A Seattle Times reporter/fan left the real world in search of the Double-R, Twede’s Cafe and Kyle MacLachlan (in other words, the “Twin Peaks” shoot, for the show’s return in 2017). All he found was a deer leg...which seems fitting.
NORTH BEND — Shortly after taking exit 27 toward North Bend and turning on Angelo Badalamenti’s ethereal soundtrack, evergreen hills enveloped the road and I was swept away to that mystical town known as Twin Peaks.
That is, until security told me to turn around.
You may have heard that “Twin Peaks,” the ‘90s television cult classic set in a fictional Washington town (but filmed in a real one), is returning on Showtime in 2017.
And so after nearly 25 years, director David Lynch and his production team headed back to the Snoqualmie area to begin filming at the start of September, where they planned six weeks of shooting.
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This week the crew has been working at the old Weyerhaeuser mill, now the site of DirtFish Rally School, which fans of the show will recognize from the opening credits as well as standing in for the office of the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Dept.
The shoot is closed from any prying eyes, and while you can get a good glimpse of the building if you’re willing to walk through some trees off the side of the road, the production itself looked to be entirely indoors.
I was hoping for a glimpse of Kyle MacLachlan. All I found was a rotting deer leg on the forest floor.
Somehow, though, that seemed like an authentic “Twin Peaks” experience.
Filming at Twede’s Café, better known to ”Twin Peaks” fans as the Double-R Diner, wrapped up toward the end of September, and the few remaining shoots in the area will most likely be closed to the public.
Some of the production team has reportedly moved to the old location of the Snoqualmie Hospital, perhaps to do some filming in Snoqualmie Point Park — the site of the haunting picnic video in which fans first got a glimpse of Laura Palmer’s charm.
If all else fails, you can always try to catch a glimpse of David Lynch at the local Dairy Freeze.