The Twin Peaks Festival was recently held in North Bend, Washington the weekend of August 2-4, 2013. This was the 20th anniversary of the event. Sold out, with about two hundred people attending! The festival started in 1993, after two seasons of Twin Peaks, which first aired in 1990. It has achieved cult status with a defining impact on the careers of the actors.
The first season aired in 1990, the year I moved to Ellensburg. I don’t recall any television in Ellensburg at this time, certainly not for someone working to support her horse habit and riding every chance she got! I just recently completed watching Twin Peaks in its entirety and am completely mesmerized.
I’m not an expert, but Twin Peaks captures your attention with its film noir ambience, its stylish details enhanced by the episodic continuation that encourages the magnification of plot and character.
I missed the Festival, and I think I’m going to have to seriously consider attending next year! Get my donuts and cherry pie, along with a damn fine cup of coffee!
A few days following the festival, I took my own road trip and searched out some of the filming sites.
The Sheriff’s office has a new life now. You can still see the square spot on the sidewalk by the entry where the signage used to be.
The glass no longer exists in the reception area where Lucy Moran held court.
Ronette’s bridge crosses the Snoqualmie River, and it has morphed into part of a nature trail, nice and paved, not the railroad track it once supported. It is a favorite spot of local weekenders looking to stay cool on a hot day.
The Roadhouse is still the Roadhouse, now the Fall City Roadhouse, a great place to have Sunday Brunch or other eats!
The Great Northern Hotel is, of course, our own Salish Lodge and Spa used for exterior shots with the Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo used for interior scenes.
The base of Snoqualmie Falls was used for Maddie’s burial site.
The Double R Cafe is alive and well as Twede’s Cafe, and remains a mecca! Your timing will have to be impeccable for your spot in the diner. I like sitting at the bar for my pie and coffee.
How about you?