The tiny hamlet of Elbe (pronounced EL-bee) was founded by German settlers in the early 1880s. Situated on the banks of the Nisqually River the town was named by Henry C. Lutkens after the Elbe River in Germany. Elbe is located just 13 miles from the Nisqually Entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park at the junction of Hwy 7 and Hwy 706. Not far is Alder Lake, a popular destination for its emerald-green waters, and activities such as fishing, boating and stand up paddleboarding.


Where To Eat In Elbe

Tiny Elbe just has a few places to eat and the Mount Rainier Dining Company is a must. This blast from the past is where guests dine in a historic railroad car converted into a restaurant. In summer months they even have an outdoor beer garden. Carnivores will love grabbing a bit at Scale Burgers a cute burger shack open seasonally. The Elbe Bar & Grill is known for its huge burgers and fries as well as their Wednesday night steak special. Super friendly with a local vibe.


Where To Stay in Elbe

If you are going to stay in Elbe then The Hobo Inn will give you the most authentic experience in this town known for its railroad. The inn consists of lodging in cabooses which are from all over the world. It is one of the largest collections of cabooses in North America including the first and last one ever made. Rooms have all the amenities you’d expect at a hotel except for cable TV and Wi-Fi. If you are feeling fancy book the one with a jacuzzi.


What To Do In Elbe

Elbe is just 13 miles from Mt. Rainier National Park and close to Alder Lake. There are a variety of outdoor activities, events, and historic sites to experience during your visit. If you are short on time the former Civilian Conservation Corps bunkhouse is now an ADA accessible rest stop. Take a break on your way to Mt. Rainier National Park and stretch you legs with a quick walk around the local sites.

The Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad

After a soft reopening the Mt Rainier Scenic Railroad is now open for a full season offering a variety of scenic and themed trips. Hop aboard an historic train pulled by a 100-year-old steam engine, a Polson 70 through farmland and forests with breathtaking views of the mounts. With wine trains, whisky trains, brunch trains, scenic trains, rail bikes, and occasionally cider trains, it's a truly memorable experience in the making.

EZ Times Guided Trail Rides

Enjoy horseback riding with EZ Times Guided Trail Rides. This local business offers a variety of trails for all abilities on gentle horses. Open year round and rides go rain or shine.

The Little White Church of Elbe

The Little White Church of Elbe is a tiny 18 by 24 foot wooden church on the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed in 1906 by the townspeople on land and with materials donated by the town’s founder Heinrich Lutkens. A four-foot iron cross sits atop the steeple and was forged by the towns blacksmith. Now a town landmark services are conducted during warmer months as an extension of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and it is a popular wedding venue due to its historic charm.