This popular Seattle day-trip destination may have a busy parking lot, but for good reason: You’re at the head of Snoqualmie Falls, an iconic natural wonder that starred in the opening credits of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks TV show, in the early 1990s. Though guests could easily make it back to the city, there’s nothing like wrapping up an evening of fun (and drink) than by repairing to guest room with a wood-burning fireplace and Jacuzzi.
Where it is: Fly into Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport and the resort (which made our 2103 Gold List) is only 40 minutes away. Almost everyone arrives by car to tour the region, taking in Snoqualmie, a charming mountain town stuffed with boutiques, bakeries, and a brewery, and small hamlets like Fall City, known for cheese makers and berry farms.
Meet the staff: Connie Krause is Salish’s primary wedding specialist, who’ll act as liaison between your own coordinator and the hotel staff; she’ll deal with guest rooms, vendor recommendations, menus (slider station, anyone?), budgets, and room set-up. She typically oversees two weddings per weekend.
The looks department: Salish played a role in Twin Peaks, as well: It was billed as the Great Northern Hotel, and 20 years later it’s still hard to beat the setting, on a rocky promontory overlooking the torrent-flooded precipice. The structure itself is a classic Craftsman-style lodge that suits the setting.