Methow River Valley is the eastern gateway to the North Cascades National Park Highway. It is known as Washington equivalent of the Old West.
As you drive up the valley, you’ll pass fields of baled hay, big old weathered barns, corrals full of horses and the jagged Cascades for a backdrop. This sets a picturesque backdrop for the many accommodations and lodging ranging from vacation rentals and condo rentals.
The Methow and the adjacent Okanagan country are famous for its superb stream and lake trout fishing.
Dozens of small lakes dot the region. Most have vacation rental options and small, rustic accommodation and condo rental choices with rental boats.
There are three, charming, small towns to explore, all with a unique character: Twisp, Winthrop and Mazama.
The small town of Twisp is a good place to browse for Western art and craft items
made by local artisans. They also have summer theater productions.
Winthrop looks like the set from a Western movie.
False-fronted wooden buildings, hitching rails and board sidewalks all create the illusion of a frontier town. Yet, Winthrop offers all of the facilities and services you’d expect from a major vacation center. In addition to traditional accommodations and vacation rentals there are state parks and forest service run campgrounds.
Mazama, at the head of the valley, is a launching point for recreational activity in the surrounding mountains.
There are accommodation and vacation rental options along with horsepacking and backpacking trips. Hundreds of miles of trails branch out in every direction. This is prime country for bird watching.
Indulge in locally grown organic produce at a farmers market
, enjoy the thriving arts community, linger at the bookstore, sports shop or bakery, or participate in events and festivals most weekends of the summer.
The Methow River is a popular rafting destination.
The back roads and forest trails are favorites of cyclists and cross-country skiers. The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association has developed hundreds of miles of trails that cross rolling farmland, skirt scenic rivers and wander throughout the Okanagan foothills.
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