Stay At This Luxury Hotel And Spa That Used To Be A Seminary


A guest room at The Lodge at St. Edward State Park

Photo: The Lodge at St. Edward State Park

Originally built as a seminary in 1931, the landmarked brick building anchoring The Lodge at St. Edward State Park sat vacant for 44 years before coming back to life as one of Washington’s newest luxury hotel and spas.

“It’s always been this mystery,” says Jenne Oxford, The Lodge’s general manager. “Now, the community can experience the history of this place firsthand.”

The Kenmore-based hotel weaves together past and present, with painstakingly restored original details and spaces that conjure the building’s yesteryears, including a seminary barber shop-turned-speakeasy bar, original brick façades and windows, and period architectural sketches translated to wall-size murals.

Besides the four floors of guest rooms, a luxury spa, and eateries including a restaurant helmed by James Beard award-winning chef Jason Wilson, the hotel offers a slew of publicly accessible amenities.

Don’t miss visiting a gallery hallway with rotating Northwest artists, high tea service and live music events.