By Meghan Hall
The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe has made two big purchases, acquiring the 86-key Salish Lodge and Spa at 6501 Railroad Ave. in Snoqualmie, plus several large parcels of vacant land for a total of $125 million, according to property documents that date the sale to October 29th. The seller of the lodge and related property was the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, based in Auburn, Wash.
The transaction was broken into two parts, each running at $62.5 million. The first covered four parcels of land, three vacant and zoned for residential and industrial development. The fourth parcel is designated as a parking lot for the lodge. Together, the parcels total 1,623,480 square feet, or about 37.27 acres, based on data from the King County Department of Assessments.
The second transaction covered the lodge itself and the Falls Gift Shop, located up the road from The Salish on SE Falls City-Snoqualmie Road. The shop was built in 1968 and sits on an 11,241 square foot lot. The rooms in the Salish Lodge itself come equipped with gas fireplaces, mini refrigerator, custom-built furniture, wireless internet, patio, chaise lounge or balcony and feather bedding. Several rooms are also designated as dog-friendly. The spa has a pool, sauna and steam room.
The Lodge originally opened in 1916 as an eight-room inn, and renovations were made in the late 1980s to transform the inn into a luxury hotel and restaurant. In 2018, the Lodge completed a second, $12 million renovation, which involved expanding again to its current 86 rooms and adding various amenities.
In 2008, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe purchased a 56-acre tract of land near North Bend to the tune of $50.8 million. The land is also home to the 50,000 square foot Snoqualmie Casino and 11,000 square foot convention center, also completed in 2008. The casino is home to 1,700 slot machines, according to its website, and is near the tribe’s latest acquisition, just about a 20 minute drive from the Salish Lodge and Spa. The tribe began working on plans to develop the casino soon after it regained its federal recognition from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1999. Historically, the tribe was one of the largest in the Puget Sound region, totaling around 4,000, but today, has approximately 500 members.