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Whether you want to spend the night, the weekend, or the week, Central Washington Color has created suggestions to help you get the most out of your trip to Central Washington. Each suggested itinerary is customized to your Central Washington Color, explore Central Washington with your personality in mind!
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Since its beginning in 1904, this homestead has welcomed and boarded neighbors and visitors traveling by horseback, stagecoach and wagon. Now, they continue to provide the same hospitality and kindness to families and groups visiting the area. Several forms of lodging are available from rustic log cabins to tipi encampments. The large property also includes a two-acre play field that is perfect for building a snowman, and several trailheads allow for adventuring on cross-country skis!
Get a taste of the west at Rodeo City Bar-B-Q with mouthwatering, tender meats and delicious homemade sides. The whole family will enjoy the western theme, with Ellensburg rodeo artifacts and drinks served in cowboy boot glasses. Don't miss the famous photo op at the bar, the stools are saddles!
Downhill skiers and snowboarders can find their fill of excitement on the slopes of Snoqualmie. Beginning skiers can visit Summit West to acquire skills, intermediate skiers can go to Summit East, and those who desire advanced runs can hit Alpental. In addition to the ski runs, The Summit at Snoqualmie also offers multiple options for snowboarders, a tubing area, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. With options for all skill levels, The Summit at Snoqualmie is the choice destination for families!
Grab a superb breakfast at Wild Huckleberry Restaurant (105 W. 3rd Ave., Ellensburg), or head to Glondo's Sausage and Italian Market (216 E. 1st St., Cle Elum) to stock up on jerky and other goodies!
Enter the oasis of the Roslyn Café, dishing up unique and exceptional burgers, sammies and salads. Known for its feature on Northern Exposure, fans will recognize the Roslyn's Café mural on the side of the building! Order one of their addictive Pile o' Fries as an appetizer, once you try them there's no going back!
Take a stroll through Helen McCabe Park (at the junction of Thrall and Canyon roads five miles southeast of Ellensburg, at the mouth of the Yakima Canyon) or explore the history of the Carpenter House Museum and Gallery (302 W. Third St., Cle Elum).
Excellent service, quality entrees made from fresh ingredients, and genuine hospitality keep the locals coming back and are sure to impress. Try the wonderful Fried Lobster Ravioli as a starter then choose from a list of authentic made-to-order pasta dishes. The kid's menu also provides additional options to please the kiddos.
Spend the morning walking through the chilling ghost town of Liberty. Considered to be the oldest mining town in the state, Liberty is rich with history, dating back to 1867. There are many historic buildings in the town that can be seen and photographed, as well as interpretive signs and displays of mining equipment from the town's past. The town provides perfect exploration for all ages and abilities due to its open landscape.
For a quick breakfast, try out the Red Bird Cafe (102 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Roslyn). Also, snowshoeing at Kachess Lake offers great fun for the family and is perfect for beginners!
Voted Kittitas County's Best Place to Take Kids 2018, this park makes for a great afternoon of family fun. Make the afternoon your own and partake in a variety of activities using the park's many attractions. Pack some cocoa to share in the picnic shelter, build your best snowman, or enjoy an easy stroll on the scenic trail along the Yakima River.
Grab lunch at The Hideaway (104 N. 1st St., Roslyn), a family-friendly restaurant and bar, or check out Owens Meats (502 E. 1st St., Cle Elum) to stock up on jerky and other goodies.
Fire and Smoke is bringing the rich flavors and traditions of the south straight to your plate. With meat smoked over an Applewood fire and sauces and rubs rich with family secrets will get your mouth watering. Not to mention the homemade cornbread, smoked beans, and all the other tasty fixin's!
This popular trail offers hikers a wonderful place to learn about the woodland ecosystem with 25 different interpretive stops. At 2.45 miles roundtrip, this relatively flat trail is a great family-friendly adventure. It also makes for a nice snowshoeing trail!
Sledding at Hyak Sno-Park (I-90 Exit 54) also offers a nice outdoor activity, and the Palace Cafe (323 N. Main St., Ellensburg) makes for a great and filling breakfast beforehand!
Since 1906, the Cle Elum Bakery has been providing sweet treats to the community of Cle Elum. Family owned and operated, the bakery is filled with traditional baking and old-school recipes. Stop in and satisfy your sweet tooth with one of their flaky pastries, delicious donuts, or scrumptious cinnamon rolls!
Have a nice, healthy lunch at Lunchbox Cafe (409 N. Ruby, Ellensburg), or try out horseback riding at Flying Horseshoe Ranch (3190 Red Bridge Rd., Cle Elum).
This diner has big personality with a nostalgic, automotive theme and a classic feel. Covered floor to ceiling in retro decor, the Red Horse is a must-see and the food is just as noteworthy. The kiddos will love the fun atmosphere and the delicious milkshakes, with 16 flavors to choose from! Parents can have a treat too with a variety of beers, coolers and wines available.
The whole family will also love dinner from Roots BBQ (201 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Roslyn) or The Red Pickle Food Truck (locations vary, but they can be found regularly near Whipsaw Brewing at 704 N. Wenas St. in Ellensburg).
This flat, easy trail runs from Cle Elum to Roslyn and Ronald. A walk on the trail offers explorers a first-hand look at the coal-mining heritage through the remains of Roslyn's mines, at the railroad depot site and barn, and at Powder House Road where dynamite was stored. Open to walkers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and snowmobiles, Coal Mines Trail offers fun ways to explore historical Central Washington.
After a nice morning walk, find delicious breakfasts at Parkside Cafe (2560 W. Sparks Rd., Easton) or Basecamp Books and Bites (110 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Roslyn) to fill you up for your journey home.