Escape to Salish Lodge & Spa

Nestled in a naturally beautiful and dramatic location and often recognized as the iconic “Great Northern Hotel” in the cult classic Twin Peaks, Salish Lodge & Spa is perched on top of Snoqualmie Falls in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. This tranquil getaway, originally the 1916 Snoqualmie Falls Lodge, is the ideal escape for couples, girls’ trips, or even a solo staycation. Salish Lodge offers an intimate escape in thoughtfully appointed guestrooms with fireplaces and a huge soaking tub or spa-like shower – sweeping views included. For additional mountain luxury, guests don’t need to leave the lodge – Salish offers an award-winning spa and dining as well.

The Dining Room is a luxurious yet comfortable space beloved by guests and locals alike, featuring award-winning food and wine alongside one of the best views in the Seattle region. Offering sweeping views from their indoor and outdoor seating areas, The Dining Room sets the stage for an unforgettable seasonal dining experience. For those looking to sip a cocktail or grab a quick appetizer, The Lounge at the Attic offers all of that plus Salish’s signature views in a cozy atmosphere.

Adding to the appeal of Salish Lodge’s dining, they are proud to have their own apiary, which produces honey that guests will find on every menu alongside Salish Lodge’s own homegrown herbs. Guests can look for the Salish bee icon around the property to guide them to items featuring the unique honey, including honey-infused Pacific Northwest cuisine in The Dining Room or honey-based treatments in The Spa.

Sweet treats created with unique artisan honey are around every corner, such as their Pike Hive Five Hopped Honey Ale produced by The Pike Brewing Company, Salish Honey Truffles, and much more. Salish Lodge is famous for their delicious four-course Country Breakfast with Honey from Heaven™ service, where honey from their own hives is poured from high above your plate onto buttery housemade biscuits—a Salish Lodge tradition that keeps visitors coming back year after year.

For those more interested in pampering than feasting, The Spa at Salish Lodge offers a variety of treatments using Pacific Northwest ingredients, including massage and body therapies, all aided by expert practitioners. Their natural surroundings reflect the calm, contemplative environment of the Pacific Northwest, featuring private soaking pools and the soothing aromas of cedar and eucalyptus. Their boutique retail store offers high-end skincare products and retail lines including Éminence, the popular organic skincare line Salish Spa utilizes in their facials. The Spa at Salish Lodge has won numerous awards and honors, including Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 50 Hotel Spas in the United States.”

Salish Lodge & Spa is the ultimate Pacific Northwest getaway any time of year — the perfect place to create an incredible romantic getaway or to relax after spending the day hiking the local trails. Their team is always ready to
welcome loyal guests or newcomers to their memorable escape from the everyday.

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Crockett’s—Good Food for Good People

When you use the highest-quality, locally-sourced ingredients, people tend to notice. Like one diner from Auburn wrote recently in her restaurant review of Crockett’s Public House, located in Puyallup:

Crockett’s uses rice oil for their deep-fried items and oh my goodness they are so good! My favorite is the deep-fried fish and calamari. The calamari dipping sauce is crave worthy and I can’t help but dip everything in it. I haven’t had anything on the menu that didn’t taste absolutely fantastic.

With over 35 years in the restaurant business, the owner of Crockett’s Public House and three other South Sound restaurants, Shaun Brobak, was recently asked what’s the most compelling thing he’s learned in the restaurant industry.

Brobak’s answer came to him quickly, “People’s lives have gotten busier and dining out isn’t something they do as a special occasion. It is an everyday part of their lives.”

Hence the importance of takeout during the recent lockdowns to both Brobak and his clientele who craved the special recipe menu items offered by his restaurant group (which also includes Trackside Pizza and .

“During the pandemic, it was difficult to do a lot of adjustments or changes to the menu that we typically do, so for takeout we focused on what we’ve always done well,” said Brobak, adding, “We hope to begin some new recipe and menu development as we move along.”

This award-winning restaurant, which has been featured on national food channels, has some menu items that likely will never change. For example, their much-loved Eggs Benedict has always been featured on their incredibly popular weekend-only breakfast menu.

Other intensely popular items include their top-selling fried zucchini, sloppy Joes or grilled artichokes featured by Guy Fieri in 2011 on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Maybe your favorite is their authentic green chili burger or their rich and delicious lobster mac & cheese.

Crockett’s Public House


Truckaroo: Washington’s Food Truck Event

Mark your calendars to join us at the Washington State Food Truck Association’s annual Truckaroo event, on June 16th from 11am to 4pm. Their mission is to celebrate the uniqueness of street food while incorporating local ingredients, to promote the interests of small business owners, and to raise funds for the association’s legislative efforts. The Washington State Food Truck Assoc. advocates for all mobile food vendors and hopes to continue its local and state-level policy work. Their work demonstrates how street food can bring communities together.

Truckaroo will take place at the Bates Technical College- South Campus. Bates offers one of the only culinary food truck education programs in the state. This acclaimed program is run by a previous student, Chef Richard Houle. It consists of 40-credits and covers everything from sanitation and food safety basics to cost control, food truck menu development  and creating a business plan.

The Washington State Food Truck Association will also partner with USO Northwest to continue to support our military service members and their families. The partnership provides programs and services designed to meet the individual needs of today’s military. The USO operates two of its own food trucks as well, mainly for special events that are aimed to provide support to those who need it the most.

The whole family can enjoy food trucks, trailers, carts and pop-ups, locally made beverages, and traditional street entertainment on campus, and kids enter for free. The food vendors also offer a military discount. Advance tickets can be purchased for $5 through Eventbrite:

They need sponsors, local artisans, street entertainers, demos, and volunteers to make this event possible.  If you’d like to participate or find more details, visit the website here:    Twitter: @wafoodtrucks


18th Annual Taste of the Market

A fundraiser centered around local restaurants and chefs is sure to draw a big crowd. The 18th annual Taste of the Market in Olympia is, sure to draw hundreds of people eager to taste all kinds of delicious food.

Taste of the Market will take place Tuesday, August 15 at 5:30 pm. The host of the event, Friends of Olympia Farmers Market (FOFM), seeks to benefit several different areas each year through Taste of the Market. President of the FOFM Board J.T. Treacy Kreger lists the benefits from fundraising: “Capital Improvements for the Olympia Farmer’s Market, educational scholarships to support scholars interested in learning about all aspects of local organic, farming and food production, promote healthy, locally produced food and goods, and support the local sustainable agriculture community.”

FOFM has contributed to and started up several scholarships to provide education to students interested in organic and local farming. “This last year we supported three Market scholars in their learning efforts; from expanding their business education to getting their teaching certificate to educate our youth in the area of organic gardening and farming,” Kreger says. “Our successes means we have been able to help support the Olympia Farmer’s Market and the community.”

Ticket sales, business, and those directly involved in FOFM help reach these goals throughout each year. As for what the Taste of the Market entails, Kreger says, “Attending the event allows you to enjoy a smorgasbord of the finest cuisine from dozens of local restaurants, market vendors, wineries, breweries, and coffee roasters; enjoy live music, win prizes, and visit with friends.”

Thirty local food vendors or restaurants will be present, according to Kreger. Last year’s event was sold out, and this year, with more tickets available, he projects it to be sold out as well.

“This is one of the largest social events in Olympia,” he says. “We do not ask for money because we get great sponsor support and that pays for the cost of the event. So, almost 100% of the ticket price goes to support the Friends mission. Olympians love the Market, it’s the Jewel of Olympia.”

Taste of the Market

Olympia Farmers Market, 700 Capitol Way North, Olympia

Tuesday, August 15 at 5:30 pm

amazing smells at 222 market

Opened this past November, 222 Market features local and regional artisans in a European market-style setting. Husband-and-wife owners Gray and Joy Graham say they opened the business to add vitality to downtown Olympia with a fun and inviting marketplace of local and sustainable foods.

As you walk into the quaint but bustling building, you immediately smell fresh bread in the air. The longstanding Bread Peddler bakeshop and café is a great meeting spot and a place to enjoy breakfast and lunch.

Next door, fresh coffee is brewing and pleasantly paired with crepes. The Creperie offers buckwheat crepes made in the tradition of Brittany, France, and from locally sourced ingredients. The refined yet down-to-earth setting makes The Creperie a favorite on our list.

If you smell something sweet, it may be coming from Sofie’s Scoops, where owners Sofie and Chris set out to make gelato the best way they could, from fresh and local ingredients. Gelato in a waffle cone is our favorite.

Meat lovers will appreciate the smell of bone broth upon arrival at the Broth Bar by Salt Fire and Time. For those in need of “healing nutritional support,” says its website, this is a place for “a positive and delicious experience of daily wellness in the form of traditional foods….” With housemade floral kombucha on tap, this is a one-stop shop for wellness on the go.

Pantry at the Market is the place to stop in for a snack or grab items for home. All foods sold in the Pantry are sourced for their locality and their sustainable practices—and of course their flavors!

Stop and smell the flowers, literally, at Fleurae, where owners Carissa and Iana have established a floral design and gift shop. Their beautiful space is packed with fresh flowers, bouquets to go, handmade wreaths, candles, antique pillows and local artisan gifts.

At Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar, the bounty of the local tides is celebrated and sold. Says owner Austin Navarre: “We are providing food that is fresh, local and sustainable” with a menu that changes daily.

Blind Pig Spirits craft distillery offers in-house distilled alcohols from Washington-grown products. Local owners Lesa, Ray, and Fred set out to make a splash in the distillery community by offering small-batch spirits, with quality ingredients. They know that fermentation doesn’t have the best scent, but don’t worry, they say—it’s all part of the process. The in-house distillery features a tasting room, production and bottling facility, and retail sales of its products and branded merchandise.

To experience all the sights and smells of 222 Market, visit 222 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA, 98501

Semiahmoo Resort


Newly renovated Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa is located on the pristine shores of Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor, where tide pools and estuaries provide a sanctuary for Pacific Northwest wildlife. As you drive along the finger-like spit toward the resort, you smell the salt air and take in the water views on both sides.

Foodies will love Semiahmoo’s Pierside Kitchen. Upon entering you will notice the weathered wood siding and ceilings and expansive show kitchen. Unique elements such as old-world cannery-inspired dishes, artisanal North Coast–inspired sculptures, and a custom-built, dual-sided glass-inset fireplace all contribute to the rustic yet elevated coastal vibe.

Pierside Kitchen features fresh, seasonally inspired cuisine. Culinary director Eric Truglas, an Epicurean World Master chef, takes menu inspiration from the local region’s freshest bounty available in abundance at the resort’s seaside environs. World-class service and amazing views complement the creative culinary offerings.

This escape destination offers a wide array of activities for families, both in and around the property. Kids and parents both can unplug from electronics and enjoy nature. Semiahmoo offers beachcombing, volleyball, pools and an on-site movie theater. Assistant general manager Ousmane Diop says, “Families come here to celebrate and forget all their worries in life.”

Speaking of leaving your troubles behind, when parents need a little “me time,” the full-service spa at Semiahmoo has you covered. Manager Joan Southon says, “We delight in bringing our guests the highest level of salon and spa services. This is your place to relax and enjoy.”

For a getaway that is family-friendly yet luxurious, with world-class food, spa and amenities, not to mention breathtaking views and surroundings, book your stay at


9565 Semiahmoo Parkway
Blaine, WA 98230