On July 1, 1917, a rustic and romantic park hotel, the Paradise Inn, located in Mount Rainier’s beautiful Paradise Valley, holds its grand opening and the many attendees have the opportunity to examine what is one of the Pacific Northwest’s first high-elevation mountain resorts –which is also among America’s very first ski resorts. That same day, the Seattle Daily Times reports that “although much snow still remains in the valley, arrangements have been made to sleigh tourists over the snow from Longmire Springs where cars may be parked.” An unusually deep snow-pack for the month of July undoubtedly makes the summer excursion all that much more fun. (Peter Blecha, 2009 HistoryLink.org Essay 9223 and shared under a Creative Commons License.)
Paradise Inn has witnessed a lifetime of changes – inside as well as outside its walls but still retains the rustic features the first visitors found so stunning. Join us in celebrating 100 years of Paradise Inn, a National Historic Landmark and one of the “Great Lodges of the West”.