Spending a weekend in Roslyn is high at the top of many Washington residents’ summer bucket list, but lodging in the area has been tricky to tackle for a number of years. But as of early May, travelers to the unique old mining town just East of the Cascades now have the option of staying at the new hotel in town — Hotel Roslyn.
“We have both visited here for years, and we’ve always loved it here,” said Danielle Bricker, who opened the hotel with her business partner Jon Aguirre. “We saw a need in the community to provide lodging and decided to make it happen.”
Prior to Hotel Roslyn opening, it’s rumored that there hasn’t been a hotel open and running in downtown Roslyn since the 1930s, leaving visitors the option of a few AirBNBs or a stay at Suncadia Resort down the road. But now that’s all changed.
“Roslyn is not a pass-through for most travelers. It’s a destination, as it has been for us for many years,” said Bricker. “People like to stay and spend time exploring here.”
And the rooms at Hotel Roslyn were specifically designed for that purpose. “We designed rooms the way we like to travel. There’s enough room for people to have their own space, while still being in the same unit,” said Aguirre. “It’s not a traditional design. We definitely built for our demographic.”
The boutique hotel offers ten rooms, featuring a room type to fit any type of weekend trip or extended stay. Guests can opt for a studio suite with a king size bed, or upgrade to a one-bedroom suite featuring a king bed in the bedroom, as well as a sofa bed in the separate living room. Two-bedroom, three-bath townhome suites are also available, allowing room to sleep up to six. The one-and-two bedroom suites also offer a kitchen, with a stovetop, fridge and dishwasher.
And with the hotel sitting right downtown in Roslyn, it’s the ideal basecamp to jet off to for a weekend getaway in the area. “We wanted to be a place for people to land and lay their head. We wanted to be unique, but it still needed to be lovely,” said Bricker. “Having a better sleep allows you to play harder the next day, ultimately giving you a better experience traveling to Roslyn.”
With Hotel Roslyn on the list to check out this summer, we planned a weekend trip to take it all in. We shared all about it on our Instagram Story a few weeks back. The hotel was just as dreamy as the photos, and we could not get over the décor. All too often, hotels can feel so much like, well, stale hotels. But Hotel Roslyn definitely didn’t fit that same bill. It felt like we were staying in an apartment, complete with lovely fixtures, a ridiculously comfortable bed, a fully stocked kitchen with every utensil you could think of and all of the amenities you could need. And with its ideal location, right in the heart of downtown, it was a great spot to stay, central to all of the other great places to check out in Roslyn and the surrounding area. “When we decided to build the hotel, it was with the goal to complement the great businesses already here,” said Bricker. “We made a commitment to supporting and highlighting all of the businesses in town, ultimately enhancing your Roslyn experience.”
Must-See Spots in Roslyn
After checking in at the hotel, make Heritage Distilling the first stop on your list. Heritage is just across the street from Hotel Roslyn, and the size of this gorgeous tasting room is totally unexpected for a small town. You can find everything from gin and vodka to bourbon and whiskey in their tasting room, with over 30 handcrafted options to choose from. There’s plenty of upstairs seating, with views of their production area, offering an awesome place to sit back and enjoy a tasting flight.
Basecamp Books & Bites
Basecamp opened in Roslyn in 2015, serving up espresso, baked goods and great breakfast options. But what Basecamp really serves as is an awesome place to fuel up for a hike. With up-to-date area trail reports, paper maps, books and trail snacks, Basecamp is a fun place to read up on the trail your heading to and grab the essentials. Their downstairs restaurant and bar also offers full-service dining and craft cocktails for a great lunch on their patio or an evening night cap.
Walk the Coal Mines Trail
The Coal Mines Trail runs through Cle Elum, Roslyn and Ronald. The trail is accessible in a number of spots, offering the option of completing the 6.3-mile full length trail, or just exploring a smaller section of the trail. In Roslyn, the trail runs along Washington Ave., right out in front of Hotel Roslyn.
Cooper Lake is less than 20 miles from Hotel Roslyn, offering a serene spot for swimming, fishing and hiking. With no motorized boats, it’s also the ideal spot for paddle boarding or kayaking, with stunning views of Lemah Mountain and Chikamin Peak.
The Roslyn Farmers Market runs Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from the beginning of June through the beginning of September, and it’s one of the liveliest farmers markets around. There’s plenty of vendors from fresh produce to artists to baked goods and gorgeous blooms, along with live music each week.