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Celebrate ‘Twin Peaks’ new season by taking Snoqualmie’s ‘Twin Peaks’ tour

Christin Carlano (left), Brian Linss, and Mary Hutter hold a handmade sign near the spot where the "Twin Peaks" sign was placed for the TV series. (KIRO Radio/Rachel Belle)
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It’s been 25 years since David Lynch’s eerie, cult, two season TV show “Twin Peaks” was on the air, and a new season is supposed to start filming this spring. In honor of these two events, The Salish Lodge, which was the exterior shot of the show’s Great Northern Hotel, is now offering a special stay for Twin Peakers.

“That comes with the driving map of the ‘Twin Peaks’ beautiful sites, cherry pie and a darn good cup of coffee,” said the hotel’s general manager, Rod Lapasin. “We have a specialty cocktail that comes with that, which is the Dale Cooper. And then a $15 gift card to be able to watch Season One, stream it in your room.”

Wait. Did he say darn good coffee?

“It was damn good, it still is damn good, yep yep yep. Just making it family-friendly.”

Salish Lodge and Snoqualmie Falls are just two of the locations fans from around the world visit when they descend upon Snoqualmie to take the “Twin Peaks” tour.

“We’ve had people come up in costume, dressed as characters from the show, looking for pictures in front of the hotel with the falls in the background,” Rod said.

I had never taken the “Twin Peaks” tour, so I hopped in a car with three super fans.

“We met at the Twin Peaks Festival held here every year,” said Christin Carlano, who flies in from Pennsylvania at least once a year to attend the festival and to visit her friend Mary Hudder, who actually moved to Snoqualmie from Detroit last August.

Mary said Snoqualmie had all of the elements David Lynch was looking for.

“In the script, there was a hotel next to a waterfall, there was a little diner – all the things. A mill was here. It was like they knew somehow.”

Brian Linss, the third fan who drove up from Portland, Oregon, said Lynch even found the exact home he envisioned for the characters Leo and Shelly Johnson.

“In the script, they had a house that was halfway built, was covered in plastic sheeting, they wanted a semi-truck because he was supposed to be a long-haul driver. When they were location scouting, they drove by this house that was half constructed with plastic sheeting on it, had a semi-cab hanging out front and the mailbox said ‘The Johnsons’ on it. They still live there and ‘The Johnsons’ is still on the mailbox.”

Using her own hand-drawn map, Mary and her friends took me to The Roadhouse. Then we drove up to the now-dilapidated mill, and the building that was used to shoot the “Twin Peaks” sheriff’s station.

“And now this is a drag racing school,” Mary said about the building. “But they’re really awesome and they let you come in, take pictures, and sit behind the desk.”

So of course, we went and took pictures and sat behind the desk. But the woman who works there, who sits behind the desk every day, Kellie Seldon, is also a mega fan.

“I rewatched the first episode and it’s so obvious it was filmed here. I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s my desk!’ I can totally see it!”

The desk was used by the character Lucy, the ditzy, quirky woman who answered phones for the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department.

Next up, we visited Ronette’s bridge, Mount Si High School and, of course, Twedes Cafe, which was called the Double R Diner on the show.

“Thanks for coming in. Can I get you a damn fine cup of coffee or a slice of heavenly cherry pie?” asked diner owner William Kyle Twede.

Twede said he has mailed his famous cherry pies to “Twin Peaks” fans in Japan, Germany, and Australia.

David Lynch recently said that the new season may not be happening after all, but according to a quote from “Entertainment Weekly,” Showtime is still planning on making and airing the show in 2016.

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