Whistlin Jack Lodge
Whistlin' Jack Lodge
The name "Whistlin' Jack" refers to the large mountain hoary marmot (or whistling marmot) inhabiting the rocky areas of the Cascade Mountains near Chinook Pass. The marmot was named Whistlin' Jack because of it's high-pitched whistle signifying danger. Early loggers adapted this whistle to hail others around them as a danger signal or to capture attention and is still being used by both marmot and loggers today. Whistlin' Jack Lodge was named after this creature. The original lodge, where the large stone fireplace today still warms the winter traveler and gives an atmosphere of mountain life, was built well over a half century ago. Originally, the lodge was a rest stop and haven for the weary traveler who had just spent nearly two days on rough winding roads from Yakima to frequent Whistlin' Jack Lodge, now just a 35 minute drive.
Today, the lodge features award winning streamside dining in a casual mountain setting, serving mountain breakfasts, hardy and lite lunches, and gourmet dinners. Executive Chef Watson has been here for 16 years. On request, he can prepare a very special dinner for two (or even 100). In addition to the dining room, the mountain lounge has the original fireplace and boasts live and lively entertainment on the weekends, so be sure to bring your dancing shoes. For the winter, the lodge features a Smile Package that includes lodging for two. Kristy's Gift Shop has an eclectic collection of items, from cards to hats, and sweatshirts to books. If you are lucky, you may also find one of her own exquisite handmade quilts (they take a long time to make but sell very quickly). There are games for kids and adults and mementos of the lodge. Little Jack's Corner is a small store selling groceries, deli food, ice cream, sundries, fishing lures and bait.
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