Summer in Winthrop and the Methow Valley
Its just our opinion but Summer in Winthrop and the Methow Valley is the prettiest time of the year; Hot sunny days playing in the rivers and lakes, strolling along Winthrop’s wooden boardwalks, shopping art galleries and small boutiques, ice cream cones and best of all, the high mountain hikes and backpack trips are endless.
Hiking, Trail Running and Camping
Your playground combines the North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation area, the Pasayten Wilderness, Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness and Okanogan National Forest, millions of acres to explore. Choose an easy stroll along the river or a thigh burning hike to an Alpine lake. Here is a list of some of our more popular hiking trails in the Methow Valley area along with a local map. Most trailheads are easy to reach by car and you can choose an outing to fit everyones needs. Click here for some great running events too. – Rain Shadow Running and Methow Trails.
The Methow River is a classic whitewater destination in Washington and arguably the best. Unlike most rivers in the state the Methow’s rapids are close together offering lots of excitement without all the flat water paddling. The Methow River has something for everyone. There is a great family run which has class II and III rapids. The Gold Creek run is a fantastic run with wildlife, swimming opportunities, and great scenery. The Black Canyon run is geared toward those looking for a little more adventure. Black Canyon offers 8 class III rapids and one great class IV as well as numerous class II’s. The Methow Valley’s dry climate promises warm and sunny weather during the river rafting months of May, June, and July, perfect for getting out and getting soaked! By August the summer heat and long lazy days have tamed the river, luring travelers and locals alike to float the Methow river in tubes or Kayaks. For more information try Blue Sky Outfitters.
For those who prefer to just stay cool, local swimming holes along the Methow and Chewuch Rivers are not hard to find. Tubing down the Methow River from the towns park is a popular past time for locals and visitors alike and the quiet waters of Patterson Lake (motorized restrictions) allow you a superb afternoon of lake swimming.
Mountain Biking and Road Riding
Many of the Methow Valley trails we ski on in the Winter convert to Mountain Bike trails in the Summer. The rolling hills of the Methow valley are covered in sunflowers in May and June and as the summer heat builds in July and August, a plunge into Patterson Lake will keep you cool while riding the Lakeside trail. There are many country roads that loop through scenic and quiet valleys great for Road Riding. For rentals, repairs, tune ups and local advice try Methow Cycle & Sport.
Horseback Riding and Pack trips
Whether you want an hour, a day or a full on overnight trip, the North Cascades Mountains and the Methow Valley have wranglers, guides, and horses to ride. Local Outfitters offer day rides by the hour or if thats not enough an overnight camping trip. If you want a longer back country trip you can choose to hike in on foot and have an Outfitter drop your gear at that Alpine lake you have always wanted to see or a full guided pack trip where you can enjoy the experience of a true cowboy meal around the campfire, day rides or hikes from a wilderness camp and a lot of local story telling.
The Methow River is home to resident Cutthroat, Rainbow, Bulltrout and Whitefish. In addition to the resident fish population, anadromous runs of Chinook and Steelhead are significant. Methow river trout fishing can be great July – September. Here is our local fishing report for this beautiful watershed.
The mountains of the North Cascades offers some of the best and most diverse climbing in Western hemisphere. Nicknamed the Alps of North American, these mountains are the training grounds for North America’s top alpinist as well as the perfect place for new climbers to take their skills to the next level. From large, glaciated peaks and high-quality alpine rock and ice climbs, to warm, sunny sport climbing in the lower valleys, the North Cascades has it all. North Cascades Mountain Guides offers private trips and low-ratio courses lead by AMGA trained and certified guides. Contact the NCMG office today to start planning your next adventure.
Enjoy a little piece of golfing heaven right here on Earth. Among the many great Washington golf courses, Bear Creek Golf Course in Winthrop should be on your bucket list. AAA has dubbed it a “hidden gem.”Tucked away in the foothills of the beautiful Methow Valley is this golfing jewel. The beauty of the natural surroundings provides a perfect setting for this challenging 9 hole golf course. Those who choose to play 18 holes are quite impressed with the variety offered by the unique placement of back 9 tees.
Art Galleries, Music, Theater and Cultural
Enjoy evenings rich with superb musical peformances, complemented by local wines, beers, and hors d’oeuvres, and framed by golden sunsets over the Cascade mountains. Each concert evening begins with a community social hour and ends with a heartwarming Afterglow where you can meet the musicians.
The Methow Valley is such a wonderful place to visit, not just for it spectacular scenery and outdoor activities but also its ever growing and thriving theater, music and art scene. The Methow Valley host several wonderful local galleries where you can not only enjoy the arts but join in with workshops, education and meet the artists. Winthrop Gallery, Methow gallery, Confluence Gallery and Twisp Works.
For a historical and interpretive look at the region try the Methow Valley Interpretive center, the Shafer Museum and the North Cascades Smoke Jumper base.
Our local theater The Merc Playhouse offers air conditioning in the summer, and cozy warmth in the winter, the Merc seats 150 and no seat is farther than twenty feet from downstage center. Appreciated for its marvelous acoustics and intimacy, the Merc is a popular venue for a broad spectrum of theatrical and musical performers.
Enjoy two great day of Farmers Markets May through October, Saturdays in Twisp and Sundays in Winthrop. We have two great Brew Pubs with live music and river front seating, “Old School House Brewery” in Winthrop and the Twisp River Pub in Twisp. Enjoy wine tasting in Winthrop at our local “Lost River Winery”, Cider tasting and a tour though our own Winthrop Coffee Roaster “Lariat Coffee”. we also serve this wonderful organic fair trade coffee right here at the Chewuch Inn. Winthrop and the Methow Valley is blessed with an abundance of great restaurants. Here are a few of our favorites… Arrowleaf Bistro, Old School House Brewery, Tappi’s, Glover Street Market, Rocking Horse bakery, Sun Mountain Lodge and the Mazama Country inn.
Washington State Tourism information:
The Chewuch Inn
Winthrop, WA 98862