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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!
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Located on the Yakima River, this upscale but rustic lodge is great for relaxation and enjoying yourself. Enjoy access to a pool and hot tub (open 365 days a year), close proximity to many local wineries, and more at Canyon River Ranch.
The Brick Saloon, circa 1889, is the showcase of impressive vintage interior fixtures, including a 100-year-old back bar made in England, a 23-foot-long running-water spittoon, and a jail cell in the basement. The tavern's rich history is paired with tasty pub fare to provide a memorable experience.
Head to Stella's for fresh and healthy breakfasts and baked goods. Try a latte with their homemade caramel sauce for a sweet start to your day! Cozy up on their patio with your hot drink and enjoy the beautiful snow-covered view with your friends.
Iron Horse Brewery produces some of the best craft brews right here in Ellensburg, including Irish Death which they are best known for. Spend the afternoon learning about the process and building your beer knowledge. Tour the facility and then head to [ the pub ] for more fun!
For lunch, try out a slice of pizza from Cornerstone Pie (307 E. 5th Ave., Ellensburg), or experience the big flavors of The Red Pickle Food Truck (locations vary, but they
The Old #3 Restaurant and Sports Bar
8381 State Rt. 903, Ronald
Whether you're looking for a restaurant your whole group will enjoy or a sports bar where you can watch the big game, The Old #3 Restaurant is where you want to be. Try to tackle the restaurant's biggest burger, The Mother Lode! This Mother of All Burgers features two quarter-pound patties, American and Swiss cheese, fries and onion rings, lettuce, tomato and burger relish. Think you can handle it? Head in and see!
Check out the Orchard Restaurant (212 1st St., Cle Elum) and the Keg Cellar Tavern (112 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Cle Elum).
The pristine Mirror Lake is one of Central Washington's best kept secrets. Named for the way the water mirrors the mountain range so clearly, the spot is treasured among locals. A short trek will take you through the forest to this beautiful lake, a picturesque scene with vibrant fall foliage or snow-capped mountains.
Stop by the Red Horse Diner (1518 W. University Way, Ellensburg) or Gunnar's Bistro (811 Hwy 970, Cle Elum) for a tasty breakfast to start your day.
The Canyon River Grill offers diners top notch food, service and atmosphere. The view of the Yakima River Canyon from the window or outdoor deck is stunning. Lunch and dinner menu's offer delicious options for everyone and saving room for dessert is highly recommended.
Mule and Elk is Cle Elum's first nano-brewery, offering craft beers and ciders to those who want to kick back with a pint and good company. The beautiful space encourages friendly conversation with big, shared tables and a long bar with plenty of seating. Great for groups or those looking to make new friends!
Not quite what you're looking for? Consider the Frontier Tavern (111 W. 4th Ave., Ellensburg) or Brix by Elevage Wine Company (109 W. 3rd Ave., Ellensburg).
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!
Hit the mountain for skiing and snowboarding or have a classy brunch at Portals (3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum).
This mountain lake is a popular destination among locals. In the winter, the park offers cross-country and snowmobiling trails. Explore the picturesque park in all its glory while it displays Central Washington's vibrant fall colors or becomes a winter wonderland after snowfall. We recommend grabbing a hot drink on your way there to keep you warm!
After a morning at the mountain, head to Dru Bru (10 Pass Life Way #3, Snoqualmie Pass) to celebrate over a pint with friends or The Commonwealth (10 Pass Life Way #1, Snoqualmie Pass) to warm up and relax with delicious food.
Blue Rock is Ellensburg's #1 country bar. With fun events every night, the Saloon is a great place to stop by during a night out on the town! Taco and drink specials are happening every Tuesday and Thursday, and Country Night every Friday features free line dancing lessons.
Antiquing in Ellensburg
Various Locations, Ellensburg
Ellensburg is an antique hunter's dream. There are a number of antique shops to choose from that specialize in just about every era. You could easily spend hours browsing for unique trinkets or gifts. Favorite places include Relics, Junk-tiquen in the Burg, and Functional Junk Salvage. See what kinds of treasures you can find!
For breakfast stop by The Porch (608 N. Main St., Ellensburg) or The Early Bird (108 S. Water St., Ellensburg) for fresh, healthy food. Mimosas anyone?