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Slow Down in Ellensburg

By Amanda Christensen

About two hours southeast of Seattle sits Ellensburg, a quaint city with a population of nearly 20,000—and Hotel Windrow is in the heart of the town. Originally built next to the historic Elks building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Main Street, the 59-room hotel stands at four floors and offers guests a feeling of “chic-country elegance,” says Mark Anthony Breuninger, room and sales manager of the hotel.

The guest rooms include an assortment of coffee and tea, Wi-Fi, and a mini fridge, and the hotel is equipped with a fitness center, business center, and three event spaces of various sizes and capacities to supply planners with flexibility and versatility—and a touch of small-town pleasure.

The largest space, the Historic Elks Grand Ballroom, offers over 3,000 square feet of space and can seat up to 250 guests. Its grand bay windows reveal views of Main Street and of the shops and eateries lining the road. Two smaller rooms are also available for use: the Yakima Room, with 1,000 square feet of space and seat- ing for up to 70 guests; and the Boiler Room, a conference-style room for up to 16 with a large table made from repurposed wood and an exposed-brick wall shared by the Elks building.

While visitors have plenty of opportunities to slow down and explore the streetscape of downtown Ellensburg by foot, the town also provides outdoor lovers a chance to enjoy the crisp winter weather with nearby sledding, ice skating, holiday events, and more.

“It’s a great little town,” says Breuninger. “There’s a lot of people that come down from Seattle just to slow down.”

And when you get hungry, be sure to check out the local eateries and bars including Julep Kitchen & Bar, Frontier Tavern, and Cafe C5—all within walking distance of the hotel.

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