Built in 1912 as loggers’ quarters, Whittaker’s Bunkhouse (30205 Hwy. 706 E., 360/569-2439, dorm bed $35 s, motel $85–115 s or d) is a favorite among climbers seeking affordable lodging and comfortable camaraderie in the cozy shared dorm rooms here. The recently renovated private motel rooms also make a great launch pad for active families with little ones who don’t quite feel up for camping. Warm up in the hot tub, or head to the espresso shop for a cup of java or to check your email.
Another affordable option is Nisqually Lodge (31609 Hwy. 706 E., 360/569-8804 or 888/674-3554, $95–105 s or d), which has large motel rooms and a hot tub. Rate includes continental breakfast.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition