about reservations, visit the resort online at

How about enjoying a Thanksgiving feast on the mountain without the dishes and the stress and in a gorgeous setting to boot? Just inside the Mt. Rainier's Nisqually entrance, the National Park Inn at Longmire is playing host to a terrific holiday meal to celebrate.  The Inn's Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet is offered Nov. 26 from noon to 6 p.m. The cost is $23.95 for adults and $13.95 for children 10 and younger.  Buffet items include oven-roasted turkey with cornbread and sage stuffing, red-skinned mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables. Salads, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages are included to round out the meal. Reservations are required; contact the inn at 360.569.2411 to reserve a spot.  Interested in staying overnight for a day of wintry exploration? The inn also features 25 quaint rooms for overnight guests.  For complete details, visit them online at to learn more.

Wine lover? The charming mountainside town of Enumclaw welcomes you to their premier fall wine event.  Enjoy Washington wines at the Enumclaw Winter Wine Walk Nov. 21 beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 and includes 10 tasting tickets and a commemorative wine glass.  Stroll through this delightful community for a little pre-holiday fun. Most stores will be pairing wines and appetizers.  For more information and tickets, visit

Looking for even more mountain adventures for the upcoming holiday? For complete information on vacationing, activities and events around Mt. Rainier (including weather and road updates), be sure to check out