A favorite summertime activity of TreeHouse Point guests is picnicking on the bank of the Raging River. It’s the perfect opportunity to soak in the views of the B&B’s lush grounds and the soothing sounds of the river.
Before arriving, guests often ask us what they should bring to their riverside picnic, and what’s available to borrow inside the TreeHouse Point Lodge. Today, we’re breaking down our tips for packing the perfect TreeHouse Point picnic.
Note: There’s no charge for borrowing the items and eating the treats listed below!
Corkscrews and bottle openers
Folding camp chairs—ask TreeHouse Point staff for help finding these
Silverware, plates, and small bowls
Wine glasses and water glasses
Microwaveable popcorn packets
S’mores supplies including marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate, and metal skewers
Lighters and kindling for the fire pit adjacent to the Lodge
Food and drinks! Emily Nelson recommends stopping by the PCC (a local chain of natural markets) in Issaquah (1810 12th Ave NW) for picnic supplies. Emily and Patrick’s picnic staples include olives, a couple of cheeses, a baguette, the deli’s Emerald City Salad, a bottle (or two!) of wine, and Lacroix.
All other cutlery, containers, and supplies not available at TreeHouse Point including cutting boards, large knives (including bread knives), water bottles/pitchers, and large bowls
Read on to see photos from our own TreeHouse Point picnic…
Popcorn is an undervalued picnic staple! Pop a packet or two in the Lodge to bring to the riverbank. Also, pick up silverware, napkins, and dishes at the same sideboard,
You can find coolers in the cupboard across from the sideboard where you picked up the cutlery and plates. For rainy days, pick up the plastic, tarp-like blanket next to the coolers. Ask a staff member for help finding the fabric picnic blankets and folding camp chairs available for use.
Follow the path down to the river with picnic materials in hand!
Find a clear, flat area for your picnic. There’s a prime location right at the end of the path that leads down to the riverbank.
For our summertime picnic, we brought Rainier cherries, almonds, baguettes, soft and hard cheeses, salami, peaches, avocados, popcorn, sparkling water, and wine (from Chateau St. Michelle, headquartered nearby in Woodinville!).
Watching the Raging River while picnicking is such a serene and relaxing experience.
The forest at TreeHouse Point is so verdant, with lacy ferns and towering trees.
Don’t fret the “Raging” part of the namesake: this river rarely rages in the summer, preferring instead to merely babble. The Raging River is one of the most important local estuaries for the endangered Chinook Salmon and Steelhead recovery.
After picnicking, try your hand at another favorite TreeHouse Point activity: crafting cairns from smooth river stones.
We hope you’ve found this guide helpful for planning your own picnic at TreeHouse Point! Make sure to check out our weekend travel guide to the Snoqualmie Valley for more ideas for fun, local experiences during your stay in the trees.
To the trees!