Embrace Fall… Check Highway 20 conditions click here for updates. It’s the Golden time of year! my favorite time to be in the mountains with my camera and backpack. If you are a PCT section hiker, you need to hike this leg, you won’t be disappointed. You don’t have to be a section hiker to enjoy this region, drive to Harts pass from Winthrop (one hour plus) and day hike parts of the PCT starting at over 6000′, beautiful Alpine country. You can also hike from Harts Pass to Rainy Pass one way (about 30 miles), you will need to arrange a ride back to your car if you do it one way. For easier access to beautiful Fall color, try one of our favorite hikes just off the N.C. Highway, Maple Pass loop or Blue Lake. For lower elevation trails and less elevation gain, try the East Bank Trail along Ross lake or Cutthroat Lake trail. Mountain Bike riders get to Cutthroat Pass or the Angels Staircase this Fall for great color, both technically challenging high country rides. For moderate rides with great fall color and swoop trails, you can’t beat Sun Mountains trails. If you want a good work out, start at the Chewuch Inn, catch the Winthrop to Sun Mt. trail a block up the road from the Inn at the Fish Hatchery. Road riders can enjoy colorful rides in October on beautiful loops, like the Twisp/Carlton Loop or the Chewuch Loop, check in at Methow Cycle and Sports for updates. Hikers and walkers can walk the Winthrop Trail one block from the Inn. Bring your camera and binoculars, you will see the Momma’s with their fawns and perhaps the back end of a Black Bear! Drive carefully and watch for Deer. Click on our home page for links to events coming up.
Its not all outdoor experiences, enjoy live music along with a craft beer, every weekend at our local Old School House Brewery or the Copper Glance bar. Check out the New Cider House. We also have many local Art Galleries to visit and tasting rooms to try a new wine, cider, beer or coffee. As for other things to see or do while your enjoying this Fall, Check our events posted on our Home page for links.
Hiking – Hiking in the High Country is a must do when it comes to Fall. Some of my favorite day hikes are Grasshopper Pass and Windy Pass both accessed off of the Harts Pass Road. You can also just drive to Harts pass at 6400′ and have a picnic or walk the last 1/2 mile to the Slate Peak Fire Lookout at 7000′ you will be at the top of the world or at least the top of the Methow Valley. Click here for the Methow Valley Ranger District, or The N.C. National Park
Mountain Biking – Check with Methow Cycle and Sport
Fishing – click here for more information
North Cascades Hwy. Open
Dining – We are fortunate to have many wonderful restaurants to choose from. To name just a few of Winthrop’s favorites, Tipi dinners is an experience in itself, serving 2 to 8 people around the fire inside a authentic Tipi. Arrowleaf Bistro for fine dining has just relocated into a brand new building just two blocks from the Chewuch Inn, you gotta check it out! The Old School House Brewery for award winning beer and great live music. The new Methow Valley Cider House for great tastes, both food and cider, Rocking Horse Bakery for a quick lunch and cup of Lariat coffee and of course Sun Mountain Lodge, fine dining with an incredible view. Twisp, just 10 minutes away has Tappi’s for a taste of Italy, a note about this favorite restaurant, Tappi’s owners will be retiring fall, therefore closing their doors. Get in there one more time for to enjoy great Italian food, wine and service, we will miss them. Glover Street Market has an all organic menu for breakfast or lunch and fantastic juice and smoothie bar. Driving up to Mazama you can enjoy, the Mazama Country Inn for casual dining and the Freestone Inn for fine dining or the Mazama Store for a great fresh Baguette.
Beverage bars and tasting rooms – The Methow Valley is chocked full of local flavors. Here are a few places to taste. The Wine Shed, Lost River Winery Old School House Brewery, Methow Valley Cider House, Copper Glance Petit Bar and if you don’t get enough of it here at the Inn, Lariat Coffee Roasters. To find out more about these beverages and other locally made and grown products, visit Methow Made.
*All special packages and savings must be booked directly through the Chewuch Inn. Packages cannot be combined with any other discounts, coupons or special offers. Please call us directly or request the package through our online Availability calendar.
The Chewuch Inn
Winthrop, WA 98862
- Current Road Conditions
- Updates on North Cascade Hwy. conditions
- Twisp Works Campus artist open studios
- Farmers Markets - Twisp 9am -12pm May through October, Winthrop 10am-2pm Memorial Day to Labor day
- Winthrop Ice Rink
- Winthrop Marathon Full/Half 10/2
- Phoenix Festival 10/8
- Fabulous Fall Follies 10/8
- Herencia de Timbiqui 9/30