The Many Attractions of Mt.
For some, vacationing at Crystal Mountain Resort may be their one-and-only choice of a summer vacation getaway. For others, it may be a stopover on a tour of the Olympic Mountains. Whatever your vacation style, there’s a mountain lodge and resort perfect for you and your family.
Crystal Mountain Resort lies on the sunny east side of Mt. Rainier, about six miles away from the Northeast access to Mt. Rainier National Park, the park’s most popular visitor attraction. Nestled among beautiful wildflower-filled forests, historic forests, and lush natural meadows, Crystal Mountain Resort is a relaxed and fun retreat any time of year.
The primary attraction of Crystal Mountain Resort is its natural, outdoor spa called the “Gazebo World.” Here, you’ll find two hot tubs, a whirlpool, an outdoor kitchen, a garden, picnic tables, fire pits, and more. You can use the spa and deck to break away from the strains of the city and relax by the riverside while watching the sunrise or sunset over the mountain. During the winter, the resort offers several activities: winter ice skating on the rink, snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, cross-country skiing, sledding, dog sledding, snowshoeing, skating, and snowmobiling.
The majority of Crystal Mountain Resort is located on 2,600 acres of gorgeous property with groomed acreage. The main lodge is on the south side of Mt. Rainier; across the street is the Winter Gardens Visitor Center, which offers snow-skating, gardening, and nature trails. Across the street is the award-winning Crystal Cascades water tower, and the resort has four championship golf courses (including two 18-hole courses), tennis courts, a swimming pool, an indoor pool, and a pavilion for rental. There are also a number of fitness centers and restaurants, a fire pit for socializing, hiking trails, boat tours, nature centers, and other attractions.
One of the most popular aspects of Crystal Mountain Resort is the panoramic views of the surrounding forest. Views are particularly spectacular at sunrise and sunset, as the mountains and their surroundings come to life. At either point in the day, crystal mountain can be just as breathtaking, with the same clear blue sky and majestic backdrop of trees and bushes. At night, the mountain’s lights come on and illuminate the area in a mesmerizing glow. When traveling through the forest, it’s easy to lose yourself in the trees and bushes, with only the sounds of chirping birds and animals for company.
Most visitors to the crystal mountain resort will probably never make it to the top of Mount Rainier – it’s too far away, and it’s difficult to find the time to trek up the side trail. For those who do make it to the top, the experience is both breathtaking and unforgettable. The first thing you’ll notice is that there are a few lifts that take you up to the rim of the mountain, where you can look down and see all theenery below. The lifts are usually accompanied by a gondola ride up to the top, where you can have some wonderful views of everything going on above you.
The other reason why people love to vacation at the Crystal Coast is because it’s such a beautiful place to live. Set in an ancient forest, the gated community offers spectacular views and lush vegetation. The closest large town is Crystal Village, which is set about an hour south of the Crystal Mountain Resort. A short drive up the road will take you to the beautiful Washington Park, where you can park your car and enjoy the beauty of nature while listening to the wonderful Chirp music of the area. The Crystal Mountain ski resort itself is also very peaceful, as it sits nestled amongst the ponderosa pine trees.
Of course, there are plenty of places to eat and drink in Mt. Rainier country. You may want to stop in at the Crystal Mountain Lodge, which is set about two hours north of Mt. Rainier and can be reached easily via the Mt. Rainier Road.