Colorado, Washington, & Alaska National Park Update
Aramark, the food and hospitality vendor for national and state parks, is adding a slate of new programs and renovations at some of the country’s most engaging park lodges and attractions. Here’s the latest for this summer season for Colorado, Washington, and Alaska.
•Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort (Olympic National Park, Washington) debuts a renovated lodge with new interior redesign of the main lobby, restaurant, and gift shop including elegant stacked stone and granite finishes, modern lighting fixtures, new flooring and hues of modern slate with natural wood. The popular poolside massages extend the calming effects of a soak in the hot spring pools.
•Lake Crescent Lodge (Olympic National Park, Washington) reopened April 27 with new interpretive guide-led pontoon boat tours allowing guests to explore Lake Crescent’s pristine waters. The Lodge has expanded its culinary program to include more regional flavors with tastings, pairings and educational presentations from local food and beverage producers.
•Denali Park Village (Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska), reopening May 13, introduces nightly regional entertainment in the Miner’s Plaza, the return of Cabin Nite Dinner Theatre that tells adventurous tales of Gold Rush-era Alaska through lively performances, and s’mores roasting around fire pits in the Miner’s Village. New guided rafting and hiking excursions offer additional ways to explore the terrain, with three whitewater rafting tours daily and four-hour guided hikes depicting Alaskan wilderness’ environmental, historical and scientific significance.
•Glacier Bay Lodge (Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Alaska) Travelers can check “last chance travel” off their bucket lists at Glacier Bay where they can see evolving tidewater glaciers before they disappear. The Glacier Bay Day Tour brings visitors up close to the Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers, rising 245 feet above the ocean, to view 200-year-old ice calving from the glaciers’ faces.
•Log Cabin Resort (Olympic National Park, Washington) reopened for the season in May. Newly built authentic log cabins include two bedrooms, kitchen and living area, plus patios, fresh interior design, new finishes, natural wood ceilings, and furnishings that blend with the iconic architecture of the region, offering guests all the comforts of home for convenient family travel. Summer offers an ideal time for guests to explore Lake Crescent via water activities including paddle boats, paddleboards, canoes, kayak or boats available for rent.
Mesa Verde National Park (Mancos, Colorado) Far View Lodge allows vacationers a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Puebloan peoples that inhabited the area circa 600 A.D. New private tours allow guests to climb to the highest point in the park to enjoy 360-degree views into all four corner states and explore archeological sites like the Sun Temple.
Learn more at www.aramark.com.