Roslyn: A Quaint Town With A Rich History

Roslyn, Washington (population 1000-ish) was founded in 1886 as a coal mining town by Logan M. Bullet, vice president of the Northern Pacific Coal Company. Legend has it, it was named after Roslyn, Delaware, where his love interest was said to reside. Just off I-90 and only a couple of miles Northwest of Cle-Elum, Roslyn is a mecca for Winter and Summer recreation activities—including the best mountain biking in Washington. Visitors can rent a bike and hit the trails without having to worry about bike racks and shuttles. Hiking and Snowmobiling are the most popular activities, but Roslyn and the surrounding area are also major destinations for camping, fishing, horseback riding, and golf. Roslyn is also the gateway to Salmon La Sac and several Alpine Lakes—and our Basecamp is an ideal headquarters to gear up for hiking and camping excursions.

Of special note, Roslyn provided the backdrop for the television series Northern Exposure. In the series, Roslyn played the role of the fictional town of Cicely, Alaska. Today, many of the buildings look just as they did when the series concluded over 15 years ago. Roslyn is also filled with quaint, unique shopping and dining experiences.


Roslyn Café – is home to the famous mural of the camel, however, the food is their real attraction.

The Brick – originally opened in 1889, is Washington’s oldest continuously operating bar

Logan’s – Casual local restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a large outdoor patio that is dog friendly.

Mama Vallone’s – established in 1986 by Joe Vallone, his brother Dennis, and his sister-in-law Lexi – has won many awards for their salmon, steaks, and pastas!

Dru Bru – With 20 active taps, you’ll find an assortment of award-winning beers, ciders, and house made non-alcoholic sodas

The Red Bird Café – serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers a wide variety of unique and tasty meals with a local flare.

Roslyn Mexican Grill – specializes in pre-Hispanic Mexican cuisine.