In July, Roslyn goes to the dogs with the city’s first ever Canine Festival! The main attraction of this dog gone day is the DockDog Competition. This will be the second time DockDogs have brought their competition to Roslyn to face off on a 40 foot dock looming over a 26,000 gallon pool that will be constructed in Runje Field. Owners and their dogs compete in three categories: Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve. This year, first timers are even welcome to register and try out some dock diving. Between waves, you’ll have no lack of entertainment as you’re invited to visit the vendors or enjoy the beer garden. It’s going to be a great time for you and your furry friends, so come on out to Roslyn July 7, 8 and 9th.
For owner Glenn Burkhart, the Northwest Bicycle Improvement Company (NBIC) is a labor of love. Though it opened in 2014 on 2nd street, the bicycle rental and service shop only recently moved to its current home on Pennsylvania Avenue. The bike shop rents and services bicycles and also carries a wide assortment of products to ensure you have everything you need to ride the roads or the local trails.
Glenn has enjoyed bike riding for as long as he can remember, so the most important goal of the shop is to help spread the joy of riding in Roslyn. “I’m really passionate about the area. I love the climate, I love the ecology that we have here,” Glenn says, “secondly, I want to support the community.” The staff is always happy to provide local trail information to help you on your way. In the Spring and Summer, the NBIC also organizes group rides, often on Saturday mornings, where bikers can just show up and join a ride. “It’s just an awesome, magical thing when people are group riding, enjoying each other’s company, enjoying the weather, and enjoying riding bikes.” Keep an eye on their Facebook page for those opportunities and be sure to check out the interactive Roslyn trail map available on their website.
The name of the shop, NorthWest Bicycle Improvement Company (a play on the historic Northwest Improvement Company that served as the company store during Roslyn’s coal mining era) is only partially tongue and cheek. The team provides a wide set of bicycle maintenance, tune-up, and repair services to help you keep your bike performing at its best. Likewise, since the team at the shop possess decades of combined experience working on bicycles, you can be sure you’ll have only top talent repairing or optimizing your ride.
One thing visitors to Roslyn are quick to notice is the number fat tire bikes. While not exclusively used for Winter riding, fat bikes are ideal for riding in snowy conditions and they help make riding a year-round recreation. The wide tires provide more grip in the snow, and when the snow melts, they’re great for sand as well (of course, fat tire bikes are available for rent at the shop). Another emerging trend is bikepacking. As the name implies, bikepacking is like backpacking, except you load up your bike with the necessary provisions and make your escape for days at a time. If you’re feeling adventurous, a variety of gear and carrying systems are available for transforming your ride into a two wheeled caravan.
If you’re not comfortable on wheels, Snowshoes are also available for rent. However, if you’re looking to enjoy a ride in Roslyn, regardless of whether you have a bike or need a bike, there is no better place to start your adventure than the Northwest Bicycle Improvement Company! Stop by and let Glenn get you started on your Roslyn ride!
Need a hand finding your way around the Roslyn network of trails? The Roslyn Trails Alliance, with support from a large group of local sponsors, maintains a detailed trail map that will help you on your way. The map is available here as a standalone PDF file. When paired with the Avenza Maps App, your phone’s GPS will place you within the map so you can easily navigate the area. Both the map and download instructions for the Avenza Trail App are available at the Northwest Bicycle Improvement Company’s website.
Roslyn is certainly not limited on things to do, see, eat and drink. Still, we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite picks – which we believe everyone should try at least once.
- Red Bird Café – The Corned Beet Reuben: This unique, vegetarian sandwich at the Red Bird Café will not disappoint. Brined and sliced beets, Kraut, Swiss cheese and 1000 Island dressing on Rye bread makes a marvelous meat free Reuben that will satisfy anyone.
- Red Bird Café – Bird’s Nest Stacker: Have you ever had an “Egg in the Basket” or a “Toad in the Hole”? These are colloquial names for an egg fried in a hole within a slice of bread. Delicious in its own right, but now imagine two of these serving as the toast on a breakfast sandwich consisting of ham, bacon, and Havarti cheese. Hidden to the side of the menu, this dish is a fantastic way for any egg and meat lover to start their day.
- The Roslyn Theatre – The Loge: Many folks already know the building with the Marlon Brando mural is the Roslyn Theatre. It’s a great little theater with a modern digital projector and a fantastic sound system. Likewise, there is no better way to watch a movie at the Roslyn Theater than from seats in the Loge. The Loge is a small balcony area, perhaps about 15 total seats, that gives you a great vantage point for watching the film. Call ahead and reserve seats, because Loge seating goes quickly.
- The Roslyn Theatre – Popcorn with “Gravy”: We’ve all had popcorn at the movies, but the Roslyn Theatre serves popcorn reimagined. The “gravy” we recommend consists of butter and brewer’s yeast. Add a touch of salt, and you will have a tub of popcorn that keeps you content regardless of what movie you’ve chosen to see.
- Carek’s – Landjager: Around here, you hear a lot about Owen’s Meats. That said, if you’re in the mood for some delicious German style landjager, Carek’s in Roslyn has you covered. It’s available for purchase by the pound, and you can’t go wrong with either the traditional or Jalapeno flavor.
- Mama Valones: Bagna Cauda: Okay, we are cheating a bit to include a recommendation from Cle Elum, but this dish is too great to pass up. The Bagna Cauda is a traditional Italian dish centered around a simmering dip of oil, butter and garlic. The dip is heated at your table on a portable burner, and you are given a wide assortment of vegetables to cook up in the delicious garlic and oil stew (think fondue). Cabbage, artichoke hearts, olives, baby corn, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini typically come in the appetizer. The Bagna Cauda dinner also includes meat options. Either are a fun and tasty dish to share with everyone at the table.
- The Roslyn Café – Pulled Pork Sliders: Anyone in Roslyn will tell you the folks at the Roslyn Café know their way around smoked meat. The pulled pork sliders include smoked, then “low and slow” roasted pork served with tangy BBQ sauce and topped with coleslaw. Then, just to make them extra special, they are served on pretzel buns.
- The Village Pizza – Honey on your Pie: We’ll be honest, you can’t go wrong with any pizza from Village Pizza. They are all made with care and love and they never miss a opportunity to delight. However, many fail to notice the honey bottles sitting amongst the condiments on the table. Before a visit to Village Pizza, we never would have considered dipping pizza crust in honey, but it’s encouraged here, and it’s fantastic.
- Basecamp – Breakfast Sandwich: This is a traditional breakfast sandwich that includes thick country ham on a kaiser roll. The thing that makes this menu item stand out above other traditional breakfast sandwiches is the hand crafted Beecher’s cheddar cheese that tops it.
- Roslyn Brewery – IPL & Root Beer: Everybody knows and loves the Brookside and Roslyn Lagers that are available at the brewery and in stores. One might not know that the brewery often has options which are not available in stores. Often, the India Pale Lager is available on tap. It has the hoppiness of an IPA with the light, refreshing, body of a lager. The #9 Root Beer, also only available at the brewery, is another local favorite. Stop into the brewery to enjoy either of these, but be advised the tasting room is for ages 21 and over, so bring a growler if you want to grab some root beer for the road.
These are just some picks that we feel should be on any visitor’s bucket list. Did we miss some of your favorites? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
Do you want to experience Winter in Roslyn, but can’t actually make it here to visit this year? Now you can enjoy a 360 degree video experience! Use your mouse to navigate within the video below, or view it in any YouTube compatible virtual reality device. Of course, it’s not as good as the real thing, but we hope it makes you feel a bit like being here!
The snow is falling and the Christmas season is in full swing in Roslyn! In addition to the great restaurants and shops worth visiting, there is also plenty of holiday fun to be had. First, don’t miss your chance for photos with Santa and friends in the historic NWI building mall. They’ll be here for a visit between noon and 3pm on Saturday the 10th and 17th. The mall hosts some fantastic local businesses, including Fused, Roslyn Rags, Hope Gallery, and Willy Nilly Antiques and Relicology. On Saturday, December 10th, the Red Bird Café (located across the street from the NWI building) will also be offering free gift wrapping with all donations going to support a local woman who is currently battling leukemia.
On Saturday December 17th at 3pm, come celebrate the Solstice at the Roslyn Yard. Create your own yule log, then take a luminaria lit walk through the Roslyn Urban Forest and enjoy a short story by fire light. A donation of $20 for families and $10 for couples is suggested (proceeds to support the Roslyn and Ellensburg Outdoor Schools).
There is also plenty going on at Suncadia during Winterfest 2016. Experience the thrill of downhill tubing through the snow with the ease of a rope tow to bring you back to the top! Three hour time blocks are $20 per person and includes use of the tube and the rope tow (weather permitting). Suncadia also offers ice skating at the outdoor rink located at the Village Pavilion. These are just a couple of the activities in Suncadia, so check out the 2016 Winterfest Guide for full details on times, costs, and scheduled activities.
While in the area, be sure to check out the other great shops and restaurants in town, including:
- Shops: From Roslyn with Love (now inside Maggie’s Pantry), Basecamp Books and Bites, Gypsy and James, The Kitchen Sink, Roslyn Candy Company, The Roslyn Grocery, Ride Roslyn, Cicely’s Gift Shop, Roslyn Herbs, Fabi’s Barber-ette, Harper’s Lumber.
- Food and Beverage: The Brick Saloon, the Roslyn Roadhouse, The Roslyn Café, Roslyn Mexican Grill, Village Pizza, Maggie’s Pantry, Marko’s Place and the Hideaway, and the Roslyn Eagles (members and guests only).
- Entertainment & Attractions: The Roslyn Theatre, the Roslyn Museum, The Roslyn Cemetery.
Labor Day Weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year in upper Kittitas County. On Saturday, the two day High Country Log Show starts at 1pm, providing a weekend of entertaining logging competitions and fun for the entire family. Saturday night, consider visiting the Roslyn, Ronald, Cle Elum Heritage Club’s All Nation’s Heritage Night celebration at Hawthorne Hall in the neighboring town of Ronald. The event celebrates all nations and will feature live music, Glondo’s sausage, a dessert table, and even a raffle. The Heritage Club will also be holding the traditional Coal Miners Crowning of King Coal at the Miners’ Memorial in Roslyn on Sunday at 10am, just before the annual parade at noon. While in town, be sure to explore the great downtown shops (including those in the historic NWI building) take in some music at The Roslyn Yard, and browse the popular Sunday Farmers Market! Come for a day or come for the weekend, either way, you’ll be glad you did!
If you’re out at the Brick for Happy Hour this Friday and you hear some nearby quacking, it’s likely you have just waddled into a 10 years running local event called Duckfest. Originally started as a neighborhood BBQ back in the Summer of 2007, Duckfest has evolved into a local tradition that includes royalty, special handshakes, majestic attire, rubber duck races, and good times with friends new and old. To organize the first Duckfest, it was decided a royal court needed to be formed to manage the planning, and thus, the first King and Queen of Duckfest were crowned. The first year was a potluck style party where neighbors came together with food and home brewed beer to spend an evening under the stars chatting and playing guitars around a fire. Over time, new traditions developed, including the rubber duck races that commence in the Brick’s 23 foot long running water spittoon (Friday, August 19th this year). The races usually kick off with a toast given by the reigning King and Queen over a round of Duckfarts. Following the races, the Duckfesters and new found friends parade to other establishments, often with instruments and dressed in grand attire. The Friday festivities are open to anyone who wishes to participate in this Roslyn style fun. Just show up at the Brick and join in with the crowd. Later in the weekend, a locals only Duckfest event is held to celebrate the company of friends, enjoy live music, and crown the new King and Queen, who will carry the tradition forward into the following year. Duckfest is just another example of how fun it is to live in the unique and wonderfully quacktastic city of Roslyn.
This weekend, Roslyn is once again going to the dogs! The ARRF Animal Rescue Doggie Olympics will be held Saturday July 23rd at Runje Park. The annual ARRF Doggie Olympics supports a great cause and is fun for the entire family! Bring the kids and bring the dogs for a morning packed full of fun K9 competitions, including:
- Doggie Dash
- Dunking for Dogs
- Peanut Butter Lick
- Musical Hoops
- Most Unusual Trick
- Frisbee Throw