At the junction of Hwy 7 and Hwy 706, Elbe is best known for the  home of the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad and the Historic Elbe Church.  Fondly referred to as the “Little White Church,” when you come upon this quaint (18 x 24ft) roadside treasure, you immediately recognize the special quality that has graced this location since 1906. Henry Lutkens, an early homesteader donated the property and materials along with land and logs for the first school house in Elbe. Today, services are held March through November. The church is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It is an extension of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Day retreats and weddings are held for small groups of no more than 43 people.

The Mt. Rainier Railroad & Museum offers excursions as tour trains depart beneath the snow white cap of Mount Rainier from the Depot and Gift Shop in Elbe. Pulled by vintage locomotives, passengers on the Mt. Rainier Railroad are charmed as they pass through forest and meadows, next to clear mountain streams and over tall wooden trestles before arriving at the Mineral Logging Museum.  Passengers have approximately one hour to explore the exhibits and the will see the most comprehensive collection of steam powered logging locomotives in North America before taking the return trip back to the Elbe depot.

The Nisqually River goes through the heart of town and empties into Alder Lake, a popular boating and fishing destination. The town is named in honor of the pioneer settler, Henry C. Lutken, who came from the valley of Elbe in Germany.



Ashford / Elbe Lodging

Name # Rooms/Units City Region Lodging Type
Name # Rooms/Units City Region Lodging Type
Alexander's Lodge 12.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Hotels, Motels and Lodges
Altimeter Cabin at Mt. Rainier 1.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Basecamp Cottages 3.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Copper Creek Inn, Cabins and Lodge 11.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Dancing Bear Lodge 1.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Deep Forest Cabins 7.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Gateway Inn at Mt. Rainier 13.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Hotels, Motels and Lodges
Jimmy Beech House 1.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Laze Daze Getaway 1.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Little Bears Cabin 1.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Mountain Meadows Inn - Bed and Breakfast 3.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Bed & Breakfasts
Mounthaven Resort 28.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Nisqually Lodge 24.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Hotels, Motels and Lodges
Rainbows End Cabins at Mount Rainier 7.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Rainier Cottages 4.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Rainier Valley Inn 9.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Hotels, Motels and Lodges
Stone Creek Lodge at Mt. Rainier 10.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Stormking Cabins and Day Spa 5.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
The Cornerstone 1.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
The Lodge Near Mt. Rainier 6.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Hotels, Motels and Lodges
Three Bears Lodge 6.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Wellspring Spa 17.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Westwood Chalet 1.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Whittaker's Bunkhouse 18.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Hotels, Motels and Lodges
Wilderness Edge Cabin 1.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Wildwood at Mt. Rainier 1.00 Ashford Longmire/Paradise/SW Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Hobo Inn Caboose Lodging 7.00 Elbe Longmire/Paradise/SW Hotels, Motels and Lodges


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