Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier to open Wednesday

Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier National Park will open for its 97th summer season Wednesday.

Work leading up to the opening has been challenging this spring, said David Wilde, chief operating officer of Rainier Guest Services.

Due to road work between the Nisqually entrance and Longmire, power lines to Paradise have been cut. The concession company brought in a generator large enough to power the entire inn so staff could complete preparations, Wilde said.

In addition to its 121 rooms, the inn includes the Paradise Inn Dining Room, Tatoosh Café and a gift shop.

Built in 1916, the historic lodge welcomed its first visitors in July 1917. The lodge is known for its decorative woodwork, created in 1919 by German carpenter Han Fraehnke. He also built the inn’s rustic piano and 14-foot grandfather clock.

The inn’s season will end Oct. 6.

The 25-room National Park Inn is open year-round.

To make a reservation, call 855-755-2275 or 360-569-2275 Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or go to mtrainierguestservices.com.