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Summer M E T H O W V A L L E Y 2 0 19 A SUPPLEMENT OF THE METHOW VALLEY NEWS

Activities

FOR EVERY INTEREST & ALL AGES

Calendar

of summer events & attractions

INFORMATION

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Enjoy our longest season SUMMER — GENEROUSLY

DESCRIBED AS MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER FOR PURPOSES OF THIS PUBLICATION — IS

indeed an expansive season in the Methow Valley. Recreation enthusiasts and other valley visitors get started as soon as they can and extend their adventures as long as possible.

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Even at that, “so much to do, so little time” applies. Consider the possibilities: hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, camping or horse riding and packing. The rivers invite kayakers, canoeists, tube floaters. Our lakes promise great experiences for anglers, swimmers, boaters, water skiers and picnickers. Several rockclimbing areas challenge beginners and experts alike. At Bear Creek Golf Course, you may find yourself spending too much time admiring the views instead of your lie. You can get almost anywhere on a road bike. Closer to town, roller-skating and

pickleball share the summer surface at the Winthrop Rink. Winthrop’s boardwalks are ideal for casual strolling, unpressured shopping, and a variety of food and drink options. Twisp counters with the weekly Methow Valley Farmers Market, The Merc Playhouse and Confluence Gallery. Look for “Methow Made” products at all those places. Check out our events calendar, and the article on the summer’s major events, to help plan your stay. Of course, you can always visit more than once. “Methow Valley Summer 2019” includes practical visitors’ advice, a guide to fees required at local trailheads and recreation areas, plus helpful maps — and it’s bigger than ever. We’ve added 16 pages to this year’s “Methow Valley Summer” to accommodate more information, photography and graphics. New to the publication is a lodging guide to complement the dining guide we introduced last year. When you’re here, we hope you will support our advertisers. They help make this place special, and make this publication possible. 

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MethowSummer Valley On the cover:

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Something for only way 7 everyone 18 The to ride The Methow Valley calendar offers a full array of events

12 Floating holidays

Swimmers, water-skiers, boaters, rafters, tubers, floaters and more will find fun on and in our lakes and rivers

trails 14 Tracks, and roads

Biking can be as leisurely or challenging as you like in the Methow

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Discover the farthest reaches of the Methow from horseback

your 20 Find favorite spot for a fishing adventure

22 Hit that wall

The Methow offers world-class climbing challenges, but beginners are also welcome

24 Local greens

Golf in the Methow Valley and beyond

26 Nature’s light show

The Methow’s dark skies make stargazing a dazzling experience

your 28 Find own path

From day hikes to extended backpacking trips, the Methow has a trail for you

Summer 2019


Contributors Don Nelson

Ashley Lodato

is publisher and editor of the Methow Valley News.

is a Methow Valley News columnist.

Marcy Stamper

Sandra Strieby

Ann McCreary

David Ward

is a freelance writer for the Methow Valley News.

is a Methow Valley News reporter.

is a Methow Valley News columnist.

is a Methow Valley News reporter.

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an 44 Making entrance

Before you hit the trails, check this guide to recreational passes, fees, permits and licenses

Camp it up

Pitch a tent, park your RV or camper and enjoy and intimately Methow experience

another 40 And thing … You’ll never run out of stuff to do in the Methow

us home 47 Take with you

‘Methow Made’ products will provide a lasting impression of your visit

play, 48 Learn, grow

More …

52 Featured lodging 53 Lodging guide 54 Featured eateries 57 Visitor info 59 Calendar

Summer camps and other kids’ programs

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Something for everyone

The Methow Valley calendar offers a full array of events THERE ARE SO MANY

THINGS TO DO ON YOUR TIME IN THE METHOW VALLEY. BUT DON’T FORGET

the scheduled events that start in May and go through September. Here are some major offerings to build a day or a vacation around. ■■WINTHROP ’49ER DAYS Commemorate and celebrate the old west at ’49er Days, May 10–12 in downtown Winthrop and at Mack Lloyd Park. Activities include a parade, demonstrations and displays, mechanical bull rides, horse rides, games, packers’ competition and more. Most of the events are free except for Saturday’s barn dance and some of the meals served at the park. Email info@winthropwashington. com or visit winthropwashington. com/event/49er-days for more information. ■■METHOW VALLEY RODEO Nothing delivers more bucks for your bucks than the Methow Valley Rodeo — and twice a year. The rodeo is scheduled over the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, bracketing the summer with broncs and more. Most of the competitors are from around the region, and there are activities for the kids too (mutton bustin’ has to be seen to be understood). The Methow Valley Rodeo is a member of the Western States Ranch Rodeo Association and has hosted some of the region’s best ropers and riders for over 45 years. The rodeo arena is located about halfway between Twisp and Winthrop on Twin Lakes Road. Events begin at 1 p.m. on May 25–26, and on Aug. 31–Sept. 1. Tickets are $10 Methow Valley News

for adults; $5 for kids 7 to 12; kids under 6 get in free. For more information go to www. methowvalleyrodeo. com.

Hill Ranch between Twisp and Winthrop. Now in its 24th season, the Chamber Music Festival offers an intimate setting, creative programming and dazzling performances. Yearly fans of the festival will want to take note that it is being staged earlier this year, from June 20–29. In addition to the four

See pages 59–65 for a complete calendar of Methow Valley events, large & small.

■■METHOW VALLEY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL World-class chamber music comes to the valley for 10 days each summer and finds a home at Signal

center-stage concerts at Signal Hill — featuring works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Mozart, as well as newer compositions by Schoenfeld, Jessie Montgomery and Paul Wiancko — performances at various other locations around the valley will be offered for free (check the weekly Methow Valley News “What’s Happening” page for details). Rehearsals are free and open to the public on concert days.

Winthrop '49er Days is an unofficial kick-off event for summer fun in the Methow Valley. The event starts on Friday and the fun continues through till Sunday afternoon. PHOTO BY STEVE MITCHELL 7


Tickets and schedule information are available at www. methowmusicfestival.org, or call (509) 997-5000.

■■METHOW ARTS FESTIVAL After the annual Fourth of July parade down Glover Street in Twisp, walk a couple of blocks to Twisp Town Park for the annual Methow Arts Festival, an afternoon

If you enjoy the Methow Valley Rodeo on Labor Day weekend, make sure you come back for the Memorial Day weekend event. PHOTO BY STEVE MITCHELL

of musical performances, participatory art, contests, aerial artists, great local food, and fun for all ages. Root for your favorite contestant in the pie-eating and hula-hoop contests, then visit the dozen-orso hands-on art booths: tie-dye T-shirts, letterpress printing, face painting, copper arts, the everpopular wooden boat station,

The Methow Arts Festival — always on July 4 in Twisp — has activities for all ages. PHOTO BY DON NELSON

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and more. Headline musicians, including the Marchfourth Marching Band, will perform on the bandshell stage throughout the afternoon. Adults can visit the beer garden. The festival takes place from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Cost is $5 for kids age 5 and older, and $12 for adults. Kids under age 5 get in for free.

The Winthrop R&B Festival will be on July 19–21 this syear. PHOTO BY STEVE MITCHELL

The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival is scheduled for the end of June this year. PHOTO BY MARCY STAMPER

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Go to www.methowarts.org or call (509) 9974004 for more information.

■■WINTHROP RHYTHM AND BLUES FESTIVAL The Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival celebrates its 32nd year in the Methow Valley with the usual stellar lineup of world-class performers including headliners Los Lobos, playing day and night July 19–21, at the Blues Ranch on Highway 20 just west of Winthrop. There is onsite camping, food and craft vendors, portable showers and a beer garden. Tickets are $120 in advance, or $130 at the gate. On-site camping is available for $50. Friday night’s show benefits The Cove food bank in Twisp, and entrance is $10 or free with the festival pass. Visit www.winthropbluesfestival. com for details.

The Winthrop Vintage Wheels Show, on Sept. 7 this year, is a great way to cap off the summer of Methow Valley fun. PHOTO BY DON NELSON

■■METHOW VALLEY HOME TOUR Each summer, Confluence Gallery & Art Center hosts the Methow Valley Home Tour, an exclusive peek inside some of the valley’s most beautiful homes, and an opportunity to learn about design, architecture and innovative construction. The 2019 Home Tour theme is “Embracing the Outdoors.” A Confluence Gallery press release noted that “The Methow Valley celebrates outdoor living. Whether hiking Easy Pass, skiing Tour of the Methow, running over the TawlksFoster Suspension Bridge, fishing in Pearrygin

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Lake, sledding Goat Creek Road, or watching deer eat garden plants, people in the valley love the outdoors. The 2019 Methow Valley Home Tour will reflect that joy.” The 18th annual Methow Valley Home Tour is on Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, or $20 per person for carpools of four, and go on sale July 30 at Confluence Gallery, 104 Glover St. in Twisp, or may be purchased by phone at (509) 997-2787 or at brownpapertickets.com.

■■DRAMA AT THE MERC PLAYHOUSE Twisp’s outstanding community theater has a couple of events scheduled this summer: • The national debut of “A Diner On The Way,” a suspenseful, witty drama that shines a light on how multi-faceted life can be: a burden, or a way to freedom; a rushing embarrassment, or an incredible source of amusement. “Diner,” written by Michael Ray Young and directed by Mark Easton, opens July 12 and continues through July 21. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, and 2 p.m.

on Sunday. Online adult reserved tickets are $20 or $18 general admission; adult general admission is $20 at the door. Youth reserved seats are $7 online; youth admission is $5 at the door. The July 18 performance is by donation. • The comedic farce “Boeing Boeing” will be staged Sept. 20–29. The play was written by Mark Camoletti and adapted for the English stage by Beverly Cross, and is directed by Kelly Donoghue. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Online adult reserved tickets are $20 or $18 general admission; adult general admission is $20 at the door. Youth reserved seats are $7 online; youth admission is $5 at the door. The Sept. 26 performance is by donation. Visit www.mercplayhouse.org or call 997-7529 for more information.

■■WINTHROP VINTAGE WHEELS SHOW Cap off the summer by taking in a stunning array of vintage automobiles, motorcycles, tractors, travel trailers and bicycles in and around downtown Winthrop on Sept. 7. And it’s all free. 

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Floating holidays Swimmers, water-skiers, boaters, rafters, tubers, floaters and more will find fun on and in our lakes and rivers

Rafting is just one way to enjoy the bounty of water in the Methow Valley. PHOTO BY MARY KIESAU 12

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■■SWIMMING

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ON THOSE LONG DAYS OF

SUMMER, THERE’S NOTHING LIKE

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to cool off. The Methow offers water activities for all interests and abilities, from a kiddie pool in Twisp to serene freshwater lakes to thrilling whitewater rapids. Because the Methow River is freeflowing, conditions change with the season. In early summer, consider a raft trip with experienced guides to safely navigate the whitewater while you take in the scenery. Later in the season, as the river level gets lower — and the water gets warmer — people switch to tubing, where they can enjoy a relaxed float downstream in gentler conditions. Have your own boat or personal watercraft? Try sailing or jet-skiing on Pearrygin Lake or Alta Lake, where there are state park facilities. Or take a canoe to explore Blackpine Lake, a quiet, high-altitude lake with shimmering blue-green water. Prefer to dispense with the hassle of bringing a boat? You can rent rowboats, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, paddleboats and stand-up paddleboards at the Patterson Lake office near Sun Mountain Lodge. Swimmers and waders will want to check out Pearrygin Lake or Patterson Lake for a refreshing dip or languid float on a raft. For a truly invigorating experience, try one of the many swimming holes on the Methow’s rivers. The Wagner Memorial Pool in Twisp is great for lessons or a lap swim, and for letting toddlers play in a wading pool.

• Patterson Lake, near Sun Mountain Lodge: swim in a cool freshwater lake surrounded by hills. Numerous informal areas along the shore. Access from Patterson Lake Road. • Pearrygin Lake: swim in a large, roped-off area or explore other areas of this spring-fed lake, ringed by mountain scenery. Access from East Chewuch Road and Bear Creek Road east of Winthrop. • Blackpine Lake: swim in a crystalclear, high-mountain lake. Access from Buttermilk Creek Road (11 miles west of Twisp on Twisp River Road) or Libby Creek Road off Highway 153, 1 mile south of Carlton. • Confluence of Methow River and Twisp River (Twisp Town Park): splash and wade through river rocks where two of the Methow’s finest rivers converge. Lots of options for sunbathing. • Carlton swimming hole: a favorite with locals, with a deep pool, sandy beach and some shade. Access across from the Carlton Store on Highway 153. • Gold Creek swimming hole: Sandy swimming hole with a rocky beach, large boulders for jumping into the water, and shallow side streams. At the south end of Gold Creek Loop Road on Highway 153, 15 miles south of Twisp. • Chewuch Campground swimming hole: a generous pool for splashing and dunking. Access through Chewuch campground, 15 miles north of Winthrop on the West Chewuch Road toward Thirtymile. • Wagner Memorial Pool, Twisp Town Park: zero-depth wading area, lap and open swim, lessons, aerobics, shaded seating, bathhouse and lifeguard. Open mid-June to late August.

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• Pearrygin Lake State Park: Bring your own rowboat, kayak, canoe or motorboat and explore this lake’s many inlets. Waterskiing and personal-watercraft use also allowed. Two boat ramps, 60 feet of dock. Access from East Chewuch Road and Bear Creek Road east of Winthrop. • Alta Lake State Park: Bring your own rowboat, canoe, sailboard, paddleboard or windsurfing gear. Also popular for motorboats or personal watercraft. Limited waterskiing on small lake. Two boat ramps, 60 feet of dock. Access 2 miles north of Pateros on Highway 153. • Patterson Lake: rent canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, sailboats and paddleboards by the hour; and rowboats by the hour or day at the Patterson Lake office near the Patterson Lake cabins at Sun Mountain Lodge. There is an 8-mph speed limit for motorized boats. More info at 1-800-572-0493 or 996-2211. Access from Patterson Lake Road. • Blackpine Lake: row or paddle on a crystal-clear high-mountain lake. Non-motorized boats only. Gravel boat ramp; two floating docks.

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Tracks, trails and roads Biking can be as leisurely or challenging as you like in the Methow

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Cascades mountains — riding doesn’t get much better than this. Awesome mountain biking in the Methow Valley is only getting more amazing, thanks to an army of passionate riders who are giving their time, muscle and money to make the Methow Valley a premiere mountain biking destination. The valley’s extensive array of trails expanded last year and will continue to grow throughout 2019 as the Methow Valley chapter of Evergreen Mountain Bike

Alliance (EMBA) builds out 22 miles of new trails at Sun Mountain near Winthrop. “2018 saw the addition of over 8 miles of some of the best and most progressive singletrack in the valley,” says Josh Gewirtz, president of Methow Valley EMBA. The summer of 2019 offers a new climbing trail, “Climb-It-Change,” that takes riders to Thompson Ridge, elevation 4,700 feet. The Thompson Ridge trail is the centerpiece of the new Sun Mountain expansion. When completed, it will treat riders to a 14-mile loop, with 4.5 miles of singletrack on top, followed by a 6-mile

descent through high alpine forests, shrub steppe, rock gardens and open meadows. Almost half of the loop was completed last year, and sections will open up to riders as they are completed this summer and fall. The expanded opportunities at Sun Mountain are only part of the story for cyclists in the Methow Valley. Whether on dirt or pavement, the Methow offers riding for every ability or inclination — flat family-friendly trails, high alpine singletrack, and miles of lightly traveled roads. Riding through the seasons, bikers enjoy colorful spring wildflowers, warm summer days and brilliant fall foliage. And after the ride, there are plenty of options to relax with food and drink at local eateries. 

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Best of the Methow So many choices of rides in and around the Methow Valley! Joe Brown of Methow Cycle & Sport in Winthrop offers a few of his favorites.

■■MOUNTAIN BIKE • Big Valley An easy ride, 4-6 miles long, on a multi-use trail located between Winthrop and Mazama. Great for families, canine friends and beginner riders. The trail travels along the valley bottom through forest, meadows and along the Methow River. No pass required for parking or riding. Electric assist bikes not allowed. • Sun Mountain Ride from Winthrop or park at the Chickadee trailhead. Multiple loops and distances available for beginner, moderate or advanced riders. Check out the new, flowy trail

improvements on Magpie, Black Bear, Pete’s Dragon, Woodpecker and Dave’s Dive. No pass required for parking or riding. Electric assist bikes not allowed. • Starvation Mountain Loop An excellent, full-day 25-mile ride in the Methow Valley accessed by Beaver Creek Road. High elevations make for a retreat from the valley floor. The road takes you up to the top of the first peak, after that the trail is singletrack, much of it exposed sidehill. The majority of singletrack is downhill, making for an incredible 3.5hour descent. No parking pass required for parking or riding. Electric assist bikes allowed.

■■ROAD RIDES • Chewuch Loop An easy 14-mile loop connecting East and West Chewuch roads looking down

at the beautiful Chewuch River. Electric assist bikes allowed. • Winthrop south to Twisp and Carlton Enjoy lightly traveled side roads that parallel Hwy 20 south for about 20 miles to Carlton. Take East County Road south of Winthrop 9 miles to Twisp. Take the Twisp-Carlton Road 10 miles further south to Carlton, riding along the Methow River through farmlands and orchards. Electric assist bikes allowed. • Highway 20 to Washington Pass This is a fairly strenuous climb that is well worth the effort for the outstanding views and epic descent — 61 miles roundtrip from Winthrop or 30 miles roundtrip from Mazama. Wear layers as temperature and conditions change as elevation increases. Electric assist bikes allowed.

Learn more about bike events in the Methow Valley on the next page. PHOTO BY STEVE MITCHELL

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FIND AN EVENT

The Methow Valley will host several fun events for cyclists to join or observe. Coming up this season: • May 11–12: Trek Dirt Series mountain bike camp, a weekend-long instructional mountain bike skills camp for men and women, hosted by Methow Cycle & Sport in Winthrop. For information, visit www.dirtseries. com. Cost: $395. • May 18 and June 8: Kids Bike Rodeos at TwispWorks (May 18) and Pearrygin Lake State Park (June 8), 10 a.m.–noon. Kids ages 5–10 learn skills to ride safely, and volunteers will conduct helmet bike fittings and bike safety inspections. Bike helmets will be available

for a $5 donation. Sponsored by Methow Cycle & Sport, Pearrygin Lake State Park, TwispWorks, Aero Methow Rescue Service, Winthrop Kiwanis, Okanogan County Fire District 6 and Twisp Police. • June 22–23: Singletrack Celebration. A mountain bike skills camp for women, sponsored by Methow Evergreen MTB. More details available at methowevergreenmtb.org. • Sept. 21: Gran Fondo Winthrop takes riders over 90 miles of paved and gravel roads deep into the North Cascades with 10,000-plus feet of climbing. This ride is hard and is intended for experienced cyclists. Leaves the Barn in Winthrop at 8 a.m. Cost: $75. More information at rideviciouscycle.com/events/ gran-fondo-winthrop.

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Best road bike rides in the Methow Valley* Chewuch Loop

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Tour De Okanogan

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Information on riding • Winthrop’s website, winthropwashington.com, has information on mountain and road bike riding, and offers a free “Winthrop Washington” app. • The Methow Trails office in downtown Winthrop has information on mountain bike and road rides, and on its website: methowtrails. org. • Methow Cycle & Sport’s website, methowcyclesport.com, or Winthrop Mountain Sports’ website,

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winthropmountainsports.com, provide trail descriptions and maps. • Stop by local Methow Valley sports shops in person for current trail conditions and maps. • Trailforks.com, a mountain biking database, has up-to-date maps and trail information. • MTBproject.com, affiliated with the REI outdoor store, offers a comprehensive guide for mountain biking trail maps and information.

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• Winthrop Mountain Sports, 257 Riverside Ave., Winthrop, 996-2886 • Methow Cycle & Sport, 29 State Route 20 in Winthrop, 996-3645 • Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies, 50 Lost River Road, Mazama, 996-2515 • North Cascades Cycle Werks, 2 Country Road, Mazama, 996-2225 • Cascades Outdoor Store, 222 Riverside Ave., Winthrop, 996-3480

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Good old-fashioned horse power can help you see the valley in a whole new way. PHOTO BY STEVE MITCHELL

The only way to ride Discover the farthest reaches of the Methow from horseback

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hard hike into the backcountry, horseback riding in the Methow Valley is an experience not to be missed.

From horseback you can access parts of the valley that may be out of reach for many on foot. And perhaps best of all, when you’re on horseback you can spend all your time enjoying the scenery and none of it watching where you put your 18

feet — leave that work up to your trusty horse! Why not take a trail ride into the forested hills and mountain peaks near Mazama? Or ride out along the meandering Chewuch River to beat the summer heat? Maybe you want front-row seats (or should we say saddles?) to see the arrowleaf balsamroot in full golden yellow bloom from the trails at Sun Mountain Lodge? It’s all within your reach, and there are many knowledgeable horse people in the Methow Valley who can help you find the right riding experience for you — no matter what your skill level. If you’re looking for an extended adventure into the backcountry, the

horse packers and outfitters of the Methow Valley are part of a tradition that has brought visitors into beautiful, remote stretches of wilderness for more than 100 years. Outfitters have seasoned horses that know the terrain, and strong mules that are ready to carry all the makings of a comfortable — even deluxe — camp. Relax by the campfire and enjoy a cocktail after a scenic ride into the mountains, or a day fishing on an alpine lake, while the camp cook prepares your delicious meal. Or, if you want a bit more of a hands-off approach, many outfitters will offer what’s called a “drop camp.” They’ll deliver your gear by horse and mule to an agreed-upon location and then pick it up when

you’re done with your backcountry adventure. For visitors who own their own horses and can trailer them to the Methow, there are plenty of options to BYOH. This summer a new horse camp — the North Summit Horse Camp — will be opening on Loup Loup Pass (Highway 20) with access to miles of trails. Beaver Creek and Bear Creek campgrounds are both well-established sites with room for horse trailers and access to trails on public lands from the campgrounds. Twisp River Horse Camp is another option; however, that campground and some of the surrounding trails experienced some damage in the wildfires of 2018 so you may want to call the U.S. Forest Service for more Summer 2019


PACKERS, OUTFITTERS, TRAIL RIDES Cascade Wilderness Outfitters Steve Darwood (509) 322-3809 www.cascadewildernessoutfitters.com pack trips, drop camps, hunting trips Early Winters Outfitting Aaron and Judy Burkhart 996-2659 www.earlywintersoutfitting.com pack trips, drop camps, day rides, riding lessons Whether you take a days-long trip into the backcountry or an hours-long trail ride, the human-horse connection makes the experience one to remember. PHOTO BY MARY KIESAU

information. Whether you’re on your own horse or one of the tried-and-true mountain horses of the valley, riding in the Methow is a “once in a lifetime experience that you’ll want to repeat over and over again,” said Cathy Upper, longtime Methow Valley horsewoman and president of the Methow Valley Back Country

Horsemen. “There is so much public land — lots of places to check out. It’s a fabulous place to ride.” For information, visit the Back Country Horsemen website, www. mvbch.com. The Washington Outfitters and Guide Association has information about local outfitters at 997-108; (877) ASK-WOGA or www. woga.org. 

Highland Stage Company Donald and Lorah Super (509) 923-1944 pack trips, drop camps, horse-drawn stagecoach camping trips JD Outfitters (Sun Mountain Lodge) John and Debbie “Red” Schrock day rides of varying durations, dinner rides 996-4735 www.sunmountainlodge.com

Washington’s Premier Destination Resort Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Methow Valley, amazing food and wine, beautiful rooms, fabulous service, soothing spa treatments, and outdoor activities everyone will enjoy. Plus, you asked and we listened. Sun Mountain Lodge is blending fine dining and more casual fair into one exciting new restaurant experience giving our dining guests the best of both worlds on the same menu. Come in and experience great flavors with many old favorites, plus new “mountain fresh” menu items. Call today for reservations and specials: 800-572-0493

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Find your favorite spot for a fishing adventure SUMMER FISHING

OPPORTUNITIES ARE ABUNDANT AND VARIED IN THE METHOW VALLEY.

From floating the lower reaches of the river by drift boat and casting a fly or throwing a line in from a lake shore, to hiking into remote a high mountain lake, once you land your first “big one” it’s easy to get hooked. Before you head out it’s important to check local regulations and restrictions and make sure your fishing license is current. Licenses expire every year on March 31 and new ones can be purchased online (fishhunt.dfw. wa.gov) or at registered vendors (listed below). Temporary licenses for one to three days area also available. Children under 15 fish for free

in Washington. Upon purchase of your license, you receive a Vehicle Access Pass to display at required fishing access sites managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). For complete information about state fishing regulations, visit wdfw. wa.gov/fishing/regulations. The annual Kids Fishing Day (Saturday, June 8) is hosted by the Winthrop National Fish Hatchery. This annual event is co-sponsored by a myriad of government, tribal, nonprofit and community groups. Volunteer anglers help kids learn to set worms on hooks, cast, and reel in hatchery-raised rainbow trout. Kids learn how to clean and fillet fish as well participate in boating safety games, arts and crafts, beaver viewing, and watershed education. Unlike catch ’n’ release on the river, families can feast that evening on their catch. A couple of regulation changes

Guided fly fishing trips on the Methow River & surrounding area.

that not everyone may be aware of: The whitefish season closes on the last day of February on all rivers in the state. And, Campbell, Davis and Cougar lakes are all now “selective gear lakes” (single hook, barbless, no bait) with a limit of two fish over 14 inches in length. The accompanying Methow Valley Lake and Stream map includes just about all the basic information you need to get started. Here are some other local resources.

■■FISHING LICENSE VENDORS • Pardners Mini Market, Winthrop • Valley Do it Center, Twisp • Ace Hardware, Winthrop • Yancey’s Pateros Hardware, Pateros ■■LOCAL FLY FISHING GUIDES • North Cascades Fly Fishing: Kevin VanBueren, 996-3731, www. fishandfloat.com, guides@fishandfloat.com

• Methow Fishing Adventures: Leaf Seaburg and Sarah Lane, www.flyfishersproshop.com/blog/locations, methowfishingadventures@ gmail.com, (509) 429-7298

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Lakes: damsel and dragonfly nymphs and mature adults; chironomid and mayfly nymphs and adults; leaches, scuds, shrimp, snails, small fish and other microorganisms. Rivers: caddis, stone fly and small mayfly nymphs and adults, grasshoppers, ants, beetles and other terrestrials.

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When fishing with bait, trout are counted as part of the daily limit, whether kept or released. Statewide rules apply for lakes no minimum size, five fish limit. Season: Libby Alta, Pearrygin Lakes: Apr 22 - Sept 30 Creek Patterson Lake: Open year around Black Pine Lake: Open year around Winter Lakes: Bait limit 5 fish. Cougar, Campbell, Davis: Sept 1 - Mar 31

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METHOW STEELHEAD REGULATIONS: Opening and closure determined by WDFW During open season: 2 adipose fin clipped Steelhead can be taken per day. ALL WILD MUST BE RELEASED. Gold Creek to Lower Burma Bridge: May 27 - Sept 15 (unless opened by WSFW special regulations)

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Only unscented, artificial flies/lures with single barbless hooks are allowed. METHOW • No motorized boats, except under special rules for individual waters LOWER Electric motors allowed. BURMA BRIDGE Big Twin and Little Twin: Selective gear rules, trout limit, 1. Open Apr 22 - Oct 31 Black: Upper Chewuck, year round selective gear rules. H W Y See WDFW Fishing regs. for definition of terms, 15 additional closures, and whitefish seasons 3

All threatened or endangered species—Summer Steelhead, Spring Chinook Salmon, Bull Trout—must be released unharmed year-round, unless retention is allowed under special state rules. Report violations to WDFW Enforcement 509-322-4356 Questions contact Methow Fishing Adventures 509-429-7298 Content reviewed by WDFW.

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Hit that wall The Methow offers world-class climbing challenges, but beginners are also welcome

The Washington Pass Crags have a mountain-climb vibe but are just a short walk from the hairpin turn on Highway 20. PHOTO BY MARY KIESAU

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Honnold climbing to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite without rope protection, and “The Dawn Wall,” chronicling Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s first free ascent of a seemingly impossible 3,000-foot Yosemite rock face — suddenly even non-climbers are little bit obsessed with a sport that has for decades seemed somewhat mysterious. Rock climbing is most decidedly not a sport for everyone. Acrophobia — a debilitating fear of heights — holds many back from ever attempting to climb. After all, nearly all rock climbing involves ascending to the top of something high up. Others simply can’t wrap their heads around the idea of trusting one’s life to a 10mm rope and 22

another human on the ground holding the other end of it. But those who love to climb are almost universal in how they articulate its appeal. Unlocking the series of moves that allows one to ascend a route. The laser focused required by a particularly scary sequence. Balancing delicately on tiny crystals, fingers crimping mere suggestions of handholds. Topping out on a climb, hands gritty, heart pumping, the world spread below and beyond you.

■■MOUNTAINEERING A launching pad for anyone who wants to wander in the backcountry, find summits and figure out how to get to the top of them, the Methow Valley is the gateway to the North Cascades and the lifetime’s worth of peaks contained therein. The legendary late climber Fred Beckey spent his life in this wild country and meticulously documented details of climbs and ascents in Volumes 2 and 3 of the Cascade Alpine Guide series, known simply as “the Beckey guidebooks.” You can find these at Mazama’s Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies shop (info below).

If you haven’t already, prep your North Cascades backcountry climbing experience with a viewing of “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey,” a thoroughly entertaining documentary about the storied climber’s life.

■■FRONT COUNTRY CLIMBING In addition to being the place to prepare for your expedition into the backcountry, the Methow Valley can also answer your day-trip climbing needs. • Liberty Bell and Early Winters Spires: The climbs in the Liberty Bell/Early Winters Spires area are some of the best in Washington state, with solid rough granite and climbs ranging from moderate to difficult. This area is popular for good reason, but decades of popularity have resulted in considerable impact to the surrounding area, including human waste disposal issues, erosion and trail proliferation. The result of a collaborative effort with the U.S, Forest Service, the Access Fund, the National Forest Foundation, and other organizations, the presence of a seasonal climbing ranger with outreach and education information will be a step toward Summer 2019


mitigating human impact on the Liberty Bell/Early Winters Spires area. Please respect signs and use guidelines. • Fun Rock: The Fun Rock crags along Lost River Road are easily accessed from a climber’s parking area, about 1.4 miles northwest of the Mazama Store. With more than 50 routes ranging 5.6-5.12d, there is something for everyone (which is why this area gets crowded, particularly on weekends). You can get the Fun Rock guidebook at Goat’s Beard. • The Matrix: Located 1.6 miles south of Mazama and accessible from the Goat Creek Sno-Park, the 60-plus routes at The Matrix take some of the pressure off Fun Rock. They’re mostly sport routes, but there are a few trad lines as well. You’ll need the Matrix & Europa guidebook, since these climbs are not included in any other climbing guide. • Goat Wall: Goat Wall is 3 miles northwest of the Mazama Store on Lost River Road; you can’t miss this massive rhinostone wall that spans several miles, towering 1,000 feet above the river. Routes abound. Get the climbing guide at Goat’s Beard. • Europa: Europa is a crag on Goat Wall with new and previously undocumented routes ranging from 5.6-5.12. Sun and great views make this a nice place to climb in the shoulder seasons or early on summer mornings. Goat’s Beard carries the Matrix & Europa guidebook. • West Chewuch/Falls Creek: Another new site can be found out the West Chewuch, above Falls Creek. Little is written about this new site; experienced climbers just head to the crags and get on the climbs. Eventually, www.mountainproject.com may have some information about this area. • Washington Pass Crags: Beat the summer heat at the crags just above the hairpin turn at Washington Pass. As with The Matrix area, these are mostly single-pitch bolted routes. This newly developed area gives you the feeling of climbing in the mountains yet is reachable by just a 5-minute walk from the road.

■■LEARNING THE ROPES Daredevil Alex Honnold climbs without ropes, but you shouldn’t. If Methow Valley News

you don’t have the gear or experience to tackle climbing on your own, or if you want to take your climbing to the next level, it’s wise to take a class or enlist a guide: • North Cascades Mountain Guides offers low-ratio climbing trips with world-class, certified guides. Want a family day at the crags? Or maybe you’re interested in experiencing multi-pitch climbing. NCMG has you covered. www.ncmountainguides.com, (509) 996-3194, 48 Lost River Road, Mazama. • Northwest Outward Bound School in Mazama has climbing programs as well. www.nwobs.org, (503) 946-3404, 226 Lost River Road, Mazama.

■■GET THE GOODS Need gear? Climbing equipment and outdoor gear are a brisk business in the Methow Valley, available at several retailers: • Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies, located behind the Mazama Store, has the widest selection of climbing gear in the valley, including the climbing guidebook you’ll need if you’re going without a professional or a local: Bryan Burdo’s “Mazama Rock, a Vertical Paradise.” (This book is, however, notoriously hard to get from the publisher, and is frequently out of stock.) Goat’s Beard also sells miniguides for other local crags, as well as the Beckey guidebooks. Find them at www.goatsbeardmountainsupplies.com (509) 9962515, 50 Lost River Road, Mazama. • Winthrop Mountain Sports, 257 Riverside Ave. in Winthrop, www. winthropmountainsports.com, (509) 996-2886 • Cascades Outdoor Store, 222 Riverside Ave. in Winthrop, www. cascadesoutdoorstore.com, (509) 996-3480. ■■LAST, BUT NOT LEAST Always practice accepted climbing etiquette and take fundamental safety precautions; visit www. rockandice.com/how-to-climb/ best-rock-climbing-ethics-andpractices./ There’s an entire book published every year (Accidents in North American Mountaineering) detailing accidents, near-misses, and fatalities in mountaineering and rock climbing. You should aim to stay out of it. 

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Local greens Golf in the Methow Valley and beyond

BY SANDR A STRIEBY

SPECTACULAR SCENERY

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courses. If golf is your game, you can find challenging play in a variety of settings in and around the Methow Valley. This article covers local course basics as well as junior golf, other courses in the region, and some Methow golf lore. Each of the courses has a web site where you can learn more and get a feel for the course. Bear in mind that Methow summers are hot; you may find an early morning or twilight round most refreshing.

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• Alta Lake Golf Resort: Located in Alta Coulee west of Pateros, Alta Lake offers a challenging 18-hole course with views of rolling hills and rocky escarpments. There’s a motel with kitchenettes as well as standard rooms, and Golfer’s Package rates for guests. The resort is owned by the Barth family, owners of three other courses 24

in the region; a North Central Washington Player’s Card provides discounted rates at all four courses. • Bear Creek Golf Course: South of Winthrop in the heart of the Methow Valley, Bear Creek offers nine holes with 18 tees, and a driving range. Views into the Pasayten and Sawtooth wilderness areas make golfing at Bear Creek a distinctive Methow experience. For a change of pace, try your hand at Name & Location

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disc or fling golf. See the calendar on p. 59 for special events.

■■ELSEWHERE IN OKANOGAN COUNTY • Gamble Sands: Since opening in 2014, Gamble Sands near Brewster has garnered a bevy of awards, including No. 1 in Cascade Golfer’s list of Washington’s Top-10 Public Golf Courses in 2017 and No. 37 in Golf Digest’s 2017-2018 list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Fees

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Courses. The 18-hole course overlooks the Columbia River; there’s a putting green as well. Gamble Sands offers Stay-and-Play packages for guests at the on-site inn. • Okanogan Valley Golf Club: Nestled in the shrub-steppe between Okanogan and Omak, the Okanogan Valley Golf Club bills itself as friendly and family-oriented. The club offers a nine-hole course with territorial views, and is open to the public. 

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9 holes, $24; 18 holes, $45. Senior and Twilight rates

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Breakfast, lunch, beverages

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(509) 923-2359 www.altalakegolf.com

Bear Creek Golf Course, 3 miles southeast of Winthrop via TwispWinthrop Eastside Rd.

Yes

5/10-10/13: 9 holes, $24; 18 holes, $36; other dates, twilight rates. Junior, senior, and twilight rates

July 9 & 10

Yes

Espresso & sandwich/ snack bar; beverages

No

(509) 996-2284 www.bearcreekgolfcourse. com/

ELSEWHERE IN OKANOGAN COUNTY Gamble Sands, 10 miles east of Brewster via Hwys. 97 and 17

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$85-$170. Twilight and resort guest rates

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Yes

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch

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(509) 436-8323 gamblesands.com/

Okanogan Valley Golf Club, off the Conconully Hwy. between Okanogan and Omak

No tee times needed

9 holes, $18; 18 holes, $28. Twilight rates

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Light snacks

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Junior golf All of Okanogan County’s courses offer special programs for young golfers. Brief descriptions follow; call the courses or check their web sites for more detailed information. • Alta Lake’s Junior Golf Camp teaches 4-to-12-year-olds about golf and physical fitness. Participants spend three mornings in July learning safety, etiquette, golf, and movement skills. Visit www.altalakegolf.com/-juniorgolf-camps or call (509) 923-2359 for more information. (At press time, 2019 information had not yet been posted.) • The Bear Creek Junior Golf program is open to youth ages 7 to 17 and includes a week-long clinic for beginning and intermediate players. The program focuses on golf routine and fundamentals, rules of the game, etiquette, and pace of play. Contact Jill Sheley at jill@

s2advisors.com for more information. • Gamble Sands participates in the PGA Junior League with a program that includes instruction, practice and competition for boys and girls 17 and under. (“Basically little league for golf,” according to Head Golf Pro Matt Baum.) Gamble Sands is considering a weekly junior program during the summer but did not have firm plans as of press time. Call (509) 436-8323, email mbaum@gamblesands.com, or visit gamblesands.com for more information. • Okanogan Valley Golf Club holds a Junior Academy in June to instruct young golfers in the game of golf as well as rules, etiquette, and behavior. For more information, visit www. okanoganvalleygolf.com/event/junioracademy/?instance_id=1676 or call (509) 826-6937.

Beyond Okanogan County Several courses outside Okanogan County are relatively close to the Methow Valley. As noted elsewhere, three of them are owned by the Barth family, and a North Central Washington Player's Card will get you discounts at all four Barth courses. They include Bear Mountain Ranch (bearmtgolf. com) near Chelan, Desert Canyon Golf Resort (www. desertcanyonresort.com/) close to Orondo, and

Rock Island Golf Course (rockislandgolfcourse.com/) in the city of Rock Island, each with 18 holes and distinctive terrain and vistas. Bear Mountain participates in the PGA Junior League. The Lake Chelan Golf Course overlooks the big lake from the north. It’s a municipal course located within the city limits. Learn more or book a tee time at cityofchelan.us/ golf-course/.

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WHISPERING RATTLESNAKES AND THE NORTHWEST GOLF MEDIA ASSOCIATION Long-time readers of the Methow Valley News may remember anecdotes about the Whispering Rattlesnakes Golf and Flubbers’ Club. Neither the first nor the biggest, Whispering Rattlesnakes certainly had the most arresting name of any local course — one that might give pause to any visitor. The course received plenty of coverage since its founder, Bob Spiwak, was the paper’s Mazama correspondent for years and was devoted to the game. Whispering Rattlesnakes was Bob’s private pitch-and-putt course … but not too private to attract tournament play. In 2016, Spiwak wrote that “Flubbers’

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Club tournaments … were all benefits for Montessori, the library, or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer organization … The big wooden entry sign with the name and logo of a rattlesnake next to a golf ball and inscription, ‘Don’t Putt On Me’ is still here.” The Northwest Golf Media Association (NWGMA) was conceived at Whispering Rattlesnakes in 1995, and continues to foster interest in the game as a professional organization for journalists throughout the northwest. The NWGMA honored Bob Spiwak with a Recognition Award in 2010.

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Nature’s light show The Methow’s dark skies make stargazing a dazzling experience B Y D AV I D W A R D

A GREAT WAY TO SPEND A BALMY SUMMER EVENING HERE IN THE METHOW VALLEY

IS TO RELAX OUT UNDER A STAR-FILLED NIGHT SKY. NO NEED FOR ALL THOSE HEAV Y CLOTHES, BUT MAYBE SOME

MOSQUITO REPELLANT WILL COME IN HANDY. IF YOU ARE HERE FROM SEATTLE OR SOME OTHER BIG CIT Y, BE SURE TO

take advantage of our dark skies east of the mountains. Never, from a metropolitan area, will you see a stunning night sky like we have here.

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So what is up there that is so special? First of all there are planets. The two best ones for telescope viewing, Jupiter and Saturn, will be visible most of the summer. I first saw them when I was 5 years old and was so fascinated by them that I never stopped looking. Jupiter will be floating low in the south, the brightest object up there besides the moon. A dead giveaway that it’s a planet and not a star is that it shines with a steady light. It does not twinkle like the stars. People sometimes ask me why the planets do not twinkle and the answer is very simple. “Twinkle, twinkle little planet” does not rhyme with “How I wonder what you are” which all goes to prove that astronomy is very easy and anyone can understand it. It only takes a small telescope to see Jupiter’s four large moons discovered by Galileo. You can even watch them change positions from night to night as they revolve around the planet. If you are really interested go on line to find a chart showing you their names and where they are.

■■TOURING THE SKIES Saturn is up there too, and its rings are always a big hit as seen through a small scope. It is going to be left of Jupiter and a lot dimmer. After all, it is almost a billion miles away. How bright can it be? See if you can spot its largest moon, Titan, nearby. A couple of my favorite constellations are up there this summer right near the planets. Just below Jupiter, Scorpius, the scorpion, is one of the few constellations that actually looks like what it is supposed to be. The nemesis of Orion, the great hunter, it fatally bit him after Orion boasted he could kill any animal on earth. So as not to add insult to injury, the two were placed on opposite sides of the heavens and Orion does not have to feel embarrassed by the tiny creature that killed him. Look for the red star Antares marking the heart of the scorpion and you may even see its stinger low in the south. Just left of Scorpius the constellation Sagittarius, the archer, is the home of Saturn this summer. Sagittarius is usually depicted as Chiron the wise old centaur, half man and half horse. He has an arrow on the string of his bow aimed at the scorpion just in case he causes any more trouble. Methow Valley News

■■WATCH FOR METEORS August is meteor shower month when the earth passes through the remnants of comet Swift-Tuttle every year at this time. Most things astronomical are huge and far away. Confronted with the mind-boggling numbers, our eyes glaze over and our minds refuse to process the hugeness of it all. Meteors are something all together different. They are close, only 50 or 60 miles up. We can grasp that concept — merely the distance from Mazama to Pateros. Then they are small, like grains of sand or kernels of grape nut cereal. Finally, we have something we can relate to. From mid-July well into August, expect to see more meteors than normal. The early morning hours of Aug. 11,12 and 13 will probably be the best. The only problem is that there is going to be a big moon up there and its glare will wash out the fainter meteors. Late at night or early morning, just before it gets light, will be the most auspicious hour to be out there meteor watching. The grandest sight we humans will ever be able to see in the heavens above is the summer Milky Way, stretching from north to south all the way across the sky. The Greek philosopher Aristotle thought it was the vapor of stars burning in the upper atmosphere of the earth. Did he ever get that wrong! Galileo was the first to see individual stars in that glowing band of light and you can too. Just scan the glow with a pair of binoculars and thousands of stars will pop into view. Our home in the vast cosmos, it is on a scale vastly larger than anything else we can easily see with the naked eye. I hope you get a chance to spend some time under the night sky this summer, and do not forget to allow yourself to be humbled. 

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almost uniformly similar: Life seems more simple on a backpacking trip. It gives me a break from the relentless pace of life at home. Things look brighter, more vivid. I feel more alive when I’m in the mountains. The mountains call us, just as they called John Muir and other early adventurers, and we must go — not because the mountains demand it of us (they do) but because we feel like the truest and happiest versions of ourselves when we are in them. “Going to the mountains,” said Muir, “is going home.” Unlike home, however, the mountains don’t come stocked with furniture, a loaded pantry, clothing and a roof. To travel comfortably in the mountains we must make the mountains into a lightweight

version of home, complete with food, water and shelter, all of which must be carried on our backs. Backpacking is a minimalist experience and gives us a glimpse into a radically simplified life, but paradoxically, there is a certain amount of equipment you need to own (or borrow) in order to do it. Fortunately for those of us living in the modern era, since the first great waves of people began to backpack for pleasure backpacking equipment has been getting lighter and more effective. The canvas wall tents of the 19th century have become the ultralight freestanding nylon tents of the 21st century; Muir used a woolen bedroll while modern adventurers snuggle into goose down mummy bags; the headlamps we used in the 1980s and 1990s look like coal miners’ lanterns compared to the tiny LED lamps that now illuminate our nighttime activities in the backcountry. Gear innovations have come a long way since Muir’s time, resulting in equipment that is lighter, longer lasting, and more effective than ever before. In the Methow Valley, you can find a wide variety

of such products at Goat’s Beard in Mazama and Winthrop Mountain Sports and Cascades Outdoor Store in Winthrop.

■■WEIGHT The three biggest and heaviest things you’ll need are your pack, your tent (or tarp, if bugs aren’t an issue), and your sleeping bag. Coincidentally or not, these are also likely to be your three mostexpensive purchases, so shop around, test things out, and make sure you’re investing in equipment that fits you well, is light enough, and is built to last. Amy Sweet of Cascades Outdoor Store says “The whole point of backpacking is to have fun, right? If people’s packs are too heavy, they’re going to be miserable and never backpack again. But if their packs are reasonable and they have fun, they’ll continue to do it.” With this in mind, Sweet advises backpackers to “focus on the big systems first.” Ideally, your pack will weigh about 3 pounds empty, your three-season sleeping bag will be about 2 pounds, and your twoperson tent will weigh 3–4 pounds.

With the explosion of gear manufacturers serving increasing numbers of backpackers, these target weights should not be difficult to achieve. Rita Kenny, co-owner of Winthrop Mountain Sports, advises backpackers to select gear not based solely on weight, but also on expected use. “It doesn’t make sense to use a 2-pound pack if you’re loading it up with a 3-pound stove and 15 pounds of food,” she says. Similarly, she says, make sure you understand what comfort features are being sacrificed in the name of weight. If you’re a mainstream backpacker who is happiest in a pack with padded shoulder straps, a molded waist belt, and back support, the most lightweight packs on the market are not going to satisfy you. But there are mid-range options, says Sweet, noting that “Sierra Designs stopped innovating for a while, but they came back this year with one of the most compelling products I’ve seen.” Describing a 2.5-pound backpack with cushioned shoulder straps, lumbar support and waist belt, Sweet says that the Flex Capacitor ultralight backpack converts from 60L to 40L through

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the use of big compression straps. The pack flexes to suit your needs, from quick overnighters to multiday trips. Sweet points to another of the most-innovative products on the market: a 3.75-pound, two-person tent from Sierra Designs, called the Clearwing. The tent is surprisingly affordable, and interestingly enough is only available through independent retailers like Cascades Outdoor Store, not large retailers like REI. “It’s part of the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance’s effort to support independent retailers,” Sweet says. For Kenny, who came of backpacking age in the heavyweight gear era, the continued innovations in lightweight backpacking gear are truly inspiring. “It’s just incredible to do a trip of up to a week with a 30-pound pack,” she says. Noting that Baby Boomers are a large portion of market share for outdoor recreation equipment, Kenny says “Nobody is slowing down. The gear keeps getting more comfortable and lighter, which eases the strain on the body. We all use lightweight, foldable trekking poles. We can just do these kinds of activities longer.” For youth and Baby Boomers alike, nothing restores one’s energy on a backpacking trip like a good night’s sleep. Kenny is enthusiastic about Cascade Design’s new inflatable sleeping pad, which should help facilitate a restful night of shuteye. “The NeoAir UberLite is the lightest on the market,” she says.

“It’s really comfortable and very quiet. It doesn’t make that crinkly sound that other Therm-a-Rests make. It’s getting great reviews in the press.”

■■FOOTWEAR Before considering bigger items like packs and tents, however, Kenny and Sweet both recommend considering the piece of equipment that will make or break a walking experience: footwear. “The distance hikers are all wearing running shoes built for hiking these days,” Kenny says, “but the average hiker is going to want a sturdier hiking shoe, especially if they’re planning any off-trail travel.” Backpacking footwear choices are bewilderingly vast these days, with options ranging from minimalist sneakers to traditional heavy leather lace-up boots. Most hikers are most comfortable with something from the middle of this range, usually a lightweight breathable boot with moderate ankle support. In 2018, Technica introduced its Forge boot: the world’s first custommoldable hiking boot, which earned the Backpacker Magazine’s editor’s choice award. Using technology that the company had employed for years to custom-fit alpine ski boots, Technica produced a hiking boot with moldable foam in the heel, instep, and ankle. Kenny says “I tried some of these boots out and they were probably the most comfortable boots I’ve every worn. The fit was

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pretty impressive.” Kenny points to the heel and ankle in particular. “The ability to mold the heel and ankle and eliminate so many of those pressure points, it just solves so many problems,” she says, referring in particular to blisters. After a year on the market, the reviews of the Forge continue to be glowing. Customers who purchased a pair of Forge boots had them customized to their feet using special equipment. Incredibly, the boots can also be re-molded over time as feet change. “Response to the Forge has been huge,” says Kenny, who sold quite a few pairs to local hikers. “People are just blown away by the comfort.”

This year, Technica has introduced a low-top version of the Forge, called the Plasma. “Same custom fit in heel and instep,” says Kenny. “It’s a great addition to the line.” Winthrop Mountain Sports’ other co-owner, Diane Childs, suggests that hikers consider stiffness (particularly in uneven terrain), breathability (you probably don’t need waterproof boots if most of your hiking is in the eastern Cascades), and boot height (low for level trails, higher for off-trail — although local hiking machine Midge Cross unflinchingly maintains that strong ankles eliminate the need for boots with ankle support). Childs also provides

THE 10 ESSENTIALS Developed in the 1930s by The Mountaineers as a checklist for backcountry emergency preparedness, the Ten Essentials were 10 individual items that few experienced wilderness travelers would consider leaving out of their backpacks. The jury is still out on the Ten Essentials regarding day hikes, especially those on familiar or well-marked trails in good weather. While most hikers agree that sunscreen is worth the weight, those trotting around Maple Pass in three hours would probably consider it overkill to carry a space blanket and a water filter (however, given the number of people populating that loop, there’s a good chance you’ll stumble upon a fellow hiker in need at some point).

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When packing, you’ll need to make the decision for yourself, but consider the basic premise behind the Ten Essentials: you probably won’t use most of this stuff, but as soon as you need it, you’ll be glad you brought it. • Navigation: Learn how to read a topographic map before you hit the trail. Seriously. Ditto for your compass. Plus, a lot of compasses have mirrors in the lids, which you can use to admire your grubby face. • Sun protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat — wear them every day. • Insulation: Bring more warm clothes than you think you’ll need; it’s colder in the mountains. Even on a sunny day hike it’s often nice to have a hat and

puffy jacket for lunch on the summit. • Illumination: Even in the summer with 16 hours of daylight, you never know when you might have to hike out in the dark. Pack a headlamp or flashlight and make sure your batteries are new. • First aid kit: Outdoor stores sell wellstocked commercial kits, or visit REI’s website for an inventory list that will guide you through assembling your own. • Fire-starter and matches: If for some reason you are spiraling toward hypothermia, and there are no other options for getting warm, you’ll have to light a fire. This should only be a last resort if there are no established fire rings. Heed all fire bans!

• Repair kit and tools: Sometimes the ability to fix your stove or your pack makes the difference between comfort and misery. • Water and purification system: In John Muir’s day you could drink water straight from the stream. Not anymore — treat your water. • Extra food: Bring something high-calorie, non-perishable and unappealing, like stale energy bars in an unpopular flavor. You’ll have them if you need them, but you won’t be tempted to break them out for dessert one night. • Emergency shelter: If all goes well and you’re lucky, you won’t need your rain gear or space blanket, but better safe than sorry.

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this information: boots made on European lasts are better for narrow feet, while those made on American lasts accommodate wide feet better. Childs solves the boot dilemma decisively: “What’s the best boot for backpacking? The one that fits your foot best.” In general, hikers in lightweight and breathable boots are far less likely to get blisters than those in heavy leather boots. “Blisters are caused by friction, heat and moisture,” says Sweet, who speaks with the empathy of one who has suffered: “When your sweaty feet are trapped in your waterproof boots, you’re creating the perfect conditions for blister formation.” Sweet recommends the athlete’s lubricant Glide, combined with lightweight breathable boots and two-layer socks as blister prevention. Until recently, hikers haven’t had the option of selecting a hiking shoe that combines the lightweight benefits of a trail runner with the durability and protection of a hiking shoe. But Sweet points to Danner’s new shoe, the Danner Trail 2650 (a nod to the varied terrain of the Pacific Crest Trail’s 2,650 miles). “It’s

really light and cushioned, and soft and supple on top like a trail runner,” says Sweet, “but the undersole is durable and protective, which trail runners typically aren’t. It’s a cross between a trail runner and a proper hiking shoe.” Whether you’re wearing a light trail runner or a heavy leather boot, the importance of properly fitting footwear on a hiking adventure cannot be overstated. You may be able to endure the challenge of a monster backpack, but if your feet turn to hamburger 3 miles in, your backpacking trip might as well be over, and you’re going to wish it were. Childs said it — “fit is key.”

■■FOOD Speaking of hamburger — which you will absolutely not want to bring on your overnight trip — meal planning is often one of the most onerous tasks of the trip, yet is quite possibly the most appreciated component of any journey into backcountry. Just as colors are brighter in the mountains, food seems to taste better. For some people, backcountry meal planning is as easy as visiting

an outdoor retailer and purchasing a variety of foil packages, which, after boiling, can be opened to reveal offerings such as beef stew and Thai curried rice and chicken. These meals aren’t cheap, but they’re certainly convenient. For those on a tighter budget or for those who prefer meals from scratch, food planning will take a bit longer. But fear not — backpacking meals with whole ingredients can be simple and satisfying, lightweight and luggable, endlessly varied and easy on the budget. For breakfast it’s hard to beat hot cereal, like oatmeal or Bluebird Grain Farms’ Old World cereal blend. Another favorite backpacking breakfast is rice pudding. Bring beans and rice for dinner the night before and cook some extra rice. In the morning, heat up the leftover rice with milk, butter, brown sugar, raisins and cinnamon for a tasty breakfast treat. It takes a few extra minutes and ounces of fuel to cook up a hot breakfast, but it’s worth the effort. Hot breakfasts taste better, they’re lighter to carry than granola or energy bars, and they stick with you longer through the morning.

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Backpacking lunches work best when you surrender the idea of a sandwich or entrée and think instead of lunch as a cocktail party without the cocktails. Lunch is all about appetizers: a pile of trail mix, sliced cheese and salami on crackers, a few pieces of dried fruit, and a small slab of dark chocolate. Forget the crushed bagels, the crumbled pita breads and the soggy sandwiches; just bring protein to pile on some sturdy crackers. Peanut butter, jam, tuna and chicken are all available in foil pouches and can be easily squeezed onto Stoned Wheat Thins or Rye-Vita crackers, creating scrumptious little canapés for your mid-day meal. One of the easiest and relatively lightest backcountry dinners is a dish I imaginatively call “Couscous and Sausage.” Like the name suggests, the dish consists of a main base of couscous (which cooks by sitting in boiled water for five minutes) and a topping of sliced sausage sautéed with zucchini, mushrooms and spices. If you’re only going out for a night or two, you can pre-cook the

sausage with the vegetables and carry them in a double plastic bag to be mixed in with the hot couscous at your campsite. A sprinkling of Parmesan cheese makes this hearty meal taste positively gourmet. Another crowd-pleasing backcountry dinner is pesto pasta. Take a few blobs of last year’s pesto out of the freezer and double bag it. When you’ve got the pasta (penne or rotini work better than longer noodles) cooked and drained, simply squeeze the contents of the bag out into the pot and mix it all together with a dusting of Parmesan cheese. And good old-fashioned beansand-rice never fails to satisfy the voracious appetites of backpackers. Dehydrated black beans and refried beans are available in most natural food stores and even at larger grocery stores in the bulk section; minute rice is light and cooks quickly; and a little cheese melted on top brings the meal together. If you really want to impress your fellow hikers, bring an avocado in a rigid container and a tiny can of salsa verde.

Don’t forget the snacks! Trail mix (the options are endless), string cheese, jerky, dried fruit, nuts, granola bars — anything that can be carried in your pocket and consumed on a quick break will come in handy as a trail snack. Err on the side of salty/ savory versus sweet; you’ll crave salt more than you’ll crave sugar.

■■HUMAN WASTE What goes in must come out, and this is where the logistics of backpacking become too crude for some people. But knowing what your human waste disposal options are for the area you’re backpacking in will serve you well. You may be headed into a site with a modern, clean, regularly maintained outhouse with a rack of current magazines and plenty of natural lighting. But probably not. More likely you’re going somewhere that has either a ramshackle privy or a “wet willy,” which is basically a boxlike platform with a seat over a hole. Some of us are partial to wet willies because of the great view they typically afford the user, but

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for those unaccustomed to the open air concept the experience may be disconcerting. Still, both of these options offer pre-dug holes, which is something you will yearn for as soon as you’re faced with the task of digging your own cat hole, which you should do according to Leave No Trace regulations — 6 to 8 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches in diameter (with the U-Dig-It or other sturdy trowel you had the foresight to pack, because it’s really hard to get down 6 to 8 inches using only a sharp stick or the heel of your boot). There are entire books devoted to the philosophy and methodology of human waste disposal in the backcountry and although you may not have the inclination to read any of them, you should at least know how to dig a proper cat hole; if you’re going backpacking, at some point you’re going to need that skill set. And look at it this way — it’s simply one more means to lighten your load.

■■ETHICS Other movements in the backpacking world include a push for fair trade practice at all stops along the supply chain, says Kenny. “Manufacturers are looking to suppliers to make sure materials are sourced fairly and that employees and contract workers are treated well, with fair wages and benefits.” Big companies like Patagonia and North Face have put weight behind this movement, but even smaller companies have embraced this philosophy. “It’s a continued focus of looking at the whole process and being transparent,” says Kenny. “It’s very exciting, because for so long it’s all been about bigger and better. And finally fair trade has become a priority. All outdoor gear — right down to sporks — is being examined from a supply chain perspective.” Kenny notes that more companies are manufacturing in the United States these days. “Every sock brand at Winthrop Mountain Sports is made in the U.S.,” she says. Kenny also highlights local manufacturers, such as BCS Livestock, which offers a line of wool hats at Winthrop Mountain Sports and Goat’s Beard. After shearing their Targhee sheep, BCS owners Skip Smith and Betsy Devin-Smith haul the wool to Wyoming in a U-Haul trailer, where it is spun into yarn. Artisan manufacturers in Colorado knit the wool into warm, breathable, soft and cozy fleece-lined hats, and then ship them back to Winthrop, where Twisp-produced labels are attached before hitting the shelves at retailers. “Customers are interested in the supply side of retail,” Kenny says, “and local products hold a huge appeal.” Especially, she might add, when consumers can drive past a company’s location and see manufacturing in action — like the BCS Livestock farm just west of Winthrop on Hwy 20, where the lambs are busy making the wool for next year’s hats. ■■HEAD FOR THE HILLS Ready to make the mountains your home, even if only for a day? Make sure you have proper permits, passes, and parking information for your desired destination (see page 44).  Methow Valley News

HEADING OUT: WHERE TO GO Day hikes (one-way miles from and then to the end of #5225-200 to the parking area. • Maple Pass: The 7-mile Maple Pass loop is probshortest to longest) ably the most popular day hike in the area, and • Slate Peak: The ¼ -mile hike to Slate Peak gets you up to 7,400 feet elevation and provides for good reason. The hike passes through g a glimpse into the rich mining history of old-growth forests and subalpine hillsides Hi k i n ? s the area around the turn of the 20th cenbefore emerging into alpine meadows and d i k with tury. Drive to the end of the Harts Pass a 360-degree view of the North Cascades s e k i or h road (which can often be quite rough) from the summit ridge. Park at the Rainy Look f a ith Pass Trailhead. The Maple Pass hike w d and hike from the gate. e k ma r •  Falls Creek: Another short hike to a has been severely over-crowded in recent stunning view is the ¼-mile walk to Falls summers, and is on most summer days the Creek Falls, out the West Chewuch Road. Park antithesis of a solitary backcountry experience. • Easy Pass: The 3.5-mile hike up Easy Pass is at Falls Creek Trailhead. •  Twisp Ponds: A 1-mile loop winds through anything but, as you climb up 3,000 feet fairly relentrestored riparian areas, native vegetation, interprelessly. Emerge into the talus above tree line and the tive signage, and several significant public art pieces. views are breathtaking, as the trail crisscrosses an avalanche fan under the soaring peaks of Ragged Park at the Twisp Ponds site just outside Twisp on Twisp River Road. Ridge before entering the larch-covered lush Easy •  Rainy Lake: Hiking doesn’t get any easier than Pass saddle. Park at the Easy Pass Trailhead. the 1-mile walk on a paved, level path with interpreOvernight trips (one-way miles tive signs and resting benches, ending at a sparkling from shortest to longest) alpine lake. Park at the Rainy Pass Trailhead. •  Tiffany Lake: The 1-mile trail into Tiffany Lake •  Tawlks-Foster Suspension Bridge: The flat brings you to a level campsite with swimming and 1-mile trail to the Suspension Bridge brings you to exploration opportunities, with wildflower-carpeted a picnic shelter and some interpretive signs by the Tiffany Mountain looming above. From the campsite river. Park at the Suspension Bridge Trailhead along you can travel more lightly on side trips to the saddle Goat Creek Road in Mazama. above the lake or to Tiffany’s summit. Park at the Tif•  Lone Fir Loop: Kids love the 2-mile loop around fany Lake Trailhead. Directions are complicated; get a Early Winters Creek at Lone Fir Campground. With its Forest Service map. shady glades and fun bridges, the trail is interesting • Windy Pass: The 3.5-mile hike along the Pacific and surprising. Park at Lone Fir Campground. Crest Trail to Windy Pass lacks significant elevation • Patterson Mountain: The 3-mile loop around Patgain or loss, so you can travel through meadows terson Mountain is one of the first snow-free hikes and larch stands at a brisk clip before reaching your in the valley and is lush with wildflowers in the late camping destination at the pass. Drive the Harts Pass spring. Park at the state boat access on Patterson Road almost to the end, parking in the small area that Lake Road. gives access to the PCT. •  Lake Ann: Lake Ann is just 1.9 miles from the • Black Lake: Hiking into Black Lake with a backpack is parking area, but it gets you into what feels like the appealing due to its limited elevation gain and loss. In heart of the mountains — a sparkling lake in a granite August, the 4.5-mile trail is lined with raspberries and cirque. Park at the Rainy Pass Trailhead. blueberries as well. There are campsites on both ends • Lookout Mountain: Lookout Mountain in Twisp of the lake. From the West Chewuch Rd, take Rd #51, loses its snow early, making it a favorite spring hike. the #5160-100 to the road end and trail #500. Panoramic views and a historic wildfire lookout make • Scatter Lake: Set in a spectacular bowl, Scatter this 2-mile hike a worthwhile one. From Twisp River Lake is hard-earned (almost 4,000 feet elevation gain Road, turn left on Rd 1605 and connect with Forest in 4.5 miles) but worth the journey. Abernathy Peak Service Rd 4400-200 to the parking area at the end. looms above the lake, visible from the pleasant and •  Cutthroat Lake: Another alpine lake worth visitabundant campsites. Drive Twisp River Road to the ing is Cutthroat Lake, although it is marshier than Scatter Creek Trailhead. Blue Lake or Lake Ann. The 2-mile trail into the lake is • Stehekin: Huh? Yes, that’s right, you can hike from easy; moms have even been seen pushing baby jogthe Methow Valley to this tiny boat-and-plane-accessgers along it. Park at the Cutthroat Lake Trailhead. only community at the end of Lake Chelan. The hike • Blue Lake: The 2.2-mile hike into Blue Lake has starts at Bridge Creek and drops you gradually into some elevation gain but rewards the hiker with the the confluence with the Stehekin River 18 miles later. opportunity to dip in its turquoise waters. Park at the From there you can take a National Park Service Blue Lake Trailhead. shuttle into Stehekin and either boat out to Chelan • Goat Peak: Goat Peak is popular for its panoramic the next day if you’ve arranged a pickup, or turn views of the North Cascades but also for its staffed around and hike back to your car at Bridge Creek via fire tower (one of only two remaining in the Methow McAlester Pass. Two campsites along the PCT provide Valley Ranger District) on the summit. The 2.5-mile the opportunity to break the 18-miles up into 2 days. hike is strenuous and is dry in the late summer. From Park at the Bridge Creek Trailhead. Goat Creek Road, take Forest Rd #52, then #5225,

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Pitch a tent, park your RV or camper and enjoy and intimately Methow experience B Y A S H L E Y L O D AT O

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people. No, give you a starry night sky, the rustle of wind in the pine trees, and the orange glow of sunrise filtering through your tent walls and you’re happier than you’d be just about anywhere else. You want to pitch a tent or pull up a camper? The Methow Valley has you covered, depending on whether you’re seeking a tranquil, solitary experience, or a bustling hub of recreation. So throw up that tent, park that camper or RV, or string up that hammock and simply 36

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■■UP-VALLEY (CASCADES TO WINTHROP) These campgrounds are all located right off Highway 20 in the mountains between Winthrop and Washington Pass. Ballard, Road’s End, Meadows and Harts Pass campgrounds are situated on Lost River Road and in the Harts Pass area. For a complete listing of U.S. Forest Service campgrounds in this area, visit: www.fs.usda. gov/activity/okawen/recreation/camping-cabins. ■■MID-VALLEY (WINTHROP TO TWISP) These campgrounds are all located on or near Highway 20 between Winthrop and Twisp. There are no U.S. Forest Service campgrounds located immediately off Highway 20 in the Winthrop-toTwisp area; however, numerous Forest Service campgrounds like 8-Mile, Falls Creek and

Chewuch are just a few miles outside Winthrop along the Chewuch River, while others like South Creek, War Creek and Roads End are easily accessible up Twisp River Road. For a complete listing of U.S. Forest Service campgrounds in the mid-valley area, visit: www.fs.usda.gov/activity/ okawen/recreation/camping-cabins.

■■DOWN-VALLEY (TWISP TO PATEROS) These campgrounds are all located on or near Highway 20 and Highway 153 between Twisp and Pateros. There are no U.S. Forest Service campgrounds located immediately off Highway 153 in the Twisp-to-Pateros area; however, numerous Forest Service campgrounds like Black Pine Lake can be found just a few miles from the highways. For a complete listing of Forest Service campgrounds in the down-valley area, visit: www.fs.usda.gov/activity/okawen/recreation/ camping-cabins.  Summer 2019


Campgrounds at a glance

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  Up Valley (Cascades to Mazama) Name

Operator

Location

  Mid Valley (Mazama to Twisp)

Reservations

Fees

Amenities

  Down Valley (Twisp to Pateros) Restroom

Other

Contact

Lone Fir Campground

USFS

27 miles NW of Winthrop on Hwy 20

No

$12/site; $5 add'l vehicle

potable water pump, no sewer or electric

wheelchair accessible vault toilet

beautiful kid-friendly 2-mile hiking loop along stream

509-996-4000, www.fs.usda.gov

Klipchuck Campground

USFS

19 miles NW of Winthrop on Hwy 20

No

$12/site; $5 add'l vehicle

potable water pump, no sewer or electric

wheelchair accessible vault toilet

trailhead for Driveway Butte located at entrance

509-996-4000, www.fs.usda.gov

Early Winters Campground

USFS

15 miles NW of Winthrop on Hwy 20

No

$8/site; $5 add'l vehicle

potable water pump, no sewer or electric

wheelchair accessible vault toilet

near Mazama, running trails, views of Goat Wall

509-996-4000, www.fs.usda.gov

Rendezvous Huts

private

Rendezvous Basin, Cougar & Grizzly Mountain area

Yes

$100/night

rustic huts, bunks, no running water

pit toilet

mountain biking, hiking & 509-996-8100 running trails, sweeping www. valley & mountain views rendezvoushuts.com

Pine Near RV Park and Campground

private

2 blocks from downtown Winthrop

Yes

$20-$50; more for cabins

full hookups, EV charging, laundry, wi-fi, tipis, cabins

full restroom, showers

walk to downtown Winthrop, historic Shafer Museum across street

509-341-4062, www.pinenearpark. com/

Winthrop KOA

private

1/2 mile east of Winthrop

Yes

$47+/site

full hookups, TV, laundry, wi-fi, snack bar

full restroom, showers

riverside, heated pool, cabins, playground, bicycle rentals

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Name

Operator

Location

Reservations

Fees

Amenities

Restroom

Other

Contact

Yes

$12-$50+/ site

full hookups, wi-fi, cabins, vacation house, group campsites

full restroom, showers

lakeside, swimming, boating, hiking trails, fishing

509-996-2370, parks.state. wa.us/563/ Pearrygin-Lake

boating, stocked lake fishing, close to trails & rodeo grounds, paddleboats

509-996-2650, www.methownet. com/bigtwin/

lakeside, swimming, boating, hiking trails, fishing, mini-golf

509-996-2448, silverlineresort. com 509-997-3500, www.riverbendrv. com

WA State Parks

2 miles from Winthrop

Big Twin Lake Campground

private

3 miles south of Winthrop

Yes

$25+/site

full hookups, wi-fi

full restroom, showers

Silverline Resort

private

1.5 miles from Winthrop

Yes

$23+/site

full hookups, wi-fi, convenience store, breakfast kitchen

full restroom, showers

Riverbend RV Park

private

2 miles east of Twisp

Yes

$27+/site

full hookups, dog full restroom, park, laundry, wi-fi, showers convenience store

riverside, boating, fishing, horseshoes, basketball

Carlton RV Park

private

Carlton

Yes

$15+/site

full hookups, showers, laundry, convenience store

bathhouse

509-997-0833 swimming, beach, free www. hot breakfast on Sundays carltonrvpark.com

Loup Loup Campground

USFS

12 miles east of Twisp

No

$12/site; $5 add'l vehicle

potable water pump, no sewer or electric hook up

wheelchair accessible vault toilet

mountain biking, hiking, Western Larch

Lightning Pine RV Park

private

just north of Methow

Yes

$8-$25+/ site

full hookups, fire pits, showers, laundry

full restroom, showers

dog-friendly, volleyball, 509-923-2572, horse boarding, horsehoe www.lightningpine. pits, hiking, swimming com/

Alta Lake State Park

WA State Parks

2 miles southwest of Pateros

Yes

$30+/site

full hookups, showers, wifi, group campsites

full restroom, showers

boating, hiking, birding, golf

509-996-4000, www.fs.usda.gov

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And another thing … You’ll never run out of stuff to do in the Methow B Y A S H L E Y L O D AT O

PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW THE

METHOW VALLEY OFTEN SAY THINGS LIKE “IT’S BEAUTIFUL. BUT WHAT DO YOU DO AROUND HERE?”

And people who know the Methow Valley just smile, because behind the Methow’s image as a sleepy little town in the middle of nowhere lie

seemingly endless possibilities to occupy your time. And although the Methow is renowned as a place of summer outdoor recreation, with numerous options for climbing, backpacking, day hiking, river rafting and tubing, paddle-boarding, swimming, water skiing, mountain biking and fishing, it’s also a place where you can master a new skill, participate in the arts, compete in an athletic event, immerse yourself in the community, and learn something new. When you don’t limit your options, the options are limitless.

■■ABOVE IT ALL Going aloft in a hot air balloon is a magical experience. You might have missed the annual Balloon Roundup in March, but Morning Glory Balloon Tours offers balloon rides in the Methow Valley year-round. (www.balloonwinthrop.com) ■■FEATHERED FRIENDS The diversity of habitat and elevation in the Methow Valley lends itself to a booming bird population, with more than 250 species

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represented in the valley. Hang out by a river and you’ll see bald eagles and Great Blue Heron. Look up at a cliff and you’re sure to see ravens riding wind currents, or possibly even a peregrine falcon. The beaver pond near Chickadee Trailhead on the Patterson Lake Road is an excellent spot for birding, as are the Twisp Ponds (www.methowsalmon. org). Riser Lake is home to western meadowlarks, and canyon wrens live in Pipestone Canyon (www. justgetout.net/Okanogan/post/ Methow-Valley-Birding).

■■CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE The Barnyard Cinema in Winthrop opened in 2017 and has since become a place to experience the thrill of the silver screen and connect with other moviegoers. Through screenings of blockbusters, documentaries, animated and independent films, Barnyard Cinema offers audiences the chance to be entertained, provoked, frightened, and stirred by characters and concepts. (www.barnyardcinema.com) ■■GET EDUCATED You want to learn how to do something? There’s probably someone in the Methow Valley who can teach you. Think of it as summer school. Try www.methowarts.org/category/ classes, or twispworks.org/events. ■■BOUNTIFUL ART If you’re a gallery hound you’ve come to the right place. Although the Methow Valley’s art galleries are small, they represent a wide range of artists, mediums, and styles. Confluence Gallery & Art Center in Twisp hosts regular exhibits that feature the work of local, regional and national artists. The gift shop offers a tantalizing array of jewelry, ceramics, textiles and other handcrafted items. (confluencegallery. com) Donna Keyser’s D*SIGNS Gallery offers unique handcrafted home furnishings for Methow Valley living. (keyserstudios.com) TwispWorks’ artist spaces are working studios and galleries, featuring silversmiths, painters, ceramicists, woodworkers, iron workers and other artists. (twispworks.org/who-is-here/ twispworks-partners) The Winthrop Gallery shows the work of local and regional artists Methow Valley News

in a cooperative gallery format. (winthropgallery.com) Rod Weagant’s gallery in Twisp showcases his range as a painter, particularly landscape oil paintings. (rodweagantstudio.com/gallery)

■■RIGHTEOUS READING The Winthrop and Twisp libraries are well-stocked little gems and cool oases on hot summer afternoons. Check out books, attend story time, use Wi-Fi or computers, and meet the friendliest librarians in the west. (www.ncrl.org/locations) Trail’s End Bookstore offers a wide selection of books, games, gifts and art supplies, as well as lively readings, family-friendly events, a kids’ corner, and espresso. (www. trailsendbookstore.com) The valley’s free little libraries do a robust free book exchange, one in Mazama between the Mazama Store and Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies and the other outside the Twisp Post Office. Take a book and/or leave a book. (www.methowarts.org/ little-art-libraries-in-twisp/)

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■■INTERPRETIVE TRAILS The Twisp Ponds site is a complex of streams, rearing ponds, meandering trails, public art, and interpretive stations. (methowsalmon.org) The Sa-Teekh-Wa interpretive trail is easily accessible from downtown Winthrop across the pedestrian bridge with the same name, and winds 2 miles through pine stands along the Chewuch River. (www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/ sa-teekh-wa-trail) Not all interpretive trails focus on the natural world. A self-guided walking tour of the public art in Twisp will give you many chances to observe, reflect, and interpret. (www.methowarts.org/public-art-map) ■■HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES The Shafer Historical Museum on Castle Street in Winthrop (also reachable by stairs from Riverside Avenue) offers a remarkable and informative collection of buildings, belongings, documents and artifacts from Methow Valley history. The centerpiece is “The Castle,” the original home of Winthrop’s legendary entrepreneur Guy Waring. It’s well worth a casual stroll (www. shafermuseum.com). The museum also offers a self-guided tour of 41


Winthrop pamphlet for $2. It is also available at the visitors center on Riverside Avenue. The Methow Valley Interpretive Center on the TwispWorks campus explores the native and natural history of the Methow Valley with indoor and outdoor exhibits including the Methow Valley Native Plants Garden and native pithouse. The center also hosts events such as talks and workshops (www.methowvalleyinterpretivecenter.com).

■■VOLUNTEER YOURSELF One of the very best ways to become a part of a community is to plug into the organizations that define it. The Methow Valley is home to dozens — some say nearly 100 — nonprofit organizations with missions ranging from conservation to arts education to social services. The Volunteer Methow website will tell you all about volunteer opportunities in the valley. Filling a need might just be one of the most meaningful things you’ll do all summer. (www.VolunteerMethow.org) Photo by Steve Mitchell

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■■METHOW RIVER POEMS In 1992 the poet William Stafford

wrote a commissioned series of poems reflecting the landscape and spirit of the North Cascades. The poems in this collection — the Methow River Poems — are engraved on steel plaques placed at various locations between Washington Pass and Pateros. (www.methowarts.org/ staffordpoems)

■■PUTTER AROUND WITH MINI-GOLF Ice cream and miniature golf go hand-in-hand (well, cone in one hand, club in the other) in downtown Winthrop at Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe. (www.sherissweetshoppe.com/) On the eastern edge of Winthrop, the Abby Creek Inn runs an 18-hole mini golf course. (www. abbycreekinn.com) After a round or two of mini golf at the Silverline Resort, you can take a dip in nearby Pearrygin Lake. (silverlineresort.com) ■■PICK UP PICKLEBALL Incredibly, the Methow Valley has its own pickleball association. (www.facebook.com/ Methow-Valley-PickleBall) Six pickleball courts are available

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■■TRAIL RUN The annual Memorial Day Mazama Fun Runs and Pancake Breakfast are a staple running event for everyone from toddlers to elite athletes. Choose a 1K, 5K, or 10K run through beautiful springtime Mazama terrain, then refuel with a pancake breakfast at the Mazama Community Club. (www.cascadeendurance.com/ mazamafunruns) ■■FISH STORIES The National Fish Hatchery in Winthrop, which raises spring Chinook, coho salmon and steelhead, offers exhibits and interpretive information. On June 8, kids fish free, and there are also activities and displays (fws.gov/winthropnfh). ■■SMOKEJUMPING TOURS The smokejumping approach to fighting wildfires started at the North Cascades Smokejumpers base in 1939. Learn all about it in a tour at the base, on TwispWinthrop Eastside Road (www. northcascadessmokejumperbase.com). ■■DRIVE TIME The valley’s back roads take you

■■GET LOUPY The Loup Loup Ski Bowl, a few minutes east of Twisp on Highway 20, is always expanding its summertime activities on Little Buck Mountain. Check it out at skitheloup.com.

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■■MANI-PEDI AND MORE Get a massage, facial manicure, pedicure or other personal pampering. Try the Nectar Skin Bar and Boutique in Winthrop, or head on up to Sun Mountain Lodge for special treatment in the spa. Looking for indoor exercise? Get a day pass at Winthrop Physical Therapy & Fitness and take advantage of a wide range of modern workout equipment in a pleasant environment. ■■LOCALIZE It’s easy to feel local. We have our hangouts. If you really want to see what we look like, try places like the Hank’s Harvest Foods deli, the Methow Valley Farmers Market, the Mazama Store, Rocking Horse Bakery, Kind Grinds and Cinnamon Twisp Bakery. There are a lot of other places where we tend to quietly blend in. You can easily do the same. ■■SUPPORT REAL NEWS Keep up with local goings-on with a subscription to the Methow Valley News, delivered to you once a week with fresh stories and tons of useful information. Call 997-7011, email frontdesk@methowvalleynews. com or visit our website, www. methowvalleynews.com. 

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■■ROLLER SKATING The Winthrop Rink offers roller skating and roller hockey throughout the summer. (winthroprink.org) One of the best deals in the valley is renting the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp for a 3-hour roller skating party — complete with skates! (methowcommunity.org/gym-rental)

to scenic places where fewer folks venture. Be sure to get a good U.S. Forest Service map and check for road conditions before venturing out, and be prepared for primitive road conditions. Some roads are suitable only for four-wheel drive and sports utility vehicles.

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at the Winthrop Ice and Sports Rink. (winthroprink.org/pickleball) The Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp hosts twiceweekly pickleball sessions seasonally. (methowcommunity.org/ facility-hours)

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Making an entrance Before you hit the trails, check this guide to recreational passes, fees, permits and licenses

WANT TO GET OUT ON THE TRAIL OR LAUNCH

YOUR BOAT? ALTHOUGH THERE ARE MANY FREE TRAILHEADS, FOR MANY HIKING TRAILS, YOU’LL NEED A PASS TO PARK. BOAT LAUNCHES ALSO

require a pass. And that means you’ll need a guide to the agencies behind the scenes so that you get the right pass.

If you hike a lot, it’s worth investing in a Northwest Forest Pass for trails in the National Forest, plus a Discover Pass, which provides access to all state parks and wildlife areas. They’ll save you money and you’ll always be ready for that spontaneous outing. If you don’t expect to visit other national parks in the state, like Mt. Rainier or Olympic National Park, a Northwest Forest Pass will work fine, since it gives you access to a vast range of hiking trails near the Methow. Most trails along the North Cascades Highway start on U.S. Forest Service land. Even though trails take you into North Cascades National Park, there’s no separate entry fee for the park. The Northwest Forest Pass also covers trailheads in the Chewuch and near Gold Creek, for access to the Lake Chelan–Sawtooth Wilderness. While the pass system can be confusing, the passes support trail maintenance and recreational facilities as state and federal budgets are cut. Fortunately, some popular areas are still free (see list). And, if you arrive on foot, bicycle or horse, you generally don’t need a pass. 

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WHERE TO BUY REC PASSES FEDERAL Annual Northwest Forest Pass is $30; National Forest Recreation Day Pass is $5

Winthrop Ace Hardware, Winthrop, 996-2150 (transaction fees: $5, annual; $1.50, day)

Northwest Forest Pass (annual and day) Methow Valley Ranger District, 24 W. Chewuch Road, Winthrop, 996-4003 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Online or by phone: discoverpass.wa.gov or (866) 320-9933 (transaction fees: $5, annual; $1.50, day)

Local vendors (annual and day) Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies, Mazama, 996-2515 Methow Cycle & Sport, Winthrop, 996-3645 Valley Hardware Do it Center, Twisp, 997-3355 Winthrop Mountain Sports, Winthrop, 996-2886

National Forest Recreation Day Pass at trailheads; requires exact cash or check Local vendors (day only) Mazama Country Inn, Mazama, 996-2681 The Outdoorsman, Winthrop, 996-2649 Online or by phone (annual and day) U.S. Forest Service: www.fs.usda.gov/ main/r6/passes-permits/recreation or www.fs.usda.gov/okawen/ Discover Your Northwest, www. discovernw.org/store_recreationpasses_1PASS/ or (877) 874-6775 U.S. Geological Survey store at store. usgs.gov, (888) 275-8747 (plus $5 or $10 processing fee, depending on the pass)

Interagency 4th Grade pass (annual, free) www.everykidinapark.gov STATE Annual Discover Pass is $30; day pass is $10 In person: Discover Pass (annual and day) State Park ranger at: - Pearrygin Lake State Park, Winthrop - Alta Lake State Park, Pateros (no transaction fees) Local vendors (annual and day) Pardners Mini Market, Winthrop, 996-2005 Valley Hardware Do it Center, Twisp, 997-3355 Methow Valley News

When renewing vehicle license tabs (annual only): - In person at the Washington Department of Licensing - By mail with tab-renewal form - Online at www.dol.wa.gov - Methow Valley Licensing, Twisp, 997-1155 Can purchase annual pass with vehicleregistration renewal; pass is sent from Olympia and takes about two weeks (no transaction fees) Pass information and online purchases General info: Washington Trails Association: www.wta.org/go-outside/passes/ passes-and-permit-info

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Outdoor Recreation Information Center: www.discovernw.org/ranger-station-reiseattle.htm, (800) 270-7504 Discover Your Northwest, www. discovernw.org (under “Plan a Visit,” and then “Recreation Passes” in the small list on the left under “Store”). The page also has pictures of some more popular passes and links to buy them.

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Federal: U.S. Forest Service: www.fs.usda.gov/ okawen/. Click on the picture/link for “Passes,” where you can choose from the full list of annual and day federal passes. That includes the Northwest Forest passes, the America the Beautiful National Parks Pass, and special passes for seniors 62 and over ($80, lifetime; $20, annual), active military (free, annual), and the disabled (free, lifetime). The free fourth-grade Every Kid in a Park pass is also available on that page. State: Discover Pass: discoverpass.wa.gov; frequently asked questions, exemptions, etc.

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A basic guide to passes ■■FEDERAL For U.S. Forest Service land (OkanoganWenatchee National Forest/Methow Valley Ranger District). Needed at: • Most trails along the North Cascades Highway, including Blue Lake, Cutthroat Lake/Pass, and Lake Ann/Maple Pass • Lookout Mountain • Twisp River trails • Falls Creek Falls, Chewuch area Also good at national forests in Oregon Pass options: • Northwest Forest Pass, $30, annual • National Forest Recreation Day Pass, $5, day • National Forest Recreation ePass, $5, day; can be printed at home and validated for the day you’re going to use it ■■STATE For Washington State Parks, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW Methow Wildlife Area), Department of Natural Resources areas. Needed at: • Carlton Swimming Hole • Lewis Butte

• Patterson Mountain/Patterson Lake • Pearrygin Lake State Park (unless you’re camping there) • Alta Lake State Park (unless you’re camping there) • Leader Lake (Loup Loup Highway) Parking on state land requires a Discover Pass (unless you can park safely on a state or county road). The campsite fee at a state park covers your daytime activities there (including boat launch), but camping on other state lands generally requires a Discover Pass. The pass can be transferred between two vehicles. Pass options: Discover Pass, $30, annual; $5 service fee if bought online or at a local vendor Day Pass, $10, day; $1.50 service fee if purchased online or at a local vendor The Vehicle Access Pass is free to people who buy hunting and fishing licenses. It provides access to WDFW lands (such as the Methow Wildlife Area), but not other state lands. If you do a lot of boating at state parks, the annual Natural Investment

Permit could be the way to go. For $80, you get access to watercraft launches, as well as day access to the parks. The Natural Investment Permit doesn’t cover state wildlife lands or state forests, so you would need a Discover Pass to visit those areas. You can buy a single-day permit to launch a boat for $7.

■■PICKING THE RIGHT PASS In addition to the main passes — day or annual versions of the Northwest Forest Pass and the Discover Pass — a variety of other passes are available, depending on your interests, age, and how much you use public lands. America the Beautiful Interagency Pass, $80. Good at national parks and other federal lands. Interagency Senior Pass: If you’re over 62, you can get a lifetime pass for $80 or an annual pass for $20. Both the America the Beautiful pass and the Senior pass are good at national parks, U.S. Forest Service lands (most trails along the North Cascades Highway), and other natural areas run by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They also provide free entrance

for your traveling companions and a discount on camping, boat launching and guided tours. A pass providing lifetime entry to all federal lands (the Interagency Access Pass) is available for free to those with a disability and their traveling companions, and to certain volunteers. The Interagency Annual Military Pass is free for active-duty military and traveling companions. The Every Kid in a Park program provides a free pass to all fourth-graders (or those who start fourth grade this fall) and their families. Check out www. everykidinapark.gov. There’s detailed information about the different types of passes, where you need them — and what the agencies use the fees for — on the Washington Trails Association website at www.wta.org/ go-outside/passes, plus a handy guide called “Which Pass Do I Need Q&A.” (The guide’s information on trails is up to date, but some pass prices hadn’t been updated as of press time.) Detailed FAQs about the entire program and individual passes are also available through the U.S. Geological Survey store at store.usgs.gov, under “Recreational Passes.” 

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Paula Christen Watercolors

The Art of Mountain Living

Summer Open Studio Dates

Take us home with you ‘Methow Made’ products will provide a lasting impression of your visit

447 Wister Way Winthrop 11 am – 5 pm June 8 • July 13 • Aug. 10 • Sept. 14

www.paulachristen.com 509-429-6042

The Methow Valley is more than a beautiful place to visit and recreate. It’s a working community, full of creative, energetic people who make their livelihoods growing, creating or producing things that are entirely portable, enjoyable and durable. Make your Methow Valley memories tangible by taking home, or ordering online, something from the attractive array of locally made, manufactured, grown or created goods

OPEN EARLY EVERY DAY! 265 Riverside Ave. Winthrop

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— including beer, wine, coffee, cider, spring water, grains, meats, fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, hot sauce, honey, baked goods, cheese, soaps, lotions, arts, crafts, plants, jewelry, knives and more. More than 40 Methow Valley businesses are represented in the Methow Made program sponsored by TwispWorks. For a complete list, visit www.methowmade.com. Many local retailers carry selections of Methow-made products. Don’t miss either the Farmers Market at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp, on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon; or the Winthrop Market at Mack Lloyd Park (near the Winthrop Barn) from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on Sundays. For lots of useful information, you may be able to find copies of the 2018 “Methow Made” publication produced by the Methow Valley News in conjunction with TwispWorks. To see a digital version, go to www.methowvalleynews. com, scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on the “Made in the Methow” cover. The 2019 version will be available in June at locations throughout the valley. For more information, call TwispWorks at 997-3300.  47


Learn, play, grow Summer camps and other kids’ programs BY SANDR A STRIEBY

SUMMER CAMP GIVES KIDS A CHANCE TO UNPLUG, MAKE NEW FRIENDS, AND HAVE ADVENTURES WITH THEIR PEERS.

The Merc Playhouse and Methow Valley Riding Unlimited are just two of the valley's organizations that put on summer camps. PHOTO ABOVE COURTESY OF THE MERC PLAYHOUSE. PHOTO BELOW COURTESY OF MVRU.

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Campers typically come home with new social skills —more confident, resilient and independent. Happily, the Methow Valley offers a rich array of camp experiences, from classic sleep-away camps to targeted skills camps. There’s something for almost every age and interest. This article provides an overview of the various camps and a few non-camp programs that will keep kids active and engaged during summer vacation.

In the chart below, most camps are organized by focus area: Arts and culture; nature and outdoors; sports. Little Star Montessori School offers so many camps that they have their own section. And there’s a final section listing non-camp summer programs for kids. Some camps offer scholarships, so be sure to check if cost is an obstacle. Some Methow summer camps fill within a few days the start of registration. If you’d like to be notified when registration opens for next year, contact the camps organizers to find out whether they will add you to their mailing lists. Please see the Calendar on page 59 for more events that might appeal to kids. In the following chart, area codes are (509) unless otherwise noted. 

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Dates

Ages

Fees

Description

For more information…

7/8–8/2

3-12

Age 3-5, $225/ week; 6-12, $175/week

Print making/paper arts, fiber arts, field journaling, photography and nature drawing

997-2787; info@confluencegallery. com; confluencegallery.com —click “programs”

Pipestone Summer Music 7/29–8/2 Camp—Cascadia

8+

$275, partial day; $400, full day

String orchestra and chamber music (strings, winds, brass & guitar) sessions. See web site for skill criteria

997-0222; tamarackquartet@hotmail. com; www.cascadiamusic.org

Grades 3–12

$250 each

Drama Camp: acting and stage skills; Musical Theater Camp: all the skills necessary to participate in a Musical Production. Both camps: 1 or 2 public performances at the end

997-7529; info@mercplayhouse. org; www.mercplayhouse.org/—click “summer camp info”

ARTS AND CULTURE Art in the Wild— Confluence Gallery

Musical Theater & Drama camps—The Merc Playhouse

7/22–27

Nature, outdoor and skills camps Animal Detectives Camp

8/12–15

Entering 1st2nd grades

$225

Day camp at the Bush School. Learn about local forest animals with scientific tools, games, and stories

summerprograms@bush.edu—click “Summer programs”

Assistant Counselor Training Camp

6/7–19

Entering 8th grade & up

$150

Day camp at the Bush School. Leadership; 1st Aid and CPR; games & management techniques for camp counselors & babysitters

summerprograms@bush.edu—click “Summer programs”

Classroom in Bloom camps

1-week sessions, 6/4–8/1

7-10

$225/session

Day camps at the Classroom in Bloom garden. 4 sessions, each with a different focus: Garden Art, Garden Games, Animals & Insects, Garden Mysteries

996-2368; www.classroominbloom. org/—click “News and Events”

Camouflage Camp

8/5–8

Entering 3rd5th grades

$225

Day camp at the Bush School. Wilderness games; tracking and naturalist skills; explore how animals survive in the forest.

summerprograms@bush.edu; click “Summer programs”

Mazama Bible Camp

Varies

Grades 4–12

$160-200

Sleep-away camp. Hiking, swimming, archery, team games, crafts, & teaching times

www.mazamabiblecamp.org

6/24–28

5-8

By donation

Day camp at MVIC. Theme: “Crafting Nature.” Art, crafts, storytelling, ecology, native plants, native culture

(509) 919-0686; dhlafever@gmail.com

Methow Valley Interpretive Center Sports Camps Golf programs

All four golf courses in Okanogan County offer junior golf programs. Please see “Local Greens” on p. 24 for information about each program

Methow Valley Riding Unlimited 3-Day Camp

Check web site

9-13

Check web site

British and Brazilian Soccer Camp

6/17–21

3-14

$83-$195

Archery

7/9–11 & 7/16–18

8–11

Little Star Horse Camps

6/18–20,

ages 5–7

$225

Toddler day camp

Mon.-Thurs. 7/8–8/15

16 months– 3 years

$65/day

Day camp at MVRU. Hands-on intro to horses, riding, and barn safety

996-9881; annieb@mvriding.org; www. mvriding.org/programs/

Coaching and practice to develop a well-rounded skill set

crobson@challenger.com; www. challengersports.com/

Little Star camps

Day camp for younger kids

1-week sessions, 7/8–8/15

3–4 5–6

$275 w/out bow; Sleep-away camp. Archery, camping, river fun and outdoor $310 w/ bow adventure at Big Valley Ranch Day camp at Methow Valley Riding Unlimited. Basics of riding and horsemanship Stories, songs, Spanish, crafts, mess-making and more. Lunch and siesta

996-2801; geva@littlestarschool.org; www.littlestarschool.org

6 sessions, each with a different focus: Gardening, Water, Creative Each session: Movement, Science, Critters, Building $185 for 3 days; $245 for 4 days 6 sessions, each with a different focus: Smokejumping, Sports, Music, Critters, Art, Fairies & Gnomes

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Name & Sponsor

Dates

Ages

Fees

Description

For more information…

OTHER SUMMER PROGRAMS Mini Outward Bound course

8/1–3

12–18

Free

Led by instructor trainees as their final project; overseen by experienced instructors

jreid@nwoutwardbound.org

North Cascades Institute

Vary

All

Vary

Base camp and family getaway programs

www.ncascades.org

Northwest Outward Bound School courses

Vary

12-18

$2,000+

Middle school canoeing and rock climbing; high school mountaineering, alpine backpacking & rock climbing, canoeing

jreid@nwoutwardbound.org; www.nwobs.org/programs/ wilderness-courses/

Summer Library Program

6/14 until school starts

Kids-adults

Free

Theme: “A Universe of Stories.” Focus on reading + other ways of learning. Story time & weekly special programs in Twisp & Winthrop. In Twisp, weekly adventure reading, & lunchtime stories in the Twisp Park

Twisp: 997-4681 or twisp@ncrl.org; Winthrop: 996-2685 or winthrop@ncrl. org; www.ncrl.org—click “locations” and choose Twisp or Winthrop from the map. Visit libraries for more info. See the Calendar on p. xx for special programs.

Swim lessons, Wagner Memorial Pool, Town of Twisp

3, 2-week sessions, 6/4 -8/2

All

Vacation Bible School

6/24–28

5–12

Free

Theme: “The Incredible Race.” Five evenings at Cascade Bible Church. Hands-on creative crafts, singing, dancing, stories, games & food. Younger kids welcome if parents stay

997-8312; cbctwisp.com; www.facebook.com/cbctwisp/

Methow River Camp

2nd week of July (Full)

10–14

$375

Adventure-ecology camp on the Chewuch River; learn about the natural world while canoeing, hiking, snorkeling, swimming

997-9011; dana@methownet.com. Note: Camp is full for 2019, call to be put on call list for 2020.

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www.townoftwisp.com/. Hover over “Recreation,” click “Wagner Memorial Pool”

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Private, $24.41/ Lesson programs for beginning and developing swimmers; focus lesson; group, on being comfortable & safe in the water. Mom-and-tot sessions, $48.82/2-week ages 2 & under, by arrangement session.

40+ flavors of ice cream & 30+ flavors of yogurt

Award-Winning Craft Beer Live Music & Events www.oldschoolhousebrewery.com

OSB PUB 509.996.3183

155 Riverside, Winthrop PUB in Winthrop

Open at noon 7 days a week All Ages.

Visit us at the Summer hours OSB TAPROOM Mon-Sat at TwispWorks! 3-9pm 509.997.0902 21+ See our Production Brewery at TwispWorks, by the taproom! 50

Espresso Breakfast Sandwiches Cinnamon Rolls Plus Hot Dogs 18-Hole Fresh-Made Sandwiches Mini Golf! on Artisan Bread & 100+ varieties of bulk candy Fun for the Whole Family! Main Corner in Winthrop

509-996-3834

Pastries & Breads

  Iced Organic Espresso, Smoothies & Shakes  organic flours & grains

Breakfast & Lunch Sandwiches & Bagels

Sit in or Take out!

Open Every Day 6am - 3pm

Downtown Twisp 116 N. Glover Street 509.997.5030 Free Wifi Follow us on Facebook Summer 2019


Methow Grown A directory of farm-grown products from the Methow Valley

www.methowgrown.org

A project of the Methow Conservancy’s Agricultural Program

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HOMETOWN PIZZA

The Valley’s Choice for Affordable Family Dining

Dine in • Take OuT Take’n Bake

• Stone Baked Pizzas Made From Scratch • Gluten-Free Crusts Available • Banquet Room River camp fills up almost as quickly as registration opens each year, so contact the coordinator to be put on a list to be notified of the next registration opportunity. PHOTO COURTESY OF DANA VISALLI

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Calzones Sub Sandwiches Fresh Salads Beer & Wine

509-997-2100

202 N. Methow Valley Hwy, Twisp, WA

Since 1992

LaFonda Lopez Restaurant

PLUS

Authentic Mexican Menu PASTAS, CURRIES, HAMBURGERS, STEAKS, SALADS & DESSERTS

Lunch • Dinner • Beer • Wine • Cocktails 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day • Daily Specials Dine In or Take Out • Patio Seating Available

997-0247 • www.lafondalopez.com 102 Methow Valley Hwy (Across from North Cascades

...where our patio becomes your patio for the summer… 509-996-3906 | Freestoneinn.com 31 Early Winters Drive Mazama, WA Methow Valley News

RV Park & Campground

“On the shoreline of Pearrygin Lake”

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• Clean & Remodeled Facilities • Boat Launch & Fishing Docks • Free WiFi & Pet Friendly • Groups Welcome & Discounts • Family Atmosphere with Shade & Grass

509-996-2448 677 Bear Creek Road — Winthrop, WA — www.SilverlineResort.com 51


Featured Lodging freestoneinn.com

800-639-3809 31 Early Winters Dr., Mazama mazamacountryinn.com

800-843-7951 15 Country Rd., Mazama mazamacountryinn.com

800-843-7951 1 Nordic Village Road, Mazama springcreekwinthrop.com

996-2495 22 Belsby Rd., Winthrop

Located just 15 miles west of Winthrop in Mazama, the Freestone Inn offers a quiet setting and casual atmosphere. Our lodge rooms offer either a lake or forest view, private veranda or deck, and fireplace. Our rustic style cabins are outfitted with kitchens, gas grills, and are also pet friendly. With 18 guest rooms and over 35 private cabins available for rent, your ideal escape is here at the Mazama Country Inn. Relax in our comfortable guest rooms and enjoy a variety of activities in the area. Amenities include: AC; restaurant; pool; hot tub; tennis and squash courts and more. See our website for more information. Location, location, location! Directly across the road from the Mazama Store! New 2 bedroom, 2 bath, legal nightly rental. AC, electric and gas heat, fully furnished kitchen, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, TV with Netflix, DVD player, picnic table, BBQ, automatic generator. Access to Mazama Country Inn amenities for a small fee: pool and workout facilities.

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A stay at Spring Creek Ranch is more than just a vacation, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an experience. The three lodging options (Ranch House and cozy cabins) on our sixty-acre family ranch along the Methow River each come with plush beds and down duvets. Stroll into Winthrop in the summer or ski from your front door in the winter.

Enjoy panoramic views of the Methow Valley and the OkanoganWenatchee National Forest, beautiful rooms, fabulous service, soothing treatments, amazing food featuring fresh local and regional 800-572-0493 spa ingredients, and a fabulous wine cellar. Plus, there are outdoor activities everyone will enjoy, including boating, fishing, hiking, 604 Patterson Lake Rd., Winthrop horseback riding, mountain biking and more. sunmountainlodge.com

www.twispterrace.com

888-550-5919 20556 State Route 20, Twisp

koa.com/campgrounds/ winthrop/

800-562-2158

Introducing the Twisp Terrace Lodge. We couple the intimacy of a bed and breakfast with the privacy, exclusivity and professional service of a boutique luxury hotel. This stunning lodge offers incomparable Methow Valley views, dining at its finest, lavish accommodations, and warm hospitality. Book today! Minimum guest age: 18. Located on the Methow River & within Winthrop city limits, Winthrop KOA offers RV & tent sites, along with Camping Cabins and Covered Wagon accommodations. Amenities include: heated pool, tube & kayak rentals, and complimentary shuttle into Winthrop. Book online at koa. com/campgrounds/winthrop/ or call 800-562-2158 to reserve your spot.

Phone numbers with 996 and 997 prefixes have a 509 area code. The expanded listings above are paid for by our advertisers to give you a better idea of what they offer. Establishments featured above are also listed in the complete lodging guide to the right.

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Brown’s Farm  | 887 Wolf Creek Road, Winthrop | 996-2571 | methownet.com/brownsfarm

Bunkhouse Inn  | 209 Bluff Street, Winthrop | 996-2148 | bunkhouseinn.squarespace.com

Chewuch Inn & Cabins  | 223 White Avenue, Winthrop | 996-3107 | chewuchinn.com

Duck Brand Hotel  | 248 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop | 996-2408 | duckbrandwinthrop.com

Farm House  | 709 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-3113 | winthropchalets.com

Freestone Inn  | 31 Early Winters Drive, Mazama | 996-3906/800-639-3809 | freestoneinn.com

Hazel’s Nightly Rental  | 127 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop | 996-2148 | methownet.com/hazels 

Idle-A-While Motel  | 505 North Hwy 20, Twisp | 997-3222 | idle-a-while-motel.com

Mazama Country Inn  | 15 Country Road, Mazama | 996-2681/800-843-7951 | mazamacountryinn.com

Methow River Lodge & Cabins  | 110 White Avenue (Twin Lakes Road) Winthrop | 996-4348 | methowriverlodge.com

Methow Suites B&B  | 620 Moody Lane, Twisp | 997-5970 | methowsuites.com

Methow Valley Inn  | 234 East 2nd Street, Twisp | 996-2148 | methowvalleyinn.com

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Mt Gardner Inn  | 611 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-2000 | mtgardnerinn.com

Nordic Village Cabin  |  1 Nordic Village Road, Mazama | 800-843-7951 | mazamacountryinn.com

North Cascades Mountain Hostel  | 209 Castle Avenue, Winthrop | 206-940-4507 | northcascadesmountainhostel.com

Pine Near RV & Campground  | 316 Castle Avenue, Winthrop | 509-341-4062 | pinenearpark.com

Riverbend RV Park |  19961 Hwy 20, Twisp | 997-3500/800-686-4498 | riverbendrv.com

River Run Inn  | 27 Rader Road, Winthrop | 800-757-2709 | riverrun-inn.com

River’s Edge Resort  | 115 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop | 996-8000 | riversedgewinthrop.com

River Pines inn  | 114 Bluff Street, Winthrop | 509-322-4062 | riverpinesinn.com

Rolling Huts  | 18381 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-4442/877-223-1137 | rollinghuts.com

Silverline Resort  | 677 Bear Creek Road, Winthrop | 996-2448 | silverlineresort.com

Sportsman Motel  | 1010 Hwy 20, Twisp | 997-2911

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Spring Creek Ranch  | 22 Belsby Road, Winthrop | 996-2495 | springcreekwinthrop.com

Sun Mountain Lodge  | 604 Patterson Lake Road, Winthrop | 996-2211/800-572-0493 | sunmountainlodge.com

Timberline Meadows  | 45 Timberline Lane, Winthrop | 844-430-8977 | timberlinemeadows.com

Twisp River Inn  | 894 Twisp River Road, Twisp | 997-4011 | twispriverinn.com

Twisp River Suites  | 140 West Twisp Avenue, Twisp | 997-0100/855-784-8328 | twispriversuites.com

Twisp Terrace Lodge  | 20556 Hwy 20, Twisp | 888-550-5919 | twispterrace.com

Virginian Resort  | 808 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-2535/866-996-2535 | thevirginianresort.com

Winthrop Inn  | 960 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-2217/800-444-1972 | winthropinn.com

Winthrop KOA Campground  | 1114 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-2258/800-562-2158 | koa.com/campgrounds/winthrop

Winthrop Mountain View Chalets  | 1120 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-3113/800-527-3113 | winthropchalets.com

Wolf Creek Cabins & Lodging  | 1 Wolf Ridge Lane, Winthrop | 996-2148/800-422-3048 | wolfcreek-lodging.com

Wolf Ridge Resort  | 22 Wolf Ridge Lane, Winthrop | 996-2828 | wolfridge-resort.com

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Hotel Rio Vista  | 285 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop | 996-3535/800-398-0911 | hotelriovista.com

Mazama Ranch House  | 10 Country Road, Mazama | 996-2040 | mazamaranchhouse.com

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AbbyCreek Inn  | 1006 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-3100 | abbycreekinn.com

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Featured Eateries bearcreekgolfcourse.com

996-2284 19 Bear Creek Golf Course Rd., Winthrop

Bear Creek Golf Course offers a full-service espresso bar featuring Blue Star Coffee. Enjoy steamed hot dogs, hoagies and snacks in our beautiful location. We offer an excellent beer and wine selection, as well as other thirst-quenching beverages. All of this in a serene setting with gorgeous views.

bluestarcoffeeroasters.com Delicious, artfully prepared espresso drinks, freshly brewed drip coffee, and hand-brewed coffee by the cup. Our knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions about coffee preparation and our full line of 997-2583 brewing equipment and accessories. We carry travel mugs and fabulous Blue Star Coffee gear, and feature fresh, locally baked pastries. 3 Twisp Airport Rd., Twisp Find us on FB & Instagram. east20pizza.com

996-3996 720 Hwy 20, Winthrop freestoneinn.com

996-3906 31 Early Winters Dr., Mazama hanksharvestfoods.com

997-7711 412 E. Methow Valley Hwy., Twisp kindgrindscoffee.com

996-4563 94 Bridge Street, Winthrop lafondalopezwa.com

997-0247 102 Highway 20, Twisp Mazamacountryinn.com

800-843-7951 15 Country Rd., Mazama methowvalleyciderhouse.com

509-341-4354 28 Hwy 20, Winthrop

East 20 Pizza is open daily to serve the freshest pizza & coldest beer around! Our pizza dough is made each day with locally grown wheat, and we are proud to feature ingredients that are locally grown and sourced. Enjoy a cold beer or a glass of local wine or cider on our deck! The Freestone Inn features gourmet food, proudly crafted with the best available ingredients and a contemporary perspective. Our casual atmosphere is complemented by a stunning lakeshore view and giant river-rock fireplace. Check out Jack’s Hut Pizza & Brews, adjacent to the main lodge, with pool tables and big screen TVs. Hank’s Deli offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We offer daily specials and custom-made sandwiches, salads, soup and chili. Enjoy a freshly made donut and Blue Star coffee to start your day, or end your day with one of our dinner specials and save yourself from a night of cooking!

Kind Grinds specializes in brewing and creating delicious espresso drinks using Blue Star Coffee with organic milks and milk alternatives. We offer healthy food options including sandwiches, wraps, salads, and smoothies made with organic and natural ingredients. LaFonda Lopez Restaurant is family-friendly and offers a variety of foods: Mexican, pasta dishes, curries, burgers, vegetarian and daily specials. We serve an array of margaritas and cocktails. Please call us for catering menu options! Winter hours 11:30 a.m.– 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Open daily in the summer, with patio seating. The Mazama Country Inn serves delicious Northwest-style food with vegetarian and vegan options, and outdoor seating. Open to the public for breakfast and dinner beginning May 25. Breakfast every day, 7-11:30 a.m. Dinner served Thursday through Sunday 5:30-9:00 p.m. Please check our website for more information.

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Food, fun, fine ciders! Methow Valley Ciderhouse ciders are made from our own organic, local apples. We offer a full lunch and dinner menu, with vegan and gluten-free options. Live music Fridays and Saturdays in the Apple Amphitheater. Kid friendly and conveniently located right on Highway 20 next to the ball field.

Phone numbers with 996 and 997 prefixes have a 509 area code. The expanded listings above are paid for by our advertisers to give you a better idea of what they offer. Establishments featured above are also listed in the complete dining guide to the right. 54

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oldschoolhousebrewery.com

996-3183 155 Riverside Ave., Winthrop oldschoolhousebrewery.com

997-0902 502 S. Glover #10, Twisp rockinghorsebakery.com

996-4241 265 Riverside Ave., Winthrop sunmountainlodge.com

800-572-0493 604 Patterson Lake Rd., Winthrop

Old Schoolhouse Brewery is proud to be called the living room of the Methow Valley. Our goal is to provide a fun, community gathering space with our amazing, award-winning brews and the freshest, most delicious, local ingredients we can find. Come grab a pint and enjoy our finest! We have a comfortable, art-focused apres-ski and hangout spot waiting for you in our Old Schoolhouse Taproom at TwispWorks, where we love hosting music and local events. We have a selection of our tasty brews, wine, cider, kombucha and sparkling water, as well as snacks to keep you going. Rocking Horse Bakery, located in downtown Winthrop, is the perfect place to grab breakfast and lunch to go or linger with friends in our historic building filled with old west artifacts. Morning pastries, delectable lunches, sweet treats and a cup of locally roasted espresso … handmade, local, friendly and delicious! You asked and we listened. Sun Mountain Lodge is blending fine dining and more casual fare into one exciting new restaurant experience, giving our dining guests the best of both worlds on the same menu. Come in and experience great flavors with many old favorites, plus new “mountain fresh” menu items.

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3 Bears Café & Quilts  | 414 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-8013 | 3bearsquiltshop.com

Coffee, Deli

Arrowleaf Bistro  | 207 White Ave., Winthrop | 996-3919 | arrowleafbistro.com

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Bear Creek Golf Course  | 19 Bear Creek Golf Course Rd., Winthrop | 996-2284 | bearcreekgolfcourse.com Coffee, Snack bar

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BJ’s Branding Iron  | 123 N. Glover St., Twisp | 997-0040 | facebook.com/TwispBrandingIron

Burgers

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Blue Star Coffee Roasters  | 3 Twisp Airport Rd., Twisp | 997-2583 | bluestarcoffeeroasters.com

Coffee house

Brix Wine Bar  | 229 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-3229 | brixwinthrop.com

Small plates

Late

Carlos1800  | 149 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-2245 | facebook.com/CARLOS1800

Mexican

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Cinnamon Twisp Bakery  | 116 N. Glover St., Twisp | 997-5030 | facebook.com/CinnamonTwispBakery

Bakery, Deli

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Copper Glance  | 134A Riverside Ave., Winthrop | copperglancewinthrop.com

Small plates

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Duck Brand  | 248 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-2408 | facebook.com/DuckBrand

Multi-cuisine

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East 20 Pizza  | 720 Highway 20, Winthrop | 996-3996 | east20pizza.com

Pizza

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El Sabor Norteño  | 108 N. Glover St., Twisp | 997-0760 | facebook.com/elsabornorteno.twisp

Mexican

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El Valle  | 123 N. Glover St., Twisp | 997-7829

Mexican, American

Freestone Inn  | 31 Early Winters Drive, Mazama | 996-3906 | freestoneinn.com Glover Street Market  | 124 N. Glover St., Twisp | 997-1320 | gloverstreetmarket.com

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Hank’s Harvest Foods  | 412 E. Methow Valley Highway, Twisp | 997-7711 | hanksharvestfoods.com

Deli

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Hometown Pizza  | 202 Methow Valley Highway, Twisp | 997-2100 | Hometownpizza.com

Pizza, Deli

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Jack’s Hut  |  Freestone Inn, 31 Early Winters Drive, Mazama  |  996-3212  |  freestoneinn.com

Pizza

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Kind Grinds  | 94 Bridge St., Winthrop | 996-4563 | facebook.com/kindgrinds

Coffee, Deli

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LaFonda Lopez  | 102 Highway 20, Twisp | 997-0247 | lafondalopez.com

Multi-cuisine

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Mazama Country Inn  | 15 Country Rd., Mazama | 996-2681 | mazamacountryinn.com

American

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Mazama Store  | 50 Lost River Rd., Mazama | 996-2855 | themazamastore.com

Bakery, Deli

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Methow Valley Ciderhouse  | 28 Highway 20, Winthrop | 341-4354 | methowvalleyciderhouse.com

American

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Methow Valley Thriftway  | 920 Highway 20, Winthrop | 996-2525

Deli

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Mick & Miki’s Red Cedar Bar |  110 S. Glover St., Twisp | 997-6425 | facebook.com/Mick-Mikis-Red-Cedar-Bar

Burgers

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Old Schoolhouse Brewery  | 155 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-3183 | oldschoolhousebrewery.com

Pub grub

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Old Schoolhouse Brewery Taproom  | TwispWorks, Twisp | 997-0902 | oldschoolhousebrewery.com Snacks + drinks

Late

Oliver’s Artisan Kitchen  | 100 Bridge St., Winthrop | 996-2020 | oliversartisankitchen.com

Bakery, Bistro

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Pardner’s Mini Market  | 900 Highway 20, Winthrop | 996-2005

Deli

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Riverside Grill  | 162 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-2444 | riverside-grill.business.site/

American, Asian

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Rocking Horse Bakery  | 265 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-4241 | rockinghorsebakery.com

Bakery, Deli

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Sixknot Taphouse  | 231 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-3862 | sixknotcider.com

Bistro

D, Late

Sun Mountain Lodge  | 604 Patterson Lake Rd., Winthrop | 996-2211 | sunmountainlodge.com

Fine dining, casual

Tappi  | 201 S. Glover St., Twisp | 997-3345 | tappitwisp.com

Italian, Pizza

Three Fingered Jack’s  | 176 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-2411 | 3fingeredjacks.com

American

Twisp Chevron  | 126 Methow Valley Highway, Twisp | 997-3181

Deli

Wolf Creek Bar & Grill at Sun Mountain Lodge  | (800) 572-0493 | sunmountainlodge.com

Fine dining, casual

Woodstone Pizzeria at Rolling Huts  | 18381 Highway 20, Mazama | 996-9804 | woodstoneatwesola.com

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Visitor Information POLICE/EMERGENCY

Emergency: 911 Twisp Police Department: 997‑6112; 118 S. Glover St.; townoftwisp.com/index. php/departments/police-department/ Winthrop Marshal’s Office: 996‑2160; 206 Riverside Ave.; www. winthropmarshals.com Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office: (509) 422‑7232; www. okanogansheriff.org Washington State Patrol: (509) 422‑3800 Okanogan County Fire District 6: 997‑2981 Aero Methow Rescue Service: 997‑4013; www.aeromethow.org

INFORMATION CENTERS

Twisp: 997‑2926; 201 Methow Valley Highway (Methow Valley Community Center) Winthrop: 996‑2125 or (888) 463‑8469; 202 Riverside Ave.

CAR WASH

PHOTO BY STEVE MITCHELL

string orchestra & small ensembles strings, guitar, & piano • adult chamber music

July 29 to August 2, 2019

Methow Valley Community Center • Twisp, Washington cascadiamusic.org

NEED A PLACE TO STAY?

See our lodging guide on pages 52–53 Methow Reservations: 996‑2148 or (800) 422‑3048; www.centralreservations. net; info@centralreservations.net

NEED TO CHARGE YOUR ELECTRIC VEHICLE?

Pine Near RV Park: 316 Castle Ave., Winthrop; (509) 341‑4062, www. pinenearpark.com Mazama Country Inn: 15 Country Road, Mazama; 996‑2681; www. mazamacountryinn.com Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop: 996‑2211; www.sunmountainlodge.com

CAB AND SHUTTLE

Cascade King’s: 1421 Methow Valley Hwy S. Twisp; 997‑2513; www.kingstire.biz

PIPESTONE SUMMER MUSIC CAMP

AIRPORTS

Twisp Municipal Airport: 40 Wagner Road, Twisp; 997‑2311. Methow Valley State Airport: Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Road; (360) 618‑2477

Classic Mountain Cabby: 996‑2894; classicmountaincabby@gmail.com

OPEN LATE

Hank’s Mini Market: 410 E. Methow Valley Highway, Twisp; 997‑4332; until 10 p.m. every day; 24-hour fueling Mazama Store: 50 Lost River Road, Mazama; 996‑2855; 24-hour fueling Pardners Mini Market: 900 Highway 20, Winthrop; 996‑2005; until midnight every day; 24-hour fueling Twisp Chevron: 126 N. Methow Valley Highway; 997‑3181; until 10 p.m. weekdays and Sunday, 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 24-hour fueling

NEED A TOW?

Classic Towing, Twisp: 997‑2333

PET PROBLEMS?

Methow Valley Veterinary Hospital: 910 Highway 20, Winthrop: 996‑3231 Valley Veterinary Clinic: 20335 Highway 20, Twisp; 997‑8452 Winthrop Veterinary Services: 19100 Highway 20; 996‑2793

NEED TO CLEAN UP?

Laundromat, showers and free Wi-Fi at Washworks: 325 E. Highway 20, Twisp; 997‑0336; www. hwy20washworks.com

BANKS

North Cascades Bank: 101 Methow Valley Highway N., Twisp; 997‑2411; www. northcascadesbank.com Farmers State Bank: 159 Riverside Ave., Winthrop; 996‑2244; www. farmersstatebankwa.com

RECYCLING

Methow Recycles: 997‑0520; 12 Twisp Airport Road; www.methowrecycles.org

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Twisp: 997‑2020; www.twispinfo.com Winthrop: 996‑2125; www. winthropwashington.com Omak: (509) 826‑1880 or (800) 225‑6625; www.omakchamber.com Okanogan: (509) 422‑4034; www. okanogachamber.com Brewster: (509) 689‑3464; www. brewsterchamber.org Pateros: (509) 923‑9636; www.pateros.com

HIGHWAY INFORMATION

Washington State Department of Transportation: Dial 511 for pass and road information; www.wsdot.wa.gov

PIC Boutique

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509-996-4348 110 White Ave (Twin Lakes Rd) Winthrop WA

www.methowriverlodge.com

Apparel • Baby • Books Local Art & Jewelry Shop “The Back Room” for Vintage finds 57


POST OFFICES

Carlton: 997‑6091; 2274 Highway 153 Methow: (509) 923‑2759; 34 Main St. Twisp: 997‑3777; 205 Glover St. Winthrop: 996‑2282; 1110 Highway 20

LIBRARIES

Twisp: 997‑4681; 201 Methow Valley Highway (Methow Valley Community Center); wireless hot spot Winthrop: 996‑2685; 49 Highway 20; wireless hot spot

HEALTH CARE

PHOTO BY MARY KIESAU

GOVERNMENT

City of Pateros: (509) 923‑2571; www.pateros.com Town of Twisp: 997‑4081; 118 S. Glover St.; www.townoftwisp.com Town of Winthrop: 996‑2320, 206 Riverside Ave., www.townofwinthrop.com

RECREATION INFORMATION

U.S. Forest Service: 996‑4000; 24 West Chewuch Rd., Winthrop Methow Trails: 996‑2387; 309 Riverside Ave., Winthrop; www .methowtrails.com; info@methowtrails.com Winthrop Rink: 996‑4199, www. winthropicerink.com Wagner Memorial Pool, Twisp: 997‑5441 Pearrygin Lake State Park, Winthrop: 996‑2370; www.parks. wa.gov/563/Pearrygin-Lake Cascade Loop Scenic Highway: www.cascadeloop.com North Cascades National Park: Newhalem visitor center, (206) 386‑4495 ext.11; www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: (360) 902‑2200; www. wdfw.wa.gov

Three Rivers Hospital, Brewster: (509) 689‑2086; www. threerivershospital.net Mid-Valley Hospital, Omak: (509) 826‑1760; www.mvhealth.org Confluence Health Methow Valley Clinic, Winthrop: 996‑8180 Family Health Centers Medical Clinic, Twisp: 997‑2011 Brewster Clinic: (509) 826‑1800 Steven C. Harrop DDS, Winthrop: 996‑2164 Sawtooth Dental Care, Twisp: 997‑7533 Family Health Centers Dental Clinic, Twisp: 997‑0922 Ulrich’s Pharmacy, Twisp: 997‑2191

INFORMATION & MEDIA

Methow Valley News: 997‑7011; 502 S. Glover St., Twisp; www. methowvalleynews.com; frontdesk@ methowvalleynews.com www.methownet.com www.methow.com KTRT, 97.5 FM KCSY, 106.3FM KOZI, 93.5FM KTWP (public radio), 91.1FM KOMW, 95.1

W eddings R eunions M eetings B irthdays •

2 Spacious Dining Areas • Large Kitchen • Plenty of Parking • Private Dressing Rooms • Large Doors to Exterior • All Inclusive with Tables, Chairs & Place Settings

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The Methow Valley is a Beautiful Place, But Don’t Take It Home on Your Car!

CAR WASH

All 996 and 997 prefixes are in the 509 area code.

• Touchless Automatic with Undercarriage Wash • Dryers on Top Two Washes

Mobile Food Twisp, WA 98856

509-449-2089 TwispWorks Wed-Sat 11-3 #FORKTWISP 58

• Self-Service Bay (RV Friendly) • Two Vacuums with Carpet Cleaners Clean the Boat Before You Go!

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Summer 2019


Calendar Music

Check the weekly What’s Happening calendar in the Methow Valley News for entertainment listings at: • Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop, and Old Schoolhouse Taproom, TwispWorks campus, 996‑3183 • Twisp River Suites, Twisp, 997‑0100 • Sixknot Taphouse, Winthrop, 996‑3862 • Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop, 341‑4354 • Copper Glance, Winthrop, 433‑7765

May

The Sunflower Relay on May 4 is often graced by participants sporting nontraditional running garb. PHOTO BY STEVE MITCHELL

509-996-2000 Methow Valley News

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1  WILDFLOWER PRESENTATION: “The Wildflowers are Coming” slide show and talk presented by Dana Visalli at Winthrop library. Free. 996‑2685. 7pm 2  MY STORY 4: Short but true stories told by your friends and neighbors at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 6pm. 2  FIX YOUR GEAR NIGHT: Get your outdoor gear fixed for free at eqpd on TwispWorks campus. 997‑2010. 7pm 3  NATURE JOURNALING CLASS: “Drawing birds” with instructors Perri Howard and Mary Kiesau at TwispWorks. $65. www.mountainkindphotography.com or 551‑6714 to register. 12:30 – 5pm 3  MUSIC: Seth Brand Duo at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 6 – 9pm 3  CLASSIC AND ORIGINAL ROCK: Local Nomads at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 4  SUNFLOWER TRAIL MARATHON/HALFMARATHON/RELAY: Pick your race in this annual trail race through the Methow Valley, starting from either Mazama Corral Trailhead (marathon and relay) or Chickadee Trailhead (half-marathon) and ending in Twisp. $55 – 75. Register at www.databarevents.com/sunflowermarathonrelay. 8am Mazama, 9am Chickadee 4  METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www.methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com. 9am – noon 4  TRASHION SHOW: Confluence Gallery’s annual Trashion Show and Trashion Prom at MV Community Center, Twisp. $20-$100. confluencegallery.com; 997‑2787. 6 – 10pm 4  FOLK: The Winterlings at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 4  CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT: The Volta Piano Trio at Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $1$20. www.cascadiamusic.org. 7pm

5  CINCO DE MAYO: Celebration and

music at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 3 – 9pm 6  PICKLEBALL: Try pickleball for free at Winthrop Rink. 996‑4199. 5 – 7pm 7  RISER LAKE HIKE: Methow At Home hosts a hike around Riser Lake, meet at Winthrop Barn for carpools. Free. Register at manager@methowathome.org or 996‑5844. 10am 7  ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 7  REFLECTIONS ON SALMON RECOVERY: Methow Conservancy’s First Tuesday program presents Jennifer Molesworth discussing salmon recovery in the Methow Valley, at Winthrop Barn. Free. 996‑2870. 7 – 8pm 9  STEM FOR KIDS: Program at Twisp library is red cabbage chemistry. Free. 997‑4681. 3:45pm 10–12  WINTHROP ’49ER DAYS: Parade, Western demonstrations and displays, food, music, dancing and more in downtown Winthrop and Mack Lloyd Park. Many events free. info@www.winthropwashington.com 10  STORYTIME: Storytime for pre-school kids at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 10  GENEALOGY QUEST: Learn how to start researching your family tree, with Courtney Creighton at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 5:30pm 10  OPEN MIC: At Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 6 – 9pm 10  OPEN MIC: With Lauralee Northcott at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 10  PIPESTONE MUSIC DAYS: Pipestone Orchestra performs at MV Community Center, Twisp. www.cascadiamusic.org. 7pm 11  METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www.methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com, 9am – noon 11  ROCK MUSIC: Whiskey Fever at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. $5. 341‑4354. 7pm 12  WILDFLOWER HIKE: Native Plant Society hosts a wildflower hike with Mary Kiesau and/or Caryl Campbell on Lake Creek Trail to Black Lake. Free. Register at 996‑8242 or kiesau@gmail.com. 9am – 4pm 14  ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681.11am 59


15–19  THEATER: Liberty Bell High

School Drama Company and Merc Playhouse, Twisp, present “Chicago.” 997‑7529. 7pm Wednesday-Saturday, 2pm Sunday 16  MUSIC: Lynette Westendorf at Old Schoolhouse Brewery Taproom, TwispWorks. Free. 996‑3183. 7 – 10pm 17  STORYTIME: For pre-school kids at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 17  NATURE JOURNALING CLASS: “Spring flowers” with instructors Perri Howard and Mary Kiesau at TwispWorks. $65. www.mountainkindphotography. com or 551‑6714 to register. 12:30 – 5pm 17  AERIE CIRCUS STUDIO PRESENTATION: “An Aerial Adventure” featuring students of the Aerie Circus Studio at MV Community Center, Twisp. $10, pay what you can. 699‑0679. 6pm 17  MUSIC: Hillfork Noir at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 6 – 9pm 17  BIRD LIFE OF TRINIDAD AND TABAGO: Ornithologist Martyn Kenefick discusses his observations in Trinidad and Tabago, at location to be announced. Free. 996‑2870 7 – 8pm 17  FOLK ROCK: Rivertown Ramblers at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 18  SPRING MIGRANT BIRDS: Join ornithologist Martyn Kenefick for bird watching trip, at location to be announced. $20. Registration necessary at 996‑2870 or daniel@methowconservancy.org 18  METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www.methowvalleyfarmersmarket. com, 9am – noon 18  KIDS’ BICYCLE RODEO: For kids ages 5 – 10 to learn riding and safety skills, plus bike helmet fittings and safety inspections, at TwispWorks. Free helmets provided with $5 donation. 996‑3645; www.methowcyclesport.com. 10am – noon; 9:45am registration 18  NATURE DRAWING FIELD CLASS: “Riparian areas and the Rendezvous” with instructors Perri Howard and Mary Kiesau at TwispWorks. $90. www. mountainkindphotography.com or 551‑6714 to register. 10am – 4pm 18  LITTLE STAR FUNDRAISER: Little Star Montessori School in Winthrop hosts auction, food, drink and more at “A Night in the Cosmos” fundraiser. $40. 996‑2801; www.littlestar.org. 5pm 18  SKA/PUNK: Full Uplift at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 19  TRAIL WORK PARTY: National Trails Day work party at Riser Lake, hosted by Methow Trails. Free. Check 996‑3287 adrienne@methowtrails.org for times 20  SPRING BIRD WALK: Join Mary Kiesau for a spring bird walk, at a location to be announced. Free. Register at 996‑2780 or email daniel@methowconservancy.org. 8 – 9:30am 60

21  ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15

at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 24–26  JAZZ IN THE METHOW: Cascadia presents three days of jazz and workshops at various locations, headlined by the Westerlies. www.cascadia.music.org 24  STORYTIME: Storytime for pre-school kids at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 24 MUSIC: Full Uplift at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 7 – 10pm 24 MUSIC: Singer/guitarist Larry Murante at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 25–26 METHOW VALLEY RODEO: Methow Valley Horsemen host a real rodeo on Memorial Day weekend, at rodeo grounds on Twin Lakes Road. $5$10. info@winthropwashington.com. 1pm each day 25 BOOK SALE: Friends of the Twisp library host a used book sale at MV Community Center, Twisp. Free. 997‑4681. 8:30am – 1pm 25 METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www.methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com, 9am – noon 25 WILDFLOWER HIKE: Native Plant Society hosts a wildflower. Hike with George Wooten along the Chewuch River. Free. Register at 997‑6010. 8:30am – 2:30pm 25 TWISPWORKS “BIG SHAABANG”: TwispWorks celebrates its 10th anniversary with “The Big Shaabang,” including live music, art, food, drink and more. Free. 997‑3300 or events@TwispWorks. org. Noon – 3pm 25 BLUES: Stacy Jones Band at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. $10. 341‑4354. 7pm 25 THEATER: Seattle University and Merc Playhouse, Twisp, present “Love and Information.” $18-$20, free for under 19. 997‑7529. 7pm 26 WINTHROP MARKET: Local arts and crafts, food, vintage items and more at Mack Lloyd Park, Winthrop. Free. 10am – 2pm

26 EDIBLE/MEDICINAL PLANT TOUR:

Native Plant Society hosts an edible and medicinal plant garden tour at Methow Valley Interpretive Center with George Wooten and Rob Crandall at TwispWorks. Free. 5 – 6:30pm 27 BACKCOUNTRY JAZZ: Kris Borgias at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 2pm 28 ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 31 STORYTIME: For pre-school kids at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 31 NATURE JOURNALING CLASS: “Bugs, beetles, butterflies and bees” with instructors Perri Howard and Mary Kiesau at TwispWorks. $65. www. mountainkindphotography.com or 551‑6714 to register. 12:30 – 5pm 31 MUSIC: Gregg Hardy Band at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 7 – 10pm 31 LOCAL CLASSIC ROCK: Sky Kyss at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm

June

1 METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At

MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www. methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com, 9am – noon

THE

1 EXHIBIT OPENING: “Dig It! Where Art

and Gardens Come Together” opens with reception at Confluence Gallery, Twisp, continuing through July 6. Free. 997‑2787. 5 – 7pm 1 LATIN/CLASSIC JAZZ: Marcus Duke Band at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 2 WINTHROP MARKET: Local arts and crafts, food, vintage items and more at Mack Lloyd Park, Winthrop. Free. 10am – 2pm 3 PICKLEBALL: Try pickleball for free at Winthrop Rink. 996‑4199. 5 – 7pm 4 ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 6 FIX YOUR GEAR NIGHT: Get your outdoor gear fixed for free at eqpd on TwispWorks campus. 997‑2010. 7pm 6 WASHINGTON HUMANITIES PROGRAM: Winthrop library hosts Judith Adams’ presentation “Poetic Apothecary: Poems for Healing and Comfort.” Free. 996‑2685. 6pm 7 STORYTIME: Storytime for pre-school kids at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 7 MUSIC: Local Nomads at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 7 – 10pm 7 REGGAE: The Family Vibe at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm

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8 KIDS’ BICYCLE RODEO: For kids ages 5 – 10 to learn riding and safety skills, plus bike helmet fittings and safety inspections, at Pearrygin Lake State Park. Free; helmets provided with $5 donation. 996‑3645; www.methowcyclesport.com. 10am – noon; 9:45am registration 8 METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www. methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com, 9am – noon 8 FOLK: John Nelson at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 9 WINTHROP MARKET: Local arts and crafts, food, vintage items and more at Mack Lloyd Park, Winthrop. Free. 10am – 2pm 11 ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 13 SHORT STORY READING: “Jamie Tobin Takes the Ride of his Life” read by local author David Asia at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 6pm 13 MUSIC: The Bitterroot Beets at Old Schoolhouse Brewery Taproom, TwispWorks. 996‑3183. Free. 7 – 10pm 13 LOCAL ROCK: The Loose Notes at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 14 STORYTIME: For pre-schoolers at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 14 MUSIC: Will West Trio at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 7 – 10pm

14 JAZZ: Okanogan Pro Jazzoids at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 15 METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www.methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com, 9am – noon 15 FUNKY BLUES: Gin Gypsy at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. $10. 341‑4354. 7pm 16 WINTHROP MARKET: Local arts and crafts, food, vintage items and more at Mack Lloyd Park, Winthrop. Free. 10am – 2pm 18 ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 20–29 METHOW VALLEY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Concerts at Signal Hill Ranch on Highway 20 between Twisp and Winthrop, and at various valley locations. $30. 997‑5000, www.methowmusicfestival.org for tickets and schedule. 5:30pm 20 AT THE LIBRARY: Make an alien game board at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 1pm 21 STORYTIME: Storytime for pre-school kids at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 21 MUSIC: Sway Wild at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 7 – 10pm 21 BREWERS’ NIGHT: Old Schoolhouse Brewery Taproom hosts visiting brewers at TwispWorks, with live music, prior to Brewfest. 996‑3183. Free.

21 LOCAL ROCK: Danbert Nobacon & Friends at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 22 METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www.methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com, 9am – noon 22 BREWFEST: Old Schoolhouse Brewhouse Brewfest at Winthrop Barn, with Marshall Law. $35. 996‑3183. 5 – 11pm 22 FOLK ROCK: Norman Baker and Backroads at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. $5. 341‑4354. 7pm 23 WINTHROP MARKET: Local arts and crafts, food, vintage items and more at Mack Lloyd Park, Winthrop. Free. 10am – 2pm 25 ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 26 KIDS SKATE FREE: Kids 17 and under roller skate for free at Winthrop Rink. 996‑4199. 4 – 8pm 27 MUSIC: Marcus Duke Quartet at Old Schoolhouse Brewery Taproom, TwispWorks. 996‑3193. Free. 7 – 10pm 28 STORYTIME: Storytime for pre-school kids at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 28 AT THE LIBRARY: Puppet show at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 1pm 28 AT THE LIBRARY: “Jump for Joy:” Village rhythms from around the world at Winthrop library. Free. 996‑2685. 4pm

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July

1 PICKLEBALL: Try pickleball for free at Winthrop Rink. 996‑4199. 5 – 7pm 2 ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 3 AT THE LIBRARY: Kids, use water colors to make your own planets at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 4 PARADE: Annual Fourth of July parade in downtown Twisp. Free. 11am 4 METHOW ARTS FESTIVAL: Celebrate arts at Twisp Town Park featuring the Marchfourth Marching Band, musicians, stilt-walkers, hula-hoopers, aerialists, interactive art, food, beer garden, contests and more. $5-$12; kids under 5 free. methowarts.org/2019methowartsfest; 997‑4004. 11:30am – 4pm 4 CLASSIC ROCK: Sarah St. John and the Bandit Band at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 5 STORYTIME: For pre-school kids at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am

5 MUSIC: Full Uplift at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 7 – 10pm 5 FOLK: Waking Maya at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 6 METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www.methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com, 9am – noon 6 WILDFLOWER WALK: Native Plant Society hosts a wildflower walk along Harts Pass Road, with George Wooten. Free. Register at 997‑6010. 9am – 2pm 6 MUSIC: Michele Amour and the Love Dealers at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. $5. 341‑4354. 7pm 7 WINTHROP MARKET: Local arts and crafts, food, vintage items and more at Mack Lloyd Park, Winthrop. Free. 10am – 2pm 9 ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am

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Evans at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 3pm 9 AT THE LIBRARY: Learn about local beavers at Winthrop library. Free. 996‑2685. 3pm 10 AT THE LIBRARY: Space science (and make your own galaxy slime) at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 12 – 21 THEATER: Merc Playhouse in Twisp presents “A Diner on the Way.” $5-$20. www.mercplayhouse.org. 7pm Thursday-Saturday, 2pm Sunday 12 STORYTIME: Storytime for pre-school kids at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 12 AT THE LIBRARY: Puppet show at Winthrop library. Free. 996‑2685. 3pm 12 MUSIC: Whiskey Mountain Roadshow at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 7 – 10pm 13 METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www.methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com, 9am – noon 13 EXHIBIT OPENING: “Metamorphic Alchemy” opens with reception at Confluence Gallery, Twisp, continuing through Aug. 17. Free. 997‑2787. 5 – 7pm 13 JAZZ AND VOCALS: Ron Thordarson and Family at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 13 SKATE-A-PALOOZA: Roller skating party for ages 13 – 18 at Winthrop Rink. $5 includes skate rentals. 996‑4199. 9 – 11pm 14 WINTHROP MARKET: Local arts and crafts, food, vintage items and more at Mack Lloyd Park, Winthrop. Free. 10am – 2pm 16 ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 17 AT THE LIBRARY: STEM program on space science at Winthrop library. Free. 996‑2685. 2pm 17 COUNTRY-FLAVORED MUSIC: Nick Grow at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 18 MUSIC VARIETY SHOW: Musical concert inspired by children’s and youngadult literature, for all ages at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 6pm

19 STORYTIME: For pre-school kids at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 19 FOLK ROCK: Rivertown Ramblers at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 19–21 WINTHROP RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL: Three days of world-class R&B at Blues Ranch west of Winthrop. $120–$130. Ticket and schedule information at winthropbluesfestival.com 20 METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www.methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com, 9am – noon 20 NATIVE PLANT HIKE: Native Plant Society hosts a hike with Erica Heinlen at Long Swamp wetland complex. Free. eheinlen@hotmail.com to register. 10am – 4pm 20 MUSIC: Gypsy Django Jazz at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 21 WINTHROP MARKET: Local arts and crafts, food, vintage items and more at Mack Lloyd Park, Winthrop. Free. 10am – 2pm 23 ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 23 SPACE ADVENTURE: Eric Ode presents “Space Dog from Planet K,” a music and poetry adventure, at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 3pm 24 KIDS SKATE FREE: Kids 17 and under roller skate for free at Winthrop Rink. 996‑4199. 4 – 8pm 24 AT THE LIBRARY: Presentation by hiker, author and speaker Jennifer Pharr Davis at Winthrop library. Free. 996‑2685. 7pm 25 AT THE LIBRARY: Presentation on rattlesnakes by John Rohrer at Winthrop library. Free. 996‑2685. 4pm 25 PERFORMING AMERICAN LITERATURE: Actress Michele LaRue offers performances from vintage American literature at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 6pm 26 STORYTIME: For pre-school kids at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 26 MUSIC: Chris Poage Band at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 7 – 10pm

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Mountain Road Show at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. $5. 341‑4354. 7pm 27 METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www. methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com, 9am – noon 27 MUSIC: Cascadia Groove at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 7 – 10pm 27 JAZZ FUNK: PBJ and Em at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 28 WINTHROP MARKET: Local arts and crafts, food, and more at Mack Lloyd Park, Winthrop. Free. 10am – 2pm 28 MUSIC: You Knew Me When at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 7 – 10pm 28 INTERPRETIVE CENTER: Methow Valley Interpretive Center, on TwispWorks campus, hosts “Last Sunday” programs on natural history, Native American culture and geology. Free. mvinterpretivecenter@gmail.com, 997‑0620. 5 – 6:30pm 30 ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 31 AT THE LIBRARY: Puppet show at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am

August

1 FIX YOUR GEAR NIGHT: Get your outdoor gear fixed for free at eqpd on TwispWorks campus. 997‑2010. 7pm

2 STORYTIME: For pre-school kids at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 2 AT THE LIBRARY: Interactive theater performance of “My Mother the Astronaut” presented by Traveling Lantern at Winthrop library. Free. 996‑2685. 3pm 2 MUSIC: Rivertown Ramblers at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 7 – 10pm 2 MUSIC: The Lark and the Loon at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 3 METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www. methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com, 9am – noon 3 METHOW VALLEY HOME TOUR: “Embracing the Outdoors” is the theme of this year’s tour, sponsored by Confluence Gallery, featuring a variety of homes around the valley. $25. 997‑2787, confluencegallery.com. 10am – 4pm 3 MUSIC: Singer/guitarist Larry Murante at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 4 WINTHROP MARKET: Local arts and crafts, food, and more at Mack Lloyd Park, Winthrop. Free. 10am – 2pm 5 PICKLEBALL: Try pickleball for free at Winthrop Rink. 996‑4199. 5 – 7pm 6 ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 7 BURKE MUSEUM PRESENTATION: “Living Traditions” at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11:30am

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kids at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 9 AT THE LIBRARY: Super Science Bob from Chelan County PUD talks about circuits and transfers at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 1pm 9 AT THE LIBRARY: Transfers and circuits: kids explore electricity with hands-on activities at Winthrop library. Free. 996‑2685. 3pm 9 MUSIC: The Pine Hearts at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 7 – 10pm 9 VINTAGE POP: Sundae + Mr. Goessl at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 10 METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www.methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com, 9am – noon 10 METAL: Bosco at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 11 WINTHROP MARKET: Local arts and crafts, food, vintage items and more at Mack Lloyd Park, Winthrop. Free. 10am – 2pm 12 AT THE LIBRARY: Puppet show at Winthrop library. Free. 996‑2685. 4pm 13 ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 15 DIDGERIDOO DOWN UNDER: Australian music, education and entertainment at Twisp library. 997‑4681. 6pm

16 STORYTIME: For pre-school kids at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 16 MUSIC: Trego with Math Mitchell at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 7 – 10pm 16 FUNKY FOLK: Sylvie and Trevor at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 17 METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www.methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com, 9am – noon 17 MUSIC: Jeff Herzog Band at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 17 SKATE-A-PALOOZA, PART 2: Roller skating party for ages 13 – 18 at Winthrop Rink. $5 includes skate rentals. 996‑4199. 9 – 11pm 18 WINTHROP MARKET: Local arts and crafts, food, vintage items and more at Mack Lloyd Park, Winthrop. Free. 10am – 2pm 20 ADVENTURE READING: For kids 7 – 15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 21 AT THE LIBRARY: Kids, make your own streamer rocket at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 23 STORYTIME: Storytime for pre-school kids at Twisp library. Free. 997‑4681. 11am 23 MUSIC: Hot Damn Scandal at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 7 – 10pm

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30 MUSIC: Logjam Musical Festival at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop, with The Full Uplift. Free. 996‑3183. 30 MUSIC: Singer Valeri Lopez at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341‑4354. 7pm 31 MUSIC: Logjam Musical Festival at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop, with Robert Sarazin Blake and The Letters. Free. 996‑3183. 31 PUNK ROCK: Dive Bar Theology at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. $5. 341‑4354. 7pm 31–SEPT. 1 METHOW VALLEY RODEO: Methow Valley Horsemen host a real rodeo on Labor Day weekend, at rodeo grounds on Twin Lakes Road. $5–$10. info@winthropwashington.com. 1pm each day 31 BOOK SALE: Friends of the Twisp library host a used book sale at MV Community Center, Twisp. Free. 997‑4681. 8:30am – 1pm 31 METHOW VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: At MV Community Center in Twisp. Free. www.methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com, 9am – noon

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Directory of Advertisers ■■ANTIQUES/COLLECTIBLES Robins Egg Bleu . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 ■■AUTOMOTIVE/FUEL King's Pacific Pride & Carwash . . . . 58 Mazama Store, The . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Pardner's Mini Mart . . . . . . . . . . 64 Winthrop Store, The . . . . . . . . . . 43 ■■BICYCLE DEALERS/REPAIR Methow Cycle & Sport . . . . . . . . . 17 ■■CAFÉS/DINING/ESPRESSO Bear Creek Golf Course . . . . . . 25, 54 Blue Star Coffee Roasters . . . . . 9, 54 Brix Wine Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Cascadian Farm Organic . . . . . . . . 41 Cinnamon Twisp Bakery . . . . . . . . 50 Duck Brand Hotel & Cantina . . . . . . 44 East 20 Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 FORK Mobile Food . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Freestone Inn . . . . . . . . . . 51, 52, 54 Hank's Harvest Foods . . . . . . . 32, 54 Hometown Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Jack's Hut Pizza & Brews . . . . . . . . 64 Kind Grinds Espresso . . . . . . . 45, 54 LaFonda Lopez . . . . . . . . . . . 51, 54 Lariat Coffee Roasters . . . . . . . . . 42 Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso . . . . . . 65 Mazama Country Inn . . . . . .52, 54, 63 Mazama Store, The . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Methow Valley Ciderhouse . . . . 13, 54 Old Schoolhouse Brewery . . . . . 50, 55 Rocking Horse Bakery . . . . . . . . . 47 Sheri's Sweet Shoppe . . . . . . . . . 50 Sixknot Taphouse . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Smallwood Farms . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . 19, 52 Winthrop Store, The . . . . . . . . . . 43 Woodstone Pizzeria . . . . . . . . . . . 8 ■■CAMPGROUNDS/RV PARKS Pine Near Campground . . . . . . 37, 46 Riverbend RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Silverline Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Winthrop KOA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 ■■CAR WASH King's Pacific Pride & Carwash . . . . 58 ■■EMERGENCY SERVICES Aero Methow Rescue Service . . . . . 11

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■■EVENT FACILITIES Bear Creek Golf Course . . . . . . 25, 54 Merc Playhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Pipestone Canyon Ranch . . . . . . . 58 Spring Creek Ranch . . . . . . . . 11, 52 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . 19, 52 Twisp Terrace Lodge . . . . . . . . 15, 52 Twisp Valley Grange . . . . . . . . . . 13 Winthrop Barn Auditorium . . . . . . . 27 ■■EVENTS/FESTIVALS Cascadia Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 City of Pateros . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Merc Playhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Methow Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Omak Stampede . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival . . .3 ■■GALLERIES Confluence Gallery & Art Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 ■■GROCERIES Hank's Harvest Foods . . . . . . . 32, 54 Mazama Store, The . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Pardner's Mini Mart . . . . . . . . . . 64 ■■HEALTH/MEDICAL Agni Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Cascade Rolfing . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Confluence Health . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Jason Rumohr, Hellerwork . . . . . . . 17 Three Rivers Hospital . . . . . . . . . 11 Ulrich's Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . 39 ■■INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS Methownet.com . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 ■■LOCAL GOODS & PRODUCE Blue Star Coffee Roasters . . . . . 9, 54 Bluebird Grain Farms . . . . . . . . . .15 Cascadian Farm Organic . . . . . . . . 41 Confluence Gallery & Art Center . . . . 41 Lariat Coffee Roasters . . . . . . . . . 42 Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso . . . . . . 65 Mazama Store, The . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Methow Grown . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Methow Valley Ciderhouse . . . . 13, 54 Methow Valley Farmers Market . . . . 64 Old Schoolhouse Brewery . . . . . 50, 55 Paula Christen Watercolors . . . . . . 47 Robins Egg Bleu . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Sixknot Taphouse . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Smallwood Farms . . . . . . . . . . . 38

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Abbycreek Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Duck Brand Hotel & Cantina . . . . . . 44 Freestone Inn . . . . . . . . . . 51, 52, 54 Mazama Country Inn . . . . . . 52, 54, 63 Mazama Ranch House . . . . . . . . . .63 Methow Reservations . . . . . . . . . 68 Methow River Lodge & Cabins . . . . . 57 Mt Gardner Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Nordic Village Cabin . . . . . . . . 52, 67 Rolling Huts & Methow Tents . . . . . 65 Silverline Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Spring Creek Ranch . . . . . . . . . 11, 52 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . .19, 52 Twisp River Suites . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Twisp Terrace Lodge . . . . . . . . .15, 52 Virginian Resort, The . . . . . . . . . . 60 Winthrop Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Winthrop KOA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Winthrop Mountain View Chalets . . . .16

■■MASSAGE PRACTITIONERS/ SPA SERVICES Mount Gardner Massage . . . . . . . 27 Nectar Skin Bar & Boutique . . . . . .60 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . 19, 52 ■■MUSEUMS Shafer Historical Museum . . . . . . . 8 ■■NONPROFIT CONSULTING First Creek Partners . . . . . . . . . . . 9 ■■ORGANIZATIONS Cascadia Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 City of Pateros . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance . . 16 Merc Playhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Methow Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Methow Conservancy . . . . . . . . . 51 Methow Recycles . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Methow Salmon Recovery . . . . . . . 11 Methow Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Shafer Historical Museum . . . . . . . 8 Town of Winthrop . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 ■■PHARMACIES Ulrich's Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . 39 ■■PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Methow House Watch . . . . . . . . . 44 ■■RADIO KTRT 97.5 FM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 ■■REAL ESTATE Blue Sky Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . 55 Coldwell Banker . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Winthrop Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Mountain to River Realty . . . . . . . . 39 Windermere Real Estate . . . . . . . . 55

■■RECREATION/ACTIVITIES Abbycreek Inn/Winthrop Tubing . . . 31 Bear Creek Golf Course . . . . . . 25, 54 Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies . . . 23 Methow Cycle & Sport . . . . . . . . . 17 Methow Fishing Adventures . . . . . . 20 Methow Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Morning Glory Balloon Tours . . . . . 39 North Cascades Fly Fishing . . . . . . 49 North Cascades Mountain Guides . . 40 Sawtooth Outfitters . . . . . . . . . . 10 Shafer Historical Museum . . . . . . . 8 Slidewaters Waterpark . . . . . . . . . 46 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . 19, 52 Winthrop Mountain Sports . . . . . . 38 ■■RECYCLING SERVICES Methow Recycles . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 ■■RETAIL Aspen Grove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Brix Wine Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Confluence Gallery & Art Center . . . . 41 Fresh Greens Cannabis . . . . . . . . 43 Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies . . . 23 Lariat Coffee Roasters . . . . . . . . . 42 Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso . . . . . . 65 Mazama Store, The . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Methow Cycle & Sport . . . . . . . . . 17 Methow Valley Farmers Market . . . . 64 Nectar Skin Bar & Boutique . . . . . .60 Outdoorsman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 PIC Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Robins Egg Bleu . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . 19, 52 Ulrich's Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Wine Shed, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Winthrop Mountain Sports . . . . . . 38 Winthrop Store, The . . . . . . . . . . 43 ■■SPORTING GOODS Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies . . . 23 Methow Cycle & Sport . . . . . . . . . 17 Outdoorsman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . 19, 52 Winthrop Mountain Sports . . . . . . 38 ■■THEATERS/CINEMA Barnyard Cinema . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Merc Playhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 ■■WEDDING ART Paula Christen Watercolors . . . . . . 47

Summer 2019


Down home, riverfront luxury

Pateros

At the confluence of the Methow & Columbia Rivers

City Of Pateros

www.pateros.com The Methow Valley’s Top Rated Hotel

R High-end suites R Full kitchens R Screened-in porches R Free wifi R Spacious back deck with barbecues R Riverfront fire pit and hammock R Top-notch hospitality R Steps away from dining and entertainment

509.923.2571

June 7 – 9, 2019 Spring City-wide Yard Sales June 22, 2019 Motorcycle Rally & Concert in the Park July 19 – 21, 2019 72nd Annual Apple Pie Jamboree

breakfast included, smiles guaranteed!

August 16 – 18, 2019 Pateros Hydroplane Races

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December 2019 Christmas in the City

PLUS PAWS AWHILE PET SUITES, OUR PREMIER PET-FRIENDLY UNITS

(Check website for dates)

Check out our new RV Park!

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Pateros Museum Open year-round Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., same entrance as City Hall at 113 Lakeshore Drive, Pateros, WA

Across from the Mazama Store Includes Mazama Country Inn amenities

Book your getaway.

CABIN

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1 Nordic Village Road

Nordic Village


Hello, Methow Valley fans . . . we have changed our business name to Methow Reservations to more accurately reflect the community we love to represent and serve. So say, ‘Good-bye’ to Central Reservations & say ‘Hello’ to our 36 year history of renting legal, licensed nightly rental homes & local Inns, including extended stay homes. Our office is open 10am to 4pm every eve day, so when you need to speak to a real person we can recommend & assist you with a reservation.

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