The Paradise Inn Dining Room in Mount Rainier National Park is a fine dining experience in a Historic Setting. I dined on the Sunday brunch buffet that was very fancy and decadent.
I had the opportunity to dine on the Sunday brunch with my family in the summer. This fine dining restaurant is closed in the winter, because it is in the National Park, which is closed in the winter.
The drive to the restaurant was an experience for us since we had to climb up a mountain to get there and drive back down after our meal. On the way down, the brakes on our car got a little hot and the smell from other cars with hot brakes too was not pleasant.
We arrived at 11:00 a.m., and the restaurant did not open until 11:30, so we took a walk around the magnificent lodge. This historical building is fabulous just to visit. The main room is decorated with historical furnishings with a huge fireplace and a rustic atmosphere.
At 11:30 we were ushered into the dining room and it felt very magical. Large windows looked out on the mountain, so we could see wildlife as we enjoyed our meal. The furnishings were rustic yet fancy and very pleasant. Our table was near the buffet and set with beautiful china and silverware. A water glass was promptly filled as we sat down. We wore shorts and t-shirts and I felt somewhat under dressed for this fancy restaurant but the waiter made us feel important and welcome.
This meal cost $25 a person, and I was apprehensive to spend so much on brunch, but my husband insisted. In the end I felt it was worth the price.
As we approached the buffet, I found that I could not decide what to eat first. It all looked so good. Eventually I decided on the fruit salad. It was a blend of tasty melons, grapes and other fruits in a fancy watermelon cut to look like a basket.
Then I had the main course of beef and salmon. I thought salmon strange for breakfast but found it very fun and pleasant. I ate this with a salad and fresh rolls.
At the end of our meal I found a fabulous desert buffet with tiny cream puffs shaped like little swans. They looked so pretty, and I found that they tasted even better then they looked.
It was very hard to leave the restaurant with its very nice historic atmosphere but we were on a vacation and needed to get to our next destination. If you would like to read more about Paradise Inn Dining Room in the Mount Rainier National Park you can go to the website.