Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
One doesn’t get too many opportunities to walk around a live TV set, so make Roslyn your next day trip plan and be transported back in time to the ‘90’s drama, Northern Exposure. Many of the buildings, offices, and homes that were used in the show are still occupied today providing loads of opportunities for great selfies.
At the foot of the Cascade Mountains, Roslyn is the front door to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area with year-round reactional opportunities in mass; it’s the perfect day trip any time of year.
On the national register of historic places, many of the original mine shafts, coal sheds and other artifacts of a bygone era still exist in this old mining town. Plan a trip around one of the town’s historically rich events to get the full experience: Coal Miner’s Festival, the Croatian Picnic, Black Pioneers Picnic, the Run to Roslyn, and much more.
The Roslyn Museum also offers a great opportunity to learn about the cultural history and heritage of the town. Be sure to download the online scavenger hunt beforehand to see if you can spot all the mysterious objects that are hidden in the museum.
Although a small town, Roslyn has a bustling food scene with plenty of options to satisfy most pallets. The Brick features pub fair and is the oldest operating tavern in the State of Washington – be sure to check out the still functional spittoon! Café Cicely was part of the inspiration behind the name of the fictional Alaskan town in Northern Exposure – be sure to get a picture in front of the outdoor sign. And stop by Roslyn’s Sweets & Treats for a scoop of delicious ice cream.
Distance: About a 60-90 min drive from anywhere in the valley
What to bring: Camera, sense of adventure, online scavenger hunt for the museum
Who should go: Anyone
Cost: Walking around the downtown is free, the museum is $2/donation, and the restaurants are $-$$.