Day One: Evening
Cle Elum, WA
A beautiful, warm, and welcoming atmosphere that is paired with a large stone fireplace makes Beau's Pizza, Pasta & Steak a restaurant worth trying. Meals are made with fresh ingredients and the menu offers a wide selection so no matter what you fancy, you'll find something you will enjoy.
Feel like a local and enjoy the locals favorite, The Keg Cellar
(112 N Pennsylvania Ave, Cle Elum). It is the perfect place to celebrate your arrival to Central Washington and take a moment to relax or enjoy Springboard Winery's
(423 N Main St, Ellensburg) wide selection of wine, beer, appetizers, and meals in their cute outdoor patio. Make sure to leave extra space in your suitcase. You just might fall in love with their wine and may end up coming home with a bottle or two.
Day Two: Morning
Umptanum Rd, Ellensburg
Carey Lake, known locally as People's Pond, is actually a slow-moving section of the Yakima River that has a pebbly beach and extensive grassy areas. Bring your kayak and launch here for a nice morning paddle or grab a blanket and some plates for a picnic breakfast in this peaceful park.
Known for its excellent atmosphere, D&M Coffee
downtown location (323 N Pearl St, Ellensburg) is the go to place for locals that want a fun place to relax, meet friends, or even study or start your morning with great coffee and pastries. Dakota Cafe
(417 N Pearl St, Ellensburg) is a nice place to relax before the adventurous day ahead.
Day Two: Afternoon
207 W University Way, Ellensburg
This is not your everyday convenience store. Happy's Market is your go to shop for all your beer drinking needs. Not only do they sell a huge variety of beer, they also have a bar right in the store where you can try a pint or two of local beers on tap. Make sure to check out their food menu for a great afternoon fuel-up.
Mountain Bike Jo Watt Canyon Trail
. Located in Thorp, Joe Watt Canyon is an intermediate to difficult x-country mountain bike trail. You can find some single track and a lot of double track on this trail or stop by Tacos Chalito's
food truck (209 S Main St, Ellensburg), serving genuine Mexican Cuisine that is extremely tasty. This taco truck remains stationary on Main Street Ellensburg and offers sit down seating outside and inside the adjacent building.
Day Two: Evening
702 E University Way, Ellensburg
Do you have a hankering for sushi? Kiku-Chan Japanese Restaurant serves authentic Japanese food and makes delicious sushi rolls! With great service and casual atmosphere Kiki-Chan is the answer to your cravings.
Stop in for a bite to eat at Basecamp Books and Bites
(110 W Pennsylvania Ave, Roslyn) and browse through their great selection of books to leave with your new favorite book. Basecamp Books and Bites is also a great place to research the best hikes in the area or try Rossow's U-Tote-Em
(807 W University Way, Ellensburg), "Home of the famous Ellensburger!" The Ellensburger is made with one grilled ham on their deluxe burger with melted American cheese.
Day Three: Morning
Wildflowers, wildlife, and old-growth oh my! This river-side hike explores the old-growth forest and is 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.
Try Rock Hounding at Red Top Lookout
(Cle Elum, WA), not only a great hike but it is also a great spot to find agates and thunder eggs. Looking for real homestyle cooking? Copper Kettle
(210 W University Way, Ellensburg) serves up delicious breakfast foods. Expect to leave with a full belly, their food is delightful!
Day Three: Afternoon
201 W Pennsylvania Ave, Roslyn
Roots BBQ keeps it simple with Tradition Texas Style BBQ. Slow cooked briskets, yummy pulled pork, and an outdoor seating area serves for a great lunch in Roslyn. Check out their menu here: rootsbbqroslyn.com
Go exploring through Liberty Ghost Town
. Have fun and imagine what life was like back then when the Gold Rush was in the front of everyone's thoughts or try your hand at some disc golf! Ellensburg DGC (Disc Golf Course)
is a 9-hole, par 3 course is located at Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park. With easily visible baskets and clearly marked signs, this course is great for those just starting off and embarking on the Disc Golf Journey.
Day Three: Evening
1) Heritage Distilling Co.
3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum
HDC (Heritage Distilling Co.) is one of the largest craft distilleries on the West Coast. Visit their distillery to try their well known spirits. Learn more about HDC here: heritagedistilling.com
(307 E 5th Ave, Ellensburg) not only offers great pizzas but they also incorporate many elements of repurposed and recycled elements into their restaurant's design. With a fun, Steam Punk design, Cornerstone Pie is not only a treat for the taste buds, but for the eyes as well or take a trip to Middle Fork Teanaway River
. With magical mountain rivers winding through a gorgeous mountain valley this hike will definitely be one for the books. This trail requires you to ford the river so be careful, especially with the Spring melt from the mountains, and make sure you're hiking with a buddy!
Day Four: Morning
Hiking around Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area can lead you to Whiskey Dick Ridge where you'll find sweeping views of what makes Central Washington such a great place to visit. It can get windy up on the ridge so dress accordingly. Make sure to keep an eye out for Mt Adams and Mt Rainier that you can sometimes see on a clear day.
The Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail is one of the longest rail-trail conversions in the United States. Make sure to pack a jacket and a light-source because this tunnel is 2.3 miles long and can get chilly and dark, fast. Grab your bike, or just your running shoes, this tunnel is fun at all speeds. (PSA: if you decide to bike watch out for the walkers!) Grab a gup of great coffee, great snacks, and a great atmosphere, D & M Coffee is a GREAT place to begin your last full day in Central Washington!
Day Four: Afternoon
113 E 1st St, Cle Elum
Looking to stock up on new flies or need new gear? Head to Troutwater Fly Shop. Don't forget to check out the latest fishing reports while you're in. Stay awhile and kick back with a cold refreshment to catch the latest fly fishing videos on the comfortable leather couches!
Looking for a fun way to explore Central Washington? Why not do it by horseback! Three Peak Outfitters (3000 Bullfrog Rd, Cle Elum) offers a variety of trail riding options and is great for riders of all experience levels. Call ahead and book your reservation now! If you're thirsty, head to Dru Bru (10 Pass Life Way #3, Snoqualmie Pass) for craft beers sourced locally, apart from the imported German malts, to create a distinct taste. This is a fun mountain brewery with distinct mountain vibes and great brews.
Day Four: Evening
704 N Wenas St, Ellensburg
"Drink out cut, sharing the rest" is Whipsaw Brewing's motto. This family run brewery really cares about the people they share their beer with, so you feel welcomed as soon as you step through the doors.
Mike's Tavern (427 E 1st St, Cle Elum) has a great selection of Micro Beers alongside the best local wines. With pool tables, great beers and wines, you could spend hours at Mike's Tavern! Or order a pint, or pitcher, of beer and enjoy a good 'ole slice of pie at Village Pizza (105 W Pennsylvania Ave, Roslyn). Their pizza's are made with homemade dough and fresh ingredients for an explosion of flavors in every bite.
Day Five: Morning
1503 US-97, Ellensburg
Drive through Udder Place for an excellent espresso on your way out of town. Get caffeinated before your trip home!
Maggie's Pantry (107 W Pennsylvania Ave, Roslyn) offers a wide variety of natural and organic foods. Explore the grocery store side of Maggie's Pantry and stock up for the trip home or order a yummy breakfast burrito or sandwich to fuel up!
Headed west on I-90? Stop at the Summit Pancake House (603 WA-906, Snoqualmie Pass) for a meal to satisfy you until you get home. Located just off of I-90, Summit Pancake House is convenient and serves a hearty breakfast, perfect for the long trip ahead of you!