Whittaker’s Historic Motel and Bunkhouse

There are a handful of places that we consider ‘classic’ destinations for winter travel: Whittaker’s Bunkhouse is one of those places. We go every winter, without fail, and we often go more than once each winter.

Why? For the simple reason that it’s an awesome place to stay of course! If you still need a little convincing keep reading to find out more:

Room 12 at Whittaker’s Bunkhouse

This might be a great opportunity to point out that the bunkhouse is open all year. It doesn’t have to be your winter stop, though that’s our favorite time to visit. Winter is often the time we all coup ourselves up at home and suffer the winter blues, but Whittaker’s offers a wonderful respite!

Whittaker’s Cafe

You have the pick between small or large rooms, a cottage, or a bed in the bunkhouse. All of the rooms have WI-FI, and, let’s be honest, after a long day playing on the mountain it can be nice to let the kiddos veg out on their devices a bit. It’s a nice deal for parents too.

Additionally, these rooms come with a full bathroom. That’s right; you can get the hiker stink off the right way with a long hot shower and ample time to sit on the john…. or is that just me? (note: beds in the bunkhouse have a shared bathroom).

Hot Tub! 
(No time machine included)

Also, lets not forget there’s a HOT TUB. You might not be into that, but if you are it’s a sweet perk. It’s always well-maintained and a really nice feature to have.

If you don’t feel like packing food, or if you’d like some good old coffee, there is a Cafe located at the front of the building. They sell breakfast options, coffee, and ice cream. In the summer you can walk over to the Basecamp Grill for more options too.


Below are the room prices as per the Bunkhouse Website on 01.31.19

Room StyleSummerWinter
Bunkhouse Bed$40$40
Small Rooms$95$70
Large Rooms$125$95

Reasons we love Whitaker’s:

  • Free Wifi
  • Hot Tub
  • Cafe
  • Historic
  • Close to Mt. Rainier
  • Reasonably Priced
  • Great Staff and Clean Rooms

By the way, the Northwest Quest is in no way endorsed by Whittaker’s Bunkhouse. It is simply one of our favorite places to visit and we wanted to share it with our readers!

Happy Trails!


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Whittaker’s Bunkhouse Website

Whittaker’s Cafe Menu

Mount Rainier Webcams

Ashford Weather Forecast

Nearby Hiking Trails:

Kautz Creek

Trail of Shadows


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