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Winter in Cle Elum: All That You Can Do in This Winter Wonderland!

November 22nd, 2019

Located in the heart of Washington State, Cle Elum holds unmatched experiences and vistas for all who come to bask in its beauty. Wanderers have come to love the area for its mesmerizing winter, during which it turns into a stunning spectacle with its small-town streets, cozy cafés, and popular trails sprinkled with crisp snow. Add the following activities to your winter bucket list and book your winter weekend getaway to experience the most wonderful season of the year in Cle Elum!

Experience Snowmobiling



Load up the sleds and head into the snowy mountains of Cle Elum to explore via snowmobile this winter! With over 600 miles of groomed trails, there are rides for every age and experience level. Favorites include Cle Elum Ridge, The Last Resort to Teanaway, South Fork Taneum Creek, and French Cabin Creek, but you can find a full map of the area's groomed trail system here. Snowmobile rentals are available at The Last Resort or MotorToys, and both also offer guided tours to help you maneuver the snow-packed mountain trails of Cle Elum.

Explore Cle Elum Wineries and Breweries



If you're searching for a way to escape the cold for a little while during your visit, consider an outing at Cle Elum's local wineries and breweries! Swiftwater Cellars is the ultimate destination winery, offering you a glimpse of the winemaking process as well as a tasting of hand-selected fine wines. In the evening, their tasting room transforms into a comfortable and relaxed wine bar, the perfect atmosphere for escaping the cold and snuggling up near the fireplace. If you'd rather kick back and enjoy a refreshing beer during your night out, our local breweries are happy to welcome explorers with a cold pint and friendly service. Taneum Creek Brewing and Mule & Elk Brewing Co. are both nano-breweries that each carries fantastic craft brews for you to try. Visit these other bars in Cle Elum for additional places to relax and unwind after your packed day of adventuring.

Go Skiing or Snowboarding



Embark on a quintessential winter adventure and head to the mountain for a day of shredding up the slopes of Snoqualmie! Skiing or snowboarding is a way of life for much of Washington State, and Cle Elum is no exception. Explore the 1,994 skiable acres of the Summit at Snoqualmie and test out some of their 25 lifts! A day at the mountain is sure to keep the whole family entertained and making wonderful memories together, returning to Cle Elum for a well-earned night's sleep.

Get Cozy in the Cafés



The best way to warm up on a chilly winter day? Sip on a cup of hot cocoa from one of the many snug cafés in Cle Elum. Cozy up fireside inside Pioneer Coffee Roasting Company's homey coffee shop with your favorite book for a relaxing morning, or settle in at Cle Elum Bakery to take in the delightful scent of fresh bread and pastries being pulled out of the oven. We also love to grab a light lunch from our friendly cafés before heading out for a day of adventuring in the snow. Boone's Café, Gunnar's Bistro, and Stella's are all wonderful locations to fuel up, offering fresh sandwiches, salads, soups and more. Their warm and welcoming atmospheres will brighten your day and prepare you for more good times exploring in Cle Elum.

Explore Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing



Dust off your skis and snowshoes and get ready for an adventure in the winter wonderland that Cle Elum will soon become! Choosing to cross-country ski or snowshoe this winter will allow you to venture into new areas that may not be as accessible on a hike, as well as travel a little farther during your journey. Jack Creek Snowshoe, a long and mostly flat road, is the perfect beginner's route for skiers and snowshoers. The road offers easy traveling along a picturesque creek with stunning scenery to enjoy along the way. Explore the many other area trails as well, and continue to challenge yourself to explore the area via cross-country skis or snowshoes this winter for an unforgettable visit to Cle Elum.




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