Need a getaway to the Mt. Rainier area? The Mt. Rainier On the Road to Paradise Wine Festival in Ashford, WA is held in the Spring and Fall every year. The Spring festival was held on April 28th and in the Fall, it is scheduled for November 3rd. Keep track of the event at http://www.road-to-paradise.com/index.html. The Spring wine festival showcased 11 wineries, 1 brewery, and Mountain Lodge Farm cheese. Also, celebration artist Teresa R. Oltman showed her paintings and painted wine glasses. I happened to purchase a great piece of art made of acrylic and oil (see pic below). http://teresacelebrationartist.blogspot.com/ Appetizers and bbq pork sliders were available for purchase (or with the tickets that come with admission). Live entertainment was enjoyed – Bill Compher was the perfect starter http://www.cedarcreektreehouse.com/music.htm and the Randy Oxford Band, the perfect end to the event. Local artist, Teresa Oltman sang on a couple of songs with the Band as well. http://randyoxford.com. Shoestrings also performed. A welcome addition to a trip to Mt. Rainier during the slower tourist season in the spring and fall. Some lodging offered complimentary tickets to the festival with a stay.
We stayed at the Nisqually Lodge – it is clean and has an inviting lobby for conversation. The bed is not so comfortable, but works. http://www.escapetothemountains.com/NisquallyLodge.htm
I scouted out the food options and found that Copper Creek Inn would make a nice stop for breakfast. It is no Maltby Cafe, but the location and ambiance are ideal. Copper Creek’s menu is plentiful. To give you an idea of what the menu looks like: Breakfast – Build your own omelet, Hikers Hot Stack Old-Fashioned Pancakes, Sunrise Breakfast (and many side options); Lunch – Cheeseburger, Turkey Bacon Club, Grilled Ham ‘n Cheese, Soups and Chili; Dinner – Pasta, Steaks, Trout and Fried Chicken. Their specialty of the Inn is Copper Creek’s blackberry jam and their world-famous blackberry pie, since 1954 is served all day… and more. Various cabins are available for lodging and be sure to stop by the gift shop. Copper Creek Inn is located two miles from the Mt. Rainier National Park entrance and has been around since the 1940’s (built in the 1920’s as a service station and lunch counter). Check out all the details at http://www.coppercreekinn.com/
Experience the forest! www.discovertheforest.org Unplug.
And remember…you are in the heart of one of the most beautiful regions in the world, so get out and enjoy a nice hike on one of the abundant trails all around you and the many waterfalls that fill the mountain air with a peaceful tranquility.