A Brief History of Granite Falls started with a single timber mill in 1891, producing the railroad ties for the railway to the nearby Monte Cristo gold mines. The town was incorporated in 1903. The town boomed through the early parts of the 1900’s, with as many as twelve lumber mills operating at one time.
From the old railroad town of Granite Falls to the logging center of Darrington, Mountain Loop Highway (a Forest Service scenic byway) follows the Stillaguamish and Sauk rivers through a mountainous region that blends soaring glaciated peaks, steep valleys, waterfalls, ice caves, even the ghost town of Monte Cristo.
There might not be a better stretch of road in Washington for short, fascinating day hikes than the portion of the Mountain Loop Highway between Granite Falls and Barlow Pass.
Eating out is a pleasure in Granite Falls, where you will find several exceptional independent restaurants, including pizza, Italian, Mexican, and Asian. Two hometown cafes provide regulars and guests with outstanding casual breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. For a different experience, drive down the Mountain Loop Highway a couple of miles to the Mountain View Inn, which often features live music and dancing, along with fine food. Finally, a couple of pubs and several takeout places, round out the eating possibilities in Granite Falls.
Community Resources: The Granite Falls Library is located downtown at 101 E. Pioneer and is open Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Thursdays and Sundays. The library is home to reading programs for school-age kids and story hours for preschoolers. Construction is beginning this summer on a new, state-of-the-art library with a lot more elbow room!
The “Loop” is a 100 mile stretch of roadway between Granite Falls, Darrington, and Arlington. The drive takes you along 3 beautiful rivers, stunning old growth forests and across a low mountain pass.
Our Mountain Loop Bed and Breakfast is about nine miles east of Granite Falls. Look for our sign on the Mountain Loop Highway.
So don’t hesitate to book a stay at our B&B and enjoy some relaxation and fun.