One hundred sixty-five miles south of Vancouver and 144 miles east of the Pacific Coast lies the somnolent town of North Bend, otherwise known as Twin Peaks. While the suburb is known for its television presence, just 30 minutes from Seattle over the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge and down I-90 sits a perfect host of the northwest. From the fruit pies to iconic views, catch up on your favorite memories in anticipation of the 2017 season with our guide to the Twin Peaks.
America’s favorite serial drama unfolds with beautiful landmarks beginning with the title sequence. Reining road of Snoqualmie, Washington was home to the “Welcome to Twin Peaks Population: 51,201” sign throughout filming. The prop is no longer standing, but the valley itself is flooded with the eerie energy surrounding the show.
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The “Big Log” and train that set the stage for life in a logging town are readily accessible. As an example of the logs that passed through Snoqualmie to the sawmill, the
“Big Log” now rests protected under its’ own pavilion at the corner of Railroad Ave. and Fir. The Northwest Railway Museum consists of several locations, but the Centennial Trail Exhibit is nestled next to the log pavilion and never closes. Ride a train reminiscent of Laura Palmer’s crime scene with a stop by the Snoqualmie or North Bend locations between April and October.
Snoqualmie Falls and Mount Si
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With a peak that can be seen anywhere in town, Mount Si is another icon of the opening credits. During the warmer summer months, climb 3,500 feet up the four mile trail to the summit ridge. Many episodes begin with a shot of the cold falls, commonly known as Snoqualmie Falls, adjacent to the hotel. For the best view, park for free at the gift shop and two-acre park and walk the paved path to the observation deck. Similarly, take in the 270 foot waterfall from the base at the lower deck.
The Great Northern Hotel
Continue down Railroad Avenue to one of Twin Peaks’ major sets, the Great Northern Hotel. Locals know it as the Salish Lodge and Spa. Make the most of the river-side view with lunch in the Attic. Yoga by the falls or a spa treatment will make for an afternoon of luxury.
Coffee, Cherry Pie
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In the words of Special Agent Dale Cooper, “a damn good cup of coffee” is no farther than Twede’s Café. Pair it with their famous cherry pie to truly experience the beloved RR Cafe.
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Mammoth doughnuts and a collection of aprons line the walls at George’s. The best on the block, it has been a community staple through the years. Built in the 1940s, the bakery was bought in 1993. After a recent facelift, the bakery was renamed Georgia’s after the owner’s wife. Sit near the window to see framed family cards and long standing acquaintances unfurl. There is no need for Lucy’s double stacked presentation with a single pastry from this bakery.
The Twin Peaks take of Snoqualmie might be the reason for the trip, but the charming town itself is reason enough to stay. Spend the afternoon tasting local concoctions at the Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company or honey flavored vodka at Glass Distillery. Clothing fronts line every sidewalk. For a change, visit Down to Earth, a quirky floral shop offering everything from arrangements to home decor.
If shopping doesn’t interest you, the independent North Bend Theatre offers movies in a circa-1941 art deco setting. With only one screen, be sure to check which movie is playing. Once you’ve found your way around the square, end the day with dinner at the North Bend Bar and Grill. With flickering fireplaces and leather couches, this diner offers the best view of Mount Si. Splurge on their most popular dish, the pancetta and leek mac and cheese. For a lighter option, the salmon quinoa salad is gluten free and locally sourced.