Dec 16, 2012

Salish Lodge's Sweetest Cure In Travelgirl

Each winter, dry skin leaves me wriggling and racing for the moisturizer.  Or rather, it did, until I hit the new Scrub Bar at Washington’s Salish Lodge. Forty-five minutes east of Seattle, this iconic resort invites guests to try their hands at spa mixology, creating custom blends. The ingredients include herbs from its organic gardens and honey from its 12 hives, which can help skin ailments, among other health benefits. I paired the moisturizing nectar with sage, lemon verbena and Pacific Northwest sea salt. It left my skin fragrant and silky as a summertime sunshower.
The view of Snoqualmie Falls and Salish Lodge. Photo courtesy of Salish Lodge.

The lodge also trickles this liquid gold into truffles, locally brewed ale and a lavish, four-course country breakfast. For almost 100 years, servers have clambered onto stools and drizzled four-foot strands of honey onto biscuits and oatmeal. But I went for the stiffer medicine of The Salish Honeybee: a cocktail of honey, Cointreau, apple cider and Waitsburg Bourbon from Seattle’s Oola craft distillery. Delicious!

The buzz has spread throughout The Salish, alongside regional passions like sustainability and farm-to-table foods. At the same time, a dramatic refurb has brought a more boutique feel to the beloved lodge, which overlooks the 268-foot bridal veil of Snoqualmie Falls. Often voted the Northwest’s most romantic spot, it ranks among the best hotels and spas in the U.S., according to Conde Nast Traveler.

Now all that’s certainly a prescription worth refilling!

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