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People drinking beer and watching Ellensburg Winterhop Brewfest online

In its 17th year, the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce is working hard to put on the 2021 Winterhop Brewfest, which is set to occur on Jan. 16, 2021. This event has always been a crowd pleaser, bringing travelers and locals to downtown Ellensburg to sip beer from over 30 breweries from around Washington state.…

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Wisconsinburger red white and blueberry in Spokane

Not far off of the highway and tucked into the Perry District of Spokane, Wisconsinburger is a Midwestern-themed burger stop you don’t want to miss. From its creative menu to its authentic Wisconsin custard and cheese, visitors get a real taste for the dairy state with every visit. I recently sat down with Jeff Nordvall,…

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4 Best Hot Chocolate Spots In Seattle

With the weather getting colder outside, there’s never been a better time to get a warm cup of hot chocolate. This is especially true if you love the outdoors, as you get to reward all your activity with a tasty mug of chocolate. I’ve been in Seattle for over 25 years, so here are my…

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Best Bagels in Spokane

Bagels: More than just fat pieces of bread, the right bagel can take you back to your childhood, brunch moments with friends, places you’ve traveled — or just heartily fill you up. Bagels seem simple: round bread made of easy-to-find ingredients with a hole in the middle. However, a bagel is so much more than…

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Vinman's Bakery cinnamon rolls Ellensburg

When I was in high school, I had the good fortune to be an exchange student in Switzerland. On my return from this life-changing experience, one of the things I missed the most was crusty European bread. Fast forward to the present and one can find bakeries making real bread all over America, hurrah! Even…

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charcuterie board with Washington products

Scrolling through Instagram, Pinterest or your favorite food sites, it’s pretty difficult not to spot a charcuterie board or two. Charcuterie boards (or cheese plates, cheese boards, antipasto platters) have been rising in popularity, whether they’re being served at fancy dinner parties or weddings, or serving as the perfect replacement for dinner when you don’t…

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Kitty Cantina Seating area Spokane

Kitty Cantina is Spokane’s first and only cat café. Its long-awaited opening took place on June 8th, 2020, having been delayed a few months due to the Covid-19 statewide shutdown. Their original opening date was set in April, but they were only able to operate their drive-thru coffee window until Phase 2 of Washington’s reopening…

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People sitting outside in beer garden

Anchored by classic northwest brewpubs like Boundary Bay and Chuckanut Brewery, “Brewingham” has long been a favorite Washington beer destination. Bellingham’s modern brewery boom began around 2012 with the opening of Kulshan Brewing — followed by Aslan, Wander, Structures and many more. If you haven’t been to town in a while, you might have missed…

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Roast House Coffee Explore Washington State

We’re spilling the beans—the official Explore Washington State coffee is here! Great coffee always comes to mind when you think of Washington, whether you’re starting off your work day with it, sipping a cup before heading out on a hike or taking a mug with you on a Sunday drive. And we wanted to bring…

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If you’re looking for quality fresh and smoked meats, then you have to stop at Owens Meats in Cle Elum, Washington. The meat market has been a staple in Kittitas County for over 125 years. Five generations of Owens have built the business into what it is today by expanding the Cle Elum location, adding…

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