One of Washington’s most charming towns is known for its old west theme.
Located just east of Mazama and north of Twisp in Okanogan County, Winthrop is well preserved to resemble the 1850’s. The Old-West style storefronts and old-time boardwalks kind of remind me of Little House on the Prairie. According to Wikipedia:
In 1883, the lure of gold brought the first permanent settlers, three of whom were James Ramsey, Ben Pearrygin, and Guy Waring. Waring stopped at the forks of the Chewuch and Methow rivers in 1891. His family settled into the “Castle” (now the Shafer Museum). Although Waring is the acclaimed founding father, the town is named after Theodore Winthrop, a Yale graduate, adventurer/traveler, and author.
Winthrop offers outdoor recreation options all year round.
The Okanogan National Forest is the backyard of Winthrop. In the Methow Valley, Winthrop is home to largest network of groomed cross-country ski trails in the Western Hemisphere. Outdoor recreation is available all year, biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and water sports. I could be wrong, maybe you have visited.
Winthropwashington.com lists all the fun events. One is the Winthrop Balloon Roundup, a 3-day festival that takes place during winter. In 2024, the Balloon Roundup is from March 1st through March 3rd. There are farmers markets, the Rhythm & Blues Festival and more. The town has several family-friendly options to experience at various parks and venues.
Watch a video courtesy of RVerTV to see if Winthrop is worthy of a visit from you.
Chasing Lewis River Falls Waterfalls at Gifford Pinchot National Forest in WA
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