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Whether you want to spend the night, the weekend, or the week, we've 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!


By providing you with three different suggestions for mornings, afternoons, and evenings, you can customize your trip even more! Choose your favorite suggestions for fun filled experiences to last a lifetime!


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Lodging

Hampton Inn

3600 Suncadia Trail
Ellensburg, WA 989926
509-933-1600

Motel 6

403 W University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
509-962-5585

Econo Lodge Cle Elum

906 E 1st St
Cle Elum, WA 98922
509-674-2380

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Day One: Evening


1) Blue Rock Saloon
Ellensburg, WA
Order a side of tots alongside your meal and then prepare yourself for a fun night filled with music and line dancing. Even if you don't particularly like country music, you will still have a blast, especially if it is a weekend night.




2) The Orchard
Cle Elum, WA
Make sure to pack your favorite outfit for a "fancy" night out. The Orchard is great place to go out to celebrate or just to treat yourself and your friends. Each dish is creative, delicious, and beautifully presented (aka Instagram worthy) so don't forget to snap a pic before you dive in.






3) Roslyn Brewing Company Taproom
Roslyn, WA
This dog friendly taproom is a great place to fill up that growler you've been waiting to use. With a cool copper bar, classic Roslyn exterior, and plenty of delicious beer on tap, this is the perfect spot for an evening out on the town.


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Day Two: Morning


1) Cooper River Trail

Wildflowers, wildlife, and old-growth oh my! This river-side hike explores the old-growth forest and is a great hike for those of all levels, including kids. With great views along the way you'll enjoy every step. Tip: The best spots for a morning snack are a half mile along the Pete Lake Trail.






2) Sunset Café
Cle Elum, WA
For a homemade and delicious breakfast, Sunset Café will deliver. With a generous breakfast menu you can have all the classics such as blueberry pancakes, bacon and eggs, or gravy and biscuits and more! You can even treat yourself to a post-breakfast pie.






3) Old Skool's
Ellensburg, WA
Explore this "Old Skool" shop. With records, cds, and vintage clothing you can embrace the "good ol' days.


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Day Two: Afternoon


1) BRIX by Elevage Wine Company
Ellensburg, WA
Relax and enjoy an afternoon in the outdoor seating with great wine and delicious food. Not a wine person? BRIX also has a great selection of beer on rotation.






2) Rent paddle boats at Lake Easton
Easton, WA
Spend the afternoon at Lake Easton. Canoes or paddle boats are available to rent. Take a paddle boat for a spin, pack some snacks and enjoy the time out on the water.






3) Smokey's Bar-B-Que
South Cle Elum, WA
For Bar B Que lovers Smokey's Bar-B-Que will exceed your expectations. Located in the train depot in South Cle Elum, you can enjoy your meal in a great atmosphere. They even have a nice selection of vegetarian options.


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Day Two: Evening


1) [ the pub ] by Iron Horse Brewery
Ellensburg, WA
Order a flight of their most popular beers and find your new favorite. Grab a pint of your new favorite and enjoy delicious and locally sourced pub fare.






2) Starlight Lounge and Dining Room
Ellensburg, WA
Located in the heart of historic downtown Ellensburg, The Starlight offers 3 different atmospheres you can choose from. You can choose the quiet dining area, lively front bar, or intimate back room.






3) Frontier Tavern
Ellensburg, WA
Local bar with awesome folks. Stiff drinks, pretty cowgirls and cowboys.


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Day Three: Morning


1) Gunnar's Café
Cle Elum, WA
Grab a breakfast sandwich or stay a while and order a healthy and hearty breakfast to eat it in the fun upstairs seating area.






2) Wanapum State Park and Columbia River
Ellensburg, WA
Spend the morning relaxing and catching some of those early afternoon sun rays. If it is warm enough, you can even take a dip in the Columbia River, so don't forget your swim suit.






3) Tuckaway Antiques
Cle Elum, WA
What better souvenir than a unique and vintage trinket from a Central Washington antique store! Explore the beautiful and quirky items Tuckaway Antiques has in store.


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Day Three: Afternoon



1) Ellensburg Canyon Winery
Ellensburg, WA
For a unique wine tasting experience, head to Ellensburg Canyon Winery. Sample any of the wines that catch your eye and spend some time chatting with the owner Gary. He is exceptionally educated in wine making and is very personable.






2) Photoshoot on Westberg Trail

In the late spring, Westberg Trail is a butterfly haven. Throughout the whole hike you can find amazing fields of flowers. Find the perfect field of flowers and butterfly's and stop for picture-perfect photoshoot with friends.






3) Best of Thai
Cle Elum, WA
Pack a lunch and head to Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park for an afternoon in the outdoors in Ellensburg. Bring your volleyball and gather the family and friends and enjoy a fun-filledBest of Thai takes advantage of having the high-quality Owens Meats nearby. Meals made with fresh meats and produce are delicious, and a great option for when you are craving Asian Cuisine.


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Day Three: Evening


1) The Keg Cellar
Cle Elum, WA
The Keg Cellar is a great place to watch "the big game" (whatever sport that may be) and hang out with your friends. Make sure to try the house signature Dragon Fly shot and get to know the bartenders.






2) The Tav
Ellensburg, WA
Home to a great selection of beer, friendly servers, and classic pub fare, you can enjoy the evening with friends playing pool.






3) The Horseshoe Tavern
Ellensburg, WA
Head on over to the Horseshoe Tavern before 6:00PM Monday-Friday and check out their happy hour. Play a game of pool and try one of the many craft beers on tap for a fun night out with friends.


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Day Four: Morning


1) Reed Park
Ellensburg, WA
Grab your travel coffee mug and head to Reed Park for great views of Ellensburg. You can see Central Washington University's Campus, Kittitas Valley, and the Stewart Range. Nothing like starting your morning with some beauty.






2) Cottage Café & Fireside Lounge
Cle Elum, WA
With exceptional service and breakfast served with fresh ingredients, you'll want to eat breakfast here as often as possible. Their omelets are delicious, and their pies are made from scratch- so you can get breakfast and dessert all in one stop!






3) Evolve Clothing and Jewelry
Ellensburg, WA
Explore this fun boutique in downtown Ellensburg. With unique jewelry and cute clothing, you'll leave with a new outfit to explore Central Washington in!


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Day Four: Afternoon


1) Kabob House
Ellensburg, WA
Kabob House is the go to spot in Ellensburg for Greek Cuisine. Enjoy a delicious gyro or try their homemade hummus as an appetizer.






2) fused
Roslyn, WA
Glass blowing class!
Embrace your inner artist and bring your friends to fused for a glass blowing class. Even if you don't participate you will enjoy watching the process of making glass art.






3) Easton Saloon
Easton, WA
Easton Saloon is filled with character and is a great spot to enjoy the yummy food and friendly service. With reasonable prices you can spend the afternoon here relaxing with your drink of choice.


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Day Four: Evening


1) Bleachers Sports Bar & Grill
Ellensburg, WA
With tons of TV's, Bleachers is THE spot to watch games. This bar and grill has a nice assortment of menu options and an attentive and lovely staff.





2) Wild Goose Casino
Ellensburg, WA
For a fun and unique night out, head to Wild Goose Casino. They have plenty of table games, a full bar, and great food! For a small casino, Wild Goose has a lot to offer.





3) The Old #3
Ronald, WA
With a melt-in-your-mouth prime rib on Friday and Saturday nights, friendly service, and a generous menu, The Old #3 is a great place to re-energize after a full day exploring Central Washington.


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Day Five: Morning


1) Udderly Espresso
Ellensburg, WA
For a quick coffee stop on your way out of town, Udderly Espresso has friendly baristas that will make your day! Great coffee from great people.






2) Parkside Café and Turtle Lounge
Easton, WA
With large servings and superb food, you will leave with a happy belly. No better way to end a vacation than with great food.






3) Red Mountain Coffee
Snoqualmie Pass, WA
Just off of I-90 on Snoqualmie Pass, Red Mountain Coffee is the perfect spot to stop to grab some caffeine for your trip home. You can even grab a delicious slice of pizza for the road.


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