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“Fine to base from”
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Stone Creek Lodge
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Reviewed July 20, 2007

Stone Creek Lodge is located within sight of the gate at the Nisqually Entrance to Mount Ranier National Park. This could be an advantage to bikers or avid hikers, but most people will be driving into the park, so being that close has minimal advantage. You can’t see the mountain from there.

The cabins themselves were clean with no ugly surprises. This is a cabin, not a Hilton. Our cabin had a dorm size refrigerator, a stove and sink and a kitchen table. There was a decent set of cooking and dinnerware. Bed linen, towels, soap and shampoo (bulk dispenser in the shower) were all provided. The cabin was not large, and doesn’t have separate rooms. The only inside door was a sliding door for the bathroom which needed a little help staying shut. The bathroom was small with a sink, toilet and shower. The double bed was next to the bathroom and the twin beds were stacked (one pulls out from under the other) in what served as the living area. Fine for a couple or with small children, but more than two adults would be a bit cozy. The internet add talks about hot tubs, but these are for four specific “mountain” cabins and not available to everyone. There is one phone for the site - outside the office. Sandy, the owner, was quite friendly and helpful. She does expect you to be out by 11AM.

The grounds have a small park-like area in the center with the cabins arranged around it. Sandy has a bonfire there every evening where you can meet other travelers and sit and share stories. There was also a nice flower bed between the cabins and the road. The site is right next to the road and there is some noise, but we did not find it enough to be bothersome. There wasn’t constant traffic, rather minutes between cars. The “mountain” cabins are at the back of the property, but you could hear a passing car about as much in front of them as anywhere else on the property.

There are no hiking trails at the immediate site and no particular scenery there (and some junkiness at the side and back periphery). This is a place to base from rather than to spend the day. In the immediate area, one could walk or mountain bike on a flood control dike on the Nisqually River. This is within an easy walk from the cabins (right out the exit and right down the first street). Sandy said the dike goes into the park up to the washed out Sunshine Point Campground.

Stone Creek looked to be consistent with the cabins in the area – they all looked small, and many not as nice, from the road. If this isn’t what you’d be looking for, there are a number of condos for rent in the area.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 14, 2006

We just loved the place!
The location is great, just 200 yds from the main gate (Nisqually entrance) of the park. Actually, for someone who want to hike at Paradise or drive to the many park attractions and viewpoints, it is just as convenient as staying inside the park.

The lady in charge (Sandy) was very friendly and helpful. She even had accepted our reservation for only one night, even though the regular policy calls for two nights mininum. But we actually regretted that our travel schedule did not allow us to stay longer! Inside our cabin, there was a binder with a lot of up-to-date information about the park, hiking trails, driving distances, services nearby, etc.
Our cabin was clean and well decorated in "LL Bean style". Very cozy and comfortable. The bathroom had only a shower (no bath) but we did not see it as a problem, because a semi-private spa was available just outside our door.

Definitely, we would recommend this place to our friends and wish we could go back soon.

Stayed: September 2006
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Reviewed July 8, 2006

Sandy is a pleasant host and has done a great job with this place. The cabins are very cozy and clean with convenient ammenities. The gas stove is a nice touch.

The only thing I was not absolutely thrilled with was our bed -- it was too soft for our taste and was pretty short. There should be a queen in there...our feet hung off the end of the mattress when we were all tucked in. I think it was a full size mattress which is usually okay if there is a headboard, without one, unless you sleep with your pillow against the wall, you loose some space from the top.

The location is absolutely perfect. Also, Sandy has put together a nice little guidebook that is in each cabin. We would surely stay here or recommend the Stone Creek Lodge to anyone.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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Reviewed June 15, 2005

This is a really nice clean place. My hubby and I and our friend had a great time there. If you have to have noise, you are at the wrong place, but if you long for peace and quiet, make your reservation. The cottage was clean, and the fresh linen smelled really good. The first night we saw a fawn outside the window at dusk. The owner, Sandy was very nice and helpful. The mountain closes out the cell phone signal, so forget that, also no TV or radio. We loved all of the above, but some people might not survive. We visited Mt. Rainier and saw lots of fog and snow, which were both beautiful. We give this place a "thumbs up" for someone who wants a good nights sleep.

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Tacoma, WA
Reviewed August 12, 2004

Stone Creek Lodge is the most inviting and pleasant places I have ever stayed. The hospitality is probably the main reason our visit was so special. Sandy made sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed, even offering from her own kitchen. The hiking information she had was written just for our needs. And the cabins are so cute and comfortable!

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Seattle, WA
Reviewed July 26, 2003

The very best place to stay. Clean, attractive cabins that are close to Mt. Rainier National Park. Sandy is a wonderful hostess who is friendly and anticipated our needs. The campfire was relaxing and we met some very interesting people from all over the U.S. and Europe.

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Reviewed August 28, 2016
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Stayed: July 2016, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Stone Creek Lodge

Address: 38624 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA 98304-9742
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Location: United States > Washington > Ashford
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #1 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Ashford
Price Range: $75 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 200 yards outside of the Nisqually (Paradise) entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park, Stone Creek Lodge offers natural cedar cabins with vaulted ceilings, picture windows, private baths, gas fireplaces, and comfy queen beds to mountain guests who are searching for a clean, quiet, cozy retreat in a garden setting tucked against towering cedar and fir trees. Five Garden Cabins with kitchenettes accommodate small families with children; four Mountain Cabins with hot-tubs sleep two adult guests. ... more   less 

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