As the holidays near an end, it’s time to put aside all of the trimmings and take on that personal quest for new beginnings. Where better to start those renewed goals in this new year than with a breath of fresh mountain air? Nestled in the Cascade Mountains and located just 80 miles east of Seattle hides the small town of Roslyn, Washington. Founded in 1886 as a coal mining town, Roslyn is probably still best known for the 1990s television series Northern Exposure.
Primarily small and off the beaten path, for decades Roslyn remained relatively quiet with its simple ways. However, today the town is re-energized with the Pacific Northwest’s booming economy and growing population. Take a step forward toward those resolutions, although it will feel like a step back in time, as you visit Roslyn and enjoy all of the beauty and recreation that Seattle’s backyard has to offer.
Roslyn is considered home to one of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest natural playgrounds. If you are looking to opt outside this winter and experience extracurricular ways of getting fit, Roslyn offers no shortage of winter opportunities for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding, ice climbing and simply enjoying the great outdoors. In the warmer seasons, visitors can enjoy boating, rafting, hiking, biking, and world-class golf at the nearby Suncadia Resort. Whether you choose to take a scenic snowmobile tour or snowshoe up a trail less traveled, you cannot help but marvel at the area’s natural wonders.
While in town, be sure to make your way down West Pennsylvania Avenue, which is home to the world-famous Brick Saloon, Washington’s oldest continuously operating bar, established in 1889. From there and just down the street, be sure to step foot into another iconic building from the series Northern Exposure, Northwest Mining Co., aka Cicely’s Gift Shop, which carries anything and everything Roslyn. Another town attraction is Fused, a glass shop, gallery and studio. It’s a visitor and local favorite where the owner, Tony, will greet you with a smile and show you how raw glass becomes art. There’s even an area where you can create your own masterpiece if you’re feeling creative. After a long day of taking in all of the fresh air you can handle, consider catching a show at the local Roslyn Theatre.
While Roslyn offers a number of dining options, a few stand out above the rest when trying to stay aligned with those new year's goals.
One step in Maggie’s Pantry and you know you’ve entered a natural market. From fresh, organic produce to the great selection of healthy shelved items, they set the bar for healthy eats—and their coffee is among the best in the Northwest.
Basecamp Books & Bites
A bookstore, restaurant and bar located in the heart of historic downtown Roslyn. It’s the perfect place for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu full of healthy choices. Enjoy their grab-and-go selection if you’re on the run.
An iconic symbol of Roslyn that boasts fresh fare with an eclectic atmosphere. From their daily specials to their specialty drinks, Rosyln Café is a must.
Roslyn has limited commercial lodging options, but that’s OK; what better way to extend your stay than in a mountain home or cabin? If you decide to make your stay longer than a day trip, it is recommended to plan ahead for accommodations as many vacation rentals have been known to book up to a year in advance.
Lastly, be warned that once you’ve arrived, you might not want to leave and could very possibly find yourself on Roslyn time. For more photos, visit LifestylePubs.com/Kirkland.