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Family Reunions

Posted on: April 28th, 2014 by Vicki No Comments

Portland, Vancouver, Longview, Olympia and Seattle Families…..

We would LOVE to host your Washington family reunion!

Welcome to Anderson Lodge, the Scandinavian retreat center! As a family owned and managed business, our comfortable, homey atmosphere is apparent.  We treat you special!  And, you will enjoy the unique Swedish flair in all our facilities. Anderson Lodge is a quality retreat site offering a unique gathering site in a natural forest setting.  Anderson Lodge is a  location for private, invitation only events.

What makes us special is our welcoming atmosphere, on site recreation, flexible meeting areas, personal service and our one-group-at-a-time policy. Of course, the natural beauty surrounding the lodge is the number one attraction. Get away from it all at Anderson Lodge!

What does a family reunion look like at Anderson Lodge?

Day one your group arrives, whether it is mid-week or weekend. You have a nice dinner, or potluck, spaghetti feed or whatever you desire. Everyone stays the night after a late night conversation, pinochle, Wii or a great movie.  It’s like the Walton’s, you say good night and stay in the same big house or guest cabins!

Day two, you probably rise with the smell of bacon and fresh coffee.   One by one, campers get up and have a leisurely morning catching up on the latest family news.  More people arrive to take part in the fun.  Besides the accommodations at the lodge, attendees may bring their RV’s and stay on site, others can camp in tents if they wish.  The morning can be devoted to family projects, geneology, picto-quilts or a field trip to the Ape Caves for example. After roasted hot dog or sub sandwich smorgasbord, the group can break into small groups for the Family Olympics! Teams can be challenged with horseshoes, ping-pong, billiards, volleyball, basketball, tennis and scavenger hunts.  Our family always has to have that annual family volleyball championship.  The opportunities are endless.   A cluster of cooks can gather in the kitchens cooking up a storm, creating a Mexican Feast or super BBQ.

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Many times, one evening is devoted to campfire activities in our outdoor amphitheater.  And the best part… even if the weather isn’t terrific, the area has a roof over it so the fun can continue.  The whole experience of activities by a campfire is magical with the fir trees all around and the flicker of the fire. There is a stage at one end so be ready for some innovative skits and lots of laughter. It will seat 75 or more people and guarantees the best s’mores known to man!

Another option is to gather together in the conference room or the pavilion for a fun night of DVD’s, karaoke, sing-a-longs, skits or a family auction.  Some groups bring handmade craft items to auction off each year.  Then they use the proceeds for a deposit on the next year’s reunion.  Whatever your choice for entertainment, it is enhanced by the many attractive spaces and the outdoor nature at the lodge.

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Smores in the Campfire Amphitheater

Day three brings a breakfast buffet and wrap up. Large group presentations and awards can be the culminating activity. You pack up and go home. Imagine the conversations back at home or on facebook  about how wonderful the reunion was, how great it was to get together and see all the relatives and the gratefulness to you for such a successful occasion!

This example is a 2 day plan, however, many reunions make the event last several days.  YOU make the plan and YOU decide how to customize your stay to fit your needs.

What really makes us special is the personal attention we give to all our guests. And, the natural beauty surrounding the lodge is so conducive to relaxing and rejuvenating the soul. Our lodges offer such a unique venue to gather and connect with family and friends  You can truly make this reunion one that reflects your family traditions.  Let Anderson Lodge make your event a unique and extraordinary one!

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We rent on a reservation basis only. We are open all year round. Each season offers its own unique advantage.  Most all our family reunions have chosen mid-week dates rather than weekends, in the summer.  There are definite benefits mid-week if you wish to take advantage of the recreational sites in the area.  Weekends are very crowded at our lakes for instance.  Other popular spots like the Ape Caves often have many, many visitors on the weekends.  Our price list offer seasonal rates and special mid-week rates. Contact our home office to make reservations. Visitations are arranged by appointment only.  Don’t forget to check out our FAQ page for details about renting Anderson Lodge and our LINKS page to see what sites of interest we have in the area.

We have so much to offer:

• Accommodations in a variety of sleeping arrangements
• Small group meeting rooms
• Two large group conference rooms
• Ample bathroom facilities
• Wonderful stone patios with spectacular views
• Large kitchens with commercial appliances
• BBQ’s available
• Outdoor recreation
• Children’s play structure
• Pippi’s Playhouse for children
• Covered Campfire Amphitheater
• Game rooms
• Tennis Courts
• Hiking Trails
• Guest Cabins
• Lush forest setting
• Wireless Internet

Lodging

Both the Hilltop House and the Main Lodge have wonderful sleeping areas. You aren’t roughing it at all! Guest rooms range from 2 beds to 10 beds. At the Main Lodge there are private rooms, family rooms, dorm-style rooms and cabins.  The Hilltop House has 4 guest rooms and 3 cabins. There are also RV areas if someone in your group wants to bring their own RV. Inquire at the Lodge office if you are interested this option.

You can download FLOOR PLANS of each Lodge.  This can be very helpful in making room assignments for you group.

PLEASE NOTE THAT LODGING AND KITCHEN FEES ARE NOW TAXED AT 9.8%
AND ALL SERVICES ARE TAXED AT 7.8%.

 The Main Lodge site

The MAIN LODGE site has a total of 55 total beds; 12 of these are twin beds.

The Main Lodge has 6 guest rooms and a loft sleeping area – 43 twin beds and 4 double beds
The Bunkhouse has 2 bedrooms and a shared bathroom –  one bedroom has 4 double beds and another bedroom has 8 twin beds.

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FAMILY GUEST ROOM

Main Lodge Lenas Hideaway

PRIVATE GUEST ROOM

At Main Lodge Bedroom #4

DORM-STYLE GUEST ROOM

The Dalarna Cabin  has a bathroom, kitchenette, dining nook and 4 double beds.

Dalarna cabin dining nook

Dalarna Cabin

The Hilltop House

The HILLTOP HOUSE  has a total of 15 double beds and 12 twin beds in guest rooms and cabins.

The Sleeping House has 12 double beds and 6 twin beds in 4 guest rooms. There is also a futon upstairs in the Sleeping House.
The 3 Cabins each have a couch that pops up and converts to a double bed (VERY comfortable) and 2 twin mattresses in a loft.
Cabins have a kitchen  & bathrooms.  They sleep 4 people maximum.

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Jämtland Cabin at Hilltop House

Bathroom, kitchen, conference room and dining areas are very well suited to large gatherings. Accommodating large groups is done with ease with our spacious rooms and amenities.

Meals

You may choose to self-cater, choose a caterer from our preferred list or bring in an outside caterer.   

For Retreats:

  • We charge a  $50/day kitchen fee.  If you self-cater this is the only fee you pay.
  • If you use one of our preferred caterers
    $50 Kitchen Fee WAIVED for any day/s a preferred caterer provides meals.

    Ÿ$50 Kitchen Fee WILL APPLY to any day/s without a preferred caterer.
  • If you choose to have an outside caterer the $50/day kitchen fee applies and there is a $90 outside caterer kitchen fee.
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Main Lodge kitchen Commercial appliances, china, flatware, baking and serving dishes supplied

The kitchens are well equipped and the indoor and outdoor dining areas are large enough for your whole group. When you visit either the Main Lodge or the Hilltop House you will be absolutely amazed at the outdoor dining areas with spectacular views. Groups renting in warmer weather often can be seen at the barbecue or roasting hot dogs in the outdoor amphitheater.

Activities

Both facilities have game rooms with ping-pong and pool tables We also have  pianos and TV’s with DVD.  The Main Lodge has 2 saunas that are for group use. We even have wireless internet at both the Main Lodge and the Hilltop House.

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Anderson Lodge is located on over 90 acres of forest land. There are hiking trails throughout the area. In addition to hiking, we have softball and soccer fields, children’s play areas, horseshoe pits and volleyball and badminton areas. Our son would never forgive us if we did not have a basketball hoop! The tennis courts are another popular spot for many lodge guests. The opportunities for fun are endless!

Our spacious pavilions surrounded by forest, seat over 100 people and are perfect for large group experiences. The outdoor patios overlook the natural beauty of the forest and valley that we are so known for. You just have to come up and see how spectacular the setting is at Anderson Lodge.

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Often, our guests take small trips to activities in the area.  Don’t miss our page describing some of the area attractions on our LINKS page.  Our beautiful Yale Valley has so much to offer!

Nearby attractions:
  • Mt. St. Helens
  • Pomeroy House and Living History Farm
  • Lewis River Golf
  • Lelooska Foundation and Native American Cultural Center and museum
  • Sunset Falls
  • Speelyai Fish Hatchery and Recreation Area
  • Lahar Mudflows of Mt. St. Helens
  • Ape Caves
  • Hulda Kager Lilac Farms
  • Cedar Creek Grist Mill
  • Merwin Lake
  • Yale Reservoir
  • North Clark County Museum

∗ Don’t miss the Ape Caves.  Wonderful outing for the young and … not-so-young!

Meeting Options

Many times reunions and business retreats require both large and small group meeting areas. You will find our conference rooms and our pavilions ideal for large group presentations. Conference rooms are fully carpeted, equipped with conference tables, wireless internet and plenty of space. There are many options for break out sessions for smaller groups. We only rent to one group at a time so you are not competing with any other group for a particular room. Of course, all our facilities have pianos and guitars to further enrich your experience.

A Main Lodge conference room update

Main Lodge Conference Room

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Courtway Conference Room at the Hilltop House

Just like home

No matter where you are, you will be immediately impressed with the fine attention to detail and quality craftsmanship of Anderson Lodge. You will be amazed at the beautiful woodworking at all the facilities. We strive to make Anderson Lodge have a comforting, home-like atmosphere. We hope guests feel at ease and free from the interruptions of our busy lives. The gracious homespun surroundings allow for interactions and togetherness that make reunions so memorable.

What kinds of retreats are held at Anderson Lodge? We are very popular for school student and staff retreatslanguage camps, science or geology workshops, peer counseling trainings, and business training groups. OSU Choir has chosen Anderson Lodge for their annual choir retreat.  High school bands and orchestras find the Lodge perfect for their gatherings. Whether it is a student group or an adult group, your event at Anderson Lodge is bound to be a success! There’s nothing like the experience of a reunion to fill your family with connections to help them become closer.

Pricing

The Andersons offer special PRICING for reunions October – May. In the summer season, our reunions and retreats often take place on mid-week days. This allows our guests to fully take advantage of the local area recreation. The Lodge is located in the midst of 10 miles of lakes; full of recreational possibilities. Sunday – Thursday, these areas are less populated and well worth the trip. The closest is Speelyai Fish Hatchery and Recreation area which is 2 miles west of Anderson Lodge. Here you will find a swimming, fishing and picnicking area and a boat launch. This is a popular outing for all our guests.

The summer season is our peak wedding season, therefore reunions may want to explore mid-week dates. Summer weekends are priced differently with wedding packages that include exclusive use of lodge & cabins and allow unlimited guests.  Wedding package prices apply to any reunion that wishes to rent a summer weekend. Wedding Package pricing is more expensive than our mid-week retreat pricing. We don’t

Lewis River Golf Course is 10 miles from the lodge and many groups incorporate this into their retreat schedule. Don’t forget the Lelooska Native American Cultural Center is just a few minutes away. If you are interested in attending a show, find their website address in our “LINKS” section. We are also close to the Mt. St. Helens National Monument. Hiking in the Ape Caves is one of our favorite activities. Winter groups often take time out to play in the snow on Mt. St. Helens.  Oh, and check out the scenic waterfalls that are close to Anderson Lodge.  No matter what the season, the natural setting and homey atmosphere at Anderson Lodge will enhance any reunion!

Be sure to check out our FAQ page.  
These are Wedding FAQ’s but many apply to family reunions as well.
Be sure to check out our RESERVATIONS page to see how easy it is to reserve a space for your next family reunion.

Give us a call today and make an appointment for a tour. We’ll put on the coffee and meet you up there!

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Anderson Lodge: Where natural beauty is the icing on the cake!