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Summer Dining On he Mountain Serves Up A Range of Delights

DATE: 5/13/09



Carol Zahorsky

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Summer Dining On he Mountain Serves Up A Range of Delights< /strong>
May 13, 2009< /em>< /p>

Bourbon buffalo meatloaf, blackberry pie and local microbrews take diners to new heights< /em>< /p>

MT. RAINIER, Wash. May 13, 2009 At Mt. Rainier, fresh mountain air and a day of hiking can work up a robust appetite. When it’s time to regroup and relax, several restaurants in and around The Mountain stand ready with decidedly delicious meals.< /p>

This summer, visitors can choose from an appetizing array of eateries, including the following:< /p>

Summit House at Crystal Mountain < /strong> — Diners feel like they’re on top of the world at the newly renovated Summit House, the highest restaurant in the state. Cooking and baking at 6,872 feet can be a challenge, said Chef Aaron Willis. We tested a lot of recipes before we found out what works. Having perfected each dish, Chef Willis pleases palates with his fresh seafood, steaks, salads and specials, enhanced by views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range through large picture windows. From June 19-Sept. 6, his sunset dinners start and end with a memorable chairlift ride. Cost: $79 for adults, $39 ages 7-12. A bounteous mountaintop brunch is available on Sundays from June 21-Sept. 6. Cost: $49 for adults; $29 ages 7-12. For reservations, call 360-663-3095 or visit< /p>

Paradise Inn Dining Room< /strong> — At once spacious and cozy, this classic dining room is presided over by a huge stone fireplace, wooden beams and high ceilings. These days it’s more appealing than ever following a two-year renovation of the historic inn, which dates back to 1916. The Paradise Inn menu features a medley of American favorites and signature dishes guaranteed to satisfy the most active of outdoor adventurers at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The celebrated Bourbon Buffalo Meatloaf — complete with a Jack Daniels sauce, Yukon mashed potatoes and a fresh vegetable — earns heaps of praise from evening diners. The inn’s food is complemented by unparalleled views of the park’s majestic scenery. For more information call 360-569-2275 or visit< /p>

Alexander’s Country Inn & Restaurant< /strong> — An Ashford landmark near the Paradise entrance to Mt. Rainier, Alexander’s serves seasonal foods in a laid-back atmosphere. Chefs Liam M. Osterhaus and Paul Rainha mastermind such standout entrees as Sauteed Steelhead Trout from the inn’s own pond. Other dinner selections include fish, chicken and beef dishes plus pastas, steaks and salads. Scrumptious soups, flavorful breads and delectable desserts are prepared fresh every day. The nourishing Steel-Rolled Oatmeal makes for a great breakfast. After a day of play, Alexander’s Northwest microbrews provide the perfect thirst-quencher. In the summer, the restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Reservations: 360-569-2323 or visit< /p>

Copper Creek Inn & Restaurant< /strong> — Built in the 1920s as a service station with a friendly lunch counter, Copper Creek added a restaurant in 1946. Today it’s still going strong with old-fashioned cooking and homespun hospitality. Cedar-lined walls and a vintage upright piano create a comfy ambience for planning — or recapping — the day’s exploits. Try the Mountain Scramble for breakfast; the hearty Meat and Three-Bean Chili for lunch; and the Baked Halibut Supreme filled with lemon, cream and parmesan cheese sauce for dinner. Those in the know travel from miles around for a slice of Jennie’s Wild Blackberry Pie. The restaurant is located in Ashford, two miles from Mt. Rainier’s Nisqually entrance. During the summer it’s open daily from 7 AM-9 PM. Call 360-569-2326 or visit< /p>

Alpine Inn Restaurant at Crystal Mountain< /strong> — With a pristine alpine view as a backdrop, this charming dining room delivers gracious service, homemade gourmet food, fine wines and Northwest brews. For lunch, visitors can dig into fabulous salads, sandwiches and entrees, or they can order a trail meal to enjoy in the great outdoors. Dinner brings seasonal dishes and traditional mountain-style cuisine. With outdoor deck and patio seating, this place is a natural for family gatherings and photo ops. Throughout the summer, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and visitors can attend Saturday afternoon wine tastings. Call 360-663-2262 or visit < /p>

National Park Inn< /strong> — This inviting family-style restaurant is open year-round with mouthwatering meals in a casual setting. Intrepid mountain explorers can satiate their appetites at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Call 360-569-2275 or visit< /p>

With snow-capped Mt. Rainier as its focal point, the Rainier region offers a range of mountain vacation experiences from the simple enjoyment of alpine forests, fresh air, and breathtaking scenery to extreme adventure sports. The area is rich in places to discover and encompasses communities from Chinook Pass to Crystal Mountain, Ashford and Elbe, near the Nisqually entrance, to Morton and Packwood. For more information on upcoming events and vacationing in the Mt. Rainier region, please access < /p>

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