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welcome to cle elum

If you are a Washington resident, or even a newcomer to the state, you know that driving over the Snoqualmie Pass can be treacherous at times. Even during sunny seasons, driving from one side of the state to the other can be exhausting.  You need somewhere to stop where you don’t have to drive fully…

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backpacking spade lake

In September, my wife Regan and I had planned a hike in the North Cascades but a spate of wildfires made that hike impossible. When the smoke cleared two days into what was to have been a five-day trip, we decided to cross a shorter hike off our bucket list and set out for a…

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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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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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Jolly Mountain views

As I write this from the north Pasco countryside, early on a Friday afternoon, I look out the window of my study toward Badger Mountain, the Horse Heaven Hills and Jumpoff Joe. Typically, I would be able to see all three (although the wild roses growing outside my window obstruct my view of Jumpoff Joe,…

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As the weather begins to change and you feel more inclined to get some fresh air, there are many places to visit. From campsites, to hiking trails to local history — there is so much to explore. But, how do you decide where to go when there are so many options? Look no further because…

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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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Central Washington is home to a multitude of state parks, each with their own unique features and viewpoints. If you’re looking for a daylong adventure through a beautiful park with river views and hiking paths, you’re in luck because the Ginkgo Petrified Forest has been patiently waiting for your visit.  Starting your journey east, coasting…

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sign

As the cool Ellensburg breeze sweeps across your face, you watch the trees sway back and forth and listen to the frenzy of birds chirping above you. Breathing in the fresh air, you exhale a large sigh and look at the beauty before your eyes — Olmstead Place Historical State Park. Although not the typical…

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