National Park Inn at Longmire | Mount Rainier
Planted in the middle of Mt Rainer National Park, Longmire affords a classic mountain setting with an average of 52 feet of snow each winter, out-the-lodge-door cross-country skiing, and a roaring stone fireplace to fend off the chill sweeping down from the Northwest’s highest peak. Hot cocoa not included (but you can find some in the 1918 log cabin–cum–general store next door). mtrainierguestservices.com; from $115
Book It! Room 8’s brilliant perspective on Mount Rainier makes it a regular favorite.
Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge | Gold Beach
This Rogue River gem trades traditional Cascadian heft for gentler Craftsman lines, gracefully blending into the riverbanks upon which it was built in 1970s. Seven quiet miles from where river meets sea, Tu Tu’ Tun’s serene acres host 21 rooms—many with wood-burning fireplace and all with a wall of windows that invites the outdoors in. tututun.com; from $145
Book It! The Osprey House, new in 2011, boasts 180-degree views of the Rogue and three bedrooms—perfect for a couples’ retreat.
Sleeping Lady | Leavenworth, Wash.
Also built by the CCC, Sleeping Lady shares a family tree with Timberline, but the aesthetic is entirely different. Instead of a mountaintop retreat with several floors of lodge rooms, Sleeping Lady’s suite clusters spread out along 67 creekside acres in Icicle Canyon, where skiers can shoosh off their backsteps into 4 miles of cross-country trails. If you start feeling lonely, visit the main lodge for meals inspired by Sleeping Lady’s organic garden and a side of communal chatter. sleepinglady.com; from $320 (including meals)
Book It! Perched uphill from the suite clusters (and near the outdoor hot tub), the Eyrie Cabin promises the most privacy.
Timberline Lodge | Mount Hood
A masterpiece forged by an earlier generation’s economic hardship, government stimulus, and artistry, Oregon’s iconic lodge ties up its 75th anniversary celebration this month. That means you can savor the National Historic Landmark’s enormous stone fireplaces—crafted from boulders found slopeside during the Civilian Conservation Corps’s 15-month construction of Timberline—for less. As part of the festivities, Timberline offers rooms in the hand-built “People’s Lodge” for as low as $75. timberlinelodge.com; from $75 (through web specials)
Book It! History buffs pick Room 107, used by FDR and Eleanor during the lodge’s 1937 dedication.
From 1951 to 1953, an aerial tram—really, little more than a school bus suspended from cables—ran between Timberline Lodge and Government Camp. The ride took about a half an hour, if the tram didn’t break down, which happened regularly.