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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!


Spend the Weekend
Lodging
Holiday Inn Express
1620 Canyon Road, Ellensburg

If you enjoy wide open spaces, mountain views and outdoor activities, the city of Ellensburg, Washington is an ideal destination. This Kittitas Valley city is home to Central Washington University and is near the Yakima River and the Gorge Amphitheatre.

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For additional lodging options, check out The Lodge at Suncadia (3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum) or the Flying Horseshoe Ranch (3190 Red Bridge Rd., Cle Elum).

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Day One: Evening


Mike's Tavern
427 E 1st St, Cle Elum

Known for their great beer selection and daily specials, Mike's Tavern is a great place to chill with friends. Take some time and chat up some of the locals, maybe they'll tell you some of the secret places they enjoy in Cle Elum.

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If you're looking for a fun night of dancing, Club 301 (301 N Pearl St, Ellensburg) is the place to go. If you arrive before the dancing begins you can enjoy shuffleboard, pool, or cornhole while you enjoy your favorite drink or start your weekend with delicious handmade ice cream and sweet treats from Winegar's (1013 E University Way, Ellensburg). This premium ice cream shop has unique flavors worth trying.

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Day Two: Morning


Jenikka's Coffee House
1300 N Dolarway Rd, Ellensburg

Jennika's Coffee House is a great spot for fresh baked goods and coffee so good even the coffee snobs will be pleased.

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Treat yourself to freshly made donuts at ABC Donuts (304 N Pine St, Ellensburg). With reasonable prices you can buy a dozen, eat some now and save some for later. You're friends will thank you for finding such a great Donut shop or get up early and Hike Swauk Forest Discovery Trail! This easy hiking trail not only includes great views, but it also has interpretive signs along the way. Take a moment to learn about the surrounding ecosystem or take a break on one of the many log benches. There are many great photo ops along the way as well, so don't forget your camera or selfie sticks!

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Day Two: Afternoon


Golf at Sun Country Golf
841 St Andrews Dr, Cle Elum

Are you a golfing pro? This fun yet challenging course is perfect for a sunny day. Not a pro? Don't worry the laid-back atmosphere is perfect for those that are learning. Grab a golf cart and have fun with your friends!

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Tacos Chalito (209 S Main St, Ellensburg) serves 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 or check out the Ellensburg Distillery (4621 Rader Rd, Ellensburg). Make sure to try their handcrafted lavender gin, Amethyst Gin. Interested in buying a bottle? Ask about the best ways to drink Amethyst Gin and you will get some fun recipes. Not a gin person? Try the Wildcat White, White Whisky.

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Day Two: Evening


Parlour Car Bistro
1126, 105 N Pennsylvania Ave, Cle Elum

Get a little dressed up and treat yourself to a high-quality meal at Parlour Car Bistro. Order innovative cocktails alongside your delicious and unique main course.

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A fun place to spend the night out. Embrace your competitive side and choose one (or more) of the many video or board games that Shooters 2.0 (104 W 5th Ave, Ellensburg) supplies. A great place to laugh and enjoy your favorite games from your childhood or try Campus U-Tote-Em (810 E University Way, Ellensburg) who has been a part of Ellensburg for 70 years. Fries are hot, burgers are juicy, and shakes are yummy, what more could you need? With outdoor tables you can enjoy the cool evenings while chowing down on one of the best classic burgers in Ellensburg.

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Day Three: Morning


Sunrise from Red Top Lookout

Wake up bright and early and head to Red Top Lookout. With 360 views you can enjoy watching the sunrise and appreciate the beauty of Central Washington with your friends.

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If you love biscuits and gravy, you will love Red Bird Café (102 E Pennsylvania Ave, Roslyn). Even if you don't love biscuits and gravy, you will easily find something on the menu to enjoy or get your energy boost for the trip home at Koletty's Koffee (105 E Umptanum Rd, Ellensburg).

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