509 Olive Way, Suite 305, Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-957-2234 • Fax: 206-447-3388
By Allison Williams
Not room service, but almost there.
Image: Courtesy Salish Lodge
The best holidaY is one without the stress of cooking or cleaning. Across the Northwest, hotels are hosting full meals and even festivals for the four-day weekend. (But if you want to remain in town, check out our list of restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner and takeout too.)
The waterfront hotel embraces a seafood twist on the classics, kicking off a Thanksgiving dinner with raw or baked oysters and prawns cooked in Grand Marnier, then the homemade clam chowder. But the main course swerves back to the familiar with roasted turkey and prime rib. The next day, the Hood Canal property starts its Christmas activities, including a hot chocolate cruise on the water and pictures with Santa.
The state’s oldest hotel doesn’t actually rest on its laurels for Thanksgiving dinner, offering a five-course menu for $55 that features roasted chestnut soup and a turkey and mushroom roulade. Located near Long Beach, the beach town settles into a calm off season in November, the Shelbourne’s historic lobby turning into an adult rec room with a pool table and multiple cozy fire places.
Having someone else cook the holiday meal is wonderful, but it usually means sacrificing leftovers. Not so at the hotel’s Fireside restaurant, which packs up any mashed potatoes or herbed sausage stuffing you didn’t eat into takeaway containers. The locally minded menu also uses Olympic Peninsula Finnriver Cider to brighten its brussels sprouts. Pleasantly out of the way of everything, the resort anchors a small waterfront community on the northeast end of the Olympic Peninsula.
When your hotel sits atop the region’s signature waterfall, putting on a show is expected, and the Salish trots out a full feast, with many dishes featuring the honey made by industrious bees on the property. Owned by the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, the famous hotel plans to open a visitor center and gift shop in the coming year to highlight the site’s Indigenous significance.
The almost-to-Canada waterfront resort spreads its main ballrooms with a buffet feast with optional wine pairings and three midday seatings. For anyone who wants to sup in bed, there’s a to-go, three-course option. The resort specializes in activities both outside (like bonfires with s’mores) and inside (like a golf simulator) to account for the winter weather.
Given that it sits on the other side of Snoqualmie Pass, Suncadia works best as an overnight destination. Thanksgiving dinner is served both at the resort’s Portals and Stovehouse restaurants, the latter offers a family-ready feast for four. Winterfest activities begin the second Thanksgiving is over: tree lighting, a Santa’s workshop full of gingerbread house making and cookie decorating, and a potato slingshot, which isn’t a holiday classic yet but should be.
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