MOUNT RAINIER, Wash. — Why not celebrate Thanksgiving in a quintessentially Northwest style this year? Try stuffing this year's turkey with mushrooms gathered right outside a quaint forest cabin, or, if cooking isn't on the menu, enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, mountainside. Ever picked out a perfectly paired Chardonnay while strolling through an adorable small town? Check out these Thanksgiving specials and activities around Mt. Rainier. Don't forget that November 11 is a fee free day at Mt. Rainier National Park!
Crystal Mountain (Sunrise) Side
Alta Crystal Resort's "Eat & Stay" packages have become so popular, they're bringing them back again! Stay four nights at this family-friendly resort at the base of Crystal Mountain and get Wednesday night and a delicious turkey or ham dinner for free. The resort will deliver a fully cooked dinner to its guests' suites prior to arrival so it is just heat and eat. All the smells of Thanksgiving (and leftovers) without any of the work! Guests can also enjoy a crafts party, two bonfires, a guided hike (or snowshoe) to Goat Falls, karaoke and more. Let the resort know in advance, and they will pick up a Christmas tree permit from the Forest Service, so guests can go out and cut their own Christmas tree! Separate Fall and Veterans’ specials are also available. Check out all specials at www.altacrystalresort.com.
Sip delicious Washington wines and stroll through beautiful downtown Enumclaw on November 21 at the Enumclaw Winter Wine Walk. Tickets are $30 and include 10 tasting tickets and a commemorative wine glass. Most stores will be pairing wines and appetizers. For more information visit www.enumclawchamber.com.
Ashford (Paradise) Side
Venture inside Mt. Rainier's Nisqually entrance and enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet at the National Park Inn at Longmire. The Inn's Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet is offered on Thursday, November 26 from noon to 6 p.m. and is $23.95 for adults and $13.95 for children 10 and under. Among the items on the buffet: Oven roasted turkey with cornbread and sage stuffing, red-skinned mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables. Salads, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages included. Reservations are required, so contact the National Park Inn at 360-569-2411. Feeling full and want to spend some time outdoors? Overnight at one of the Inn's 25 cozy rooms. For complete details visit, www.mtrainierguestservices.com.
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