Snoqualmie Valley Minute Trip
by Susan Livingston
Welcome to the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley! No matter the season, the Snoqualmie Valley offers unparalleled scenic Washington State beauty, outdoor recreation and charming small towns full of great food, shopping and adventures.
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Note: This is intended as a starting point; feel free to add, delete or rearrange any of our recommended stops!
What's A MinuteTrip?
MinuteTrips are designed to help you make the most of your time in the region. MinuteTrips take the guesswork out of visiting. All featured activities are, quite literally, within minutes of each other, and suggested in a logical progression that will keep your visit flowing smoothly.
Welcome to the Snoqualmie Valley
The Snoqualmie Valley enjoys a rich cultural heritage steeped in Native American tradition, agriculture and the railroad and timber industries. In the early 1800s, the Hop Growers Association farmed hops on what was then called the Snoqualmie Prairies- 1,500 fertile across around the Valley. Hops were transported to Fall City and stored in the Hop Shed and were valued at about a dollar per box. Steamboats traveled upstream from Puget Sound and docked in Fall City to collect hops and ship them around the world.
From I-90, teake the Preston-Fall City exit and as you wind through Preston toward Fall City, note treehouse Point on the right side. TreeHouse Point is an intimate alternative for individuals and groups who seek comfort and style in friendly and natural surroundings. All accommodations are well designed and artfully decorated, with touches like handmade beds, original art and charming vintage furnishings.
The Fall City Roadhouse & Inn, formerly The Riverside Tavern and The Colonial Inn has graced this corner of highway since 1916. Thoughtfully restored in 2008, the Fall City Roadhouse offers home cooked meals made from fresh, local ingredients and just the right blend of culinary innovation and time-honored tradition.
The Roadhouse is home to 9 beautifully-appointed rooms complete with local art and charming touches throughout.
Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington state’s most popular scenic attractions, and more than 1.5 million guests visit the Falls each year. At the falls, you will find a two-acre park, gift shop, observation deck, the world-reknowned Salish Lodge and the famous 270 foot waterfall.
Perched above Snoqualmie Falls, the Salish Lodge & Spa is the quintessential Pacific Northwest retreat for those seeking an authentic and memorable escape from the everyday. Daytrip visitors will enjoy peeking into the Lodge’s Country Store where you’ll find a gorgeous selection of Northwest gourmet foods, clothing, housewares, home accents and private label bath and body products.
5. Historic Downtown SnoqualmieSnoqualmie is 25 miles from Seattle and yet feels like a world apart. You’ll find everything you’re looking for in a rural yet bustling small town. In addition to visiting the breathtaking Snoqualmie Falls, there are historic landmarks, visitor attractions and special events, many restaurants, unique shopping experiences, local arts and crafts, and several spas.
Welcome to the Woodman Lodge located in the heart of Historic Snoqualmie. This world-class steahouse and saloon was once known as the Modern Woodman of America Camp 8630.
Stop in for dinner or a cocktail and don’t miss the running water spittoon in the bar.
38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie, WA (Faces SR 202 (Railroad Avenue)
For more than 50 years, the Northwest Railway Museum has operated an Interpretive Railway Program called the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad. This five mile common carrier railroad allows museum visitors to experience a train excursion aboard antique railroad coaches through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley.
Time to Snack and Shop!
Grab some treats for the road at this 1950s-style diner, located in the heart of historic Snoqualmie, offers award-winning, hand-crafted candies. Don’t leave without a bag of their famous peanut brittle, caramel corn or salt water taffy! (Just ask Wes for a sample!)
The Flying Frog Antiques and Collectibles is located on Railroad Avenue, next to the pharmacy, across the street from the Snoqualmie Depot. The store features Star Wars and Star Trek collectibles, dolls, die-cast models, furniture, fossils, crystals and lots of other neat stuff! Look for the bubbles above the sidewalk and you’ll know you’re in the right place.
Carmichael’s is a quintessential vintage hardware store with contemporary goods and friendly people. Kids will enjoy wandering through the toy section while mom and dad find plenty of sand pails and noodle floaties for a quick visit to the local river.