Renovated property offers full range of lodging amenities
Twisp Terrace Lodge is the newest room with a view in the Methow Valley.
Once the home of Lou and Diane Tice, the lodge was a private retreat for friends and clients of the Tice family. Under the new ownership of Beth and Eric Blank, the historic property has been renovated and renamed.
Located on Rockchuck Ranch along Highway 20 south of Twisp, Twisp Terrace Lodge sits on a plateau above the Methow River, offering views in every direction. Each guest room has a balcony with a view, the best of which can be seen from the restaurant, The Veranda. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday, and reservations are required.
The Blanks chose to create a luxury romantic retreat in the Methow Valley after years of considering a career move into the hospitality business. The couple acquired the property in 2016 and spent the last few years completing extensive upgrades, including a new roof and pool, fire suppression system, ADA upgrades, irrigation repairs, and restoration of the orchard and surrounding landscaping. The historic character of Tice Ranch remains intact, including the original custom furniture and rustic touches.
The Blanks owned and managed a cybersecurity company, TestudoData, prior to acquiring the lodge. The couple had always considered a move into hospitality service. In college, Eric trained in a fine dining restaurant and completed a pastry chef course, providing him with a lifelong skill.
“Eric is an amazing baker,” Beth said. Eric disclosed that he is genetically predisposed to finding relaxation in baking bread, cherry pies and his creative contributions to fundraisers. Beth enjoys paying attention to the small details that make a celebration special.
The food served at the lodge is described as “fine dining comfort food reinvented.” Overnight guests to the lodge enjoy morning room service of Blue Star coffee paired with Eric’s fresh-baked pastries. A full gourmet breakfast is served on The Veranda, with individual deep-dish quiches. Dinner is a five-course experience prepared with herbs, vegetables and fruit grown on the ranch, and other ingredients from local sources in the valley.
The Blanks kept the original furnishings and décor of Tice Ranch, which served as the personal residence of Lou and Diane Tice, founders of the Pacific Institute. The Tices used the spacious accommodations to host private corporate retreats and entertain guests of international fame. Diane decorated each room with furnishings imported from Europe, including the English Pub found inside the entryway, and custom-made items. Recent modern upgrades blend in well, creating a luxurious environment with careful attention to detail.
The layout of the lodge and facilities is intended to attract corporate events, retreats, reunions and weddings. Facilities include a large conference room with spectacular views, and smaller common areas for relaxing conversation, or space to unwind. The lodge includes a small theater for private screenings and a saloon.
The entire lodge has only 11 guest rooms, with sleep accommodations for up to 30 people. Guests have the option to rent the entire lodge or just a room. Twisp Terrace Lodge is “adults only,” ensuring that special occasions are private, quiet and uninterrupted. However, if a group chooses to book the entire lodge and wishes to include people under the age of 18, the lodge is “kid-ready” with games and activities.
Twelve acres of manicured lawns and shade trees surround the lodge and outdoor heated pool. The lodge is centrally located on 300 private acres of the working Rockchuck Ranch that includes bike trails, orchards, wildlife viewing and a fishing pond. Guests can take advantage of the trails, the driving range, yard games, sand volleyball court, and paddleboats on the pond, and later book a spa treatment.
Special packages include a grand opening special to celebrate the first opening year of Twisp Terrace Lodge. Visit www.twispterrace.com to view package rates or to make dinner reservations.