Posts Tagged ‘Italian Restaurants’


Driving distance from:

Spokane: 1 hour, 29 minutes

Yakima: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Ellensburg: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Seattle: 5 hours, 4 minutes

Downtown Pullman, including part of Washington State University





Pullman/Moscow Quick Facts:


  • Pullman:1888
  • Moscow: 1877


  • Pullman: 27,619
  • Moscow: 24,338 (2009 U.S. Census estimates)

Name Origins:

  • Pullman was named after inventor George Pullman.
  • Samuel Neff filed for a postal permit under the name of Moscow because the area reminded him of Moscow, Pennsylvania, his hometown.

Did you know…

  • In a 2005 survey, Pullman was named the second-best city for business in Washington.
  • Moscow is the hometown of singer Josh Ritter.

Yes, I realize I’m bending my rules a bit with this post. Not only am I covering two towns, but (gasp!) one of them isn’t in Washington. But since the two are so close together (9.6 miles), I’m counting them as one. Both are also college towns, so finding student discounts and fun hang-outs for the college aged population is a breeze.

Andrea’s Favorite:

Sella's in Pullman

Restaurant: Sella’s Calzones and Pizza. If you’re looking for Italian food that’s a step up in quality from fast food pizza chains, Sella’s is for you. Personal nine-inch pizzas run from $10-$12 each and can easily make two meals. But this isn’t just a pizza place. Sella’s also offers pasta, salads, appetizers, and – of course – calzones. The restaurant can get a bit crowded on weekends, but that only shows its popularity with locals and students alike.

Sister's Brew in Moscow


Coffee shop: Sisters’ Brew in Moscow. This quaint coffee shop is filled with overstuffed arm chairs and vintage tables and desks. The staff is friendly and serves you with actual mugs rather than paper cups. I’d recommend the black and white mocha (made with dark and white chocolate) or, for non-coffee drinkers, their Mexican hot chocolate.

University of Idaho's Arboretum



Freebie: University of Idaho arboretum. This 63-acre botanical wonder was my favorite study spot the last time I was in Moscow (and its atmosphere is a refreshing change from a university library). Flowers are grouped together geographically into sections of Asian, Western North American, Eastern North American, and European segments. The arboretum is open daily from dawn to dusk.

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Driving distance from …
Tacoma: 43 minutes
Seattle: 54 minutes
Yakima: 2 hours, 35 minutes
Spokane:  4 hours, 49 minutes
Enumclaw is my hometown and will forever have a special place in my heart. Corny? Yes. But it’s also the truth. Enumclaw might not have as much to offer as a big city, but it’s a great escape from the city, especially for outdoorsy people. Mt. Rainier, Crystal Mountain, and ample camping opportunities can be found within a couple hours’ drive. It has small-town charm without being in the middle of nowhere.

Bird's Eye View of Enumclaw, Mt. Peak, and Mt. Rainier

Founded: 1879 (According to the City of Enumclaw web site)
Population: 10, 845 ( 2009 U.S. Census  estimate)
Name Meaning: “Place of Evil Spirits” (so-named for the high winds it receives; last month it got up to 73MPH)
Did you know … Enumclaw is home to NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, Farman’s Pickles, and many, many cows. 







 Andrea’s Favorite …

Cafe Panini

Restaurant: Café Panini. This charming Italian restaurant was virtually unknown until it moved to a more prominent location at the corner of Griffin and Cole about five years ago. Since then, it’s become a popular eatery among Enumclawites. I’d recommend the French onion soup and any of the paninis. And for dessert? The restaurant sells pies from the adjacent Pie Goddess. The pies are a bit pricey, but this can easily be solved by splitting a slice with a friend. 

View from Mt. Peak

Freebie: Mt. Peak. This redundantly-named mountain (AKA Pinnacle Peak, AKA Mt. Baldy) is an effective addition to anyone’s workout. Mt. Peak is just over one mile of a very steep trail. Several locals hike it daily. The hike may be rigorous, but the final summit is worth it, with a view like this.

Summer Activity: The King County Fair. The oldest fair west of the Mississippi River, this fair will celebrate its 148th successive year this summer. For free parking and only $5 admission for adults ($1 for kids 15 or under), the fair offers a full day of rides, carnival games, FFA exhibits, dog shows, logging competitions, hypnotist shows, and more. Occasionally the fair attracts big-name performers, like Martina McBride and Jo Dee Messina. And of course, there are always elephant ears to be eaten.

For more picturesque photos of Enumclaw, check out this video. Warning: there will be country music.

For more info, visit The City of Enumclaw web site or Experience Washington’s Enumclaw page .