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Dec 3rd 2016, 10:53 AM   #1
 
  Feb 2016
  Seattle

Mid-Ride Fireside Warm-Up Restaurants

Sometimes it's not too cold to ride, it's just too cold to ride for too long.

So here's a thread for restaurants with fireplaces for mid-ride warm-ups,
to unthaw, shake some of the freeze fatigue, and refuel the human part
of the motorcycle to more safely and comfortably continue on the journey.
(It doesn't matter if they're gas or wood-burning, as long as they're heat-generating.)
If you know of an app that does something similar, feel free to add information about it.

Location:
Fall City, WA
near the intersection of Hwy 202 & Hwy 203

Restaurant:
The Roadhouse Restaurant & Inn
(I've since read that the exterior was featured in the Twin Peaks series.)

Fireplace Type:
gas-burning floor-level variety (so you can also warm your feet, as opposed to
a raised pit type which would be too high for that)
I don't know what their seasons are for when it's in use, but on this
particular Thursday in December temperatures were in the mid-40s outside, and
when I stopped at the restaurant around 2:30-3:30 the fire was lit.

Food:
"American fare"
menu available online at link below
Snoqualmie Falls Lunch | The Fall City Roadhouse Restaurant - The Roadhouse Restaurant & Inn
If you get a salad, I'd recommend asking for the dressing on the side.

Parking:
There's more on the side of the building next to the gas station.

photo from: https://roadtrippers.com/us/fall-cit...-roadhouse-inn

The table wasn't this close when I was there, but the waitress offered to let me move it next to the fire if I wanted to.

photo from: https://plus.google.com/photos/photo...03225568129058

Edited by metricHalfPint on Dec 4th 2016 at 01:22 PM
Dec 4th 2016, 10:08 AM   #2
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

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there's a coffee place in Kingston right near the ferry dock with a hot-ass fireplace in front. Worst website in the world, but it's warm. http://www.majesticmountaincoffee.com/about.html https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ma...4d-122.4974191
of course, the Kingston ferry dock isn't exactly on the way to any place, so it won't work for the "halfway" thing.....
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Edited by Sentinel on Dec 4th 2016 at 10:11 AM
Dec 4th 2016, 10:14 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  WA

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This is a great idea!
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Dec 4th 2016, 12:21 PM   #4
 
  Feb 2016
  Seattle

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
there's a coffee place in Kingston right near the ferry dock with a
hot-ass fireplace in front. Worst website in the world, but it's warm.
Majestic Mountain Coffee: About https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ma...4d-122.4974191
of course, the Kingston ferry dock isn't exactly on the way to any place,
so it won't work for the "halfway" thing.....
Break spots near ferry docks are good to know about even when
it's not cold outside. And "Mid-Ride" wasn't intended to mean exclusively
half-way to anywhere. Plus, sometimes you might have more than one break.

Their Facebook page seems to have more about the cafe:
https://www.facebook.com/Majestic-Mo...91121074254497

I can't find a quick way to shrink the size of these online pics with the forum
"html" code so just posting links.

Storefront:
https://plus.google.com/photos/photo...32776100888962

Fireplace:
https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en...xFBu4QoioIZTAK
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Edited by metricHalfPint on Dec 4th 2016 at 12:35 PM
Dec 4th 2016, 03:58 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

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@equinity and I highly recommend the Tim Horton's in Canmore, AB just after you come down the mountain from Banff.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ti...4d-115.3620756
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Dec 4th 2016, 07:45 PM   #6
 
  Feb 2016
  Seattle

Is that a video fireplace? Although, as long as it gives off heat....

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flyboymedic
@equinity and I highly recommend the Tim Horton's in Canmore, AB just after you come down the mountain from Banff.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ti...4d-115.3620756
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Dec 6th 2016, 10:44 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Pullman, WA

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I agree...this is a fantastic idea!

A summertime equivalent would be nice too- biker-friendly places with A/C, or who would be willing to toss your helmet in the walk-in cooler for a spell?
Dec 6th 2016, 11:08 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

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Quote:
Originally Posted by metricHalfPint
Is that a video fireplace? Although, as long as it gives off heat....
It's definitely a simulated fireplace, and no, there's no radiant heat from it. At least Tim Horton's has coffee and donuts.

Pro tip - don't leave for Banff on Labor Day. Rogers pass is really high, and really cold. Unless you have Gortex, then you'll be fine. I didn't..lesson learned.

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Dec 6th 2016, 11:14 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

Quote:
Originally Posted by equinity
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Pro tip - don't leave for Banff on Labor Day. Rogers pass is really high, and really cold. Unless you have Gortex, then you'll be fine. I didn't..lesson learned.

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I blame Hasbro. GI Joe didn't cover this topic in their after show "Now You Know, and Knowing is Half the Battle" PSA's. Sooooo, not your fault.
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Dec 21st 2016, 11:28 PM   #10
 
  Feb 2016
  Seattle

Kingston: Mossback Cafe

Restaurant:
Click here for link to Mossbackcafe.com which has a sample menu.

https://www.facebook.com/mossbacklocalfood

Location:
26185 Ohio Ave NE
Kingston, WA 98346

HOURS:

Dinner Wed.-Sun. 4pm-9pm
Brunch Sunday 10am-2pm

Food:
See sample menu at link above.

This restaurant is only a few blocks from the Kingston Ferry and the main reason I'm on it so much more frequently than the others. Even if it didn't wind up in this fireplace thread, it would have been in the other thread I was going to start about favorite places to eat on the road. They use locally sourced ingredients, and although there are some staples that are always on the menu, most of the items vary periodically, so there's always something new to try. Some offerings like parsnip soup might sound a little "exotic", but their recipe was delicious to the last drop (which is saying a lot considering it's the only thing I've ever eaten containing that vegetable where I managed to get down more than a few bites so I could say I tried it.)

If they are full when you get there, and they have gotten full very quickly each time I've arrived there shortly after they open, a few steps through the backyard garden seating brings you to the bar, where some of the smaller menu items are also served (at least on Wednesdays during Happy Hour). Garden seating appears to be closed in winter.

Parking:
There is a small lot right in front of the house big enough for a handful of cars, but it's gravel, so if your motorcycle kickstand is not friends with gravel and/or you forgot your kickpad, there's what looks like a right turn lane about a block down the road from them at the corner of Ohio and 2nd. It's actually signed 2-hour parking and would probably accommodate 4 or 5 nicely parked motorcycles (or 2 lazily parked).

Fireplace Type:

No longer supporting active fires, but supplementary heat available.

Do note their schedule. Since they are closed on both Mondays and Tuesday, I've postponed a ride on more than one occasion.


If you arrive for the first time when it's dark outside, this might be a challenge to find if you miss the sign near the road.


Using flash makes it a little easier to recognize.


It really was as toasty warm in the restaurant as my camera's "ambience lighting" makes it look in this shot.


Posting the flash-lit version in case the fake fire looked a little too realistic for its proximity.



The following short video has nothing to do with the restaurant, but everything to do with being cozy warm. If it's not worth the 16 seconds it takes you to watch it, you might be one of those people who enjoys being cold. (It Is better without sound though.): Click here to go to video.

Happy Holidays

Edited by metricHalfPint on Dec 24th 2016 at 07:27 AM
Dec 23rd 2016, 03:45 PM   #11
 
  Feb 2016
  Seattle

Just adding some parking related photos for the post above.

What the house looks like if you arrive during daylight hours.


Parking lot in front of the house, which is hidden behind the trees/bushes.


View of "parking lane" taken from vantage point of restaurant sign next to gravel parking lot.
Be careful of the odd slants in that section of pavement. I wouldn't recommend leaving it in neutral while parked there.


Tried to get close-up of stone size, but depth doesn't come through well.


My mc doesn't like parking on gravel, so I got something similar to this, but the times when I've
remembered to pack it before riding end up being when I don't need to use it.
Funny how the font size in the advert almost hides the main purpose of the product.

Edited by metricHalfPint on Dec 24th 2016 at 07:34 AM
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