Paradise Inn opens for season May 22

Staff reportMay 12, 2013 

Paradise Inn will open for the season May 22.

The inn, built in 1916, has 121 guest rooms in the main building and annex. It also has the Paradise Inn Dining Room, Tatoosh Café and a gift shop. The inn’s large lobby features a rustic piano and 14-foot grandfather clock made in 1919 by Han Fraehnke, a German carpenter.

The inn offers easy access to the trail network in the Paradise area, or a chance to quietly enjoy a mountain evening.

The inn will be open through Oct. 7 this season.

The park’s other lodge, the 25-room National Park Inn at Longmire, is open year-round.

You can reserve a room at either lodge by calling 360-569-2275 Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or going to mtrainierguestservices. com.


The second Mount Rainier National Park Associates trails work party of the season will be Saturday.

The work site had not been selected as of deadline, but volunteers should plan on meeting at 8:30 a.m. and be ready to move out by 9.

Participants should be prepared for a hike to the work site. Also, bring a lunch and plenty of fluids to drink, work gloves, safety glasses and a full set of rain gear.

When you enter the park, tell the attendant at the gate that you will be working on a volunteer project and you will be admitted free.

If you plan to attend, send an email to John Titland, the group’s volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@mrnpa. org. Include how many volunteers will be coming with you so park staff can have enough tools for everyone.


Scott Tucker has been named the new superintendent of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park that has locations in Washington and Oregon around the mouth of the Columbia River. Tucker replaces David Szymanski who was recently selected as superintendent of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Tucker has more than 15 years of federal government experience. He is currently the manager of President’s Park in Washington, D.C., where he has responsibility for the 54 acres of National Park Service property immediately outside the White House Complex.

Prior to working for President’s Park, Tucker spent five years at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

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