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Roslyn’s Basecamp Books & Bites

Roslyn's Basecamp Books & Bites: A little something for everyone

Located in the heart of downtown Roslyn, Basecamp Books & Bites is a bookstore, restaurant, and outdoor adventure resource all rolled into one. At Basecamp, there’s something for everyone — whether you’re looking for a great book, delicious food, inspiration for your next outdoor adventure, or a spacious greenspace to relax in, Basecamp has it all.

Owner Stephen Malek explains that founder Chris Martin opened Basecamp in 2015 as a place "for people who love the outdoors to get together, [and] have a spot before or after their hiking" trip. With tables upstairs and downstairs, and the Roslyn Yard greenspace just outside of the store, there’s plenty of space for gathering and relaxing.

Malek notes that people can come and ask about hiking and get trail updates and recommendations. All staff members know the top 10 hikes in the area and can provide directions. Malek’s personal recommendations for best hikes include Pete’s Lake and the Cooper River Trail.

But Basecamp Books & Bites is so much more than a hub for outdoor enthusiasts.

Basecamp has always had food and beverage service, but over the years, its offerings have expanded. Though their kitchen space remains small, Basecamp has kept up with demand by offering delicious and healthy options. Hearty breakfast plates, soups, salads, sandwiches, and hand-crafted burger patties fill the menu. You can stop in for a quick coffee and pastry, or have a meal in the sit-down restaurant downstairs.

Additionally, Basecamp has a craft cocktail menu, wine selection, and the most curated whiskey collection east of the Cascades. Malek tries to stock a wide variety of locally-sourced products for patrons to enjoy.

And you can’t forget the books! Basecamp is an independent bookstore, filled with books for all ages. Their selection focuses on the outdoors, but they stock a wide array for all readers. You can peruse their selection while sipping your coffee, or order online.

However you enjoy Basecamp, be sure to check out Roslyn Yard during your visit. Operated by Basecamp, this greenspace is just next to the store and is used as a community gathering spot for public events. When in Roslyn, be sure to check out summer movie nights and the farmer’s market, in addition to other events throughout the year hosted at Roslyn Yard.

A little note on Basecamp Outfitters: Basecamp originally stocked basic equipment for outdoor adventures. These items consistently flew off the shelf, so when Malek had the opportunity to expand the outdoor retail side of the business, he jumped at the chance. Basecamp Outfitters is located in downtown Cle Elum, where you can find a wide assortment of outdoor gear. Malek notes, "If you run out on a trip and you forgot your stove, but you’re now an hour and a half from home,” you can stop by Outfitters to get what you need.

Learn more about Basecamp Books & Bites here.