The SpaceINTERIOR: Rainier View Lodge (built in 2008) is fully furnished with all the comforts of home, including a well-appointed kitchen for preparing and serving meals for 10-12. From the view of Mt. Rainier out every front facing window (weather permitting), to the propane "wood stove", far infra-red SAUNA in the master en suite bathroom, all the way down to BABY BENEFITS: high chair, full-size crib, toy box for young children, door knob covers, safety outlet plugs, adjustable safety latches and baby gate, this house has it ALL!!!
EXTERIOR: Rainier View Lodge has decks front & back, a propane BBQ (attached to the house), hot tub, fire pit, picnic table, outdoor seating and multiple parking spaces.
If you walk up Begonia Lane and turn left before the bridge, you have access to a shaded area by Hall Creek and falls that is part of our property . Guest AccessGuests have access to the entire house EXCEPT 1 locking closet in the upstairs hall, 1 locking cabinet in the laundry room, the locked space under the house downstairs and the garage (accessed through the bonus room) where we store supplies. Interaction with GuestsI am gladly available by email, text & phone. We also have a Beautiful Northwest Lodging (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) page. I love sharing about the community, local activities and places to see during your visit. The NeighborhoodWe own 4 houses on adjacent properties: Bugling Elk Bungalow (3+ bdrm/1 bath/1,011 sq. ft./max. occ. 6), Hall Creek Cabin (2 bdrm/1 bath/800 sq. ft./max. occ. 6), Mountainside Chalet (1 bdrm/1 bath/400 sq. ft./max. occ. 2) AND Rainier View Lodge (3+bdrm/2 bath/2,184 sq. ft./max. occ. 8). They can be rented individually or in conjunction for small family reunions and retreats.
Year round elk on the property and in town.
Access to Hall Creek (up Begonia Lane, before the bridge and to the left).
Packwood is a quaint, small community of about 500 year-round residents and twice that during winter snow activities (White Pass: skiing/boarding) and summer recreation. There aren't many restaurants in Packwood, but those that are, are filled with friendly, local folks. They do have a world class coffee place, that roasts their own beans and bakes their own pastries: The Mountain Goat Coffee Roaster & Bakery (aka Butter Butte) and offer fireside Saturdays @ 8 PM
RESTAURANTS: Cruiser's Pizza & Blue Spruce Saloon for dining & drinks (I hear BSS makes the best breakfast in town) & Cliffdroppers for hand-pressed hamburgers.
Blanton's Market is a full service grocery for all your shopping needs (meat, bread, fresh fruits & vegetables, wine/beer, etc., and even has a small DVD rental library). Getting AroundPackwood is a very small town and does not offer taxi service, car rentals or bus service. It does have a small airport and shuttle bus that travels through communities (west of Packwood) on Hwy 12 to Chehalis & Centralia to the Greyhound bus transit and Amtrack terminal. The light-scheduled shuttle makes 3 runs per day, takes on average about 3 hours, and cost $3.00 one way. If you are interested, you can catch the shuttle at the Community/Senior Center. Destination Packwood has schedules. Other Things to NoteWE CANNOT CONTROL THE WEATHER!!
Heavy rain or snow can cause road closures to national parks, hiking trails and occasionally skiing due to avalanches. However, Hwy 12 (White Pass Scenic Byway) is a major artery between the I-5 corridor and eastern side of WA. The state keeps it VERY WELL PLOWED! The lodge is 0.1 mi. from Hwy 12, on the same plowing rotation as downtown Packwood, allowing easy access to all our houses. Regardless, it is important to carry chains in the winter, because you won't be allow access to White Pass Ski area without them.
During high fire season, you must abide by posted BURN BANS issued by the state, county and/or local fire department or fines may be levied! A burn ban means no recreational fires or use of charcoal briquette BBQs. Because Rainier View Lodge has a propane BBQ, grilling is allowed even during a burn ban.