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Bird Watching
Set apart from the hustle bustle of large cities, Central Washington is the prime place for those who appreciate the magnificence of the wild birds native to this region. Prime areas to visit for the best opportunities to see a variety of species are Umtanum Creek Valley, Quilomene/Colockum Wildlife Area, & the Lower Yakima River Canyon. Bring your camera for once in a lifetime captures of exquisite birds native to the Central Washington area like, bald eagles, falcons, various species of owls, humming birds, and blue birds... to name a few.
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Wineries & Vineyards
Central Washington is the wine-lovers' destination of choice for the Pacific Northwest. With over 19,000 of Washington's residents employed by the wine industry, and $8.6 billion in state, regional, national and international money generated by the industry each year, it's no wonder we've attracted some attention! The Vineyards & Wineries of Kittitas Valley Association is a group of wine grape growers, vintners and brandy distillers that was formed in 2007 to promote the high-quality grapes and wine of the emerging region. This is a great place to start when you embark upon your very own Central Washington Wine Experience. Tours are available with just a quick detour off the freeway with breathtaking views of vineyards, orchards, row crops, mountains and the Yakima River.

Cle Elum, Washington
Suncadia Resort
This family-friendly, year-round destination resort and inn offers more entertainment than you'll ever have time for! In the winter, the 6,000+ acre property boasts a plethora of activities such as: snowmobiling tours, sleigh rides, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, guided winter fly fishing, snow bowling, glow golfing, family trivia, ice skating, and even elf tuck-ins for the little ones! With a full-service spa onsite, fine dining and an amazing wine selection, there's not a wrong time to visit Suncadia Resort. In the summer months, come experience for yourself: bike rentals and tours, scooter rentals, stand-up paddle boarding, rafting and kayaking on the Yakima and Cle Elum rivers, fly-fishing, hiking, outdoor concerts and MORE!
Owens Meats
The oldest continuously operated family business in Kittitas County, Owens Meats has been selling quality meats for over 128 years. So long in fact, that they opened for business in 1887, 2 years before Washington even became a state! Morgan Owens moved to Roslyn for the coal, and stayed to feed the generations of coal miners. One thing the Owens family has proven over the years, is their determination and perseverance - no matter what. When their original store burned down, they reopened in what is now the Roslyn Café. When the coal miners' strike happened, and then the Great Depression hit, the family's meat store faced the harsh realities of a burdened economy, and locals who had normally operated on credit for their meat purchases who were unable to pay their debts to the store. Even through WWII, the Owens Family endured the hardships of business in an unstable economy and were able to prosper - even building their own packing plant in 1946.

Today, the 5-generation strong family offers not only excellent meats, but a wide-variety of homemade sauces, marinades and glazes, and old-fashioned Mason jar style canned goods for consumer purchase. A spread even some national celebrities have come to take advantage of in recent years!

Ellensburg, Washington
Bike-Friendly Community
One of only 73 others that have been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists, Ellensburg is proud to have received the Silver Level award as a National Bike-Friendly Community. What does this mean? That Ellensburg, WA has proven their commitment to bicycling through bike promotion, education, infrastructural adaptations and pro-bicycling policies. What does this mean for the bicycle enthusiast? That Ellensburg as a community has come a long way in making the town bike-friendly, through the establishment of bike lanes and crossings, artistic bike racks downtown, and promoting the success of events like "Bike to Work Day" and the Ellensburg Manastash Bicycle Tour.

Interested in exploring some of the gorgeous bike trails embedded in the heart of nature? Check out the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail (over 300 miles long), The Cle Elum Loop (connects Ellensburg and Cle Elum via backroads in the rolling countryside), Shoestring Lake, or the Fishhook Trail.
Arts & Culture
Ellensburg is known as an artsy town with strong historical and cultural roots! Check out any of the various art galleries and the museums and immerse yourself in the town. Gallery One Visual Arts Center is cultural mecca in Ellensburg, and just a taste of what art & culture is like. With a new exhibition theme each month, art is kept fresh and fun for those repeat visitors that can't get enough of the museum. Make sure to visit some of the outdoor art too! Dick & Jane's Spot is a must go outdoor experience that demonstrates the true talent of the people of Ellensburg. Fill out the Dick & Jane's guest book to mark your visit and then stop by The Ellensburg Bull to take a quick selfie while sitting in his lap. Don't forget to take note of the fading murals of local businesses from pre-billboard times throughout Historic Downtown.

Enjoy an interactive artistic experience? Visit on the 1st Friday of every month to experience The Ellensburg First Friday Art Walk from 5pm-7pm in downtown Ellensburg. This event showcases art in all forms in galleries and non-traditional spaces, through wine, music, locals and visitors alike. The downtown area comes alive with culture and celebration when various businesses, galleries, museums come together to celebrate the beauty in local artists.
For the Foodie
If quality, freshness, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients and freshly baked bread don't get your attention, maybe the local wines and microbrews will! Check out local favorite, The Yellow Church Cafe on Pearl St. in Ellensburg the next time you're in town. Need some Latin spice in your life? Try a savory empanada at Earthquake Empanadas on 5th Ave. With a different selection of empanadas offered daily, you're sure to find something unique to satisfy your taste buds whether you're in the mood for savory, sweet or spicy.

Cornerstone Pie is where you'll find the intersection of fire-roasted pizzas, mouth-watering locally-sourced salads, feisty appetizers, and sandwich "grinders" that are bursting at the seams with flavor. With cuisine created in an artisan kitchen and served to you in a distinctive Steam Punk-inspired setting, this restaurant is artistically designed of recycled materials, and historical artifacts that are key to Ellensburg's history. Wash it all down with a Pacific Northwest-crafted pint of cold beer while you enjoy some of the entertaining events that Cornerstone Pie regularly offers their guests.
Timothy Hay
"Hay is for horses," you say?? Well known and widely used in the race horse industry, Timothy hay is recognized by race horse owners as their premium feed for award-winning Kentucky Derby horses. Cows also fancy this exceptional roughage with its low-protein, high-fiber content and cold-tolerant, cool-season oriented ease for growing in the Kittitas region. A major source of revenue for Kittitas County, approximately 90% of the hay harvested here is shipped out internationally to countries like Japan -- generating a whopping $69-80 million for the area every year! Come see for yourself what all the fuss by taking a tour of one of our local farms during harvest season in late August/early September.
Historic Downtown
The first settler, William Bud Wilson, built the first log cabin in 1868 where Ellensburg is today. While much of the downtown area of Ellensburg burned down on the 4th of July in 1889 (10 city blocks of businesses and over 200 homes), the city did not give up and went on to immediately rebuild, this time understandably using brick and stone in their construction. Many of these significant structures have been preserved over the years, available for public viewing and exploring in the roughly bounded area between 3rd and 6th avenues, and Main and Ruby streets. Some highlights for the historical culture enthusiast include the First Methodist Church erected in 1910, the Cadwell Building (1889), the impressive Davidson Building (1889), and the Collings Block (1910).

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