Because Something Fun to Do? Take a Quick Road Trip to Ellensburg

It’s finally the weekend it’s time to hit the road for a fun road trip. How about driving up to Ellensburg, WA? Where do you like to hang out in Ellensburg for the day? Last Saturday, my daughter, Willow, was at a sleepover so I had the day to myself. So I hopped in my car and drove to Ellensburg for a nice solo road trip. I kept wishing she was with me to enjoy the sightseeing, so this weekend I’m going to take Willow with me. I’m going back to Ellensburg to show her some fun things to do and see!

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RESTAURANT TO TRY: THE RED PICKLE IN ELLENSBURG

The first place I’m going to take her to in Ellensburg is a restaurant called The Red Pickle (301 N Pine St, Ellensburg). It’s a really cute and trendy little eaterie that serves what I consider “out-of-the-box” dishes like buffalo shrimp with pita bread and skinny little celery sticks, and a veggie burger with cheese (the veggie patty is made out of chickpeas ). My meal at The Red Pickle was tasty. If you go there on a Sunday, just know they blast Christian-Rock music in the bar.

VISIT THE CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

The next place I’ll take Willow is to visit the campus of Central Washington University, home of the CWU…what are the tigers? Wild Cats? bear? Oh my, I’ve got to brush up on my university mascots it seems! Okay, I just looked it up and I was right-they are the Wildcats! Wellington P. Wildcat, to be exact. Click here to see what the Wildcats mascot looked like in the 1960s!

THE JAPANESE GARDEN AT CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

The reason I want to take my kiddo to Central Washington University is that last weekend on my solo road trip, I tried to check out the Japanese garden located on the CWU campus, but it was closed to the public. I was told by one of the students that it’s sometimes roped off to the public, but if I play my cards right maybe we can both hop the fence and check it out without getting caught by security. Hahaha just kidding. (Maybe.)

VISIT DOWNTOWN ELLENSBURG

I will definitely take Willow to check out Downtown Ellensburg on our road trip so that she can see all the cool shops and restaurants located on the main street. I also think I saw a record store located on the main strip (Old Skool’s Record Store, 308 N Main St, Ellensburg) so I’m going to check that out too.

Old Skool’s Record Shop in Ellensburg

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What other fun things do you think we should check out in Ellensburg, Washington?

Don’t want to drive to Ellensburg? You can take the commuter shuttle bus during the week!

Check out the pics I’m putting in my travel scrapbook from my road trip to Ellensburg:

Manastash Ridge on the way to Ellensburg WA

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Sights to see in Downtown Ellensburg

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Veggie Burger with Fries from The Red Pickle in Ellensburg

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Buffalo Shrimp with Pita Bread from The Red Pickle restaurant in Ellensburg, WA

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The Red Pickle Patio in the Winter

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The Red Pickle restaurant in Ellensburg, WA

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“Keep Calm and Red Pickle On” Sign at The Red Pickle Restaurant in Ellensburg, WA

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Menu on the wall at The Red Pickle in Ellensburg, WA

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Art on the wall at The Red Pickle Restaurant in Ellensburg, WA

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Dining Space inside The Red Pickle in Ellensburg

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Inside The Red Pickle in Ellensburg

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Another View of the Bar inside The Red Pickle in Ellensburg

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Recipe from The Red Pickle in Ellensburg

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Sorry We Are Closed Sign at The Red Pickle in Ellensburg

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Kittitas County Museum in Ellensburg

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Japanese Garden at Central WA University

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Central Washington University Cement Sign

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Wildcat Horns located on the CWU Campus in Ellensburg, WA

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Totem Pole at Central Washington University Campus

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dr. Trevor Greene, Central Washington University Alum

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Mural in Ellensburg WA

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