The Windrow Story

From a Dream to a Destination

Every destination starts as a dream. In our case, these dreamers were Steve and Ruth Townsend. Steve, a veteran hotelier with a passion for community and a heart for rural Washington, knew that visitors could benefit from a boutique hotel in this Washington Main Street-sanctioned city. Ellensburg will now invite guests to truly experience the heart of this charming downtown, which offers unique restaurants, shops, galleries and countless opportunities for outdoor adventures.

Along the way, Steve and Ruth met Rory Turner, a dreamer in his own right, who was resurrecting the historic Elks Club building. This building had sat empty for decades, but was now receiving a careful restoration, led by Rory and his partners. The centerpiece of this wonderful building is a classic ballroom that has been restored to its original splendor.

Steve and Rory hatched the idea of marrying the two dreams, which became the genesis of the vision that has become Hotel Windrow. The hotel will feature the classic Elks Ballroom, accessed by The Grand Staircase, forming a literal bridge from the “classic” old to the “classic” new atrium lobby of the hotel. The hotel will carry on the tradition that was born in that ballroom decades ago, where generations of Ellensburg residents celebrated the notable events of their lives. Hotel Windrow is the community’s gathering place, a place where future generations will once again celebrate their most memorable occasions.

Meanwhile, this marvelous hotel will become a magnet to attract visitors to this amazing community. They will seize the opportunity to explore and enjoy all of the wonderful things to see and do in Ellensburg and the surrounding valley and hills.

In the summer of 2018 the story has begun. Work has begun to bring the dream to reality. By January 2020, the first guests will pass through the revolving door on Main Street, to experience Hotel Windrow. Whether you are inviting guests to visit, or are visitors yourselves, experience an unparalleled stay in the heart of Washington at Hotel Windrow.

Paying Homage to Tradition: The Story of the Windrow

The concept of a windrow is simple in nature, yet more complex in our lives.

Central Washington hay farmers labor over fields throughout the growing season, then cut their crops into long “windrows”, laid down perpendicular to the wind, to dry. These rows force hay into a period of “rest.” You see, everything rides on this critical period of rest for the crop. Bale the hay too early, and it’s not cured. Bale the hay too late, and you’ve bleached the hay. While carving out this time can be challenging for farmers, it is crucial to optimal production and overall success. Inspired by this idea, the Hotel Windrow team applied the concept to everyday life.

Like a windrow, we too need crucial times of rest.

This concept is at the heart of Hotel Windrow and its team. We are committed to your relaxation, from our specially designed Windrow pillow top beds, to a customized experience that far exceeds your expectations.

You make the time, and we’ll help you rest.