Bloody MaryBasecamp Books and Bites has some great new additions.  The downstairs bar is now open and so is the back patio.  With a direct connection to the neighboring Roslyn Yard, this spot is quickly becoming a popular place to eat, drink, and enjoy the city of Roslyn.  The bar offers a handful of beers on tap, as well as an assortment of bottles and cans.   Wines and specialty cocktails round out the beverage menu, and Friday Night Flights is an opportunity to try something new.  Can’t decide what to order?  Let us recommend the Bloody Mary.  Served with stuffed olive, pepperoncini, celery, lime and a strip of bacon, the Mary is a fantastic way to star your day.

Basecamp Bar

Basecamp Patio

 

brochure_RoslynNow it’s easier than ever to explore Roslyn and find fun and interesting things to do!  The “Welcome to Roslyn” guides, which were extremely popular last year, have been updated and are available at no cost from Roslyn area businesses.  The guides include an area map, an index of businesses, an events calendar, dining recommendations, and suggestions on things to do and see.  Frankly, the included map would better be described as art with function.  Not only does it serve to guide you around the lovely and historic City of Roslyn, it also does a great job depicting the charm and local flavor of this unique area.   It is the product of local artist Kathleen Michael and prints or canvas versions can be requested via email or at her downtown shop, From Roslyn With Love.  To see more of her work, be sure to visit the shop (and while you’re there, keep an eye out for a pesky photobombing Sasquatch!).
Roslyn Map

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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. Red Bird Cafe - StackerDelicious 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!

Roots BBQAre you craving authentic Texas style BBQ in a great outdoor environment? If so, be sure to visit Roots BBQ, Roslyn’s new outdoor BBQ pit. Brisket and Ribs are available by the pound and smoked chicken and hot links are also at the ready. Side dishes include Collard Greens, Pit Beans, Copper Carrots, and Coleslaw. Of course, beer and wine is also available to help you beat the heat. Brisket and pulled pork sandwiches top off the menu and plenty of condiments and BBQ sauces are available at the tailgate condiment bar (which is constructed form an actual tailgate from an old fashioned pickup truck). Roots is located right behind the Roslyn Café and is open from 11:30am to 9pm Thursday through Sunday.

#9 Miner's GrilL BurgerIf you’re coming to visit Roslyn, be sure to plan enough time to stop into the new #9 Miner’s Grill for lunch or dinner.  Formerly the Cruise-In Diner, this newly revamped establishment brings the feel of a traditional roadhouse, complete with complimentary peanuts and a license to discard your shells on the floor as you please.  We stopped in for lunch and had a fantastic cheeseburger with all the fixin’s and a trip through the salad bar.  Steak and chicken sandwiches, elk burgers, a fish sandwich, fish and chips, and even a BLT are examples of other items that grace the lunch menu.  Of course, the highlight of the dinner menu is the steaks!  New York, flank, and flat iron steaks are proudly sourced from Cle Elum’s own Owen’s Meats.  No roadhouse grill would be complete without a selection of cocktails, wines and beers. There are no draught beer options currently, but the beer selection includes a wide range of traditional lagers and a solid assortment of Ales in 22 ounce bottles (including options from local brewers like Icicle, Roslyn, and Iron Horse). So, when you’re heading into town, be sure to bring your appetite because the #9 Miner’s Grill is ready to serve.

#9 Miner's Grill

Basecamp Make Roslyn your basecamp to outdoor recreation with Basecamp Books and Bites.  As the name implies, Basecamp is a community gathering place, it’s a spot to grab a bite or read a book, and Miner Wallit’s a terrific starting point for any Roslyn area outdoor adventure.  Located in the center of town (in the building known for the historic miner mural), the comfortable setting allows for indoor and outdoor seating while you enjoy an espresso drink, a snack, or even a light meal.  If you’re not sure what the rest of your day has in store, there are plenty of trail guides and hiking books available to help you pull your plans together.  And don’t worry, there are lots of snacks and trail mixes available to provide you nourishment when you hit the trails.  Basecamp is open seven days a week, so come on out to Roslyn and start an adventure!Basecamp

Victory for the EaglesThe Eagle’s Club took the trophy this year at the Second Annual Roslyn Bar Wars Water Balloon Battle.  The trophy that sat proudly for a year in the window at Marko’s Place is now sitting inside the Aerie 696.  Though the Eagles took the prize this year, the real winners are ARRF and the Roslyn Library, who will be splitting the $1000 raised at this year’s event.  The event was well attended at both venues and the streets were crowded with innocent observers and under-aged insurgents.

This year’s battle was scored on 3 criteria: most spirit and enthusiasm (won by Eagle’s), hardest fought battle (won by Marko’s), and most money raised (won by Eagle’s).  In addition to over 2000 balloons, participants on both sides battled with hoses, buckets, super soakers and squirt guns.  The Eagles had a massive slingshot to launch balloons deep into Marko’s territory, but Marko’s didn’t go down easy.  In one instance, the Marko’s team even pushed into Eagles territory and stole some of their ammo. Thanks to all who participated!  More photos are available here!

Water Balloon War

 

2015RoslynArtFestivalPoster_smThere’s no end to the fun you can have in Roslyn this weekend during the Second Annual Roslyn Art Festival! In addition to a variety of different types of art, you can look forward to local chocolates, champagne and wine tasting, unique appetizers, and even a wine grab.  During the days (Aug 22 and 23), the merchants in the NWI building will be offering opportunities to make unique arts and crafts along with an Art Festival craft mercado and merchandise shop. At Basecamp, Bites and Books, there will be a beautiful display of artwork as part of the festival’s first juried art show.  Second street (near the bike shop) will be full of fun bicycle decorating and all over downtown will be “try’-it” stations, where you become the artist.  Live music will be filling the streets and most of the shops in Roslyn will be joining in and welcoming all!  So come on out and celebrate the Arts, Roslyn style!

Roslyn Bar WarsOn Saturday, August 22nd, Marko’s and the Roslyn Eagles will be hosting the 2nd Annual patio vs patio Roslyn Water Balloon War.  This event is sure to be an awesome way to beat the heat and have fun doing it.  Doors open at noon at the Eagles (members only) and at 2pm at Marko’s.  So come on down, choose your allegiance, and prepare for the water fight at 4pm.  Like last year, Marko’s will be playing to raise funds for the Roslyn Library and the Eagles Club will be playing for ARRF.   A donation to your side’s cause is requested to participate in the battle.  Water balloons will be provided, and you are also welcome to bring your own balloons and super soakers.  The Eagles will be manning the grill, offering $6.50 burgers and fries from 2pm until supplies are depleted.  Food costs are being covered by the Eagles, so every dollar spent toward food will be donated!  There will be fun-in-the-sun raffle prizes as well.

This water balloon war is for a couple of great causes, so come on out and show your support (please note, this is an age 21 and over event)!  Visit here for more information and a recap of last year’s event!

doggie_olympicsThis weekend, Roslyn goes to the dogs!  The ARRF Animal Rescue Doggie Olympics will be held Saturday July 11th at Runje Park.  Roslyn will also be home to the Puget Sound Dock Dogs Northwest Regional Championships taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  This young and unique, water based, doggy team sport consists of high jumps (Big Air), Long Jumps (Extreme Vertical), and speed competitions (Speed Retrieve).  This is the first time these two events have ever happened together!

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:

  • K9 SingOff
  • Dunking for Dogs
  • Peanut Butter Lick
  • Musical Hoops
  • Most Unusual Trick
  • Frisbee Throw

Dogs must already be registered to compete in the Dock Dog competition, but registration for the Doggie Olympics is open to all and starts at 9:30am with the games kicking of at 10:00am.

Dock Dogs