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Written by El Gallo on 07 Sep, 2000
Okay, here's some dirty little Hollywood secrets. You probably knew that 'Northern Exposure' wasn't shot in Alaska--it was shot in Roslyn. But did you know that the reason the cafe owner is named Roslyn is because that way they could use the existing…Read More
Okay, here's some dirty little Hollywood secrets. You probably knew that 'Northern Exposure' wasn't shot in Alaska--it was shot in Roslyn. But did you know that the reason the cafe owner is named Roslyn is because that way they could use the existing sign on the existing cafe by just adding an 'S'? Well now you know, there was no easy way to break it to you.
Roslyn is on a different channel than Snoqualmie--over the Pass off Interstate 90, in fact--you pretty much need a car or a Sissy Hankshaw thmb to get there. But though it's a forgotten little coal-mining town off even the semi-beaten track, it'a place where people flat-out eat well. There are a LOT of good restaurants in this town and you can't even FIND a bad breakfast. Dig in at 'Roslyn's' which you can't miss on your way into town, or over at Pennsylvania Station. Then bop around town recognizing TV sets. For starters, the Central Sundries store was 'Ruth-Anne's General Store' on the small screen. If you like a drink, or a spit, check out The Brick Tavern, famous for what has to be the world's longest running water spitoon (23 feet, Guiness has been notified).
There are a lot of pricey inns and B&B's in town, but you can get in for less than $50 at the Little Roslyn Inn--(509) 649-2936--or five miles out of town, down on the Interstate in Cle Elum (see, 'Cle Elum's Cafe' just didn't work out) at The Last Resort (hard to fight a name like that)--(509)649-2222.
Oh, and how could I have forgotten the special events? On Labor Day you'll boggle at the strange Wing Ding Parade, and in late June stand agog at the Manly Man Festival, including but not limited to the Spam Cookoff and crowning of the Spam Queen. In mid July, the Moosefest often features appearances by 'Northern Exposure' actors. They may not be 'Trekkies', but 'Exposies' also love their rituals.