Location: Quinault, Washington
Size: 91 guest rooms
Meeting Space: More than 1,536 square feet
Access: Roughly a three-hour drive from Seattle, and a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Portland
Set deep in the peaceful preserves of Washington’s Olympic National Park and Forest, the Lake Quinault Lodge is a rare gem that is suspended in time yet rooted in heartfelt hospitality.
This luxuriously rustic two-story lodge was built in 1926 and has seen only minor changes throughout its historic existence. Lake Quinault Lodge has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places list for its adherence to preservation standards.
The rustic lodge features Colonial Revival treatments and was built in just 53 days. Bonfires were lit at night so workers could work around the clock to complete the project before the impending seasonal rains. Today, the steeply pitching asphalt-shingled roof still drapes over the large wood-framed structure of the main lodge, where a grand wooden porch leads guests inside to the 91 guest rooms that include options with lakeside views, fireplaces and even rooms in the boathouse; multiple meeting spaces; and a signature restaurant.
The Roosevelt Dining Room earned its name after hosting President Franklin D. Roosevelt for a lunch there October 1, 1937. Just nine months after smiling for photographs during his visit, Roosevelt signed a bill that created the very park within which the Lake Quinault Lodge resides.
Days at the park are spent luxuriating among nature, whether that’s curling up with a good book by the pristine lake, taking part in an outdoor yoga class or exploring deep within the temperate rain forest surrounding the lodge. Bird-watching is a year-round activity for guests of the lodge, where nightly sunset lake tours offer the chance to see endangered species like the northern spotted owl, the marbled murrelet and even bald eagles as they catch the last fish of the day.
The meeting spaces in the lodge are excellent for small gatherings of friends, coworkers and family members. Indoor and outdoor spaces set the stage for meetings to remember. Trending away from traditional corporate meetings and stale reunions, the Lake Quinault Lodge offers a natural setting with custom activities and amenities for groups meeting deep within this Washington national forest.
Whether meetings are held indoors or out at the Lake Quinault Lodge, the natural setting and rustically elegant beauty of the meeting spaces will charm guests throughout their stays at the property. The Quillayute Ballroom features hardwood floors, garden views and a cathedral ceiling. It offers different seating options, including classroom, theater, conference and banquet configurations for up to 80 guests. Beyond-the-boardroom meetings are held on the shores of Lake Quinault and are great for sunset happy hours, afternoon reunions and even morning gatherings. Guests can watch as the birds begin to chirp and stir during the early hours of the day (maximum 40 guests).
Along with offering the chance to eat in the same room where Roosevelt once dined, the Lake Quinault Lodge will customize its restaurant and catering options to fit any group’s agenda while on property. The on-site food-and-beverage team can create custom grab-and-go options for breakfasts, organize picnic lunches by the lakeside or cater to groups dining by the lakeside for dinner. Menus for each meal include many options for all dietary restrictions and can be customized to better suit the theme. Popular menu items include the lodge’s signature sweet potato pancakes and Roosevelt’s classic pot roast. Alcohol is allowed.
While on property, meeting planners are treated with complimentary setup and tear-down for events; tables, chairs, white table linens and tableware are included in the price. Audiovisual services and equipment are available upon request, and all meeting guests enjoy complimentary wireless internet in the meeting spaces and lobby. The on-site meeting and events team is happy to arrange any number of group teambuilding activities for guests, like the popular bird and tree identification competition, cooking demonstrations with regional ingredients indigenous to the area and customized wine and spirit tastings. Many groups choose to end their days with an outdoor s’mores party with Native American storyteller Harvest Moon.
Before and After
There’s no shortage of ways to entertain guests before and after meetings, with an indoor heated pool, a sauna, an indoor game room and more than 15 well-groomed hiking trails on the property. For more organized adventures, the meeting staff can arrange lakeside yoga classes; stargazing experiences at night; guided waterfall walks; guided nature walks to learn about the native vegetation and wildlife of the area, including a visit to the world’s largest Sitka spruce tree; and kayaking or canoeing competitions on the lake. Among the popular experiences is the Lake Quinault Rainforest Tour, which takes groups on a four-hour tour via coach to explore some of the 922,651 acres of preserved wilderness.