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Travel Bag Essentials for Visiting Cle Elum

Let us do the packing so that you can slide into vacation mode.

August 31st, 2016

Blog by: Hayley Harrell


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1. Favorite Paperback for a Lazy Day at the Lake
No trip to Cle Elum is complete without a few hours along the shores of Lake Cle Elum. The glassy waters and quiet crowds offer a much-needed moment of clarity to get you in the vacation mindset. Lay out a blanket and cozy up with a good book for a relaxing lakeside morning.

2. A Pair of Trusted Sunnies
Cle Elum is straddled between the cool air of Seattle and the sunbathed stretches of Central Washington, offering a truly unique climate. Sunglasses are a necessity when you walk through downtown or enjoy a latte in front of Pioneer Coffee Company. Hikes and bike rides through the trees often let out at bright panoramas of the Cascades, so slide on the shades and enjoy the views.

Pick up your new favorite pair of shades at Cavallini's at 106 E 1st St, Cle Elum, WA 98922.

3. Wool Socks for Day Hikes in the Cascades
When locals tell you that you must do a hike while you are here, they mean it. Cle Elum and the surrounding Cascades are laced with hundreds of miles of trails, allowing hikers to revel in the wild beauty of Kittitas County for hours. A comfortable hike is not possible without good footwear, so pack those nice thick socks!

If they didn't make it into your bag, stop at Cle Elum Farm & Home for a fresh pair.

4. Cash for Quick Local Treats
The fresh donuts and coffee at the Cle Elum Bakery will fuel your morning, cured meats and cheeses from Glondo's Sausage Company provide the perfect mountainside snack and milkshakes from Twin Pines Drive-In cater to your sweet-toothed group members.

5. Camera or Smartphone to Capture the Memories
Kittitas County is known as a photography hotspot, and the Cle Elum area is no exception. The snowcapped Cascades offer an ideal photo backdrop, and the wide variety of wildlife encourage photographers to test their close and long range skills. When you've captured your favorite memories, share your photos with us for a chance to win prizes via the Discover Cle Elum Photo Contest.

Let us know what other essentials you need in your bag when you visit town! #howwedocleelum


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