Buffalo Run Inn

60117 State Route 20 Po Box 133, Marblemount, Washington 98267
Innkeeper(s): Marshall and Candi Cooper
  • 1889 Buffalo Run Inn

    Buffalo Run Inn, front view

    The historic 1889 Buffalo Run Inn is conveniently located at the Western entrance to the North Cascade National Park. The inn, which was once the gathering spot for the gold miners, lumber jacks and mountain men traveling up the Skagit River, is now a 4 STAR Bed and Breakfast!

    The building has been completely remodeled in 2006 and now has ten luxurious guest rooms downstairs and five hostel rooms upstairs. All guests must register at the world famous Buffalo Run Restaurant across the street, where they receive a 10% discount on their restaurant purchases.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Marshall Cooper for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    I am a retired military man. After 24 years of service to my country I've become rather a perfectionist and like my inn to be clean for my guests. We are known for having impeccably clean accommodations and our guests love that. We've earned a 4 star rating on Trip Advisor for our cleanliness, as well as our comfortable rooms which include high quality furniture and top of the line mattresses. Our guests' comfort is number one priority.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are the closest inn to the breathtaking North Cascades National Park and many travelers know us for that reason. This inn was an 1889 roadhouse and used to be a hangout for gold miners, mountain men, and lumberjacks. Back then the road stopped at Marblemount and men wishing to continue had to do so on horseback or on foot. People love the historic factor of our inn. What I love most about this inn is that it was a personal accomplishment for me. When I took the inn over it was actually a restaurant and cocktail lounge with only a couple of rooms upstairs. I gutted and made it into the inn it is today.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The #1 reason to visit this area is for the North Cascades National Park. The scenery is absolutely marvelous and people come from all over the world to experience it.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    We receive so many compliments that it would be impossible to pick just one. Repeat visitors and referrals are of course the best compliment of all.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    About 23 miles from here down a back road there's an area called the North Cascade Pass. It's a 5,392-foot mountain pass over the northern Cascade Range, east of Marblemount. People have actually taken the time to call me and thank me for sending them there. People enjoy the beauty of the scenery so much they don't wan to leave.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    For those staying more than a weekend we suggest they kick back and relax and enjoy the marvelous scenery. The North Cascades National Park offers plenty of hiking and scenic viewing opportunities. Some guests may enoy the local wineries in the area, while others just enjoy watching the abundant wildlife that surrounds us. We are right across the street from the Skagit River which offers wonderful fishing opportunities, river rafting and bald eagle watching. VIsitors tend to become one with nature when they are here.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The river is right across the street, and there are plenty of hiking trails as well. We do have our own restaurant if guests do not want to drive anywhere.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    The Buffalo Run Restaurant of course! We serve many exotic meats you won't find on your typical restaurant's menu, such as bison, elk, antelope, ostrich, and venison. We also offer a vegetarian menu for our guests.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    North Cascades Visitor Information Center 

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 15 rooms. 10 luxurious fully equipped rooms downstairs and 5 hostel rooms upstairs. The hostel rooms have twin beds and share a common room with couches, television, etc, while the downstairs rooms are more like suites. We host a variety of travelers including hikers and bicyclists who tend to enjoy the hostel accommodations, and tourists and seniors who prefer our guest rooms downstairs.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets. We do have directions and contact information for a couple of motels in the area that are able to accommodate guests with furry visitors.

  • Buffalo Run Restaurant

    Buffalo Run Inn, restaurant

    The Buffalo Run Inn is conveniently located at the Western entrance to the North Cascades National Park across the road from the Skagit River. This historic 1889 old growth cedar roadhouse was a frequent watering hole for the gold miners, mountain men, lumberjacks and mule trains traveling up the Skagit River into the North Cascade mountains. Today it is a luxurious Bed and Breakfast with the famous Buffalo Run Restaurant across the street!

    Buffalo Run Restaurant features exotic meats such as; Buffalo, Venison, Elk and Ostrich. We also serve Beef, Pork, Chicken, Fish, Pasta, and Vegetarian dishes. We have an excellent salad bar with home made soups, salads and dressings.

  • Guest Comments

    Buffalo Run Inn, river

    “Great place, Perfect location”

    We are here for 3 nights to do some hiking in the North Cascades. The location is perfect, the place is very clean and the breakfast was perfect. The breakfast is self serve and has a very nice variety. We have eaten in the restaurant each night and the food is very good. I can't wait to come back.

    pam h - Tacoma, Washington

    “Pleasant Surprise in the Rugged Cascades!”

    We stayed here three nights while hiking in the beautiful North Cascades wilderness. Buffalo Run Inn and Restaurant both far surpassed our expectations. The room and bath were spotlessly clean and newly remodeled, comfortable, and had plenty of pillows. The continental breakfast refrigerator was generously stocked with hard-boiled eggs, French toast, a variety of breads, pastries, jelly, juice, milk, applesauce, and yogurt. Coffee and tea supplied too. The Buffalo Run Restaurant food was fabulous after a day of hiking. The menu is a marvel: an entire section of vegetarian dishes, another section for carnivorous appetites featuring elk and bison, and (really!) homemade soups and desserts. Steelhead trout was so good I had it more than once! A hidden treasure is the beautiful outdoor patio dining area complete with an Oriental garden with walkway and benches. The proprietor and his staff gave us great advice on the best hikes and sightseeing. We look forward to our next trip to the area and our next visit to the Buffalo Run Inn and Restaurant.

    CintiHikers - Cincinnati, Ohio

    “Near Perfection!”

    Here for one night to float down the Skagit. Wow! We expected adequate lodging, possibly somewhat less than what we are used to.... Wonderful surprise upon our arrival! The hotel is impeccably clean, beds are comfy, everything is decorated in a cabin/buffalo motif, free wifi! Dinner was great at the restaurant. Our friends had moist tasty pork chops and crispy veggies in the pasta primavera. We had yummy garden burgers with tasty fries. Reasonably priced with great service. No doubt we will recommend Buffalo Run Inn without reservations.

    Iris56 - Seattle, Washington

    “Fun Place to Stay”

    We loved the very clean and cute rooms at the Buffalo Run Inn. Each of the rustic lodge rooms is themed. Ours was the buffalo and our friends was the bear - all room decorations reflected these themes. The inn was quiet and provided a self-serve continental breakfast. We enjoyed our stay.

    AZRockhound - Tucson, AZ

  • Area Information

    Buffalo Run Inn, snow covered mountains

    Marvel at the rugged beauty of craggy peaks, crashing waterfalls, incredible blue-green lakes and clear rushing streams. The area offers friendly services and opportunities to rest and enjoy recreational activities in a lovely, natural setting.

    The Skagit River has a Wild and Scenic designation and is a popular river for rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Hikers and climbers visit the area for some of the best back-country alpine experiences afforded in the lower 48 states. A special winter activity is bald eagle watching, at it's height in January. For the shutterbug, the photographic opportunities are endless - Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn.

    If you find your relaxation in fishing, this is the place to give it a try. The Skagit, Cascade and Sauk Rivers has populations of steelhead, salmon and trout. Check with the locals for licenses and current conditions. There are boat launches in Marblemount, Rockport, and the Sauk valley as well as on the lakes of Ross, Diable and Gorge behind the dams.

    Loop The Loops

    For visitors driving the Cascade Loop in Washington, or the International Loop through British Columbia and Washington State, the communities of Rockport and Marblemount provide the last commercial services for those leaving the Puget Sound area and heading east over the mountains, and the first services for those traveling west from the "dry side" of Washington.

    Here there are no malls or chain stores, but we do have groceries, gas and local artisans with a selection of products. You will also find cozy accommodations and a variety of restaurants to savor a meal. And in the surrounding area, enough reasons to stay a while and spend a day or two enjoying what nature has to offer.

    Excerpt from http://www.marblemount.com/

    Buffalo Run Inn, mountain view


    North Cascades Country Eagle Watching Days 59831 SR 20, Marblemount, WA 98267 360-873-2106 Rockport, Marblemount and Newhalem areas.

    Celebrating the annual winter visit (December - February visit of the bald eagles).

    Upper Skagit Bald Eagle Festival Post Office Box 571, Concrete, WA 98237 360-853-7283 Vicki Johnson - Member 2004 Celebrating the annual winter visit of bald eagles Eagle volunteer docents/hosts are stationed at roadside viewing areas on weekends

    Buffalo Run Inn, lake view


    Barnaby Slough Public Fishing Area 55677 Martin Ranch Rd, Rockport, WA 98283 360-873-2000 Steve Stout, Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife This is also a steelhead rearing facility, using oxbow ponds south of the Skagit River

    Park & walk the 1/4 mile trail to the Skagit River (A great spot for bird-watching)

    Insight Wildlife Management P.O. Box 28656, Bellingham, WA 98228-0656 360-734-6060, Chris Morgan chrismorgan@insightwildlife.com - Member 2004 Wildlife research and environment education consultion Seeking ways for humans and wildlife to co-exist. Marblemount Fish Hatchery 8319 Fish Hatchery Road, Marblemount, WA 98267 360-8573-4241 The largest state salmon rearing facility run by the Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife Call for a tour appointment or just come and look around

    North Cascades Conservation Council Protecting Washington's Wildlands Since 1957 www.americanalps.org www.northcascades.org 360-715-3458 jimdavis@northcascades.org

    Buffalo Run Inn, mountain view

    North Cascades National Park Wilderness Information Center - Marblemount

    Backcounty Permits

    7280 Ranger Station Road, Marblemount, WA 98267

    360-854-7245 - Member 2004

    Free permits for camping and trail access within the park lands - Maps & guidebooks

    Open late April to late October. (Closed winter months)

    Note: Backcountry permits for most regions of the park are available at the outside self-issue station when the office is closed. Due to high use, permits for Ross Lake boat-in camps and the Cascade Pass area are not available for self-issue during the summer season.

    North Cascades National Park Visitor Center - Newhalem

    Adjacent to Newhalem Creek Campground in Newhalem

    206-386-4495 Ext 11 - Member 2005

    Interpretive exhibits including a relief map, ranger talks, theater, restrooms

    Open first of May to first of November. (Closed winter months)

    Click Here for Current Park Conditions

    Buffalo Run Inn, sunset

    USFS Parks - Mt Baker/Snoqualmie NationalForest

    810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

    360-856-5700 - 360-856-1934 fax r6_mbs_comments@fs.fed.us

    Washington State Parks

    Post Office Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504


    Rockport State Park

    670-acre park in ancient forest setting, open May thru Oct - No Fees

    Park Staff 360-853-8461

    Located just west of Rockport at Milepost 97 North Cascades Highway

    No overnight camping. Day use only.

    Rasar State Park

    168 acre pristine park off North Cascade Highway, 20. offers camping, picnicking, hiking, bird watching and fishing

    Buffalo Run Inn, lake view


    Pacific NW Float Trips

    20200 Cook Road Burlington, WA 98233

    360-719-5808 or 866-967-8555 info@pacificnwfloattrips.com

    Reservations: Eagles@PacificNWFloatTrips.com

    Dave Button- Member 2010

    Simply the Best Rafting and Eco Tours in Washington State.

    Create Memories to Last a Lifetime with Rafting and Zodiac Adventures in the Pacific Northwest.

    Skagit River Guide Service

    Skagit River Guide Service offers world class sport fishing trips on the Skagit, Sauk and other premier salmon and steelhead streams in Washington state.

    Skagit chinook Excursions

    Skagit River Excursions provides scenic and bald eagle tours on the Skagit river in custom made Heated Drift Boats "You will never go back to a raft!"

    Wildwater River Tours

    P. O. Box 3626, Federal Way, WA 98063

    (253)939-2151 or 1-800-522-9453 info@wildwater-river.com

    Rod Amundson - Member 2004

    We have highly trained river guide who are experience on the rivers they run

    Near Newhalem. This spectacular run is devoted to magnificent scenery in the

    North Cascades National Park.

    Alpine River Runners

    P.O. Box 373, Gold Bar, WA 98251 (360) 863-6505 or 1-800-723-8386 (1-800-RAFT-FUN) info@alpineriverrunners.net

    Whitewater river rafting trips on Washington State’s Skykomish River is just one hour from Seattle on U.S. Hwy 2 in Gold Bar.

    Buffalo Run Inn, grape vine


    Glacier Peak Winery

    58575 SR 20, Rockport, WA 98237 (2 miles west of Marblemount) 360-873-4073 GPWinery@msn.com GLACIER PEAK INC. - Member 2006 Tasting Room Hours are 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat. & Sun, Holidays and by Appointment.