If any city could serve as a model of Main Street, America, it would be the Central Washington town of Ellensburg. Set in the agricultural region of Kittitas Valley, it exudes turn-of-the-20th-century charm, plenty of 21st-century amenities and access to a scenic outdoor recreation scene. For a small-town getaway, Ellensburg has it all.
Make downtown’s Windrow Hotel your home base. This boutique hotel’s concept is a nod to the region’s agricultural roots and includes the renovated, historic Elks Club building as part of its complex. Centrally located, it is within walking distance to many new eateries (tip: breakfast at The Early Bird Café is a must) and a number of independent shops.
When it’s time to explore, take a scenic drive into the Yakima River Canyon, go cycling on a bike trail, take a self-guided walking tour of downtown’s collection of historic buildings, browse the art galleries and pay a visit to the local craft breweries and wine tasting rooms.