Central Washington's List of Staycation Necessities
Just because we can’t travel or get out and explore Central Washington right now doesn’t mean we can’t still treat ourselves to a little quarantine staycation! Check out this guide to Central Washington’s at-home necessities which will allow you to help support our local businesses as well as get excited about a future visit, all from the comfort of your own home!
A WASHINGTON WINE OR LOCAL BREW
We heard through the grapevine that some of Central Washington’s favorite wineries and breweries are currently offering pickup and/or delivery! Whether you’re in the area or not, you can enjoy wine from a local vineyard or fill your growler with beer from one of our small-town breweries. We know that the taste of a bold Washington wine or a sip of a refreshing local beer is just what you need right now, so we’ve brewed up this list of currently operating wineries and breweries and their offerings:
BRIX Wine Bar: Offering takeout from 4-8 p.m. daily, plus 20% off all wine bottles!
Ellensburg Canyon Winery: Selling bottles and cases for pickup (call ahead to arrange), and offering free shipping for all case orders placed online.
Gård Vintners: They ship, you sip! Order online at gardwine.com and have your favorite blend shipped straight to your home.
Grapes & Crepes: Open for takeout on Thursdays and Fridays from 4-8 p.m. A limited but delicious menu is being offered with bottled wine, beer and cider for sale as well (call ahead to order).
Thrall & Dodge Winery: Offering curbside pickup (call ahead to order).
Iron Horse Brewery: Purchase Iron Horse’s beer as well as farm fresh eggs, ground beef, and salad mix from local producers. Pick up at the pub on Fridays from 3-5 p.m. or Saturdays from 12-2 p.m. Online orders only.
Mule & Elk: Offering beer to go or beer delivered!
Roslyn Brewing Company: Open daily from 12-6 p.m. for growler fills and 22 oz. bottles to go.
Taneum Creek Brewing: Order beer online to-go, for delivery in Northern Kittitas County, or for state-wide shipping.
Wheel Line Cider: The tasting room is closed, but pickup is still available for call-in orders! If you’re not local, they ship to select locations as well!
Whipsaw Brewing: Selling 6 packs and growlers to go! Order in-store or online.
Add some new activities into your time on-screen with these ideas from Central Washington! These online activities are perfect for adults or kiddos that need a new way to pass the time.
Iron Horse Brewery’s Cyber Trivia Nights:
Iron Horse Brewery is still hosting its famous trivia nights through Zoom! Grab a can of Irish Death and join over 1,000 other participants every Wednesday night to test your trivia skills! Visit the Facebook event page to learn more.
The Junior Ranger Program:
If you’re a parent or guardian with young kids at home, you may be running out of ways to keep them busy and engaged. The Junior Ranger Program is here to help with more than a dozen fun (and educational) activities that your kids (and you) can do at home! Learn about the 40th anniversary of Mount St. Helens’ eruption, craft a critter, complete a word search, or gaze into the constellations. Some activities can be done indoors, while others can be done outside in nature if you have a space to visit that allows you to keep a safe distance from others. Once your kids have completed their activities, print off their Junior Ranger certificate and have your very own Junior Ranger ceremony congratulating the young ones for learning about nature and doing their part to keep everyone safe! Explore these activities with the Junior Ranger in your life.
Nick Zentner’s Geology Series:
Lastly, while we’re home-bound, you can find an entertaining, educational opportunity within these videos from geologist and Ellensburg local Nick Zentner. The Central Washington University professor has been producing a fascinating geology series from home! Keep your mind active and enjoy his videos which delve into local topics including Liberty Gold, the Ginkgo Petrified Forest, Ellensburg Blue Agates, and more.
Staying at home doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your favorite local meal! For those living in the area, you can enjoy a taste of Central Washington from home as well as show our small business community some love by ordering from local eateries for pickup or delivery. Explore this list of current business hours and offerings of restaurants in Ellensburg, Cle Elum, Roslyn, and the Easton and Snoqualmie communities.
SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO
We’re staying inside for the greater good, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop daydreaming about future adventures through Central Washington! Although you cannot visit right now, you can look forward to better days and spend some time planning a future visit. Find inspiration in our Visitor Guide to plan your future itinerary and explore the infinite possibilities waiting for you in the area.