Here’s how to celebrate Twin Peaks Day with a short trip from Seattle.
This Friday, February 24 is Twin Peaks Day. It is the day that FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper first arrived in the town of Twin Peaks. If you loved the iconic TV show by David Lynch and you live in or near Seattle, we have good news for you: you’re in a prime location to celebrate Twin Peaks Day. Much of the show’s setting that you see on-screen is only about a half-hour drive from Seattle! We put together a guide to the most essential Twin Peaks locations that you can visit in a weekend getaway or even a short day trip from Seattle.
Read on for the full itinerary for celebrating Twin Peaks Day!
1. See the Snoqualmie Falls
First up, you’ll want to drive the 28 miles from Seattle to see the iconic waterfall that is showcased in the Twin Peaks opening credits. There is plenty to explore at Snoqualmie Falls, including a two-acre park, a gift shop, a nearby lodge and spa (we’ll get to that next), and of course a couple of observation decks for the 270-foot waterfall. You’ll find free parking there as well.
2. Stay at the Salish Lodge & Spa
Dubbed the Great Northern Hotel in the show, the Salish Lodge & Spa overlooks the Snoqualmie Falls. If you’d like to plan a weekend getaway you can book a room, or if you’re just there for a day you can book an appointment to use the spa.
3. Cross the Reinig Bridge
In the Twin Peaks pilot, the character Ronette Pulaski is seen crossing a bridge. This is the Reinig Bridge over the Snoqualmie River. It’s quite popular amongst fans of the show who sometimes refer to it simply as “Ronette’s Bridge.” It’s open for the public to walk across. If you look closely you may find hidden messages scratched into the bridge.
4. Get a drink at the Roadhouse Bar
Although its interiors were actually filmed at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, the exterior of the Roadhouse Bar seen in the show is in Fall City, WA. The Fall City Roadhouse and Inn is only a short drive from Snoqualmie. You can stop in for a bite and a drink. Just know the interior won’t have the red vinyl booths and red-curtained stage.
5. Try a slice of Twin Peaks cherry pie
Finally, you can’t celebrate Twin Peaks Day without a slice of cherry pie and some damn fine coffee. You can still find both at the show’s iconic Double R Diner in North Bend, WA (about a 10-minute drive from Snoqualmie) although in real life it’s called Twede’s Cafe. They’re happy to provide plenty of fan service along with heaping helpings of diner food here, so be sure to check it out!